Mailbag #61: Does God Want Some Churches to Die; A Question about a Non-Intimate Marriage

By Jonathan Leeman | 05.05.2017

— Does God want some churches to die, regardless of how faithful the leaders are? — How would you counsel a couple where the husband views pornography because the wife has no interest in sexual relations, but is still upset by his actions?

11 Reasons For A Weekly Service Review—And 4 Cautions Once You Start

By Jeff Lacine | 04.26.2017

I’ve found a weekly service review to be one of the most effective tools in ministry for mentoring men and growing as a preacher.

Mailbag #60: How to Divide the Text; Making Sunday Accessible for Non-Believers

By Jonathan Leeman | 04.21.2017

— Do you have any tips on how quickly or slowly pastors should preach through books? — Should Sunday mornings primarily aim for edifying believers or evangelizing non-believers?

Book Review: Apostolicity, by John G. Flett

Review by Guy Prentiss Waters | 04.17.2017

For centuries, Christians across generations have confessed they believe in “one, holy, catholic, and apostolic Church.” Though these words professedly unite the church, there are profound disagreements concerning their meaning.

Can a Single Person Fully Image God?

By Stephen J. Wellum | 9Marks Journal: Pastoring Singles | 03.20.2017

Human marriage is vitally important, but it’s not permanent nor is it the only place where humans fully image God.

Sermon: A Biblical Theology of Singleness

By 9Marks | 9Marks Journal: Pastoring Singles | 03.19.2017

Charles Hedman, a pastor at Capitol Hill Baptist Church, preached a sermon on a biblical theology of singleness. You can listen to that sermon here.

Thinking Biblically about Authority: An Interview with David Wells

By David Wells | 9Marks Journal: Authority: God's Good and Dangerous Gift | 03.15.2017

What we all need are not more authoritarian preachers but more authoritative sermons.

Can Christians Marry Non-Christians?: A Biblical Theology

By Mike Gilbart-Smith | 9Marks Journal: Pastoring Singles | 03.13.2017

When you’re married to a non-Christian, you sing: “I want this song to be about Jesus,” while your spouse sings, “It’s just you and me.” There can be no ultimate harmony.

How to Critique Sermons: A List of Diagnostic Questions

By Jeff Lacine | 03.08.2017

Here’s a list of 29 questions to ask when you’re giving feedback on a sermon.

Three Reasons to Include a Concise Summary of the Gospel in Every Sermon

By Timothy Raymond | 03.02.2017

Here are three reasons why you should include a concise gospel summary in every sermon you preach.

Book Review: When Heaven Invades Earth, by Bill Johnson

Review by David Schrock | 03.01.2017

When Trinity-eroding, Christ-denying, gospel-subverting error is published, we ought not shy away from declaring a teacher or teaching as heretical.

Episode 3: On Sermon Application

By J. Leeman, M. Dever | 02.28.2017

If a preacher is doing his job well, then he’s not only explaining what a text means, but also applying that meaning to the lives of his hearers. In this episode of Pastors’ Talk, Jonathan Leeman sits down with Mark Dever to talk about the difficult task of sermon application.

Book Review: The Pastor as Public Theologian, by Kevin Vanhoozer and Owen Strachan

Review by Jeff Mooney | 02.23.2017

There’s nothing more theological than the practical shepherding of Christ’s people, and there’s nothing more practical than robust theological thinking and speaking to Christ’s people.

Pastor, Defend Christian Liberty

By Caleb Greggsen | 02.09.2017

We trivialize the doctrine of Christian liberty when we focus on freedom to while neglecting the beauties of freedom from.

Mark Dever Interviews Jonathan Leeman about “Don’t Fire Your Church Members”

By J. Leeman, M. Dever | 02.07.2017

Would you believe it if someone told you church structure actually plays a crucial role in your individual discipleship?