Articles by David Mathis
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
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
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
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
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