How To Think

Cheerful Confidence after Christendom

By Timothy Larsen | 9Marks Journal: Vanishing Church? | 10.21.2014

Who but Christians really believe that the story we inhabit ends as a comedy and not a tragedy?

How to Survive a Cultural Crisis

By Mark Dever | 9Marks Journal: Vanishing Church? | 10.24.2014

Here are seven principles for surviving the very real cultural shifts the church is presently enduring.

Left Behind in America: Following Christ after Culture Wars

By Russell D. Moore | 9Marks Journal: Vanishing Church? | 10.28.2014

The cultural tumult around us is no cause for either the clenching of the fists or the wringing of the hands.

Thank God for . . . Government?

By Bruce Kent | 9Marks Journal: Vanishing Church? | 11.04.2014

You honor God by paying your taxes. Did you know the IRS could be an agent of your sanctification?

Is Christianity in Britain in Terminal Decline?

By Mike Gilbart-Smith | 9Marks Journal: Vanishing Church? | 11.12.2014

It is far too early to sign the church’s death warrant. Therefore, news of its decline have been greatly exaggerated.

How To Speak and Pray

Colonial America and How (Not) to Pray Against Cultural Decline

By Thomas S. Kidd | 9Marks Journal: Vanishing Church? | 10.31.2014

There is an overwhelming sense among Christians in the West that we are not only in a time of cultural decline, but that it is gaining pace. If that’s true, how should Christians pray?

Contemporary America and a Call to Prayer

By John Piper | 9Marks Journal: Vanishing Church? | 10.31.2014

I appeal to all Christians: Let us move to a new level in our commitment to pray for the outpouring of God’s saving and sanctifying power in our day.

The American Jeremiad: A Bit of Perspective on the Rhetoric of Decline

By Matt McCullough | 9Marks Journal: Vanishing Church? | 10.23.2014

We must guard against responses to cultural decline that appeal to a past that never existed or a future God hasn’t promised.

The Wilberforce Test: Preaching and the Public Square

By Owen Strachan | 9Marks Journal: Vanishing Church? | 11.18.2014

The pastor who preaches for the transformation of his people is equipping them for service in this life that will echo into eternity.

Denominational and Cultural Decline and Pastoral Prayers: An Interview with Mark Dever 

By J. Leeman, M. Dever | 9Marks Journal: Vanishing Church? | 11.03.2014

How does talk of denominational decline affect your pastoral prayers?

Cultural Opposition: Lie Down, Lean In, Lay Low, or Leave

By Jonathan Leeman | 9Marks Journal: Vanishing Church? | 11.11.2014

Do we always have to fight to be faithful?

What To Make of Persecution

Blessed Are the Persecuted

By Greg Cochran | 9Marks Journal: Vanishing Church? | 10.28.2014

As we contemplate persecution—and the persecuted—we realize that blessedness is something more than (and something strangely different from) what we had imagined.

Blossoming Flowers Where Mao Wasn’t Looking

By Daniel Bays | 9Marks Journal: Vanishing Church? | 12.03.2014

It appears in retrospect that the Cultural Revolution, seen at the time as an unmitigated disaster for the church, was actually of great assistance to the growth of Christianity in many places in China.

The Vanishing Church? Lessons from “Down Under”

By Phillip Jensen | 9Marks Journal: Vanishing Church? | 11.05.2014

There is an honesty and a holy distinctiveness in being a Christian in Australia today that makes the work of evangelism and the reality of church so much easier.

400-Year-Old Lessons from English Baptists and Persecution

By Michael A. G. Haykin | 9Marks Journal: Vanishing Church? | 10.30.2014

May these persevering lives in the midst of persecution and suffering instruct us, as perhaps even now we endure, or are preparing to endure.

Book Reviews

Book Review: Dispatches from the Front, by Tim Keesee

Review by Alex Duke | 9Marks Journal: Vanishing Church? | 11.10.2014

Read this book if for no other reason than it puts flesh and bone on our prayers as it illustrates the faithfulness of God in keeping his promises.

Book Review: The Rise of the Nones, by James Emery White

Review by Derek Rishmawy | 9Marks Journal: Vanishing Church? | 09.22.2014

How good of an archer would you be if you didn’t know how to recognize a target?

Book Review: Renaissance, by Os Guinness

Review by Zach Schlegel | 9Marks Journal: Vanishing Church? | 10.06.2014

The decline of the church in the West calls for a hope-filled and humble response.

Book(s) Review: Persecuted & The Global War on Christians

Review by Greg Cochran | 9Marks Journal: Vanishing Church? | 11.03.2014

Books like the two reviewed here will help keep Christians aware of the persecution being suffered in the wake of gospel discipleship.

Book Review: Homespun Gospel, by Todd Brenneman

Review by Matt McCullough | 9Marks Journal: Vanishing Church? | 10.13.2014

This book criticizes Joel Osteen, Rick Warren, and Max Lucado for their sentimentality. Is the critique convincing?

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


May—June 2010

A New Evangelical Liberalism

January—February 2010

Church Discipline (Part 2)

November—December 2009

Church Discipline (Part 1)

September—October 2009


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


March–April 2008

Corporate Prayer

January–February 2008

Church & Culture

November–December 2007

Race and Ethnicity

September—October 2007

The Gospel

July–August 2007


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