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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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Enhypostasis: What Kind of Flesh Did the Word Become?

David Mathis
And the Word became flesh and dwelt among us . . . (John 1:14) Yesterday we looked at the doctrine of anhypostasis and said that the kind of humanity Jesus took in the incarnation was impersonal. He did not…
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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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Footnote Gem: Humanity’s Need for the Gospel

David Mathis
E. T. is back—at least he’s made a brief reappearance in this footnote gem from John Frame. In his chapter “Christians in Our Culture” in The Doctrine of the Christian Life, Frame writes, Steven Spielberg’s character E. T. is…
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Changing a Church Culture

David Mathis
In the sixth and final session of the Trellis and Vine workshop, Col Marshall presented 13 ideas for changing a complicated and programmatic church culture into a culture of disciple-making: Set the agenda on Sunday. The public ministry of…
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Spiritual Parenting

David Mathis
After yesterday’s afternoon of small-group evaluation and discussion, we started Day 2 with another teaching session. Col Marshall led us through 1 Thessalonians 1:1–2:16 and pointed to how Paul himself was a trainer of ministers—a discipler of disciplemakers. Three key…
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The Biblical Vision of Christian Ministry

David Mathis
We're at Bethlehem's North Campus for the first of a 2-day Trellis & the Vine workshop with Col Marshall and Tony Payne (authors of the book by the same title). We found out at the beginning of this morning's…
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31 Years Ago Today: Piper Called to Preach

David Mathis
It was October 14, 1979—31 years ago today—when John Piper first felt “irretrievably called” to enter the pastoral and preaching ministry. Justin Taylor told the story well a year ago on the 30th anniversary. Here’s how John remembered October, 1979…
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Critiquing the Left—And the Right

David Mathis
We commended Darrin Patrick’s new book Church Planter before, but here’s a particular word for the preface, titled “Why Focus on Men?” It may be one of the best short articles on biblical manhood now available. Below are a…
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The Cross: Not a Terrible Monstrosity

David Mathis
A great quote from T. F. Torrance in his article, "The Hypostatic Union" (36, paragraphing mine) — It is important to see that if the Deity of Christ is denied, then the Cross becomes a terrible monstrosity. If Jesus Christ…
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Speaker Panel with Piper, Anyabwile, Chan, and Mohler

John Piper, Thabiti Anyabwile, Francis Chan, David Mathis, and Albert Mohler
The following is a lightly edited transcription of a panel discussion held on October 2, 2010, at the Desiring God National Conference, where the chapters of this book were originally delivered. David Mathis’s questions are in italics. The greatest object
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With Calvin in the Theater of God

John Piper and David Mathis
John Calvin saw this world as God’s theater where his glory is always on display. Just as “day and night pour forth speech,” the universe and history are not silent either; they tell the glory of God. Reflecting on over…
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If Billy Graham Had Been a Pastor

David Mathis
Billy Graham once was asked, “If you were a pastor of a large church in a principal city, what would be your plan of action?” In the modern-day classic The Master Plan of Evangelism (which has gone through over 100…
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The Wine Jesus Drank

David Mathis
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…
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The One Who Stills the Seas

David Mathis
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…
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Samson’s Spectacular Sin

David Mathis
In the book Spectacular Sins, John Piper writes about how God uses even (and especially) his people’s most tragic sins to work his global purposes for the glory of his Son, and for his people’s good. Judges 14 picks…
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You Can't Make This Stuff Up

David Mathis
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…
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Barrabas and Me

David Mathis
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…
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Saving Souls: The Best Way to Save the Whales

David Mathis
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…
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Beyond Five Points

David Mathis
Don’t limit your understanding of God’s absolute sovereignty to five points in a mnemonic device (TULIP). Do start there, or at least cover that terrain in due course, but know that there is so much more to the…
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The Permanent Value of TULIP

David Mathis
In his introductory essay to John Owen’s The Death of Death in the Death of Christ, J. I. Packer writes that Calvinism and Arminianism are “two coherent interpretations of the biblical gospel, which stand in evident opposition to each…
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Deliver Us from Morality

David Mathis
I recommend Doug Wilson’s Five Cities that Ruled the World (Thomas Nelson, 2009). The cities he highlights are Jerusalem, Athens, Rome, London, and New York, each leaving the world a legacy Jerusalem has bequeathed to us a legacy of the…
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Rethinking Perfection

David Mathis
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. …
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God in a Manger, Part 3: Jesus Is Treasure

David Mathis
We’ve looked at Jesus’ full divinity under the heading “Jesus Is Lord” and his full humanity under “Jesus Is Savior.” Now we turn to his single personhood and utter uniqueness that makes him our soul-satisfying Treasure The term hypostatic union
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God in a Manger, Part 2: Jesus Is Savior

David Mathis
Yesterday we summed up Jesus’s full divinity under the heading “Jesus Is Lord.” We said that the doctrine of the incarnation could be remembered with John 1:14, “The Word became flesh.” That “Word” is the divine second person of the…
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