The Gospel

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Redefining Intimacy

By Ed Shaw | 9Marks Journal: Pastoring Singles | 03.20.2017

We live in a society whose only route to true intimacy has become the joy of sex.

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Three Reasons to Include a Concise Summary of the Gospel in Every Sermon

By Timothy Raymond | 03.02.2017

Here are three reasons why you should include a concise gospel summary in every sermon you preach.

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Book Review: When Heaven Invades Earth, by Bill Johnson

Review by David Schrock | 03.01.2017

When Trinity-eroding, Christ-denying, gospel-subverting error is published, we ought not shy away from declaring a teacher or teaching as heretical.

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Book Review: The Blessed Life, by Robert Morris

Review by David Schrock | 02.27.2017

I don’t believe Morris is deliberately twisting Scripture, but his faulty, self-referential, story-telling, proof-texting approach leads him to doctrines and practices that are errant for the disciple, if not downright dangerous.

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Living in the “Nevertheless”: Pastoral Reflections on Peace

By Aaron Menikoff | 02.06.2017

At its core, peace is not singing “Kumbaya” around a campfire with a dozen of your closest friends. The root of peace is the objective reality that God has adopted you into his family as his precious son or daughter.

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The Pronouns of the Gospel

By Mike McKinley | 02.02.2017

As a person begins to understand what it means to be part of a church, the “you” and “they” turns to a “we” and “us.”

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Fighting Burnout as a Pastor’s Wife

By Erin Wheeler | 01.31.2017

Let’s re-discover that our Lord’s yoke is easy and light, and in it we’ll find the rest our souls are looking for.

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Churches in Brazil: Realizing the Reformation

By Rick Denham | 9Marks Journal: Healthy Churches around the World | 12.12.2016

The availability of good Christian literature has pushed Brazil into a modern Reformation.

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Churches in Cameroon: Battling to Rejoice in the Riches of Christ

By Dieudonné Tamfu | 9Marks Journal: Healthy Churches around the World | 12.12.2016

Despite the proliferation of the prosperity gospel, churches in Cameroon are blessed with an evangelistic fervor and missionary zeal.

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Churches in Iran: The Significance of the Lord’s Supper

By Alan Davidson | 9Marks Journal: Healthy Churches around the World | 12.12.2016

If I were speaking to a room full of Christians concerned for the church in Iran, I tell them: “I intend to make the Lord’s Supper the key focus of my work with the local church.”

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Churches in Myanmar: Fighting the Fear of Man and Glorying in God

By Justin Caudill | 9Marks Journal: Healthy Churches around the World | 12.12.2016

Though they may never receive the fame of an Adoniram Judson, faithful workers across Myanmar are quietly laboring to build up the church.

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Churches in Singapore: A City on a Hill in Southeast Asia

By Eugene Low | 9Marks Journal: Healthy Churches around the World | 12.12.2016

Singapore has been blessed by many gospel-preaching churches. Pray that they would not lose the centrality of the gospel, and would be used to build healthy churches in Asia and beyond.

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A Church in an Undisclosed Location: Slowly and Waveringly Maturing

By Brother John | 9Marks Journal: Healthy Churches around the World | 12.12.2016

Here is the story of one church in one of the least reached corners of the world slowly and waveringly growing into maturity by the grace of God.

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A Young Man’s Reflections on J. C. Ryle’s Thoughts for Young Men

By Colton Corter | 12.08.2016

Ryle would have us prepare for eternity, even as young men.

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25 Years Ago, “Nine Marks” Was Born

By Mark Dever | 10.28.2016

On October 30, 1991—25 years ago this Sunday—Mark Dever wrote a letter to a church in Massachusetts. They needed a new pastor and wanted to know what they should be looking for. Mark responded with a list of nine must-haves—a list that has since become known as “nine marks of a healthy church.”