Family

Mailbag #64: How to Honor Exasperating Parents; Responding to an Excommunicated Member

By Jonathan Leeman | 10.13.2017

— How should adult children respond to the unrealistic demands of their parents? — An excommunicated member continues to come and participate in the Lord’s Supper. What should we do?

Mailbag #63: How to Love Wayward Children; Is Plural Eldership Required or Encouraged?

By Jonathan Leeman | 10.06.2017

— How should we treat our 18-year-old daughter’s relationship with her girlfriend? How do we love them without condoning their sin? — Should all churches have a plurality of elders, or are there some churches that simply cannot have a plurality of elders?

4 Lies that Cause Pastors to Neglect their Families

By Jaime Owens | 08.25.2017

Among young pastors and church planters, there’s no less than a deluge of pressure to give every waking moment to our churches, to the neglect of our families. But brothers, it should never be so.

Book Review: This Changes Everything, by Jaquelle Crowe

Review by Coye Still | 07.26.2017

The usefulness of this book stretches beyond its target audience to anyone who is working to communicate the gospel and its implications to teenagers.

The Blessings and Burdens of A Church Planter’s Wife

By Gloria Furman | 9Marks Journal: Church Mergers and Plants | 06.20.2017

There’s no way a finite heart can hold all the things a church planting wife will face in life and ministry. But Christ can, he does, and he will.

Mailbag #61: Does God Want Some Churches to Die; A Question about a Non-Intimate Marriage

By Jonathan Leeman | 05.05.2017

— Does God want some churches to die, regardless of how faithful the leaders are? — How would you counsel a couple where the husband views pornography because the wife has no interest in sexual relations, but is still upset by his actions?

Mailbag #58: Does the State or Church Have Authority to Marry; Counsel for Re-Writing Our Constitution

By Jonathan Leeman | 04.07.2017

— Who has the authority to marry: the state or the church? — Four brief questions from a pastor who’s rewriting his church’s constitution.

Singleness in Modern Culture

By Owen Strachan | 9Marks Journal: Pastoring Singles | 03.20.2017

Vocation and service: two major areas of life that are often neglected in the pulpit, but that help the people of God find purpose and hope in this fallen, often lonely world.

Redefining Intimacy

By Ed Shaw | 9Marks Journal: Pastoring Singles | 03.20.2017

We live in a society whose only route to true intimacy has become the joy of sex.

Can a Single Person Fully Image God?

By Stephen J. Wellum | 9Marks Journal: Pastoring Singles | 03.20.2017

Human marriage is vitally important, but it’s not permanent nor is it the only place where humans fully image God.

Can Christians Marry Non-Christians?: A Biblical Theology

By Mike Gilbart-Smith | 9Marks Journal: Pastoring Singles | 03.13.2017

When you’re married to a non-Christian, you sing: “I want this song to be about Jesus,” while your spouse sings, “It’s just you and me.” There can be no ultimate harmony.

Mailbag #53: Women Voting in Congregational Meetings; Pastoral Oversight and Youth Ministry

By Jonathan Leeman | 02.24.2017

— Does women voting in congregational gatherings violate 1 Timothy 2 and 1 Corinthians 14? — How should children’s ministry relate to pastoral oversight?

5 Steps to Serving Children with Autism, ADHD, and Attachment Disorders

By Evan Collier | 02.16.2017

Recently, our church launched a program dedicated to serving children with behavioral diagnoses such as autism, ADHD, and attachment disorders (common with adoption). Here’s what we’ve learned.

Fighting Burnout as a Pastor’s Wife

By Erin Wheeler | 01.31.2017

Let’s re-discover that our Lord’s yoke is easy and light, and in it we’ll find the rest our souls are looking for.

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?