Church History

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?

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.

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.

Book Review: Calvin’s Company of Pastors, by Scott Manetsch

Review by Paul Alexander | 05.31.2016

If you’re a faithful but discouraged pastor, this book is especially for you, because it proves you’re in good company.

Book Review: Confessing the Faith, by Chad Van Dixhoorn

Review by Eric Beach | 05.25.2016

What can a non-Presbyterian learn from the Westminster Confession of Faith?

6 Reasons to Confess Your Faith Corporately

By Gregg R. Allison | 05.19.2016

These days, it’s hard to find churches with a strong and public commitment to their confessions of faith. That should change.

Book Review: The Whole Christ, by Sinclair Ferguson

By Paul Alexander | 05.18.2016

This book is an instant classic—historical theology at its best.

Book Review: The Original Bishops, by Alistair Stewart

Review by Benjamin Merkle | 02.23.2016

Any serious treatment of church offices must interact with this work. And yet, in the end, this book’s flaws render it another theory that has been tested and found wanting.

Three Pastoral Reminders From Three Dead Guys

Review by Nick Roark | 01.25.2016

Sometimes the lessons we need the most are the reminders of glorious truths that you already know (2 Peter 3:1). I am grateful to the Lord for his grace in the lives of men like Edwards, Newton, and Bavinck.

Book Review: Spurgeon’s Sorrows, by Zack Eswine

Review by Bob Johnson | 01.20.2016

Zack Eswine is not a stranger to sorrow and it shows. The tenderness in his heart has spotted and exposed the tenderness in Spurgeon. May God use this book to help all of us pastor more like Jesus.

A Collection of Book Reviews on the Church in China

Review by Eric Beach | 9Marks Journal: Missions: Adding Wisdom to Zeal | 12.21.2015

Here is a collection of several brief book reviews on the Christian church in China through the centuries.

Book Review: Guaranteed Pure, by Timothy Gloege

Review by Jonathan Baer | 09.04.2015

Timothy Gloege’s history of Moody Bible Institute (MBI) from the 1880s through the 1920s, Guaranteed Pure, makes a signal contribution to the challenge of delineating modern evangelicalism.

Book Review: The Art of Prophesying, by William Perkins

Review by Andrew Ballitch | 9Marks Journal: Expositional Preaching | 06.18.2015

Why should pastors today read The Art of Prophesying, a nearly 500-year-old book about preaching?

Has Preaching Changed since the Early Church?

By Peter Sanlon | 9Marks Journal: Expositional Preaching | 06.01.2015

Preachers in the first centuries preached expositionally, too. So why does their form of preaching seem so alien to us?