Church History

Small Beginnings: J. C. Ryle in Exbury

By Geoff Chang | 06.29.2020

Pastors are often tempted to be dissatisfied with their churches. Some long for greater prominence and larger congregations. But this dissatisfaction is part of the Enemy’s lies; such outcomes must be left to the Lord.

Small Beginnings: C. H. Spurgeon at Waterbeach

By Geoff Chang | 06.10.2020

For so many young pastors, the early years of pastoral ministry can prove daunting. These highlights from Spurgeon’s first pastorate show us what to prioritize in these early years.

Pastoring in a Pandemic, Episode 10: How Christians throughout the Ages Have Responded to Plagues & Pandemics (with Michael Haykin)

By J. Leeman, M. Haykin | 05.15.2020

Jonathan Leeman chats with church historian Michael Haykin of SBTS about how Christians throughout the ages have responded to plagues and pandemics. Could it be that COVID-19 presents a historic opportunity?

What Did DC Churches Do When the Spanish Flu Struck Again?

By Caleb Morell | 05.11.2020

Contrary to all expectations, the closing of churches for the month of October in 1918 did not result in decline and ruin, but in revitalization and growth.

What Would the Puritans Say to Us Now? Learning from Puritan Prescriptions on Preaching

By Matt Haste | 9Marks Journal: What's Wrong With Gospel-Centered Preaching Today? | 03.31.2020

What comes to your mind when you imagine a Puritan pastor in the pulpit? Long, boring sermons? Monotone diatribes?

How DC Churches Responded When the Government Banned Public Gatherings During the Spanish Flu of 1918

By Caleb Morell | 03.12.2020

The influenza of 1918 provides an example of how churches in Washington DC responded to a public health crisis and government orders to close churches

Does the Book of Acts Teach Spontaneous Baptisms?

By Caleb Morell | 03.10.2020

The claim that Acts demonstrates a uniform pattern of spontaneous baptisms is overstated.

When Calamity Strikes, Pastors & Missionaries Are ”Essential Personnel”

By Colin Clark | 02.14.2020

How one pastor in China responded amid the coronavirus.

Missionaries Need to Know What a Church Is: A Lesson from Adoniram Judson

By Geoff Chang | 01.17.2020

The goal of missions is not merely individual conversions. Rather, it’s to see indigenous, gospel-preaching churches planted.

On Preaching the Supper and the Unity of the Church

Episode 110: On Preaching, the Supper, and the Unity of the Church (with Bobby Jamieson & Mark Feather)

By B. Jamieson, J. Leeman, M. Dever, M. Feather | 01.14.2020

Recently, the well-known pastor and author Francis Chan made some alarming comments about preaching, the Lord’s Supper, and the unity of the church. In this episode of Pastors’ Talk, Jonathan chats with Mark Dever, Bobby Jamieson, and Mark Feather about Chan’s comments in particular and the topics of preaching, the Supper, and unity more generally. […]

The Accidental Reformation: How Luther and Calvin Reformed the Family

By Owen Strachan | 9Marks Journal: Complementarianism: A Moment of Reckoning | 12.10.2019

Martin Luther and John Calvin represent two theologians of the Reformation, that Bible-driven movement so long ago, who promoted God’s vision for the family and led many to do the same.

Book Review: Protestants, by Alec Ryrie

Review by Forrest Strickland | 10.24.2019

A Protestant is not simply someone who has an all-encompassing experience with the God they find in the Bible. “Protestant” connotes, in part, certain theological convictions: beginning with the ancient creeds and including the solas of the Reformation.

A Tale of Two Baptist Associations

By Geoff Chang | 09.23.2019

Let me tell you the tale of two Baptist associations.

Episode 95: On the Value of Church History

By J. Leeman, M. Dever | 09.10.2019

These days, most Christians and even most pastors don’t know a lot about church history. And with all the busyness of ministry, why should they? Why should pastors care about church history—from the history of the global church to the history of their own local church?

What Did the Cross Achieve?: The Logic of Penal Substitution

By J. I. Packer | 9Marks Journal: The Heart of the Gospel: Penal Substitutionary Atonement | 08.20.2019

The task which I have set myself in this lecture is to focus and explicate a belief which, by and large, is a distinguishing mark of the word-wide evangelical fraternity: namely, the belief that the cross had the character of penal substitution, and that it was in virtue of this fact that it brought salvation to mankind.