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Topic: Church Practices

Paul David Tripp

“Readers and Writers” Episode 3 with Cameron Cole

One of the primary failures of youth ministry is that the gospel is reduced to justification. (Cameron Cole) Unlocking the Bible continues to release weekly episodes of Readers and Writers with Colin Smith, a podcast recorded live at The Gospel Coalition’s 2017 National Conference. Our third guest is Cameron Cole, who […]

Paul David Tripp

Key Connections (May 11, 2017)

To the childless on Mother’s Day (Chelsea Patterson, The ERLC) As a childless woman, Mother’s Day can be a painful reminder of what I don’t have, and what I long for. Seven Things Church Members Should Say to Guests (Thom S. Rainer, LifeWay Pastors) Today, I am looking at a very basic […]

memorizing scripture

How Memorizing Scripture as a Small Group Changed My Life

Most Christians would agree that they want to memorize more Scripture. But for many, memorizing Scripture stops there—as a thought. It is harder to translate thought into reality when memorizing doesn’t come easily, you feel too busy, or past failures plague your memory. Last January, my small group of five […]

teens

12 Things to Pray for the Teens You Know

Being a teenager is hard. Being a Christian teenager is harder. We are walking through turbulent years, carrying pressing burdens, feelings, temptations, desires and fears. As teenagers, we wrestle with living through growing pains—as Christ-followers, with living out our faith. We need your help. More specifically, we need your prayer. […]

am I called to plant a church

Am I Called to Plant a Church?

Over the past few months, my wife, Kristen, and I have been discerning our call to plant a church. Nine personal experiences have stood out to us. I decided to write them down for my benefit, and then realized they might be helpful for other people too. So, are you […]

small group

Nine Ways to Miss the Point of Small Group

Thursday night. Bibles open. Six men from the local church pray together. One of them reads Psalm 31 and applies it to his brother. A strong sense of God-dependence fills the room. Sunday post-lunch. The church is quiet after a busy morning. Kids play in the next room, while five […]

Should I Give Up Something for Lent

Should I Give Up Something for Lent?

“Would you like half my brownie?” “No thanks,” my friend said. “I’ve given up sugar for Lent.” Guilt pinched my heart. I glanced around my church’s fellowship hall, filled with folks enjoying their meal. How many of them had also sacrificed something for Lent? I’d never given up anything during […]

Paul David Tripp

Key Connections (February 22, 2017)

Love the Church You’re With, Not the Church of Your Dreams (Ricky Alcantar, The Blazing Center) You may find that some of the things you long for begin to be more evident…Or you may find that God changes your heart to appreciate what’s already there. God Uses Our Work—Even Cleaning Milk […]

Paul David Tripp

Key Connections (January 25, 2017)

How to Live Under an Unqualified President (John Piper, Desiring God) Followers of Christ are not Americans first. Our first allegiance is to Jesus, and then to the God-inspired word of Scripture, the Bible. What to Do with Uncomfortable Bible Verses in the Psalms (Lianna Davis, Unlocking the Bible) As David was praying […]

ministry

How to Sustain Lifelong Ministry

I’ve been in pastoral ministry for nearly 18 years. A life-long call to Christian ministry requires perseverance, which enables God’s people to be equipped for ministry and exalts Christ (Ephesians 4:11-12). You may be a pastor, a lay ministry leader, or a church member, but faithful perseverance in Christian ministry […]

early church

Two Qualities of the Early Church We Should Pursue Today

The church, made up of Jesus’ followers, is his body on earth. It has been brilliant and influential at times, weak at other points in history, and increasingly divided over the years. Amazingly, the imperfect church is still God’s designated witness, his hands and feet, to accomplish his will on this earth. The early […]

teens leave the church

Three Ways to Guarantee Teens Leave the Church

Does your church like teenagers? Most would answer a hearty and enthusiastic, “Of course!” Why else are you buying all that pizza, offering all those programs, and doing everything you can to teach and care for your teens? You want to keep them in church. But lurking in many hearts […]

Paul David Tripp

Key Connections (October 12, 2016)

God Will Give You More Than You Can Handle (R.D. McClenagan, For The Church) God will give you more than you can handle. Guaranteed. When God Says “No” or “Wait” (Linda Green, True Woman) …while [God] may not immediately give us the answers we’re longing for, He is far from absent when His […]

Paul David Tripp

Key Connections (October 5, 2016)

How to Sabotage Your Pastor’s Sermons (Erik Raymond, The Gospel Coalition) Hearing a sermon is not an automatic sanctification pill. Sadly, many times the sermon gets undermined by other factors….With that, here are five ways to sabotage your pastor’s sermons. Is God Tired of Listening to Me? (Denise Loock, Unlocking the Bible) Do […]

Paul David Tripp

Key Connections (September 21, 2016)

4 Questions Parents Should Ask of Extracurricular Activities (Cameron Cole, The Gospel Coalition) Is it wrong to play on Sunday? Are we offering a poor Christian witness if we miss games and practices for religious events? Is the grandparent’s anniversary party more important than the playoff soccer game? Is the Bible […]

why go to church

Why Go to Church? 50+ Things You Miss by Not Attending Church

According to recent Pew Research data, only 35% of American Christians consider attending religious services as an essential part of their faith.1 Only 28% listed “helping out in your congregation” as essential. It appears that the majority of self-proclaimed Christians do not know how to answer the question, “Why go to […]