Preaching

Do You Suffer from ‘Bible Anorexia’?

By Keri Folmar | 01.22.2018

Cutting-edge music, artistic videos, and clever illustrations can build a crowd, but God’s Word is what the Holy Spirit uses to build a church.

What Makes a Good Sermon? Five Questions to Ask

By Josh Vincent | 12.11.2017

Are you sure you know a good sermon from a bad one?

Book Review: Preaching in the New Testament, by Jonathan I. Griffiths

Review by Coye Still | 11.30.2017

While there’s no shortage of books on preaching, few address its exegetical and theological foundations like this one.

Episode 29: On Sermon Preparation

By J. Leeman, M. Dever | 11.28.2017

How long should a preacher prep for his sermons? When and how should he consult commentaries? What’s the best way to involve others in the process?

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.

Pastoring a Rural Church Isn’t a “Lesser” Ministry

By Cheston Pickard | 11.13.2017

Whether we’re called to Farmington, Missouri or Washington, D.C, our goal is to help people do two things: understand the Bible and follow Jesus.

Book Review: Seven Leaders, by Iain Murray

Review by Max Benfer | 11.09.2017

This is a book about men of conviction, not men of convenience.

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.

The Church Has Two Missions: Narrow and Broad

By Jonathan Leeman | 11.06.2017

What is the mission of the church? Answering that requires defining what we mean by the “church.”

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.

Mailbag #65: Distinctly Calvinist Statement of Faith? . . . When An Elder Isn’t “Apt to Teach”

By Jonathan Leeman | 10.20.2017

— What should a church include in its Statement of Faith? For example, should a SoF be explicitly Calvinistic? — How should a church handle a situation when it’s been determined an elder isn’t “apt to teach”?

Episode 20: On the Reformation

By J. Leeman, M. Dever | 9Marks Journal: The Reformation and Your Church | 09.26.2017

Jonathan Leeman interviews Mark Dever on the Reformation and its usefulness for Christians today

The Sunday Before the 95 Theses

By Stephen Nichols | 9Marks Journal: The Reformation and Your Church | 09.26.2017

I hear there is a friar in the town of Wittenberg, a Brother Martin. Maybe he will help us.

How the Reformers Rediscovered the Holy Spirit and True Conversion

By Sinclair Ferguson | 9Marks Journal: The Reformation and Your Church | 09.26.2017

The Reformation featured a rediscovery of the Holy Spirit.