Integrating counseling and discipleship in the local church

Integrating counseling and discipleship in the local church

David Dunham — March 17, 2016

If crisis does not lead to greater investment in community it will simply lead to deeper crisis. Often our inclination is to let crisis drive us towards isolation, but it is only within community that we can find real hope and help. So, crisis can become the entry point for many people into discipleship. Pastors, … Continued

Transition and the pastor's wife | Erin Wheeler

Transition and the pastor’s wife

Erin Wheeler — March 15, 2016

I couldn’t believe we were here. We’d flown in and out of Washington DC’s Reagan Airport more times than I could count, but never with Arkansas as the destination. In the past, God had called us to take what I had considered big leaps of faith by asking us to go places and do things … Continued

Croft Church Revitalization

Church revitalization: A biblical approach

Brian Croft — March 10, 2016

The numbers are staggering. Experts estimate that approximately 1,000 local churches close their doors every year. What is even more disheartening about this statistic is that number only reflects Southern Baptist Churches — my denomination. Imagine how that number grows if you added the number of closing local churches from other established denominations, which some assert … Continued

Live Smart

Get wisdom. Live smart.

Dan Dumas — March 8, 2016

I have often said that I grew up a proficient sinner. My context encouraged it, and I was gladly spurred on by peers. I grew up in Maine, where cultural Christianity died a long time ago. It wasn’t until I was a 21-year old in the Navy when I first turned from that sin and … Continued

Sermon Evaluation

Six crucial questions to ask of every sermon

Jeff Robinson — March 4, 2016

Every pastor has a general routine he follows each week in preparing to preach the Word of God on the Lord’s Day. I begin on Sunday night, reading next week’s text. I read it over and over, meditatively, throughout the week. By Wednesday, I hope to have a general outline. By Friday evening, I hope … Continued

York Pastoral Job

When you cannot find a place to serve in ministry

Hershael York — March 1, 2016

Hardly a day goes by that I do not receive some communication from a young minister, often someone I taught in seminary, who cannot find a place of service. Forced to work a secular and usually unpleasant job while sending out countless resumes and networking as much as possible, the disappointment and frustration mount almost … Continued

Nettles Hymns

4 ways hymns have shaped my life and doctrine

Tom Nettles — February 26, 2016

I cannot remember when hymns were not deeply embedded in my mental framework. How soon I began to go to “big-church” I do not recall, but the singing always made a deep impression on me and the language upon which I first began to meditate consisted of phrases in the musical repertoire: Holy, holy, holy … Continued

Family Worship

Family worship and the day I made my daughter cry

Don Whitney — February 24, 2016

My daughter, Laurelen, graduated from a small, classical Christian high school. The school enjoys a commencement tradition in which the parents hand the diploma to their child, but only after speaking a few words of encouragement (usually accompanied with some nostalgia) to him or her. The graduate responds with some brief, prepared remarks of his … Continued

Theology Schrock

Theology is not just for theologians

David Schrock — February 19, 2016

In other words, Theology is practical: especially now. In the old days, when there was less education and discussion, perhaps it was possible to get on with a very few simple ideas about God. But it is not so now. Everyone reads, everyone hears things discussed. Consequently, if you do not listen to Theology, that … Continued

Prince Laughter

A high view of God should lead to laughter

David Prince — February 16, 2016

If you cannot laugh at yourself, and laugh at yourself with others, you have a theological problem—you do not take God seriously enough. There is a reciprocal relationship between taking God seriously, and taking yourself less seriously. When people take themselves too seriously, they naturally become self-referential and touchy. They tend to be on the … Continued