On the Table: A New Bible Study Answering Common Cultural Questions

Last year I led our church through On the Table, a teaching series that answered major questions Christians often receive. Some of the questions felt more theological such as “How can we trust the Bible?” and “Is Jesus the only way?” Some of the questions felt more cultural such as “What does God think about […]

4 Most Common Comments from “Regular People” About Studying Theology

In the summer of 2020, I led an online theology class for people in the church I pastor. I was blown away that over 1000 people engaged in the class, asked thoughtful questions, and walked through the material each week. We used a theological text book as our reading, and explored a different “ology” each […]

Sermon Prep: Why Do You Spend So Much Time on It?

Senior pastors invest varying amounts of time in sermon preparation. I have friends who spend 25 hours a week on a sermon and friends who spend 8-10 hours a week on sermons. The amount of time in sermon prep can vary based on the experience of the pastor (those with more experience have reservoirs of […]

3 Dangers in Only Teaching Commands and Virtues

There is something very attractive in teaching people commands (you must do this) and virtues (you must be this type of person). I see the attractive temptation in my own life. On my worst days I just want my kids to behave, and I don’t think much about why they are behaving. On my worst […]

3 Unique Leadership Challenges in Ministry to Men

Fire is an amazing thing, isn’t it? It can be incredibly helpful—warming your home, cooking your dinner, and when focused, can even cut through steel. Men are similar to fire. Men can either warm families, churches, and communities or they can burn them to the ground. That’s why every church must minister to men in […]

Equipping Group Leaders and Bible Teachers

This is a post by Rob Tims that originally appeared on the LifeWay Church Leaders blog. Rob is a Christ-follower, husband, and father of four and lives in Nashville, TN. Rob works at LifeWay Christian Resources, and he also is an Associate Professor for Liberty University Online and enjoys preaching and teaching in various venues throughout the year. […]

Let the Word Dwell in You: Why It Matters

My friend, Toby Jennings, is guest-blogging today. Toby is the Managing Editor of LifeWay’s Explore the Bible, a book-by-book study for groups of all ages. Toby earned his PhD from The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary. You can access a free preview of the first month of Explore the Bible here. When asked by Roman Christians how God could […]