Featured Resources by David Mathis

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God in a Manger, Part 1: Jesus Is Lord

David Mathis
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…
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Panel Discussion

John Piper, Julius Kim, David Mathis, Marvin Olasky, Sam Storms, Mark Talbot, and Douglas Wilson
Here's an overview of the questions and conversation. Listen to the audio for the answers. 1. Mark, we'd like to give you a chance to talk about Servetus with us. Sam Storms: We're assuming that everyone knows about Servetus. Maybe…
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The Impossibility of Drinking Too Much

David Mathis
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…
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How to Read Exodus and Other OT Books

David Mathis
Tremper Longman has produced another beneficial resource for reading and rightly appropriating the Old Testament. This time it’s How to Read Exodus.
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Esther & Jesus: "The Reverse Occurred"

David Mathis
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…
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Jesus Treated Women Differently

David Mathis
Fellow complementarians, try framing the gender debate in three categories instead of two Feminists and egalitarians love it when everything to their right is cast as one monolithic "complementarianism." But authentic complementarians need to highlight that there is not only…
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An Unmarked Grave: Life of Calvin, Part 9

David Mathis
Calvin fell deathly ill in the winter of 1558 at age 49. He thought he was at death’s doorstep and so turned his few remaining energies to the final revision of his Institutes. Until this time, he hadn’t been…
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The Fateful Years: Life of Calvin, Part 8

David Mathis
T.H.L. Parker calls 1553–1554 Calvin’s “fateful years.” According to Parker, this was when “two large storms blew from different quarters and raged simultaneously.” One was Calvin’s battle with the libertines; the other was the infamous Servetus affair The Genevan air…
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Return to Geneva: Life of Calvin, Part 7

David Mathis
After a golden three-year exile, Calvin returned to the city that expelled him. He didn’t jump at the opportunity but went reluctantly, feeling constrained by God’s will to resume the work It was September, 1541 when he stepped back into…
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Resource for Preaching OT Narrative

David Mathis
Ralph Davis’s The Word Became Fresh is an outstanding resource for those eager to preach from the largest chunk of their Bibles—the Old Testament narratives. In a mere 150 pages, Davis walks through all the basics that are so obvious…
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The Golden Years: Life of Calvin, Part 6

David Mathis
Calvin spent the happiest years of his life outside Geneva. It started in April of 1538 when Calvin and fellow reformer William Farel were expelled from Geneva Their eager reforms were moving quicker than the city council was ready for…
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A Night's Stay in Geneva: Life of Calvin, Part 5

David Mathis
William Farel was the fiery redhead who cursed John Calvin’s ivory-tower life in Strasbourg and twisted his arm to stay in Geneva. Here’s the story Having published his Institutes, which were immediately successful, Calvin left Basel, still a fugitive…
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The Myth of Neutrality

David Mathis
Is feigning neutrality a good strategy in telling a nonbeliever about Jesus? In his Apologetics to the Glory of God, John Frame argues that doing so is not only unwise but dishonest To tell an unbeliever that we can…
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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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