Church History

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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.

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The Triumph and Tragedy of Anglicanism’s First African Bishop

By Hunter Guthrie | 02.22.2017

What can we learn from Samuel Crowther, the Anglican Church’s first African bishop?

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What Preachers Can Learn from George Whitefield’s First Sermon

By Thomas S. Kidd | 01.12.2017

In George Whitefield’s very first sermon, he exposed the spirit of nominal religion that was so debilitating to England, and to so much of America today.

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Churches in Albania: Preserved and Maturing

By Genci Cesula | 9Marks Journal: Healthy Churches around the World | 12.12.2016

After near extermination under Communism, the church in Albania has grown in numbers and maturity. Albanian Christians are growing in applying to gospel to all of life, even as they work to grow in ownership of their churches.

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Churches in Brazil: Realizing the Reformation

By Rick Denham | 9Marks Journal: Healthy Churches around the World | 12.12.2016

The availability of good Christian literature has pushed Brazil into a modern Reformation.

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Churches in Israel: Proclaiming the True Messiah

By David Zadok | 9Marks Journal: Healthy Churches around the World | 12.12.2016

Churches in Israel are growing in evangelistic confidence and doctrinal care, even as they wrestle with the cost of being identified with Gentile believers.

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Churches in Myanmar: Fighting the Fear of Man and Glorying in God

By Justin Caudill | 9Marks Journal: Healthy Churches around the World | 12.12.2016

Though they may never receive the fame of an Adoniram Judson, faithful workers across Myanmar are quietly laboring to build up the church.

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Churches in Poland: Transforming under Faithful Preaching

By Tomasz Krazek | 9Marks Journal: Healthy Churches around the World | 12.12.2016

Despite over a thousand years of Roman Catholic influence, the true gospel is being proclaimed in Poland. Churches are being transformed by faithful preaching of God’s Word, and eager for access to more biblical resources.

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Churches in Singapore: A City on a Hill in Southeast Asia

By Eugene Low | 9Marks Journal: Healthy Churches around the World | 12.12.2016

Singapore has been blessed by many gospel-preaching churches. Pray that they would not lose the centrality of the gospel, and would be used to build healthy churches in Asia and beyond.

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1500-Year-Old Pastoral Wisdom from John Chrysostom

By Eric Beach | 12.05.2016

Despite the more than 1500 years between us, I couldn’t help but notice the wisdom John Chrysostom offered for pastors today.

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Book Review: Biblical Authority after Babel, by Kevin Vanhoozer

Review by Bobby Jamieson | 11.07.2016

I recommend this book to anyone committed to the Reformation, questioning the Reformation, or opposed to the Reformation

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How a Roman Catholic View of Church Authority Compares to a Protestant View

By Gregg R. Allison | 9Marks Journal: Authority: God's Good and Dangerous Gift | 09.30.2016

What’s the difference between a Protestant understanding of local church authority and a Roman Catholic one?

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Divide and Prosper: A Historical Account of Church-Planting by “Peaceable Division”

By Simeon Williams | 08.25.2016

For too long, the narrative of American churches has been divide-or-die. So perhaps it’s worth asking the question: have we given proper consideration to divide-and-prosper?

Learning How to Pray Fervently from Benjamin Francis

By Michael A. G. Haykin | 9Marks Journal: The Church Praying | 06.21.2016

Looking to an 18th-century pastor for wisdom on what to pray for, and how to pray.

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Looking to the Past for Lessons about Prayer

By Thomas S. Kidd | 9Marks Journal: The Church Praying | 06.03.2016

With all due regard to churches’ individual circumstances, it’s hard to justify the lack of congregational prayer in many of today’s churches, or the relegation of prayer to an obligatory sidelight.