Continue growing after seminary

How do I keep growing theologically after seminary?

Scott Slayton — October 11, 2016

I still remember the first day I stepped into the textbook tunnel in the LifeWay at SBTS. There were so many incredible books, and all were organized according to the courses in which they would be used. “The Doctrine of the Holy Spirit,” “Hebrew Exegesis: Joshua,” “Jonathan Edwards,” and “New Testament Exegesis: Galatians” all sounded … Continued

David Schrock on Rest

Learn to rest in a received ministry

David Schrock — September 30, 2016

Have you ever met someone whose singular aim is to convince you they are called to ministry? Maybe they give away scores of Vista Print business cards asking you to invite them to your church; maybe they email you regularly to convince you why they should speak or sing or play at your next youth … Continued

Elliot Clark blog

A call to be who you aren’t

Elliot Clark — September 27, 2016

Every American has undoubtedly heard the phrase: “Be who you are.” Some of us heard it first from Dr. Seuss. Others from the Bee Gees. These days it seems to be the omnipresent mantra of Disney and even much of the church. But despite such endearing sources, I’m fairly certain its origins are far more … Continued

Sills Technology and Missions

How technology has changed missions

David Sills — September 22, 2016

We live in a technological age that is rapidly changing how we do business, banking, education, and on and on. Certainly there are disadvantages of being constantly in touch with everyone who demands our time and attention, and the anxiety caused by information overload is evident in the harried, hurried lives we live. Only the … Continued

Robinson Pastor Search

10 questions to ask a pastoral search committee

Jeff Robinson — September 19, 2016

When seeking a new pastor, most churches elect a search committee that accepts resumes and sorts through them to find a few men who meet the criteria. It is by no means a perfect methodology — often equally difficult for committee members as for candidates — but it is typical. I have heard many who … Continued

Changes in church

6 things to remember when making changes in a local church

Hershael York — September 14, 2016

With some regularity I receive an email or a call relating that some pastor, often a seminary student or recent graduate, has “torn up” a church he has served. Listening to the details, I usually discern two things: 1) the popular perception is that the cause of the problem was the pastor’s haste to change … Continued

Church Pews

Good liturgy is theology in action

Chad Ashby — September 8, 2016

Last year, I was having a conversation about our service with a member, and I realized the two of us were talking past each other. It began to dawn on me when the terms “singing service” and “preaching service” entered the discussion: the disconnect was an effect of twentieth century revivalism. Big tent revivals of the … Continued

Pastoral Visits

What to do with that awkward silence on pastoral visits

Brian Croft — September 6, 2016

This is a question that came to me by a young and introverted pastor who is struggling to know how to make conversation with elderly folks when he goes to visit them. I wish more and more young pastors knew their weaknesses and desired to grow like this young brother. Be comfortable with the silence Because I … Continued

Obbie Todd Writing

3 things a reformer teaches us about writing

Obbie Todd — September 2, 2016

Remarkably, when John Calvin became pastor in Geneva in 1536, he still lacked an official degree in theology from an academic institution. Neither had he submitted to any kind of ecclesiastical examination. Nevertheless, in addition to his studies in logic, languages, and civic law, the French Reformer was also a master of communication. His style … Continued

Imitate Heroes

Imitate spiritual heroes

Don Whitney — August 31, 2016

My spiritual heroes surround me when I’m writing. They sit on the bookcases on either side of the woodstove. The faces of some of them smile at me from various places on the walls or from nooks at the empty ends of bookshelves. The busts of four look down upon me like Mount Rushmore from … Continued