Blog Posts by David Mathis
Seminary: Life or Death?
Seminary is dangerous. Yes, the fragrance is to life for many. But for others — far too many others — the aroma is to death.
Names changed to protect the guilty, Don Carson tells the story of an “Ernest Christian”…Continue Reading
That Crazy Star of Bethlehem
Behold, the star that they had seen when it rose
went before them until it came to rest
over the place where the child was. (Matthew 2:9)
The star moved. Really?
This is already the second time in…Continue Reading
We Three Kings of Orient Aren’t
Behold, magi from the east came to Jerusalem . . . (Matthew 2:1)
Matthew says "behold" to make sure he has our attention. He knows how prone we are to fall asleep while we're reading.
"Wake up. Make sure you're…Continue Reading
Sent into the World: Jesus’ Mission and Ours
A danger lurks in our endeavors to live incarnationally. Danger, yes, but not deterrent. It is a risk worth taking, though not treating lightly.
The danger is that we can subtly begin to key on ourselves, rather than Jesus, when…Continue Reading
Happy Birthday, Clive
Born this day in 1898 was one Clive Staples Lewis. His friends called him Jack. We know him as C. S. Lewis. He died just shy of 65 years old on November 22, 1963, the same day as John F.…Continue Reading
Thanksgiving: Echoing the Grace of God
Giving thanks is no small thing for the Christian.
But far too many of us have the wrong impression. Deep down we may see the summons to thanksgiving as pretty peripheral. Giving thanks — whoop dee doo — What really…Continue Reading
Making the Most of Turkey Time: Thanksgiving on Mission
What if God had more for our kin this Thanksgiving than the Macy’s parade, tryptophan-induced naps, and NFL football? What if we saw our gatherings with extended family not as a chance to check out, but as an opportunity for…Continue Reading
Gospel-Saturated Dish-Washing and Diaper-Changing
The Tragic Hypocrisy of Joyless Calvinism
Gospel wakefulness. That's Jared Wilson's term for the Christian's experience of treasuring Jesus more greatly and savoring his power more sweetly than ever before. For some it happens at new birth. For some it's a gradual dawning over time.…Continue Reading
Daily Confession and a Burlier Church
We need more Christians who will lead lives of repentance, for repentance always challenges pride.
If you're coming to God daily to confess to him how much you have sinned, you will find it hard to pretend that…
Trick or Treat? It's Martin Luther
It was October 31, 1517, that Martin Luther nailed his 95 theses to the church door in Wittenberg. He wanted to debate the sale of indulgences with his fellow university professors. He wrote in Latin, but a nameless visionary translated…Continue Reading
Sent into the Harvest: Halloween on Mission
What if a crisp October wind blew through “the way we’ve always done things” at Halloween? What if the Spirit stirred in us a new perspective on October 31? What if dads led their households in a fresh approach to…Continue Reading
The Next Step: Disciple a Few
Maybe you attended a missions conference. Or read a book or article. Or heard a life-altering message. Or perhaps best of all, you were turned upside down by personal interaction with a fellow Christian. For the first time, you’re seeing…Continue Reading
"Bring the Books With" — A New Recommended List
As you head back to school, or out to visit a friend or family member—or perhaps as you leave the National Conference in Minneapolis—take a cue from the apostle Paul and bring some good books with (which is a quintessentially…Continue Reading
9/11 — The Day Death Became Real
C. S. Lewis's words from his classic essay “Learning in War-Time," written during World War II, captured some of the powerful effect 9/11 had on those of us living half a century later.
There is no question of death or…
Boomers, Millennials, and the Growing Tension: Nine Lessons in Generational Dynamics
Getting the Accent Right: "Not of . . . But Sent Into"
“In. . . but not of” — are you familiar with this popular phrase? It captures a truth about Jesus’ followers. We are “in” this world, but not “of” it.
“In. . . but not …Continue Reading
Avoiding Smarty-Pants Theology
Bible teachers have their more sophisticated ways of saying, "Nanny nanny boo boo."
And perhaps we Calvinists are especially susceptible to this temptation to pump our team more than focusing on biblical truths.
We would do well to track with…Continue Reading
The Fairy Tale of Universalism
Fitting to Fulfill All Righteousness
John the Baptist has a point when he objects, “I need to be baptized by you, and do you come to me?” (Matthew 3:14). But there’s more going on here than he first realizes.
Here’s Don Carson on what Jesus…Continue Reading
Top 5 Books Read in 2010
Enhypostasis: What Kind of Flesh Did the Word Become?
Anhypostasis: What Kind of Flesh Did Jesus Take?
. . . [Being] in the form of God, did not count equality with God a thing to be grasped, but made himself nothing, taking the form of a servant, being born in the likeness of men . . .…