Biblical Theology

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.

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.

Book Review: None Greater, by Matthew Barrett

Review by Mark Donald | 08.13.2020

Barrett reminds us that the character of God is at the center of the Christian faith and helps us marvel at his majesty.

What Does the Bible Have to Teach Our Churches about Multi-Ethnic Unity?

By Jeff Mooney | 08.10.2020

Hopefully, these passages and the questions they evoke will propel us to become the fishbowl community into which the nations can look and clearly see tangible, gospel-centered love in a world that so desperately needs it.

Remembering the Lord’s Death at the Lord’s Table Together

Reservations for Two: Remembering the Lord’s Death at the Lord’s Table Together

By Caleb Batchelor | 08.07.2020

We often come to the table uneasy. We know we’ve been unfaithful. But as our shifting eyes look up, our Savior sits at the head of the table—staring at us with eyes full of affection.

A Response to Scot McKnight and Matthew Bates

By Greg Gilbert | 04.22.2020

“King Jesus came into the world to save sinners.” Now that’s good news. So why on earth would anyone want to reply to that, “Eh, half of it is, anyway”?

A T4G 2020 Sermon: What Is and Isn’t the Gospel  

By Greg Gilbert | 04.15.2020

The cross and the kingdom are theologically inseparable because the only way into the kingdom is through the cross.