Blog Posts by David Mathis
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
The Saddest and Happiest Reality in the Universe
It is the paradox of paradoxes. The cross of Christ is both the most horrific happening in the history of the world, and the most beautiful. The universe's saddest moment and happiest turn came together one afternoon at Golgotha on…Continue Reading
Book Special: Future Grace, Revised Edition ($10)
Hospitality and the Great Commission
The twelve of us sat in silence, on the edge of our seats. You could have heard a pin drop.
I had pilgrimaged from Minnesota to muggy Orlando, and her stifling August humidity, for a weeklong intensive course on evangelism…Continue Reading
Preparing for Marriage (Free eBook)
Preparing well for marriage means asking hard questions.
Getting to know that special someone includes learning about family and friends and schooling and athletics, favorite pastimes, books, movies, life’s best moments and worst, the brightest places in our background and…Continue Reading
Getting at God’s Holiness (Conference Live-Stream)
Thanks to all who have been a part of the 2012 National Conference, whether by attendance or the live-stream. The audio and video of each session will be available for streaming and download by Friday, October 5.
Piper's Concluding Message
Making What God Made Us to Make
Images are designed to image — to reflect, to point.
Created in the image of God, we all are designed, like the God-man, to reflect God. To show God, to point to him, to image God.
One prominent way in…Continue Reading
YRR, Let's Finish the Mission
You can only dive deep in the Scriptures so long until you’re ready to get busy. Unless something’s seriously broken, you can only power up so much on theology — whether straight-up seven-point Calvinism, or something more dilute — until…Continue Reading
The Mocking of Muhammad and Condemning of Christ
Jesus’s uniqueness and beauty is on display if his followers respond with grace when he is reviled.
When adherents of Islam counter the mocking of their central figure with outrage and violence, they provide “another vivid depiction of the difference…Continue Reading
iPhone 5 and Our Fascination with Newness
Bigger screen. Better camera. Faster processor.
We're fascinated with newness. We love improving our gadgets. There is much common grace in a new iPhone — an image-of-God creativity to appreciate. And a danger to beware.
"Sit loose to this world's…Continue Reading
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True Holiness Befriends Sinners
The pursuit of holiness may keep you from bad company. But have you ever considered that it might also lead you to keep some pretty bad company?
Jesus is our litmus test of lived-out holiness. He is the Holy One…Continue Reading
The Trouble with Focusing on Your Marriage
Focusing on your marriage can be a good thing. And it can really mess you up.
It depends on what kind of focusing you’re doing. If it involves a season for extra attention and conscientiousness and investment, to deepen the…Continue Reading
Why We Labor Day and Night
It’s wise to periodically pause and refresh ourselves on why we do what we do.
For those of us taking a break from our labors on this Labor Day (ironic, as it may be), here’s a triad of encouragements from…Continue Reading
The Secret of Sanctification
Is there a silver bullet for increasing Christlikeness? It’s doubtful that speaking like that will bring more clarity than confusion. But there is biblical precedent for talk about finding “the secret.”
In Philippians 4:11–13, the apostle Paul, having thanked his…Continue Reading
Let’s Revise the Popular Phrase “In, But Not Of”
“In, but not of”— if you’ve spent much time Christian circles, you’re probably familiar with this slogan. In the world, but not of the world. It captures a truth about Jesus’s followers. There’s a real sense…Continue Reading
Behind the Blog: Tempest in a Pot of Iced Tea
Chick-fil-A was a veritable tempest in a pot of iced tea in recent weeks. But we weren't afraid to touch on the subject, albeit tangentally, with an angle on the tolerance of God.
In this latest edition of Behind the…Continue Reading
Holiness Beyond Words
Holiness starts with God. Discussions about holiness get off on the wrong foot when they begin with what we don’t do, rather than with who God is.
This is essential to keep in mind as we talk about sanctification —…Continue Reading
The Shelf Life on Preaching the Gospel to Yourself
The clock is ticking. If you're faithfully "preaching the gospel" to your own soul, day in and day out, but distancing yourself from regular Bible intake, your freshness is fading. There's an expiration date on this fruit once it's off…Continue Reading
Remain in the God-Breathed Book
Is there any key to God's merciful blessings on a particular local church?
Pastors transition. Seasons of ministry change. Congregations are in flux. New initiatives come and go. But there is at least one thing that gives a battered little…Continue Reading
The Gospel of Noncontradiction
What if being a grace junkie didn't mean caring very little about Christian holiness and obedience? What if we could let grace be grace — wild and free — and at the same time let ourselves be captured by a…Continue Reading
An Olympic Lesson in God's Omnipotence
Sad to see the Olympics end?
Every other year, whether Winter Games or Summer, it's thrilling when the Olympics arrive and captivate the world's collective attention for two full weeks. But most of us are at least a little glum…Continue Reading