Pastoring

Episode 48: On Core Seminars and Sunday School

By J. Leeman, M. Dever | 04.17.2018

For many churches, the Sunday School hour has gone by the wayside. In this episode of Pastors’ Talk, Mark and Jonathan talk about how Core Seminar classes can become a vital ministry for any local church.

More Christian than Black or White

By Isaac Adams | 9Marks Journal: Church Life: Our True Political Witness | 04.17.2018

Phrases like “I’m more Christian than black or white” are gloriously true, but they’re often wielded in white culture to enable and encourage colorblindness.

More Christian Than Democrat or Republican

By Bruce Ashford | 9Marks Journal: Church Life: Our True Political Witness | 04.17.2018

Some say that religion shouldn’t be brought into the public square, especially not into politics. This common wisdom is well-intentioned but wrong, unhelpful, and ultimately impossible to put into practice.

Just A Spoonful Of Wilberforce

By Jonathan Worsley | 9Marks Journal: Church Life: Our True Political Witness | 04.17.2018

We should tell the stories of successful Christian social advocates. But we should also tell the “unsuccessful” stories too, and explain how so many “unsuccessful” heroes pleased God through their faithfulness.

The Dangerous Allure of Being a Cultural Warrior

By Brian Davis | 9Marks Journal: Church Life: Our True Political Witness | 04.17.2018

Our cultural engagement should always advertise our true hope. Just as we are not of this world, our hope is not of this world—nor is it dependent on this world’s acceptance.

Why Politics Overwhelms the Church

By Russell D. Moore | 9Marks Journal: Church Life: Our True Political Witness | 04.17.2018

Caesar never prompted Jesus to rejoice (Lk. 10:21). Pilate never prompted him to sweat blood. Why? Because he trusted a sovereign Father and saw a kingdom that would triumph over all rivals.

A Symposium: How can we work toward greater ethnic unity in our churches?

By I. L. Ince, P. Jeon, P. Y. Lee, P. Holmes | 9Marks Journal: Church Life: Our True Political Witness | 04.17.2018

We asked four minority brothers the following question: How can we work toward greater ethnic unity in our churches?

Episode 44: On Elders Meetings (Part 1)

Episode 44: On Elders’ Meetings (Part 1)

By J. Leeman, M. Dever | 03.20.2018

In this episode of Pastors’ Talk, Mark and Jonathan discuss the best practices for how to run an elders’ meeting.

How Charles Spurgeon Pastored Fellow Suffering Christians

By Michael Reeves | 03.08.2018

When pastoring the suffering and depressed, Spurgeon seemed most often to have focused people on Christ crucified as the Man of Sorrows.

Episode 42: On the Usefulness of Pastoral Internships (with Matt Merker)

By M. Dever, M. Merker | 03.06.2018

In this episode of Pastors’ Talk, Matt Merker—a pastoral assistant at Capitol Hill Baptist Church—chats with Mark Dever about the usefulness of pastoral internships.

Book Review: Lies Pastors Believe, by Dayton Hartman

Review by Philip Van Steenburgh | 03.01.2018

This book is for both pastors who don’t think self-deception is a concern and pastors who know they can be self-deceived

Mailbag #73: Dealing with Cultural Commands in 1 Corinthians 11 . . . Must All Elders Be Teachers?

By J. Leeman, T. R. Schreiner | 02.23.2018

— How should we interpret the passages in 1 Corinthians 11 about women cutting their hair? — Should teaching be the primary function of every pastor/elder?

Book Review: Duties of Christian Fellowship, by John Owen

Review by Drew Cunningham | 02.22.2018

How do we know what makes a healthy church? Thankfully, we’re not the first generation of Christians to wrestle with this question.

5 Ways Pastors Can Prepare Their Churches for Suffering

By Dave Furman | 02.15.2018

If you can get a culture of care started today, you’ll be ready when suffering and tragedy come.

Book Review: Immeasurable, by Skye Jethani

By Aaron Menikoff | 02.12.2018

This book offers a thoughtful pushback against the pragmatic ministry mindset.