But even if you should suffer for the sake of righteousness, you are blessed. And do not fear their intimidation, and do not be troubled, but sanctify Christ as Lord in your hearts, always being ready to make a defense to everyone who asks you to give an account for the hope that is in you yet with gentleness and reverence; and keep a good conscience so that in the thing in which you are slandered, those who revile your good behavior in Christ will be put to shame.  1 Peter 3: 14-16

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Wednesday, 19 July 2017 00:08

Book Review: Reset, by David Murray

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David Murray, Reset: Living a Grace-Paced Life in a Burnout Culture. Crossway, 2017. 206 pps, $14.99.

 

“It’s 3 a.m. Who do you want answering the phone?”

This was the question asked in a political campaign ad several years ago that went on to generate national attention. Behind...

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Mark Dever recently sat down with hymn writer and musician Keith Getty to talk about his hymn-writing, the effects of technology on church music, and more. Listen to their conversation below, or listen in on iTunes, Spreaker or download the MP3 file.

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Monday, 17 July 2017 10:00

VIDEO: How can church discipline be loving?

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The word “good” is nearly meaningless today. The cook will take it as a criticism when you tell him dinner was simply good. He’ll think if you really liked the meal, you’d have said it was terrific, fantastic, or awesome. Compared to adjectives like these, “good”...

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Andy Naselli and J.D. Crowley, Conscience: What it is, How to Train it, and Loving Those Who Differ. Crossway, 2016. 160 pps, $15.99.

We’ve all either said it or heard it at one time or another: “let’s just agree to disagree on this one.” But how do you know when...

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Tuesday, 11 July 2017 00:22

VIDEO: What’s wrong with evangelistic programs?

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The consciences of Christians are remarkably similar, since we all have the same Word and the same Spirit. But on the edges of conscience, God has always allowed Christians a surprising degree of latitude in personal scruples. Paul didn’t command the stricter Christians of Romans 14 to get...

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Audio description: At the 2017 Southern Baptist Convention, Mark Dever interviewed Danny Akin, Al Mohler, and H. B. Charles about the state of the Southern Baptist Convention.

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Audio description: At the 2017 SBC, Jonathan Leeman interviewed Russell Moore, Mark Dever, and Philip...

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Monday, 19 June 2017 10:20

Episode 19: Church Mergers and Plants

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We just released a Journal on church planting and church mergers. Because neither Mark nor Jonathan wrote an article for it, we devoted this episode of Pastors’ Talk to the topic.

Also: this will be our last Pastors’ Talk until September, though we’ll be...

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When I was first assessed as a church planter I remember people often asked me if I thought of myself as an entrepreneurial type. I believe it was a fair question.

It was fair in part because of my background. Imagine the question asked with eyebrows raised: you think you’re an entrepreneur?...

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Monday, 19 June 2017 10:10

The Loneliness of Church Planting

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For the last decade or so, there’s been a deepened interest in urban church planting. Young guys move into big cities with visions of planting “a church for the city.” They want to live in the neighborhoods that many evangelical churches attempted to escape in previous decades.

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I pastor an ordinary church in an extraordinary part of the world. My city, Ras Al Khaimah, is in the United Arab Emirates. It’s extraordinary because it’s situated near the tip of the Arabian Peninsula, and five years ago the ruling Sheikh granted land for an evangelical church...

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How do you do ministry when you don’t have any money? How do you serve the Lord as a church planter while broke? After 30 years of experience, I assure you I have expertise. But wisdom comes from Scripture:

Keep your life free from love of money, and be content with what you have, for he has...

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Monday, 19 June 2017 10:05

Church Planting in the Same Building

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On Sunday morning, as I sit in my office to prepare for worship, I can hear the muffled sounds of singing and preaching coming from the main hall in our building. Pre-school aged children are playing in the classroom next to my office. The aroma of brewed coffee comes from the kitchen. Communion...

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Editor’s note: At 9Marks, we’ve long appreciated those with whom we have the most important things in common, yet disagree with us constructively (Prov. 27:6). This article by Ed Stetzer is an example of putting that appreciation into practice. We hope you’ll benefit from him,...

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Monday, 19 June 2017 10:01

Church Planting across Ethnic Lines

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Nine years ago, my wife and I (both of us white) moved into a neighborhood where we were an ethnic minority. We wanted to plant a church. Over the years, our idealism has been crushed, we’ve hit rock bottom, experienced a rebirth of vision, and have slowly made progress. God has been...

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Monday, 19 June 2017 10:00

How to Merge Two Church Cultures

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A church merger brings together two groups that will inevitably have two different and pronounced cultures. The goal and the challenge in merging churches is to lead these two cultures to become one. In revitalization work, you’re seeking to change a culture. In church planting, you’re...

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Monday, 19 June 2017 10:00

Anatomy of a Church Merger

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Once upon a time there was a young, vibrant church in Louisville with sound doctrine, superb teaching, and warm fellowship—it was Trinity Baptist Church, pastored by Tom Schreiner, Shawn Wright, and others.

A great church—but they had no building and weren’t as rooted in the...

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“If you had to do it all over again, would you still do it?”

That sounds like a question you might ask someone who’s just been convicted of a crime, and it’s one I was asked just this morning. My crime? Sending off 37 of our best members, along with two of our best elders, to...

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If you pay any attention to the land of church planting, you’ll quickly begin to wonder if business mogul Jim Collins has taken control of its command center. Phrases like “customer-to-owner,” “church launch,” “preview services,” and...

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Jason Crandall, Proliferate: A Church Planting Strategy for Everyday Churches. Lucid Books, 2017. 120 pps, $11.99.

 

Jason Crandall is a nobody, and he wants you and me to know that nobodies play an important role in the expansion of God’s kingdom through the proliferation of local...

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