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9Marks Explained : A Letter From Mark Dever

Book Review: Break Out!, by Joel Osteen

Joel Osteen, Break Out! 5 Keys to Go Beyond Your Barriers and Live an Extraordinary Life. FaithWords, 2013. 243 pages. $26.00   Reviewed only Read more >

Book Review: The Pastor's Justification, by Jared Wilson

Jared Wilson, The Pastor’s Justification: Applying the Work of Christ in your Life and Ministry. Crossway, 2013. 192 pages. $15.99   Reviewed only Read more >

Reaching the “Converted”

Some of our most obvious evangelistic opportunities are with the people who are members of our churches. You already have a relationship with them. You already have the advantage of consistently telling them the gospel. You also have some God-ordained opportunities to personally point them to Christ. Read more >

Building Unity and Friendship Among Elders

Developing unity and friendship among your elders is critical for the health of your church. The way that the leaders of your church relate to one another will eventually be reflected in how the congregation relates to each other. Disharmony at the top will create serious division in the body. Harmony at the top creates safety and security for the flock. Can you develop a team of elders who like each other and truly get along? Is it even possible? Yes! Read more >

How Pastors Can Equip Women for Ministry

I wish you could meet Lorie. Lorie’s life is complicated by the ongoing difficulties that come with multiple sclerosis. But that doesn’t keep her from counseling several women on a weekly basis. Her unrelenting joy in the promises of God helps her to bring about gospel growth in other women. Lorie pours into others what others have helped pour into her: the practice of bringing the Scriptures to bear on all aspects of life. Read more >

A Pastor's Priorities For Day One

Yesterday the congregation installed you as their pastor. (It sounds like something you do to a dishwasher, doesn't it?)  There were prayers, hugs, smiles, singing, food, picture-taking, and now it's Monday. Where do you begin? You know that you need to prepare excellent sermons, disciple church members, and do evangelism. But how do you actually start? What should you do on your first day? Read more >