How to Pastor When Sanctification Becomes IllegalBy Murray Campbell | 02.18.2021
I now live and pastor in a State where, before long, genuine conversion to Christ—and the life of holiness that ensures—may be deemed illegal. So what should I do?
Book Review: Missional Renaissance, by Reggie McNealReview by Caleb Greggsen | 02.18.2021
We need churches filled with Christians who encourage each other to be confident that our gospel is the most relevant message to the world, even when the world tells us it doesn’t matter at all.
Book Review: 40 Questions About Pastoral Ministry, by Phil NewtonReview by Mark Redfern | 02.11.2021
Newton’s book gripped my heart, brought tears to my eyes, encouraged my faith, and put resolve in my soul.
10 Brief Reflections on an Elder’s CharacterBy Brandon Freeman | 02.01.2021
We must realize that character isn’t only necessary for ministry; character is itself a ministry.
Book Review: The Post-Quarantine Church, by Thom RainerReview by Allen Duty | 01.21.2021
In this book Rainer explores the challenges and opportunities for Christian ministry in a post-coronavirus world.
Forum: How to Shepherd Your People in Light of the Capitol RiotBy A. Hong, J. Seville, M. Dever, T. Ross | 01.09.2021
9Marks asked several pastors how they intend to pray this Sunday to shepherd their congregation in light of Wednesday’s events at the Capitol.
The Hope of Heaven at the Beginning of MinistryBy Omar Johnson | 9Marks Journal: Heaven: Rejoicing in Future Glory | 12.22.2020
On your worst day, or during your worst week, or after what may feel like the worst possible start to ministry you can imagine, there’s reason to rejoice, reason to hold out hope. Your name is written in heaven.
The Hope of Heaven at the End of MinistryBy Phil Newton | 9Marks Journal: Heaven: Rejoicing in Future Glory | 12.22.2020
I should have talked more about the hope of heaven at the beginning of my ministry because I certainly can’t quit talking about it now as I near my ministry’s end.
Heavenly Helps for Pastoral Problems: 7 Ways Heaven Helps Us Overcome Challenges in MinistryBy Mark Redfern | 9Marks Journal: Heaven: Rejoicing in Future Glory | 12.22.2020
Paul repeatedly connects the implications of eternal life to his pastoral labor. In this article, I will highlight seven of those implications.
Preaching Heaven to Help Your People Fight MaterialismBy Ryan Fullerton | 9Marks Journal: Heaven: Rejoicing in Future Glory | 12.22.2020
Here are four ways we can preach about heaven that will help both our people and ourselves put off an unhealthy desire to treat the material things of this life as our ultimate treasure.
Shepherds Are Shaped by the SheepBy Jason Seville | 12.11.2020
We are examples to the flock (1 Pet 5:3), but that doesn’t mean we can’t learn from those around us. It’s a tragedy when pastors surround themselves with “yes men” or place themselves at the untouchable top of an org-chart.
3 Lessons from a Recent Pastoral TransitionBy Erick Loh | 12.04.2020
Transitions aren’t easy, and your cultural context may present your church with unique challenges. Yet transitions also remind us that the church fundamentally belongs to Christ.
The Government Says We Can’t Sing! What Should We Do? (A Forum)By Jonathan Leeman | 11.19.2020
A few different pastors offer a few different perspectives on what to do when the government tells churches they can’t sing.
Don’t Demonize, Show Honor: Responding to Others After This Election EndsBy Jonathan Leeman | 11.03.2020
Pastors, here’s my advice no matter who wins or loses: don’t demonize anyone, but show honor to everyone.
Book Review: Memoirs of an Ordinary Pastor, by Don CarsonReview by Michael Abraham | 10.15.2020
Your church—and the aspiring pastors looking up to you—would benefit greatly from you taking a few hours to learn from the feet of an ordinary pastor like Tom Carson.