Blog Posts by David Mathis
Wash in the Waters Again
Visible words. That was the Reformers’ term for baptism and the Lord’s Supper.
In complement to the spoken words of gospel preaching, these twin rhythms of the gathered church are dramatizations of the grace of God. These “visible words”…Continue Reading
Jesus’s Closest Companion
The Holy Spirit. There is “something wonderfully mysterious” about him, says pastor and theologian Sinclair Ferguson.
He is the third person of the Trinity, the “self-effacing” member. He works ever in tandem with God’s word — incarnate, spoken, and written.…Continue Reading
Grow in Grace at the Table
Wednesday went quietly. Too quietly.
With the previous three days awash in drama — Sunday’s triumphal entry, Monday’s temple cleansing, and Tuesday’s temple controversies — now Wednesday, April 1, A.D. 33, comes like the calm before the storm.
But out…Continue Reading
Putting Golf in Its Place
Preach the Gospel to Yourself
No one is more influential in your life than you are. Because no one talks to you more than you do.
So observes Paul Tripp — and in doing so, he accents our need to daily preach the gospel to…Continue Reading
Six Lessons in Good Listening
Listening is one of the easiest things you’ll ever do, and one of the hardest.
In a sense, listening is easy — or hearing is easy. It doesn’t demand the initiative and energy required in speaking. That’s why “faith comes…Continue Reading
Warm Yourself at the Fires of Meditation
We were made to meditate. God designed us with the capacity to pause and ponder. He means for us to not just hear him, but to reflect on what he says.
It is a distinctively human trait to stop and…Continue Reading
‘Divergent’ Lesson in Human Depravity
It’s rare to find a major motion picture that paints humanity, as a whole, to be this bad.
Not only was it human evil that nearly destroyed the world in some great war, but now it is human depravity that…Continue Reading
Remember Saint Patrick
Saint Patty’s Day is for the pagans.
You might say it that way, and then carefully wash your Christian hands of all the carousing and empty revelry that makes all things Irish into an excuse for a godless spring party.…Continue Reading
God Is with You in Depression
Depression is often illusive. Some dark cloud gathers and hangs overhead. You feel constantly ill at ease. Whether triggered by negative events, or some undefined cause, you know despondency when you experience it, even if you find it hard to…Continue Reading
Learn to Fly in the Fellowship
It’s a shame the word “fellowship” has fallen on hard times in some circles, and is dying the death of domestication and triviality. It is an electric reality in the New Testament, an indispensable ingredient in the Christian faith, and…Continue Reading
Right Thinking Is for Deep Feeling
Doctrine is for the sake of delight. Christian theology does not exist for its own sake, but for our desiring and enjoying Christ.
Simply put, the mind is meant to serve the heart. Thinking serves feeling. God gave us the…Continue Reading
Enjoy the Gift of Having God’s Ear
He is “the God of all grace” (1 Peter 5:10). Not only did he choose us before the world began, and give his Son to save us, and cause us to be born again, but he also sustains the whole…Continue Reading
Isn’t It Ironic?
Alanis Morissette’s album Jagged Little Pill debuted in 1995, just as the first wave of Millennials was crashing into America’s high schools. Her music became one of the soundtracks for these critical years — for many of us, not chosen,…Continue Reading
Shape Your Life with the Words of Life
The Christian life, from start to finish, is utterly dependent on the grace of God.
Not only do we come into spiritual life by sheer grace (Act 18:27; Romans 3:24; Ephesians 2:5), but it is in divine grace that we…Continue Reading
Put Yourself in the Path of God’s Grace
I can flip a switch, but I don’t provide the electricity. I can turn on a faucet, but I can’t make the water flow. There will be no light and no liquid refreshment without someone else providing it.
And so…Continue Reading
Share in the Glory of the Winter Games
Don’t just watch the Olympics. Be a part.
The Christian can enjoy the Games with more substance and depth than anyone. Here’s a call to Olympic viewing with spiritual significance.
Our God and his Book give us unmatched capacities to…Continue Reading
Worship in Spirit and Truth
The issue is not whether we will worship, but what. Even better, whom and how.
On this Sunday, as many of us ready ourselves for corporate worship, perhaps the most significant single biblical text for guiding the essence of what…Continue Reading
Meet the New desiringGod.org
It’s a new site for a new year.
We spent a good deal of 2013 working on this redesign. Now 2014 is here, we’re live, and we’d love to have you help us spread the word.
This is an aesthetically…Continue Reading
Our Top 13 Posts of 2013
For years, the heart of desiringGod.org has been our resource library, with three decades of sermons, books, articles, and more from the ministry of John Piper. When we started a blog in 2007, we thought we were just appending a…Continue Reading
From This Day Onward
If you look hard, you might find Haggai.
Tucked near the end of the Old Testament, third from last on that biblical road-less-traveled called the minor prophets, it’s one of Scripture’s shortest books — and one of its best for…Continue Reading
The Real Festivus Miracle
December 23 is circled on my calendar. It’s marked as a day to take a deep breath, refocus, and head into Christmas Eve and Christmas Day with a fresh sense of what this frenzied season is really about.
By December…Continue Reading
This Is Not Worth Quacking About
Did A&E know what would happen when it suspended Duck Dynasty patriarch Phil Robertson? Whether it was intentional or not, they are cashing in on trillions worth of free advertising.
Perhaps it’s really about LGBT rights at the cable and…Continue Reading
Good and Evil Are Not Equals
Don’t give Peter Jackson all the credit. He wasn’t the first to desire an adult version of J.R.R. Tolkien’s children’s story The Hobbit. According to author and scholar Colin Duriez, it was actually Tolkien himself who initially had the…Continue Reading