Blog Posts by David Mathis
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
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
The X-Factor in Bible Reading
The Bible is no magic book. But saying it that way might give the wrong impression.
A strange, enigmatic power stirs when we reach for the Scriptures. Something influential, though invisible, is happening as we hear God’s words read or…Continue Reading
The Joy of Praising Others
The key to commending others is knowing Jesus.
Not only is he the source of all that is right and good and beautiful, but as the God-man, he is the perfect human embodiment of our standard for praise. When we…Continue Reading
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