Blog Posts by David Mathis
Sanctification When "It Is Finished"
How is Christian sanctification different than so-called growth, or personal advance, in any other system of belief?
Jared Wilson points us to the gospel's unique declaration, and how it changes everything for Christian sanctification.
Celebrate with us, and wrestle through,…Continue Reading
Election: Handle with Care
I endure everything for the sake of the elect, that they also may obtain the salvation that is in Christ Jesus with eternal glory. –2 Timothy 2:10
The doctrine of election is a sharp scalpel.
It can be wielded with…Continue Reading
How Mission Sanctifies
Jesus and the Wild Animals
It’s one of the stranger asides in all the Gospels.
In Mark’s first chapter, verses 12–13, after Jesus’s baptism, “The Spirit immediately drove him into the wilderness. And he was in the wilderness forty days, being tempted by Satan. And…Continue Reading
Jumpstart Your Stalled Sanctification
Has it ever seemed like your sanctification is plateauing? Ever felt like you were spinning your spiritual tires?
In such times—relax, we’ve all had them—you may run through the typical means-of-grace checklist, whether in your own mind or with a…Continue Reading
The Apologetical Power of the Existence of Israel
Finish Your Piper Collection — at Long Last
At one time, it would have cost you a pretty penny to finish off your Piper book collection.
A few fanatics would pony up what it took to obtain a Cambridge-University hardback or Baker softcover of John Piper's out-of-print dissertation …Continue Reading
The Book of Galatians in 30 Tweets
Paul is en fuego in his letter to the Galatians. He’s flaming with a righteous apostolic anger. Best advice perhaps is don’t try this at home.
But do read it at home. Hear it preached. Study it. Write about it.…Continue Reading
Dialogue on the Most Controversial Place on Earth
Some Muslims have vowed to extinguish Israel. Many Israelis feel the same animosity toward their Middle Eastern neighbors. Near-apocalyptic tensions rarely subside in Israel-Palestine, the most controversial place on earth.
How should Christians — carrying Bibles with lots to say…Continue Reading
Our Most Practical Conference Yet
We're getting down and dirty this fall. And we want you to join us.
Get off your theological high horse, get level with the gravel, and let's talk how sanctification really happens in the trenches of everyday life.
Don't get…Continue Reading
More on the Masculine Feel of Christianity
Jesus: Lord of Feast and Famine, Homeruns and Strikeouts
. . . I have learned in whatever situation I am to be content. I know how to be brought low, and I know how to abound. In any and every circumstance, I have learned the secret of facing plenty…
Josh Hamilton, Relapse, and the Means of Grace
When Grace Goes Violent
Grace-driven effort is violent. It is aggressive. The person who understands the gospel understands that, as a new creation, his spiritual nature is in opposition to sin now, and he seeks not just to weaken sin in his…
Soaked with the Blood of Jesus, Singed with the Fire of Hell
Gospel preaching is a serious endeavor. And the mantle of preaching isn't to be worn flippantly.
Because God is God, and the Bible is his word, the heralding and exposition of that word is central to the corporate life of…Continue Reading
The Lineup Card for T4G
With this week’s Together for the Gospel conference (T4G) gathering at the basketball arena in Louisville, it seemed like hoops was the right direction to take the promo.
But, come on, it’s Opening Week in Major League Baseball, and there…Continue Reading
Barabbas and Me
Year after year, as Christians walk through the Passion week with Jesus, our hearts are knit to him. He is our greatest hero, at the climax of his greatest feat. As we relive the story with him, we pull for…Continue Reading
Update on John Piper’s Transition
Keep Both Eyes Peeled for Jesus
An essential mark of a solid seminary experience is continually being stunned by how everything relates to Jesus. When we look long enough, press hard enough, and feel deeply enough, we discover again and again that it all comes back…Continue Reading
Piper's Green Preaching at Fuller (1971)
"Today is one of the best days of my seminary life." So wrote John Piper in his journal on Wednesday, March 24, 1971, during his final semester at Fuller Seminary.
On that Monday, March 22, "Dr. Schaper called me and asked…Continue Reading
Psalm 40: Obedience Better Than David’s
In sacrifice and offering you have not delighted,
but you have given me an open ear.
Burnt offering and sin offering
you have not required.
Then I said, “Behold, I have come;
in the scroll of the…
All Spheres of Life — Even Pro Basketball
They're calling it "LinSanity" in New York, and it hit fever pitch tonight after Lin's game winning 3-pointer with less than a second to play in the Knicks win. He finished with 27 points and a career-high 11 assists.
Study the Word for More Than Words
Learn a lesson from Jerry Seinfeld. Daily Bible intake is about soul survival.
Very Much into Just Surviving
When his wildly successful sitcom ended, Seinfeld went on a nationwide stand-up comedy tour called “I’m Telling You for the Last Time.”…Continue Reading
Help Revise Future Grace
Parents, Beware: Proverbs Are Not Promises
Far too many of us who (rightly) renounce the so-called "prosperity gospel" (wrongly) coddle our own little version of it as we focus on our families.
In recent decades, Christian television has spread what many call the “prosperity…