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Behind the Blog: Who Is This Jon Bloom?

David Mathis
We could ask Jon Bloom about all sorts of stuff. Whether it's the founding of Desiring God, her nearly 20-year history, or what John Piper was really like back in the day, there's plenty to query Bloom on. But that'll have…
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Sanctification: So Why the Long Word?

David Mathis
It's such a long word — sanctification. And it has such a churchy ring to it. No one uses this language outside the church. So why not adopt a simpler term from the secular world and freight it afresh with…
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The Olympic Fight of Faith

David Mathis
Olympic glory is for the young. Gymnast Gabby Douglas is just 16 years old, swimmer Katie Ledecky is only 15, and Michael Phelps, age 27, says he's old enough to make these Olympic Games his last. But the Christian "race" is…
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Five Years Later: The 35W Bridge Collapse

David Mathis
It was five years ago today, on August 1, 2007, that the Interstate-35W bridge over the Mississippi River, near downtown Minneapolis, collapsed during rush hour. Like no other tragedy in recent memory, the bridge collapse seized the collective attention of…
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What It Means to "Act the Miracle"

David Mathis
God's grace is catalytic. To truly experience it is to be changed for the better. The Christian gospel floods our life with God's gracious provision, both outside of us and inside. Sins forgiven. Perfect righteousness provided for us in Jesus…
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How to Watch the Olympic Games

David Mathis
The Bible has something to say about the Olympic games. “Everyone who competes in the games,” writes the apostle Paul, “exercises self-control in all things. They then do it to receive a perishable wreath, but we an imperishable” (1 Corinthians…
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Sanctification When "It Is Finished"

David Mathis
How is Christian sanctification different than so-called growth, or personal advance, in any other system of belief? Jared Wilson points us to the gospel's unique declaration, and how it changes everything for Christian sanctification.
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Election: Handle with Care

David Mathis
I endure everything for the sake of the elect, that they also may obtain the salvation that is in Christ Jesus with eternal glory. –2 Timothy 2:10 The doctrine of election is a sharp scalpel.  It can be wielded with…
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How Mission Sanctifies

David Mathis
Not only does God's work in us (sanctification) help his work through us (mission), but it works the other way too. Engaging in God's mission can jumpstart our sanctification as well. In this brief video, pastor Darrin Patrick explains the…
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Jesus and the Wild Animals

David Mathis
It’s one of the stranger asides in all the Gospels. In Mark’s first chapter, verses 12–13, after Jesus’s baptism, “The Spirit immediately drove him into the wilderness. And he was in the wilderness forty days, being tempted by Satan. And
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Jumpstart Your Stalled Sanctification

David Mathis
Has it ever seemed like your sanctification is plateauing? Ever felt like you were spinning your spiritual tires? In such times—relax, we’ve all had them—you may run through the typical means-of-grace checklist, whether in your own mind or with a…
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The Apologetical Power of the Existence of Israel

David Mathis
Christianity Today's four-part dialogue between John Piper and David Brickner of Jews for Jesus is now fully published online. The topic is the relationship and attitudes American Christians should have toward Israel. In Piper's second and final response (part four…
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Finish Your Piper Collection — at Long Last

David Mathis
At one time, it would have cost you a pretty penny to finish off your Piper book collection. A few fanatics would pony up what it took to obtain a Cambridge-University hardback or Baker softcover of John Piper's out-of-print dissertation …
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The Book of Galatians in 30 Tweets

David Mathis
Paul is en fuego in his letter to the Galatians. He’s flaming with a righteous apostolic anger. Best advice perhaps is don’t try this at home. But do read it at home. Hear it preached. Study it. Write about it…
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Dialogue on the Most Controversial Place on Earth

David Mathis
Some Muslims have vowed to extinguish Israel. Many Israelis feel the same animosity toward their Middle Eastern neighbors. Near-apocalyptic tensions rarely subside in Israel-Palestine, the most controversial place on earth. How should Christians — carrying Bibles with lots to say…
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More on the Masculine Feel of Christianity

David Mathis
In his 2012 biographical address on "The Frank and Manly Mr. Ryle," John Piper highlighted the value of a masculine ministry — and with it, the importance of Christianity having a masculine feel. It's a provocative thing to…
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Jesus: Lord of Feast and Famine, Homeruns and Strikeouts

David Mathis
. . . I have learned in whatever situation I am to be content. I know how to be brought low, and I know how to abound. In any and every circumstance, I have learned the secret of facing plenty…
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Josh Hamilton, Relapse, and the Means of Grace

David Mathis
In case you missed it, Texas Ranger Josh Hamilton hit four home runs in one game last week. In case you don't know baseball, that's a big deal. Only 15 other players in Major League history have accomplished the feat.…
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When Grace Goes Violent

David Mathis
Matt Chandler: Grace-driven effort is violent. It is aggressive. The person who understands the gospel understands that, as a new creation, his spiritual nature is in opposition to sin now, and he seeks not just to weaken sin in his…
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Soaked with the Blood of Jesus, Singed with the Fire of Hell

David Mathis and Jonathan Parnell
Gospel preaching is a serious endeavor. And the mantle of preaching isn't to be worn flippantly Because God is God, and the Bible is his word, the heralding and exposition of that word is central to the corporate life of…
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The Lineup Card for T4G

David Mathis
With this week’s Together for the Gospel conference (T4G) gathering at the basketball arena in Louisville, it seemed like hoops was the right direction to take the promo. But, come on, it’s Opening Week in Major League Baseball, and there…
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Barabbas and Me

David Mathis
Year after year, as Christians walk through the Passion week with Jesus, our hearts are knit to him. He is our greatest hero, at the climax of his greatest feat. As we relive the story with him, we pull for…
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Update on John Piper’s Transition

David Mathis
Update 4/24: My Future at Desiring God. Bethlehem Baptist is one step closer to commissioning John Piper from the local church pastorate to greater involvement with Bethlehem College and Seminary and to a wider ministry nationally and internationally through…
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Keep Both Eyes Peeled for Jesus

David Mathis
An essential mark of a solid seminary experience is continually being stunned by how everything relates to Jesus. When we look long enough, press hard enough, and feel deeply enough, we discover again and again that it all comes back…
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Piper's Green Preaching at Fuller (1971)

David Mathis
"Today is one of the best days of my seminary life." So wrote John Piper in his journal on Wednesday, March 24, 1971, during his final semester at Fuller Seminary. On that Monday, March 22, "Dr. Schaper called me and asked…
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