The Gospel

In Ministry, Joy and Sorrow Don’t Cancel Each Other Out

By Winston T. Smith | 07.15.2019

The victory of sin and death and the presence of suffering are only temporary in light of Jesus’ resurrection.

Book Review: Dark Clouds, Deep Mercy, by Mark Vroegop

Review by Benjamin Vrbicek | 06.06.2019

Like the book of Lamentations, Dark Clouds, Deep Mercy was also born out of tragedy.

Why Russian Churches Need Membership

By Evgeny Bakhmutsky | 9Marks Journal: Church Membership: Following the Lord Together | 05.07.2019

If we want to see the gospel advance in Russia, then our churches must return to meaningful and biblical church membership—embracing the heritage left to us by Scripture and faithful Russian churches in previous generations.

Once Abused by the Church, Now I Love the Church

Once Abused by the Church, Now I Love the Church

By Patti Withers | 9Marks Journal: Church Membership: Following the Lord Together | 05.07.2019

But Christ intends the local church to be a comfort and grace to all believers— even those who, like me, have been victims of church abuse.

Stories of Restoration after Church Discipline

Stories of Restoration after Church Discipline

By J. Kurz, J. Folmar, P. Newton | 9Marks Journal: Church Membership: Following the Lord Together | 05.07.2019

We asked three pastors to share a story of restoration—that is, someone who had been restored to membership after being disciplined for unrepentant sin.

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4 Reasons You Should Preach through Habakkuk

By Jason Seville | 05.03.2019

You should preach through Habakkuk because of Epicurus, Luther, Leibniz, and Jesus.

Book Review: Why I Love the Apostle Paul, by John Piper

Review by Nathan Loudin | 04.25.2019

Piper’s example is commendable. Pastors should get to know the Bible and their authors more comprehensively. How might our ministries change if we invested ourselves so thoroughly in Peter, John, Jeremiah, and others biblical authors?

Why Charismatics and Non-Charismatics Can Get Along

By Thomas R. Schreiner | 03.15.2019

If I have the right view of spiritual gifts but I don’t have love, then I am nothing.

Book Review: The Ten Commandments, by Kevin DeYoung

Review by Shane Walker | 02.28.2019

If we want to love Christ as he deserves and as he desires, we will keep his commandments (John 14:15). And that means as we keep in step with the Spirit, we would do well to remember the Ten Commandments.

Real Calvinist Brag about Jesus

Real Calvinists Brag About Jesus, Not Calvinism

By J.A. Medders | 9Marks Journal: Ecclesiology for Calvinists | 02.05.2019

You mind if I brag about the Lord for a minute? Join me.

Calvinism & Counseling

By Patti Withers | 9Marks Journal: Ecclesiology for Calvinists | 02.05.2019

I rely heavily on the truth of God’s sovereignty in counseling, particularly on those aspects of his sovereignty that intersect with the doctrine of sanctification.

Definite Atonement and Church Membership

By Stephen J. Wellum | 9Marks Journal: Ecclesiology for Calvinists | 02.05.2019

What does definite atonement have to do with church membership?

7 Ministry Consequences of Calvinism

7 Ministry Consequences of Calvinism

By Jonathan Leeman | 9Marks Journal: Ecclesiology for Calvinists | 02.05.2019

The goal of this piece is not to argue with or even to address the non-Calvinist pastor. It is to say to the Calvinist, “If you believe this, your ministry should look like that.”

Book Review: Humble Calvinism, by J. A. Medders

Review by Jeff Mooney | 9Marks Journal: Ecclesiology for Calvinists | 02.05.2019

This book is a simple, straightforward, and humble correction and encouragement to follow the Savior from the Reformed ranks.

Book Review: By His Grace and For His Glory: A Historical, Theological and Practical Study of the Doctrines of Grace in Baptist Life, by Thomas J. Nettles

Review by Adam Triplett | 9Marks Journal: Ecclesiology for Calvinists | 02.05.2019

This work can help pastors and members alike better understand how the doctrines of grace undergird and fuel passionate evangelism and missionary endeavors.