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Ten Gospel Verses to Keep Warm

Ten Gospel Verses to Keep Warm

David Mathis
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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Ten Passages for Pastors to Memorize Cold

Ten Passages for Pastors to Memorize Cold

David Mathis
These are ten passages that will prove especially useful for pastors and Christian leaders, but we think this is a good list for all Christians as well.
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Simple Church Planting

David Mathis
It’s low-bar. It’s no frills. It’s a very simple model of planting, and challenges many of the prevailing notions about starting a new church. You’d never have guessed that an academic dean and professor of Hebrew from a major seminary…
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Born Again on the Fourth of July

Born Again on the Fourth of July

David Mathis
While the Fourth’s flood of Americana is all-too-enticing for many, it can rub many others the wrong way.
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Not by Sight: Marking 20 Years of Happy Service

David Mathis
Unless you repent, you will all likewise perish. It was these words from Jesus in Luke 13 that the 42-year-old preacher took as his sermon title on June 5, 1988. Little did he know, a 22-year-old newly-wed was in…
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A Christian Guide to the Zoo

A Christian Guide to the Zoo

David Mathis
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

In and Out, In a Blaise of Glory

David Mathis
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

Her Children Arise and Call Her Blessed

David Mathis
Mother’s Day is a sweet opportunity for Christians to celebrate one of God’s most significant means of his common and redeeming grace.
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The Outrageous Claim of the Ascension

The Outrageous Claim of the Ascension

David Mathis
The ascension reminds us that Christianity is not only an historical faith, but a faith of the present and future.
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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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