The Gospel

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?

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.

Planting Churches for Pleasure, Not for Profit

By Nathan Knight | 9Marks Journal: Church Mergers and Plants | 06.20.2017

What’s needed to plant a church isn’t the wisdom of Jim Collins, but the gospel of Jesus Christ.

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: The Crook in the Lot, by Thomas Boston

Review by Eric Beach | 06.05.2017

This is an excellent book from a a pastor about the purposes and plans of God through hardships in our lives.

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.

Book Review: Apostolicity, by John G. Flett

Review by Guy Prentiss Waters | 04.17.2017

For centuries, Christians across generations have confessed they believe in “one, holy, catholic, and apostolic Church.” Though these words professedly unite the church, there are profound disagreements concerning their meaning.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.”

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.

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.