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.

Book Review: Perfect Sinners, by Matt Fuller

Review by Tim Chapman | 03.15.2018

Too many believers feel too often as though we’re living life on trial before God, uncertain of his verdict on us. This book should help Christians realize that’s not the case.

7 Ways to Protect and Pass On the Gospel

By Nathan Rose | 03.09.2018

Christian, you have an assigned task from Jesus and it involves at least two things: helping fellow church members make it to heaven and getting the gospel into the next generation.

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 39: On “Mere Christianity”

By J. Leeman, M. Dever | 02.13.2018

Is “mere Christianity”—the conviction that we should focus on only what’s essential to being a Christian—really the path toward true Christian unity? Does it guard the gospel over time?

Why Should Christians Today Read Jonathan Edwards?

By Jeremy Kimble | 02.01.2018

Pastors in particular will benefit from Edwards, as they gain a clearer view of God, settle into a particular and important historical milieu, and consider his wisdom on a vast number of subjects.

Mailbag #65: Distinctly Calvinist Statement of Faith? . . . When An Elder Isn’t “Apt to Teach”

By Jonathan Leeman | 10.20.2017

— What should a church include in its Statement of Faith? For example, should a SoF be explicitly Calvinistic? — How should a church handle a situation when it’s been determined an elder isn’t “apt to teach”?

The Reformation and the Glory of God

By John Piper | 9Marks Journal: The Reformation and Your Church | 09.26.2017

Our salvation could never be merited so that the entire transaction would culminate soli Deo Gloria—to the glory of God alone.

Connecting the Church and the Gospel: A Reformation Perspective

By Michael Horton | 9Marks Journal: The Reformation and Your Church | 09.26.2017

Despite varying emphases of different traditions, the ecclesiological presuppositions of the Reformation reflect distinct convictions concerning the gospel message.

Is the Reformation Just a White Man’s Legacy?: How the Reformation Addresses Social Exploitation

By Mika Edmonson | 9Marks Journal: The Reformation and Your Church | 09.26.2017

For many Christians, the Reformation has nothing substantial to say to racial and economic injustices. Are they wrong?

A Brief Look at John Calvin on Imputation

By Thomas R. Schreiner | 9Marks Journal: The Reformation and Your Church | 09.26.2017

Calvin summarizes well the Protestant doctrine of imputation, a doctrine which has continued to be a great comfort and strength for believers and for those who are heirs of the Reformation.

Don’t Speak Up: On the Spiritual Discipline of Silence

By Mark Dever | 09.15.2017

Jesus teaches in Matthew 7:6 that loving others involves exercising discernment. And sometimes discernment results in prayerful silence.

Book Review: A Brief History of Sunday, by Justo González

Review by Paul Alexander | 09.01.2017

Should Sundays be more like a funeral or a festival?

“But A Portion of Our Transgressions”: A Model Prayer of Confession

By Omar Johnson | 08.21.2017

If You, O LORD, should mark iniquities, who could stand? But with you there is forgiveness, through Christ Jesus.

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.