Bobby Jamieson

The Bible’s Burden for Church Revitalization

By Bobby Jamieson | 9Marks Journal: Revitalize: Why We Must Reclaim Dying Churches—and How | 10.27.2011

Like Paul, we should have a burden to revitalize churches that are in various stages of sickness. And we’ve got no shortage of those churches, especially in America.

Book Review: Heralds of the King: Christ-Centered Sermons in the Tradition of Edmund P. Clowney, ed. by Dennis Johnson

Review by Bobby Jamieson | 9Marks Journal: The Pastor and his Staff, Part 2 | 08.29.2011

This book is a fitting tribute to a man whose writing, teaching, preaching, and personal example have helped a good many pastors to preach Christ from all of Scripture.

Book Review: Axiom: Powerful Leadership Proverbs, by Bill Hybels

Review by Bobby Jamieson | 9Marks Journal: The Pastor and his Staff, Part 2 | 08.29.2011

Along with much biblical wisdom and good sense, there are a number of assumptions and values in this book that don’t square very well with Scripture.

Book Review: The Gift of Church, by Jim Samra

Review by Bobby Jamieson | 9Marks Journal: The Pastor and his Staff, Part 1 | 06.28.2011

Pastors, active church members, and church skeptics alike will be well served by this loving reminder of the centrality of the local church in the Christian life.

Book Review: MissionShift, ed. by David Hesselgrave and Ed Stetzer

Review by Bobby Jamieson | 9Marks Journal: The Pastor and his Staff, Part 1 | 06.28.2011

The great strength of this volume is that it serves as a fairly accessible introduction to a number of critical issues in contemporary evangelical missiology.

Book Review: The Gospel Commission, by Michael Horton

Review by Bobby Jamieson | 9Marks Journal: Church Membership: Holding the Body Together | 04.03.2011

This book is theologically rich, carefully critical, and it throbs with a missionary heartbeat. Reading it will both instruct and inspire you to go and make disciples of all nations.

Book Review: Following Jesus, the Servant King, by Jonathan Lunde

Review by Bobby Jamieson | 9Marks Journal: Church and Parachurch: Friends or Foes? | 02.18.2011

This book is an illuminating exposition of much crucial biblical material that bears on discipleship.

Book Review: The Tangible Kingdom, by Hugh Halter and Matt Smay

Review by Bobby Jamieson | 9Marks Journal: Church and Parachurch: Friends or Foes? | 02.02.2011

I celebrate the willingness to throw anything overboard that gets in the way of reaching others with the gospel, but I fear some of what’s getting tossed is actually precious cargo.

Book Review: Handle That New Call with Care, by David Campbell

Review by Bobby Jamieson | 9Marks Journal: Pastoral Moves | 12.20.2010

This book was written to help pastors, their fellow elders, and church members consider the issues that arise when a pastor receives a call from another church.

Book Review: The Mission of God’s People, by Christopher Wright

Review by Bobby Jamieson | 9Marks Journal: Book Reviews on the Mission of the Church | 10.27.2010

We need to ask “What is the mission of the local church?” not merely “What is the mission of the individual Christian?”

Book Review: Living in God’s Two Kingdoms, by David VanDrunen

Review by Bobby Jamieson | 9Marks Journal: Book Reviews on the Mission of the Church | 10.27.2010

In many ways, this book is the most helpful, balanced contribution to the evangelical conversation about Christianity and culture that I’ve yet read.

Book Review: The New Testament Deacon: The Church’s Minister of Mercy, by Alexander Strauch

Review by Bobby Jamieson | 9Marks Journal: Deacons | 04.30.2010

If you want to understand the Bible’s teaching on deacons, this is a great place to start.

Book Review: One Church, Many Congregations, by J. Timothy Ahlen and J. V. Thomas

Review by Bobby Jamieson | 9Marks Journal: Multi-site Churches | 03.03.2010

Rather than criticize the book’s handling of Scripture and understanding of the church, let’s just get to the bottom line: should you read this book? No.

Book Review: Multi-Site Churches, by Scott McConnell

Review by Bobby Jamieson | 9Marks Journal: Multi-site Churches | 03.03.2010

An appeal to pragmatic results in order to justify a practice undermines the authority and sufficiency of Scripture.

Book(s) Review: Who Runs the Church? and Perspectives on Church Government

Review by Bobby Jamieson | 9Marks Journal: Church Discipline (Part 1) | 03.02.2010

Multiple-views books like this provide a perfect opportunity—an opportunity neither book fully makes good on—to set the record straight about positions that are not mutually exclusive.