3 Ways Baptism & the Lord’s Supper Ought to Shape our Monday through Saturday

By Sam Emadi | 08.12.2019

For too many Christians, baptism and the Supper are exclusively about personal professions of faith, and personal expression of one’s obedience to Jesus.

Mailbag #87: Are there Qualifications for Serving in the Church? . . . What Should a Congregation Vote On?

By J. Kurz, R. Johnson | 07.26.2019

— Does the Bible specify qualifications for serving in the church? — What matters should a congregation vote on?

On 1 Timothy 2:12 and Recent Complementarian Kerfuffles

Episode 93: On 1 Timothy 2:12 and Recent Complementarian Kerfuffles

By J. Leeman, M. Dever | 06.25.2019

What does 1 Timothy 2:12 specifically forbid? How can we have charitable conversations about our differences?

Are Healthy Churches Enough

Episode 92: Are Healthy Churches Enough for Today’s Problems?

By J. Leeman, M. Dever | 06.17.2019

Our world is full of problems. But what can healthy churches do about it?

podcast Highs and Lows of Denominations

Episode 91: On the Highs and Lows of Denominational Life

By J. Leeman, M. Dever | 06.11.2019

Jonathan chats with Mark from the floor of the Southern Baptist Convention about the highs and lows of denominational life.

Book Review: Dark Clouds, Deep Mercy, by Mark Vroegop

Review by Benjamin Vrbicek | 06.06.2019

Like the book of Lamentations, Dark Clouds, Deep Mercy was also born out of tragedy.

Praying through ACTS for the church John Onwuchekwa

Praying through ACTS for the church

By John Onwuchekwa | 06.05.2019

Prayers of adoration, confession, thanksgiving, and supplication aren’t just for individual Christians. They’re for the church, too. John Onwuchekwa explains.

Mailbag #84: I Live too Far from A Healthy Church. What Should I Do? . . . Among Baptists, What’s the History of a Plurality of Elders?

By S. Emadi, S. DeMars | 05.31.2019

— I live in an extremely rural area where we have many churches but none that are healthy. What should I do? — Many Baptist churches now have multiple elders. I understand the biblical case for this, but what’s the history of a plurality of elders among Baptists?

Mailbag #83: Protecting the Sunday Gathering by Limiting Reasons to Be Out of Room . . . Caring for Over-Worked Children’s Ministry Workers

By D. Russell, J. Leeman | 05.13.2019

— To what extent should the church protect the Sunday morning gathering by limiting reasons for members to be “at church” but out of the room? — What do you do to care for the spiritual health of your children’s ministry leaders?

Should I Join a Church for its Small Groups?

By Andy Johnson | 9Marks Journal: Church Membership: Following the Lord Together | 05.07.2019

Keeping small groups from becoming mini-churches often takes intentionality and pastoral effort.

what miserable Christians sing

Episode 85: On What Can Miserable Christians Sing (with Carl Trueman and Matt Merker)

By C. Trueman, J. Leeman, M. Dever, M. Merker | 04.30.2019

If someone walks into your church next Sunday, and they’re miserable from life’s trials and tribulations, what songs will you ask them to sing?

on church buildings podcast 9Marks

Episode 84: On Church Buildings

By J. Leeman, M. Dever | 04.23.2019

We know the church is comprised of the people, not the building. And yet, church buildings can be extremely valuable, useful, and vital for the health of long-term Christianity.

Mailbag #81: Helping a Church Grow in Discipling . . . How to Receive Members Who Left a Former Church Poorly.

By B. Johnson, J. de Koning | 04.19.2019

— How can I help my church grow in discipling? — Receiving members who left their former church on bad terms.

On Cultivating the Discipline of Listening Well Paul Martin

On Cultivating the Discipline of Listening Well

By Paul Martin | 04.17.2019

Because words are a window into the heart, pastors must learn to cultivate the discipline of listening well.

Mailbag #80: Should Pastors Discuss Past Sins? . . . Should Believers Ever Abstain from Communion? . . . Conducting Membership Interviews for Single Women

By D. King, J. Joseph, M. McKinley | 04.12.2019

— How much should a pastor share about past sins? — When should believer’s abstain from the Lord’s Supper? — Should women do membership interviews for single women?