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Michael Horton

Why We Need to Rethink “In Essentials, Unity; In Nonessentials, Liberty”

It’s true that not everything in the Bible is of equal weight. But I am worried that we have drawn too stark a line between “essentials” and “nonessentials;” in fact, I am convinced that this maxim le...

Carl Trueman

Evangelicalism is Not Enough

In that book the author challenges the slogan “No creed but the Bible" (no authoritative confessional texts besides the Bible) – a position that is prevalent in many denominations and congregations. H...

The Briefing

Cultbusters?

Our community is both fascinated and repulsed by the cults, but what should our attitude be? Should Evangelicals be persecuting and seeking to eradicate the cults? Or is religious freedom a more impor...

Phillip D. Jensen

Explicatory Preaching with Phillip Jensen

Under Phillip’s leadership and influence, Sydney Anglicanism has become a ministry well-known for its faithfulness and gospel-centeredness. Listen to this 9marks Interview on his experiences of doing...

John Piper

What Is a Reformed Understanding of the Gospel?

What makes a Reformed understanding of the gospel is the desire and the passion that God the Father, God the Holy Spirit, and God the Son receive the fullest measure of the glory they should receive i...

John Piper

What Must Someone Believe in Order to Be Saved?

What are the most basic things a person needs to believe in order to be saved? Paul says, "Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ and you will be saved." He says, "If you confess with your lips that Jesus i...

Timothy Witmer

Pastoral Authority in an Anti-Authoritarian Age

What does the Bible have to say about the rights and responsibilities of leaders to exercise authority? The New Testament speaks clearly of the existence and exercise of authority in the world. The bi...

David F. Wells

Thinking Biblically about Authority: An Interview with David Wells

Jonathan Leeman interviews Dr. David F. Wells on the subject of authority.

Dr. Carl Trueman

Confessions of a Bog-Standard Evangelical

Recently, a fellow historian at another Christian institution commented to me about the growing number of Presbyterian prophets who make their reputations on the back of bashing evangelicalism, while...

Phillip D. Jensen

The Limits of Fellowship

Let me commence by saying that the title “the Limits of Fellowship” is misguided. I know I chose it myself, but it is the wrong question. It starts us off looking for the negative when the theme of th...

David Schrock

5 Metaphors for Your Church Membership

The term “membership” is misleading because of how it’s commonly used. Often it connotes privilege in a club. Costco members get access to deals. Country club members get reduced green fees. If you pa...

Johnny Antle

The Worth of Waiting: A Word to Aspiring Elders

Waiting is a challenging lesson. The better we perceive something to be, the stronger the desire. And the stronger the desire, the harder the wait tends to be. I'm keenly aware of this because I'm pra...

Andrew D. Clarke

The Healthy Church: Embodying Leadership

Churches are often distinguished from each other in terms of their theological position or worship tradition. A further, significant distinguishing characteristic of a church, however, is the nature o...

Dr. R.C. Sproul

The Invisible and Visible Church

Are you a member in good standing at your local church? More importantly, are you a member in good standing of the invisible church? In this message, Dr. Sproul teaches us the distinction between the...

Jonathan Leeman

What Would An Ideal Polity Look Like From a Christian Perspective?

There is no ideal polity, at least not in the way most Westerners would think about the matter. Following in the Greek tradition of Plato and Aristotle, democratic Westerners think in terms of one con...

Dr. John M. Frame

Proposal for a New Seminary

In the early days of American Protestantism, the training of ministerial candidates was carried on by pastors of churches. A young man feeling a call of God to the ministry would associate himself wit...

Michael Herrington

Committed to Marriage, Committed to the Church

Wedding season is here. Are you committed to your church? That may seem like a rather abrupt shift in topics, but they are actually closely related, especially if we consider a certain popular wedding...

Stephen Travis

Judgment of God

JUDGMENT OF GOD. The belief that God passes judgment on the lives of his human creatures is important for Christianity, as it is for most of the world?s religious traditions (see, e.g., S. G. F. Brand...

Dr. Carl Trueman

Christianity, Liberalism and the New Evangelicalism

For Christians, the past should always be instructive. When we look back to the Old Testament, we see how much of Old Testament faith and life was nurtured by remembrance of times past. The Passover,...

R. Scott Clark

Why (Some) Reformed People Are Such Jerks

The Oxford American Dictionary gives this informal usage of the noun jerk: a contemptibly obnoxious person.

Michael S. Horton

The Crisis of Evangelical Christianity

The Reformation was, more than anything else, an assault on faith in humanity, and a defense of the idea that God alone reveals Himself and saves us.

Michael S. Horton

To Be or Not To Be: The Uneasy Relationship between Reformed Christianity and American Evangelicalism

The ambivalence expressed by Warfield cannot help but be felt today by those who are convinced of the persistent truth and vitality of the catholic faith as it is expressed in the confessions and cate...

Shane Rosenthal

Abandoning Evangelicalism?

"Now, with new Reformation categories, I was able to see some of the problems inherent in American evangelicalism as I had experienced it over the past few years. I no longer considered myself an evan...

Dave Bruskas

Do You Worship Your Weekend?

We see nothing in Jesus? life that would pass the approval of a life coach's prescribed 'ideal week'. Should church staff strive for a 'balanced' life, or a full life?

Adam Ford

A lesson from Paul's prestigious past

A lesson from Paul's prestigious past

Justin Taylor

Do You Have an Accountability Partner?

R. C. Sproul Jr. talks about being asked by a deacon at church twenty years ago if he had an "accountability group." When it was explained that this would be "a group of men who are active in your lif...

Bobby Jamieson

Testing the Glue that Binds Churches Together

Are denominations dying? That seems to be the common wisdom. Certainly the mainline denominations are bleeding out; people are leaving those churches en masse. But what about denominations of evangeli...

Jonathan Leeman

A Church and Churches: Independence

What is the relationship between your local church and every other church in the world? In the companion piece to this article, I consider how different churches should integrate together. Here we wan...

Jonathan Leeman

A Church and Churches: Integration

What is the relationship between your local church and every other church in the world? In the companion piece to this article, I consider what makes different local churches independent from one anot...

Jonathan Leeman

Churches Cooperating in Discipline

Yes, autonomous local churches really can cooperate in church discipline. No, they typically don't. But, yes, they should! The first step my own church takes to cooperate with other churches in discip...

The Gospel Coalition

Who Governs the Church?

A Presbyterian and a Baptist discuss how they derive their polity and who calls the shots.

Tim Keller

Gospel-Centered Ministry

I am here to talk to you about what ministry shaped by the gospel, profoundly shaped by the gospel, really looks like? In this letter, Peter was not writing to the same type of situation Paul addresse...

Randy Newman

Keep It Complicated

I am sometimes told, when discussing how to present the gospel to a non-believer or how to formulate a sermon or Bible study, to "keep it simple." Sometimes the admonition is "to keep the cookies on t...

Matt Smethurst

Submit to Jesus, Submit to His Bride

Church membership can feel boring, secondary, extrabiblical, and unimportant. Aren't there plenty of more pressing things to talk about? Not really, suggests Jonathan Leeman in "Church Membership: How...

Bobby Jamieson

Gospel Centrality: A Warning and a Recommendation

How do you move beyond the gospel without moving on from the gospel? On the other hand, if the gospel is so all-important, do we need to "move beyond" the gospel in any sense at all? Those are two of...

Dr. Carl Trueman

The Gospel is Insufficient

At a seminar I gave last week, I used the tried and true method when facing a crowd outside of my usual comfort zone. Three points nobody could disagree with, a fourth point that might have raised som...

Dr. John M. Frame

A Fresh Look at the Regulative Principle

The "regulative principle" is the Reformed view of how God regulates our worship and provides that worship is by divine appointment. Everything we do in worship must be divinely warranted. And since S...

Jonathan Leeman

The Corporate Component of Conversion

If your doctrine of conversion is missing the corporate element, it's missing an essential piece of the whole. A covenant head comes with a covenant people.

Michael McKinley

Six Ways to Give Your People False Assurance

As a pastor, I interact with a lot of people who struggle to have confidence in the authenticity of their conversion. To their mind, their sin clings closely and their failings are always at hand. Mos...

Chew Chern

The Ethics of Share Investment: Should a Christian Invest in the Share Market?

The emergence of capitalism in the 1700s sparked off a fierce debate which continues to this day. This debate was highly visible, with a dramatic polarising on the world stage. On the right were the f...

Barry Webb

Homosexuality in Scripture

The brief I have been given for this paper is to set homosexuality in the context of God's purposes for us as men and women. The source material I am to draw on is Scripture (the Old and New Testament...

J.I. Packer

Introductory Essay to John Owen's The Death Of Death in the Death of Christ

The Death of Death in the Death of Christ is a polemical work, designed to show, among other things, that the doctrine of universal redemption is unscriptural and destructive of the gospel. There are...

Books

Stop Dating the Church!: Fall in Love with the Family of God

Joshua Harris

The Courage to be Protestant

David F. Wells

Religious Affections

Jonathan Edwards

Church Membership: How the World Knows Who Represents Jesus

Jonathan Leeman

Church Discipline: How the Church Protects the Name of Jesus

Jonathan Leeman

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