Corporate Worship

What the Psalter Should Teach Us about the Songs We Sing

By Brian Sandifer | 12.02.2019

Though our songs aren’t inspired like the Psalter’s, they can be just as theologically vast and emotionally diverse.

Why and How We Started a Sunday Evening Service

By Matthew Fletcher | 09.30.2019

On the first Sunday of 2019, our church started a Sunday evening service. Here’s how and why we did it.

Ten Atonement Songs You Should Consider Singing

Ten Atonement Songs You Should Consider Singing

By Bob Kauflin | 9Marks Journal: The Heart of the Gospel: Penal Substitutionary Atonement | 08.20.2019

We will never have enough songs to extol the glory of the Lamb who was slain to purchase our salvation.

Your Church Needs More Time for Personal Testimonies

By Dustin Crowe | 08.19.2019

We should consider implementing personal testimonies—the practice of remembering God’s wondrous works and celebrating his mighty deeds in our lives and churches.

3 Ways Baptism & the Lord’s Supper Ought to Shape our Monday through Saturday

By Sam Emadi | 08.12.2019

For too many Christians, baptism and the Supper are exclusively about personal professions of faith, and personal expression of one’s obedience to Jesus.

Mailbag #88: Must Elders Agree on Tongues & Prophecy? . . . How Can We Wisely Hire a Pastor from Outside the Church?

By D. Russell, J. Rinne | 08.09.2019

— How much agreement must elders have on the issue of tongues and prophecy? — In a congregational church, how should we hire a new pastor from the outside? How can we give enough time for the church to properly vet the candidate?

Two Reasons a Church Shouldn’t Have Multiple Gatherings

By Kyle Schwahn | 07.01.2019

I’ve pastored my church for over twelve years. We’ve always had two morning services, and I never gave them much thought. Until . . .

Mailbag #83: Protecting the Sunday Gathering by Limiting Reasons to Be Out of Room . . . Caring for Over-Worked Children’s Ministry Workers

By D. Russell, J. Leeman | 05.13.2019

— To what extent should the church protect the Sunday morning gathering by limiting reasons for members to be “at church” but out of the room? — What do you do to care for the spiritual health of your children’s ministry leaders?

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Episode 85: On What Can Miserable Christians Sing (with Carl Trueman and Matt Merker)

By C. Trueman, J. Leeman, M. Dever, M. Merker | 04.30.2019

If someone walks into your church next Sunday, and they’re miserable from life’s trials and tribulations, what songs will you ask them to sing?

3 Reasons We Ought to Corporately Lament

By Mark Vroegop | 04.08.2019

Corporate lament is a unique voice that empathizes, models, and unites a body, especially when tension fills the room.

Putting the “Service” Back in Worship Service

By Chad Ashby | 04.01.2019

Week after week, many of us attend a worship served not a worship service.

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What Can Miserable Christians Sing?

By Carl Trueman | 03.25.2019

By excluding the cries of loneliness, dispossession, and desolation from its worship, the church has effectively silenced and excluded the voices of those who are themselves lonely, dispossessed, and desolate, both inside and outside the church.

Why Charismatics and Non-Charismatics Can Get Along

By Thomas R. Schreiner | 03.15.2019

If I have the right view of spiritual gifts but I don’t have love, then I am nothing.

Mailbag #76: The Role of Matthew 18’s “One or Two Witnesses” . . . Must Christians Go to Church Every Sunday? . . . How to Care for an Unwed & Pregnant Member

By B. Johnson, J. Kurz, P. Martin | 03.01.2019

Three pastors answer one question each about church discipline, church attendance, and caring for a church member who is unwed and pregnant.

You’re So Depraved, You Probably Think This Church Is About You: How Total Depravity Upends Attractionalism

By Alex Duke | 9Marks Journal: Ecclesiology for Calvinists | 02.05.2019

Unbelievers’ most essential problem is not that they’re ignorant, apathetic, or rudderless, but that they’ve personally, willfully, and happily rebelled against the God who made them.