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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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Piper’s Final Weekend as Pastor

David Mathis
This Easter marks the end of an era at Bethlehem Baptist. John Piper served as the church’s primary preacher from July 13, 1980, until December 31, 2012. Since January 1 this year, he has been associate pastor, and his final…
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The Old Man and His Big Book

David Mathis
Update: Robert Duncan Culver died February 7, 2015, at the age of 98. It felt as though we were traveling back in time. Snow was falling, the roads were icy, and civilization was in the rearview. Tony Reinke and I…
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Grateful for His Greatest Gift (Interview with Ann Voskamp)

David Mathis
Gratitude is a virtue most worthy of our cultivation. Indeed, in all the Christian life, gratitude is to be planted, watered, dressed, and harvested. Gratitude gets at the very essence of what it means to be created, finite, fallen, redeemed…
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Every Calvary Step Was Love

David Mathis
Today is Palm Sunday, and so begins our journey with Jesus from Jerusalem’s gate to Golgotha’s cross to Easter’s triumph. In this Holy Week, we begin with “Hosanna,” walk solemnly toward “Crucify him,” and finish elatedly with, “He is risen!”…
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The Mission of Saint Patrick

David Mathis
Don’t forget to wear your green today. It’s Saint Patrick’s Day. Before thumbing your nose at all the carousing and empty revelry that much of the day has become, it’s worth taking at least a brief glance at the inspiring…
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One Thing You Lack

David Mathis
Hey you, rich young ruler… Maybe you’re old for pro football, but you’re young to the rest of the world. And rich. You’ve negotiated salary-cap-friendly deals with your team, but that still has you at a guaranteed $33 million over…
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Jerry Bridges Talks Disciplemaking

David Mathis
Jerry Bridges Talks Disciplemaking
The local church is not just an orphanage for young children, but a home for spiritual adults.
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New iPhone App: Ask Pastor John

David Mathis
Update: Ask Pastor John is now available in Google Play and the Amazon Appstore for Android devices (including Kindle Fire). It is with great enthusiasm that we announce the release of Desiring God’s new iPhone app Ask Pastor John
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The Story of Our Glory

David Mathis
Spectacular glory awaits those who are joined to Jesus. Not only will we see him in all his glory — which might be thrilling enough — but we will share in his glory as he transforms “our lowly body to…
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Leadership Together

David Mathis
Healthy churches are no happy place for lone wolves. Especially in leadership. Throughout the New Testament, Jesus’s apostles assume and instruct that his undershepherds do the work of Christian leadership together. In Acts 20:17, it is the plural elders of…
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The Seamless Garment of Christian Mission

David Mathis
The Seamless Garment of Christian Mission
There is one Christian mission. We need not be torn between casting our support behind mission among a reached people and missions to the unreached.
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What Happened at Golgotha

David Mathis
Jesus absorbed God’s wrath for us. Among the many other happenings during the most important hours in the history of the world — as the Son of God was crucified outside Jerusalem at a place called Golgotha (Mark 15:22) —…
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A Valentine’s Lesson from a Husband Who Botched It

David Mathis
Alright, husbands, here we go. Today’s the big day. It’s time to muster our level best and not drop the ball on Valentine’s Day. It’s not too late to make plans, or give them an upgrade — though it might…
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Biblical Counseling: God Changing Lives Through Ordinary People

David Mathis
What comes to mind when you hear the phrase “biblical counseling”? No doubt, many think of a movement that takes sin seriously. A growing number may call to mind a movement that is increasingly taking suffering seriously as well. But…
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Discerning Good and Evil in a Complicated World

David Mathis
The doctrine of the Christian life — also known as ethics — is about Christian wisdom. It is not about merely having the proper answers to a list of tricky moral questions, but discerning between good and evil in a…
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Why Expand ‘Brothers, We Are Not Professionals’

David Mathis
The bread and butter of Christian ministry is supernatural. It’s been a decade since John Piper made his plea to fellow pastors, Brothers, We Are Not Professionals. Ten years later, he stands by that message as much as ever…
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Getting Oriented on the Gifts of the Spirit

David Mathis
As you board the spiritual-gifts roller coaster, you know that some are committed to having their hands in the air, while others very intentionally keep them tucked away under the safety harness. But before this train pulls away from the…
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What Matters Most to God

David Mathis
Infinitely more important than what matters to any earthly king is what matters to God. For decades, John Piper has traveled the country, and written book after book, saying that what matters most to God is God — and what…
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