Corporate Worship

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?

11 Reasons For A Weekly Service Review—And 4 Cautions Once You Start

By Jeff Lacine | 04.26.2017

I’ve found a weekly service review to be one of the most effective tools in ministry for mentoring men and growing as a preacher.

Pastor, Defend Christian Liberty

By Caleb Greggsen | 02.09.2017

We trivialize the doctrine of Christian liberty when we focus on freedom to while neglecting the beauties of freedom from.

Mailbag #49: Home Groups Over Church; Pastoring an Unmarried Woman Who Wants to Adopt

By Jonathan Leeman | 01.20.2017

— Is it permissible for Christians to opt out of church in favor of home groups? — If an unmarried member of your church sought to adopt a foster child, what would you say?

Churches in Iran: The Significance of the Lord’s Supper

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

If I were speaking to a room full of Christians concerned for the church in Iran, I tell them: “I intend to make the Lord’s Supper the key focus of my work with the local church.”

Mailbag #44: Applying “Husband of One Wife”; Leaving the Church but Attending Bible Study; Women Voting in the Church

By Jonathan Leeman | 12.09.2016

— What does “husband of one wife” mean? That a prospective elder must have never been divorced? — Someone who left our church still wants to attend our church’s ladies’ Bible study. Is that okay? — Does 1 Timothy 2:12 forbid women from voting in congregational matters?

Preach About the Church to the Church

By Keith Collier | 11.16.2016

But despite the trend of growing expository preaching, what if a blind spot—a byproduct of 20th-century evangelicalism—exists in our preaching?

6 Reasons Congregational Singing Is Waning

By Thom Rainer | 11.08.2016

Here is the clear reality in many congregations: congregational singing is waning in many churches. In some churches it seems to have disappeared altogether.