Blog Posts by David Mathis
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 . . .…
Footnote Gem: Humanity’s Need for the Gospel
Changing a Church Culture
The Biblical Vision of Christian Ministry
31 Years Ago Today: Piper Called to Preach
Critiquing the Left—And the Right
The Cross: Not a Terrible Monstrosity
If Billy Graham Had Been a Pastor
The Wine Jesus Drank
Twice Jesus was offered wine while on the cross. He refused the first, but took the second. Why so?
The first time came in verse 23, “they offered him wine mixed with myrrh, but he did not take it.” William…Continue Reading
The One Who Stills the Seas
Why were Jesus' disciples so wigged out when he stilled the sea? Already afraid of the great storm, you'd think they might have been calmed by Jesus' calming of the waves. But it seemed to have the opposite effect. Mark…Continue Reading
Samson’s Spectacular Sin
You Can't Make This Stuff Up
Here is Moses’ amazing monotheistic appeal to the people of Israel at the edge of the Promised Land, after 40 years of wilderness wandering.
Ask now of the days that are past, which were before you, since the day that…
Barrabas and Me
Who do you identify with in the Passion narratives?
Of course, as good Christians, we say Jesus. He’s the good guy, our protagonist. As we relive the story, we pull for him, and against his enemies. And a long list…Continue Reading
Saving Souls: The Best Way to Save the Whales
Who else would call Noah’s ark “a floating zoo of creepy-crawlies”? Sam Crabtree is a skilled turner of curious phrases and has the rare gift of never being boring. His most recent article wrestles with how to be both green…Continue Reading