Don’t Do Weird Stuff

By Sam Emadi | 9Marks Journal: The Ordinary Means of Grace—Or, Don’t Do Weird Stuff | 07.26.2021

For years, 9Marks has been standing with historic Protestantism advocating the ordinary means of grace. There’s nothing radical about this proposal.

Do Weird Stuff

By Alex Duke | 9Marks Journal: The Ordinary Means of Grace—Or, Don’t Do Weird Stuff | 07.26.2021

After my first Sunday at Capitol Hill Baptist Church, I asked myself one question and one question only: “Are these people crazy?”

The Why of Ordinary Means of Grace Ministry

Liturgies Are the Pipes, But the Word Is the Water

By Matt McCullough | 9Marks Journal: The Ordinary Means of Grace—Or, Don’t Do Weird Stuff | 07.26.2021

In our use of liturgy, how can we make sure our confidence is in the power of God’s Word, not the creativity or ingenuity of our methods?

Why the Ordinary Means of Grace Must Be Central in Our Gatherings

By David Strain | 9Marks Journal: The Ordinary Means of Grace—Or, Don’t Do Weird Stuff | 07.26.2021

When we gather, let’s not mess around with our own homespun techniques. In faith, let us read the Word, preach the Word, pray the Word, sing the Word, and see and taste and touch the Word.

Why Preaching Is Primary and the Ordinances Aren’t

By Jonty Rhodes | 9Marks Journal: The Ordinary Means of Grace—Or, Don’t Do Weird Stuff | 07.26.2021

Still today it is through the Word, not the bare ordinances, that men and women are “born again, not of perishable seed but of imperishable, through the living and abiding word of God” (1 Pet. 1:23).

The How of Ordinary Means of Grace Ministry

How Programs Fit into an Ordinary Means of Grace Ministry

By Mike McKinley | 9Marks Journal: The Ordinary Means of Grace—Or, Don’t Do Weird Stuff | 07.26.2021

Our programs are helpful only to the extent that they put people in contact with the God-ordained means of grace

How A Good Desire for Church Growth Can Lead to Bad Ministry Practices

By Harshit Singh | 9Marks Journal: The Ordinary Means of Grace—Or, Don’t Do Weird Stuff | 07.26.2021

The desire for numeric growth, in turn, leads many pastors to constantly look for growth strategies that undermine the ordinary means of grace.

Good News, Ordinary Pastor! You Don’t Need a Winning Personality

By Dan Miller | 9Marks Journal: The Ordinary Means of Grace—Or, Don’t Do Weird Stuff | 07.26.2021

The good news unspectacular pastor is this: “winning personality” is not found in the list of pastoral qualifications in 1 Timothy 3 or Titus 1.

Are Buildings Essential to Building Healthy Churches?

By Adam Sinnett | 9Marks Journal: The Ordinary Means of Grace—Or, Don’t Do Weird Stuff | 07.26.2021

Are buildings essential to building healthy churches? No. Can they be incredibly helpful? Absolutely.

Congregational Singing: Can Musical Style Dilute This Ordinary Means of Grace?

By Neal Woollard | 9Marks Journal: The Ordinary Means of Grace—Or, Don’t Do Weird Stuff | 07.26.2021

Creativity matures beyond self-expression to humble service to all. This shift should be evident.

The Effects of Ordinary Means of Grace Ministry

Yes, Scripture Reading Really Does Change People

By Terry Johnson | 9Marks Journal: The Ordinary Means of Grace—Or, Don’t Do Weird Stuff | 07.26.2021

Why don’t evangelical churches read the Bible during their services?

Yes, The Ordinances Really Do Change People

By Tiago Oliveira | 9Marks Journal: The Ordinary Means of Grace—Or, Don’t Do Weird Stuff | 07.26.2021

Yes, the ordinances really do change people. But faith must come first.

Yes, Preaching Really Does Change People

By Mike Bullmore | 9Marks Journal: The Ordinary Means of Grace—Or, Don’t Do Weird Stuff | 07.26.2021

God has promised that through this apparently weak and frail means, using weak and frail creatures like us, he will accomplish much. He has said so. He has promised to do it. Believe what God has said.

Yes, Singing Really Does Change People

By Shai Linne | 9Marks Journal: The Ordinary Means of Grace—Or, Don’t Do Weird Stuff | 07.26.2021

When I was converted to Christianity as an adult over twenty years ago, I vividly recall my first Sunday at my mother’s church.

How I Accidentally Stumbled Across—And Then Fell in Love with—the Ordinary Means of Grace

By Alex Duke | 9Marks Journal: The Ordinary Means of Grace—Or, Don’t Do Weird Stuff | 07.26.2021

This ordinary man and his ordinary sermons brought extraordinary change to my ordinary life.

Never Underestimate the Value of Ordinary, Brief, Christian Conversations

By Caleb Greggsen | 9Marks Journal: The Ordinary Means of Grace—Or, Don’t Do Weird Stuff | 07.26.2021

We overlook the value of ordinary, brief, Christian conversations.

Between Sundays: Life in the Means of Grace

By Raymond Johnson | 9Marks Journal: The Ordinary Means of Grace—Or, Don’t Do Weird Stuff | 07.26.2021

With ten minutes to spare, David sat down in the pew that had become his usual spot—the top right balcony.

The Freedom that Comes from Being Boringly Biblical

By Eric Bancroft | 9Marks Journal: The Ordinary Means of Grace—Or, Don’t Do Weird Stuff | 07.26.2021

Pastor, there’s freedom in a simple philosophy of ministry. God hasn’t called you to creativity, or outpacing expectations.

“The Word Did It All”: The Necessity of Preaching According to the Protestant Reformers

By Shawn Wright | 9Marks Journal: The Ordinary Means of Grace—Or, Don’t Do Weird Stuff | 07.26.2021

In the Reformation, the Word did it all. Five hundred years from now, may that be said of your ministry and mine.

The Ordinary Means of Grace—Or, Don’t Do Weird Stuff

July 2021
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How to Build Up Your Church: A Guidebook for Members

March 2021
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Heaven: Rejoicing in Future Glory

December 2020
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Pastoring Through Political Turmoil

September 2020
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Shepherding: The Work & Character of a Pastor

June 2020
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What’s Wrong With Gospel-Centered Preaching Today?

March 2020
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Complementarianism: A Moment of Reckoning

Complementarianism: A Moment of Reckoning

December 2019
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The Heart of the Gospel: Penal Substitutionary Atonement

August 2019
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Church Membership: Following the Lord Together

Church Membership: Following the Lord Together

May 2019
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Ecclesiology for Calvinists

February 2019
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The Pastor and Pornography

The Pastor and Pornography

October 2018
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Pastoral Burnout: Its Causes & Cures

July 2018
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Church Life: Our True Political Witness

Spring 2018
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Church Discipline: Medicine for the Body

January 2018
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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

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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

December 2015
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Multi-Ethnic Churches

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Spring 2015
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Complementarianism & the Local Church

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Vanishing Church?

Fall 2014
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Biblical Theology: Guardian and Guide of the Church

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The Church Singing

May–June 2014
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Prosperity Gospel

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Is Scripture Enough?

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Church and Churches

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Pastoring Christians for the Workplace

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Wanted: Apostolic Pastors

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The Underestimated Doctrine of Conversion

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Don’t Be Too Cool for Sunday School

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Revitalize: Why We Must Reclaim Dying Churches—and How

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The Pastor and his Staff, Part 2

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Church Membership: Holding the Body Together

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Church and Parachurch: Friends or Foes?

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Pastoral Moves

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Hell: Remembering the Awful Reality

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Pastoring Women

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Deacons

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A New Evangelical Liberalism

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Church Discipline (Part 2)

November—December 2009

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Missions

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Multi-site Churches

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Young Pastors

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Raising Up the Next Generation of Pastors

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November–December 2008

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Living As a Church

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The Gospel

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The Church’s Mission

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The Emerging Church

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