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9Marks Explained : A Letter From Mark Dever

2012

Questioning Kevin DeYoung's Good Word on Presbyterianism

Not so fast! That's my quick response to Kevin DeYoung's six-point post called "Putting in a Good Word for Presbyterianism."

Conversion Talks for 9Marks at Southeastern

If you had not heard elsewhere, I wanted to make sure you saw that the 9Marks at Southern Seminary talks are now online. The topic was CONVERSION. Great stuff.

Jerry Sandusky and the Wrath of God

 

As you already know, Jerry Sandusky was sentenced yesterday to a prison term of at least 30 years. This amounts to a de facto life sentence for the 68 year old man.

Poison Turned to Medicine

In his commentary on II Corinthians, John Calvin reflects on Paul's statement that a messenger of Satan (his "thorn in the flesh") served as God's means of keeping him from deadly pride.

Pauls writes: So to keep me from becoming conceited because of the surpassing greatness of the revelations, a thorn was given me in the flesh, a messenger of Satan to harass me, to keep me from becoming conceited. (2 Corinthians 12:7 ESV)

Videos to Help Preachers from St. Helen's Bishopsgate

St Helen's Bishopsgate (www.st-helens.org.uk) is synonymous faithful expositional preaching, so I was pleased to hear that they have launched a new monthly video series designed to equip, inspire and encourage all of us who teach God's word.

The videos for the series, called "Preaching Matters", will be out on the first Monday of each month with the first one available today. I have watched a few of the videos and they are excellent.

Encouragement for those struggling with same-sex attraction

Vaughan Roberts is well known in British Evangelical circles for his strengths as one of the most gifted and faithful writers, preachers and church leaders in the land.

In a recent interview with Julian Hardyman Vaughan talks about how he has sought to live a godly life while struggling with same-sex attraction, and why he has decided to share his struggles more widely.

Preaching for the "Home Run"

 

Last week, I received an email with a good question about preaching:

I have heard people say that preaching is more about preaching sermons that are “base hits”* rather than hitting a “home run”* every week. This seems to be very true of my own preaching (even though I sometimes don't feel like I get on base*) and it also is a more biblical view of long-term sanctification over a lifetime.

Discipling: More than a Podcast Preacher

[Ed. Note: For more articles like this, check out the latest 9Marks Journal on Discipling in the Church.]

Preaching and hearing the gospel is not enough.

Elders—The Church’s Lead Disciple-Makers

[Ed. Note: For more articles like this, check out the latest 9Marks Journal on Discipling in the Church.]

Are you an elder in your church? Then you should be one of the church’s lead disciplers. You knew that this was a key part of an elder’s job description, right?

Conducting Effective Membership Interviews

The good folks over at The Gospel Coalition Blog gave me a stab at answering the question, "How can pastors conduct effective membership interviews?" 

If that's a topic that interests you, you can find my answer here.