Pastoring in Political Turmoil — A Perspective from Lebanon

By Marwan Aboul-Zelof | 9Marks Journal: Pastoring Through Political Turmoil | 09.29.2020

Lebanon is a spectacular country with a rich history. Her beauty is even recorded in the Bible. But for several thousand years, she has been plagued with destruction and corruption.

How to Hold Your Tongue About Politics And Thereby Not Split Your Church Over Things the Bible Doesn’t Talk About

By Greg Gilbert | 9Marks Journal: Pastoring Through Political Turmoil | 09.29.2020

Greg Gilbert offers wisdom on how to hold your tongue about politics.

13 Principles for Pastoring Through Political Turmoil

By Jonathan Leeman | 9Marks Journal: Pastoring Through Political Turmoil | 09.29.2020

We feel the political heat for different reasons, but we all feel it. How do we endure? Here are thirteen principles for pastoring through political turmoil.

How Did Charles Spurgeon Address Contemporary Issues in His Preaching?

By A. DiPrima, G. Chang | 9Marks Journal: Pastoring Through Political Turmoil | 09.29.2020

Charles Spurgeon lived during a time of social and political upheaval. How did that affect his preaching?

Publicly Praying for Government Authorities

By Shane Walker | 9Marks Journal: Pastoring Through Political Turmoil | 09.29.2020

Why bother praying publicly for politicians? There are so many reasons not to do it. But they’re insufficient. Why? Simply put, because God commands it.

How to Hold Your Tongue About Politics And Thereby Not Split Your Church Over Things the Bible Doesn’t Talk About: AN ADDENDUM

By Greg Gilbert | 9Marks Journal: Pastoring Through Political Turmoil | 09.29.2020

What are some guardrails that can help a pastor navigate political issues, especially in a year like 2020?

Book Review: Growing Healthy Asian American Churches, edited by Peter Cha, S. Steve Kang, and Helen Lee

Review by Geoff Chang | 09.24.2020

My hope is that this book is the beginning of a fruitful conversation among Asian American leaders on what the Bible has to say about growing healthy Asian American churches.

Episode 144: On Lay Elders, Part 2 (with Klon Kitchen)

By J. Leeman, K. Kitchen, M. Dever | 09.22.2020

How do you prevent a potential friction between staff and lay elders? How do you ensure they’re not just “yes men”? How much deference should non-staff elders give others?

Episode 143: On Lay Elders, Part 1 (with Klon Kitchen)

By J. Leeman, K. Kitchen, M. Dever | 09.15.2020

Churches ought to have elders. Some will be paid (1 Tim. 5), but many will not. These unpaid elders are called “lay elders.” Is this distinction in the Bible?

Moving from Programs to a Culture of Discipleship in an Immigrant Church

By Mark Pakingan | 09.11.2020

From my experience, immigrant churches tend toward program-centric ministry. Why? It’s complicated.

Episode 142: On Preparing for the Next Guy

By J. Leeman, M. Dever | 09.08.2020

Pastor, unless Jesus comes back before you get a new job, then your church will have another pastor—and at least one of your jobs as the current pastor is to prepare your church for the next guy.

Want Your Church to Enjoy Unity? Let the Gospel Do Its Dividing Work.

By William Farley | 09.04.2020

When I became a lead pastor, I preached the gospel enthusiastically, but I didn’t understand its winnowing power or how positive that process would be.

A Strict But Clear Definition of the Church Brings Freedom

By Caleb Greggsen | 08.24.2020

How would you, according to Scripture, define the church? Does this definition free you up or weigh you down?

Journal Talk, Episode 4: Good Pastors Know When to Pick a Fight But Prefer to Avoid Them

By J. Leeman, K. DeYoung | 9Marks Journal: Shepherding: The Work & Character of a Pastor | 08.20.2020

Pastors shouldn’t be quarrelsome. But pastors must also contend for the truth. They must gently correct opponents. They must be immovable, steadfast. How do we manage all these diverse callings?

Journal Talk, Episode 3: What to Remember When It’s Going Well—And When It’s Going Poorly

By J. Leeman, R. Ortlund | 08.18.2020

In this conversation, Jonathan Leeman chats with Ray Ortlund about what pastors need to remember when things are going well, what they need to remember when things are going poorly, and how he stays so “stinkin’ joyful.”