Preaching

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Mailbag #60: How to Divide the Text; Making Sunday Accessible for Non-Believers

By Jonathan Leeman | 04.21.2017

— Do you have any tips on how quickly or slowly pastors should preach through books? — Should Sunday mornings primarily aim for edifying believers or evangelizing non-believers?

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Mailbag #59: Two Questions on “Re-Baptism”; The Importance of a Church’s Architecture

By Jonathan Leeman | 04.14.2017

— What are some of the pastoral principles, pitfalls, and guidelines when dealing with church members who doubt their baptism took place after their conversion? — A church member wants his daughter to be baptized twice, in two different churches. How should I respond? — As a church considers planting or revitalizing, how much should they take into account a building’s architecture?

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Sermon: A Biblical Theology of Singleness

By 9Marks | 9Marks Journal: Pastoring Singles | 03.19.2017

Charles Hedman, a pastor at Capitol Hill Baptist Church, preached a sermon on a biblical theology of singleness. You can listen to that sermon here.

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Thinking Biblically about Authority: An Interview with David Wells

By David Wells | 9Marks Journal: Authority: God's Good and Dangerous Gift | 03.15.2017

What we all need are not more authoritarian preachers but more authoritative sermons.

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How to Critique Sermons: A List of Diagnostic Questions

By Jeff Lacine | 03.08.2017

Here’s a list of 29 questions to ask when you’re giving feedback on a sermon.

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Let Us Not Grow Weary: Pastoral Reflections on Patience

By Aaron Menikoff | 03.06.2017

God blesses some churches with quick, radical, and amazing growth. But he tends to work slowly—and this requires patience.

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Three Reasons to Include a Concise Summary of the Gospel in Every Sermon

By Timothy Raymond | 03.02.2017

Here are three reasons why you should include a concise gospel summary in every sermon you preach.

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Episode 3: On Sermon Application

By J. Leeman, M. Dever | 02.28.2017

If a preacher is doing his job well, then he’s not only explaining what a text means, but also applying that meaning to the lives of his hearers. In this episode of Pastors’ Talk, Jonathan Leeman sits down with Mark Dever to talk about the difficult task of sermon application.

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Book Review: Growing God’s Church, by Gary McIntosh

Review by Matt Felton | 02.13.2017

But chasing after what works can become intoxicating Why? Precisely because it works! In fact, it can become so intoxicating that many pastors run right past the safety of God’s Word.

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Good and Bad Ways To Think About Religion and Politics

By Caleb Morell | 01.24.2017

All around us, from pulpits, to newspapers, to pop culture, we are surrounded by bad ways of thinking about religion and politics. How should Christian think about these things?

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What Preachers Can Learn from George Whitefield’s First Sermon

By Thomas S. Kidd | 01.12.2017

In George Whitefield’s very first sermon, he exposed the spirit of nominal religion that was so debilitating to England, and to so much of America today.

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Mailbag #47: Applying Paul’s “Able to Teach” Qualification; Confidentiality between Pastors and Members?

By Jonathan Leeman | 01.06.2017

— How gifted does someone have to be in order to be considered “able to teach”? — Can church members appeal to a kind of “pastor-member confidentiality”?

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Churches in Australia: The Lucky Country?

By Nathan Malpass | 9Marks Journal: Healthy Churches around the World | 12.12.2016

Gospel unity and clarity is slowly growing in Australian churches, though confusion on the church and her mission persist.

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Churches in Great Britain: Living with the Legacy

By Mike Gilbart-Smith | 9Marks Journal: Healthy Churches around the World | 12.12.2016

Conservative evangelical churches in Britain benefit from the legacy of faithful expositors of the Word. However, clarity on the centrality of the gospel is accompanied by confusion on the importance of secondary matters.

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Churches in India: A People “Formed for God”

By Aubrey Sequeira | 9Marks Journal: Healthy Churches around the World | 12.12.2016

As a result of a low view of preaching for many years, the health of churches in India has suffered. Yet through a growing number of faithful shepherds, faithful preaching, and your prayers, the Lord may bring to India the reformation its churches need.