Youth Ministry and the Rise and Triumph of the Modern Self

By Walt Mueller | 9Marks Journal: Expressive Individualism in the Church | 03.11.2022

Have our youth ministries been complicit in expressive individualism’s cancerous spread within the body of Christ?

When a Pastor’s Child Strays

By David Gough | 01.17.2022

I write not as a mere observer or sympathized, but as a father and a pastor who prays for his own wayward children. How desperately I long for them to embrace the faith they were taught.

Confessing the Faith: The Place of Confessions in Church Life

By K. Soltau, M. Short | 9Marks Journal: Sound Doctrine: The Foundation for Faithful Ministry | 11.24.2021

So in 2021, in a largely unchurched and post-Christian European country, why make confessions a regular rhythm in church life?

Editor’s Note: Defending Sound Doctrine Against the Deconstruction of American Evangelicalism

By Jonathan Leeman | 9Marks Journal: Sound Doctrine: The Foundation for Faithful Ministry | 11.16.2021

Jonathan Leeman reflects on the recent and popular project of “deconstructing” evangelicalism.

What the Doctrine of Justification Means for Facebook Fights Among Church Members?

By Jonathan Leeman | 9Marks Journal: Sound Doctrine: The Foundation for Faithful Ministry | 11.16.2021

What does sola fide have to do with Facebook squabbles?

What the Doctrine of Man Means for Your Accountability Group

By Caleb Greggsen | 9Marks Journal: Sound Doctrine: The Foundation for Faithful Ministry | 11.16.2021

The usefulness of accountability relationships depends on whether or not you allow the Bible’s instruction about people to inform how you think about such groups.

What the Doctrine of Revelation Means for Our Lord’s Day Gatherings

By Jonathan Leeman | 9Marks Journal: Sound Doctrine: The Foundation for Faithful Ministry | 11.16.2021

What you believe about how God reveals himself to us will impact what kind of church you build.

Friendship: The Foundation of Paul’s Global Ministry

By Caleb Greggsen | 10.25.2021

One of Paul’s most consistent values may surprise us: friendship.

On Translating Books and the Great Commission (with Rick Denham, Daniel Henderson and David Adams) | Pastors Talk, Ep. 181

By D. Henderson, D. Adams, R. Denham | 09.28.2021

What does translating books have to do with the Great Commission? Jonathan Leeman sat down with three international publishers to talk about that question.

Must Churches Follow Mask Mandates?

By Jonathan Leeman | 09.20.2021

9Marks doesn’t exist to make any of these judgments for you or your elder board. That’s your job, pastor. But as well as I know how to describe it, these are the principled questions before you.

A Sample Prayer of Corporate Confession

By Blake Boylston | 09.10.2021

Does your church regularly confess their sins together? Consider this sample prayer of confession for some direction.

After Withdrawal, Afghan Christians Still Need Your Prayers

By Josh Manley | 09.02.2021

In the aftermath of the United States’ withdrawal, brothers and sisters from Afghanistan continue to reach out with requests for prayer. How can you pray for them?

15 Reasons Your Soul Needs Gathered Worship, Not Just a Livestream

By Dane Ortlund | 08.27.2021

Here are 15 reflections on all that is lost when we choose to worship from the couch instead of the pew.

A Brief, Personal History of How God May Use Friendships Like Yours

By Alex DiPrima | 08.23.2021

Getting to spend your life serving Christ is sweet. Getting to do so with dear friends only makes it sweeter.

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.