What Did the Cross Achieve?: The Logic of Penal Substitution

By J. I. Packer | 9Marks Journal: The Heart of the Gospel: Penal Substitutionary Atonement | 08.20.2019

The task which I have set myself in this lecture is to focus and explicate a belief which, by and large, is a distinguishing mark of the word-wide evangelical fraternity: namely, the belief that the cross had the character of penal substitution, and that it was in virtue of this fact that it brought salvation to mankind.

Pastoring Abuse Sufferers with the Doctrine of Penal Substitutionary Atonement

By Mez McConnell | 9Marks Journal: The Heart of the Gospel: Penal Substitutionary Atonement | 08.20.2019

As a former victim and as a pastor to the abused, I wish to look at some of the practical implications of holding to PSA

How to Explain Covenantal Headship to Your Members 

By Harry Fujiwara | 9Marks Journal: The Heart of the Gospel: Penal Substitutionary Atonement | 08.20.2019

In explaining covenantal headship to your members, it will be helpful to walk them through three closely related biblical truths: total depravity, the virgin birth, and substitutionary atonement.

“Jesus Died for Sinners”: Do Your People Know What This Actually Means?

By Conrad Mbewe | 9Marks Journal: The Heart of the Gospel: Penal Substitutionary Atonement | 08.20.2019

Some professing Christians don’t know what it means when we say “Jesus died for you.” Pulpits are to blame for this serious confusion.

How a philosophy of ministry clarifies the doctrine of the conversion

Your Understanding of Salvation should Shape your Philosophy of Ministry

By Michael Lawrence | 08.14.2019

If you believe God is totally sovereign in conversion, then that should affect your philosophy of ministry—how you preach, how you evangelize, and even how you structure your membership process.

Mailbag #88: Must Elders Agree on Tongues & Prophecy? . . . How Can We Wisely Hire a Pastor from Outside the Church?

By D. Russell, J. Rinne | 08.09.2019

— How much agreement must elders have on the issue of tongues and prophecy? — In a congregational church, how should we hire a new pastor from the outside? How can we give enough time for the church to properly vet the candidate?

Church-planting is a church responsibility

Church-planting is a church responsibility

By Mike McKinley | 07.31.2019

The apostles responded to the Great Commission by planting churches. And so should we.

In Ministry, Joy and Sorrow Don’t Cancel Each Other Out

By Winston T. Smith | 07.15.2019

The victory of sin and death and the presence of suffering are only temporary in light of Jesus’ resurrection.

Mailbag #86: Considering the Danger, Should Muslim-Background Believers Be Baptized . . . My Friends Who Want to Be Pastors Think Polity Is Boring. How Can I Help Them?

By A. Menikoff, A. Duty | 07.12.2019

— Should we encourage Muslim-background believers to be baptized, even when it endangers their lives? — My friends want to be pastors. But they have no interest in polity. How can I help them see its importance?

Book Review: The Book Your Pastor Wishes You Would Read

By M. Redfern, T. Hoak | 06.27.2019

Just as pastors will be held accountable for how faithfully they obeyed the command to oversee the flock, so church members will be held accountable for how faithfully they obeyed the command to make shepherding their church a groan-free experience for their pastor.

On 1 Timothy 2:12 and Recent Complementarian Kerfuffles

Episode 93: On 1 Timothy 2:12 and Recent Complementarian Kerfuffles

By J. Leeman, M. Dever | 06.25.2019

What does 1 Timothy 2:12 specifically forbid? How can we have charitable conversations about our differences?

Are Healthy Churches Enough

Episode 92: Are Healthy Churches Enough for Today’s Problems?

By J. Leeman, M. Dever | 06.17.2019

Our world is full of problems. But what can healthy churches do about it?

Pastoring and the Art of Balance

By J. Beeke, P. Smalley | 06.17.2019

God’s promise of a transformed community (Jer. 3:17) comes with a promise of competent pastoral care.

What Lay Elders Need to Know

By Bradley Larson | 06.10.2019

Lay eldership is a high calling. But elders must recall that while the office they hold is important, they’re merely there to do Christ’s bidding.

What I Told My Congregation After Our Founding Pastor Died

By Mark Redfern | 06.07.2019

On that morning, I stood in front of our church on the first Sunday without our pastor of 46 years.