Discipleship

Don’t Be a Do-Gooder: Pastoral Reflections on Goodness

By Aaron Menikoff | 07.17.2017

We need to grow not only in doing good, but in being good. We need the spiritual fruit of goodness. How can we grow in this?

VIDEO: How do you raise up leaders in poor communities?

9Marks | 07.13.2017

It’s not always a good thing for someone to have their “rough edges” knocked off. A man or woman can have character and rough edges, while still keeping their effectiveness for ministry.

Book Review: Conscience, by Andy Naselli & J. D. Crowley

Review by Paul Alexander | 07.12.2017

You should probably read this book, too. But of course, that’s a matter for you to take up with your own conscience.

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.

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.

Church Mergers and Tolerable Irregularities

By Brad Wheeler | 9Marks Journal: Church Mergers and Plants | 06.20.2017

When should two churches merge despite the differences—and when should they stay separate precisely because of their differences?

Church Planters, Make Sure Your People Know You Love Them

By Steve Jennings | 9Marks Journal: Church Mergers and Plants | 06.20.2017

When laying the foundation for a new plant or revitalization, there’s truly no better advice than this: “Before you do anything else, make sure your people know that you love them.”

How to Merge Two Church Cultures

By Dave Russell | 9Marks Journal: Church Mergers and Plants | 06.20.2017

In a church merger, you must understand the two existing cultures and lead them to become one. Here are five ways to do that.

Book Review: How Does Sanctification Work? by David Powlison

Review by Mike Christ | 06.16.2017

We search in vain for a tidy system of sanctification, yet on every page of this short book we witness the process unfold.

Book Review: Sinai and the Saints, by James M. Todd III

By Paul Alexander | 06.08.2017

Do Old Testament laws apply to modern Christians? This book seeks to answer that question.

Book Review: 12 Ways Your Phone Is Changing You, by Tony Reinke

Review by Tim Chiang | 05.22.2017

Christians have the opportunity to innovate and speak about technology in such a way that points to a greater Creator, and a true Savior.

A New Resource to Teach People about the Church

Review by Vergil Brown | 05.17.2017

These resources will give both church leaders and church members a clear and compelling vision of their role in God’s work.

Book Review: The Heart, Character, and Life of the Church, by Joe Thorn

Review by Zach Schlegel | 05.10.2017

If you’re looking for an accessible, Reformed Baptist introduction on the doctrine of the church, this is a resource I’m happy to recommend.

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?