Must Churches Follow Mask Mandates?

By Jonathan Leeman | 09.20.2021

9Marks doesn’t exist to make any of these judgments for you or your elder board. That’s your job, pastor. But as well as I know how to describe it, these are the principled questions before you.

A Sample Prayer of Corporate Confession

By Blake Boylston | 09.10.2021

Does your church regularly confess their sins together? Consider this sample prayer of confession for some direction.

Want to Be a Pastor? Be Someone Worth Imitating.

By Bobby Jamieson | 09.08.2021

To be a pastor is to live your life in public. Even when you’re off, you’re on. If you want to be a pastor, get ready to be watched, and start setting an example worth watching.

After Withdrawal, Afghan Christians Still Need Your Prayers

By Josh Manley | 09.02.2021

In the aftermath of the United States’ withdrawal, brothers and sisters from Afghanistan continue to reach out with requests for prayer. How can you pray for them?

15 Reasons Your Soul Needs Gathered Worship, Not Just a Livestream

By Dane Ortlund | 08.27.2021

Here are 15 reflections on all that is lost when we choose to worship from the couch instead of the pew.

A Brief, Personal History of How God May Use Friendships Like Yours

By Alex DiPrima | 08.23.2021

Getting to spend your life serving Christ is sweet. Getting to do so with dear friends only makes it sweeter.

Learn to Pastor from Faithful Pastors and Healthy Churches

By Bobby Jamieson | 08.18.2021

The best way to learn the art of pastoral medicine is by closely observing a healthy church body. Learn to pastor from faithful pastors and healthy churches.

Afghan Pastors Ask for Prayer

By Josh Manley | 08.16.2021

Here are three ways you can pray for pastors and churches in Afghanistan right now.

Yes, Singing Really Does Change People

By Shai Linne | 9Marks Journal: The Ordinary Means of Grace—Or, Don’t Do Weird Stuff | 07.26.2021

When I was converted to Christianity as an adult over twenty years ago, I vividly recall my first Sunday at my mother’s church.

Liturgies Are the Pipes, But the Word Is the Water

By Matt McCullough | 9Marks Journal: The Ordinary Means of Grace—Or, Don’t Do Weird Stuff | 07.26.2021

In our use of liturgy, how can we make sure our confidence is in the power of God’s Word, not the creativity or ingenuity of our methods?

Don’t Do Weird Stuff

By Sam Emadi | 9Marks Journal: The Ordinary Means of Grace—Or, Don’t Do Weird Stuff | 07.26.2021

For years, 9Marks has been standing with historic Protestantism advocating the ordinary means of grace. There’s nothing radical about this proposal.

Do Weird Stuff

By Alex Duke | 9Marks Journal: The Ordinary Means of Grace—Or, Don’t Do Weird Stuff | 07.26.2021

After my first Sunday at Capitol Hill Baptist Church, I asked myself one question and one question only: “Are these people crazy?”

How A Good Desire for Church Growth Can Lead to Bad Ministry Practices

By Harshit Singh | 9Marks Journal: The Ordinary Means of Grace—Or, Don’t Do Weird Stuff | 07.26.2021

The desire for numeric growth, in turn, leads many pastors to constantly look for growth strategies that undermine the ordinary means of grace.

How Programs Fit into an Ordinary Means of Grace Ministry

By Mike McKinley | 9Marks Journal: The Ordinary Means of Grace—Or, Don’t Do Weird Stuff | 07.26.2021

Our programs are helpful only to the extent that they put people in contact with the God-ordained means of grace

Why Preaching Is Primary and the Ordinances Aren’t

By Jonty Rhodes | 9Marks Journal: The Ordinary Means of Grace—Or, Don’t Do Weird Stuff | 07.26.2021

Still today it is through the Word, not the bare ordinances, that men and women are “born again, not of perishable seed but of imperishable, through the living and abiding word of God” (1 Pet. 1:23).