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?

The Revival We Need and the Unregenerate Church Members We Have

By Jim Elliff | 9Marks Journal: Pursuing Revival While Avoiding Revivalism | 06.14.2022

To illustrate our problem, in 2018, one beloved historic Southern Baptist Church whose name most Baptists would recognize claimed 30,000 members and an average of 6,801 attending.

Book Review: Revival and Revivalism: The Making and Marring of American Evangelicalism, 1750-1858, by Iain Murray

By Bobby Jamieson | 9Marks Journal: Pursuing Revival While Avoiding Revivalism | 06.14.2022

I commend Iain Murray’s classic book to all present and aspiring church leaders, and to any Christian who likes to ask, “How did we get here?”

Why Does a Pastor Being “Above Reproach” Matter?

By Peter Hess | 9Marks Journal: Pursuing Revival While Avoiding Revivalism | 06.14.2022

In the church of Jesus Christ, character matters for leadership. No character, no qualification to lead.

Why Is Being “Above Reproach” Necessary in Hard Times?

By David Doran Jr. | 9Marks Journal: Pursuing Revival While Avoiding Revivalism | 06.14.2022

By God’s grace, you want shepherds who live with such obvious Spirit-dependence and fruit that false accusations fall flat.

What Does Being “Above Reproach” Mean?

By Paul Alexander | 9Marks Journal: Pursuing Revival While Avoiding Revivalism | 06.14.2022

To be above reproach is, arguably, the most general of all the elder qualifications, so it has to be defined more generally.

Pray for Revival—in the Other Guy’s Church

By Andy Johnson | 9Marks Journal: Pursuing Revival While Avoiding Revivalism | 06.14.2022

God has a big plan for his whole world, and God will accomplish his work in the world. Sometimes he may do that through us. Sometimes he may do it through the church down the street.

How Strong Trellises Promote Strong Vines

By Paul Alexander | 9Marks Journal: Pursuing Revival While Avoiding Revivalism | 06.14.2022

If you drape your vine over a simple trellis with structural integrity, then its fruit is far more likely to mature without bruising.

Can You Reverse Engineer Revival?

By Sean DeMars | 9Marks Journal: Pursuing Revival While Avoiding Revivalism | 06.14.2022

We must labor to excel in establishing the necessary conditions for revival, all while remembering that our triune God has predetermined the sufficient conditions for revival in eternity past.

Don’t Walk the Aisle, Carry Your Cross

By Ben Lacey | 9Marks Journal: Pursuing Revival While Avoiding Revivalism | 06.14.2022

How many non-Christians sit in your pews every Sunday, hardened in their unbelief because they’ve been given false assurance?