An Ecclesiological Take on “The Rise and Fall of Mars Hill”

By Jonathan Leeman | 03.14.2022

My goal here is not to review the series—what I liked, what I didn’t like—but to offer four lessons that I think are a little more timeless, and lessons that point to the worst inevitabilities of bad ecclesiology.

Youth Ministry and the Rise and Triumph of the Modern Self

By Walt Mueller | 9Marks Journal: Expressive Individualism in the Church | 03.11.2022

Have our youth ministries been complicit in expressive individualism’s cancerous spread within the body of Christ?

Three Encouragements for Pastors Pursuing Wandering Sheep

By Nick Gardner | 03.08.2022

What should a pastor do when faced with wandering sheep, those who have left the safe pastures of the local church and found themselves in dangerous territory away from the herd?

Don’t Be an “Orphan Church Plant”

By Sean Nolan | 02.10.2022

I’m convinced that every church plant needs a parent church. Stated oppositely, no church plant should be an orphan. Here are five benefits to having a “parent church.”

An Encouragement to Encourage Your Pastors

By Blake Long | 01.28.2022

Church members, you should encourage your pastor.

Do Churches Really Discipline for Non-Attendance? A Brief History of Four Baptist Churches

By Caleb Morell | 01.21.2022

Baptists disciplined for non-attendance because they believed attendance was part of the covenant obligations of church membership. Here’s a brief history.

Pastor, Your Time is Purchased

By Matt Boga | 01.19.2022

Pastor, your time is purchased so that you can lead your people in helpless faithfulness.

When a Pastor’s Child Strays

By David Gough | 01.17.2022

I write not as a mere observer or sympathized, but as a father and a pastor who prays for his own wayward children. How desperately I long for them to embrace the faith they were taught.

Did Unreached Peoples Set Paul’s Mission Agenda?

By Elliot Clark | 01.13.2022

Paul wanted to reach the unreached. This was a matter of urgency for him, as it should be for our churches. But was that Paul’s primary motivation in missions? Perhaps … keep reading…

“A Hedging and Fencing”: How Charles Spurgeon Promoted Meaningful Membership

By Geoff Chang | 01.11.2022

This work of “hedging and fencing” is what keeps the church distinct from the world. And as the pastor of the Metropolitan Tabernacle, Spurgeon saw it was one of his chief duties.

Genesis, Exodus, Isaiah . . . Oh My!—Practical Help for Preaching Longer Books

By Jeff Wiesner | 01.05.2022

I hope the following eight “tips” will help preachers delight in the Scriptures as they prepare to preach—and persevere!—through its biggest books.

Confessing the Faith: The Place of Confessions in Church Life

By K. Soltau, M. Short | 9Marks Journal: Sound Doctrine: The Foundation for Faithful Ministry | 11.24.2021

So in 2021, in a largely unchurched and post-Christian European country, why make confessions a regular rhythm in church life?

Editor’s Note: Defending Sound Doctrine Against the Deconstruction of American Evangelicalism

By Jonathan Leeman | 9Marks Journal: Sound Doctrine: The Foundation for Faithful Ministry | 11.16.2021

Jonathan Leeman reflects on the recent and popular project of “deconstructing” evangelicalism.

Scattered, Smothered, and Covered: How (Not) to Use Systematics in Your Sermon

By David King | 9Marks Journal: Sound Doctrine: The Foundation for Faithful Ministry | 11.16.2021

Don’t “Waffle House” your preaching text.

Teaching the Trinity through Expositional Preaching

By Bobby Jamieson | 9Marks Journal: Sound Doctrine: The Foundation for Faithful Ministry | 11.16.2021

The Trinity is one of the most central and crucial Christian doctrines; it is also one of the least prooftext-able.