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Discerning Good and Evil in a Complicated World

David Mathis
The doctrine of the Christian life — also known as ethics — is about Christian wisdom. It is not about merely having the proper answers to a list of tricky moral questions, but discerning between good and evil in a…
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Why Expand ‘Brothers, We Are Not Professionals’

David Mathis
The bread and butter of Christian ministry is supernatural. It’s been a decade since John Piper made his plea to fellow pastors, Brothers, We Are Not Professionals. Ten years later, he stands by that message as much as ever…
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Getting Oriented on the Gifts of the Spirit

David Mathis
As you board the spiritual-gifts roller coaster, you know that some are committed to having their hands in the air, while others very intentionally keep them tucked away under the safety harness. But before this train pulls away from the…
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What Matters Most to God

David Mathis
Infinitely more important than what matters to any earthly king is what matters to God. For decades, John Piper has traveled the country, and written book after book, saying that what matters most to God is God — and what…
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MLK’s Dream and the Nightmare of Black Genocide

MLK’s Dream and the Nightmare of Black Genocide

David Mathis
Black genocide is Clenard Childress’s term for abortion in America and its pervasive effects in the last generation, especially in the Black community. The statistics are outrageous.
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Piper on Prophecy and Tongues

David Mathis
The Christian ministry is irreducibly supernatural. Even centrally supernatural. Desiring God’s 2013 Pastors Conference is fast approaching. On February 4–6, we’ll gather in downtown Minneapolis under the banner “Brothers, We Are Still Not Professionals.” Subtitle: “Reclaiming the Centrality of the…
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Glory in the Mundane

David Mathis
God is big enough to make our most menial of tasks into something meaningful. He’s transcendent enough — and draws near enough to us — to make the mundane in our lives significant for his glory. As a worship-leader for…
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The Irony of the Epiphany

The Irony of the Epiphany

David Mathis
January 6 has long been the date the Western church has observed the Feast of the Epiphany. From the Greek for “appearance” or “manifestation” (epiphaneia), Epiphany celebrates the appearance of the Son of God among us as one…
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Jesus, You’re the Greatest Joy

David Mathis
What the world needs from the church is indomitable joy in Jesus in the very midst of suffering and sorrow. This was not only the theme of John Piper’s last sermon as senior pastor (“Sorrowful Yet Always Rejoicing…
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Jerry Bridges on the Spiritual Disciplines

David Mathis
Here at the outset of 2013, in the midst of so many vain resolutions, perhaps God would be pleased to do a fresh work of grace in your life. Maybe he would give you some “resolve for good” (2 Thessalonians…
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This Week’s Sermon: “Sorrowful Yet Always Rejoicing”

David Mathis
Indomitable joy in Jesus in the very midst of suffering and sorrow — this is what the world needs from the church. As tempting as it may be to figure things differently, what the world does not need from the services of…
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The Year in Sports at Desiring God

David Mathis
Let the record show that we did not set out in 2012 to write more often about sports at Desiring God than previous years. But as we’ve looked back on the last year, we noticed an uptick in our engagement…
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Still Not Professionals (Free eBook)

David Mathis
This short new ebook Still Not Professionals: Ten Pleas for Today’s Pastors, available free from Desiring God, is a celebration and extension of that book — born not only from an effort to whet the appetite for the upcoming…
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Learning from the Largest Mass Execution in U.S. History

David Mathis
It was the day after Christmas, 1862, in the town square of Mankato, Minnesota, that 38 Dakota warriors were hanged at the order of president Abraham Lincoln. After 150 years, it is still the largest mass execution in American history.…
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The Day Heaven Kissed Earth

David Mathis
Christmas is the day heaven kissed earth. The Eternal Word, the golden son of heaven, humbly and willingly took up our comparatively lowly humanity, without ceasing to be God, and entered into the created realm, coming to earth as one…
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The Glory of His Virgin Birth

The Glory of His Virgin Birth

David Mathis
Jesus was born of a virgin. This is a glory unique to the one God-man. Of the billions of humans who have lived throughout history, only one person entered the world in this way. There is only one mediator between…
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A Festivus for the Rest of Us

David Mathis
By now, most of us in the West are up to our necks in holiday commercialization. Far too many of us feel like we’re once again stumbling toward Christmas, exhausted and depleted by the most consumeristic season in history’s most…
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Don Carson on the Incarnation

David Mathis
We dare you to find a better, and shorter, summary for the doctrine of the incarnation than John 1:14: “The Word became flesh.” We asked Don Carson about this important doctrine at the very heart of Christmas. At the first…
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Behind the Blog: Flavelicious

David Mathis, Jonathan Parnell, and Tony Reinke

Wild, Free, and Wonderful: The Call of Christ in the Life of Mack Stiles

David Mathis
Most of us would have been scared away from the Middle East by the events of September 11, 2001. But not Mack Stiles. Not that he didn’t waver just a bit. Here’s the story. Loosening the Roots For years Mack…
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How to Watch ‘The Hobbit’

David Mathis
At long last, Bilbo Baggins is back. Whether you’re fanatic enough to dress up for the midnight showing, or patiently awaiting a weekend outing, or even content to meander into a theater after the crowds die down, here’s some advice…
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Erik Thoennes on the Christian and Sport

David Mathis
Playfulness is vital to healthy Christianity, says pastor and professor Erik Thoennes. “To be a Christian means to take God very seriously, but not ourselves.” The great source of Christian playfulness is God himself, and the lavishness of his creation…
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