The Prosperity Gospel Loves God’s Gifts, But Ignores God HimselfBy M. McKinley, S. DeMars | 04.14.2022
When you see a church or ministry that talks about God’s gifts but spends relatively little time talking about God’s character or our need to respond to him in repentance and faith, then you can be pretty sure you’re dealing with the prosperity gospel.
Book Review: The Primary Mission of the Church, by Bryan EstelleReview by Alex DiPrima | 04.14.2022
Bryan Estelle should be commended for providing a substantive contribution to the conversation surrounding the church’s primary mission.
Don’t Be an “Orphan Church Plant”By Sean Nolan | 02.10.2022
I’m convinced that every church plant needs a parent church. Stated oppositely, no church plant should be an orphan. Here are five benefits to having a “parent church.”
The Great Commission isn’t a Quick FixBy Matt Rhodes | 02.08.2022
Matt Rhodes explains that modern missionaries’ emphasis on minimal training and quick conversions can result in slipshod evangelism that harms the communities they intend to help.
On “No Shortcut to Success,” Part 1 (with Matt Rhodes) | Pastors Talk, Ep. 196By J. Leeman, M. Dever, M. Rhodes | 02.08.2022
In this episode of Pastors Talk, Jonathan and Mark chat with Matt Rhodes, the author of “No Shortcut to Success: A Manifesto for Modern Missions.”
Did Unreached Peoples Set Paul’s Mission Agenda?By Elliot Clark | 01.13.2022
Paul wanted to reach the unreached. This was a matter of urgency for him, as it should be for our churches. But was that Paul’s primary motivation in missions? Perhaps … keep reading…
How Can I Support International Missions? (with Mark Collins) | Pastors Talk, Ep. 189By J. Leeman, M. Collins, M. Dever | 11.23.2021
Church members ought to know their missionaries. How can pastors facilitate that relationship?
Editor’s Note: Defending Sound Doctrine Against the Deconstruction of American EvangelicalismBy Jonathan Leeman | 9Marks Journal: Sound Doctrine: The Foundation for Faithful Ministry | 11.16.2021
Jonathan Leeman reflects on the recent and popular project of “deconstructing” evangelicalism.
What the Doctrine of Regeneration Means for Church Membership InterviewsBy Sam Emadi | 9Marks Journal: Sound Doctrine: The Foundation for Faithful Ministry | 11.16.2021
Conversion is supernatural, and its implications for how you conduct your next church membership interviews are enormous.
What the Doctrine of Sin Means for Our EvangelismBy Trell Ross | 9Marks Journal: Sound Doctrine: The Foundation for Faithful Ministry | 11.16.2021
You cannot share the gospel of Jesus without mentioning the reality of sin. When we do, we deceive people about what the gospel is.
On Gentle and Lowly (with Dane Ortlund) | Pastors Talk, Ep. 186By D. Ortlund, J. Leeman, M. Dever | 11.02.2021
“Jesus is not who you think he is.”
On Church-Centered Missions vs Movement-Driven Missions (Pastors Talk, Ep. 183)By A. Sequeira, B. Buser, J. Mack Stiles, J. Leeman, S. Logsdon | 10.12.2021
Jonathan Leeman chats with Mack Stiles, Brooks Buser, Scott Logsdon, and Aubrey Sequeira about two diverging approaches to the obeying the Great Commission.
How A Good Desire for Church Growth Can Lead to Bad Ministry PracticesBy Pastor Harshit | 9Marks Journal: The Ordinary Means of Grace—Or, Don’t Do Weird Stuff | 07.26.2021
The desire for numeric growth, in turn, leads many pastors to constantly look for growth strategies that undermine the ordinary means of grace.
Baptists and Calvinism: Lessons from Sprague’s Annals of the American Baptist PulpitBy Caleb Morell | 05.24.2021
Just like today, Baptists were in the nineteenth century were a “big tent” denomination. Differences persisted, but they were handled with charity.
Fisherman or Fishermen? Considering the Church’s Corporate MissionBy Matt Sliger | 04.26.2021
The mission of the church is in fact the mission of the church. Rather than merely being one person casting from a pier, it’s a host of men and women holding their part of the net.