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9Marks Explained : A Letter From Mark Dever
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  • An Emerging Church Primer

    Some of you may be called to be experts on the emerging church. We need experts. But I'm not that expert. And perhaps it's good for you that I'm not. In conservative evangelical circles, we can be tempted to listen to experts so that we can hear the person's conclusions: "Just tell me what to think—don't bother me with how you got there." We want the Cliff Notes on the emerging church. We want to read the cast of characters—"this guy's a wolf, that guy's a sheep," and so on. Read more >

  • Pastors' and Theologians' Forum on the Emerging Church

    What do you hope will ultimately emerge from the emerging church conversation for evangelicals? Answers from * D. A. Carson * Mark Driscoll * Michael Horton * Mike McKinley * Daniel Montgomery * Brent Thomas * Carl Trueman * Jonathan Leeman Read more >

  • The Emerging Consequences of Whose Ideas?

    Maybe you have heard plenty about the popularizers. After all, their shows are selling out. Their books are conquering the best-seller lists. And every weblog, magazine, and e- newsletter in the biz is talking about them. But where are these Emergent guys getting this stuff? Where do their ideas come from? Read more >

  • Book Review: The Radical Reformission & Confessions of a Reformission Rev

    Much ink has been spilled lately describing, advocating, criticizing, and defending the emerging church movement. Rightly so. It is a challenge that evangelicals need to handle well if they want to move into the next era of church life in a healthy way. Mark Driscoll, pastor of Mars Hill Church in Seattle and founder of the Acts 29 network, is a unique voice in the conversation. He was a part of the emerging movement at its beginning, and he now stands as one of its most visible figures and one of its most passionate critics. Read more >

  • Book Review: Velvet Elvis: Repainting the Christian Faith

    Rob Bell, pastor of Mars Hill Bible Church in Grandville, Michigan, is in many ways taking the Christian world by storm. His "Everything is Spiritual" tour sold out 24 of 25 venues in 2006, and his series of short videos, called NOOMA, are selling thousands of copies each. Apparently, Bell has a message that is resonating with vast numbers of people, and he’s presenting that message in a way that’s obviously connecting. Read more >

  • Give Me Doctrine or Give Me Death

    In recent years, a number of books have been published that urge Christians to rethink a traditional understanding of "doctrine." The discussions surrounding this question are many and varied, and they take place on every level of theological sophistication. At the highest levels, the questions probe whether doctrine is even possible given postmodern ways of thinking: How capable are we of formulating any objective statements at all, given that we are all products of a culture? Is the idea of propositional truth even valid? Does the Bible contain doctrine as we have defined doctrine in the past? Read more >

  • Contextualizing the Gospel in an Egalitarian World

    Recently at lunch, a friend and I were discussing how to best proclaim the Christian message of the gospel among America’s diverse sub-cultures and generational divides. (Sometimes I wonder if we’re all beating questions of contextualization and relevance to death. But the rate of technological change and the ever-shrinking globe must mean they will continue to become more pertinent.) Read more >

  • The Devotional Life of the Professional Christian

    The Indispensability of Discipline in the Devotions of a Pastor Be strong in the Lord and in his mighty power. Put on the full armor of God so that you can take your stand against the devil’s schemes (Eph. 6:10-11). In the first article on the "Devotional Life of the ‘Professional Christian,’" we saw that pursuing Christ must be the central aim of our lives, and that our devotions should help center our lives upon that aim. Yet merely affirming this fact doesn’t automatically produce a rich devotional life. We need discipline: discipline for having devotions and discipline for using the time well. In this article, we shall consider the need to set aside time. In the future articles, we will consider how to use that time well. Only through our (grace empowered) struggle can we overcome the pressures of our busy lives, as well as the opposition of the devil, the flesh, and a world in rebellion against Christ. Read more >

  • Doing Seminary Well

    Have you heard the whispers of the past? I have. Everything is normal. You’re sitting in an easy chair, doing your church history reading for the third consecutive hour. Then, suddenly, your reading seizes you. For just a few moments, you are face-to-face with Luther before he enters the Diet of Worms and changes the world forever. He paralyzes you with his stare, and then he whispers, Be faithful. Read more >

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