Blog Posts by David Mathis
Sharpen Your Affections with Fasting
Fasting has fallen on hard times — at least, it seems, among our overstuffed bellies in the American church. I speak as one of the well-fed.
Sure, you’ll find your exceptions here and there. Some pockets even prize the countercultural…Continue Reading
Read, Reflect, Write (Repeat)
You are a writer.
Even if it’s just email. Even if it’s hardly anything of significance. Even if you’d never self-identify as a “writer,” or ever consider trying to make a living at something you’re so bad at.
But if…Continue Reading
The Peril and Potential of Youth Athletics
Remember, it’s only a game.
That’s an important prompt in youth athletics — not just for the kids, but even more so for coaches bent on winning and parents pressing to live vicariously through their children.
Against the backdrop of…Continue Reading
Five Benefits of Corporate Worship
Life’s Deepest Pains for Your Greatest Pleasure
This is your verse. If you believe in the God of the Bible, and you love him, all the bounty of one of his greatest promises is yours.
God’s staggering pledge of Romans 8:28 is that “all things” — not…Continue Reading
Kindle the Fire in Corporate Worship
You were made for more than private devotions.
As nice as it can be to tuck ourselves away in some nook and cranny, all by our lonesome, and read the Scriptures we want to read, pray the prayers we prefer,…Continue Reading
When Joy Is Hard to Come By
You’re not alone in your struggle for joy.
With remaining sin in our hearts, brokenness in our lives, and fallenness in our world, every Christian experiences seasons where we simply don’t feel the joy. And many of the “greats” in…Continue Reading
Sing a New Song
We all love old music. Whether it’s centuries old or even just a few months, the tunes we enjoy most are unavoidably the ones we already know. And there’s no getting around it. Music has a strange power to capture…Continue Reading
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