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?

Congregationalism & the Color of Your Church’s Carpet

Congregationalism & the Color of Your Church’s Carpet

By Jonathan Leeman | 10.03.2018

Does congregationalism mean the whole church must decide whether or not to buy a new photo copier? Or what about the color of the carpet? Jonathan Leeman answers.

Episode 58: On Members Meetings

By J. Leeman, M. Dever | 10.02.2018

In this episode of Pastors’ Talk, Mark and Jonathan discuss members meetings—what they are, where they are in the Bible, and how to make them of spiritual interest.

8 Reasons Your Excuses for Not Practicing Church Discipline Don’t Work

By Paul Alexander | 09.24.2018

As it turns out, these eight excuses not to practice church discipline are actually reasons *to* practice church discipline.

How Does Church Discipline Change Our Relationships?

How Does Church Discipline Change Our Relationships?

By Jonathan Leeman | 09.12.2018

Jonathan Leeman answers the difficult question, “How should we interact with someone who’s been disciplined from our church?”

Not Satisfied with Our Shepherding Yet—But Doing Much Better than Before

By Bob Johnson | 09.11.2018

Can you imagine what it’s like to go home after a leadership meeting with the knowledge that you were actually fulfilling your God-given mandate?

H. B. Charles on Baptism the Lords Supper

H. B. Charles on Baptism & the Lord’s Supper

By H. B. Charles | 08.29.2018

Deeper convictions lead to higher praise.

You Can’t Love Jesus Without Loving His Church

By Jason Allen | 08.27.2018

Have you ever heard someone say, “I am into Jesus, but not the church”?