Discipleship

What to Remember When It’s Going Poorly

By Ray Ortlund | 9Marks Journal: Shepherding: The Work & Character of a Pastor | 06.30.2020

What should we remember when tragedy overwhelms us, or when we lose our way in confusion, or when we seem unable to please anyone and the congregation is stiff and cold—or even walking out?

Pastor, Train Future Pastors

By Garrett Kell | 9Marks Journal: Shepherding: The Work & Character of a Pastor | 06.30.2020

The more I studied Scripture and watched pastors I respected, I became convinced that pastors have the opportunity and responsibility to train other pastors.

Pastors on Social Media

By Jonathan Leeman | 9Marks Journal: Shepherding: The Work & Character of a Pastor | 06.30.2020

How should pastors think about their own use of social media?

Gifted and Godly . . . But Especially Godly

By Bert Daniel | 9Marks Journal: Shepherding: The Work & Character of a Pastor | 06.29.2020

In his letter to Timothy, Paul spends more ink on pastoral godliness than he does on giftedness.

What Does It Mean to Be “Qualified” for Ministry?

By Bobby Scott | 9Marks Journal: Shepherding: The Work & Character of a Pastor | 06.29.2020

May the measureless love of our Father, who gave us his holy Son to save us from our sin, fill our hearts so that we delight in pursuing holiness.

Helping Second-Generation Immigrants Love the Immigrant Church

By Daniel Chan | 06.22.2020

I look forward to the day when all tribes and peoples and languages will worship the Lord together. But until then, there will continue to be a place for immigrant churches that minister the gospel in the heart language of their target people.

Book Review: Enjoy Your Prayer Life, Michael Reeves

Review by Cheston Pickard | 06.11.2020

If you are having trouble in your prayer life, this book will drive you to the Word and to the God who hears His children.

How Can I Counsel Those with Anxiety, Loneliness, or Depression?

By Gunner Gundersen | 05.15.2020

During this pandemic, many people are struggling with anxiety, loneliness, or depression—sometimes a heavy mix of all three. How can we help?

Book Review: Pagan Christianity, by Frank Viola and George Barna

Review by Mark Feather | 05.14.2020

Those who preach the reformation principle of Sola Scriptura should be the first to recognize the church’s perpetual need to be reformed by Scripture. In so doing, we rightly submit ourselves to the rule of Christ over his church through his Word.

How Should I Respond to the Growing Pornography Consumption?

By Deepak Reju | 05.11.2020

With so many people stuck inside and enduring social isolation, it’s no surprise that we’ve seen an increase in church members struggling with pornography.

On Prayer Service

How to Pray for Your Pastor During Lockdown

By Christopher Ash | 05.08.2020

This global lockdown affects us all differently. We live under widely varying regulations in different countries or even in different counties within the same country. But there are some things you can pray for your pastor—regardless of his circumstance.

How Can We Love Our Non-Christian Neighbors During COVID-19?

By A. Ziafat, B. Johnson, J. Kurz, P. Tibayan | 05.05.2020

We asked pastors how they’d been serving their non-Christian neighbors since the pandemic disrupted regular ministry.

How Our Church Covenant Helps Us Care for One Another During the Pandemic

By Josh Manley | 05.04.2020

It’s not only pastors who have responsibilities during this season. The church must continue to be the church.

Can We Celebrate Communion Online?

By Bobby Jamieson | 05.04.2020

It’s not the case that a virtually mediated, physically dispersed Lord’s Supper is less than optimal: it’s simply not the Lord’s Supper. 

How Can We Care for Our Older & At-Risk Members?

By Aaron Menikoff | 05.01.2020

This pandemic should not be squandered. While we’re all stuck at home, let’s minister to our homebound members with renewed vigor.