Corporate Worship

Book Review—The Whole Church Sings: Congregational Singing in Luther’s Wittenberg, by Robin Leaver

Review by Carl Trueman | 03.05.2018

Of all the Reformers, Luther knew the ways in which Christianity struck deep emotional chords in the heart of the believer. But this meant he paid more attention, not less, to the words and the appropriateness of the music.

On Prayer Service

Episode 41: On Bringing Back the Prayer Service

By J. Leeman, M. Dever | 02.27.2018

Jonathan Leeman and Mark Dever discuss the benefits and best practices of hosting a regular church-wide prayer gathering—in addition to the Sunday service.

Mailbag #72: Small Groups with Christians from Other Churches? . . . Which Churches Should We Pray for Publicly?

By Jonathan Leeman | 02.16.2018

— What do you think about small group Bible studies and prayer groups comprised of Christians from different churches? — How do you determine which churches to pray for publicly?

Want Your Church to Sing? Then Train Them As Children!

By David Leeman | 12.08.2017

Let us not give lip-service to the importance of congregational singing if we’re not willing to back that up with some devotion to education.

Episode 30: On Planning the Sunday Gathering (with Matt Merker)

By M. Dever, M. Merker | 12.05.2017

What goes into planning the Sunday gathering? Who should pick the songs, the Scripture readings, the types of prayer?

Episode 26: On Multi-Site Churches (with Matt Chandler)

By J. Leeman, M. Dever, M. Chandler | 11.07.2017

Mark Dever and Jonathan Leeman interview Matt to talk about the reasons behind this transition.

Mailbag #66: Is Preaching Necessary on the Mission Field? . . . Is “Closed Communion” Biblical?

By Jonathan Leeman | 10.27.2017

— Is preaching required in missionary contexts, or do Bible studies suffice? — “Closed communion” seems exclusive and arrogant. Is it in the Bible?

The Reformation’s Restoration of the Sacraments

By Bobby Jamieson | 9Marks Journal: The Reformation and Your Church | 09.26.2017

The Protestant Reformation of the sixteenth century restored the gospel to the sacraments and the sacraments to the congregation.

Book Review: Church Order in the New Testament, by Eduard Schweizer

Review by Simeon Williams | 09.11.2017

Schweizer’s arguments for a perpetually developing polity are unpersuasive because they depend on faulty arguments regarding differences among the apostles.

Book Review: A Brief History of Sunday, by Justo González

Review by Paul Alexander | 09.01.2017

Should Sundays be more like a funeral or a festival?

“But A Portion of Our Transgressions”: A Model Prayer of Confession

By Omar Johnson | 08.21.2017

If You, O LORD, should mark iniquities, who could stand? But with you there is forgiveness, through Christ Jesus.

Music for the Church

Music for the Church: Mark Dever Interviews Keith Getty

By K. Getty, M. Dever | 07.18.2017

Mark Dever recently sat down with hymn writer and musician Keith Getty to talk about music for the church. Listen to the interview below.

12 Principles on How to Disagree with Other Christians

By A. Naselli, J. D. Crowley | 07.10.2017

It matters how you treat those who disagree with you on disputable matters. When you welcome them as Christ has welcomed you, you glorify God.

VIDEO: How do you strengthen congregational singing?

By Matt Merker | 07.06.2017

— Teach on it; sing accessible, excellent songs; accentuate voices, not music.

Episode 16: On Corporate Prayer

By J. Leeman, M. Dever | 05.30.2017

In many evangelical churches, the public prayers are casual, short, and few. Is that a problem?