Conversion

5 Reasons Pastors Ought to Pray for Slow Growth

By Aaron Menikoff | 05.06.2019

Smaller churches are not godlier than larger churches. I’m not calling for no growth. I’m simply going to suggest both you and your congregation will be well-served by slow and steady growth.

We Need to Help New Converts from Non-Christian Backgrounds Honor Their Families

By Ajith Fernando | 03.28.2019

It’s vital for older Christians to talk often with new Christians, making sure that in following Christ, they haven’t unduly harmed their relationship with their family.

Reformation Doctrine Fuels Reformation Ecclesiology: A Brief History

By 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 10

By 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.

Dilapidated Buildings, Small Budgets, and Struggling Congregations

Dilapidated Buildings, Small Budgets, and Struggling Congregations: How Irresistible Grace Creates Steadfastness in Ministry

By Jonathan Worsley | 9Marks Journal: Ecclesiology for Calvinists | 02.05.2019

The doctrine of God’s irresistible grace is for you, right now, right here, on Tuesday morning.

The Five Points of Calvinism and Your Church’s Sunday Meeting

The Five Points of Calvinism and Your Church’s Sunday Meeting

By Matt Merker | 9Marks Journal: Ecclesiology for Calvinists | 02.05.2019

It’s vital for those of us who hold to a reformed or “Calvinistic” doctrine of salvation to consider if our corporate worship reflects our professed soteriology.

7 Ministry Consequences of Calvinism

7 Ministry Consequences of Calvinism

By Jonathan Leeman | 9Marks Journal: Ecclesiology for Calvinists | 02.05.2019

The goal of this piece is not to argue with or even to address the non-Calvinist pastor. It is to say to the Calvinist, “If you believe this, your ministry should look like that.”

Book Review: Humble Calvinism, by J. A. Medders

Review by Jeff Mooney | 9Marks Journal: Ecclesiology for Calvinists | 02.05.2019

This book is a simple, straightforward, and humble correction and encouragement to follow the Savior from the Reformed ranks.

Book Review: Evangelism and the Sovereignty of God, by J. I. Packer

Review by Mark Carrington | 9Marks Journal: Ecclesiology for Calvinists | 02.05.2019

Packer’s book offers a concise and compelling argument unpacking how evangelism and the sovereignty of God co-exist, and if properly understood, enhance one another.

Hey Calvinist, Enough of Your Revivalism

By Michael Lawrence | 9Marks Journal: Ecclesiology for Calvinists | 02.04.2019

How do you grow your church? It’s a question every pastor or church leader asks, a question in which almost every Christian is interested.

Don’t Ignore the “Speed Limit”: How the Sufficiency of Scripture Should Make Us Patient

By Dave Comeau | 01.28.2019

The Bible’s speed limit signs are posted everywhere, but our focus on numbers and fast growth causes us to speed right by them.

Practice Charity, Pursue Credibility: How to Respond to a Child’s Profession of Faith

By C. Greggsen, S. Emadi | 01.07.2019

In every case, a church ought to be careful, weeding through words to attempt to discern the motivation behind a profession of faith―in other words, its credibility.

You Can’t Preach Christ Without Preaching Depravity

By Bradley Larson | 01.02.2019

If we aim to preach Christ in our churches, then we must preach about what he endured and overcame on the cross.

Book Review: Diehard Sins, by Rush Witt

Review by Josh Vincent | 9Marks Journal: The Pastor and Pornography | 10.30.2018

As a pastor and a professionally trained biblical counselor, Witt brings his experiences to bear on this book, making it useful for both pastors and professional counselors.

Book Review: No Quick Fix, by Andy Naselli

Review by Justin Harris | 09.17.2018

This book expertly exposes the dangers and errors of “higher life” theology.