Church Membership Is an Office and a Job

By Jonathan Leeman | 9Marks Journal: Church Membership: Following the Lord Together | 05.07.2019

Church membership is an office, too. It’s a job that comes with authority and responsibility.

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4 Reasons You Should Preach through Habakkuk

By Jason Seville | 05.03.2019

You should preach through Habakkuk because of Epicurus, Luther, Leibniz, and Jesus.

Preaching from Head to Heart

By J. Beeke, P. Smalley | 04.29.2019

The preaching of God’s Word aims at the transformation of the whole person, and so engages the whole person of both preacher and listener.

Book Review: Why I Love the Apostle Paul, by John Piper

Review by Nathan Loudin | 04.25.2019

Piper’s example is commendable. Pastors should get to know the Bible and their authors more comprehensively. How might our ministries change if we invested ourselves so thoroughly in Peter, John, Jeremiah, and others biblical authors?

7 Reasons You Should Preach through Nahum

By Mark O’Donoghue | 04.19.2019

Although it weighs in at only three chapters and punches well above its weight, Nahum ranks as one of the least preached books of the Bible. Here are seven reasons why that should change.

Preachers, Don’t Just Explain What the Text Means—Tell Us How You Got There

By Lucas O'Neill | 04.15.2019

We need to explain and apply the text, but we should also demonstrate how we came to our conclusions from the text.

Book Review: Preaching that Moves People, by Yancey Arrington

Review by Adam Triplett | 04.04.2019

Arrington suggests that preachers use videos, props, and interviews to make your sermons more engaging and exciting. But God’s Word alone ought to compel our listeners to respond, not gimmicks and fluff.

Mailbag #78: Can a Church Require Too Many Meetings? . . . Should the Church be Involved in a Pastor’s Decision to Leave? . . . Reformed Theology in the Church’s Teaching Ministry

By C. Humfrey, M. Livingston, S. Emadi | 03.22.2019

Can a church require too many services? How can pastors shepherd their flock while transitioning out? How should pastors teach about Reformed theology?

On Planning your Preaching Schedule

Episode 80: On Planning Your Preaching Schedule

By J. Leeman, M. Dever | 03.19.2019

Mark plans out the preaching schedule for CHBC nearly a year in advance. But why?

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When should pastors preach topical sermons?

By Juan Sanchez | 03.13.2019

Expositional preaching should be the regular diet for every local church. But topical sermons have a place, too.

Book Review: The Ten Commandments, by Kevin DeYoung

Review by Shane Walker | 02.28.2019

If we want to love Christ as he deserves and as he desires, we will keep his commandments (John 14:15). And that means as we keep in step with the Spirit, we would do well to remember the Ten Commandments.

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Biblical Christianity Is Better than Cross-Cultural

By Jeramie Rinne | 02.27.2019

Fundamentally, biblical Christianity is not cross-cultural, but supra-cultural. It’s not about “my culture” vs. “your culture,” but the culture of the kingdom of God.

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How should churches pursue contextualization biblically?

By John Folmar | 02.22.2019

The best way to contextualize is to be rigorously biblical. Because the Bible speaks transculturally, start with the Bible.

3 Reasons You Should Preach Through Micah

By Mark Livingston | 02.21.2019

Just as sure as God used Micah’s words centuries ago, he promises to surely use them now. So you can’t go wrong preaching this book. 

Mailbag #74: The Wisdom of Confronting an Older Pastor . . . Is It Biblical to Call Women “Ministers”? . . . How a Pastor Should Schedule His Week

By C. Humfrey, J. Leeman, P. Newton | 02.15.2019

— One of our elders, a man far older in the faith than us, has begun to regularly preach poor sermons. How should we respond? — I’ve noticed some SBC churches give women on staff the title of “minister” in deliberate distinction from “pastor” or “elder.” Is this practice wise? — What are some principles for how a pastor should schedule his week?