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.

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

10 Questions Every Pastor Should Ask about Their Church’s Music

By K. Getty, K. Getty | 9Marks Journal: The Church Singing | 08.08.2014

The leaders of the church, and not the music leader or team, is ultimately responsible for how well the congregation is singing.

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.

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.

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.

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.

The Reformation and Your Church

Fall 2017
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Church Mergers and Plants

Summer 2017
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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
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Evangelism – Part 1

September–October 2013
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Is Scripture Enough?

July–August 2013
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Church and Churches

May—June 2013
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Pastoring Christians for the Workplace

March—April 2013
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Lay Elders: A User’s Guide—Part 2

Jan—Feb 2013
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Lay Elders: A User’s Guide – Part 1

November—December 2012
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Discipling in the Church

September—October 2012
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Mercy Ministry in the Church

July—August 2012
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Wanted: Apostolic Pastors

May—June 2012
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The Underestimated Doctrine of Conversion

March—April 2012
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Don’t Be Too Cool for Sunday School

January—February 2012
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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
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The Pastor and his Staff, Part 1

July—August 2011
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Church Membership: Holding the Body Together

May—June 2011
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Church and Parachurch: Friends or Foes?

March—April 2011
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Pastoral Moves

January—February 2011
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Book Reviews on the Mission of the Church

November—December 2010
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Hell: Remembering the Awful Reality

September—October 2010
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Pastoring Women

July—August 2010
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Deacons

May—June 2010
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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

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December 1999