Discipleship

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Book Review: The Blessed Life, by Robert Morris

Review by David Schrock | 02.27.2017

I don’t believe Morris is deliberately twisting Scripture, but his faulty, self-referential, story-telling, proof-texting approach leads him to doctrines and practices that are errant for the disciple, if not downright dangerous.

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Episode 2: On Pastoring in the Age of Social Media

By J. Leeman, M. Dever | 02.21.2017

A mere ten years ago, social media didn’t exist. Now it’s everywhere. Jonathan Leeman sits down with Mark Dever to chat about the difficulties of pastoring in the age of social media.

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Mailbag 52: Nominating Other Elders When I’m the Only One; American Flags on the Stage

By Jonathan Leeman | 02.17.2017

— How does nominating new elders work when I’m the only elder? — Does having an American flag on stage obscure the message of the gospel?

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5 Steps to Serving Children with Autism, ADHD, and Attachment Disorders

By Evan Collier | 02.16.2017

Recently, our church launched a program dedicated to serving children with behavioral diagnoses such as autism, ADHD, and attachment disorders (common with adoption). Here’s what we’ve learned.

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Mailbag #51: Requiring Attendance at a Second Gathering; A Member Who Refuses Baptism

By Jonathan Leeman | 02.10.2017

— Is it okay for churches to require members to attend a second gathering? — I discovered a long-standing member has never been baptized. What do I do?

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Pastor, Defend Christian Liberty

By Caleb Greggsen | 02.09.2017

We trivialize the doctrine of Christian liberty when we focus on freedom to while neglecting the beauties of freedom from.

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Mark Dever Interviews Jonathan Leeman about “Don’t Fire Your Church Members”

By J. Leeman, M. Dever | 02.07.2017

Would you believe it if someone told you church structure actually plays a crucial role in your individual discipleship?

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Mailbag #50: Does Genesis 2 Call Women to “Help” All Men?

By Jonathan Leeman | 02.03.2017

— Looking at Genesis 2:18–20, would you say women are designed to help their husbands or everyone with a special focus on their husbands?

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The Pronouns of the Gospel

By Mike McKinley | 02.02.2017

As a person begins to understand what it means to be part of a church, the “you” and “they” turns to a “we” and “us.”

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Good and Bad Ways To Think About Religion and Politics

By Caleb Morell | 01.24.2017

All around us, from pulpits, to newspapers, to pop culture, we are surrounded by bad ways of thinking about religion and politics. How should Christian think about these things?

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Mailbag #49: Home Groups Over Church; Pastoring an Unmarried Woman Who Wants to Adopt

By Jonathan Leeman | 01.20.2017

— Is it permissible for Christians to opt out of church in favor of home groups? — If an unmarried member of your church sought to adopt a foster child, what would you say?

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20 Pieces of Advice for Establishing a Church Bookstall

By J. Sok, P. Conner | 01.18.2017

The goal of a church bookstall isn’t actually to sell books. It’s a discipleship tool. The goal is to highlight the particular books you really want your congregation to read.

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What Preachers Can Learn from George Whitefield’s First Sermon

By Thomas S. Kidd | 01.12.2017

In George Whitefield’s very first sermon, he exposed the spirit of nominal religion that was so debilitating to England, and to so much of America today.

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Mailbag #46: Tricky Membership Question about Immigration; Pastoring a Church with Lots of Divorcees

By Jonathan Leeman | 12.23.2016

— A woman who came to the United States under false pretenses wants to join our church. What should we do? — How should a pastor proceed when he inherits a church with several divorcees?

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Mailbag #45: Transgender Pronouns & Marrying an Egalitarian Couple

By Jonathan Leeman | 12.16.2016

— When talking to transgender friends or family members, which pronoun should I use? — How would you handle the pre-marital counseling of an egalitarian couple?