Singing

Why We Sing

By Jonathan Leeman | 9Marks Journal: The Church Singing | 04.23.2014

The most beautiful instrument in any Christian service is the sound of the congregation singing.

Five Qualities of a Congregational Song

By Matt Boswell | 9Marks Journal: The Church Singing | 04.23.2014

The church has been given a song to sing, and Christ is its author, substance, and aim.

Reflections on “What Can Miserable Christians Sing?”

By Carl Trueman | 9Marks Journal: The Church Singing | 04.23.2014

There is nothing more universally relevant than preparing people for suffering and death.

My Congregation Barely Sings; How Can I Help?

By Jonathan Leeman | 9Marks Journal: The Church Singing | 04.23.2014

Eighteen tips on how to get your congregation singing.

Rediscovering Jesus’ Hymnbook

By Joe Holland | 9Marks Journal: The Church Singing | 04.23.2014

The benefits of singing Psalms and how to begin.

9 Choices for a Healthy Music Ministry

By Mark Dever | 9Marks Journal: The Church Singing | 08.24.2016

The musical excellence we aim for should be more in the congregation than in the instrumentalists or vocalists who lead or accompany our singing.

Music

Music and Meaning: Some Forms Are Better than Others

By Ken Myers | 9Marks Journal: The Church Singing | 04.23.2014

Christians adept at defending propositional truths often neglect to discern non-propositional meaning.

Music and Meaning: All Forms Are Valid

By Harold Best | 9Marks Journal: The Church Singing | 04.23.2014

Musical forms and genres are no more unredeemed or redeemed than a mountain sunset or a computer or a jazz tune.

Stylized Soundtracks and Sunday Morning

By Bobby Jamieson | 9Marks Journal: The Church Singing | 04.23.2014

For many, music is a stylized soundtrack to life. But when you come to church, leave your preferences at the door.

Beyond the Worship Set

By Matt Merker | 9Marks Journal: The Church Singing | 04.23.2014

What exactly is “the worship set”? And should it be a given in our churches?

Leading

Should Your Second Hire Be a Music Pastor?

By Bob Kauflin | 9Marks Journal: The Church Singing | 04.23.2014

A music pastor says, “Not necessarily.”

Nine Marks of a Healthy Worship Leader

By Alex Duke | 9Marks Journal: The Church Singing | 04.23.2014

“Whoa, those people love to sing about Jesus!” is always better than “Man, that guy is great!”

Who Should Pick the Music?

By Michael Lawrence | 9Marks Journal: The Church Singing | 04.23.2014

Three reasons why a pastor should choose a church’s songs.

In Praise of Low-Budget, Non-Professional Music Ministries

By Mark Dever | 9Marks Journal: The Church Singing | 08.23.2016

I’m not saying the way my church “does” music is the only way, or even the best way. What I am saying is that the quality of music and especially the quality of singing is not dependent upon the size of your music budget.

Context

Pastors’ Forum: What do you do and not do to accommodate ethnic diversity in your worship service planning?

9Marks | 9Marks Journal: The Church Singing | 04.23.2014

Answers from Dave Furman, Kevin Hsu, Paul Martin, John Onwuchekwa, and Juan Sanchez.   Dave Furman I will never lose the gospel for the sake of unity in diversity, but I will preach the unadjusted gospel consistently. I will never water down theology to a lowest common denominator in order to accommodate more people and […]

Voices from Abroad: Biblical Faithfulness and Cultural Sensitivity

By H. Singh, J. Folmar, M. Lohmann, M. Prodigalidad, M. Campbell, T. Cantrell | 9Marks Journal: The Church Singing | 04.24.2014

Editor’s Note: We asked a handful of pastors around the world the following question: “You are familiar with American churches, yet you pastor in a non-American context. What has your present experience taught you about how to be biblically faithful yet culturally sensitive when it comes to selecting the songs that your church sings?” Their […]

Book Reviews on Worship

Book Review: True Worship, by Vaughn Roberts

Review by Isaac Adams | 9Marks Journal: The Church Singing | 03.27.2014

The fundamentals of the gospel, the church, music, and worship are so easily confused today; this book offers much-needed clarity.

Book Review: Engaging with God, by David Peterson

Review by John Power | 9Marks Journal: The Church Singing | 05.03.2014

David Peterson’s Engaging with God is one of those books that ends too soon.

Book Review: Unceasing Worship, by Harold Best

Review by John Power | 9Marks Journal: The Church Singing | 04.01.2014

This book is a thoughtful, original contribution to the worship discussion.

Other Book Reviews

Book Review: An Anxious Age, by Joseph Bottum

Review by Matt McCullough | 9Marks Journal: The Church Singing | 03.25.2014

An Anxious Age is an enjoyable and engaging read, thought provoking even where it isn’t fully convincing.

Book Review: Reading for Preaching, by Cornelius Plantinga, Jr.

Review by Bobby Jamieson | 9Marks Journal: The Church Singing | 03.11.2014

I can think of few more homiletically helpful hobbies than keeping company with the likes of Shakespeare and Steinbeck.

Reviews

Book Review: The Pastor’s Family, by Brian and Cara Croft

Review by Bob Buchanan | 9Marks Journal: The Church Singing | 03.09.2014

I suggest giving this book as a gift to your church members. The pastor’s home should not be like the riddle of a mystery novel to our churches.

Book Review: Antinomianism, by Mark Jones

Review by Justin Dillehay | 9Marks Journal: The Church Singing | 02.20.2014

Few questions are as pressing for Christians as “Does God’s love for me change when I disobey?”

Book Review: Saving Eutychus, by Gary Millar and Phil Campbell

Review by Bert Daniel | 9Marks Journal: The Church Singing | 03.11.2014

If you are a preacher or an aspiring preacher, you should buy, read, and put this book into practice.

Book Review: Popcultured, by Steve Turner

Review by Graham Shearer | 9Marks Journal: The Church Singing | 03.12.2014

Cultural interaction, particularly popular cultural interaction, is precisely where Christ’s call of discipleship must find its expression.

Pastoring Singles

Spring 2017

Healthy Churches around the World

Fall / Winter 2016

Authority: God’s Good and Dangerous Gift

Summer/Fall 2016

The Church Praying

Spring 2016

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

Winter 2016

Missions: Adding Wisdom to Zeal

Fall 2015

Multi-Ethnic Churches

Summer/Fall 2015

Expositional Preaching

Spring 2015

Complementarianism & the Local Church

Winter 2015

Vanishing Church?

Fall 2014

Biblical Theology: Guardian and Guide of the Church

Summer 2014

The Church Singing

May–June 2014

Prosperity Gospel

January–February 2014

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

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 and 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 and 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