Featured Resources by David Mathis

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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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Dieting, Botox, and Honoring Jesus with Your Body

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…
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Acting the Miracle

John Piper and David Mathis
Fighting sin is not easy. Thankfully, God helps Christians to overcome sin through the miracle of sanctification. This book, edited by best-selling author John Piper and his trusted colleague, David Mathis, calls readers to “act the miracle” God has…
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Panel Discussion

John Piper, Randy Alcorn, David Mathis, Phillip Ryken, Kevin Vanhoozer, and Douglas Wilson
This message is a panel discussion with the contributors concerning such things as Lewis's theology, works, and influence.
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Fed Up with Life and Ready to Write

David Mathis
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…
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Grace Gone Wild

David Mathis
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…
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The X-Factor in Bible Reading

David Mathis
The X-Factor in Bible Reading
The Bible is no magic book. But saying it that way might give the wrong impression.
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The Joy of Praising Others

David Mathis
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…
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Tapestry: A Vision for Trans-Cultural Church

David Mathis
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…
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Keeping King’s Dream Alive

David Mathis
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…
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Fresh Advice for the New Semester

David Mathis
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…
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Why We Won’t Back Down

David Mathis
Why We Won’t Back Down
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…
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Giving the Gospel Graciously

David Mathis
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…
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Twelve Gospel Passages to Soak In

David Mathis
Twelve Gospel Passages to Soak In
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…
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No Christian Suffering Is Meaningless

David Mathis
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…
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Church Planting and Missional Communities

David Mathis
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…
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How God Makes Our Nothing into Everything

David Mathis
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…
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Ten Gospel Verses to Keep Warm

David Mathis
Ten Gospel Verses to Keep Warm
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…
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Keller and Piper Talk C.S. Lewis

David Mathis
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…
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Capturing the Heart of a Child

David Mathis
What was so wonderful about C.S. Lewis, says Sally Lloyd-Jones, author of The Jesus Storybook Bible, is that such an incredible mind wrote children’s stories. She continues, He didn’t think children’s stories were beneath him. In fact, a…
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C.S. Lewis: Christian, Writer, Scholar, Prophet

David Mathis and Joe Rigney
Joe Rigney talks about his fascination with C.S. Lewis and his excitement for the Desiring God 2013 National Conference
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