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
Thursday, 15 November 2018 00:08

Four Lessons on Church Revitalization from John Knox

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Did you know that John Knox—the champion of the Scottish Reformation, the fearless preacher, the uncompromising prophet—was once defeated by a church business meeting?

KNOX THE PREACHER

Knox’s legend began early. Converted under the preaching of the early Scottish reformer George...

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Tuesday, 13 November 2018 22:34

Your Lord’s Day Might Be Someone Else’s Way of Escape

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Radically ordinary hospitality begins when we remember that God uses us as living epistles—and that the openness or inaccessibility of our homes and hearts stands between life and death, victory and defeat, and grace or shame for most people.

Consider with me the tension of 1 Corinthians...

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It’s vital for individual Christians to pursue holiness. But how can church members work *together* in fighting against the sin of pornography?

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Read Deepak’s article on that question here.

Authors: Daniel Gardner

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Thursday, 08 November 2018 22:44

5 Reasons You Should Preach Through Lamentations

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Memorials matter.

Consider the Vietnam Wall, the Holocaust Museum, the Tomb of the Unknown Solider in Washington, D.C.—or the National Center for Peace and Justice (the Lynching Memorial) in Montgomery, Alabama. They are designed to help people remember, to mourn, and to learn. Memorials honor...

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Monday, 05 November 2018 21:33

Episode 63: On The Pastor and Pornography

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In this episode of Pastors’ Talk, Garrett Kell shares his own past struggles with pornography, and offers counsel to pastors who are currently hiding with secret sin.

This episode is a part of our recent Journal, The Pastor and Pornography.

Authors: Daniel...

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Sunday, 04 November 2018 22:16

Preacher, Study the Text—But Also Study Your People

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I’m sitting in my office working on my sermon for Sunday. The text is Malachi 1:2–5, and it’s about God’s love. A softball, right? Not really. This text deals with the “love” of choosing, the “hate” of rejection, and the Lord being angry with a people...

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Wednesday, 31 October 2018 13:25

4 Reasons You Should Preach through Jeremiah

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About three-quarters of my way through preaching a series on Jeremiah, a friend asked: “What did the Holy Spirit say to you to make you want to preach through the entirebook of Jeremiah?”

After I laughed off my friend’s question, I replied, “It’s the Word of God.”...

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Tuesday, 30 October 2018 09:51

Pray for Slow Growth

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Tuesday, 30 October 2018 08:00

Define the We

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Tuesday, 30 October 2018 07:00

Preach and Pray

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Tuesday, 30 October 2018 06:00

Watch Your Tone

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Tuesday, 30 October 2018 05:00

Press Toward the Goal

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Tuesday, 30 October 2018 04:00

Be Needy

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Tuesday, 30 October 2018 04:00

Get the Right Leaders

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Tuesday, 30 October 2018 03:00

Encouragement

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Tuesday, 30 October 2018 01:24

Book Review: Purity Is Possible, by Helen Thorne

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Purity Is Possible: How to Live Free of the Fantasy Trap, by Helen Thorne. The Good Book Company, 2014. $12.99. 112 pps.

 

My experience as a pastor is that men are most commonly the purveyors of illicit material. It’s a cheap substitute that provides a “commitment-free...

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Monday, 29 October 2018 12:37

Are There Good and Bad Kinds of Accountability?

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Looking back at my former life as a Roman Catholic in New England, I can almost smell the varnish and stale cushions of the confessional booth. I would walk into the wooden box slumped over with guilt; a few minutes later, I would walk out standing tall. In my own mind, I had unloaded my guilt...

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In the last few years, the idea of a “safe space” on university campuses has been practiced and debated. The idea is to have a space on campus where a person is safe from being silenced or bullied by those who have more power, where someone could be insulated from ridicule or pain. In...

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Monday, 29 October 2018 12:37

How to Counsel Couples Through Past Sexual Sin

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Remember when doing pre-marital counseling with young couples regarding sex involved a brief warning about temptation and supplementing their education about the birds and the bees that their staid or embarrassed parents had neglected to mention?

Yeah, me neither.

If you’re reading this...

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Most of what you read about fighting pornography will be relegated to one-on-one discipling. By and large, Christians know they should fight this problem. But I’m interested in a different question: what would it mean to fight pornography together? What would it look like to cultivate a...

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Monday, 29 October 2018 12:36

Corporate Consequences of Unchecked Porn Use

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In his 2015 book How We Got to Now: Six Innovations That Made the Modern World, Steven Johnson shows the cascading consequences of ideas. 9Marks readers will remember, for example, Gutenberg’s contribution for the purposes of the Protestant Reformation. But what you may not know is that...

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At what point, if ever, does a persistent pattern of pornography warrant church discipline?

It’s an all-too-familiar scene. They’re sitting right across from you: their shoulders sag, their head hangs low in shame. If you can even see their eyes, you notice they look empty and exhausted.

B...

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I’m afraid if I answer this the way that I should, it will give so much license to restore pastors too quickly. But since I should, I should.

Ultimately, I think the answer is yes. A pastor who has sinned sexually can be a pastor again. And I say that just because of the grace of God and the...

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Monday, 29 October 2018 12:35

Watch Out! To a Pastor Indulging in Pornography

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Pastor, are you regularly indulging in pornography and rationalizing to yourself why it’s okay for you to do that? [1] If you indulge in pornography without remorse, then you may have what Paul calls a seared conscience (1 Tim 4:2).

Your conscience is your sense of what you believe...

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