Working Harder Than Any of Them

By Nick Gardner | 08.08.2022

The temptation for slothfulness and inattentiveness to the pastoral office is still present in our day, whether through excessive social media use or the general temptation to be lazy, brought on through material prosperity.

Love for the Immigrant Church is Patient

By John Lee | 08.02.2022

Some in the immigrant-church conversation are tired and ready to quit. Others insist on immediate change. How should we approach this discussion?

How Harry Emerson Fosdick’s ‘Open Membership’ Overtook the Northern Baptist Convention

By Caleb Morell | 08.01.2022

For conservatives, baptism was not a subjective reality to be left to the conscience of every church and every individual, but an actual command of Christ that they had no liberty to disobey. If Jesus commanded his disciples to baptize only believers by immersion, what authority did they have to edit Jesus? 

Evangelical Catholicity and How To Foster It

By Josh Manley | 07.28.2022

Catholicity denotes the very Christian unity for which our Lord prayed. How can we foster greater unity among gospel-believing Christians?

Jesus is Not Ashamed of Subjects of Church Discipline

By Erik Raymond | 07.25.2022

Jesus instituted church discipline both to maintain the holiness of the church and to remind his people that he forgives them as they repent of their sins and submit to his lordship. 

How Should Immigrant Congregations Who Speak Different Languages Relate to One Another?

By John Lee | 07.11.2022

Could the way congregations of different languages relate to one another be informed by how denominations connect churches?

Help! I’ve Been Asked to Deliver the Announcements

By Dave Cook | 07.07.2022

Sunday morning announcements at church may be understated, but good ones set the tone for a worship service and keep the congregation informed. The time it takes to do them well is worth it.

Aspiring Pastors Need Encouragement, Too: 5 Ways Paul Encouraged Timothy

By Zack DiPrima | 07.06.2022

Encouragement from anyone is always good. Encouragement from seasoned saints—especially pastors—builds up young leaders in a pronounced way. 

How to Have Fruitful Conversations About the Immigrant Church

By John Lee | 07.01.2022

Having a productive conversation about the immigrant church requires both cultural and ecclesiological fluency.

On Keeping Your Greek and Hebrew in Ministry

By Matt Emadi | 06.27.2022

Are the original languages really that important?

A Conflict of Visions: Comparing Rick Warren’s SBC Speech and Juan Sanchez’s Convention Sermon

By Alex DiPrima | 06.23.2022

Rick Warren’s brief address and Juan Sanchez’s convention sermon at the SBC annual meeting represent two different, competing visions of ministry and the local church.

Revival and Revivalism in Youth Ministry

By Mike McGarry | 9Marks Journal: Pursuing Revival While Avoiding Revivalism | 06.14.2022

Passing the faith from generation to generation is both simpler and more difficult than revivalists prophesy.

How “Above Reproach” Lay Elders Saved My Ministry

By Gary Kirst | 9Marks Journal: Pursuing Revival While Avoiding Revivalism | 06.14.2022

These men, though imperfect, were above reproach. I knew that. And now they were unified in confronting me for my foolish pride.

Book Review: The Heart of the Gospel: A.B. Simpson, the Fourfold Gospel, and Late Nineteenth-Century Evangelical Theology, by Bernie A. Van De Walle

By Kevin Niebuhr | 9Marks Journal: Pursuing Revival While Avoiding Revivalism | 06.14.2022

While I’m not an admirer of all the positions and practices Simpson had throughout his lifetime, I am grateful for Van De Walle’s scholarly work.

Is “Above Reproach” Its Own Qualification, or a Qualification of the All the Others?

By Jeffrey Jeffson | 9Marks Journal: Pursuing Revival While Avoiding Revivalism | 06.14.2022

Does Paul’s requirement that an elder be “above reproach” act as its own qualification, or does Paul mean for it to qualify all the other qualifications?