Bob Johnson

Maintaining Intimacy with God in Ministry

By Bob Johnson | 01.29.2015

It is one thing to say that the ground is level at the foot of the cross and another thing to stand there next to everyone else.

Not Satisfied with Our Shepherding . . . Yet

By Bob Johnson | 10.22.2014

Church membership is not primarily for recruiting volunteers to make ministries run better. Church membership is a commitment to help one another make it to heaven.

A Tale of Two Pastoral Transitions

By Bob Johnson | 08.26.2014

The truth is, we are keeping the pulpit straight and true for the next guy.

Questions for a Potential Pastor’s Wife

By Bob Johnson | 08.22.2014

There is no office of “pastor’s wife” in the Bible. But practically, being married to a pastor is a tough role. Does your wife have what it takes?

Shepherding a Church through the Loss of a Shepherd

By Bob Johnson | 08.22.2014

He was a pastor who needed a pastor, a brother who needed a brother.

Leading the Church While Leading your Family

By Bob Johnson | 08.22.2014

Can we really be effective pastors and good husbands and dads? Do we really have to choose between the church and our family?

Book Review: Break Out!, by Joel Osteen

Review by Bob Johnson | 9Marks Journal: Prosperity Gospel | 01.06.2014

Joel probably is America’s pastor. Sadly, Break Out! pastors people to be narcissistic, biblically illiterate, and theologically confused.

Book Review: The Pastor’s Justification, by Jared Wilson

Review by Bob Johnson | 9Marks Journal: Evangelism - Part 2 | 10.25.2013

Buy it. Read it. Give it to your elders. Then read it again.

Reaching the “Converted”

By Bob Johnson | 9Marks Journal: Evangelism - Part 2 | 10.25.2013

Some of pastors’ most obvious evangelistic opportunities are with members of our churches. But how can we reach them?

Building Unity and Friendship Among Elders

By Bob Johnson | 9Marks Journal: Lay Elders: A User’s Guide—Part 2 | 01.03.2013

How elders relate to each other will impact how they relate to the flock, for good or ill. Here are a few ideas for helping elders build deep friendships and sturdy unity.

Pastors’ Forum: Do’s and Don’ts of Church Reform

By B. Johnson, G. Kell, M. Dever, M. Lawrence, M. McKinley, T. Anyabwile | 9Marks Journal: Revitalize: Why We Must Reclaim Dying Churches—and How | 10.28.2011

What to do—and what not to do—in the midst of church reform.

How Pastors Can Equip Women for Ministry

By Bob Johnson | 9Marks Journal: Pastoring Women | 07.01.2010

Equipping women for ministry is a necessary piece in the puzzle that is the local church.

Book Review: The Peacemaking Pastor, by Alfred Poirier

Review by Bob Johnson | 9Marks Journal: Family & Parenting | 03.02.2010

More than once while reading, I had to put the book down, confess my sin, and pick up the phone to get involved again in a situation I was conveniently ignoring.

Pastors’ and Theologians’ Forum

By B. Johnson, D. Newkirk, P. Ryken, T. Ascol, W. Price | 9Marks Journal: Miscellaneous Articles | 02.25.2010

I have learned that nothing brings greater joy to a pastor’s heart than a sinner who truly repents.

A Pastor’s Priorities For Day One

By Bob Johnson | 9Marks Journal: Young Pastors | 02.25.2010

Here are five priorities you should bring to your first day of ministry.

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