Mike Gilbart-Smith

Can Christians Marry Non-Christians?: A Biblical Theology

By Mike Gilbart-Smith | 9Marks Journal: Pastoring Singles | 03.13.2017

When you’re married to a non-Christian, you sing: “I want this song to be about Jesus,” while your spouse sings, “It’s just you and me.” There can be no ultimate harmony.

Churches in Great Britain: Living with the Legacy

By Mike Gilbart-Smith | 9Marks Journal: Healthy Churches around the World | 12.12.2016

Conservative evangelical churches in Britain benefit from the legacy of faithful expositors of the Word. However, clarity on the centrality of the gospel is accompanied by confusion on the importance of secondary matters.

Views of Authority from around the World

By J. Fang, M. Gilbart-Smith, R. Hsu, T. J. Santos Filho | 9Marks Journal: Authority: God's Good and Dangerous Gift | 09.30.2016

We asked three pastors to reflect on how the people of their nation—Brazil, Great Britain, and China—tend to respond to exercised authority.

Expositional Imposters (Expanded)

By Mike Gilbart-Smith | 9Marks Journal: Expositional Preaching | 06.08.2015

Here are 12 kinds of sermons that appear to be expositional, but actually aren’t.

Is Christianity in Britain in Terminal Decline?

By Mike Gilbart-Smith | 9Marks Journal: Vanishing Church? | 11.12.2014

It is far too early to sign the church’s death warrant. Therefore, news of its decline have been greatly exaggerated.

The Value of a Fraternal

By Mike Gilbart-Smith | 06.11.2014

Off the back of the conversations about accountability, one of the issues that I think many pastors face is that they just don’t know others well enough to have such accountibility. If you have a mature group of elders within your congregation you may find one such brother with whom you can share openly. I […]

Book Review: The Mission of God, by Christopher Wright

Review by Mike Gilbart-Smith | 9Marks Journal: Book Reviews on the Mission of the Church | 10.25.2010

A 500 page book on mission that doesn’t stare—in fact, doesn’t even glance—at the reality of hell for the unevangelized has lost its bearings.

Book Review: The Lost Message of Jesus, by Steve Chalke

Review by Mike Gilbart-Smith | 03.05.2010

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Book Review: God’s New Community, by Graham Beynon

Review by Mike Gilbart-Smith | 03.03.2010

For churches that already have an expositional ministry, this book will be richly encouraging because we all struggle to live out being the body of Christ.

Expositional Imposters

By Mike Gilbart-Smith | 02.26.2010

Many sermons intend to be expositional, yet fall somewhat short.

The Pursuit of Christ in the Devotions of a Pastor

By Mike Gilbart-Smith | 02.26.2010

A pastor can recognize the necessity of a healthy devotional life, but have unhealthy motives for making sure that it happens.

The Devotional Life of the Professional Christian

By Mike Gilbart-Smith | 9Marks Journal: The Emerging Church | 02.26.2010

Unless we appreciate the importance and the urgency of prayer and meditation on God’s Word, we will leave it until tomorrow.

A Conversational Approach: Will it Preach?

By Mike Gilbart-Smith | 9Marks Journal: Preaching | 02.25.2010

My greatest fear for the removal of authoritative preaching from the congregation is that the Scriptures themselves will cease to be treated as authoritative.

Biblical Theology with Mike Gilbart-Smith, Michael Lawrence, and Jonathan Leeman

By J. Leeman, M. Dever, M. Lawrence, M. Gilbart-Smith | 06.24.2008

Mark Dever leads a roundtable in discussing the importance of biblical theology for the pastor.

The Devotional Life of the Professional Christian

By Mike Gilbart-Smith | 09.08.2006

Be strong in the Lord and in his mighty power. Put on the full armor of God so that you can take your stand against the devil’s schemes (Eph. 6:10-11). In the first article on the “Devotional Life of the ‘Professional Christian,’” we saw that pursuing Christ must be the central aim of our lives, and that our […]

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