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Share in the Glory of the Winter Games

David Mathis
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…

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Worship in Spirit and Truth

David Mathis
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…

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Meet the New desiringGod.org

David Mathis

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…

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Our Top 13 Posts of 2013

David Mathis
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…

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From This Day Onward

David Mathis
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…

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The Real Festivus Miracle

David Mathis
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…

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This Is Not Worth Quacking About

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 millions in free advertising.

Perhaps it’s really about LGBT rights at the cable and satellite…

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Good and Evil Are Not Equals

David Mathis

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…

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Let Us Adore Him

David Mathis

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…

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Living with the Loss of a Loved One

David Mathis

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…

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Let a Little Lent into Your Advent

David Mathis

“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…

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How Will You Make This Advent Special?

David Mathis

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.

One…

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More Than Just Raking

David Mathis
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…

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Half a Century Since C.S. Lewis

David Mathis

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…

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Why It Matters What Outsiders Think

David Mathis
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)…

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Go Deep in the Grace of God

David Mathis

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”…

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A Better Country for Old Men

David Mathis
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.

As…

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The Reformation: Trick or Treat?

David Mathis

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…

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When Jesus Haunts Your Halloween

David Mathis
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.
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Preachers, Find Your Voice

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…

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What the Church Can Learn from Chick-fil-A

David Mathis

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…

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A Reason to Be Really Offended

David Mathis
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…

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It’s Just Complicated — And Very Simple

David Mathis

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…

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Smiting the Green-Eyed Monster

David Mathis

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…

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