Lay Counselors: Effective Criteria for Selecting and Screening Them

by Siang-Yang Tan and Eric T. Scalise, adapted from their newly revised and updated Lay Counseling: Equipping Christians for a Helping Ministry. The careful selection of lay counselors is a crucial step in the development of an effective lay counseling ministry. However, there is less agreement and even less research […]


Failure and Faithfulness in Daniel 12: Reflections for Pastors

by Wendy L. Widder, adapted from her new book The Story of God Bible Commentary: Daniel (Tremper Longman III and Scot McKnight, General Editors). Use this reflection in a sermon, small group, counseling session, or even your personal devotions. Bryan Chapell recounts the late-in-life words of a gifted friend who […]


Improve Your Greeter Ministry with These 4 Steps

by Leslie Parrott, adapted from Serving as a Church Greeter, recently collected in The Zondervan Practical Ministry Guides Collection: Complete 7-Volume Set. Here are some crucial ideas that can prove to be valuable for you and your church as you carry out your ministry of greeting: Step One: Commit Paul […]


The 4-Minute Explanation of How Salvation Works

How does salvation work? Discover in the article below, written by Wayne Grudem and adapted from resources in the recently released Systematic Theology Pack: A Complete Introduction to Bible Doctrine. Election (God’s choice of people to be saved) is an act of God before creation in which he chooses some […]

How Salvation Works

16 Traits of God: Do Any Surprise You?

How many of God’s traits can you list in 30 seconds? Compare your answers to the list of 16 traits below. This article is by Gregg Allison and Chris Castaldo, adapted from their new book The Unfinished Reformation: What Unites and Divides Catholics and Protestants After 500 Years. Catholics and […]


What if You Don’t Know Your Life Goal? 7 Practical Steps to Take Now

1. Do what’s before you with excellence. When you don’t know what your goals are or what your vision in life is, the last thing you should do is nothing. Instead, do what’s before you with excellence. That is often the path to identifying what you should be doing, or […]