Are we engaging the culture or just ranting?

Are we engaging the culture or just ranting?

J. Daniel McDonald — June 14, 2016

Some Christians are not engaging unbelievers, they are only reacting to what is wrong and what they don’t like.

SBC annual meeting

6 Reasons pastors and future pastors should attend the SBC annual meeting

Jeff Robinson — June 10, 2016

It is rare to find an evangelical Christian under 50 who has been a part of one denomination for their entire church life. I was born into a family that was deeply committed to the local church and equally committed to the vision and mission of the Southern Baptist Convention. I have many cherished friends … Continued

Social media and middle school

Social media and middle school

Jim Stitzinger — June 7, 2016

“Everyone has it, why can’t I have it!” “They’re leaving me out of everything!”. . . cue the tears, bring up the music, and now the dramatic finish. . . ”you’re ruining my life, I’ll never make real friends!” This year’s winner of best actress in a pho-drama goes to a middle schooler for her role in … Continued

The Christian Life isn't meant to be effortless

The Christian life isn’t meant to be effortless

Donald S. Whitney — June 2, 2016

When we’re born again from above by the Spirit of God, the Lord makes a “new creation” of us (2 Cor 5:17). But when he accomplishes that radical, regenerating transformation of us, he does not eliminate our minds, our bodies, our emotions, our will or anything that’s a part of what makes us human. God’s … Continued

Waiting for work and trusting God amid trials

Waiting for work and trusting God amid trials

Jeremiah Greever — May 31, 2016

Graduation season is upon us, which for many graduates means the frightening reality of finding a ministerial position. We have all heard the horror stories of the same scenario countlessly repeating itself. The graduating student applies himself both in church and school, only to find few ministry positions available providing both adequate financial security and … Continued

What should a pastor do in his first few years at a church?

What should a pastor do in his first few years at a church?

Brian Croft — May 26, 2016

So many of the mistakes and missteps a pastor makes in a church as the new pastor comes from a lack of knowledge of what to do. The absence of clear thinking on this matter causes a pastor to listen to all kinds of different voices and hastily react to what he finds and hears … Continued

Are you a closet annihilationist?

Are you a closet annihilationist?

Denny Burk — May 24, 2016

National Geographic has an interesting article on the doctrine of hell. Chris Date, Preston Sprinkle, Clark Pinnock, and Edward Fudge are all quoted in the piece. The gist of it is that evangelical belief in the traditional doctrine of hell is in decline. Over the last 20 years, the number of Americans who believe in … Continued

Five keys to ministry in the Deep South

Five keys to ministry in the Deep South

Obbie Todd — May 19, 2016

One year ago, my wife and I packed everything we owned inside of a Penske truck and headed south. To a state largely unknown to us. To a people we didn’t know. For a job in which I had no real prior experience. Looking back, it was one of the best things to happen to … Continued

We must be governed by good news

We must be governed by good news

David E. Prince — May 17, 2016

As followers of Jesus, when we look at our American culture we cannot help but be troubled by what we see. Marriage has been legally redefined. Now, agreeing with the almost unanimous testimony of human history, that using the restroom ought to be a gender specific activity will get you labeled a bigot. Planned Parenthood … Continued

What is a disciple?

What is a disciple?

David Schrock — May 12, 2016

What is a disciple? The answer may not be as easy as it might first appear. First, there is a shift in the meaning of the term ‘disciple’ from the Gospels to the book of Acts. For instance, in John 6 many of Jesus’s ‘disciples’ leave him. These are the ones who followed him to … Continued