Biblical Theology

Are Buildings Essential to Healthy Churches?

By Adam Sinnett | 9Marks Journal: The Pastor and Church Administration | 09.30.2022

Does lacking a building put a church at a disadvantage?

A Theological Framework for Buildings and Renovations

By John Henderson | 9Marks Journal: The Pastor and Church Administration | 09.30.2022

Behind our theology of church property is our theology of all created things. They are gifts from the Lord that may be used rightly or wrongly, for the glory of Christ or the glory of mankind.

The Church: Universal and Local

By Jonathan Leeman | 08.25.2022

Christians throughout history have sometimes emphasized the local or the universal church to the neglect of the other, but a biblical posture emphasizes both.

Deuteronomy 31–34: On the End of the Torah, Which Is Not at All Like The Lion King (Bible Talk, Ep. 63)

By A. Duke, J. Hamilton, S. Emadi | 08.24.2022

In a final act of kindness, the Lord takes Moses on top of a mountain to see the Promised Land. Then Moses dies, and he’s buried by his best friend. … keep reading…

Deuteronomy 27–30: On the Israelites’ “Re-Dedicating” Their Lives to the Covenant and Moses Landing the Plane (Bible Talk, Ep. 62)

By A. Duke, J. Hamilton, S. Emadi | 08.18.2022

If you disobey, it will be as if the exodus never happened. If you do obey, it will be as if the fall in Eden never happened.

Book Review: The Loveliest Place, by Dustin Benge

Review by Dan Miller | 08.18.2022

‘The Loveliest Place’ provides a straight-forward, clear-headed, devotionally-oriented portrait of what the church is and the glorious work of redemption God is bringing to completion in and through his beloved bride. 

Deuteronomy 18–26: On a Series of Prophetic Laterals that Eventually Get to Jesus (Bible Talk, Ep. 61)

By A. Duke, J. Hamilton, S. Emadi | 08.10.2022

Deuteronomy 18–26 covers a lot of stuff we’ve already seen. But it also sets up a series of prophetic laterals that eventually get to Jesus, the “prophet like Moses” whom Israel had long been waiting for.

Deuteronomy 14–17: On Proto-Temples, IHOP Booths, and the Morality of Monarchies (Bible Talk, Ep. 60)

By A. Duke, J. Hamilton, S. Emadi | 08.03.2022

What kind of king must rule over Israel? One who fears the LORD by keeping all the words of his law so that he may continue long in his kingdom in Israel.

Book Review: Christian Worldview, by Herman Bavinck

Review by Bobby Jamieson | 07.07.2022

‘Christian Worldview’ offers a fine philosophical and apologetic workout, and one might even call it cross-training for many of the issues and debates that compete for headline space today.

Deuteronomy 12–13: On Church Discipline, Oracle-Mongers, and Barbecues at the Garden of Eden (Bible Talk, Ep. 59)

By A. Duke, J. Hamilton, S. Emadi | 07.06.2022

In Deuteronomy 12–13, Moses urges his fellow Israelites not to fall back into false worship—even if dreamers, their loved ones, and everyone around them tells them that it’s okay.

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.