The March-April 2012 9Marks Journal covers the topic of conversion. Jonathan Leeman explains:
9Marks is deeply interested in the doctrine of conversion (itâ€™s the fourth mark) because itâ€™s tightly tied to the doctrine of the church. If the church is a house, conversion is the timber. The timber you use will dramatically affect the kind of house you get. Will you include the timber of divine sovereignty? Human responsibility? Repentance? Faith? My own article on the corporate component of conversion explores these matters further.
But start with Jared Wilsonâ€™s reflections on the beauty of the doctrine and Owen Strachanâ€™s historical observations. Thomas Schreiner and Steve Wellum also help us to get our doctrine right. This is critical, friends. Owenâ€™s piece especially will help you to see why, as will Bobby Jamiesonâ€™s instructive book review onÂ Revival and Revivalism.
Once youâ€™ve got the doctrine right, you need to think about how it connects to the life of the church. For that purpose weâ€™ve called in Jeramie Rinne, Michael Lawrence, Mike Mckinley, and Shai Linne. Zach Schlegelâ€™s review ofÂ Finally AliveÂ might also surprise you with its pastoral insight.