Church Life: Our True Political Witness

By Jonathan Leeman | 9Marks Journal: Church Life: Our True Political Witness | 04.17.2018

Where do we first beat swords into plowshares and spears into pruning hooks? Where should love of enemy first dissolve a nation’s tribalism? Where should Lincoln’s “just and lasting peace” first take root and grow?

Just A Spoonful Of Wilberforce

By Jonathan Worsley | 9Marks Journal: Church Life: Our True Political Witness | 04.17.2018

We should tell the stories of successful Christian social advocates. But we should also tell the “unsuccessful” stories too, and explain how so many “unsuccessful” heroes pleased God through their faithfulness.

Why Politics Overwhelms the Church

By Russell D. Moore | 9Marks Journal: Church Life: Our True Political Witness | 04.17.2018

Caesar never prompted Jesus to rejoice (Lk. 10:21). Pilate never prompted him to sweat blood. Why? Because he trusted a sovereign Father and saw a kingdom that would triumph over all rivals.

The Local Church as a Counterculture

By Brett McCracken | 9Marks Journal: Church Life: Our True Political Witness | 04.17.2018

The local church was never meant to be a cultural, comfortable, bourgeois social club that affirms people in their idolatry and helps them along on a journey to their “best life now.” It was meant to be a counterculture, a set-apart community embodying a radically different vision for human flourishing.

How the State Serves Both Salvation and Religious Freedom

By Jonathan Leeman | 9Marks Journal: Church Life: Our True Political Witness | 04.17.2018

Don’t put too much hope in government. But don’t give up on it either. Churches need good governments.

A Symposium: How can we work toward greater ethnic unity in our churches?

By I. L. Ince, P. Jeon, P. Y. Lee, P. Holmes | 9Marks Journal: Church Life: Our True Political Witness | 04.17.2018

We asked four minority brothers the following question: How can we work toward greater ethnic unity in our churches?

Be a Gospel Neighbor

By Aaron Menikoff | 04.02.2018

Being a good neighbor is a crucial component to being a faithful evangelist. We should all aspire to be gospel neighbors.

Two Principles of Christian Giving

Two Principles of Christian Giving

By Vance Pitman | 03.28.2018

Pastor Vance Pitman describes the two principles that should undergird every Christian’s giving.

Episode 42: On the Usefulness of Pastoral Internships (with Matt Merker)

By M. Dever, M. Merker | 03.06.2018

In this episode of Pastors’ Talk, Matt Merker—a pastoral assistant at Capitol Hill Baptist Church—chats with Mark Dever about the usefulness of pastoral internships.

Book Review—The Whole Church Sings: Congregational Singing in Luther’s Wittenberg, by Robin Leaver

Review by Carl Trueman | 03.05.2018

Of all the Reformers, Luther knew the ways in which Christianity struck deep emotional chords in the heart of the believer. But this meant he paid more attention, not less, to the words and the appropriateness of the music.

I'm doubting my salvation. What should I do?

What Should I Do When I’m Doubting My Salvation?

By Mark Dever | 02.28.2018

Mark Dever answers this important question.

On Prayer Service

Episode 41: On Bringing Back the Prayer Service

By J. Leeman, M. Dever | 02.27.2018

Jonathan Leeman and Mark Dever discuss the benefits and best practices of hosting a regular church-wide prayer gathering—in addition to the Sunday service.

Mailbag #73: Dealing with Cultural Commands in 1 Corinthians 11 . . . Must All Elders Be Teachers?

By J. Leeman, T. R. Schreiner | 02.23.2018

— How should we interpret the passages in 1 Corinthians 11 about women cutting their hair? — Should teaching be the primary function of every pastor/elder?

Episode 40: On Facing Disappointment

Episode 40: On Facing Disappointment as a Pastor

By J. Leeman, M. Dever | 02.20.2018

How should pastors respond when their ministry is marked by disappointment and unmet expectations?

Mailbag #72: Small Groups with Christians from Other Churches? . . . Which Churches Should We Pray for Publicly?

By Jonathan Leeman | 02.16.2018

— What do you think about small group Bible studies and prayer groups comprised of Christians from different churches? — How do you determine which churches to pray for publicly?