By Bob Cowman I tend to see opportunity at the strangest times and in the weirdest ways. If you read the news or follow the …
Mike and Bob discuss the many issues surrounding the difficult decision to leave a church.
As Christians, we must be prepared to confront both racist actions and racist attitudes, because sin originates in the heart.
Mike interviews Steve DeWitt on the subject of Christ’s supremacy and beauty.
The question isn’t so much whether or not to utilize social media, but what we are trying to say and why. Our communication is to be seasoned as with salt—that implies that we are putting in some thought beforehand.
“Can we gather yet as a church again?” A national representative of a fellowship of churches does not have the definite answer for each local church. But thankfully, the principles of God’s sufficient Word do.
What should we be considering, as Christians, when we ponder and discuss the idea of reopening the country?
By Steve Viars Indiana’s governor, Gov. Eric Holcomb, along with his assembled team of medical and business professionals, has the gigantic task of leading our …
This is a time of great uncertainty, but it is also a time for reflection on First Things, on Prime Principles. On what is certain. On Truth.
We’re all in over our heads right now. These are hard times. But the hard times are the best times to become who God made us to be.
Just as biblical love is an action (not a feeling) so is biblical forgiveness. Stop looking at your emotions as a barometer and start looking unto Jesus.
Like the early church, we must boldly step into the challenge of caring for the vulnerable and sick. We must point them to the only One Who can deliver us.
Mike and David discuss Christian living and church ministry in an age of Coronavirus lockdown.
Observing the Lord’s Table remotely might not be the best idea.
What does the Coronavirus lock-down mean for our Baptist understanding of church polity?
Four suggestions for using this extraordinary time as an opportunity for spiritual renewal.
“Your word I have hidden in my heart, that I might not sin against You” (Ps. 119:11).
The “iron sharpening iron” process that Proverbs 27:17 provides is a helpful and maybe even convicting part of a believer’s life.
We have good reason to take the virus seriously. But we also have good reason to trust God, live courageously, and love others.
What are you worried about? Try this three-step approach from Philippians 4:6–7.
Four reasons Christians should sincerely care about the current COVID-19 crisis.
Today the church is facing several incoming threats about which we cannot afford to say, “Don’t worry about it.”
The idea that shame has no place at all in the life of the believer says too much.
God calls us to live actively in confident faith and hope, not fear. Like our Biblical forerunners, He asks us to trust in the fact that He is already present in the places that are new and untested for us.
Let’s commit ourselves to work together for God’s glory in 2020 to make disciples in healthy local churches.
In this episode, we consider the historical identity of the Magi and offer some reflections on the account of their visit to the Christ-child in Matthew 2.
This Thanksgiving Day, as we sit down with our family and friends and stare at that turkey with the trimmings, perhaps we should remind ourselves to be better thankers and better givers.
This episode features a panel discussion on pastoral recruitment and the call to ministry.
Mike discusses marriage in ministry with John and Daria Greening.
Self-care in its proper place is good, but that road can be slippery. We are not our own; we are Christ’s.
David and Mike discuss the proposed updated purpose statement and how it better answers the question, “What is our purpose and our mission?”
God is a good Father. He loves to give good gifts. At the cross, the most significant suffering in history collided with the greatest gift anyone could ever offer.
Five reasons to invest in both your local and state fellowship.
It is God’s business to turn people who are not good into people are who are. Justification declares us to be righteous based on the righteousness of another, so we are “good” in the estimation of God as He sees us in Christ.
By Kevin Carson Some questions that readers ask are harder to answer than others. This is a very hard question. Whenever someone asks this question, …
Pastoral ministry can be a lonely place. But it doesn’t have to be. Years ago it was common for seminary professors to caution aspiring pastors about having close friendships.
Do you find yourself in a cyclical battle with sin? Next time you sin, stop yourself, and walk yourself through James 4:1–4.
A little over 13 months ago Christina and I unpacked our belongings and began settling into the northwest suburbs of Chicago. We also began a …
Mike and David discuss signs and wonders, spiritual gifts, and Biblical sufficiency.
It is true that people are lost and dying, and that we should be urgent about pursuing the lost, but skipping seminary in order to rush into ministry would be like performing a surgery without any schooling.
Let’s not forget while hearing the heartbreaking accounts of spiritually shipwrecked Christians that there are multitudes of faithful Christian brethren all around the world still persevering in their faith and staying true to the gospel, sometimes even under intense persecution.
Pat Nemmers and Chuck De Cleene discuss the importance of intentional evangelism.
Three common fears will eventually lead a church down the road to closure instead of revitalization.
While it is true that believers may struggle with sins, those sins should no longer define the believer: we must cease being what we were and become what we are.
A tribute to Dr. Warren Wiersbe (1929–2019).
David Gunn and Andy Woods discuss the coming Kingdom and its relationship to the Church.
A Critical Review of Andy Stanley’s “Irresistible: Reclaiming the New that Jesus Unleashed for the World.”
Mike Hess and Mark Vroegop discuss pastoral ministry, worship, and lament.
By Bob Stevenson Tomorrow, we celebrate good Friday. In our church, we gather to read the passion narrative and reflect on the event of the …
In the spiritual gift lists in the New Testament, some gifts were miraculously endowed and immediately exercised and some were non-miraculously, naturally inherited and used.
by Dave Cunningham Those of us who stand for the truth of God’s Word and vote with the Bible in our back pocket have been …
Unplanned is a film you need to see. It will change your perspective. It is not entertaining, but it does show in compelling fashion both what abortion is and how by God’s grace we can see change in those who administer and advocate its practice in our day.
David and Mike discuss the issues of ecclesiastical separation and secondary separation.
Many Christians know that Jesus said that we should have the faith of a child. But what does Jesus mean by this comparison?
On March 15 the 7th Circuit Court of Appeals reversed the district court decision and found that a housing allowance for church clergy does not violate the Constitution’s establishment clause.
Jon Jenks joins us to discuss the essence and nature of Biblical worship.
The Miracles of Jesus Christ John the Baptist (who did no miracle) was the new voice for God to Israel after the four sterile centuries …
Should Baptists celebrate Lent? Mike and David discuss this question by examining the history of Lent, New Testament teachings on food, fasting, and spirituality, and the sacramental context in which Lenten observance usually occurs.
The era of the Gospels began with the gigantic miracle of the virgin conception and birth of Jesus of Nazareth, the entrance of God in the flesh into the temporal order. This era closed with the most colossal miracle of all human history—the bodily resurrection of Jesus from the dead.