Western Missions and the Global Church: An Interview with Two International Christians

With Andy Johnson | 9Marks Journal: Healthy Churches around the World | 12.22.2016

In this 9Marks interview, missions pastor Andy Johnson sits down with two international Christians—”Arnold” and “Vincent”—to discuss the role the Western church plays in the growth of Christianity abroad, particularly in the Muslim world and China.

Mailbag #45: Transgender Pronouns & Marrying an Egalitarian Couple

By Jonathan Leeman | 12.16.2016

— When talking to transgender friends or family members, which pronoun should I use? — How would you handle the pre-marital counseling of an egalitarian couple?

Churches in Albania: Preserved and Maturing

By Genci Cesula | 9Marks Journal: Healthy Churches around the World | 12.12.2016

After near extermination under Communism, the church in Albania has grown in numbers and maturity. Albanian Christians are growing in applying to gospel to all of life, even as they work to grow in ownership of their churches.

Churches in Brazil: Realizing the Reformation

By Rick Denham | 9Marks Journal: Healthy Churches around the World | 12.12.2016

The availability of good Christian literature has pushed Brazil into a modern Reformation.

Churches in Cameroon: Battling to Rejoice in the Riches of Christ

By Dieudonné Tamfu | 9Marks Journal: Healthy Churches around the World | 12.12.2016

Despite the proliferation of the prosperity gospel, churches in Cameroon are blessed with an evangelistic fervor and missionary zeal.

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.

Churches in Israel: Proclaiming the True Messiah

By David Zadok | 9Marks Journal: Healthy Churches around the World | 12.12.2016

Churches in Israel are growing in evangelistic confidence and doctrinal care, even as they wrestle with the cost of being identified with Gentile believers.

Churches in Myanmar: Fighting the Fear of Man and Glorying in God

By Justin Caudill | 9Marks Journal: Healthy Churches around the World | 12.12.2016

Though they may never receive the fame of an Adoniram Judson, faithful workers across Myanmar are quietly laboring to build up the church.

Churches in Singapore: A City on a Hill in Southeast Asia

By Eugene Low | 9Marks Journal: Healthy Churches around the World | 12.12.2016

Singapore has been blessed by many gospel-preaching churches. Pray that they would not lose the centrality of the gospel, and would be used to build healthy churches in Asia and beyond.

Churches in Korea: The Gift and Challenge of Success

By Joel Yoon | 9Marks Journal: Healthy Churches around the World | 12.12.2016

The greatest blessing of the Korean church is also its greatest challenge: numerical success.

A Guide for Praying Nation by Nation

By Jonathan Leeman | 9Marks Journal: Healthy Churches around the World | 12.12.2016

One of our hopes for this Journal is that it will spur you on in prayer for our brothers and sisters around the globe. To that end, we’ve compiled a list of prayer requests from our contributors.

25 Years Ago, “Nine Marks” Was Born

By Mark Dever | 10.28.2016

On October 30, 1991—25 years ago this Sunday—Mark Dever wrote a letter to a church in Massachusetts. They needed a new pastor and wanted to know what they should be looking for. Mark responded with a list of nine must-haves—a list that has since become known as “nine marks of a healthy church.”

4 Lessons We Should Learn from 19th-Century Missionaries

By Travis L. Myers | 10.25.2016

In contrast to current faddish pragmatic strategies devoid of ecclesiology, these 19th-century missionaries articulated a biblical and holistic understanding of the missionary life and ministry.

On the Authority of a Sending Church

By Ken Caruthers | 9Marks Journal: Authority: God's Good and Dangerous Gift | 09.30.2016

Let’s ensure that missionaries who leave quickly fall under the authority of a Christ-governed healthy church wherever they are.

Divide and Prosper: A Historical Account of Church-Planting by “Peaceable Division”

By Simeon Williams | 08.25.2016

For too long, the narrative of American churches has been divide-or-die. So perhaps it’s worth asking the question: have we given proper consideration to divide-and-prosper?