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

Jonathan Leeman interviews three seasoned pastors—Burk Parsons, H. B. Charles, and Jeramie Rinne—about leadership.

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Authors: Daniel Gardner

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Monday, 08 January 2018 22:47

Episode 34: On Church Discipline

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As a part of the new 9Marks Journal—Church Discipline: Medicine for the Body—Jonathan Leeman sits down with Mark Dever to talk about church discipline. (Download the MP3)

Authors: Daniel Gardner

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Monday, 08 January 2018 09:10

A Historical Survey of Church Discipline

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Throughout church history the practice of church discipline has been largely affirmed, though at certain periods, only sporadically applied. [1] In looking at historical trajectories one can note the ways in which the church remained faithful to biblical teaching on the subject or veered...

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“We’re committed to being small because we believe in shepherding.”

I was meeting with some leaders of a small church as they searched for their next pastor, and I asked about their vision for ministry. Their blunt connection between size and shepherding not only struck me as an...

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It’s not often that churches find themselves in the national news. Yet in recent memory, a number of prominent congregations have found themselves in controversies covered by the The Washington PostSlate, and The New York Times. And in each, it was about a case of...

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Jenny had been a member of your church for a short while. She quickly showed herself to be a bright, friendly, and sensitive woman. Still, even as you tried to welcome her into the church family, there always seemed an edge of discomfort. She loved the caring community, the intentionality, and the...

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Monday, 08 January 2018 09:10

Teaching Church Discipline in a Church Plant

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Sin doesn’t ruin churches. Unconfessed and unaddressed sin does.

Every church is full of people in the pews that are in a lifelong struggle with sin. We will wrongly admit false converts. And true converts we get caught up in sin. Basically, your churches will have both Judases and Peters on...

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Churches should work hard against the possibility of abusive church discipline, and we should act quickly against it. In my writing and speaking on this topic, most of the churches I address suffer from complacency and laxity in discipline. A few, however, approach it too stridently.

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Monday, 08 January 2018 09:10

A Step-by-Step Primer for Church Discipline

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Church discipline makes sense when you understand what the church is. If the church were a building, then discipline might involve better property management. If the church were just an institution, then discipline might be about organizational restructuring. If the church were merely a weekly...

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Monday, 08 January 2018 09:10

A Testimony of Restoration

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Many years ago, I was excommunicated from my church, and I’m thankful to God for it.

You probably wouldn’t expect to hear that reaction. But if the church had not honored God’s Word, I’m afraid to even wonder what the state of my life—and more importantly, my...

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Monday, 08 January 2018 09:10

Church Discipline Starts with You

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What comes to mind when you think of church discipline? If you’re like me, you immediately go to high-profile cases that necessitate robust measures from church leaders. You think of the “big sins” and how the “big guns” respond (i.e., elders/pastors or church leaders)....

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Soon after John Calvin was appointed as a pastor of the Genevan church, having only recently arrived as a refugee fleeing persecution in his native France, one of his first actions was to petition the city government for the establishment of church discipline. It was a hard sell. In no other...

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A few years back, I heard about a church that had grown concerned about their bloated membership. After years of lackadaisical accounting, the number had become unwieldy, even disingenuous. Their “official” membership tallied more than twice the average attendance—doubtlessly...

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In recent years, the number of churches committed to exercising biblical church discipline seems to be increasing. This is a good thing! However, in the process of implementing policies and revising bylaws, it’s easy to forget that people are both involved and affected. In the end,...

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Monday, 08 January 2018 09:10

A Biblical Theology of Church Discipline

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To some Christians, church discipline seems to contradict the whole shape of the Bible’s story. Isn’t the gospel all about Jesus welcoming tax collectors and sinners? Aren’t we turning back the clock and putting believers back under the law if we start excluding people from the...

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Wednesday, 03 January 2018 23:49

What Drives our International Vision

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Dear friend,

Several weeks ago I found myself in France’s beautiful Strasbourg Cathedral. Until 1874, this cathedral stood as the tallest building in the world. As our tour guide told the story of this church, he said something that caught my attention: for over 150 years, the church abandoned...

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Pastors need to understand that church growth isn’t the work of one day, one month, or one year. It’s a lifetime work.

Authors: Daniel Gardner

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Wednesday, 20 December 2017 17:37

Best Books for Pastors in 2017

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We asked 60 pastors around the world a simple question: what books did you read in 2017 that helped you be a better pastor? We’ve curated their responses below.

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Reset: Living a Grace-Paced Life in a Burnout Culture, by David Murray

“Everyone knows pastors are typically too busy...

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Tuesday, 19 December 2017 22:27

4 Reasons Every Church Needs Senior Saints

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A couple of days ago, I received an email from a church member in his eighties, letting me know that he’s moving. We have known for some time that it’s best for him to move closer to his family due to his health and housing situation. But the news that the move was finally happening hit...

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Mack Stiles, a pastor in the Middle East, talks about temptations of growing a church.

Authors: Daniel Gardner

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Monday, 18 December 2017 08:30

Episode 33: On Race (Part 2)

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Mark Dever and Jonathan Leeman continue their conversation about racial division in the church, highlighting the ways pastors can both educate themselves and work against it. (Listen to Part 1 here.)

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Authors: Daniel Gardner

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Sunday, 17 December 2017 22:57

Episode 32: Remembering R. C. Sproul

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Mark Dever reflects on his friendship with the late R.C. Sproul.

Mark interviewed R.C. twice: – Theology and BooksLife and Apologetics

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Authors: Daniel Gardner

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Thursday, 14 December 2017 14:32

Sometimes, Passivity Is Prideful

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There’s a form of pride that can be present in a pastor who seems very humble. He may be the first to admit he’s wrong, the first to apologize for impatience, and the slowest to criticize others. He’s happy to give young, inexperienced men the opportunity to share in ministry...

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Aaron Menikoff, a pastor in Atlanta, reflects on the fruit he’s seen as his church has sought to carefully practice membership & discipline.

Authors: Daniel Gardner

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Monday, 11 December 2017 08:45

Episode 31: On Race (Part 1)

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Mark Dever chats with Jonathan Leeman about America’s racial history, and how Christians should learn from brothers and sisters who aren’t like them.

Authors: Daniel Gardner

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