Book Review: Captured by a Better Vision: Living Porn Free, by Tim Chester

Review by Dave Gobbett | 9Marks Journal: The Pastor and Pornography | 10.30.2018

In this wide-ranging, honest, and profoundly gospel-centred book, Chester demonstrates that the contemporary pornography pandemic which is crippling lives and ministries is fundamentally a problem of idolatry.

How to Respond When a Servant, an Elder, or the Preacher Struggles with Pornography

By Aaron Menikoff | 9Marks Journal: The Pastor and Pornography | 10.29.2018

How should we respond we a public servant, an elder, or the preacher confesses to looking at pornography?

Helping Women Whose Husbands Struggle with Pornography

By Jeremy Yong | 9Marks Journal: The Pastor and Pornography | 10.29.2018

These foundational truths should help us pastors minister to the hurting hearts of sisters whose husbands struggle with pornography

Is Pornography Use Ever Grounds for Divorce?

By Thomas R. Schreiner | 9Marks Journal: The Pastor and Pornography | 10.29.2018

In Matthew 5:32 and 19:9, Jesus gives grounds for divorce based on sexual immorality (porneia). Does pornography use qualify?

How To Have Elders Without Actually Having Elders

By Walter Price | 10.26.2018

If I wanted to transition the church toward being elder-led, then I knew I faced a long, uphill struggle, if not outright war. So I did what my old pastor suggested. I had elders without having elders. Let me explain.

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Episode 61: On Shepherding during Disagreements

By J. Leeman, M. Dever | 10.22.2018

‪How should a pastor shepherd people through disagreement? How should he balance the tension between being a truth-teller and a peacemaker?‬ ‪Mark and Jonathan discuss.

Elders Are to Be Hospitable, Not Just Their Wives

By Kent Butterfield | 10.15.2018

May all elders have the reputation that they are given to hospitality.

The Story of John Calvin and Martin Bucer

By Geoff Chang | 10.12.2018

Through his friendship with Martin Bucer, Calvin learned not only how to be a better pastor, but he also grew as a Christian in patience and humility.

The importance of feedback in pastoral ministry

The importance of feedback in pastoral ministry

By Mark Dever | 09.26.2018

If you build a ministry where no one can give you feedback, you are teaching your congregation to be proud and self-defensive.

Book Review: James Robinson Graves—Staking the Boundaries of Baptist Identity, by James A. Patterson

Review by Caleb Greggsen | 09.21.2018

This book provides a cautionary tale for everyone committed to teaching and promoting sound Baptist polity as the polity most faithful to Scripture.

How to Encourage Your People Just Like the Apostle Paul

By Matthew Fletcher | 09.04.2018

A simple idea for pastors to encourage their people—just like the apostle Paul.

The Single Best Thing That’s Happened to Mark Dever as a Senior Pastor

The Single Best Thing That’s Happened to Mark Dever as a Senior Pastor

By Mark Dever | 08.23.2018

“Raising up a plurality of qualified elders has been the best single thing that’s happened to me as the senior pastor.”

Book Review: When Darkness Seems My Closest Friend, by Mark Meynell

Review by Nathan Loudin | 08.20.2018

Simply put, this book isn’t meant to equip pastors for pastoral ministry to a depressed world. It’s a book for pastors who wrestle with depression themselves.

The Church Needs Fewer Men Who Feel “Called” to Ministry

By Dayton Hartman | 08.13.2018

We need fewer men who feel “called” and more men who aspire to the office of elder.

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Episode 56: On Pastoral Burnout

By J. Leeman, M. Dever | 9Marks Journal: Pastoral Burnout: Its Causes & Cures | 07.17.2018

Mark and Jonathan discuss the subject of burnout, particularly how it happens and what church leaders can do to avoid it in the first place.