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...]

Reviewing Rapper Trip Lee’s New Album

Just published a review of rapper Trip Lee’s new album (out today), The Good Life.  Head over to the Gospel Coalition to check it out. Here’s a teaser: The rappers used to sit on the periphery of evangelical life. Now they’ve taken over. Their songs play not only in the streets, but in the minivans, the [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...]

Shai Linne & Fellow Artists Ask: Should Rappers Serve Churches?

This discussion from a bunch of gifted Lampmode artists like Shai Linne (a fellow Capitol Hill Baptist Church intern!) and Stephen the Levite about the state of Christian rap is quite interesting and entertaining.  Stephen the Levite, the dude with a wild beard, has some thought-provoking comments in several places.  Shai Linne shows his pastoral [Read More...]

“They obviously love my son very much”: The Search for Matt Hill of Capitol Hill Baptist Church

Updated (5/29/11): Matt Hill has been found and is okay.  Details to come.  Praise God. Some out there have seen the notice about Matt Hill of Capitol Hill Baptist Church in Washington, DC.  He is a member of the church and the Campus Director of Campus Outreach ministry at George Washington University.  Matt has been [Read More...]

Mike McKinley and the Wimps of Church Planting

You might have heard about Mike McKinley’s recent book on church planting: Church Planting Is for Wimps (Crossway, 2010).  If you haven’t, it’s a great read. Mike is the senior pastor of Guilford Baptist Church in Sterling, Virginia.  In God’s grace, he oversaw the revitalization of the church.  Church Planting Is for Wimps is the [Read More...]

Sandra Bullock’s Dilemma, John Piper’s Decision, and Parenthood’s Complexity

David Brooks poses an interesting question in his column today: Two things happened to Sandra Bullock this month. First, she won an Academy Award for best actress. Then came the news reports claiming that her husband is an adulterous jerk. So the philosophic question of the day is: Would you take that as a deal? [Read More...]

Deep Church Shallow: Greg Gilbert’s 9Marks Review

The new 9Marks eJournal just arrived, and it’s on–take a deep breath here–church discipline.  I know, right–why don’t they settle down and pick a single issue to focus on already?  Good grief. I’m just kidding.  In actuality, the new issue looks typically helpful.  Some of you will know that I have a particular affection for [Read More...]

Ministry Is About Faithfulness, Not Numbers: Gospel Growth 2009

But don’t take my word for it–let the Gospel Growth=People Growth conference to be held October 14-16, 2009 at Trinity Evangelical Divinity School (Deerfield, IL) convince you.  I highly recommend that you go if you’re in the area–you’ll benefit from talks by Don Carson, Mark Dever, Philip Jensen, and more.  It’s kind of a mini-Gospel Coalition. [Read More...]

Exceptional Pastoral Ministry Internships: CHBC, TBI, NECEP, and More

This is a post that needs writing.  So here we go: a primer on the best pastoral ministry internships that I am aware of.  Please note that I don’t know every detail of these programs; I may get something wrong.  Check the websites below for definitive information (and see a great resource by 9Marks on how [Read More...]


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