Church History

Are brief, general statements of faith harmful or helpful?

By Shawn Wright | 03.01.2010

A statement of faith must be complete enough to mark out the doctrinal parameters of the church, without being so precise that it excludes persons unnecessarily.

Church Membership in a World Without NASCAR

By Mike McKinley | 9Marks Journal: Hospitality & Friendship | 03.01.2010

Even with the Christian church’s spotty record, we ignore the past at our own peril.

With a Little Help From My Friends

By Michael A. G. Haykin | 9Marks Journal: Hospitality & Friendship | 03.01.2010

If anyone were to ask me, “What is the best thing in life?”, I would answer, ‘Friends’.”

Why (and How) Your Church Should Hold the 1689 Confession

By Sam Waldron | 02.26.2010

Should you use the 1689 London Confession in your church? Yes, and here’s why.

What Is this Thing, Anyway? A Multi-Site Taxonomy

By Greg Gilbert | 9Marks Journal: Multi-site Churches | 02.26.2010

Congregational?  Presbyterian?  Episcopalian?  Presbygational? Conbypalian? Epigregyterian?  I've heard them all (even made up a few myself).

"Its just as congregational as any other church," some argue. "We have a meeting of the whole church every quarter."

"No, it's Presbyterian" others say.  "You have a group of pastors that makes decisions for multiple congregations."

Historical Critique of Multi-Site: Not Over My Dead Body

By Bobby Jamieson | 9Marks Journal: Multi-site Churches | 02.26.2010

What could centuries-old arguments have to do with cutting-edge conversations like the one we’re trying to have about multi-site churches?

Have We Ever Seen This Before? Multi-Site Precedents

By John Hammett | 9Marks Journal: Multi-site Churches | 02.26.2010

Much in the multi-site movement assumes and depends upon modern communication, ease of travel, and technology.

Transforming Culture with a Messiah Complex

By Michael Horton | 9Marks Journal: Church & Culture | 02.26.2010

The church is lodged in that precarious place of ambiguity and tension between these two ages, and it must live there until Jesus returns, relying only on the Word and Spirit.

Coming Soon to a Planet Near You: Lausanne III

By David Wells | 9Marks Journal: Church & Culture | 02.26.2010

A new day is dawning, and we are seeing signs of strong leadership arising from outside the West.

The Pursuit of Christ in the Devotions of a Pastor

By Mike Gilbart-Smith | 02.26.2010

A pastor can recognize the necessity of a healthy devotional life, but have unhealthy motives for making sure that it happens.

An Evangelical-Fundamentalist Convergence?

By Benjamin Wright | 9Marks Journal: Cooperation | 02.25.2010

The Internet has created new opportunities for Fundamentalists and conservative Evangelicals to gain mutual appreciation and understanding.

A Christian Fundamentalist Travel Guide

By Matthew Hoskinson | 9Marks Journal: Cooperation | 02.25.2010

One must differentiate between fundamentalism as an idea and fundamentalism as a movement.

Inerrancy of the Bible: An Annotated Bibliography

By Mark Dever | 02.25.2010

Behind the centrality of expositional preaching is the assumption of the authority and truthfulness of God’s Word.

Looking at the Past and Present of Counseling

By David Powlison | 9Marks Journal: Counseling in the Church | 02.25.2010

People are willing to pay money to others who will never lead them to the Savior of the World. But that must change.

Leadership Interview with Mark Dever

Inspiring Lives with Iain Murray

By I. H. Murray, M. Dever | 11.01.2009

Iain Murray, one of evangelicalism’s premier biographers, points to several luminaries from church history you might have missed.