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?

Juan Sanchez pastor 9marks

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.

Jeramie Rinne

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.

John Folmar

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?

4 Reasons You Should Preach through Jonah

By Josh Vincent | 02.14.2019

The sea Jonah faced looks so small as we consider Jesus standing on the shore looking out upon the seemingly unending sea of God’s wrath.

Episode 73: On Ecclesiology for Calvinist Pastors Talk podcast

Episode 74: On Ecclesiology for Calvinists (with Sam Emadi)

By J. Leeman, M. Dever, S. Emadi | 9Marks Journal: Ecclesiology for Calvinists | 02.05.2019

For this episode of Pastors’ Talk, Jonathan interviewed Mark Dever and Sam Emadi about our new Journal, Ecclesiology for Calvinists.

Reformation Doctrine Fuels Reformation Ecclesiology: A Brief History

By Owen Strachan | 9Marks Journal: Ecclesiology for Calvinists | 02.05.2019

The Reformation fire has not gone out, nor has the evangelistic zeal of the modern American church died. The Word still speaks—and the gospel still is mighty to save.

Believe in Particular Redemption? Then Evangelize and Send Missionaries with Abandon

Believe in Particular Redemption? Then Evangelize and Send Missionaries with Abandon

By Greg Turner | 9Marks Journal: Ecclesiology for Calvinists | 02.05.2019

If you’re not engaged in evangelism and missions, then you don’t really believe in particular redemption.

Preach the Bible, Not Calvinism

Preach the Bible, Not Calvinism

By PJ Tibayan | 9Marks Journal: Ecclesiology for Calvinists | 02.05.2019

Do not aim to preach your system with its terminology. Aim to preach the Bible itself.

How Unconditional Election Sustains Pastoral Ministry

Calvinist Pastors and Non-Calvinist Churches: Candidating, Pastoring, and Moving On

By David Schrock | 9Marks Journal: Ecclesiology for Calvinists | 02.05.2019

I want to share a few things that might be helpful for you—Calvinist pastor—if the Lord leads you to a church that doesn’t celebrate the doctrines of grace.

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.”