Book Reviews on the Mission of the Church

Book Review: Generous Justice, by Tim Keller

Review by Jonathan Leeman | 9Marks Journal: Book Reviews on the Mission of the Church | 10.26.2010

Some people on the transformationalist side of the spectrum should read this to have their theology corrected. For myself, I needed a heart correction.

Book Review: The Mission of God’s People, by Christopher Wright

Review by Bobby Jamieson | 9Marks Journal: Book Reviews on the Mission of the Church | 10.27.2010

We need to ask “What is the mission of the local church?” not merely “What is the mission of the individual Christian?”

Book Review: The Mission of God, by Christopher Wright

Review by Mike Gilbart-Smith | 9Marks Journal: Book Reviews on the Mission of the Church | 10.25.2010

A 500 page book on mission that doesn’t stare—in fact, doesn’t even glance—at the reality of hell for the unevangelized has lost its bearings.

Book Review: Living in God’s Two Kingdoms, by David VanDrunen

Review by Bobby Jamieson | 9Marks Journal: Book Reviews on the Mission of the Church | 10.27.2010

In many ways, this book is the most helpful, balanced contribution to the evangelical conversation about Christianity and culture that I’ve yet read.

Book Review: Natural Law and the Two Kingdoms, by David VanDrunen

Review by Jonathan Leeman | 9Marks Journal: Book Reviews on the Mission of the Church | 10.28.2010

This book provides the transcript for 2000 years of conversation about natural law and the doctrine of the two kingdoms.

Book Review: To Change the World, by James Davison Hunter

Review by Greg Gilbert | 9Marks Journal: Book Reviews on the Mission of the Church | 10.27.2010

Hunter’s book is immediately relevant—and a corrective in many ways—to the current conversation going on among evangelicals

Book Review: When Helping Hurts, by Steve Corbett and Brian Fikkert

Review by Steve Boyer | 9Marks Journal: Book Reviews on the Mission of the Church | 10.25.2010

If you are experienced with helping the poor, you may already be familiar with much of this book’s content. But if you’re new, then this book will be especially useful

Book Excerpts from What is the Mission of the Church?

Book Excerpt: Is “Incarnational” the Best Way to Describe Christian Mission?

By G. Gilbert, K. DeYoung | 9Marks Journal: Book Reviews on the Mission of the Church | 11.01.2010

Is “incarnational” the best way to describe Christian mission?

Book Excerpt: Why Do Good?

By G. Gilbert, K. DeYoung | 9Marks Journal: Book Reviews on the Mission of the Church | 11.01.2010

Why do we do good works?

Miscellaneous Book Reviews

Book Review: The Priority of Preaching, by Christopher Ash

Review by Alistair Begg | 9Marks Journal: Book Reviews on the Mission of the Church | 10.27.2010

All in all I found this short book to be as helpful as anything that I’ve read in a long while on expository preaching. I commend it warmly to all.

Book Review: Taking Your Church to the Next Level, by Gary McIntosh

Review by Matt Smethurst | 9Marks Journal: Book Reviews on the Mission of the Church | 10.27.2010

I doubt whether this book is a biblically faithful and therefore helpful book for pastors. I’d be more inclined to recommend it to a friend in business than to a pastor.

Book Review: Counsel from the Cross, by Elyse Fitzpatrick and Dennis Johnson

Review by Deepak Reju | 9Marks Journal: Book Reviews on the Mission of the Church | 10.27.2010

These authors understand that the proper context for spiritual growth is a local church and not our own individualistic endeavors.

Pastoring Singles

Spring 2017
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Healthy Churches around the World

Fall / Winter 2016
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Authority: God’s Good and Dangerous Gift

Summer/Fall 2016
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The Church Praying

Spring 2016
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Confessions, Covenants, and Constitutions: How to Organize Your Church

Winter 2016
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Missions: Adding Wisdom to Zeal

Fall 2015
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Multi-Ethnic Churches

Summer/Fall 2015
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Expositional Preaching

Spring 2015
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Complementarianism & the Local Church

Winter 2015
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Vanishing Church?

Fall 2014
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Biblical Theology: Guardian and Guide of the Church

Summer 2014
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The Church Singing

May–June 2014
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Prosperity Gospel

January–February 2014
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Evangelism – Part 2

November–December 2013

Evangelism – Part 1

September–October 2013

Is Scripture Enough?

July–August 2013

Church and Churches

May—June 2013

Pastoring Christians for the Workplace

March—April 2013

Lay Elders: A User’s Guide—Part 2

Jan—Feb 2013

Lay Elders: A User’s Guide – Part 1

November—December 2012

Discipling in the Church

September—October 2012

Mercy Ministry in the Church

July—August 2012

Wanted: Apostolic Pastors

May—June 2012

The Underestimated Doctrine of Conversion

March—April 2012

Don’t Be Too Cool for Sunday School

January—February 2012

Revitalize: Why We Must Reclaim Dying Churches—and How

November—December 2011
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The Pastor and his Staff, Part 2

September—October 2011

The Pastor and his Staff, Part 1

July—August 2011

Church Membership: Holding the Body Together

May—June 2011

Church and Parachurch: Friends or Foes?

March—April 2011

Pastoral Moves

January—February 2011

Book Reviews on the Mission of the Church

November—December 2010

Hell: Remembering the Awful Reality

September—October 2010

Pastoring Women

July—August 2010

Deacons

May—June 2010

A New Evangelical Liberalism

January—February 2010

Church Discipline (Part 2)

November—December 2009

Church Discipline (Part 1)

September—October 2009

Missions

July—August 2009

Multi-site Churches

May—June 2009

Young Pastors

March–April 2009

Raising Up the Next Generation of Pastors

January–February 2009

Counseling in the Church

November–December 2008

Family & Parenting

September–October 2008

Marriage & Pastor’s Wives

July—August 2008

Living As a Church

May–June 2008

Cooperation

March–April 2008

Corporate Prayer

January–February 2008

Church & Culture

November–December 2007

Race and Ethnicity

September—October 2007

The Gospel

July–August 2007

Preaching

May–June 2007

Elders (Part 2)

March–April 2007

Hospitality & Friendship

January 2007

Elders (Part 1)

February 2007

Biblical Theology

November–December 2006

The Church’s Mission

October 2006

The Emerging Church

September 2006

Miscellaneous Articles

December 1999