Blog Posts by David Mathis
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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
Advent Begins Today
Advent is for adoring Jesus.
It’s an annual season of patient waiting, hopeful expectation, soul-searching, and calendar-watching marked by many churches, Christian families, and individual followers of Jesus. There’s no biblical mandate to observe Advent. It’s an optional thing —…Continue Reading
Behind the Blog: Move over Movember
Here on the last day of November — endearingly known as Movember by many working a fresh mustache for men’s health awareness — we went behind the blog for some backstories on the full face of content we grew in…Continue Reading
Enjoying the Trophies of God's Mighty Grace
This Advent is the 33rd John Piper has spent among the people of Bethlehem Baptist Church. And it is his last Advent as senior pastor.
God willing, Pastor John will serve as an associate in the first quarter of 2013…Continue Reading
The True Story of Thanksgiving
Come Thanksgiving Day each year, many of us give the nod to Pilgrims and Indians and talk of making ready for a harsh first Winter in the New World.
But for the Christian, the deepest roots of our thanksgiving go…Continue Reading
Gregg Allison on the Doctrine of the Church
The Church is Jesus's bride — a fascinating subject of study, and angle from which to learn more about our glorious Groom. She is also "a chosen race, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, a people for his own possession"…Continue Reading
Improving Our Baptism
Ever consider how you might improve your baptism?
Baptism is not something we typically think about as “improvable.” It’s a one-time, means-of-grace event, administered to a new professing believer entering into the visible covenant community of the local church. The…Continue Reading
Bigger Fish to Fry: Politics and the Priority of Disciplemaking
Jesus’s mission is bigger than next Tuesday’s election. Way bigger.
The Great Commission summons to make disciples — both reaching out for more quantity and going deep for more quality — should relativize the stock Jesus’s followers put in any…Continue Reading
Ordinary Life for an Extraordinary Athlete
We can be so quick to put them on a pedestal. So quick to assume professional athletes live a fantasy-camp life, away from the everyday pressures and pains facing the rest of us.
We subtly treat them as almost a…Continue Reading
Jesus Makes Up for Every Sacrifice
Peter began to say to him, “See, we have left everything and followed you.” Jesus said, “Truly, I say to you, there is no one who has left house or brothers or sisters or mother or father or children or… Continue Reading
A Big-Leaguer Who Learned to Lean on God
While it was a bleak 96-loss season for the Minnesota Twins, one bright spot was left-fielder Josh Willingham — who recently joined us for an interview at the Desiring God offices.
Raise your hand if you’ve ever heard of Harmon…Continue Reading
Sports in the Age to Come
Will there be touchdowns in the new creation? Grand-slam homeruns? Three-pointers at the buzzer? When heaven comes down to earth (Revelation 21:1–2), we shouldn’t expect anything less.
Or, to really bring it down out of the clouds, here’s one way…Continue Reading
Don’t Hide God’s Word from the Little Ones
It would be better for him if a millstone were hung around his neck and he were cast into the sea than that he should cause one of these little ones to sin. –Luke 17:2
It may long be remembered…Continue Reading
Still Not Professionals: 2013 Conference for Pastors
Brothers, we are not professionals.
That was John Piper’s plea to pastors for radical ministry a decade ago in the publication of the 2002 book of the same title. Since then, it’s become one of our most often quoted lines,…Continue Reading
The New City Catechism: A Remarkable Coming Together
What Happened at Vatican II (And How to Pray 50 Years Later)
It was fifty years ago today that Roman Catholicism launched what many consider to be the most ambitious of its 21 ecumenical councils. Called the Second Vatican Council, or Vatican II, the three-plus-year series of gatherings began under Pope John…Continue Reading
Jesus Says to Rome
You have heard that it was said to those of old, “Pray to Mary, and petition the Saints.” But I say to you that there is only one mediator between God and men (1 Timothy 2:5). You need no other…Continue Reading