The Gospel

Civil Rights Vision Trip: One Church’s Story

By Mark Vroegop | 10.22.2018

A few weeks ago, I led 50 leaders from our church on what we called a Civil Rights Vision Trip. Here’s what we learned.

Book Review: Defining Deception, by Costi Hinn & Anthony Wood

Review by Johnny Lithell | 10.04.2018

Does Bill Johnson and Bethel Church’s teaching fall within the bounds of Christian orthodoxy? Or do they harm the advance of the gospel of Jesus Christ?

Book Review: When Darkness Seems My Closest Friend, by Mark Meynell

Review by Nathan Loudin | 08.20.2018

Simply put, this book isn’t meant to equip pastors for pastoral ministry to a depressed world. It’s a book for pastors who wrestle with depression themselves.

The Greatest Cure for Pastoral Burnout Is Christ Himself

By Nick Roark | 9Marks Journal: Pastoral Burnout: Its Causes & Cures | 07.17.2018

May the mighty promises of Christ fuel our faith until, at last, we see him face to face.

Waiting On the Lord to Renew Our Strength: Reflections on Pastoral Burnout

By Ray Ortlund | 9Marks Journal: Pastoral Burnout: Its Causes & Cures | 07.17.2018

Burnout means something way down deep just collapses, and we can’t keep going.

4 Reasons You Should Preach through Judges

By Josh Vincent | 07.12.2018

Judges is the darkest book in the Old Testament. So why should you preach through it for your people?

Book Review—J. C. Ryle: Prepared to Stand Alone, by Iain Murray

Review by Nate Pickowicz | 05.16.2018

Famously known as “the man of granite with the heart of a child,” JC Ryle stands out as a towering example of Christian fortitude and pastoral excellence.

The Whole in Our Holiness

By Ligon Duncan | 04.18.2018

The good news of the gospel is that we have a neighbor who loved us and laid down his life for us. And this neighbor didn’t lay down his life for his friends, but for his enemies. We can enjoy God’s blessing and know his grace because our Savior obeyed the first and second great commandments for us.

What the Church Can and Should Bring to the #MeToo Movement

By Whitney Woollard | 9Marks Journal: Church Life: Our True Political Witness | 04.17.2018

The world doesn’t have the tools to offer the kind of redemption the #MeToo movement calls for. But thankfully, the church does.

More Christian Than American

By J. D. Greear | 9Marks Journal: Church Life: Our True Political Witness | 04.17.2018

We serve America best when we don’t serve her first.

Church Life: Our True Political Witness

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

Where do we first beat swords into plowshares and spears into pruning hooks? Where should love of enemy first dissolve a nation’s tribalism? Where should Lincoln’s “just and lasting peace” first take root and grow?

American Civil Religion and the Gospel Aren’t the Same Thing

By John D. Wilsey | 9Marks Journal: Church Life: Our True Political Witness | 04.17.2018

Civil religion, when it remains unevaluated and unchecked by the Word of God, can easily run amok. It can present the nation as God, as the savior of the world, as the last best hope on earth.

The Church’s Most Powerful Political Word: The Gospel

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

Our gospel, the gospel of justification by faith alone, is profoundly political. It creates a new body politic, one where there’s no boasting. And it sends us as ambassadors with a message of peace for all who would look to King Jesus and live.

Churches Should Say Neither Too Little Nor Too Much

By Matthew Arbo | 9Marks Journal: Church Life: Our True Political Witness | 04.17.2018

The prophetic nature of the church is to live and speak as a people unembarrassed by the power of the gospel.

How the State Serves Both Salvation and Religious Freedom

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

Don’t put too much hope in government. But don’t give up on it either. Churches need good governments.