Articles by David Mathis
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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 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 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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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