The emptiness of Hallmark card race theology | David Prince

The emptiness of Hallmark card race theology

David E. Prince — April 18, 2016

I do not generally like Hallmark cards. When I get my wife, children, or someone else a card, I usually look for one that is attractive on the outside but blank on the inside. I prefer to write my thoughts inside the card because I never read what is written in Hallmark cards and think … Continued

Rookie Pastor Mistakes

Top 5 rookie pastor mistakes

Hershael York — April 8, 2016

Finally, after all your training and praying and longing, you receive a call from your first church. You are elated—and determined to do a great job. They are God’s people, and he has graciously allowed you to serve them as their pastor. You have so many ideas for how to make them a stronger, more … Continued

Live Smart

Dan Dumas: Live intentionally, live smart

Jeff Robinson — April 6, 2016

Editors note: Dan Dumas has written a new book, Live Smart: Preparing for the Future God Wants for You (Bethany House). SBTS Blog editor Jeff Robinson corresponded with him on how he hopes to minister to the local church through his new work.   In Live Smart, you trace out 14 principles from Scripture that … Continued

Engaging Those Different Than Yourself

Five tips for engaging those different than yourself

Jon English Lee — April 1, 2016

I have a confession to make: I am a terrible evangelist. I do try, but I can’t seem to have much success or consistency. I often find myself hiding behind the excuse that “I’m an introvert.” But the real problem is that I am just not loving my neighbor as myself. The task is made … Continued

Missionary Organizations

4 Questions every church should ask a missionary organization

Elliot Clark — March 29, 2016

Not all missionary organizations are created equal. In fact, while the Great Commission is surprisingly succinct as founding documents go, it has germinated a host of extremely diverse ministries and methods. Today, hundreds of international sending agencies exist ranging from those committed to curbing sex trafficking to promoting the gift of prophecy, all in the … Continued

If Christ is not raised

If Christ is not raised

Jeff Robinson — March 25, 2016

As Christians who exult in the evangel, the good news of God’s redeeming love for sinners, we rightly cherish above all else the cross of Jesus Christ. Good Friday services are among the most glorious of our annual gatherings as we reflect upon that sacrifice. We delight to read and pray and sing and preach … Continued

Greever Frugality

Don’t let frugality steal your generosity

Jeremiah Greever — March 21, 2016

Frugality is perhaps one of the most prevalent characteristics found in college students, young seminarians, and millennials. Ever since the financial crisis of 2008, rising prices for college tuition as well as growing concern for market validity have given millennials ample incentives to become frugal. Of course, we would affirm that frugality is a good … Continued

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