Singing

Why We Sing

By Jonathan Leeman | 9Marks Journal: The Church Singing | 04.23.2014

The most beautiful instrument in any Christian service is the sound of the congregation singing.

Five Qualities of a Congregational Song

By Matt Boswell | 9Marks Journal: The Church Singing | 04.23.2014

The church has been given a song to sing, and Christ is its author, substance, and aim.

Reflections on “What Can Miserable Christians Sing?”

By Carl Trueman | 9Marks Journal: The Church Singing | 04.23.2014

There is nothing more universally relevant than preparing people for suffering and death.

My Congregation Barely Sings; How Can I Help?

By Jonathan Leeman | 9Marks Journal: The Church Singing | 04.23.2014

Eighteen tips on how to get your congregation singing.

Rediscovering Jesus’ Hymnbook

By Joe Holland | 9Marks Journal: The Church Singing | 04.23.2014

The benefits of singing Psalms and how to begin.

Music

Music and Meaning: Some Forms Are Better than Others

By Ken Myers | 9Marks Journal: The Church Singing | 04.23.2014

Christians adept at defending propositional truths often neglect to discern non-propositional meaning.

Music and Meaning: All Forms Are Valid

By Harold Best | 9Marks Journal: The Church Singing | 04.23.2014

Musical forms and genres are no more unredeemed or redeemed than a mountain sunset or a computer or a jazz tune.

Stylized Soundtracks and Sunday Morning

By Bobby Jamieson | 9Marks Journal: The Church Singing | 04.23.2014

For many, music is a stylized soundtrack to life. But when you come to church, leave your preferences at the door.

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Beyond the Worship Set

By Matt Merker | 9Marks Journal: The Church Singing | 04.23.2014

What exactly is “the worship set”? And should it be a given in our churches?

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Should Your Second Hire Be a Music Pastor?

By Bob Kauflin | 9Marks Journal: The Church Singing | 04.23.2014

A music pastor says, “Not necessarily.”

Nine Marks of a Healthy Worship Leader

By Alex Duke | 9Marks Journal: The Church Singing | 04.23.2014

“Whoa, those people love to sing about Jesus!” is always better than “Man, that guy is great!”

Who Should Pick the Music?

By Michael Lawrence | 9Marks Journal: The Church Singing | 04.23.2014

Three reasons why a pastor should choose a church’s songs.

Context

Pastors’ Forum: What do you do and not do to accommodate ethnic diversity in your worship service planning?

9Marks Journal: The Church Singing | 04.23.2014

Answers from Dave Furman, Kevin Hsu, Paul Martin, John Onwuchekwa, and Juan Sanchez.   Dave Furman I will never lose the gospel for the sake of unity in diversity, but I will preach the unadjusted gospel consistently. I will never water down theology to a lowest common denominator in order to accommodate more people and […]

Voices from Abroad: Biblical Faithfulness and Cultural Sensitivity

By H. Singh, J. Folmar, M. Lohmann, M. Prodigalidad, M. Campbell, T. Cantrell | 9Marks Journal: The Church Singing | 04.24.2014

Editor’s Note: We asked a handful of pastors around the world the following question: “You are familiar with American churches, yet you pastor in a non-American context. What has your present experience taught you about how to be biblically faithful yet culturally sensitive when it comes to selecting the songs that your church sings?” Their […]

Book Reviews on Worship

True Worship

Book Review: True Worship, by Vaughn Roberts

Review by Isaac Adams | 9Marks Journal: The Church Singing | 03.27.2014

The fundamentals of the gospel, the church, music, and worship are so easily confused today; this book offers much-needed clarity.

Engaging with God by David Peterson

Book Review: Engaging with God, by David Peterson

Review by John Power | 9Marks Journal: The Church Singing | 05.03.2014

David Peterson’s Engaging with God is one of those books that ends too soon.

Unceasing Worship

Book Review: Unceasing Worship, by Harold Best

Review by John Power | 9Marks Journal: The Church Singing | 04.01.2014

This book is a thoughtful, original contribution to the worship discussion.

Other Book Reviews

Anxious Age

Book Review: An Anxious Age, by Joseph Bottum

Review by Matt McCullough | 9Marks Journal: The Church Singing | 03.25.2014

An Anxious Age is an enjoyable and engaging read, thought provoking even where it isn’t fully convincing.

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Book Review: Reading for Preaching, by Cornelius Plantinga, Jr.

Review by Bobby Jamieson | 9Marks Journal: The Church Singing | 03.11.2014

I can think of few more homiletically helpful hobbies than keeping company with the likes of Shakespeare and Steinbeck.

Reviews

Pastor's family

Book Review: The Pastor’s Family, by Brian and Cara Croft

Review by Bob Buchanan | 9Marks Journal: The Church Singing | 03.09.2014

I suggest giving this book as a gift to your church members. The pastor’s home should not be like the riddle of a mystery novel to our churches.

Antinomianism

Book Review: Antinomianism, by Mark Jones

Review by Justin Dillehay | 9Marks Journal: The Church Singing | 02.20.2014

Few questions are as pressing for Christians as “Does God’s love for me change when I disobey?”

Saving Eut

Book Review: Saving Eutychus, by Gary Millar and Phil Campbell

Review by Bert Daniel | 9Marks Journal: The Church Singing | 03.11.2014

If you are a preacher or an aspiring preacher, you should buy, read, and put this book into practice.

popcultured

Book Review: Popcultured, by Steve Turner

Review by Graham Shearer | 9Marks Journal: The Church Singing | 03.12.2014

Cultural interaction, particularly popular cultural interaction, is precisely where Christ’s call of discipleship must find its expression.

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Prosperity Gospel

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Evangelism – Part 2

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Evangelism – Part 1

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Is Scripture Enough?

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Church and Churches

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Pastoring Christians for the Workplace

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Lay Elders: A User’s Guide—Part 2

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Lay Elders: A User’s Guide – Part 1

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Discipling in the Church

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Mercy Ministry in the Church

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Wanted: Apostolic Pastors

May—June 2012
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The Underestimated Doctrine of Conversion

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Don’t Be Too Cool for Sunday School

January—February 2012
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Revitalize: Why We Must Reclaim Dying Churches—and How

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The Pastor and his Staff, Part 2

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The Pastor and his Staff, Part 1

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Church Membership: Holding the Body Together

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Church and Parachurch: Friends or Foes?

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Pastoral Moves

January—February 2011
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Book Reviews on the Mission of the Church

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Hell: Remembering the Awful Reality

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Pastoring Women

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A New Evangelical Liberalism

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Church Discipline (Part 2)

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Church Discipline (Part 1)

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Missions

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Young Pastors

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Raising Up the Next Generation of Pastors

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Counseling in the Church

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September—October 2007
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The Gospel

July–August 2007
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Hospitality and Friendship

January 2007
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Biblical Theology

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The Church’s Mission

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The Emerging Church

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