Yes, Scripture Reading Really Does Change People

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

Why don’t evangelical churches read the Bible during their services?

Are Buildings Essential to Building Healthy Churches?

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

Are buildings essential to building healthy churches? No. Can they be incredibly helpful? Absolutely.

Good News, Ordinary Pastor! You Don’t Need a Winning Personality

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

The good news for the unspectacular pastor is this: “winning personality” is not found in the list of pastoral qualifications in 1 Timothy 3 or Titus 1.

7 Reasons You Should Preach Through Revelation

By Andrew Birch | 07.23.2021

If you’ve never done it before, I hope that the seven reasons I give here encourage you to preach through the book of Revelation.

What Does Your Church Covenant Sound Like?

By Dave Cook | 07.20.2021

Sometimes on our anniversary, my wife and I re-read our covenant vows to each other. It’s always special. When churches stand and read their church covenant together, there’s no reason … keep reading…

Why American Courts Care about Church Membership—And Why You Should, Too

By Lael Weinberger | 07.02.2021

For Christians, the biblical case for church membership should always be first and foremost. But it’s good to know that complying with biblical best practices also has practical legal benefits.

A Brief History of How Friendships Like Yours Can Change the World

By Alex DiPrima | 06.28.2021

What if more Christians began to view their friendships as stewardships from God? We should all actively look for opportunities to leverage our friendships for practical, kingdom-minded endeavors.

Too Young to Dunk? An Examination of Baptists and Baptismal Ages, 1700–1840

By Caleb Morell | 06.21.2021

These days, it’s common for people to get baptized at 10 or younger. This is true across many credo-baptist traditions, but perhaps especially so among Baptists. How does our current … keep reading…

Finding Elders in Immigrant Churches

By Luis Cardenas | 06.16.2021

As pastors faithfully shepherd those in their care and train new leaders, Christ will continue to make sure his church is supplied with more leaders who are eager to equip the saints for the work of ministry.

What’s in the Water?: Baptism as a Sign of Addition (Part 3)

By Trent Hunter | 06.11.2021

The Word led to baptism, which led to a defined worshiping community, and as people were baptized, they were “added” to that community. That’s what Luke is teaching us.

What’s in the Water?: Baptism as a Sign of the New Covenant (Part 2)

By Trent Hunter | 06.04.2021

We’ve now explored the various invisible realities to which baptism points. Most preeminently, we we discussed the nature of the new covenant as a regenerate community.

Five Reasons to Pastor an Old Church, Even With All Its Problems

By Marc Minter | 06.02.2021

Starting a new church is exciting, especially when compared to taking an established church with all its problems.

What’s in the Water? — Combatting Superstition and Sentimentalism with Scripture (Part 1)

By Trent Hunter | 05.26.2021

If we’re going to get baptism right, we need our thinking and practice shaped by Scripture. That’s why at my church our elders recently entered a study about baptism.

Baptists and Calvinism: Lessons from Sprague’s Annals of the American Baptist Pulpit

By Caleb Morell | 05.24.2021

Just like today, Baptists were in the nineteenth century were a “big tent” denomination. Differences persisted, but they were handled with charity.

Our Church Wants a Plurality of Elders, But We Don’t Know Where to Start

By Dave Harvey | 05.17.2021

Transitioning to a plurality of elders is an urgent topic—for both planters and pastors who don’t yet have this structure. Why? Because the quality of your elder plurality determines in large part the health of your church. It really is that important.