Are You Principled or Just a Contentious Jerk?

By Paul Martin | 9Marks Journal: Expressive Individualism in the Church | 03.18.2022

So how do you know if you’re principled or just a contentious jerk?

Expressive Individualism, Embodied Telos, and How to Be an Anti-Winfrey

By Andrew Walker | 9Marks Journal: Expressive Individualism in the Church | 03.18.2022

Pastor, your job is to honor and celebrate the embodied persons that God created every man and woman to be, and to teach your congregation to do the same.

If You Want to Address LGBTQ Issues, Then Address Expressive Individualism

By Ryan Fullerton | 9Marks Journal: Expressive Individualism in the Church | 03.18.2022

If you want to help your church know what to make of the LGBTQ movement, as well as their own personal temptations, you’ll want to understand the soil out of which it grows.

Questions about Gender Should Send Us to Scripture

By Tom Schreiner | 9Marks Journal: Expressive Individualism in the Church | 03.18.2022

In some circles, cultural arguments receive precedence over scriptural ones—as if they alone have the final say on the truth or falsity of a particular biblical interpretation.

Social Media Is Designed to Divide Churches—So What Do We Do?

By Clare Morell | 9Marks Journal: Expressive Individualism in the Church | 03.18.2022

How should Christians in general and pastors in particular think about discipling amid the proliferation of social media?

The Pastor and an Unmessianic Sense of Non Destiny

By Carl Trueman | 9Marks Journal: Expressive Individualism in the Church | 03.18.2022

We all need to cultivate that certain unmessianic sense of non-destiny which will make us better citizens of the kingdom.

Raising Children in an Age of Expressive Individualism

By Abigail Dodds | 9Marks Journal: Expressive Individualism in the Church | 03.18.2022

The world is awash in self-identity and the need to express it far and wide. So what do parents do?

The Ordinances: A True and Better Identity Politics

By Bobby Jamieson | 9Marks Journal: Expressive Individualism in the Church | 03.18.2022

What can unearth and uproot and undermine the unbiblical assumptions that animate identity politics and threaten to tear apart what God has joined together? I would submit a simple, perhaps surprisingly obvious answer.

Church Discipline and Expressive Individualism

By Jonathan Parnell | 9Marks Journal: Expressive Individualism in the Church | 03.18.2022

What happens when a member’s “inward quest for personal psychological happiness” contradicts the teaching of Scripture? Who decides whether that’s true?

You’re a Pastor, Not a Therapist

By Jeremy Pierre | 9Marks Journal: Expressive Individualism in the Church | 03.18.2022

Pastor, you’re not a therapist. You hold a longer-term position in the lives of your people.

Pastoring Singles in the Age of Self

By Sam Allberry | 9Marks Journal: Expressive Individualism in the Church | 03.18.2022

Our context makes the Christian life of singleness all the more challenging, and the healthy pastoring of single people all the more urgent.

Preaching in the Age of Expressive Individualism: Telling the Story of Our New Identity

By Michael Lawrence | 9Marks Journal: Expressive Individualism in the Church | 03.18.2022

Preach the Word. Apply it to your people’s lives. Tell them who they are in Christ. Remind them where they are in his story. The Word will do the rest.

How Do We Find Our Identity in Christ?

By Brian Rosner | 9Marks Journal: Expressive Individualism in the Church | 03.18.2022

The new self we are to put on is Jesus Christ, who represents God’s new humanity. It is not that we thereby lose our individuality. But who we are is brought to completion in him.

Book Review: Strange New World, by Carl Trueman

By Allen Duty | 9Marks Journal: Expressive Individualism in the Church | 03.18.2022

Strange New World is a remarkable combination of depth and readability, clearly presenting the arguments from his earlier work without sacrificing essential background information or insightful analysis.

Why Pastors Need to Understand an Abstract Topic Like “Expressive Individualism”

By Justin Harris | 9Marks Journal: Expressive Individualism in the Church | 03.18.2022

In many ways, ministry in the 21st century West really is the best of times and the worst of times. Some unhealthy churches have fully capitulated to the rise and triumph of the modern self. Others have effectively rebelled against its influence.