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Institutes: Life of Calvin, Part 4

David Mathis

Calvin wrote as a fugitive. Exiled from France, he eventually settled in Basel where he found enough leisure to put together the first edition of his Institutes of the Christian Religion

The first edition debuted in March of 1536…

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De Clementia, Conversion, and Cop: Life of Calvin, Part 3

David Mathis

Calvin was growing disillusioned with humanism while studying law in Bourges in 1531 when his father died. Freed from dad’s expectations of making law his profession, Calvin packed his bags for Paris to resume his theological pursuits

It was 1532…

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Off to Paris: Life of Calvin, Part 2

David Mathis

It was 1523, and Calvin was 14 years old when he went off to university in Paris—70 miles south of his native city of Noyon. Providentially, he didn’t need to leave home alone, but went with two of the De…

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Born to Gerard: Life of Calvin, Part 1

David Mathis

Five hundred years ago today, he was born Jean Cauvin in Noyon, France—about 70 miles north of Paris. His father was Gerard, son of a barrelmaker and boatman. Gerard was a lawyer, and it was his law practice that brought…

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Hope for Sexual Strugglers

David Mathis

David fell in 2 Samuel 11. He saw that Bathsheba was “very beautiful,” and he followed his lusts down the slope to adultery—and then even to having her husband killed

But by 1 Kings 1, David is able to be…

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Strong in Another’s Strength

David Mathis

Laziness is not the alternative to living in your own strength. Paul talks about being strong in the strength of another

  • Ephesians 6:10: “Be strong in the Lord and in the strength of his might.”
  • Colossians 1:29: “I toil [to…
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How John the Baptist Handled the Attention

David Mathis

God gave him a message, and so he went around delivering it. “The word of God came to John”—we call him John the Baptist—and “he went into all the region around the Jordan [River], proclaiming a baptism of repentance for…

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Sitting Where Angels Stand

David Mathis

What’s more impressive than standing in God’s presence? Sitting—and doing so at the right hand

An angel said to John the Baptist’s father: “I am Gabriel, who stands in the presence of God” (Luke 1:19). That’s noteworthy.

But more so…

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Learning from Flawed Faith

David Mathis

The book of Judges—what a mess! It starts bad and gets worse and worse, then ends so poorly that it’s awkward to read in public

Yet God put it in the Book and means it to be for “our instruction”…

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Don't Just Be Passively Hospitable

David Mathis

In Romans 12:13, Paul points out that one effect of God’s mercy on his people is that they “seek to show hospitality.”

Seek. Pursue. Chase after.

They are not merely willing to be hospitable when someone comes to the…

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Who's the Naked Guy and Why Does He Matter?

David Mathis

One puzzle in the passion story is, Who’s the young man running through the garden without his clothes on?

Mark 14:51–52 says,

And a young man followed [Jesus], with nothing but a linen cloth about his body. And they seized…

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A Marriage Advice Moment with John Piper

David Mathis

A staff member at Bethlehem asked Pastor John what one or two main things he wants to say to an engaged couple in premarital counseling. His answer is relevant for marriages new and old

Be joyfully, brokenheartedly, shaped by the

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The Bible's Everest

David Mathis

The last 12 verses of Romans 8 (verses 28–39) are the biblical Himalayas, and Romans 8:32 is Mount Everest

[God] did not spare his own Son, but gave him up for us all—how will he not also, along with him…

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Why Finally Alive

David Mathis

John Piper's new book Finally Alive is scheduled to release next week. We hope to have it available at the Desiring God Conference for Pastors on Monday, February 2

This is the first of 6 posts introducing this book. This…

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Resolutions? No!

David Mathis

Reading Martyn Lloyd-Jones’ classic Spiritual Depression would be a strong way to start the new year

The title can be a tad deceiving. It’s not merely a book for those with a pronounced sense of spiritual depression. It’s a book…

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Jesus’s Humanity Now

David Mathis

The Permanence of Christmas, Part 3: Contemporary Articulations

From the New Testament to the present, Christian theology has celebrated that Jesus is forever the God-man. In this series, we saw first what the apostles had to say in the…

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Jesus’s Humanity Throughout History

David Mathis

The Permanence of Christmas, Part 2: Church History

Throughout church history, the best of Christian theology has recognized and affirmed the truth of Jesus’ continuing incarnation—the idea that Jesus didn’t simply make a 33-year cameo in the created world…

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Jesus Is Still Human

David Mathis

The Permanence of Christmas, Part 1: Biblical Foundations

Advent is a chance not only to celebrate Jesus’ taking of human flesh but also his keeping of it. It wasn’t a mere 33-year stint—impressive as that would have been. Jesus is…

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From Protest to Praise

David Mathis

An amazing progression occurs in the 3 short chapters of Habakkuk

The book begins with the prophet protesting that God seems to be standing idly by while his people in Judah plummet into rampant evil and injustice (1:2–5).

God responds…

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Give Time to Your Wife

David Mathis

The apostle Peter writes

Husbands, live with your wives in an understanding way, showing honor to the woman as the weaker vessel, since they are heirs with you of the grace of life, so that your prayers may not be

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Thank God for Martin Luther

David Mathis

It was a backwater German town called Eisleben on November 10, 1483—today marks 525 years

There Martin Luther had his inauspicious beginning. He was born a poor boy, son of a coal miner. And by a strange providence, Luther died…

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Luther's First Thesis and Last Words

David Mathis

491 years ago today, 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. So he wrote in Latin.

But a nameless visionary translated the…

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Ordinary Life with Gospel Intentionality

David Mathis

Total Church book coverA pair of Brits have a provocative book appearing in the States this month. Tim Chester and Steve Timmis published Total Church in the UK last year, and enough readers here have found it helpful to prompt Crossway Books and…

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Practicing Politics as Former Fools

David Mathis

Titus 3 speaks a timely word during election season. Paul charges Titus,

Remind [the people] to be submissive to rulers and authorities, to be obedient, to be ready for every good work, to speak evil of no one, to avoid
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Strong Rebuke & Affirming Challenges

David Mathis

Sometimes a strong rebuke is in order. The sin we see in the lives of those we love and lead is so serious that we must respond with intensity. This is the loving way to handle egregious departures from the…

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