But even if you should suffer for the sake of righteousness, you are blessed. And do not fear their intimidation, and do not be troubled, but sanctify Christ as Lord in your hearts, always being ready to make a defense to everyone who asks you to give an account for the hope that is in you yet with gentleness and reverence; and keep a good conscience so that in the thing in which you are slandered, those who revile your good behavior in Christ will be put to shame.  1 Peter 3: 14-16

9Marks - Apologetic Report
Wednesday, 20 March 2019 23:18

Why Christians Should Think About Death

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Why should Christians think more about death? — The Bible says it’s wise to do so. — It connects us to the promises of God. — It grants us solidarity with those who are on the brink of death.

Authors: Daniel Gardner

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Chad Van Dixhoorn, God’s Ambassadors: The Westminster Assembly and the Reformation of the English Pulpit, 1643–1653. Reformation Heritage Books, 2017. 240 pages.

Where should pastors turn for help with church revitalization? Most modern revitalization manuals focus on...

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Mark plans out the preaching schedule for CHBC nearly a year in advance. He knows who’s preaching, when they’re preaching, and what text they’re preaching.

Why is he such a planner? Does this stifle the Holy Spirit’s spontaneous leadership?

In this episode of Pastors’...

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Friday, 15 March 2019 01:03

Why Charismatics and Non-Charismatics Can Get Along

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We live in a world where we like to talk about our disagreements. Debates are exciting, and some say that if we agreed on everything life would be boring. But if we think about the new creation that’s coming, we see that such a perspective is mistaken. When this life is over and we live in...

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Iain Murray, A Scottish Christian Heritage. Banner of Truth, 2006. 403 pages.

History is where you go to learn about everything. Iain Murray understands this point. Murray is a historian that retells narratives in a way that is theologically instructive, pastorally wise, and spiritually...

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Wednesday, 13 March 2019 00:52

When should pastors preach topical sermons?

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» Click here to download our free 9Marks Journal on expositional preaching.

Authors: Daniel Gardner

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Monday, 11 March 2019 17:54

Episode 79: On Funerals

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In this episode of Pastors’ Talk, Jonathan interviews Mark about how to preside over funeral services.

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For more on this topic, check out Brian Croft’s article, “Preaching the Gospel at Funerals.”

Authors: Daniel Gardner

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I’ve often wondered how the Apostle Paul would utilize modern technology in missions. Would he eagerly promote the short-term missions (STM) surge to the nations? While I’m confident he’d leverage global travel and communication technology for the gospel’s sake, just as he...

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When we think we’ve gotten something on our own, it’s easy to keep it to ourselves. But when we recognize that everything we have is from God—even our daily bread—we freely give what we have to those in need.

Authors: Daniel Gardner

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Pastors, the vast majority of people in your church will spend tens of thousands of hours at work. How will you help them connect the gospel to their work, their own Christian discipleship to their jobs?

In this conversation, Jonathan interviews Mark Dever and Sebastian Traeger about these topics.

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Sunday, 03 March 2019 22:11

The Tragedy of Sparing Others from Obedience

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Pastors, we do no one any favors by sparing them obedience. As a pastor of a young church, I’m often tempted to soften the call to obedience and excuse it by “playing the long game.” Now don’t get me wrong: the long game is necessary, and conformity to Christ requires...

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Wednesday, 27 February 2019 22:57

Book Review: The Ten Commandments, by Kevin DeYoung

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Kevin DeYoung, The Ten Commandments: What They Mean, Why They Matter, and Why We Should Obey Them. Crossway, 2018. 203 pages.

The Rolling Stones’ Mick Jagger is a lapsed Baptist. He learned how to sing in a Baptist choir, and his deacon dad, a nationally regarded PE instructor,...

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Wednesday, 27 February 2019 03:59

Biblical Christianity Is Better than Cross-Cultural

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Monday, 25 February 2019 20:56

Episode 77: On Living Close to your Church

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Should pastors live close to their church? Should members? In this episode of Pastors’ Talk, Mark and Jonathan discuss why Christians should consider proximity to their church when they’re deciding where to live.

Authors: Daniel Gardner

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Sunday, 24 February 2019 23:51

4 Ways Martin Luther Encourages Pastors to Pray

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As I continue in pastoral ministry, I learn more and more that prayer is my most essential work. Any real, spiritual, eternal fruit from my life and church will come from God. Too often we have not, because we ask not.

And yet, though I’ve learned that prayer is a non-negotiable, I’ve...

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“We have found that the best way to contextualize is to be rigorously biblical. The Bible speaks transculturally, so start with the Bible.”

— John Folmar

Authors: Daniel Gardner

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Thursday, 21 February 2019 01:35

3 Reasons You Should Preach Through Micah

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Political scandal is a daily affair. While many are prospering, there seems to be great inequality and heartache among the poor and disenfranchised. The darkness of sin seems rampant in our society, and for many, hope seems like a distant memory. Does this sound like what you may been reading,...

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Monday, 18 February 2019 12:00

Episode 76: On Pastoral Pay

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The Great Commission has been fulfilled, at least in part, by local Christians setting aside money to pay someone to teach them God’s Word full-time when possible.

Mark Dever and Jonathan Leeman discuss the principle of churches paying their pastors.

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Wednesday, 13 February 2019 22:25

4 Reasons You Should Preach through Jonah

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When I arrived at my church nine years ago, I began rotating back and forth between Old and New Testaments and genres. I quickly chose to preach Jonah. I thought, “Who doesn’t like Jonah? It’s a whale of a tale. Right?” Eh. Maybe not. But even as a young preacher, my...

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What’s the difference between a church plant and a church? Is it best to start a church with a team of pastors rather than a solo pastor? How useful is passing out flyers and other means of marketing?

In this episode of Pastors’ Talk, Jonathan Leeman sits down with Mark Dever, Nathan...

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Eric Bancroft, a pastor in Miami, talks about the importance of the fruit of the Spirit amid our disagreement with others.Too many pastors, under the guise of “discernment” and “guarding the sheep,” show a lack of graciousness and patience to those with whom they disagree.

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For this episode of Pastors’ Talk, Jonathan interviewed Mark Dever and Sam Emadi about our new Journal, Ecclesiology for Calvinists.

Authors: Daniel Gardner

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The saloon comes as near being a rat hole for a wage-earner to dump his wages in as anything you can find. The only interest it pays is red eyes and foul breath, and the loss of health. You can go in with money and you come out with empty pockets. You go in with character and you come out ruined....

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There was always one question I couldn’t find anyone to answer about the sudden growth of Calvinism. I talked to critics and enthusiasts, laypeople and clergy, and gained a clear sense for howwhen, and where Calvinism is spreading in the United States after nearly 150...

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