Blog Posts by David Mathis
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 Latin for saints or holy…Continue Reading
When Jesus Haunts Your Halloween
Unclean spirits stir. Demonic thrones and dominions gather. Cosmic powers over this present darkness come to attention. And the devil himself, ready to devour and destroy, ignites his fiery darts and stretches his legs for the lion’s prowl.
As All…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
What the Church Can Learn from Chick-fil-A
Update: Chick-fil-A founder Truett Cathy died September 8, 2014, at age 93.
The cows started writing on billboards in the Twin Cities metro earlier this year. End of Burgerz — Koming Soon.
These bovines can’t spell, but we got the…Continue Reading
The Remarkable Reality of Union with Christ
It may be the most important doctrine you’ve never heard of.
So says Kevin DeYoung about the reality of “union with Christ” — and sadly it seems he’s right.
But hopefully you aren’t among that number — and have not…Continue Reading
A Reason to Be Really Offended
Our message is not you can do it.
It’s not you’re good enough, smart enough, and people like you.
What we preach is that you are a glorious creature gone tragically bad, that you have rebelled against the…Continue Reading
It’s Just Complicated — And Very Simple
The Christian life can be so complex — and oh so very simple.
That we would use such a fancy word as sanctification betrays the complexity. But that defining such a big word could be so easy hints at the…Continue Reading
Smiting the Green-Eyed Monster
It’s everywhere you turn, yet so easily keeps itself hidden.
It’s pervasive in advertising and steers the course of political debates. It lives in all our hearts, but seems so petty that we’re unwilling to admit its presence.
But in…Continue Reading
Dieting, Botox, and Honoring Jesus with Your Body
Undistracting attractiveness is John Piper’s term for it.
It’s a vision for the Christian to steer a middle course between idolizing our bodies and neglecting them. It includes giving our bodies enough attention — with sleep, diet, exercise, and upkeep…Continue Reading
Fed Up with Life and Ready to Write
Ink is the great cure for all human ills.
So wrote a young C.S. Lewis to a childhood friend. Lewis was only seventeen years old when he penned such a claim, but he has proved wise beyond his years. Here’s…Continue Reading
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Grace Gone Wild
Grace is on the loose.
Contrary to our expectations, counter to our assumptions, frustrating our judicial sentiments, mocking our craving for control, the grace of God is turning the world upside down. He is shamelessly pouring out his lavish favor…Continue Reading