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A La Carte (December 23)

I Have Parkinson’s and I Am at Peace

Wayne Grudem shares some difficult news and tells of the hope he has through it.

The Church Comes First

This is a timely word from Nick Batzig. “As we come to the end of the year and press into yet another new year, it is always beneficial for us to evaluate our commitments and priorities from the past year–noting the ways in which we have, by God’s grace, grown in certain areas and the ways in which we desperately need to grow in other areas.”

Should Christians Be Encouraged to Arm Themselves?

John Piper provides a level-headed response to Jerry Falwell Jr. and his call for Christians to arm themselves.

Who Decides to End a Life?

Remember when those who worried about “death panels” were mocked? Well, it’s no joking matter now.

9Marks Mailbag

The most important Q&A in this 9Marks mailbag is a comparison of the way pastors on the one hand, and business-savvy people on the other, may think wrongly about church finances.

This Day in 1569. 446 years ago today, Ivan the Terrible murdered Philip of Moscow for refusing to bless a “horrible massacre.” *

If I Had Known Then What I Know Now…

Geoff Thomas reflects on fifty years of ministering to one small congregation.

The Cost And Beauty Of Marriage

Darryl Dash: “There’s suffering in this thing called marriage, but there’s more joy than you can imagine. Somehow they exist together.”


The Law tells us what to do. The Gospel tells us what God has done for us in Christ.

—Michael Horton

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    Can I confess something to you? There’s one thing Aileen does that really bugs me. We will be talking together and enjoying one another’s company. But then, as we chat, I’ll hear the telltale buzz of her phone. And I can tell that I’ve lost her. I can see it in the look on her…

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    A Difference-Making Ministry for Any Christian

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