Articles by David Mathis
. . . [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…
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
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
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…
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
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
Jesus keeps us off balance. We think we know that perfection is a fastball of justice, and he throws us the curveball of grace
When I read Matthew 5:48 abstracted from it’s context, I’m thinking mainly in terms of justice.… Continue Reading
Advent is my yearly reminder to brush up on Christology, the doctrine of the person of Christ. I’ve found it helpful to approach the subject under three headings
- Jesus as Lord (fully divine)
- Jesus as Savior (fully human)
- Jesus as…
A sinner can’t over-drink at God’s oasis—the fountain of life in the cross of his Son. Calvin explains
[In the Bible] we read not of any having been blamed for drinking too much of the fountain of living water; on… Continue Reading
The Hebrew Scriptures point to Jesus in a myriad of ways. One way is narrative patterns, like the one in Esther 9:1
On the very day when the enemies of the Jews hoped to gain the mastery over them, the…