Gospel-Centered Preaching in Hard PlacesBy Andy Prime | 9Marks Journal: What's Wrong With Gospel-Centered Preaching Today? | 03.31.2020
I’ve been in ministry for about ten years. The first half of that decade I preached largely in chinos, a v-neck sweater, and boat shoes. The second half of that decade I’ve preached largely in tracksuit-bottoms, t-shirts, and trainers.
Gone and Back Again: My Departure and Return to the Immigrant ChurchBy Jonathan Szeto | 03.27.2020
I grew up in the immigrant church. I left the immigrant church. Now I pastor an immigrant church.
Nothing To Be Ashamed Of: Penal Substitutionary Atonement In Honor-Shame CulturesBy A. Samuel, A. Sequeira | 9Marks Journal: The Heart of the Gospel: Penal Substitutionary Atonement | 08.20.2019
Penal substitution offers a helpful corrective to those living in an honor-shame culture, and helps them rightly understand their status before God and what God has done for sinners in Jesus Christ.
Episode 66: On Contextualization (with John Folmar and Trip Lee)By J. Folmar, J. Leeman, M. Dever, T. Lee | 11.27.2018
What’s the goal in contextualization? How do we know if we’ve gone too far, or not far enough?
Four Biblical Foundations for ContextualizationBy Zane Pratt | 07.18.2016
The goal of contextualization is not comfort, but clarity.
Voices from Abroad: Biblical Faithfulness and Cultural SensitivityBy J. Folmar, M. Lohmann, M. Prodigalidad, M. Campbell, P. Harshit, T. Cantrell | 9Marks Journal: The Church Singing | 04.24.2014
Editor’s Note: We asked a handful of pastors around the world the following question: “You are familiar with American churches, yet you pastor in a non-American context. What has your … keep reading…
Pastors’ Forum: What do you do and not do to accommodate ethnic diversity in your worship service planning?9Marks | 9Marks Journal: The Church Singing | 04.23.2014
Answers from Dave Furman, Kevin Hsu, Paul Martin, John Onwuchekwa, and Juan Sanchez. Dave Furman I will never lose the gospel for the sake of unity in diversity, but … keep reading…
Three Lessons for Cross-Cultural EvangelismBy John Folmar | 9Marks Journal: Evangelism - Part 2 | 10.25.2013
How can you evangelize across cultures? Communicate clearly, proclaim the Word, use the church.
How Can Churches Evangelize their Neighborhoods?By Jeff Cavanaugh | 9Marks Journal: Evangelism - Part 2 | 10.25.2013
How can you reach those near your church, especially when most members don’t live there?
Evangelism across Economic BoundariesBy Mike McKinley | 9Marks Journal: Evangelism - Part 2 | 10.25.2013
The first lesson in evangelizing across economic boundaries? We’re not all that different.
Must All Regulative Principle Churches Look the Same?By Trip Lee | 9Marks Journal: Is Scripture Enough? | 07.16.2013
Worship in different cultures should consist of the same elements but look very different. Why? Because the gospel doesn’t foster oppressive uniformity but glorious, diverse sameness.
Contextualizing EcclesiologyBy Ed Roberts | 9Marks Journal: Is Scripture Enough? | 07.16.2013
What does a biblical church look like in Central Asia? Is 9Marks’ model really biblical? 9Marks asks a veteran missionary these questions and more.
Church Membership and ContextualizationBy Ed Roberts | 9Marks Journal: Church Membership: Holding the Body Together | 04.28.2011
Our doctrine of church membership should take us close to a universal biblical constant, but formulating how it is lived out introduces all kinds of particular expressions.
Book Review: The Tangible Kingdom, by Hugh Halter and Matt SmayReview by Bobby Jamieson | 9Marks Journal: Church and Parachurch: Friends or Foes? | 02.02.2011
I celebrate the willingness to throw anything overboard that gets in the way of reaching others with the gospel, but I fear some of what’s getting tossed is actually precious cargo.
Understanding the Bible and MinistryBy B. Winter, M. Dever | 01.01.2011
New Testament scholar Bruce Winter jumps into the fray over cultural contextualization in ministry, the importance of historical background for interpreting Scripture, and bad contemporary ideas of leadership.