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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 ArticulationsFrom 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
A 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
Practicing Politics as Former Fools
God doesn’t send his church into the public square with a strut and an open mouth, but with gentleness and courtesy — with a readiness to do good, avoid quarrels, and speak evil of no one.
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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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Rick Love Responds to Piper's Thoughts on "A Common Word"

David Mathis
Last week, we posted a video of John Piper discussing "A Common Word," a letter to Christians from Muslim scholars, and expressing his disappointment with the response to it that over 300 Christian leaders signed In the video, John mentions…
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A Common Word Between Us?

David Mathis
John Piper discusses "A Common Word Between Us and You" and the response to it from 300 Christian leaders. Update: For those unfamiliar with "A Common Word," it's a letter written to Christians by 138 Muslim scholars last…
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The Virgin Birth

David Mathis
This is part 4 of 4 on the Incarnation. Advent and the Incarnation Jesus Is Fully Human What Is the Hypostatic Union? Jesus was born of a virgin. This is a unique glory. Of the billions of humans who have…
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What Is the Hypostatic Union?

David Mathis
What Is the Hypostatic Union?
This is part 3 of 4 on the Incarnation Part 1: Advent and the Incarnation Part 2: Jesus Is Fully Human The term hypostatic union is much easier than it sounds, but the concept is as profound as anything in…
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Jesus Is Fully Human

David Mathis
Jesus Is Fully Human
Jesus has a fully human body, emotions, mind, and will. And this in no way compromises his full deity.
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Written with Us in Mind

David Mathis
How awful and awesome to live in the last days—the days between Jesus’ first and second coming. The New Testament speaks surprisingly about the priority of our season of history and the Book written especially for these last days…
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Advent and the Incarnation

David Mathis
Advent and the Incarnation
Advent is my yearly reminder to sharpen and deepen my understanding of the incarnation. So in this spirit, this is the first in a series of four Advent posts related to the incarnation What Is the Incarnation? The incarnation refers…
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Is Tithing Christian?

David Mathis
Should Christians tithe? The New Testament’s answer may surprise you. I’ve found the following reflections from Don Carson to be clarifying and challenging The only passage in the New Testament that explicitly authorizes the tithe does so in a rather…
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The Future of Justification for the Rest of Us

David Mathis
Not everyone should read John Piper’s new book on justification. Some readers—perhaps those already aware of N. T. Wright and the New Perspective on Paul (NPP)—will want to read The Future of Justification from cover to cover. But not everyone …
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Thank God for Matt Lund

David Mathis
Thank God for one of Desiring God's least thanked. Matt Lund pours himself out to make the Desiring God Conference Bookstore the life-giving source of bargain-priced books it is. Matt's been working faithfully for DG since 2002. Two years ago,…
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A Call to Christology

David Mathis
Jesus’ person and his gospel-work for sinners have been joined together by God himself. And what God has joined together, let no man separate Assault on Christ’s person is an assault on the gospel. A compromised Christology inevitably will wreck…
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The Jonah Principle

David Mathis
This week I’ve been indexing the forthcoming book, The Supremacy of Christ in a Postmodern World, and have been significantly blessed. What an especially excellent book! Piper on joy. Carson on love. Driscoll on the church. Now I’m to…
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