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

Classroom

Ask a professor: Am I called to plant or revitalize?

Timothy Beougher — February 12, 2016

Editors’ note: This article begins an occasional series called “Ask a Professor” in which a member of the SBTS faculty will answer practical or theological questions related to preparing for ministry in the local church. If you have a question you’d like to see answered in this series, e-mail our blog editor at jrobinson@sbts.edu. ___________________________ … Continued

Fictional Church

Beware of your fictional church

Jeff Robinson — February 10, 2016

His words rang in my ears for days and triggered a few nights of nocturnal unrest. “What were you expecting in the pastorate? You’re not in seminary any more and this church isn’t filled with your seminary buddies. You’re in the real world now, son.” I had been on the job exactly seven days when … Continued