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

Authors: Daniel Gardner

Read more

Monday, 26 February 2018 08:15

Episode 41: On Bringing Back the Prayer Service

Written by

In this episode of Pastors’ Talk, Jonathan Leeman and Mark Dever discuss the benefits and best practices of hosting a regular, church-wide prayer gathering—in addition to the Sunday service.

Authors: Daniel Gardner

Read more

In 1854, when Charles Spurgeon began pastoring the New Park Street Chapel, he had a handful of deacons and a membership of 313 (though the actual attendance was much smaller). In just twelve weeks, they outgrew their space and made plans to enlarge their building. But almost immediately, they...

Read more

Wednesday, 21 February 2018 23:44

Book Review: Duties of Christian Fellowship, by John Owen

Written by

John Owen, Duties of Christian Fellowship: A Manual for Church Members. Banner of Truth, 2017. 96 pp, $8.00.

What makes a healthy church? That’s a question many prospective pastors are asking as conversations about church planting, church revitalization, and church membership seem more...

Read more

Monday, 19 February 2018 19:52

Episode 40: On Facing Disappointment as a Pastor

Written by

How should pastors respond when their ministry is marked by disappointment and unmet expectations?

Authors: Daniel Gardner

Read more

Thursday, 15 February 2018 04:53

Evangelism Involves No Manipulation

Written by

“True evangelism involves no coercion, but only proclamation and love. We are to freely present the gospel to all, but we cannot manipulate anyone to accept it.”

Editor’s note: This clip has been taken from a series of lessons produced by Ligonier. For more information, go here.

Auth...

Read more

Wednesday, 14 February 2018 22:51

5 Ways Pastors Can Prepare Their Churches for Suffering

Written by

Pastors, it’s inevitable that members of your congregation will suffer. D.A. Carson has famously said, “All you have to do is live long enough, and you will suffer.” As you seek to shepherd your congregation, don’t wait until suffering comes. Don’t start preparing...

Read more

Monday, 12 February 2018 08:55

Episode 39: On “Mere Christianity”

Written by

Some Christians lament denominations because they subvert what Jesus prayed for in John 17: unity among all Christians.

What should we think about this? Is “mere Christianity”—the conviction that we should focus on only what’s essential to being a Christian—really the...

Read more

Sunday, 11 February 2018 22:30

Book Review: Immeasurable, by Skye Jethani

Written by

Jethani, Skye. Immeasurable: Reflections On the Soul of Ministry In the Age of Church, Inc.Moody Publishers, Chicago. 2017. 215 pages.

I really want to meet this author. His writing style is captivating, his humanity compelling, and he drinks Earl Grey tea instead of coffee. It’s almost...

Read more

In a recent podcast, theologian John Piper argued that women should not teach in seminaries. This raised a bit of a stir not just among egalitarians but in the complementarian quarters of the Internet.

Wait a second—does complementarianism require that?!

Complementarians unite around the...

Read more

Prosperity gospel preachers make the Bible all about us and what we can get in this life. But really, the Bible is all about Christ.

— Jonathan Leeman

Authors: Daniel Gardner

Read more

Pastors are used to saying goodbye to long-time friends. In this episode of Pastors’ Talk, Jonathan interviews Mark about how to prepare for these sad-but-joyful moments.

Authors: Daniel Gardner

Read more

Wednesday, 31 January 2018 22:54

Why Should Christians Today Read Jonathan Edwards?

Written by

Every semester as I teach college students theology, I have them read one or two excerpts from Jonathan Edwards—and every time, I get one of two responses. First, he’s difficult to read! The second response I get from some students is about how Edwards simply sees life differently than...

Read more

Wednesday, 31 January 2018 01:54

We Need God to Convert Us

Written by

The change we all need is so radical—so at the root of us—that only God can bring it about. We need God to convert us.

Editor’s note: This clip has been taken from a series of lessons 9Marks produced with Ligonier. For more information, go here.

Authors: Daniel Gardner

Read more

Monday, 29 January 2018 20:38

Episode 37: On the 20th Anniversary of 9Marks

Written by

January 2018 marks the 20th anniversary of 9Marks. To celebrate that milestone, Jonathan interviewed the two guys who were there when it all began: Mark Dever and Matt Schmucker.

Also: we’re offering 20% off everything in the bookstore. Just use the code 20YEARS and, until Jan 31st, that...

Read more

Friday, 26 January 2018 00:32

What Does Congregationalism Really Look Like?

Written by

What Mark Dever tells his congregation: if I start teaching false things, then because you love me please fire me.

Editor’s note:This clip has been taken from a series of lessons 9Marks produced with LifeWay. For more information, go here.

Authors: Daniel Gardner

Read more

Wednesday, 24 January 2018 22:29

Book Review — The Good Portion: Scripture, by Keri Folmar

Written by

Keri Folmar, The Good Portion: Scripture. Christian Focus, 2017. 192 pps, $12.97.

What would you do if someone handed you a present and told you what was inside held the secret to everything you needed or wanted in life? What if they told you it had the power to heal and restore, equip...

Read more

Tuesday, 23 January 2018 22:53

Why Preach Expositionally?

Written by

Pastors who don’t preach expositionally will never preach more than they already know.

Authors: Daniel Gardner

Read more

Monday, 22 January 2018 08:15

Episode 36: On Discipling

Written by

Discipling doesn’t need to be tethered to an elaborate program. Instead, it should be a part of a church’s culture. That’s easy to say, but hard to implement.

In this episode of Pastors’ Talk, Jonathan Leeman chats with Mark Dever about discipling in the local church. (Listen...

Read more

Sunday, 21 January 2018 22:41

Do You Suffer from ‘Bible Anorexia’?

Written by

Our souls can starve, just like our bodies. Jesus said, “Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that comes from the mouth of God” (Matt. 4:4). Our souls require regular meals from the Scriptures. And notice the word “every” in Matthew 4:4. We need all of...

Read more

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

(Download the MP3)

Authors: Daniel Gardner

Read more

Monday, 08 January 2018 22:47

Episode 34: On Church Discipline

Written by

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

Read more

Monday, 08 January 2018 09:10

A Historical Survey of Church Discipline

Written by

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...

Read more

“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...

Read more

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...

Read more