Conversion

How the Reformers Rediscovered the Holy Spirit and True Conversion

By Sinclair Ferguson | 9Marks Journal: The Reformation and Your Church | 09.26.2017

The Reformation featured a rediscovery of the Holy Spirit.

Rely on God’s Word, Not on Techniques

By Andy Davis | 09.08.2017

If the Word of God isn’t central to a revitalization effort, no genuine, long-lasting transformation will ever occur.

Ignore Spiritual “Get Rich Quick” Schemes: A Call for Patient Evangelism

By Caleb Greggsen | 09.06.2017

In our efforts to quickly mobilize churches in missions, I fear we’re unintentionally undermining the church’s ability to patiently invest for the spiritual long-term.

Book Review: The Art of Turning, by Kevin DeYoung

Review by Sean DeMars | 08.28.2017

Christians need to think more clearly about our innate moral calibration mechanism, and I’m confident this little book will help us do just that.

Book Review: Conversion & Discipleship: You Can’t Have One Without the Other, by Bill Hull

Review by Benjamin Wright | 08.18.2017

This book is a mix of both pastoral usefulness and troubling ambiguity.

Don’t Be a Do-Gooder: Pastoral Reflections on Goodness

By Aaron Menikoff | 07.17.2017

We need to grow not only in doing good, but in being good. We need the spiritual fruit of goodness. How can we grow in this?

VIDEO: How hard should a church work to reflect its surrounding neighborhood?

By Brian Davis | 07.04.2017

It’s our job to sow—and God’s to convert. Churches should be careful not to require of themselves what they cannot produce.

Episode 18: On Conversion

By J. Leeman, M. Dever | 06.13.2017

Mark and Jonathan chat about how a pastor’s doctrine of conversion will have massive effects on his philosophy of ministry.

The Pastor’s Personal Life: A Source of Power in the Pulpit

By Conrad Mbewe | 06.01.2017

The day you lose your godliness is the day you lose your power in pastoral preaching.

Mailbag #61: Does God Want Some Churches to Die; A Question about a Non-Intimate Marriage

By Jonathan Leeman | 05.05.2017

— Does God want some churches to die, regardless of how faithful the leaders are? — How would you counsel a couple where the husband views pornography because the wife has no interest in sexual relations, but is still upset by his actions?

Mailbag #60: How to Divide the Text; Making Sunday Accessible for Non-Believers

By Jonathan Leeman | 04.21.2017

— Do you have any tips on how quickly or slowly pastors should preach through books? — Should Sunday mornings primarily aim for edifying believers or evangelizing non-believers?

Mailbag #59: Two Questions on “Re-Baptism”; The Importance of a Church’s Architecture

By Jonathan Leeman | 04.14.2017

— What are some of the pastoral principles, pitfalls, and guidelines when dealing with church members who doubt their baptism took place after their conversion? — A church member wants his daughter to be baptized twice, in two different churches. How should I respond? — As a church considers planting or revitalizing, how much should they take into account a building’s architecture?

Book Review: Growing God’s Church, by Gary McIntosh

Review by Matt Felton | 02.13.2017

But chasing after what works can become intoxicating Why? Precisely because it works! In fact, it can become so intoxicating that many pastors run right past the safety of God’s Word.

Churches in Northern Pakistan: The Crucial Need for Conversion

By Steve | 9Marks Journal: Healthy Churches around the World | 12.12.2016

Before churches in northern Pakistan can thrive, they must have a clear understanding of conversion.

Week #10—What Christians Should Ask of Government: To Treat People Equally (Justice and Identity Politics)

By Jonathan Leeman | 11.03.2016

This week we will mediate on the government’s job to treat all God-imagers equally as God-imagers.