How to Defeat Spiritual Laziness

I just started a monthly column for 9Marks. This is going to be fun, because I love 9Marks, and I love writing. For the first column, I covered the topic of “spiritual laziness.” How can we tackle it? I addressed the problem–treated in a number of places in Scripture–from a pastoral standpoint. The article will [Read More...]

What Are Healthy Churches, and How Can You Support Them?

This is a question asked and answered by a very helpful ministry called 9Marks. It’s based out of Washington, D. C., and it’s associated with a strong gospel-preaching church called Capitol Hill Baptist Church. Mark Dever is the senior pastor of CHBC and the leader of 9Marks. If you’re thinking of a way to strengthen [Read More...]

Scottish Church Planting: Introducing the 20 Schemes Project

Thabiti Anyabwile highlights the gospel testimony of a Scot named Mez McConnell here. Listen to this account of how God saved a desperate soul and gave him new life. Then check out these resources, including the “20 Schemes” project that Mez and Matthew Spandler-Davidson are pioneering. It sounds terrific and needed. More info: You can [Read More...]

New 9Marks Material on Conversion

The new 9Marks eJournal is out, and as usual it offers much to chew on. In lieu of discussing it, I will list the contents below and encourage you to give them a read.  It’s on conversion, and I think it looks great. The Beauty of Conversion By Jared WilsonHow beautiful art thou, O Conversion? [Read More...]

Things You Should Go To: The 9Marks Weekender

I don’t know if you’ve heard about these, but if you’re interested in entering a full-blown “church lab,” a program that will allow you to savor God’s work to reform one local church–Capitol Hill Baptist Church in Washington, D. C.–then you need to sign up for May’s 9Marks Weekender. It’s being held from May 17-21, [Read More...]

Church Membership Is Unimportant

That’s one line you’ll never hear from 9Marks, the ministry outfit helmed by Mark Dever. A few weeks back, 9Marks released a new eJournal on church membership. This is actually the first eJournal they’ve ever done on the topic. It’s quite good, featuring commentary from Matt Chandler, Jonathan Leeman, Matt Schmucker and more. In a [Read More...]

New IXMarks: Pastoring Women

The new IXMarks eJournal is out, and it’s on pastoring women and honoring and understanding distinctiveness.  Below is a listing of the Journal’s contents. I. Pastoring Women: Understanding And Honoring Distinctness  Why Complementarianism Is Crucial to Discipleship  By Jonathan Leeman If God created men and women differently, discipleship should not be one-size-fits-all. It should cultivate their [Read More...]

What Is the Gospel, and Why Care?

Greg Gilbert’s brand-new What Is the Gospel? (Crossway–IXMarks, 2010) is dynamite.  Pick this book up to remind yourself of the essential of the essentials.  A short (127pp), small, readable, punchy text, What Is the Gospel? dispels the cloudiness surrounding the exact character of the gospel today.  Pastors, disciplers, Bible study leaders, and many others would [Read More...]

The Link 12.11.09: Dockers on Manhood, Centered-Set Churches, and the New Scientocracy

1. A buddy of mine tipped me off to this crazy Docker’s “Man-ifesto”.  It’s actually really good.  Readers of this agitated little blog will recognize some familiar themes. Clearly, folks in the culture beyond our Christian circles are seeing a major lack of testosterone in our society, and many problems related to this. Why you [Read More...]

The Link 12.5.09: Great Music, Scanwiches, and Climate Change

1. Here’s a link to some excellent music by Peter Bradley Adams, formerly of the duo eastmountainsouth.  Really–check this guy out.  You can even get a free EP of Adams’s music if you want to test-drive it. 2. Have you seen the site scanwiches.com?  Try looking at it without getting hungry. 3. Here’s a well-funded [Read More...]


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