Discipleship

The Benefits of Having a Building

By Benjamin Woodward | 9Marks Journal: The Pastor and Church Administration | 09.30.2022

Church buildings are beneficial because they maximize Word ministry, provide stability long-term, are a public witness to the gospel, and help the church better steward its money.

What Makes a Good Hymn?

By David and Barbara Leeman | 09.09.2022

Erik Routley, a renowned British hymnologist in the 1950s, routinely said a good hymn should be “well-written, well-chosen, and well-sung.”

Book Review: Men and Women in the Church, Kevin DeYoung

Review by Rosaria Butterfield | 09.08.2022

Kevin DeYoung has written the book that will guide the faithful evangelical and reformed church to live as men and women to the glory of God and be a refuge to those refugees from transgender ideology.

Book Review: Sing!, Keith & Kristyn Getty

Review by Sam Emadi | 09.06.2022

So much ink spilled in the worship wars of the late 20th century missed the rather important point that when Scripture talks about the church’s musical worship, it focuses explicitly on the congregation singing, not instrumentation or musical style.

Book Review: 31-Day Devotionals for Life

Review by Mark Redfern | 09.01.2022

Every pastor needs “go-to” resources they can give to those seeking counsel. Enter ’31-Day Devotionals for Life’. 

There’s Absolutely No Substitute for Face-to-Face Ministry—Not Even for an Apostle

By David Daniels | 08.09.2022

Is there something indispensable about in-person ministry, something that simply can’t be replicated through long-distance communication?

How Harry Emerson Fosdick’s ‘Open Membership’ Overtook the Northern Baptist Convention

By Caleb Morell | 08.01.2022

For conservatives, baptism was not a subjective reality to be left to the conscience of every church and every individual, but an actual command of Christ that they had no liberty to disobey. If Jesus commanded his disciples to baptize only believers by immersion, what authority did they have to edit Jesus? 

Book Review: The Life We’re Looking For, by Andy Crouch

Review by Samuel D. James | 07.21.2022

Andy Crouch’s book “The Life We’re Looking For” is a necessary and convicting work that represents precisely the kind of thinking about theology, humanity, society, and the gospel we need right now.

Book Review: Saints, Suffers, and Sinners, by Michael Emlet

Review by Mark Redfern | 06.30.2022

All Christians—at one time or another—find themselves and those around them to be disheartened and in need of encouragement, idle and in need of warning, or weak and in need of help.

Book Review: Knowing Sin, Mark Jones

Review by Mark Redfern | 05.26.2022

I imagine there are few topics Christian authors write less about than sin. I also imagine there are few topics Christians read less about than sin. And that is strange, considering the daily struggle with sin in the life of the believer.

How to Partner with African Churches Well: An Interview with Ken Mbugua

By K. Mbugua, M. Christ | 05.09.2022

“Western organizations land in places like Nairobi with the apparent aim of growing their brand. Churches like ours almost become a hindrance because we are already doing a lot of those things.”

Book Review: Authentic Ministry, by Michael Reeves

Review by David Daniels | 04.28.2022

In his new book “Authentic Ministry,” Michael Reeves applies to ministry the same joyful theology he has so often trumpeted elsewhere.

Book Review: The Primary Mission of the Church, by Bryan Estelle

Review by Alex DiPrima | 04.14.2022

Bryan Estelle should be commended for providing a substantive contribution to the conversation surrounding the church’s primary mission.

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?

Editor’s Note: Defending Sound Doctrine Against the Deconstruction of American Evangelicalism

By Jonathan Leeman | 9Marks Journal: Sound Doctrine: The Foundation for Faithful Ministry | 11.16.2021

Jonathan Leeman reflects on the recent and popular project of “deconstructing” evangelicalism.