Discipleship

Church Discipline Starts with You

By Whitney Woollard | 9Marks Journal: Church Discipline: Medicine for the Body | 01.09.2018

A loving church will be a disciplining church—and the burden of that discipline rests primarily us “ordinary Christians” who make up the discipleship community.

4 Reasons Every Church Needs Senior Saints

By Tim Counts | 12.20.2017

Sometimes, senior saints question their usefulness in the church as they age. That’s unfortunate because they’re an essential part of the body of Christ.

Episode 33: On Race (Part 2)

By J. Leeman, M. Dever | 12.19.2017

Mark Dever and Jonathan Leeman continue their conversation about racial division in the church, highlighting the ways pastors can both educate themselves and work against it.

Episode 32: Remembering R.C. Sproul

By J. Leeman, M. Dever | 12.18.2017

Mark Dever reflects on his friendship with the late R.C. Sproul. 

Episode 31: On Race (Part 1)

By J. Leeman, M. Dever | 12.12.2017

Mark Dever chats with Jonathan Leeman about America’s racial history, and how Christians should learn from their black brothers and sisters.

Want Your Church to Sing? Then Train Them As Children!

By David Leeman | 12.08.2017

Let us not give lip-service to the importance of congregational singing if we’re not willing to back that up with some devotion to education.

Episode 30: On Planning the Sunday Gathering (with Matt Merker)

By M. Dever, M. Merker | 12.05.2017

What goes into planning the Sunday gathering? Who should pick the songs, the Scripture readings, the types of prayer?

Mailbag #69: How Do I Know When It’s Time to Step Down? . . . The Wisdom of Having a Lay Elder in Politics

By B. Johnson, J. Leeman | 12.01.2017

— Ministry is a roller coaster. How do I know if I should step down? — How does a church navigate having a lay elder whose vocation is in politics??

Pastor, Aim to Preach Simple Sermons

By Jeff Wiesner | 11.27.2017

Faithful preaching is marked by simplicity. And simple preaching best serves others by communicating the point of the passage in a clear and Christ-centered way.

Episode 28: On Seminary & Pastoral Training (with C. J. Mahaney)

By C. J. Mahaney, J. Leeman, M. Dever | 11.21.2017

Almost everyone agrees pastors need to be trained. But does this mean they must receive formal theological training from a seminary?

Book Review—Technicolor: Inspiring Your Church to Embrace Multicultural Ministry, by Mark Hearn

Review by Joel Kurz | 11.20.2017

While there are a few weaknesses, this book offers a unique and much-needed contribution to American evangelicalism, especially as demographics change.

The Flesh Is Weak: Pastoral Reflections on Self-Control

By Aaron Menikoff | 11.16.2017

“Just Do It” may be a great slogan for the world’s largest manufacturer of sportswear, but it’s a horrible motto for the Christian life.

Episode 26: On Multi-Site Churches (with Matt Chandler)

By J. Leeman, M. Dever, M. Chandler | 11.07.2017

Mark Dever and Jonathan Leeman interview Matt to talk about the reasons behind this transition.

Mailbag #66: Is Preaching Necessary on the Mission Field? . . . Is “Closed Communion” Biblical?

By Jonathan Leeman | 10.27.2017

— Is preaching required in missionary contexts, or do Bible studies suffice? — “Closed communion” seems exclusive and arrogant. Is it in the Bible?

In Your Preaching, Aim for Holistic Application

By Matthew S. Harmon | 10.26.2017

Although the Spirit is the one who produces transformation in a person’s life, one of the primary tools he uses is the faithful preaching and application.