Yes, Singing Really Does Change People

By Shai Linne | 9Marks Journal: The Ordinary Means of Grace—Or, Don’t Do Weird Stuff | 07.26.2021

When I was converted to Christianity as an adult over twenty years ago, I vividly recall my first Sunday at my mother’s church.

How Programs Fit into an Ordinary Means of Grace Ministry

By Mike McKinley | 9Marks Journal: The Ordinary Means of Grace—Or, Don’t Do Weird Stuff | 07.26.2021

Our programs are helpful only to the extent that they put people in contact with the God-ordained means of grace

Never Underestimate the Value of Ordinary, Brief, Christian Conversations

By Caleb Greggsen | 9Marks Journal: The Ordinary Means of Grace—Or, Don’t Do Weird Stuff | 07.26.2021

We overlook the value of ordinary, brief, Christian conversations.

Between Sundays: Life in the Means of Grace

By Raymond Johnson | 9Marks Journal: The Ordinary Means of Grace—Or, Don’t Do Weird Stuff | 07.26.2021

With ten minutes to spare, David sat down in the pew that had become his usual spot—the top right balcony.

Book Review: The Caffynite Controversy, by Clint Bass

Review by Jonathan Swan | 07.22.2021

You may have never heard of the Caffynite controversy, but this book teaches some important lessons about confessionalism in local churches.

What Does Your Church Covenant Sound Like?

By Dave Cook | 07.20.2021

Sometimes on our anniversary, my wife and I re-read our covenant vows to each other. It’s always special. When churches stand and read their church covenant together, there’s no reason … keep reading…

On Why Is the Lord’s Supper So Important? (with Aubrey M. Sequeira & Sam Emadi) | Pastors Talk, Ep. 174

By A. M. Sequeira, J. Leeman, S. Emadi | 06.29.2021

Why is the Lord’s Supper so important? What should ordinary Christians know about it?

A Brief History of How Friendships Like Yours Can Change the World

By Alex DiPrima | 06.28.2021

What if more Christians began to view their friendships as stewardships from God? We should all actively look for opportunities to leverage our friendships for practical, kingdom-minded endeavors.

Forbear with One Another (with Dan Miller)

By D. Miller, J. Leeman | 9Marks Journal: How to Build Up Your Church: A Guidebook for Members | 06.25.2021

Church members have the holy calling of “putting up with one another”—or, as the Bible puts it, forbearing with one another.

What’s in the Water?: Baptism as a Sign of Addition (Part 3)

By Trent Hunter | 06.11.2021

The Word led to baptism, which led to a defined worshiping community, and as people were baptized, they were “added” to that community. That’s what Luke is teaching us.

On Pastoring and Parenting (with David Helm, Juan Sanchez, and Michael Lawrence) | Pastors Talk, Ep. 172

By D. Helm, J. Leeman, J. Sanchez, M. Lawrence | 06.08.2021

In this episode of Pastors Talk, Jonathan Leeman chats with David Helm, Juan Sanchez, and Michael Lawrence about parenting as a pastor. 

What’s in the Water? — Combatting Superstition and Sentimentalism with Scripture (Part 1)

By Trent Hunter | 05.26.2021

If we’re going to get baptism right, we need our thinking and practice shaped by Scripture. That’s why at my church our elders recently entered a study about baptism.

On Men and Women in the Church (with Kevin DeYoung) | Pastors Talk, Ep. 170

By J. Leeman, K. DeYoung, M. Dever | 05.04.2021

Jonathan chats with Mark and Kevin about the roles of men and women in healthy churches.

When You Long for Friends: A Meditation for Elders’ Wives

By Megan Hill | 04.30.2021

In your time as an elder’s wife, you will doubtless experience times of loneliness. You can take encouragement from the example of Paul that a desire for friends is a good desire.

On Why Should I Give to My Church (with Jamie Dunlop) | Pastors Talk, Ep. 169

By J. Dunlop, J. Leeman, M. Dever | 04.27.2021

Christians should happily give to their church. Right? What else is there to say on this topic?