Episode 95: On the Value of Church HistoryBy 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 SubstitutionBy 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.
Ten Atonement Songs You Should Consider SingingBy Bob Kauflin | 9Marks Journal: The Heart of the Gospel: Penal Substitutionary Atonement | 08.20.2019
We will never have enough songs to extol the glory of the Lamb who was slain to purchase our salvation.
How Charles Finney (and other Overly Emotional Preachers) Made It Difficult to Preach the GospelBy Johnny Lithell | 9Marks Journal: The Heart of the Gospel: Penal Substitutionary Atonement | 08.20.2019
How can a church in a secular setting work toward a culture where discussing God’s wrath and substitutionary atonement isn’t frowned upon but celebrated?
How Does Penal Substitution Relate to Other Atonement Theories?By Stephen J. Wellum | 9Marks Journal: The Heart of the Gospel: Penal Substitutionary Atonement | 08.20.2019
Penal substitution best accounts for why the divine Son had to die, and why he alone saves.
Did the Church Fathers Affirm Penal Substitutionary Atonement?By Brian Arnold | 9Marks Journal: The Heart of the Gospel: Penal Substitutionary Atonement | 08.20.2019
Did the church fathers also hold to the doctrine of penal substitution? The answer is yes and no.
Mailbag #84: I Live too Far from A Healthy Church. What Should I Do? . . . Among Baptists, What’s the History of a Plurality of Elders?By S. Emadi, S. DeMars | 05.31.2019
— I live in an extremely rural area where we have many churches but none that are healthy. What should I do? — Many Baptist churches now have multiple elders. I understand the biblical case for this, but what’s the history of a plurality of elders among Baptists?
Why Russian Churches Need MembershipBy Evgeny Bakhmutsky | 9Marks Journal: Church Membership: Following the Lord Together | 05.07.2019
If we want to see the gospel advance in Russia, then our churches must return to meaningful and biblical church membership—embracing the heritage left to us by Scripture and faithful Russian churches in previous generations.
Why Swedish Churches Need MembershipBy Johnny Lithell | 9Marks Journal: Church Membership: Following the Lord Together | 05.07.2019
I’ve often been asked, in a setting like Sweden, whether church membership is even wise. Won’t it simply turn people away?
Book Review: A Scottish Christian Heritage, by Iain MurrayReview by Caleb Greggsen | 03.14.2019
This book is a wonderful devotional tool for the pastor tempted to feel discouraged at the small size of his flock or the seeming lack of fruit in his preaching.
4 Ways Martin Luther Encourages Pastors to PrayBy Mark Rogers | 02.25.2019
As a fellow pastor, Martin Luther provides a treasure of wisdom and insight on prayer.
Reformation Doctrine Fuels Reformation Ecclesiology: A Brief HistoryBy Owen Strachan | 9Marks Journal: Ecclesiology for Calvinists | 02.05.2019
The Reformation fire has not gone out, nor has the evangelistic zeal of the modern American church died. The Word still speaks—and the gospel still is mighty to save.
Still Young, Restless, and Reformed? The New Calvinists at 10By Collin Hansen | 9Marks Journal: Ecclesiology for Calvinists | 02.05.2019
In another 10 years, it’s probable no one will talk again of the YRR.
Book Review: Some Pastors and Teachers, by Sinclair FergusonReview by Mike McGregor | 11.30.2018
This excellent new book could rightly be called “The Collected Works of Sinclair Ferguson on Pastoral Ministry.”
Four Lessons on Church Revitalization from John KnoxBy Geoff Chang | 11.15.2018
Did you know that John Knox—the champion of the Scottish Reformation, the fearless preacher, the uncompromising prophet—was once defeated by a church business meeting?