Blog Posts by David Mathis
Living on mission is not only an effect of God’s grace coming to us through the channels of his word, prayer, and fellowship, but it also becomes a means of his grace to us in the Christian life.Continue Reading
Prayer is one of the deepest joys of the Christian life. It is almost too good to be true that in Jesus we have the very ear of God. What an indescribable gift, that the God whose greatness is beyond…Continue Reading
Here is that holy half hour each week when the assembly of the redeemed closes her collective mouth, opens her ear and heart, and listens to the uninterrupted voice of her Husband, through his appointed mouthpiece.Continue Reading
Prayer begins in secret, but God doesn’t mean for it to stay there. Prayer is for all of life, and especially for our life together in community. Great joy awaits our praying with constancy and with company.Continue Reading
It is difficult to overstate the place of private prayer. It is, in many ways, the measure of who we are spiritually, and how we pray “is as important a question as we can ever face.”Continue Reading
Whether you feel like a beginner, or the grizzled old veteran, one of the most important things you can do in 2015 is regularly read the Bible for yourself.
It is a remarkable thing that we have Bibles we can…Continue Reading
Good Bible reading is no mere science; it is an art. The Bible itself is a special compilation of great artistries. And the best way to learn the art of reading the Bible for yourself is this: Read it for yourself.Continue Reading
Call it Christmas Hedonism, if you will. The Joy he came to bring in his own person as the God-man is the joy that aligns with, and fulfills, the great purpose of all creation. Christmas brings the electricity of joy that runs along the grid of all reality.Continue Reading
It may be the greatest choral presentation in the history of the world.
One nameless angel had the honor of playing the lead, with a veritable angelic multitude behind him. But no tickets were sold, and the show was not…Continue Reading
It is the hour that split history in half.
Until that first Christmas, he had been, from eternity past, the divine Son and second person of the Godhead. He was God’s glad agent in creation (John 1:3; Colossians 1:16; Hebrews…Continue Reading
This is it for the Bagginses. At least for now, on the big screen. The Battle of the Five Armies, opening this week, is the sixth and final film in Peter Jackson’s pair of Tolkien trilogies.Continue Reading
‘Tis the season to test your treasure.
Not only are we on gift-expectation overload with Christmas, but then comes the year’s end and that one last chance for tax-deductible charitable giving. December bids us dig deeper in our wallets than…Continue Reading
You need a break from the chaos, from the noise and the crowds, more than you may think at first. You need silence and solitude, as spiritual disciplines.Continue Reading
This ain’t your momma’s America. Church planter Jonathan Dodson talks societal change in North America, which, in the last generation, has been nothing short of remarkable.Continue Reading
Age may increase life experience, but without some long-term pattern of receptivity and intentionality, multiplied experiences will only create more confusion than clarity. Here, then, is the center of lifelong learning, and five practical plans for the pursuit.Continue Reading
Maybe the breakthrough you’ve needed in Bible memory is a simple change in perspective. Forget decades from now. Throw aside the litany of daily reviews. Abandon the mentality of building the store and stocking the pile, and focus on today...Continue Reading
The unwelcome intrusions of waiting into our lives, whether weighty or seemingly trite, are powerful opportunities to welcome God into every moment and keep our hearts renewed in him.Continue Reading
There she stands in splendor, secure on the arm of her Father, adorned in brilliant white for her husband. The music sounds and beckons their short passage down the aisle.
Once she had been disgraced and dirty, unholy and seemingly…Continue Reading
It is, by far, the most contested of the Five Points. And confusion over the term makes it all the trickier. “Limited Atonement” is the middle letter in TULIP, but that name might give the wrong impression.Continue Reading
Balanced judgment has always been in high demand, but now the supply is at record lows. Fortunately, sober-mindedness is something for which God holds out great promise for development and growth.Continue Reading
More than fifty years after his death, the brilliance of C.S. Lewis is still captivating new audiences with the glory of Aslan — because Lewis, in all his brilliance, is channeling the glory, not creating it.Continue Reading
Christian self-control is not finally about bringing our bodily passions under our own control, but under the control of Christ by the power of his Spirit.Continue Reading
Christian leadership is not for the lone wolf. The labor is too important when souls are in the balance to go at it on our own.Continue Reading
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