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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 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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Week #12—What Christians Should Ask of Government: To Affirm and Protect the Family

By Jonathan Leeman | 12.01.2016

The topics of marriage and family necessarily involve society in matters which the state will need to regulate.

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Pursuing Racial Reconciliation by Walking Down the Street

By Nathan Loudin | 11.30.2016

Our churches aren’t more than 300 yards from each other. One is a white church. One is a black church.

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Mailbag #42: Hypocritical Church Discipline; Pre-Marital Counseling for Two Unbelievers?

By Jonathan Leeman | 11.18.2016

—Why do churches discipline for sins like homosexuality and adultery but not other sins like gluttony or vanity or greed? —Would you do pre-marital counseling for two unbelievers? If so, what would you cover?

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Neither a Republican Nor a Democratic Church

By Mark Dever | 11.14.2016

The Christ we share is more important to us than the politics we don’t.

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Week #11—What Christians Should Ask of Government: To Tolerate True and False Religion

By Jonathan Leeman | 11.10.2016

In a pagan culture, sexual freedom and abortive freedom is religious freedom.

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Week #10—What Christians Should Ask of Government: To Treat People Equally (Justice and Identity Politics)

By Jonathan Leeman | 11.03.2016

This week we will mediate on the government’s job to treat all God-imagers equally as God-imagers.

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Conversion & Its Costs: An Interview with Rosaria Butterfield

By M. Dever, R. Butterfield | 10.31.2016

20 years ago, Rosaria Butterfield was a tenured English professor, an activist, and a lesbian. Now, she’s a pastor’s wife, a mom, and a Christian. What happened?

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Week #8—What Christians Should Ask of Government: To Do Justice

By Jonathan Leeman | 10.19.2016

So what exactly is justice? That’s what we’re going to consider in today’s class.

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Week #7—What Christians Should Ask of Government: To Establish Peace

By Jonathan Leeman | 10.13.2016

Government renders judgment to establish peace, order, and prosperity so that the church might do what God calls it to do.

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Week #6—What Christians Should Ask of Government: To Not Play God

By J. Leeman, N. Rodriguez | 10.07.2016

For a government to “play God” is to pressure its citizens into idolatry.

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The Shift from Authority to Preference—And Its Consequences for the Church

By Os Guinness | 9Marks Journal: Authority: God's Good and Dangerous Gift | 09.30.2016

Our modern world tends to undermine all forms of authority other than its own and replaces them with the sense that all responses are merely a matter of preference.

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Delighting in Authority: How to Create a Culture of Happy Complementarians

By Whitney Woollard | 9Marks Journal: Authority: God's Good and Dangerous Gift | 09.30.2016

It’s time for the church to create space in its local assemblies for strong females who happily affirm authority while advocating for more opportunities for women to flourish according to their gifts and qualification.

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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.