Biblical Theology

Book Review: Truth or Territory, by Jim Osman

Review by Caleb Morell | 05.19.2022

What is “strategic-level spiritual warfare,” and how is it making inroads in missions and local churches today? 

Book Review: Let Us Worship God, by Derek Thomas

Review by Scott Joseph | 05.05.2022

“Let Us Worship God” helps the reader gain new insights into aspects of corporate worship and to appreciate the massive common ground enjoyed by paedo-baptists and credo-baptists in the broadly Reformed tradition.

13 Pillars for Planting Healthy Churches

By Matt Rogers | 04.11.2022

What ingredients are necessary to plant healthy, strong, biblical churches—and sustain them?

Scattered, Smothered, and Covered: How (Not) to Use Systematics in Your Sermon

By David King | 9Marks Journal: Sound Doctrine: The Foundation for Faithful Ministry | 11.16.2021

Don’t “Waffle House” your preaching text.

Why We Need Pastor-Theologians in the Church

By Kevin DeYoung | 9Marks Journal: Sound Doctrine: The Foundation for Faithful Ministry | 11.16.2021

When I say we need pastor-theologians in the church, I mean that every pastor must conduct his ministry with an eye to declaring theological truth, diagnosing theological error, and discipling his congregation to be theologically informed and articulate.

Pastors Should Be Theologians

By G. Hiestand, T. Wilson | 9Marks Journal: Sound Doctrine: The Foundation for Faithful Ministry | 11.16.2021

Scripture establishes pastors as the theological leaders of the church, however much they might think they have delegated this responsibility to the academy

The Freedom that Comes from Being Boringly Biblical

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

Pastor, there’s freedom in a simple philosophy of ministry. God hasn’t called you to creativity, or outpacing expectations.

“The Word Did It All”: The Necessity of Preaching According to the Protestant Reformers

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

In the Reformation, the Word did it all. Five hundred years from now, may that be said of your ministry and mine.

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.

Book Review: Providence, by John Piper

Review by Mark Redfern | 05.07.2021

The vision of God in these pages is (to use some hyphenated Piperisms) hope-giving, pride-humbling, and mind-stretching.

Protect Sound Doctrine

By Jaime Owens | 9Marks Journal: How to Build Up Your Church: A Guidebook for Members | 03.30.2021

So, how can we protect sound doctrine? First and foremost, by filling our church with it. God’s truth is never as vulnerable as when it’s rarely received.

On Earth as in Heaven: A (Very) Brief Biblical Theology of Heaven

By Sam Emadi | 9Marks Journal: Heaven: Rejoicing in Future Glory | 12.22.2020

Does Scripture offer more than a few scattered references to heaven? Even more, does heaven play any part in the Bible’s storyline?

Do We Get Rewards in Heaven?

By Brian Vickers | 9Marks Journal: Heaven: Rejoicing in Future Glory | 12.22.2020

Christians should never think of obedience, love, or service in terms of earning some future pay-off.

God Can’t Wait for You to Get to Heaven: A Reflection on Ephesians 2:7

By Dane Ortlund | 9Marks Journal: Heaven: Rejoicing in Future Glory | 12.22.2020

Ephesians 2:7 is telling you that your death is not an end but a beginning. Not a wall, but a door. Not an exit, but an entrance.

Don’t Get Left Behind: Why Pastors Should Consider Preaching through Revelation in Our Cultural Moment

By Sam Emadi | 9Marks Journal: Pastoring Through Political Turmoil | 09.29.2020

If you want to pastor faithfully in the midst of cultural and political turmoil, then consider teaching through the book of Revelation.