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Mailbag #53: Women Voting in Congregational Meetings; Pastoral Oversight and Youth Ministry

By Jonathan Leeman | 02.24.2017

— Does women voting in congregational gatherings violate 1 Timothy 2 and 1 Corinthians 14? — How should children’s ministry relate to pastoral oversight?

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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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Fighting Burnout as a Pastor’s Wife

By Erin Wheeler | 01.31.2017

Let’s re-discover that our Lord’s yoke is easy and light, and in it we’ll find the rest our souls are looking for.

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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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Mailbag #48: How to Discuss Books as Elders; Advice for Husband & Wife Who Can’t Agree about Church

By Jonathan Leeman | 01.13.2017

— You’ve mentioned before the value of elders reading books together. What’s the best way to go about that? — Do you have any advice for a husband and wife who can’t agree on which church to go to?

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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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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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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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Mailbag #39: Turning Elder Training into a Program; Divorced, Repentant, but Not Seeking Reconciliation?

By Jonathan Leeman | 10.28.2016

—Is it wise to turn elder training into a program? —Can a divorced member of the church be repentant without seeking reconciliation with their spouse?

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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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The Privilege and Power of a Praying Pastor’s Wife

By Erin Wheeler | 9Marks Journal: The Church Praying | 06.21.2016

We might say we believe prayer is important, but are we praying regularly, specifically, and expectantly?

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Book Review: Family Worship, by Don Whitney

Review by Grant Gaines | 04.20.2016

Christian discipleship should start in the home, and this book from Donald Whitney shows husbands, wives, dads, and moms how to do it.

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Book Review: Messy Grace, by Caleb Kaltenbach

Review by Jackie Hill-Perry | 04.11.2016

Messy Grace was a deeply encouraging, inspiring, and convicting read.

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How Our Church Has Found a Marriage Policy to be Useful

By Nick Gatzke | 9Marks Journal: Confessions, Covenants, and Constitutions: How to Organize Your Church | 03.09.2016

In the life of a church, we create policies to help guide us to practices that help our people. May our marriage policies do just that.

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Book Review: The Juvenilization of American Christianity and From Here to Maturity, by Thomas E. Bergler

Review by Guy Prentiss Waters | 09.16.2015

Christianity—and, in particular, Christian churches—have been unduly influenced by the youth culture. Is there a cure for this problem?