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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?

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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.

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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.

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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

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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?

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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?

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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

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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

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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.

Rise of the Nones

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?

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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.

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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.

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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?

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