Church History

On the Ministry of Good Christian Books

Episode 55: On the Ministry of Good Christian Books

By J. Leeman, M. Dever | 06.05.2018

Good books help us follow Jesus.

C. S. Lewis on Corporate Worship

By Joe Rigney | 05.29.2018

Over time, C. S. Lewis came to see the dangers in both individualism and collectivism in Christian worship. More importantly, he came to see how the church is the antidote to both.

Book Review—J. C. Ryle: Prepared to Stand Alone, by Iain Murray

Review by Nate Pickowicz | 05.16.2018

Famously known as “the man of granite with the heart of a child,” JC Ryle stands out as a towering example of Christian fortitude and pastoral excellence.

On How Protestant Reformation

Episode 51: On How the Reformation Changed Sunday Gatherings (with Jonathan Gibson)

By J. Gibson, J. Leeman, M. Dever | 05.08.2018

Through the liturgies of the Reformation, evangelical doctrine was as much caught in public worship as it was taught in published writings.

Just A Spoonful Of Wilberforce

By Jonathan Worsley | 9Marks Journal: Church Life: Our True Political Witness | 04.17.2018

We should tell the stories of successful Christian social advocates. But we should also tell the “unsuccessful” stories too, and explain how so many “unsuccessful” heroes pleased God through their faithfulness.

What One Baptist Association from 1707 Can Teach Churches in 2018

By Jeff Robinson | 03.12.2018

Nowadays, local denominational associations are passé. But it wasn’t always that way.

How Charles Spurgeon Pastored Fellow Suffering Christians

By Michael Reeves | 03.08.2018

When pastoring the suffering and depressed, Spurgeon seemed most often to have focused people on Christ crucified as the Man of Sorrows.

Book Review—The Whole Church Sings: Congregational Singing in Luther’s Wittenberg, by Robin Leaver

Review by Carl Trueman | 03.05.2018

Of all the Reformers, Luther knew the ways in which Christianity struck deep emotional chords in the heart of the believer. But this meant he paid more attention, not less, to the words and the appropriateness of the music.

5 Ways Spurgeon’s Metropolitan Tabernacle Cultivated Meaningful Membership

By Geoff Chang | 02.26.2018

The goal is for every church to be faithful—in doctrinal purity, in guarding the membership, in active gospel ministry. In this, Spurgeon and the Metropolitan Tabernacle remain a model for pastors and churches today.

Book Review: Duties of Christian Fellowship, by John Owen

Review by Drew Cunningham | 02.22.2018

How do we know what makes a healthy church? Thankfully, we’re not the first generation of Christians to wrestle with this question.

Episode 39: On “Mere Christianity”

By J. Leeman, M. Dever | 02.13.2018

Is “mere Christianity”—the conviction that we should focus on only what’s essential to being a Christian—really the path toward true Christian unity? Does it guard the gospel over time?

Why Should Christians Today Read Jonathan Edwards?

By Jeremy Kimble | 02.01.2018

Pastors in particular will benefit from Edwards, as they gain a clearer view of God, settle into a particular and important historical milieu, and consider his wisdom on a vast number of subjects.

Why Calvin Thought Church Discipline is Essential to the Health of the Church

By Matthew Tuininga | 9Marks Journal: Church Discipline: Medicine for the Body | 01.09.2018

Why did John Calvin believe church discipline to be essential to the health of the church?

A Historical Survey of Church Discipline

By Jeremy Kimble | 9Marks Journal: Church Discipline: Medicine for the Body | 01.09.2018

Throughout church history the practice of church discipline has been largely affirmed, though at certain periods, only sporadically applied.

Book Review: 40 Questions about Membership & Discipline, by Jeremy Kimble

Review by Joshua Fang | 12.07.2017

If Western Christians think church membership and discipline are strange and alien ideas, then it’s totally new for churches in China.