Pastoring a Rural Church Isn’t a “Lesser” Ministry

By Cheston Pickard | 11.13.2017

Whether we’re called to Farmington, Missouri or Washington, D.C, our goal is to help people do two things: understand the Bible and follow Jesus.

The Church Has Two Missions: Narrow and Broad

By Jonathan Leeman | 11.06.2017

What is the mission of the church? Answering that requires defining what we mean by the “church.”

Mailbag #66: Is Preaching Necessary on the Mission Field? . . . Is “Closed Communion” Biblical?

By Jonathan Leeman | 10.27.2017

— Is preaching required in missionary contexts, or do Bible studies suffice? — “Closed communion” seems exclusive and arrogant. Is it in the Bible?

In Your Preaching, Aim for Holistic Application

By Matthew S. Harmon | 10.26.2017

Although the Spirit is the one who produces transformation in a person’s life, one of the primary tools he uses is the faithful preaching and application.

Mailbag #65: Distinctly Calvinist Statement of Faith? . . . When An Elder Isn’t “Apt to Teach”

By Jonathan Leeman | 10.20.2017

— What should a church include in its Statement of Faith? For example, should a SoF be explicitly Calvinistic? — How should a church handle a situation when it’s been determined an elder isn’t “apt to teach”?

Episode 20: On the Reformation

By J. Leeman, M. Dever | 9Marks Journal: The Reformation and Your Church | 09.26.2017

Jonathan Leeman interviews Mark Dever on the Reformation and its usefulness for Christians today

The Sunday Before the 95 Theses

By Stephen Nichols | 9Marks Journal: The Reformation and Your Church | 09.26.2017

I hear there is a friar in the town of Wittenberg, a Brother Martin. Maybe he will help us.

The Reformation and the Glory of God

By John Piper | 9Marks Journal: The Reformation and Your Church | 09.26.2017

Our salvation could never be merited so that the entire transaction would culminate soli Deo Gloria—to the glory of God alone.

How the Reformers Rediscovered the Holy Spirit and True Conversion

By Sinclair Ferguson | 9Marks Journal: The Reformation and Your Church | 09.26.2017

The Reformation featured a rediscovery of the Holy Spirit.

What Role Did Expositional Preaching Play in the Reformation?

By Michael Reeves | 9Marks Journal: The Reformation and Your Church | 09.26.2017

Almost certainly, the most striking practical change at the time of the Reformation was the rise of expository preaching in local churches.

Is the Reformation Just a White Man’s Legacy?: How the Reformation Addresses Social Exploitation

By Mika Edmonson | 9Marks Journal: The Reformation and Your Church | 09.26.2017

For many Christians, the Reformation has nothing substantial to say to racial and economic injustices. Are they wrong?

Two Views on Church Authority: Protestant vs. Roman Catholic

By Gregg R. Allison | 9Marks Journal: The Reformation and Your Church | 09.26.2017

Think of a three-legged stool. Now imaginatively label one of those legs “Scripture,” label the second leg “Tradition,” and label the third leg “Magisterium.”

A Brief Look at John Calvin on Imputation

By Thomas R. Schreiner | 9Marks Journal: The Reformation and Your Church | 09.26.2017

Calvin summarizes well the Protestant doctrine of imputation, a doctrine which has continued to be a great comfort and strength for believers and for those who are heirs of the Reformation.

The Five Solas: An Interview with Matthew Barrett

By Matthew Barrett | 9Marks Journal: The Reformation and Your Church | 09.26.2017

The Five Solas series is to help Christians understand the historical and biblical context of the five solas and how to live out the relevance of Reformation theology today.

Book Review: Encountering God Through Expository Preaching, By Orrick, Payne, and Fullerton

Review by Robert Kinney | 09.25.2017

If you’re looking for the value of expository preaching beyond simply getting the text right, this book is a good place to start.