Striking the balance: Shepherding the family and the flock, Part II

Hershael York — November 13, 2015

Editors’ note: Part I of this article was published earlier this week. Be fun to live with “Joy” is a fruit of the Spirit (Galatians 5:22). If your Christianity makes you dreary and dull, you don’t understand the ministry of the Holy Spirit nor what Christ has done. If pastors would reflect the joy of … Continued


Striking the balance: Shepherding the family and the flock (Part I)

Hershael York — November 11, 2015

“They made me keeper of the vineyards, but my own vineyard I have not kept” (Song of Songs 1:6). The PBS documentary “Carrier” is a fascinating look at life on board the USS Nimitz, the nuclear-powered aircraft carrier that bestowed its name on an entire class of ships. More than five thousand sailors and marines … Continued

Matt Bevin

3 ways to pray for Governor-elect Matt Bevin

Andrew Walker — November 5, 2015

Elections aren’t everything, but they matter. And while Christians should caution themselves from banking all their hope in any one candidate’s agenda, elections, in fact, really matter. With every candidate comes a platform of policies that he or she hopes to see implemented. But policies are never relegated only to the abstract; no, policies have … Continued

Reading J. C. Ryle

Why every seminary student should read J. C. Ryle

Ben Rogers — November 3, 2015

Editors’ note: This article is part of on occasional series on the SBTS blog, Why Every Student Should Read . . . This series is intended to spotlight and commend for further investigation pastors, teachers, theologians, books, sermons, and figures from church history as well as from the current evangelical scene. ___________________ When I was asked … Continued

food allergies

Living with food allergies and longing for heaven

Matt Haste — October 30, 2015

Perhaps you have heard about the Teal Pumpkin Project, an effort to make trick-or-treating safe for kids with food allergies. Lay aside whatever convictions you may have about the holiday in question for a moment and consider the theological truths behind those odd-colored pumpkins. While I might have paid little attention to this a few … Continued

Advice for seminarians

Another important piece of advice to seminarians

Jon English Lee — October 28, 2015

Every new school year there seems to be published several articles (e.g., here and here) with lots of very good advice for new seminarians (or college students in general). I heartily affirm everything in those posts. However, I do have one other piece of advice that I was given in my first semester of seminary … Continued

York on preaching tone

The tone of preaching

Hershael York — October 23, 2015

  In 34 years of marriage, the most frequent cause of argument has been—and remains—not terrible words I utter, but the tone of voice I use when I converse with my wife. The argument might go something like this: Me: (entering the house at the end of the day, and noticing that things are not … Continued

Dear Timothy letter

Dear Timothy: Pursue faithfulness above all else in your life and ministry

Jeff Robinson — October 19, 2015

Dear Timothy, Grace to you and peace from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ. The last time I wrote you, recall that I sought to stir up your mind by way of reminder, to use the words of our dear brother Peter, that you must find your contentment in Christ alone, else you … Continued

Praying for missionaries

7 things to pray for missionaries

Evan Burns — October 14, 2015

There are numerous ways a church or even those who are preparing for ministry can pray to bless their missionaries.  Because the church might not always know those immediate, pressing issues in the missionary’s life, praying from God’s Word is always valuable and applicable in every season and place. Here are seven simple ways to … Continued

McDonald make a defense blog

Always be prepared to make a defense

J. Daniel McDonald — October 9, 2015

“But in your hearts honor Christ the Lord has holy, always being prepared to make a defense to anyone who asks you for a reason for the hope that is in you; yet do it with gentleness and respect” 1 Pet. 3:15 (ESV) I’ve had the privilege of teaching Introduction to Philosophy and Introduction to … Continued