Mark Dever interviews Tim Keller about his pastoral legacy, what a typical Sunday morning looks like for him, his dichotomy-refuting “third way-ism,” and much more.
Thought-provoking and challenging, this book is a guide that church leaders and church members will find helpful as they seek to form, or reform, their own mercy ministries.
About a year ago, a group of us at 9Marks decided to meet together semi-regularly to discuss that thorny bramble of a topic—the mission of the church. It’s a tough topic because it involves you in all sorts of controversial theological questions: what is the gospel; what’s the relationship of the gospel and moral […]
At the risk of redundancy with the first post in this series, here’s an excerpt from something I wrote which explores a little more deeply this question of whether and how both words and deeds are “necessary.” The excerpt comes from Reverberation: How God’s Word Gives Light, Freedom, and Action to His People which should be […]
Here’s part 1 of this series, and here’s part 2. Now, here’s part 3: The word “mission” gets caught up in this question about the relationships of words and deeds. Some people say that we should define “mission” narrowly—to admit only Word ministry (the Great Commission—making disciples and teaching) in its definition. Some people say that we should define […]
What does it take to plant churches among the urban poor? What role do women’s ministry and mercy ministry play?
It’s easy (and biblical) to insist that Christians should “do something about the poor.” But how can we sort out whom we should help, and how much?
Should Christians pass off victims of sexual trafficking to non-Christian counselors? Send them to someone else’s church? What? What should pastors know about this world and what can they do?
Here’s how the Summit Church learned to love their neighbors, and what that did for their witness to their community.
This is the story of one urban church’s efforts to serve its community through both mercy and pointing to the source of mercy.
If you want your church to help poor people, decide how you are going to help, find people to serve, and tell them about Jesus as you do.
If a mercy ministry in your church grows to the point where it needs some real structure, consider making it an “integrated auxiliary.”
How can you talk to someone with whom you seem to have nothing in common? By seeing their life and yours through the lens of the Bible’s grand narrative.
Theological nuance is important, but it should never mask disobedience.
Churches know they are responsible for word ministry. But are they responsible for deed ministry? How do word and deed ministry relate?