Blog Posts by David Mathis
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
If You Don’t Know Jack
Perhaps you’re a verifiable lover of C.S. Lewis and his mere Christianity, his Narnia chronicles, his brilliant and diabolical missives from hell itself, and his unmatched blend of uncompromised heart and head.
Or maybe you’d consider him a casual acquaintance…Continue Reading
The Unmarked Tomb of a Well-Known Soldier
Today many of us in the United States will visit cemeteries and find other ways to honor those who made the ultimate sacrifice while serving in the Armed Forces.
Memorial Day, observed annually on the last Monday of May, began…Continue Reading
We Are Far Too Easily Pleased
It’s a beautiful thing when a single sentence reorients a soul for good. When one proposition proves potent enough to be life-changing for the better. Especially when it’s a short one.
For me, it was the spring of 2000 —…Continue Reading
Grace Forfeited: A New Start for an Old Tradition
It’s a new start for an old tradition in American Journalism, says Marvin Olasky, editor-in-chief of World Magazine. The news poem. Says Olasky,
Hardly a vile murder or a military victory went by without colonial poets bemoaning or celebrating the…
National Conference 2013: Celebrating the Work of C.S. Lewis
Fifty years ago this fall, C.S. Lewis quietly crossed from this life into the next.
While the assassination of John F. Kennedy captured the world’s attention on November 22, 1963, one Clive Staples Lewis — his friends called him Jack…Continue Reading
Tullian Talks Regeneration
Do you know the exact moment you were saved? Saul of Tarsus did. As did the great Augustine. Many in church history have testified to dramatic, unmistakable experiences of the new birth, when God touched their dead hearts and gave…Continue Reading
Her Children Arise and Call Her Blessed
Mother’s Day is a sweet opportunity for Christians to celebrate one of God’s most significant means of his common and redeeming grace.
For most, there’s some bitter flavor somewhere. We live in a fallen world. All mothers are sinful —…Continue Reading
The Outrageous Claim of the Ascension
Today is Ascension Day, the fortieth day after Easter Sunday. For centuries the Christian church has marked this day (also called Ascension Thursday) in remembrance of Jesus’s bodily ascent to heaven.
The number forty is based on Acts 1:3: “He…Continue Reading
Destroying the Sacred-Secular Divide
Dancing. Sports. Caffeine. Rock and roll. Food and drink. The college campus is a kind of microcosm of the flashpoints we face “in the real world,” just with the volume turned way up. And lots of video games.
For over…Continue Reading
What’s the Big Deal with the Puritans?
He was the kind of adolescent who would keep secret reading material stashed under his mattress. Long after he was supposed to be fast asleep, the teenage Joel Beeke would lay in bed with the light still on, pouring over…Continue Reading
Meet the New John Piper
“I feel like I’m 22 again,” says the newly transitioned John Piper.
Now that his pastorate at Bethlehem Baptist Church has officially ended, Piper says he feels like a recent college grad who is free to do anything God lays…Continue Reading
Jackie Robinson and the Pattern of Jesus
It was 1948, during Jackie Robinson’s second season in Major League Baseball, when some bigots in Cincinnati were really giving him the business.
Just the previous year, Robinson had been the one with the monumental courage to break the color…Continue Reading
How to Engage in Spiritual Warfare
Shattering Major-League Idols
It’s every pitcher’s worst nightmare. For the Detroit Tigers’ Darin Downs, the nightmare became a reality, and almost meant the end of his life.
On August 17, 2009, he took a 103-mile-per-hour line drive off the left side of his…Continue Reading