Biblical Theology

Why We Produced the Church Questions Series

By Sam Emadi | 04.09.2020

The church isn’t just one aspect of the Christian life, it’s the context of our Christian life—it shapes all the other aspects of our Christian obedience.

How (Not) to Preach the Old Testament Prophets

By Nick Roark | 9Marks Journal: What's Wrong With Gospel-Centered Preaching Today? | 03.31.2020

Preaching faithfully from the Old Testament is always a challenge. But preaching faithfully from the Old Testament Prophets is perhaps most challenging of all.

How (Not) to Preach the Psalms

By Jim Hamilton | 9Marks Journal: What's Wrong With Gospel-Centered Preaching Today? | 03.31.2020

Don’t preach the Psalms in isolation—from their immediate or broad context. May God bless his Word in your mouth, and may the sentiments in the Psalms be the heartbeat of God’s people.

How (Not) to Preach the Pentateuch


By David King | 9Marks Journal: What's Wrong With Gospel-Centered Preaching Today? | 03.31.2020

If you’ve ever preached from any of these books, you know they can be challenging. What follows are five pitfalls to avoid.

How (Not) to Preach Historical Narrative

By Sam Emadi | 9Marks Journal: What's Wrong With Gospel-Centered Preaching Today? | 03.31.2020

I’ll discuss ways you shouldn’t preach historical narrative, illustrating each point by primarily looking at 1 Samuel 4–7: the battle of Aphek, the conflict between Dagon and Yahweh, and the battle of Ebenezer. If you haven’t read those chapters in a while, I’d encourage you to give them a look.

How (Not) to Preach Wisdom Literature

By Juan Sanchez | 9Marks Journal: What's Wrong With Gospel-Centered Preaching Today? | 03.31.2020

When was the last time you preached through wisdom literature?

Should You Preach Moral Lessons from Biblical Stories?

By Jason Hood | 9Marks Journal: What's Wrong With Gospel-Centered Preaching Today? | 03.31.2020

The solution is not to jettison imitation but to look again at Scripture, letting Scripture’s own interpretation guide our proclamation.

Allegorical Interpretation: Finding the Line Before You Cross It

By Robert Kinney | 9Marks Journal: What's Wrong With Gospel-Centered Preaching Today? | 03.31.2020

Allegory is something less than exposition. It’s difficult to know where to draw the line. How far is too far?

The Three Most Important Words I Learned in Seminary: “Textual, Epochal, Canonical”

By David Schrock | 9Marks Journal: What's Wrong With Gospel-Centered Preaching Today? | 03.31.2020

This approach to reading Scripture doesn’t mean we’ll perfectly understand or apply God’s Word. Scripture is perfect; interpreters aren’t

Man and Woman in Exile (Genesis 3)

By Mitchell Chase | 9Marks Journal: Complementarianism: A Moment of Reckoning | 12.11.2019

A complementarian vision of relationships will help men and women flourish in exile. Manhood and womanhood cannot be pursued and understood, however, without confronting the challenges that exist.

4 Reasons to Preach through the Gospel of John

By Caleb Brasher | 09.20.2019

Preach through this Gospel and bring your people to the feet of the Messiah to understand his identity, his power, his mission, and their own mission.

4 Reasons You Should Preach through the Gospel of Luke

By Phill Howell | 09.06.2019

Even though Luke is the longest book in the New Testament, I want to encourage pastors to preach through the whole book.

The Love Story of Penal Substitutionary Atonement

By Michael Lawrence | 9Marks Journal: The Heart of the Gospel: Penal Substitutionary Atonement | 08.20.2019

The entire storyline of Scripture, the history of redemption, is the story of God providing substitutes for his people to cover their shame and bear the judgment they deserved so that they might be accepted by him.

Explaining Penal Substitutionary Atonement in Our Personal Evangelism

By Elliot Clark | 9Marks Journal: The Heart of the Gospel: Penal Substitutionary Atonement | 08.20.2019

In our personal evangelism, to what degree should we explain PSA as we seek to make sense of the bloody cross, the vanguard of our Christian gospel?

What Is Penal Substitution?

By Jarvis J. Williams | 9Marks Journal: The Heart of the Gospel: Penal Substitutionary Atonement | 08.20.2019

What exactly does “penal substitution” mean?