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9Marks Explained : A Letter From Mark Dever

Bobby Jamieson

Blog posts by Bobby Jamieson:

Stylized Soundtracks and Sunday Morning

Whatever happened to headphones? Or even earbuds, their scrawny successors?

Free Book from Logos: Biblical Theology in the Life of the Church

All this month, Logos is giving away electronic copies of Biblical Theology in the Life of the Church by Michael Lawrence. 

Nobody Gets the Church They Want

For the past few days I’ve been more or less confined to bed. That’s rare for me, since I’m twenty-seven and healthy. But I’ve got a degenerative disc in my lower back that flares up once in a long while.

Book Review: Preaching: A Biblical Theology, by Jason Meyer

I hate to say it, but my impression is that much—most?—of what goes by the name of expository preaching isn’t actually expository preaching. More like expo-lite.

Special on Mark Dever's Two 1 Corinthians Bible Studies

Throughout December, 9Marks is offering a special discount on Mark Dever's two Bible studies on 1 Corinthians. You can buy the set for $4.

1 Corinthians can be a difficult book to interpret and teach, since it touches on so many controversial issues. But it's a crucial book, since few other biblical books speak so fully and frankly to the realities of life in an imperfect church.

Not Strange Enough: “Church Rescue” and the National Geographic Effect

Have you ever seen someone gawk at an evangelical? I don’t know if the phrase is unique to him, but I’ve often heard Al Mohler refer to this as the “National Geographic effect.” What he means is that secular Westerners—especially elites—sometimes respond to evangelical Christians about like they’d respond to rumors of cannibalistic tribes in the South Pacific: “Wait—there are still people like that out there!?”

New 9Marks Journal Out: Case Studies in Evangelism

Friends, there's a new 9Marks Journal out. It's our second on evangelism and it features a series of practical case studies.

Reframing “Calling”: Words to Churches and Aspiring Pastors

You’ve found yourself at the end of a series in which I’m attempting to reframe how we think about “calling to ministry.”

In my first post I pointed out that “calling” language carries a double presumption. You’re saying you think you are, or soon will be, (1) qualified to be an elder and (2) sufficiently gifted in ministry that a church should pay you to do it.