Conversion

The Holy Spirit, Prayer, and Preaching

By David Helm | 9Marks Journal: The Church Praying | 06.17.2016

When we genuinely embrace the conviction of our need for the Spirit, we give ourselves to the work of prayer and the work of preaching.

Book Review, After You Believe, by N. T. Wright

Review by Mike Christ | 06.08.2016

Wright majors on the skills one must develop to perform acts of holiness, but misses the relational heart of Christian obedience.

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: Beyond the Local Church, by Sam Metcalf

Review by Ken Caruthers | 03.15.2016

If the thesis of this book is true, then it is entirely possible that the work of 9Marks and other church-strengthening organizations is in vain.

Waters That Unite: Five Truths About Water Baptism

By David Schrock | 03.14.2016

1. Baptism identifies us with Christ. 2. Baptism doesn’t save; it announces salvation. 3. Baptism is an individual announcement. 4. Baptism is also a church announcement. 5. Baptism follows belief.

Dear Pastor, Know Your Theology of Sanctification

By Mike Christ | 02.29.2016

There’s a push in evangelical circles to understand justification. This is good. But let’s make sure we haven’t neglected sanctification.

How Your Understanding of Conversion Impacts Your Ministry

By Jonathan Leeman | 02.17.2016

Your doctrine of conversion will push or drive—like an engine—your ministerial practices in this direction or that.

Mailbag #25: Thinking through Church Budgets; My Congregation Demands an “Altar Call”; Tricky Membership Situation

By Jonathan Leeman | 12.22.2015

— How do you lead a church through thinking through the budget in a way that obeys God? Further, how do you do this in a way that is “above-reproach” when leading the overall church through polity change? — My congregation begs for me to do a weekly “altar call,” but I am opposed to them. What should I do? — An elderly couple with health problems wants to join our church—but they won’t ever be able to attend. What do you think?

Mailbag #24: What Happens to Infants Who Die; Thinking through Civil Disobedience; Calling Out False Teachers by Name

By Jonathan Leeman | 12.14.2015

— What happens to infants who die? Do they go to heaven? — How should Christians think through the category of “civil disobedience”? — Should pastors call out false teachers by name?

Mailbag #21: Must Preachers Be Seminary-Trained?; Baby Dedications; Elders Disagreeing Over Calvinism

By Jonathan Leeman | 11.23.2015

— Should we expect preachers to be seminary-trained? — Do baby dedications violate the regulative principle? — I’m a Calvinist, but does this mean all my fellow elders must be as well?

From Lesbianism to Complementarianism

By Jackie Hill-Perry | 9Marks Journal: Complementarianism & the Local Church | 03.11.2015

He was a man, and she was a woman. Similar, yet different—and she hated it.

Book Review: Now That I’m a Christian, by Michael C. Patton

Review by Jon Saunders | 11.21.2014

Church, raise up young Christians. Don’t pass it off to a book. But then, take advantage of every possible good book out there to help make that happen.

The Problem with Evangelistic Programs

By J. Mack Stiles | 10.09.2014

A strict diet of evangelistic programs produces malnourished evangelism.

Book Review: Prepared by Grace, For Grace, by Joel Beeke and Paul Smalley

Review by Kevin Wilkening | 9Marks Journal: Biblical Theology: Guardian and Guide of the Church | 08.20.2014

The Puritan doctrine of preparation underscores the central truth of conversion, which is that God saves guilty sinners by Christ alone.

Biblical Theology and Identity

By Michael Lawrence | 9Marks Journal: Biblical Theology: Guardian and Guide of the Church | 08.20.2014

Here’s what happens when Scripture’s story of sonship tells us who we are.