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

Dear Timothy letter

Dear Timothy: Find your contentment in Christ alone

Jeff Robinson — October 7, 2015

A few years ago, Founders Ministries published an excellent, multi-author work, titled Dear Timothy (A must-read for young pastors and thankfully still available). The book was written as a series of letters from the veteran pastor, Paul, to the young upstart pastor, Timothy. In the spirit of that fine publication, I offer the following letter as … Continued

Reading Martin Lloyd Jones

Why every student should read Martyn-Lloyd Jones

Ben Bailie — October 2, 2015

Editors’ note: This article begins 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. ___________________________________________________ Martyn Lloyd-Jones is one of … Continued

Spurgeon and rising early

Rise early and be alone with God: wise counsel from an old divine

Jeff Robinson — September 30, 2015

What is the best time of day to pray and meditate on the Word of God? For me, the best time is the early morning. With four young children in the house, all of whom are usually still sleeping this is the only quiet time in my home. This time also has the advantage of … Continued

Pastor's spiritual life

7 crucial reasons why a pastor’s spiritual life matters to his church

Matt Haste — September 25, 2015

Pastor, your spiritual health matters to your church. Your pursuit of Christ impacts your people. You know this, of course, but does your daily schedule reflect it? When you allocate time and energy toward the spiritual disciplines, do you do so with a view toward what is at stake? God’s sovereign purposes are not dependent … Continued

Guard your hearts from porn

Guard your hearts at all costs in the war with porn

Brian Renshaw — September 22, 2015

Pornography is one of the greatest dangers facing the church today. I could offer you statistics and case studies showing the devastating effects pornography is having on our church leaders but that is not needed. You know the dangers and the widespread effects of pornography. Based on statistics alone there is a reasonable chance that … Continued

Logic to arguments blog 2

How to apply logic to arguments, part 2

J. Daniel McDonald — September 18, 2015

Editors’ note: Part I of this two-part series was published on Tuesday. Engaging the culture involves more than the picking apart of opposing arguments. While this is important, you must develop and use well-reasoned arguments. It is far too easy to point out the faults and inaccuracies of someone else’s argument, but to make this … Continued