Blog Posts by David Mathis
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
Let Us Adore Him
Advent is not just about acknowledging Jesus, but adoring him. Christmas is not first about witness, but about worship. So, come, all ye faithful. Come, joyful and triumphant. Let us adore our Christ.
But beware your standard of who can…Continue Reading
Living with the Loss of a Loved One
For Lyle Dorsett, it was the sudden loss of his ten-year-old daughter Erica. She came down sick one night, and she died the next morning.
Years later, Dorsett and his wife Mary still are healing. Losing a child is a…Continue Reading
Let a Little Lent into Your Advent
“What Child Is This?” is no chart-topper among the children. The minor keys and slower pace make it less engaging to little ears. It’s hard to compete with the brightness, cadence, and pep of “Jingle Bells” and “Joy to the…Continue Reading
The Most Important Doctrine You’ve Never Heard Of?
Union with Christ. We couldn’t be any more excited about taking up this theme at our upcoming conference for pastors.
Whether this doctrine is an old friend or one you haven’t heard much about, it will be greatly enriching to…Continue Reading
How Will You Make This Advent Special?
We’re now only five days from Advent, which begins this Sunday, December 1.
Just a few minutes of forethought today could go a long way in making this year special for your family, or spiritually significant for you personally.
More Than Just Raking
I’ll take a rake over a shovel any day.
Raking is relatively easy work and can make the yard look better in a short time. It’s easy enough that even our twin three-year-olds helped this fall, thanks to a pair…Continue Reading
Half a Century Since C.S. Lewis
He went quietly. It was very British.
While the Americans rocked and reeled, and the world’s attention turned to Dallas and the assassination of President John F. Kennedy, one Clive Staples Lewis breathed his last in Oxford just a week…Continue Reading
Why It Matters What Outsiders Think
There is a place for a holy disregard for what unbelievers think. But it is small.
We shouldn’t be caught off guard when they “suppress the truth” (Romans 1:18) of God as creator and sustainer, as speaker (in the Scriptures),…Continue Reading
Go Deep in the Grace of God
Christians, of all people, cannot be content with small visions of grace.
The message that made us is “the gospel of the grace of God” (Acts 20:24), “the word of his grace” (Acts 20:32), “the grace of God in truth”…Continue Reading
Church, Make Room for Young Leaders
A Better Country for Old Men
This is a plea from the younger generation to the older. We desperately need you.
Please don’t phone it in just when the King’s about to call. Don’t retire on the world’s terms and abandon your long-time local church.
The Reformation: Trick or Treat?
It’s no accident that October 31 is both Halloween and the day remembered for the start of the Reformation. Both key off November 1, All Saints’ Day — or All Hallows’ Day (Hallows from the Old English for saints or…Continue Reading
When Jesus Haunts Your Halloween
Jesus came to conquer fear, to truly haunt whatever haunts us. We have no need to fear this night. It is now our day. He has conquered, and will not leave us to fend for ourselves in the devil’s domain.Continue Reading
Preachers, Find Your Voice
Christian preaching is not parroting.
As desirable as it is to copy a skilled communicator, and as unavoidable as it is to imitate those who have shaped us most, there is good reason for a preacher to find his own…Continue Reading