Discipleship

The Flesh Is Weak: Pastoral Reflections on Self-Control

By Aaron Menikoff | 11.16.2017

“Just Do It” may be a great slogan for the world’s largest manufacturer of sportswear, but it’s a horrible motto for the Christian life.

Mailbag #67: What Should Members Vote On (And How) . . . Responding to Members’ Foolish Social Media Posts

By Jonathan Leeman | 11.03.2017

— What are considered “important matters” for members to vote on—and how do you practically carry out the voting process? — How should I respond to a church member’s foolish use of social media?

In Your Preaching, Aim for Holistic Application

By Matthew S. Harmon | 10.26.2017

Although the Spirit is the one who produces transformation in a person’s life, one of the primary tools he uses is the faithful preaching and application.

4 Myths that Keep College Students from Joining a Church

By Jim Davis | 10.19.2017

Do you want to faithfully follow Christ during your college years? Then join a church.

Episode 23: On Polity and Discipleship

By J. Leeman, M. Dever | 10.17.2017

Does church order really have anything to do with discipleship? Isn’t one polity—presbyterian, congregational, etc.—just as good as another?

Book Review: Uncomfortable, by Brett McCracken

Review by Shane Williamson | 10.05.2017

This book’s ecclesial-shaped Christianity is utterly necessary for the church today.

Should Pastors Today Care about the Reformation?

By D. A. Carson | 9Marks Journal: The Reformation and Your Church | 09.26.2017

Pastors devoted to their ministry have so many things to do. So why should they care about the Reformation?

Martin Luther: Reformer of Pastoral Counseling

By Bob Kellemen | 9Marks Journal: The Reformation and Your Church | 09.26.2017

Luther the pastor and shepherd inspired Luther the reformer.

What Your Church Members Should Know About the Reformation

By Shawn Wright | 9Marks Journal: The Reformation and Your Church | 09.26.2017

A brief overview of important, Reformation-related people and events.

What if We Applied “For Better or Worse” to Church Commitment?

By Brett McCracken | 09.22.2017

What if we took seriously our “for better or worse, till death do us part” vows in marriage and then applied them to church?

Book Review: The Art of Turning, by Kevin DeYoung

Review by Sean DeMars | 08.28.2017

Christians need to think more clearly about our innate moral calibration mechanism, and I’m confident this little book will help us do just that.

Book Review: Conversion & Discipleship: You Can’t Have One Without the Other, by Bill Hull

Review by Benjamin Wright | 08.18.2017

This book is a mix of both pastoral usefulness and troubling ambiguity.

Christians Should Be Motivated to Minister to Homeless People

By Matthew Spandler-Davison | 08.14.2017

Homelessness is always a crisis. But merciful, compassionate, and loving Christians can’t only and always walk the other way.

Ministry to Women When There’s No “Women’s Ministry”

By Carrie Russell | 07.31.2017

Events and programs aren’t bad. But when we depend on them to do all the work of discipling and relationship-building, we should expect them to eventually fail.

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.