Biblical Faithfulness and Caring for Vulnerable Children: A Conversation with Jonathan Leeman

In this episode of the Defender podcast, Herbie Newell and Rick Morton are joined by Jonathan Leeman from 9 Marks to discuss the importance of biblical faithfulness and caring for vulnerable children in the church. Leeman shares his insights on what it means to be a New Testament church, emphasizing the role of Christians in demonstrating justice and righteousness. The conversation covers various topics, including the need for the church to recover a commitment to good works, the significance of pastoral leadership in fostering a caring church culture, and the theological implications of caring for orphans and the needy. Leeman also highlights the example of Spurgeon and the impact of preaching and pastoral prayers in encouraging congregational involvement in ministries for the vulnerable. The episode concludes with an encouragement for pastors to remain true to God’s word and faithful in their pastoral calling.


Jonathan Leeman is the editorial director for 9Marks. With a background in political science and journalism, he transitioned to ministry, earning a Master of Divinity and a Ph.D. in theology. He edits the 9Marks series, the 9Marks Journal, and co-hosts Pastors Talk. Jonathan, an author and interim pastor, lives near Washington, D.C. with his family and serves as an elder at Cheverly Baptist Church. He also teaches at several theological seminaries.


Herbie Newell is the President & Executive Director of Lifeline Children’s Services and its ministry arms.


Dr. Rick Morton is the Vice President of Engagement at Lifeline Children’s Services.


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