Blog Posts by David Mathis
Tapestry: A Vision for Trans-Cultural Church
Leonce Crump describes the vision as “trans-cultural.” Not multi-cultural, but trans-cultural.
Crump pastors Renovation Church in Atlanta and has found the image of a tapestry to be helpful. The individual pieces are essential, but the whole is more beautiful than…Continue Reading
Keeping King’s Dream Alive
It truly was the dream speech.
Fifty years ago today — on August 28, 1963 — Martin Luther King, Jr. rose to a podium on the steps of the Lincoln Memorial and delivered one of the most important addresses in…Continue Reading
Fresh Advice for the New Semester
It’s that time of year. School is back in session, new relationships are burgeoning, and fresh patterns of life are forming. Back to school is a major season of transition in Western society and beyond.
To help…Continue Reading
Why We Won’t Back Down
What if Tom Petty wrote an anthem for 21st-century evangelicals?
In the increasingly post-Christian worlds of Europe and North America, society relentlessly pressures biblically faithful Christians to back down. Back down on your stance against abortion. Back down on your…Continue Reading
Giving the Gospel Graciously
I’m terribly sorry I just evangelized all over you.
That’s how we can feel after spewing a full stomach of precious information on an unsuspecting stranger or friend. It can seem like sharing our faith requires shoveling coal into the…Continue Reading
Twelve Gospel Passages to Soak In
Mere truth won’t do it. Our souls desperately need the gospel.
“The grace of God in truth” (Colossians 1:6) is the shock that brings a dead soul to life, and the charge that keeps it living. The gospel is the…Continue Reading
No Christian Suffering Is Meaningless
Everyone in the world wants this. Every person on the planet aches for real hope — to find the secret of real strength and joy and significance.
Put another way, no one longs to lose heart. No one desires to…Continue Reading
Church Planting and Missional Communities
Milk cows and plant a church.
It’s a line ready-made by veteran New England planters to adjust the expectations of new ministry entrepreneurs in the region. Don’t expect a cushion of financial support and a nice cushy study and church…Continue Reading
How God Makes Our Nothing into Everything
The best place to be with empty hands is at the foot of the God who loves to make much of the least.
He is powerful enough to take the weak, and their nothing, and make it into everything for…Continue Reading
Introducing the C.S. Lewis “Small Talks”
We want this conference to be the next best thing to visiting Narnia for yourself.
The Desiring God 2013 National Conference, September 27–29 in Minneapolis, is taking up the theme “The Romantic Rationalist: God, Life, and Imagination in the Work…Continue Reading
Ten Gospel Verses to Keep Warm
Bible memorization is always time well spent. Whether you’re tackling extended sections, or “fighter verses” for specific sins, or passages particularly helpful in pastoral ministry, surely all Scripture memory is “profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction,…Continue Reading
Keller and Piper Talk C.S. Lewis
C.S. Lewis claimed he was no theologian. At least that wasn’t his day job. But it didn’t stop him from seriously shaping some of today’s most influential theologians.
Lewis was a world-class scholar of English literature, and a Christian layman…Continue Reading
Capturing the Heart of a Child
C.S. Lewis: Christian, Writer, Scholar, Prophet
It’s hard to be a casual fan of C.S. Lewis. Many despise him for his Christianity and convictions. Many love him dearly for his brilliant mind and writing and prophetic insight.
If you’ve read enough Lewis to track with his…Continue Reading
Ten Passages for Pastors to Memorize Cold
Here’s one way to cool down during a sizzling hot summer day: ice-cold memorization.
Grab an iced tea, find some air-conditioned space, and put these ten passages to memory. You’ll never regret any extended time given to memorizing God’s word…Continue Reading
Simple Church Planting
It’s low-bar. It’s no frills. It’s a very simple model of planting, and challenges many of the prevailing notions about starting a new church.
You’d never have guessed that an academic dean and professor of Hebrew from a major seminary…Continue Reading
Born Again on the Fourth of July
For those of us in the States, the time is here again for our midsummer’s patriotic respite.
For many, the Fourth of July means parades and picnics, hot dogs and Coca-Cola, ice cream and apple pie, baseball and bombs bursting…Continue Reading
Not by Sight: Marking 20 Years of Happy Service
A Christian Guide to the Zoo
Summer is in full swing in the Northern Hemisphere, and if you haven’t yet made a family visit to the zoo, perhaps it’s just around the corner.
The zoo is a wonderful opportunity for the Christian — both for personal…Continue Reading
A Voyage into Narnia
It’s often very handy to have a professor as a friend.
“The Professor,” Digory Kirke, proved to be a well-travelled and advantageous ally for the children in C.S. Lewis’s Chronicles of Narnia, and our own professor-friend Joe Rigney is a…Continue Reading
In and Out, In a Blaise of Glory
Few have written with such passion and economy of expression. Rarely does one turn such manifest angst to articulation and channel such blood-earnestness into precise words.
Blaise Pascal burned with the kind of intensity and aggression uncharacteristic of those who…Continue Reading
What Makes Dad Special
All around the world, dads are special today. Father’s Day is the third Sunday of June in the United States and more than 80 nations. It is fitting that we not only annually honor moms on Mother’s Day, but our…Continue Reading
New Piper eBook for Father’s Day
Loving Muslims, While Rejecting Islam
Only one major world religion has a built-in apologetic against Christianity: Islam.
“While I profoundly disagree with Islam,” says Zane Pratt, dean of missions at Southern Baptist Theological Seminary, “I love Muslims.”
For 20 years, Pratt lived and ministered the…Continue Reading
Entertaining Pulpits and the Legacy of “Tethered Preaching”
Initially, it may be tough to tell the difference. A gifted Bible-expositor and an entertainment-oriented preacher, with a penchant for garnishing his ideas with some Bible, may not demonstrate much disparity at first.
But give it some time. And check…Continue Reading