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9Marks Explained : A Letter From Mark Dever

The Twin Temptations of Pragmatism and Authoritarianism

It is easy for church leaders to look only to their left or only to their right in seeking to avoid the errors of others. Something I have learned from watching Tim Keller is the importance of looking in both directions. Hence, the man always seems to have a “third way” on offer. Read more >

When Is Pragmatism Prudent?

As Bible-believing Christians, we insist that everything we do be based on the Bible. And yet I’ll bet that of the decisions you made today, 99 percent of them were not direct applications of Scripture, but were pragmatic in nature. What color should you paint the church? Should you have lunch with Joe or with Tim? What words will best serve your wife when you walk through the door? Read more >

The Sufficiency of Scripture

The doctrine of the sufficiency of Scripture lies at the heart of what it means to be a Protestant. Protestantism and Roman Catholicism share much in common in terms of basic theology, such as a commitment to the doctrines of the Trinity and the Incarnation. When it comes to matters of authority, however, there are major divergences. One of these is on the matter of Scripture: is Scripture sufficient as an authority for the church or not? Read more >

I Was a Pragmatist

Hi, I’m Jeramie. And I’m a recovering pragmatic pastor.   I graduated from seminary seventeen years ago and became the senior pastor of South Shore Baptist Church in Hingham, Massachusetts about two years later. Seminary gave me a solid theological foundation, sharp exegetical tools, and a firm grasp of the Bible’s storyline. That education fuels my ministry to this day.    Read more >

The Greatest Danger Facing the Church

The greatest danger facing the church is probably not what most of us expect. We expect some sort of direct challenge from without, but it probably comes from within. In our day, it may well come from well-meaning pastors. How could well-meaning pastors pose the greatest threat to evangelical churches today? Do they deny the truth? No, the pastors who pose the greatest threat to the church today will confess belief in the right things. They will confess the authority and inerrancy of the Bible, that Jesus saves, and that he is the only way of salvation. Read more >

Re-imagining Success in Ministry

Abridged Excerpts from the Introduction to Nine Marks of a Healthy Church (Wheaton: Crossway, 2000). Read more >

A Reforming Ministry

Welcome to the website of the 9Marks Ministries.   9Marks is a ministry of Capitol Hill Baptist Church (Washington, DC) and other like-minded churches and church-leaders who want to see God glorified in His church as we move into this new century.Read more >