Blog Posts by David Mathis
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 Compelling and Costly Grace of God
For all eternity, God’s people will marvel at the splendor of his grace. Ephesians 1 tells us three times, in one long sentence, that God does all he does “to the praise of his glory” (verses 6, 12, and 14)…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
Jesus, You’re the Greatest Joy
Jerry Bridges on the Spiritual Disciplines
Here at the outset of 2013, in the midst of so many vain resolutions, perhaps God would be pleased to do a fresh work of grace in your life. Maybe he would give you some “resolve for good” (2 Thessalonians…Continue Reading
Pray for Passion 2013
The Georgia Dome in downtown Atlanta was rocking for last night’s major college bowl game that came down to the last snap, but anticipations are that it will be even louder the next three nights — with praise for Jesus.
This Week’s Sermon: “Sorrowful Yet Always Rejoicing”
Indomitable joy in Jesus in the very midst of suffering and sorrow — this is what the world needs from the church.
As tempting as it may be to figure things differently, what the world does not need from the services of…Continue Reading
The Year in Sports at Desiring God
Let the record show that we did not set out in 2012 to write more often about sports at Desiring God than previous years.
But as we’ve looked back on the last year, we noticed an uptick in our engagement…Continue Reading
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Learning from the Largest Mass Execution in U.S. History
It was the day after Christmas, 1862, in the town square of Mankato, Minnesota, that 38 Dakota warriors were hanged at the order of president Abraham Lincoln. After 150 years, it is still the largest mass execution in American history.
The Day Heaven Kissed Earth
Christmas is the day heaven kissed earth.
The Eternal Word, the golden son of heaven, humbly and willingly took up our comparatively lowly humanity, without ceasing to be God, and entered into the created realm, coming to earth as one…Continue Reading
The Glory of His Virgin Birth
Jesus was born of a virgin. This is a glory unique to the one God-man.
Of the billions of humans who have lived throughout history, only one person entered the world in this way. There is only one mediator between…Continue Reading
A Festivus for the Rest of Us
By now, most of us in the West are up to our necks in holiday commercialization. Far too many of us feel like we’re once again stumbling toward Christmas, exhausted and depleted by the most consumeristic season in history’s most…Continue Reading
Don Carson on the Incarnation
We dare you to find a better, and shorter, summary for the doctrine of the incarnation than John 1:14: “The Word became flesh.”
We asked Don Carson about this important doctrine at the very heart of Christmas. At the first…Continue Reading
Wild, Free, and Wonderful: The Call of Christ in the Life of Mack Stiles
Most of us would have been scared away from the Middle East by the events of September 11, 2001. But not Mack Stiles.
Not that he didn’t waver just a bit. Here’s the story.
Loosening the Roots
For years Mack…Continue Reading
How to Watch ‘The Hobbit’
At long last, Bilbo Baggins is back. Whether you’re fanatic enough to dress up for the midnight showing, or patiently awaiting a weekend outing, or even content to meander into a theater after the crowds die down, here’s some advice…Continue Reading
Erik Thoennes on the Christian and Sport
Playfulness is vital to healthy Christianity, says pastor and professor Erik Thoennes. “To be a Christian means to take God very seriously, but not ourselves.”
The great source of Christian playfulness is God himself, and the lavishness of his creation…Continue Reading