Complementarianism is crucial for Christian discipleship because pastors and churches need to hold up different pictures of Christian maturity for the man and for the woman.
A person who fears God more than anything is less likely to abuse God’s subjects.
In the life of the church, discipline as forming and correcting should characterize not just Sunday, but Monday to Saturday.
How should you respond to a fellow member who is leaving for what sounds like a bad reason?
You know they have no biblical grounds for divorce. How should a pastor respond?
A reader writes to say, "I recently found out that my senior pastor’s sermons are mostly plagiarized. And he doesn’t cite anything or anyone, but acts as if it is all his own. What should I do?"
What does "first among equals" mean on an elder board?
When one generation of Christians decides to downplay or relativize or pragmatize the local church, they just might find that the next generation no longer values the same gospel.
The solution is to realize that political power must always begin with the gospel. It alone possesses the ability to change a heart, produce true justice, and permanently unite enemies.
Big buildings seem wasteful, almost ungodly, to a certain segment of evangelicals these days.
Let's do everything that Scripture requires of us in the long work of making disciples.
From time to time I hear about Christian parents disowning, cutting off, or permanently shunning a son or daughter who adopts a gay lifestyle. Is that the right thing to do? Is this a requirement of biblical faithfulness?
How do you lead big change in a church without blowing it up?
What is the one thing the next generation of pastors needs to know?
What's the one thing the local church needs to get right in the 21st century?
This is an implicit danger for all of us who have learned much about “healthy churches" - we start loving the idea of a healthy church more than the church God has placed us in.
FTC.co asks Jonathan Leeman, Editorial Director for 9Marks Ministries, "What advice would you give a pastor who wants to practice church discipline in a church that never has?"
FTC.co asks Jonathan Leeman, Editorial Director for 9Marks Ministries, "Why is everyone so angry today?"
How does church membership honor the church, rather than simply obligate or privilege the individual Christian?
"In what way should a church be political?"
FTC.co asks Jonathan Leeman, Editorial Director at 9Marks and an elder a Cheverly Baptist Church (Cheverly, MD): "I want to plant a church and take current church members with me. What do I do?"
Why is it as crucial as ever these days for churches to practice meaningful membership?
FTC.co asks Jonathan Leeman, an Elder at Cheverly Baptist Church in Washington D.C. and Editorial Director at 9Marks Ministries, "How do we distinguish between primary and secondary issues?"
We asked Jonathan Leeman, "What do most Christians not know about church discipline?"
FTC.co asks Jonathan Leeman, Research Fellow for the ERLC and Editorial Director of 9Marks Ministries, "Is there any problem with Christians voting pragmatically?"
How should a Christian think about the place of politics in their life?
When Jesus and the apostles talked about church government, it wasn’t just a discussion of bureaucratic decision-making. It was most fundamentally and importantly a matter of discipleship!
With the commitment to regular tithing included in so many church membership covenants, should pastors/elders hold members accountable to giving?
In a world of self-justifiers and wannabe gods, the idea of God’s wrath will always be the first domino the devil tries to topple.
Cultural Opposition: Lie Down, Lean In, Lay Low, or Leave?
Every church elder must be biblically qualified for the office. But what about their collective doctrinal alignment? How united must they be?
No, the term “lay elder” is not in the Bible, but why not get more hands for the harvest, especially if the men are qualified and doing the work?
Here are a few biblical principles that we should heed no matter what in youth ministry. My sense is the many youth groups don’t heed them.
Don’t want to fool yourself into thinking you’re raising up leaders because you’re scraping the cream off the top. You want the whole cake to rise.
There are more than a few ways church discipline can go wrong. Here are some mistakes pastors should avoid.