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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?

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Churches in Albania: Preserved and Maturing

By Genci Cesula | 9Marks Journal: Healthy Churches around the World | 12.12.2016

After near extermination under Communism, the church in Albania has grown in numbers and maturity. Albanian Christians are growing in applying to gospel to all of life, even as they work to grow in ownership of their churches.

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Churches in Brazil: Realizing the Reformation

By Rick Denham | 9Marks Journal: Healthy Churches around the World | 12.12.2016

The availability of good Christian literature has pushed Brazil into a modern Reformation.

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Churches in Cameroon: Battling to Rejoice in the Riches of Christ

By Dieudonné Tamfu | 9Marks Journal: Healthy Churches around the World | 12.12.2016

Despite the proliferation of the prosperity gospel, churches in Cameroon are blessed with an evangelistic fervor and missionary zeal.

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Churches in Singapore: A City on a Hill in Southeast Asia

By Eugene Low | 9Marks Journal: Healthy Churches around the World | 12.12.2016

Singapore has been blessed by many gospel-preaching churches. Pray that they would not lose the centrality of the gospel, and would be used to build healthy churches in Asia and beyond.

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Churches in Korea: The Gift and Challenge of Success

By Joel Yoon | 9Marks Journal: Healthy Churches around the World | 12.12.2016

The greatest blessing of the Korean church is also its greatest challenge: numerical success.

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A Guide for Praying Nation by Nation

By Jonathan Leeman | 9Marks Journal: Healthy Churches around the World | 12.12.2016

One of our hopes for this Journal is that it will spur you on in prayer for our brothers and sisters around the globe. To that end, we’ve compiled a list of prayer requests from our contributors.

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A Church in an Undisclosed Location: Slowly and Waveringly Maturing

By Brother John | 9Marks Journal: Healthy Churches around the World | 12.12.2016

Here is the story of one church in one of the least reached corners of the world slowly and waveringly growing into maturity by the grace of God.

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A Young Man’s Reflections on J. C. Ryle’s Thoughts for Young Men

By Colton Corter | 12.08.2016

Ryle would have us prepare for eternity, even as young men.

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25 Years Ago, “Nine Marks” Was Born

By Mark Dever | 10.28.2016

On October 30, 1991—25 years ago this Sunday—Mark Dever wrote a letter to a church in Massachusetts. They needed a new pastor and wanted to know what they should be looking for. Mark responded with a list of nine must-haves—a list that has since become known as “nine marks of a healthy church.”

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Views of Authority from around the World

By J. Fang, M. Gilbart-Smith, R. Hsu, T. J. Santos Filho | 9Marks Journal: Authority: God's Good and Dangerous Gift | 09.30.2016

We asked three pastors to reflect on how the people of their nation—Brazil, Great Britain, and China—tend to respond to exercised authority.

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The Compelling Community: What to Do Next?

By Jamie Dunlop | 08.04.2016

Periodically, pastors read The Compelling Community, and then ask us where to start in putting its ideas into practice. Here are three thoughts for your consideration.

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Race, Grace, and the Church

By I. Adams, J. Leeman | 07.22.2016

Here’s everything I’ve learned about the race conversation in a nutshell: it has to start by building friendships across racial lines with other members of my church.

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Four Biblical Foundations for Contextualization

By Zane Pratt | 07.18.2016

The goal of contextualization is not comfort, but clarity.

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Church Revitalization: Surviving a Plane Crash

By Mike Christ | 07.14.2016

Four years ago, when I began this church revitalization, I believed my main goal would be to preach, pray, and stay, and included in “stay” is to develop personal relationships with people and pour into discipleship. That’s the same advice I’d give now.