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

Thabiti Anyabwile’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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Burk Parsons’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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H. B. Charles, Jr’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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Justo Gonzalez, A Brief History of Sunday: From the New Testament to the New Creation. Eerdmans, 2017. 176 pp, $16.00.

 

When I first saw the title of this book, I almost drooled. Theologically, the relationship between Sabbath and Lord’s Day can feel complex—and practically,...

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Pastors, make sure the Word is driving you to the pulpit—rather than the pulpit driving you to the Word. Foster a Christ-centeredness in your own heart so that after you preach, people will say “Wow, what a great Savior!” and not “Wow, what a great sermon!”

—Brad...

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Baptism implies the local church gathering. It’s an act in which both the church *and* the new believer participate.

Authors: Daniel Gardner

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Sunday, 27 August 2017 14:00

Book Review: The Art of Turning, by Kevin DeYoung

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Kevin DeYoung, The Art of Turning: From Sin to Christ for a Joyfully Clear Conscience. 10 Publishing, 2017. 42 pps, $4.29.

 

Most people assume they know what the word “conscience” means, even if they don’t know how to spell it. But in 2016, when Republican senator Ted...

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Friday, 25 August 2017 00:11

The Difference Between a Planter Revitalizer

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God calls all of us to impossible things. So if he calls you to something, he’ll equip you with exactly what you need to do it.

— Garrett Kell, Pastor of Del Ray Baptist Church

Authors: Daniel Gardner

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Thursday, 24 August 2017 13:00

4 Lies that Cause Pastors to Neglect their Families

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The walls of our church’s nursery needed painting. So there I was, on my regular day off with a brush in my hand. A country song I’d never heard before—“The Dollar,” by Jamey Johnson—filled the room as I splashed the first coat of something called Polar Bear over...

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Monday, 21 August 2017 23:03

How Quickly Should A Pastor Change Things?

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Authors: Daniel Gardner

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Editor’s note: We talk about corporate prayer a lot at 9Marks (we’ve devoted a Journal and an episode of Pastors’ Talk to the topic). So we thought it would be worthwhile to share an example. Below is the prayer of confession given yesterday at Capitol Hill Baptist...

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Bill Hull, Conversion & Discipleship: You Can’t Have One without the Other. Zondervan, 256 pp. $18.99.

 

You’ve probably heard advice on how to get the most out of a book—survey section headings, read the first and last paragraphs of each chapter, and the first and...

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If Africa were filled with healthy churches, the prosperity gospel would not be wrecking us the way that it is now. —Ken Mbugua, Pastor in Kenya

Authors: Daniel Gardner

 

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Tuesday, 15 August 2017 05:59

What are the greatest needs in missions today?

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Authors: Daniel Gardner

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This past January, with the temperature so cold my van’s windows could barely defrost, I dropped off six men at McDonald’s so they could spend the day there, protected from the frigid cold.

No matter where you live, there are men and women longing to set their head on a bed they can call...

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In the new documentary, Luther, Stephen McCaskell brings us an exceptional, educational, and accessible tool that churches can use to celebrate the Protestant Reformation in its 500th year.

The documentary vividly tells the story of how God used a zealous and flawed monk, Martin Luther, to recover...

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Thursday, 10 August 2017 05:39

Advice for the Burnt-Out Pastor

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Advice for pastors who are burnt out:

— Keep your walk with Jesus your primary objective — Prioritize your family relationships — Take regular breaks, even if brief — Find friends in ministry

Authors: Daniel Gardner...

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Monday, 07 August 2017 23:39

What’s the Goal of a Music Ministry?

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The goal of a music ministry is to accompany, facilitate, and enhance the singing of the people of God. In this sense, everyone in the church is part of the choir.

Authors: Daniel Gardner...

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Ambition is intoxicating. A few years ago I came close—a couple times—to having a book picked up by a premier, academic publisher. I’m not sure what bothered me more: the fact that both publishers ultimately turned me down, or the fact that I cared so much.

Even now, I hate...

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Saturday, 05 August 2017 05:35

15 Ways to Cultivate a Gospel-Centered Church

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First Five Years is a 9Marks Conference meant to encourage and instruct new pastors. Check out the videos from First Five Years 2017 on our website, or listen to the messages on iTunes.

Authors: Daniel Gardner

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Saturday, 05 August 2017 01:01

Be Strong and Courageous, Young Leader

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Friday, 04 August 2017 05:34

Take Heart: Preaching to Encourage

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First Five Years is a 9Marks Conference meant to encourage and instruct new pastors. Check out the videos from First Five Years 2017 on our website, or listen to the messages on iTunes.

Authors: Daniel Gardner

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Friday, 04 August 2017 05:32

Preaching and Practicing Repentance

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First Five Years is a 9Marks Conference meant to encourage and instruct new pastors. Check out the videos from First Five Years 2017 on our website, or listen to the messages on iTunes.

Authors: Daniel Gardner

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Friday, 04 August 2017 05:31

Pursuing God in the Pursuit of Godliness

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First Five Years is a 9Marks Conference meant to encourage and instruct new pastors. Check out the videos from First Five Years 2017 on our website, or listen to the messages on iTunes.

Authors: Daniel Gardner

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