Blog Posts by David Mathis
This Week’s Sermon: “God Raised Your Great Shepherd from the Dead”
Good pastors come and go, but the Great Pastor will never leave, forsake, or transition.
Pastors of all stripes, at their worst and best, are but under-shepherds of “the chief Shepherd” (1 Peter 5:4). Jesus is “the Shepherd and Overseer…Continue Reading
Pity the Fool
It’s April Fools’ Day, and whatever its origins, the Scriptures have something to say about playing the fool.
There is uncertainty about how and when people began mocking the fool on the first day of April. Many think it goes…Continue Reading
Piper’s Final Weekend as Pastor
This Easter marks the end of an era at Bethlehem Baptist.
John Piper served as the church’s primary preacher from July 13, 1980, until December 31, 2012. Since January 1 this year, he has been associate pastor, and his final…Continue Reading
The Old Man and His Big Book
It felt as though we were traveling back in time.
Snow was falling, the roads were icy, and civilization was in the rearview. Tony Reinke and I had landed an interview with a 96-year-old theologian tucked away in rural Minnesota,…Continue Reading
Grateful for His Greatest Gift (Interview with Ann Voskamp)
Gratitude is a virtue most worthy of our cultivation. Indeed, in all the Christian life, gratitude is to be planted, watered, dressed, and harvested. Gratitude gets at the very essence of what it means to be created, finite, fallen, redeemed,…Continue Reading
Every Calvary Step Was Love
Today is Palm Sunday, and so begins our journey with Jesus from Jerusalem’s gate to Golgotha’s cross to Easter’s triumph.
In this Holy Week, we begin with “Hosanna,” walk solemnly toward “Crucify him,” and finish elatedly with, “He is risen!”
The Mission of Saint Patrick
Don’t forget to wear your green today. It’s Saint Patrick’s Day.
Before thumbing your nose at all the carousing and empty revelry that much of the day has become, it’s worth taking at least a brief glance at the inspiring…Continue Reading
One Thing You Lack
Hey you, rich young ruler…
Maybe you’re old for pro football, but you’re young to the rest of the world. And rich. You’ve negotiated salary-cap-friendly deals with your team, but that still has you at a guaranteed $33 million over…Continue Reading
Jerry Bridges Talks Disciplemaking
For 60 years now, he’s been with The Navigators, known for their discipling. So don’t expect Jerry Bridges to be naive about the process of disciplemaking.
Recently, when Bridges joined us at the Desiring God offices, he made some insightful…Continue Reading
New iPhone App: Ask Pastor John
The Story of Our Glory
Spectacular glory awaits those who are joined to Jesus.
Not only will we see him in all his glory — which might be thrilling enough — but we will share in his glory as he transforms “our lowly body to…Continue Reading
Healthy churches are no happy place for lone wolves. Especially in leadership. Throughout the New Testament, Jesus’s apostles assume and instruct that his undershepherds do the work of Christian leadership together.
In Acts 20:17, it is the plural elders of…Continue Reading
The Seamless Garment of Christian Mission
The tension in the air can feel thick enough to cut with a knife. It escalates to all-out war in some churches — the battle between living local and going global.
With limited time and resources and energy in any given…Continue Reading
What Happened at Golgotha
Jesus absorbed God’s wrath for us.
Among the many other happenings during the most important hours in the history of the world — as the Son of God was crucified outside Jerusalem at a place called Golgotha (Mark 15:22) —…Continue Reading
A Valentine’s Lesson from a Husband Who Botched It
Alright, husbands, here we go. Today’s the big day. It’s time to muster our level best and not drop the ball on Valentine’s Day.
It’s not too late to make plans, or give them an upgrade — though it might…Continue Reading
Biblical Counseling: God Changing Lives Through Ordinary People
What comes to mind when you hear the phrase “biblical counseling”?
No doubt, many think of a movement that takes sin seriously. A growing number may call to mind a movement that is increasingly taking suffering seriously as well.
Discerning Good and Evil in a Complicated World
The doctrine of the Christian life — also known as ethics — is about Christian wisdom.
It is not about merely having the proper answers to a list of tricky moral questions, but discerning between good and evil in a…Continue Reading
Why Expand ‘Brothers, We Are Not Professionals’
Getting Oriented on the Gifts of the Spirit
As you board the spiritual-gifts roller coaster, you know that some are committed to having their hands in the air, while others very intentionally keep them tucked away under the safety harness. But before this train pulls away from the…Continue Reading
What Matters Most to God
Infinitely more important than what matters to any earthly king is what matters to God.
For decades, John Piper has traveled the country, and written book after book, saying that what matters most to God is God — and what…Continue Reading
MLK’s Dream and the Nightmare of Black Genocide
That’s Clenard Childress’s term for abortion in America and its pervasive effects in the last generation, especially in the Black community. The statistics are outrageous. One in four African Americans conceived in the last forty years have…Continue Reading
Piper on Prophecy and Tongues
The Christian ministry is irreducibly supernatural. Even centrally supernatural.
Desiring God’s 2013 Pastors Conference is fast approaching. On February 4–6, we’ll gather in downtown Minneapolis under the banner “Brothers, We Are Still Not Professionals.” Subtitle: “Reclaiming the Centrality of the…Continue Reading
Glory in the Mundane
God is big enough to make our most menial of tasks into something meaningful. He’s transcendent enough — and draws near enough to us — to make the mundane in our lives significant for his glory.
As a worship-leader for…Continue Reading
The Irony of the Epiphany
January 6 has long been the date the Western church has observed the Feast of the Epiphany. From the Greek for “appearance” or “manifestation” (epiphaneia), Epiphany celebrates the appearance of the Son of God among us as one…Continue Reading