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, 24 May 2018 23:23

What Do Baptism the Lord's Supper Symbolize?

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Jesus says the way you identify a disciple is not through walking an aisle or signing a card. The biblical way to proclaim faith in Christ is through baptism.

Authors: Daniel Gardner

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Thursday, 24 May 2018 00:11

Book Review: Three Books by J. Oswald Sanders

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J. Oswald Sanders, Spiritual Leadership. 2017, Moody Publishers. 274 pps, $15.99. J. Oswald Sanders, Spiritual Discipleship. 2017, Moody Publishers. 240 pps, $15.99. J. Oswald Sanders, Spiritual Maturity. 2017, Moody Publishers. 288 pps, $15.99.

 

What are the most pressing needs of...

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Monday, 21 May 2018 10:45

Episode 53: On Deacons

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What does a biblical deacon do? How do they differ from elders? In this episode of Pastors’ Talk, Jonathan talks to Mark about the biblical office of deacon.

Authors: Daniel Gardner

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We were both Calvinists. We were both convinced of believer’s baptism. We both agreed church membership was biblical. We even agreed that congregationalism was biblical. We both appreciated 9Marks.

But in practice, we actually didn’t agree. He thought I was too picky and idealistic. I...

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Thursday, 17 May 2018 08:01

You Need More Than a Better You

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The Bible teaches that you don’t need a better you, you need a *new* you.

Authors: Daniel Gardner

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Iain Murray, J.C. Ryle: Prepared to Stand Alone. Banner of Truth, 2016. 275 pps, $28.00.

 

One of the greatest Christian leaders to come out of England in the nineteenth century was John Charles Ryle. Famously known as “the man of granite with the heart of a child,” Ryle stands...

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Tuesday, 15 May 2018 05:36

Can a church be too big?

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Authors: Daniel Gardner

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What do we mean when we say that Scripture is “sufficient”? Does the sufficiency of Scripture have anything to do with pastoral ministry? Does it shackle pastors or does it provide them reassurance?

In this episode of Pastors’ Talk, Jonathan chats with Mark about these questions...

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The main way pastors disciple their people is by teaching them the Bible—in small settings or large, one-on-one or to the whole church. If it’s true that man cannot live by bread alone but by every word that comes from the mouth of God, this should be no surprise.

Authors: Daniel Gardner

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Wednesday, 09 May 2018 23:49

Benefits and Negatives of a Long-Term Pastorate

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Editor’s note: From 1973 until 1978, Ron Pracht served Olivet Baptist Church of Wichita, Kansas in various roles: as the minister of music, as the minister of students, and sometimes as the minister of both music and students. In 1978, the church recognized him as an associate pastor. And...

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“Through the liturgies of the Reformation, evangelical doctrine was as much caught in public worship as it was taught in published writings.”

This assertion comes from the new volume Reformation Worship: Liturgies from the Past for the Present, edited by Jonathan Gibson and Mark...

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The task of the church can be described in all sorts of ways, but one of the most evocative is this: we are called to live the exodus. As Christians, we have a dramatic backstory—of slavery and deliverance, or Passover and escape. But the people around us, going about their daily business,...

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Wednesday, 02 May 2018 23:15

Should Elders Insist on Unanimity?

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“Behold, how good and pleasant it is when brothers dwell in unity! It is like the precious oil on the head, running down on the beard, on the beard of Aaron, running down on the collar of his robes!”– Psalm 133:1–2

Unity is a wonderful thing, especially in...

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Monday, 30 April 2018 10:50

Episode 50: On the Role of Associate Pastors

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In this episode of Pastors’ Talk, Jonathan Leeman sits down with Jamie Dunlop and Bobby Jamieson, two pastors who work alongside Mark Dever at Capitol Hill Baptist Church. They discuss their roles, and how their work complements Mark’s as the senior pastor.

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Wednesday, 25 April 2018 09:38

Expositional Sermons Are a Picture of Salvation

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A day is coming when faith will give way to sight, and sermons will be no more (Rev. 22:4). But now, we’re in a different time. Now, we still need to hear God’s Word spoken to us. In other words, we still need expositional preaching.

Authors: Daniel Gardner

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Wednesday, 18 April 2018 01:16

The Whole in Our Holiness

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Editor’s note: This has been adapted from Ligon Duncan’s message at last week’s Together for the Gospel conference.

The relationship between the law and grace is one of the perennial theological challenges facing the church. Even in our Bible-believing, gospel-preaching...

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For many churches, the Sunday School hour has gone by the wayside. In this episode of Pastors’ Talk, Mark and Jonathan talk about how Core Seminar classes can become a vital ministry for any local church.

Authors: Daniel Gardner

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If you think #MeToo is another transitory wave of social media outrage, think again. Harvey Weinstein’s out and the #MeToo Oscars are over, but the movement doesn’t appear to be going anywhere. This worldwide phenomenon has created a palpable culture shift as countless survivors of...

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Monday, 16 April 2018 13:40

Why There’s No Such Thing as African Christianity

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Every generation has philosophical winds that blow across the landscape of a nation or even an entire continent. These winds often begin from an epicenter of suffering and bring about a different way of looking at life. Africa has had its fair share of these winds, and as a result missionary...

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Monday, 16 April 2018 13:39

The Dangerous Allure of Being a Cultural Warrior

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There is something tempting about being a cultural warrior. We jump into battle on social media, in our Sunday School lessons, occasionally in our work.

Our day seems ripe for war. We hear of wars and rumors of wars. There is no shortage of cultural landmines to step on, or ideological trip-wires to...

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Monday, 16 April 2018 13:39

Just A Spoonful Of Wilberforce

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Do you remember the words from London’s favorite nanny, “Just a spoonful of sugar”? It’s great British advice: take your medicine, and keep your sweets in moderation.

But apparently we don’t take the advice, at least the moderating-our-sweets part. The average Brit now...

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Monday, 16 April 2018 13:39

Church Life: Our True Political Witness

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My friend and fellow church member Charles is a Washington, DC, speechwriter. He has written speeches for cabinet members, party chairmen, and other DC insiders. Charles’s work, to be sure, puts him at the center of American politics.

Charles also spends time with Freddie. Freddie, who was...

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Monday, 16 April 2018 13:39

Men, Women, and the Place of True Equality

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Over the past 40 years, topic of men and women and our function in the local church has been one of the leading discussions in Christian circles. Unfortunately, the topic is often marred by controversy and division, and some complementarians can feel, for good or bad, put on the...

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Monday, 16 April 2018 13:39

More Christian Than American

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The point of this article is simple: We serve America best when we don’t serve her first.

This is a crucial point to make, especially for us as Christians. After all, we live in peculiar political times. Take a quick glance at the news—or the Wild West of social media that we’ve...

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Monday, 16 April 2018 13:39

More Christian Than Democrat or Republican

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Given the increased polarization of American politics and public life, the question is frequently raised as to whether Christians should identify themselves with either major political party or—by association—the political ideologies undergirding them. I answer that it is permissible...

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