Blog Archive

Keep the Main Thing the Main Thing

Bruce Alvord | February 19, 2019

It is so tempting for us to live as if the main thing about ourselves is what others can see on the outside. We know that what’s on the inside is most important—but our old sin nature keeps enticing us to focus on the external. It’s especially crucial for church leaders to avoid this pitfall because people look to us as examples of how to live the Christian life. Unfortunately, at times we act as if degrees, experience, teaching talent, leadership skills, or a gregarious personality are more important than the inner man. While those things may be helpful, they are not the main thing for a minister.

Journaling: The Art of Prayerful Meditation

Dan Jarms | February 12, 2019

You don’t have to journal. It’s not a biblical command. But, you do need to develop a way to prayerfully meditate on Scripture. Meditation on Scripture is fundamental to fruitfulness in our life with God. Many believers, myself included, find journaling a worthwhile avenue for prayerful meditation.

American Gospel: Christ Alone, Film Review

Reagan Rose | February 5, 2019

In American Gospel: Christ Alone, we are treated to the melding of excellence in craft with excellence in content. It tackles false gospels in a sensitive and thought-provoking manner which makes it a must-watch for believers who love the true gospel.

The Supremacy of the King-Priest

Iosif J. Zhakevich | January 29, 2019

A unique quality that distinguishes Jesus as the supreme ruler is His function as a king-priest. While these two offices operated separately in ancient Israel—to administer justice in the nation and to implement accountability between the two offices—in Messiah Jesus these two offices of authority converged.

A Wise and Purposeful Walk

Carl Hargrove | January 22, 2019

When your life is over, what you present to God will be determined by how you chose to walk in wisdom before a dying and needy world. May we all, as Paul says, make the “best use of the time” by walking wisely in the world as lights in the midst of darkness.

What Makes a Good Sermon?

Bruce Alvord | January 15, 2019

Most people would say they know a good sermon when they hear one. Yet, listing the specific characteristics is a more difficult task. For preachers, knowing the answer to “What makes a good sermon?” is crucial.

Book Review: Five Half Truths

Reagan Rose | January 8, 2019

The almost true is the slough of confusion in which today’s evangelicalism seems to be drowning. In his new book, Five Half Truths, pastor Flip Michaels does the hard work of disentangling five of the most notorious half-truths plaguing popular Christian thinking today.

Resolutions of the Righteous

Rich Gregory | January 1, 2019

As you make your resolutions for 2019, the challenge of God’s Word to you is that you would resolve to strive after godliness by pursuing the kind of righteousness you see in the life of Christ, and by fleeing from the wickedness that He hates. Looking at Psalm 1 will help us learn to make the resolutions of the righteous.

Not a Wonderful Life: What if Jesus Had Never Been Born?

Nathan Busenitz | December 20, 2018

If Jesus had never been born, we would have no salvation from sin, no victory over death, and no mediator between us and God. But because of the incarnation, we have a place in the family of God through faith. Take time this Christmas to reflect on those theological truths—worshipping the One who humbled Himself for our sakes.

12 Books You Should Gift This Christmas

TMS Staff | December 11, 2018

From an exposition on the beatitudes, to finding lasting contentment, to a lesson in church history, here are twelve books you should gift this Christmas—as recommended by our faculty and staff.

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