MISSIONS: WHATEVER HAPPENED TO THE LOCAL CHURCH?

A Plea for Gospel Sanity in Missions

By Aubrey Sequeira | 9Marks Journal: Missions: Adding Wisdom to Zeal | 12.21.2015

Part I: Obsessed with Numbers Part II: Over-awed by the “Supernatural” Part III: Over-Eager for Contextualization ***** Part I: Obsessed with Numbers I feel like I’ve had the conversation more than a thousand times. In my years living in the United States, believers often meet me and, having learned that I’m from India, they ask: […]

Africa, the Prosperity Gospel, and the Problem of Unguarded Churches

By Ken Mbugua | 9Marks Journal: Missions: Adding Wisdom to Zeal | 12.02.2015

Missionaries who labor in reached parts of Africa are today faced with a society that has been inoculated against the gospel. So what do we do about it?

Your Bad Ecclesiology Is Hurting Us

By Mark Collins | 9Marks Journal: Missions: Adding Wisdom to Zeal | 12.21.2015

When you send missionaries and when you partner with others to do so, you are exporting a doctrine of the church. Unfortunately, far too often we are exporting a bad and unbiblical one.

Stop Sending Missionaries: Why More Isn’t Always Better

By Steve Jennings | 9Marks Journal: Missions: Adding Wisdom to Zeal | 12.18.2015

The workers are few, and the harvest is great. But that does not mean just any and all workers will do.

7 Things Your Church Should Not Do in Missions

By Zane Pratt | 9Marks Journal: Missions: Adding Wisdom to Zeal | 12.21.2015

Modern technology and transportation makes direct engagement overseas so much easier. But just as important as deciding what to do is deciding what not to do.

MISSIONS: HELPING CHURCHES FIND THEIR WAY

9 Marks of Healthy Missions

By J. Mack Stiles | 9Marks Journal: Missions: Adding Wisdom to Zeal | 11.18.2015

The best thing you can do for missionaries is to make sure you keep your church healthy. They can’t do the work there if churches are unhealthy here.

4 Practices of a Great Commission Church

By Mark Dever | 9Marks Journal: Missions: Adding Wisdom to Zeal | 12.21.2015

Too often, a grotesque competitiveness marks evangelical churches. But a Great Commission church does not compete with other gospel-preaching churches.

5 Ways Your Church Can Get Involved in Global Missions Starting Tomorrow

By D. Platt, P. Akin | 9Marks Journal: Missions: Adding Wisdom to Zeal | 12.21.2015

2.8 billion people have little to no access to the gospel. What can we do about it, starting tomorrow?

What Would Happen if You Sent Your Best?

By Steve Jennings | 9Marks Journal: Missions: Adding Wisdom to Zeal | 12.21.2015

Sending your best people means new and healthy churches will be planted, and your congregation will mature.

The Great Commission: Fulfilled by Churches and for Churches

By Ryan King | 9Marks Journal: Missions: Adding Wisdom to Zeal | 12.21.2015

A primarily individualistic application of the Great Commission is more a product of our Western culture than from God’s Word.

Three Ways to Tie Global Missions into the Regular Diet of Your Preaching

By Matt Mason | 9Marks Journal: Missions: Adding Wisdom to Zeal | 12.10.2015

We have a Great Commission Bible and serve a Great Commission Savior, who came into the world to seek and save the lost.

MISSIONS AND THE INDIVIDUAL CHRISTIAN

Take Your Job Overseas—Introducing Business for Missions

By Andy Johnson | 9Marks Journal: Missions: Adding Wisdom to Zeal | 12.16.2015

Your ordinary vocational gifts and talents might be a treasure to a congregation in Malaysia or London or Istanbul or Dubai.

A Cross-Shaped Calling

By Tim Keesee | 9Marks Journal: Missions: Adding Wisdom to Zeal | 12.21.2015

The missionary “calling” is not about us going so much as it is about us following in the bright wake of our risen King.

Is Every Christian a Missionary?

By Ken Caruthers | 9Marks Journal: Missions: Adding Wisdom to Zeal | 12.07.2015

Is every Christian a “missionary”? It turns out this is not an easy question to answer.

One-on-One with the International Mission Board’s Executive Vice President

By 9Marks, S. Traeger | 9Marks Journal: Missions: Adding Wisdom to Zeal | 12.21.2015

Over the last few years, a lot has changed at the IMB. 9Marks sat down with Sebastian Traeger to talk about it.

A Collection of Book Reviews on the Church in China

Review by Eric Beach | 9Marks Journal: Missions: Adding Wisdom to Zeal | 12.21.2015

Here is a collection of several brief book reviews on the Christian church in China through the centuries.

Book Review: The 3-D Gospel: Ministry in Guilt, Shame, and Fear Cultures, by Jason Georges

Review by Jeremy Yong | 9Marks Journal: Missions: Adding Wisdom to Zeal | 12.21.2015

Jason Georges, The 3-D Gospel: Ministry in Guilt, Shame, and Fear Culture. 3D Gospel, 2014, 82 pages. $8.99.   I am a pastor who grew up in an honor-shame culture, so the title 3D Gospel: Ministry in Guilt, Shame and Fear Cultures peeked my interest. The author Jason Georges (M. Div., Talbot) spent nine years in Central […]

Book Review: Defending Substitution: An Essay on Atonement in Paul, by Simon Gathercole

Review by Sam Emadi | 9Marks Journal: Missions: Adding Wisdom to Zeal | 12.21.2015

With Defending Substitution, Simon Gathercole has given us a compelling, rich, and lucid presentation of substitution in 1 Corinthians 15 and Romans 5.

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