Alex Duke

Genesis 18–20: On Sordid Sins and the Glimmer of Grace, Even in Sodom and Gomorrah (Bible Talk, Ep. 6)

By A. Duke, J. Hamilton, S. Emadi | 10.14.2020

These chapters cover some of the darkest episodes in all of Scripture. We see the wages of sin—death—on full display. And yet, we also see glimmers of God’s grace and mercy.

Genesis 15–17: On The Lord’s Covenant Ceremony, Sarah’s Covenant Scheme, and Abraham’s Covenant Sign (Bible Talk, Ep. 5)

By A. Duke, J. Hamilton, S. Emadi | 10.07.2020

In this episode of Bible Talk, Alex Duke chats with Jim Hamilton and Sam Emadi about the Lord’s covenant ceremony (Gen. 15), Sarah’s covenant scheme (Gen. 16), and Abraham’s covenant sign (Gen. 17). 

Genesis 12–14 | On Lot’s Fateful Journey East, the War of the Pirate-Kings, and Abram’s “Aragorn Moment” (Bible Talk, Ep. 4)

By A. Duke, J. Hamilton, S. Emadi | 09.30.2020

In this episode of Bible Talk, Alex Duke chats with Jim Hamilton and Sam Emadi about a towering Old Testament figure: Abram of the Chaldeans. What kind of man is he?

“Sir, This Is a Local Church”—Or, How an Absurdist Meme about a Roast Beef Shop Might Help Heal Your Church

By Alex Duke | 9Marks Journal: Pastoring Through Political Turmoil | 09.29.2020

I wonder if you’re familiar with the “Sir, this is an Arby’s” meme. I wonder if you realize how helpful it could be to our churches in these tumultuous times.

Genesis 6:9–11:32: On the Flood, the Tower of Babel, and PETA’s Beef with Genesis 9:3 (Bible Talk, Ep. 3)

By A. Duke, J. Hamilton, S. Emadi | 09.23.2020

In this third episode of Bible Talk, Alex Duke chats with Jim Hamilton and Sam Emadi about Noah and the flood, the genealogy of Genesis 10, the Tower of Babel, and what all of this has to do with Jesus.

Genesis 3:20–6:8: On Cain & Abel, the Nephilim, and the Progeny of George Foreman (Bible Talk, Ep. 2)

By A. Duke, J. Hamilton, S. Emadi | 09.16.2020

In the second episode of Bible Talk, Alex Duke chats with Jim Hamilton and Sam Emadi about Genesis 3:20–6:8. As man’s sinfulness grows both broader and deeper, God is still preserving a line of promise.

Genesis 1:1–3:19 | On the Serpent, the Promised Seed, and Nahash the King of the Ammonites (Bible Talk, Ep. 1)

By A. Duke, J. Hamilton, S. Emadi | 09.09.2020

These first three chapters of the Bible are so important because they set the trajectory for everything that comes next—all the way until we get to Revelation 22.

Why Churches Should Excommunicate Longstanding Non-Attenders

By Alex Duke | 9Marks Journal: Church Discipline: Medicine for the Body | 08.14.2020

I’ve never met a growing and mature Christian who doesn’t regularly attend a gospel-preaching church.

Best Books for Pastors in 2019

By Alex Duke | 12.20.2019

We asked pastors from around the world a simple question: what books did you read in 2019 that helped you be a better pastor?

On Apple Stores and the DMV: Two Kinds of Churches that Create Complementarian Chaos

By Alex Duke | 9Marks Journal: Complementarianism: A Moment of Reckoning | 12.11.2019

I’ve been in churches whose authority structures are like an Apple Store’s, and I’ve been in churches whose authority structures are like the DMV’s. In both cases—but in different ways—chaos bubbles up to the surface.

Youth and Church Membership—Or, Stop Baptizing Children into the Ether

By Alex Duke | 9Marks Journal: Church Membership: Following the Lord Together | 05.07.2019

A church should not baptize young people apart from church membership. To do so is unbiblical, unhelpful, and unloving.

You’re So Depraved, You Probably Think This Church Is About You: How Total Depravity Upends Attractionalism

By Alex Duke | 9Marks Journal: Ecclesiology for Calvinists | 02.05.2019

Unbelievers’ most essential problem is not that they’re ignorant, apathetic, or rudderless, but that they’ve personally, willfully, and happily rebelled against the God who made them.

Best Books for Pastors 2018

Best Books for Pastors in 2018

By Alex Duke | 12.21.2018

We asked pastors from around the world a simple question: what books did you read in 2018 that helped you be a better pastor?

Best Books for Pastors in 2017

By Alex Duke | 12.21.2017

We asked 60 pastors around the world a simple question: what books did you read in 2017 that helped you be a better pastor?

Four Ways the Reformation Changed Church History

By Alex Duke | 9Marks Journal: The Reformation and Your Church | 09.26.2017

Luther and his fellow Protestant reformers changed the course of church history. How so? Let me name four.

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