Book Review: Devoted to God’s Church, by Sinclair Ferguson

Review by Mark Redfern | 01.14.2021

Ferguson’s portrait of church life is refreshing and one that feels, by God’s enabling grace, achievable.

Forum: How to Shepherd Your People in Light of the Capitol Riot

By A. Hong, J. Seville, M. Dever, T. Ross | 01.09.2021

9Marks asked several pastors how they intend to pray this Sunday to shepherd their congregation in light of Wednesday’s events at the Capitol.

Heavenly Helps for Pastoral Problems: 7 Ways Heaven Helps Us Overcome Challenges in Ministry

By Mark Redfern | 9Marks Journal: Heaven: Rejoicing in Future Glory | 12.22.2020

Paul repeatedly connects the implications of eternal life to his pastoral labor. In this article, I will highlight seven of those implications.

Episode 155: On Remembering 2020

By J. Leeman, M. Dever | 12.15.2020

In this final Pastors Talk episode of 2020, Jonathan Leeman chats with Mark Dever about the highs and lows of this particular year.

Shepherds Are Shaped by the Sheep

By Jason Seville | 12.11.2020

We are examples to the flock (1 Pet 5:3), but that doesn’t mean we can’t learn from those around us. It’s a tragedy when pastors surround themselves with “yes men” or place themselves at the untouchable top of an org-chart.

“What Exactly Should We Be Looking For?”: Reflections on My Recent Search for a Church

By Simona Gorton | 12.07.2020

If you’re looking for a church, I invite you to ask some of the same questions we asked and to examine a few of the principles laid out in Scripture.

3 Lessons from a Recent Pastoral Transition

By Erick Loh | 12.04.2020

Transitions aren’t easy, and your cultural context may present your church with unique challenges. Yet transitions also remind us that the church fundamentally belongs to Christ.

Episode 153: On Caring for Members Unwilling to Come Back to Church (with Nathan Knight)

By J. Leeman, M. Dever, N. Knight | 12.02.2020

Among the many things 2020 has made more complicated, chief among them is caring for members who are unwilling to come back to church.

Should Your Church Comply With New COVID-19 Orders? Perhaps This Memo Will Help.

By 9Marks | 11.23.2020

Editor’s note: The following memo was written by an elder of a mid-Atlantic church to his fellow elders. The author, formerly a law clerk for a Supreme Court justice, presently works as an attorney and has graciously agreed to let us reprint it here. * * * * * To:         The Elders Re:         […]

The Government Says We Can’t Sing! What Should We Do? (A Forum)

By Jonathan Leeman | 11.19.2020

A few different pastors offer a few different perspectives on what to do when the government tells churches they can’t sing.

Do Virtual Churches Actually Exist?

By Jonathan Leeman | 11.09.2020

Christian, you and I can “download” biblical truths virtually. Wonderful. Yet we cannot feel and experience and witness those truths becoming enfleshed in the family of God.

Three Lessons on Church Size from the Westminster Assembly

By Caleb Morell | 11.06.2020

According to the Westminster Divines, church size depends on at least three things.

There’s No Such Thing as “Retiring” From Ministry

By David Gough | 10.26.2020

Time and circumstances may require that our venues and our tasks are altered. But as long as we’ve been granted the ability to serve, we must strive to fulfill the ministry to which God has called us, equipped us, and employed us for his glory.

Episode 148: On How A Culture of Discipling + Lay Elders = Church Planting

By J. Leeman, M. Dever | 10.20.2020

Healthy churches plant churches. But how? What causes a church to “bubble over”? Here’s one way.

Episode 147: On the Appeal and the Errors of Theonomy (with T. David Gordon)

By J. Leeman, M. Dever, T. David Gordon | 10.12.2020

In this episode of Pastors Talk, Jonathan Leeman and Mark Dever chat with T. David Gordon about the errors of theonomy. They also consider why might it be appealing to certain Christians in our day and what pastors should do about it.