Preachers Talk, Episode 8: On Planning a Preaching Calendar

By D. Helm, E. Copeland, J. Meeks | 07.23.2020

How do you decide what to preach? How long should you stay in a book? Doesn’t planning sermons several months out “quench the Spirit”?

Book Review: Saturate, by Jeff Vanderstelt

Review by Aaron Menikoff | 07.23.2020

The gathered church equips saints to be in the world evangelizing the lost. A scattered church engages unbelievers and points them to the unique beauty of the Christian assembly. Confused roles compromise the church’s ability to fulfill the Great Commission.

Episode 139: Remembering J. I. Packer

By J. Leeman, M. Dever | 07.22.2020

Jonathan Leeman asks Mark Dever to reflect on his friendship with J. I. Packer. 

Let Gentleness Pervade Your Ministry

Let Gentleness Pervade Your Ministry

By Nick Roark | 07.21.2020

Pastor Nick Roark reflects on 1 Thessalonians 2:7.

Pastors, Set Your Church Up Well for the Future

By Mark Dever | 07.13.2020

Pastors, here are two things you should do that will set your church up well for the future, long after you’re gone.

Episode 136: On Pastors and Social Media

By J. Leeman, M. Dever | 07.07.2020

In this episode of Pastors Talk, Jonathan Leeman chats with Mark Dever about how pastors ought to approach social media use.

Reflections on ‘One Assembly’ and the Immigrant Church

By Geoff Chang | 07.03.2020

As immigrant churches pursue greater independence among their various language congregations, the goal is not simply to have separate churches so that we can cross our t’s and dot our ecclesiological i’s. That’s only half the picture.

Cultivate Humility

By Erik Raymond | 9Marks Journal: Shepherding: The Work & Character of a Pastor | 06.30.2020

If we’re going to help our people, we pastors must cultivate humility.

Why Should Pastors Care About Their Holiness?

By Aaron Menikoff | 9Marks Journal: Shepherding: The Work & Character of a Pastor | 06.30.2020

Brother pastor, do you care about holiness? Please don’t give up caring. Be vigilant. Soldier on against your sin from this day to the day of your death.

Tend Your Heart: Drinking from the Fountain of Mirth

By David Mathis | 9Marks Journal: Shepherding: The Work & Character of a Pastor | 06.30.2020

Brothers, we have permission to set aside our next sermon, open the Book, and simply tend to our own heart for an unhurried season each day.

Right and Wrong Pastoral Ambitions

By Phil Newton | 9Marks Journal: Shepherding: The Work & Character of a Pastor | 06.30.2020

Pastoral calling and ministry training do not inoculate from wrong ambitions. But men who are humbly lashed to God’s Word, with character shaped by the gospel, will pursue right ambitions.

Patience: A Pastor’s Superpower

By Dan Miller | 9Marks Journal: Shepherding: The Work & Character of a Pastor | 06.30.2020

Pastoral patience—the capacity to invest sufficient time in the pursuit of kingdom outcomes without freaking out—is a vital virtue in the exercise of pastoral care.

God’s Servant Must Not Be Quarrelsome: Good Pastors Know When to Pick a Fight But Prefer to Avoid Them

By Kevin DeYoung | 9Marks Journal: Shepherding: The Work & Character of a Pastor | 06.30.2020

There are fights to pick. Staying out of the fray is not always the better part of valor. But often it is.

What to Remember When It’s Going Poorly

By Ray Ortlund | 9Marks Journal: Shepherding: The Work & Character of a Pastor | 06.30.2020

What should we remember when tragedy overwhelms us, or when we lose our way in confusion, or when we seem unable to please anyone and the congregation is stiff and cold—or even walking out?

Be Generous—Give People and Money

By Paul Martin | 9Marks Journal: Shepherding: The Work & Character of a Pastor | 06.30.2020

Jesus tells us there is joy in generosity. In giving. In dying to our preferences and pleasures. In taking the way of the cross rather than the way of collection.