You’re So Depraved, You Probably Think This Church Is About You: How Total Depravity Upends Attractionalism

By Alex Duke | 9Marks Journal: Ecclesiology for Calvinists | 02.05.2019

Unbelievers’ most essential problem is not that they’re ignorant, apathetic, or rudderless, but that they’ve personally, willfully, and happily rebelled against the God who made them.

Definite Atonement and Church Membership

By Stephen J. Wellum | 9Marks Journal: Ecclesiology for Calvinists | 02.05.2019

What does definite atonement have to do with church membership?

7 Ministry Consequences of Calvinism

7 Ministry Consequences of Calvinism

By Jonathan Leeman | 9Marks Journal: Ecclesiology for Calvinists | 02.05.2019

The goal of this piece is not to argue with or even to address the non-Calvinist pastor. It is to say to the Calvinist, “If you believe this, your ministry should look like that.”

Why Your Doctrine of Perseverance Demands Church Discipline

Why Your Doctrine of Perseverance Demands Church Discipline

By Raymond Johnson | 9Marks Journal: Ecclesiology for Calvinists | 02.05.2019

A “once saved, always saved” motif that doesn’t understand conversion and its vital connection to a church shouldn’t comfort anyone in any way.

Episode 73 Lord's Supper

Episode 73: On The Lord’s Supper (with Bobby Jamieson)

By B. Jamieson, J. Leeman, M. Dever | 01.29.2019

In this episode of Pastors’ Talk, Jonathan asks Mark and Bobby a bunch of questions about the Lord’s Supper.

Pastors' Talk on Baptism with Bobby Jamieson

Episode 72: On Baptism (with Bobby Jamieson)

By B. Jamieson, J. Leeman, M. Dever | 01.22.2019

In this episode of Pastors’ Talk, Mark and Jonathan are joined by Bobby Jamieson to discuss practical questions about baptism and its connection to the local church.

How We Fixed Our Sleepy and Unspiritual Members’ Meetings

Review by Josh de Koning | 01.18.2019

About five years ago, I realized our members’ meetings were sleepy and overly informational. So we’ve changed them.

An Open Letter to Baptist Pastors Considering Open Membership

By Sam Emadi | 01.14.2019

Baptism is an authorized declaration of the credibility of someone’s confession, not just a private judgment about whether we think someone is a Christian.

Practice Charity, Pursue Credibility: How to Respond to a Child’s Profession of Faith

By C. Greggsen, S. Emadi | 01.07.2019

In every case, a church ought to be careful, weeding through words to attempt to discern the motivation behind a profession of faith―in other words, its credibility.

Best Books for Pastors 2018

Best Books for Pastors in 2018

By Alex Duke | 12.21.2018

We asked pastors from around the world a simple question: what books did you read in 2018 that helped you be a better pastor?

Belonging Before Believing?

By Michael Lawrence | 12.20.2018

Pastor Michael Lawrence explains why this ministry philosophy, though well-intentioned, is not a good idea.

On How to Prepare a Church to Practice Discipline

Episode 62: On How to Prepare a Church to Practice Discipline

By J. Leeman, M. Dever | 10.30.2018

Before a pastor leads a church to practice discipline, he must teach the church what the Bible teaches. It’s better to woo and win the church in the truth, than to wreck it in the pursuit of rightness.

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Does Pornography Use Ever Justify Church Discipline?

By Brad Wheeler | 9Marks Journal: The Pastor and Pornography | 10.30.2018

At what point, if ever, does a persistent pattern of pornography warrant church discipline?

Does Your Church Offer Weak Community?

By Barry Cooper | 10.10.2018

If we truly care about the health of our churches, we’d do well to ask ourselves some questions.

On Teaching the Church about the Church

Episode 59: On Teaching the Church about the Church

By J. Leeman, M. Dever | 10.09.2018

Pastors must teach the church about what a church is. If they don’t, who will?