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That Crazy Star of Bethlehem

David Mathis

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…

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We Three Kings of Orient Aren’t

David Mathis
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…

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Sent into the World: Jesus’ Mission and Ours

David Mathis

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…

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Happy Birthday, Clive

David Mathis

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…

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Thanksgiving: Echoing the Grace of God

David Mathis

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

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Making the Most of Turkey Time: Thanksgiving on Mission

David Mathis
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…

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Gospel-Saturated Dish-Washing and Diaper-Changing

David Mathis

In his new book,Gospel Wakefulness, Jared Wilson talks about how all of life is relevant for mission. From drinking coffee to changing diapers, from cutting the grass to washing dishes — all of life can be lived to…

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The Tragic Hypocrisy of Joyless Calvinism

David Mathis

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…

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Daily Confession and a Burlier Church

David Mathis

John Frame:

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…

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Trick or Treat? It’s Martin Luther

David Mathis

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…

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Sent into the Harvest: Halloween on Mission

David Mathis

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…

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The Next Step: Disciple a Few

David Mathis

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…

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Speaker Panel: David Platt, Michael Ramsden, Michael Oh, Ed Stetzer, John Piper

John Piper, David Mathis, Michael Oh, David Platt, Michael Ramsden, and Ed Stetzer

This message appears as a chapter in Finish the Mission: Bringing the Gospel to the Unreached and Unengaged.

The following is a lightly edited transcription of a panel discussion held on September 24, 2011, at the Desiring God National

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"Bring the Books With" — A New Recommended List

David Mathis

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…

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9/11 — The Day Death Became Real

David Mathis

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…

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Thinking. Loving. Doing.

John Piper and David Mathis

Here is a call to holistic Christianity. A challenge to be thinkers, engaged and serious about knowing God. And to be feelers, pulsing with passion for Jesus and his gospel. And to be doers, endeavoring great acts…

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Getting the Accent Right: "Not of . . . But Sent Into"

David Mathis
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…

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Avoiding Smarty-Pants Theology

David Mathis
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…

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The Fairy Tale of Universalism

David Mathis

Universalism is the view that in the end all humans—irrespective of whether they reject the gospel in this life—will be saved.

In the book Whatever Happened to Hell?, British evangelical John Blanchard writes these memorable words about universalism:

Universalism…

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Fitting to Fulfill All Righteousness

David Mathis
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…

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Top 5 Books Read in 2010

David Mathis

In reflecting back on 2010 at year’s end, here are what I’d call “the top 5 books I read” (in order of author’s last name):

 

Gospel in Life by Tim Keller

It’s not a typical read-it-on-your-own book, but specially…

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Anhypostasis: What Kind of Flesh Did Jesus Take?

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…

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