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A Christian Guide to the Zoo

David Mathis
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…

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A Voyage into Narnia

David Mathis

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…

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In and Out, In a Blaise of Glory

David Mathis
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…

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What Makes Dad Special

David Mathis

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…

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New Piper eBook for Father’s Day

David Mathis

Father’s Day is this weekend, and John Piper and the team at Desiring God would like to help you get ready and make the most of it.

This new ebook from John Piper, A Tribute to My Father, brings…

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Behind the Blog: Christian Dating

David Mathis, Jonathan Parnell, Tony Reinke, and Marshall Segal

Loving Muslims, While Rejecting Islam

David Mathis

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…

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Entertaining Pulpits and the Legacy of “Tethered Preaching”

David Mathis

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…

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The Unmarked Tomb of a Well-Known Soldier

David Mathis

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…

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We Are Far Too Easily Pleased

David Mathis

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 —…

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Grace Forfeited: A New Start for an Old Tradition

David Mathis

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…

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Behind the Blog: Good People

David Mathis, Jonathan Parnell, Tony Reinke, and Marshall Segal

Her Children Arise and Call Her Blessed

David Mathis
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 —…

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The Outrageous Claim of the Ascension

David Mathis

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…

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Destroying the Sacred-Secular Divide

David Mathis

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…

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What’s the Big Deal with the Puritans?

David Mathis

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…

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Meet the New John Piper

David Mathis and Jonathan Parnell

“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…

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Jackie Robinson and the Pattern of Jesus

David Mathis
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.
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How to Engage in Spiritual Warfare

David Mathis

If you think spiritual warfare is irrelevant to you, you may already be losing the battle. At least you’re ripe for Satan’s picking.

Demons have a notorious way of acclimatizing to where they are, warns Tope Koleoso, pastor of…

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Shattering Major-League Idols

David Mathis

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…

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Behind the Blog: Shattering Major-League Idols

David Mathis, Jonathan Parnell, and Tony Reinke

Here are the timestamps (counting backwards) for the topics covered:

-32:45 What daily difference does faith in Jesus make in your profession?

-31:30 A common narrative: God saving Christian athletes from their sport

-30:35 Donnie’s story of God shattering his…

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This Week’s Sermon: “God Raised Your Great Shepherd from the Dead”

David Mathis

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…

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Pity the Fool

David Mathis
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…

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