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, 15 November 2017 12:04

The Flesh Is Weak: Pastoral Reflections on Self-Control

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I grew up in the shadow of Nike (the shoe company, not the Greek goddess). The first church I attended sat next to the Nike World Headquarters in Beaverton, Oregon. I played high school tennis with the son of Nike’s founder, Phil Knight. To top it all off, my college dorm stood across the...

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Tuesday, 14 November 2017 22:15

Why and how do we sing to one other?

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We all understand that our singing during our gatherings is for God. But do we also think about how we’re supposed to sing to each other?

Authors: Daniel Gardner

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How should a church find its next pastor? Who makes this decision? A search committee? A group of elders? The pastor all by himself? And once such a search begins, how should it start?

In this episode of Pastors’ Talk, Jonathan interviews Mark about “one of the most important decisions a...

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Sunday, 12 November 2017 13:27

Pastoring a Rural Church Isn’t a “Lesser” Ministry

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I’ve spent most of my life in rural churches. I was raised in one and serve as the pastor of one now. But my family and I have also been members of a mega-church, and we attended a healthy suburban church in which God introduced me to expositional preaching, church membership, and biblical...

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Wednesday, 08 November 2017 11:30

Book Review: Seven Leaders, by Iain Murray

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Iain Murray, Seven Leaders: Preachers and Pastors. Banner of Truth, 2017. 296 pps, $28.00.

Statistics show that many pastors today are experiencing burnout and quickly leaving the ministry. Survey after survey reveals that many of them simply believe they no longer have what it takes to...

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Tuesday, 07 November 2017 22:01

How do you raise up leaders in your church?

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Pastors, you don’t have to wait until you feel like your church is mature before you start intentionally raising up leaders.

Authors: Daniel Gardner

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Over the past several decades, the multi-site church model has become quite popular. Recently, however, The Village Church, pastored by Matt Chandler, announced it was transitioning all of its sites into independent local churches. In this episode of Pastors’ Talk, Mark Dever and Jonathan...

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Sunday, 05 November 2017 11:32

The Church Has Two Missions: Narrow and Broad

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What is the mission of the church? Answering that requires defining what we mean by the “church.” Theologians make distinctions between the universal and local church, the invisible and visible church, the institutional and organic church, or the gathered and scattered church. For our...

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Wednesday, 01 November 2017 23:50

4 Reasons Churches Don’t Practice Church Discipline

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Some churches don’t practice discipline because they’re unaware of the biblical mandate or unsure how to start the process. Others, however, have concerns about the potential consequences of such a practice. They know what Scripture teaches on the matter but remain unconvinced as to its...

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Wednesday, 01 November 2017 03:09

Must every Christian be a member of a local church?

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It’s completely foreign to the Bible for a Christian not to want to be a part of a local church.

— Brian Davis

Authors: Daniel Gardner

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Monday, 30 October 2017 11:52

Episode 25: On the Mission of the Church

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What is the mission of the church? Is it to preach the gospel and make disciples—or is that too narrow? What about good works? What about seeking transformation for our neighborhoods—or is that too broad?

In this episode of Pastors’ Talk, Jonathan Leeman talks with Mark Dever about...

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Wednesday, 25 October 2017 22:58

In Your Preaching, Aim for Holistic Application

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Crafting thoughtful, targeted, and transformative sermon application can be challenging. But after you work hard to exegete the text and do theological analysis, it’s easy to feel like little time or energy is left to think through applying the text to the various people in the congregation.

Bu...

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How should we try to share the gospel with a Roman Catholic? Do we confront the differences between Protestants and Catholics head-on?

Sugel Michelen answers.

Authors: Daniel Gardner

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Monday, 23 October 2017 21:43

Episode 24: On Pastoral Friendships

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Pastoring can be lonely. But it doesn’t have to be.

In this episode of Pastors’ Talk, Mark Dever and Jonathan Leeman discuss the value of friendships between pastors.

(Listen in on iTunes, Google Play or download the MP3.)

Authors: Daniel Gardner

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Wednesday, 18 October 2017 22:45

4 Myths that Keep College Students from Joining a Church

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It’s more than a month into the semester and some first-year college students are narrowing down their church search. If that’s you, you’re in a small minority of college students, so well done!

Most church-going college students never join a church during their time away, electing...

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In Roman Catholicism, God does not receive all the glory because man has a crucial role to play in his salvation.

—Sugel Michelén

Authors: Daniel Gardner

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Monday, 16 October 2017 11:30

Episode 23: On Polity and Discipleship

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Does church order really have anything to do with discipleship? Isn’t one polity—presbyterian, congregational, etc.—just as good as another?

In this episode of Pastors’ Talk, Jonathan Leeman sits down with Mark Dever to talk about these...

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Churches should cooperate, not compete.

Authors: Daniel Gardner

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Monday, 09 October 2017 10:30

Episode 22: On the Conscience Christian Freedom

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In this episode, Jonathan Leeman sat down with Mark Dever to talk about how important it is for unity in the church to understand conscience and Christian liberty.

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Authors: Daniel Gardner

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Wednesday, 04 October 2017 15:12

Book Review: Uncomfortable, by Brett McCracken

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Brett McCracken, Uncomfortable: The Awkward and Essential Challenge of Christian Community. Crossway, 2017. 224 pp, $15.99. 

 

“Medium roast coffee beans, please.”

The counter was splendorous, arrayed with a vastness of choice. Picking and choosing the beans I’d...

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Wednesday, 04 October 2017 07:21

How does preaching look in your context?

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The ways we preach in our community might be frowned upon in most seminaries or places that teach you how to “preach correctly.” We’re serious about the Word but have a much more relaxed style.

Authors: Daniel Gardner

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Mark Dever’s session at the 9Marks at Southeastern Conference, which aims to equip church leaders with a biblical vision and practical resources for displaying God’s glory to the nations through healthy churches. (Also available on iTunes.)

Authors: Daniel Gardner

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Panel discussion at the 9Marks at Southeastern Conference, which aims to equip church leaders with a biblical vision and practical resources for displaying God’s glory to the nations through healthy churches. (Also available on iTunes.)

Authors: Daniel Gardner

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Panel discussion at the 9Marks at Southeastern Conference, which aims to equip church leaders with a biblical vision and practical resources for displaying God’s glory to the nations through healthy churches. (Also available on iTunes.)

Authors: Daniel Gardner

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Panel discussion at the 9Marks at Southeastern Conference, which aims to equip church leaders with a biblical vision and practical resources for displaying God’s glory to the nations through healthy churches. (Also available on iTunes.)

Authors: Daniel Gardner

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