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9Marks Explained : A Letter From Mark Dever

Michael McKinley

Blog posts by Michael McKinley:

Evangelism Tool Review: The Story

The Story is a gospel presentation tool designed by SpreadTruth.com. It is a popular tool for sharing the gospel; half a million people have viewed the gospel presentation online and The Story ESV Bible was published by Crossway in 2013. The Story can be accessed online (at http://viewthestory.com) through an app or via traditional printed tracts.

Three Ingredients for an Evangelistic Church Culture

I’m convinced it’s better for your church to have an evangelistic culture than just a series of evangelistic programs.

In a church with a program-driven approach to evangelism, sharing the gospel can become something mostly for certain people at certain times, like when the evangelism team goes out visiting.

Conference on Conversion in Phoenix

If you are in the Phoenix area this Thursday (February 21), consider joining the Phoenix chapter of the Gospel Coalition for Reality Check: Conversion and the Church. Wayne Grudem and yours truly will be speaking, and it should be a good time to think about this important subject. I hope to see you there!



NPR and the Return of Christ

I got into my car after church on Sunday to find that the radio had been left tuned in to A Prarie Home Companion on NPR. That's not a show I normally listen to (you know, since I'm not 80 years old), but since there was no football (sigh) to listen to and my home is only five minutes away, I didn't bother to change the station.

Why India Needs 9Marks

I recently returned from a two-week trip to India. During my time there I taught two 9Marks conferences for pastors and seminarians. I came away from that time more convinced than ever that the mission of 9Marks is essential to the spread of the gospel in places like Uttar Pradesh and Jharkhand.

Helping Without Hurting Conference in DC

If you are in the DC area and are involved in church work or development work, you may be interested in the upcoming Helping Without Hurting conference. It's being hosted by Grace DC on 3/7/13 at Calvary Baptist Church in DC. 

From the Grace DC website:

Advice on Counseling Unbelievers

Good advice from the Journal of Biblical Counseling on how to helpfully counsel unbelievers. From J. Alasdair Groves' “How Do You Counsel Non-Christians?” which is well worth reading in its entirety:

Joy Without Sorrow, Love Without Death


Christmas made me a little sad this year. On one hand, everything could not have been better. Our five kids are healthy and happy. My wife is a blessing and marriage is joyful. All four of our parents were there and in good health. We had the resources to give gifts and have a great party with good friends. There was no tension, no pain, no hostility, just love and celebration. It was just about perfect.