Blog Posts by David Mathis
Give the Blessing of Rebuke
Is Secular the New Satanic?
The new Satanic Temple in Detroit may have only twenty members, but adherents to such an ideology are not nearly as rare as we might hope.Continue Reading
You’re Not a Student First
I’m a student first.
Campus ministers have heard the excuse a thousand times as they challenge Christian college students to invest their lives in evangelism, disciplemaking, and service to others. It’s a line young collegiates have been fed by well-meaning…Continue Reading
Embrace the Blessing of Rebuke
Only in Jesus can we find our identity not in being without fault, but in being shown love by God when we’re still sinners and chock-full of faults (Romans 5:8). With such a Savior to steady our feet, we can embrace rebuke for the blessing that it is.Continue Reading
The Open Hands of the Gospel
One of the effects of the gospel going deeper into our hearts is that it frees our fingers to loosen their grasp on our goods. Generosity is one of the great evidences of truly being a Christian.Continue Reading
Eight Traits of Good Teaching
It is not surprising that some of the great leaders in the church have been significant teachers. A good teacher has at least these eight characteristics.Continue Reading
When Grace Is in the Pulpit
Five Ways to Flourish in Journaling
Good journaling is not just an exercise in introspection, but a pathway for joy — and a powerful tool in the hands of love. Here are five ways to flourish in the spiritual discipline of journaling.Continue Reading
Own Your Desperation (New eBook from Piper)
Don’t be fooled by the world’s paradigm for leadership, or the whisper of your indwelling sin. Good spiritual leaders — indeed, healthy Christians — are not those who suppress their failings, but those who own their neediness and desperation.Continue Reading
Journal As a Pathway to Joy
When we write, we not only disentangle our thoughts, draw out our emotions, and dream about fresh initiatives, but we develop them. Which makes journaling not just an exercise in introspection, but a pathway for joy — and a powerful tool in the hands of love.Continue Reading
Danger: Ministry Idolatry
When we find our greatest fulfillment and satisfaction, our decisive justification and deepest joy in serving Jesus, rather than in Jesus himself, we first need to identify it, and then fight.Continue Reading
Four Lessons in Fruitful Time-Management
The greatest joys come not from time squandered, hoarded, or selfishly spent, but from self-sacrificial love for others to the glory of God, when we pour out our time and energy for the good of others, and find our joy in theirs.Continue Reading
Manage Your Time for the Mission of Love
Learn this key principle in making our scheduling and time-management truly Christian: Let love for others be the driver of your disciplined, intentional planning. Sanctifying our time Godward will mean spending it on others in the manifold acts of love.Continue Reading
Do You Pervert the Grace of God?
Sometimes the grace of God needs defending. Not as much from the world and the devil as from ourselves.
Those of us who love his grace most will take the greatest care, with his help, to guard it from perversion.…Continue Reading
We Will Be Like Him
It’s almost too good to be true.
The Christian doctrine of glorification is stunning, to say the least. Not only we will see Jesus in all his new-creation glory, but we will share with him in it. “When he appears…Continue Reading
The Seven-Year Itch and the Joy of Lifelong Marriage
German politician Gabriele Pauli shocked her conservative party and sent waves through news outlets worldwide when she proposed in September 2007 that marriage should only last seven years.
Described at the time as “Bavaria’s most glamorous politician,” the 50-year-old, twice-divorced,…Continue Reading
Worship Like a Hedonist
Let me encourage you to take a very hedonistic approach to worship this weekend, and to every corporate worship gathering.
We Christians don’t believe that human pleasure in itself is the highest good, but we should believe that finding our…Continue Reading
Bring the Bible Home to Your Heart
We all want to be “doers of the word, and not hearers only” (James 1:22).
Who wants to feel the failure or share in the shame of being pegged like one “who looks intently at his natural face in a…Continue Reading
The Secret in Every Circumstance
Don’t be fooled by the popular locker room read on Philippians 4:13.
“I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me” — score a touchdown, hit a homerun, climb a mountain, run a marathon, win the game with a…Continue Reading
Sharpen Your Affections with Fasting
Fasting has fallen on hard times — at least, it seems, among our overstuffed bellies in the American church. I speak as one of the well-fed.
Sure, you’ll find your exceptions here and there. Some pockets even prize the countercultural…Continue Reading
Read, Reflect, Write (Repeat)
You are a writer.
Even if it’s just email. Even if it’s hardly anything of significance. Even if you’d never self-identify as a “writer,” or ever consider trying to make a living at something you’re so bad at.
But if…Continue Reading
The Peril and Potential of Youth Athletics
Remember, it’s only a game.
That’s an important prompt in youth athletics — not just for the kids, but even more so for coaches bent on winning and parents pressing to live vicariously through their children.
Against the backdrop of…Continue Reading
Five Benefits of Corporate Worship
Life’s Deepest Pains for Your Greatest Pleasure
This is your verse. If you believe in the God of the Bible, and you love him, all the bounty of one of his greatest promises is yours.
God’s staggering pledge of Romans 8:28 is that “all things” — not…Continue Reading
Kindle the Fire in Corporate Worship
You were made for more than private devotions.
As nice as it can be to tuck ourselves away in some nook and cranny, all by our lonesome, and read the Scriptures we want to read, pray the prayers we prefer,…Continue Reading