Articles by David Mathis
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
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
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
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
“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
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 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 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
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
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
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
Usain Bolt, yes, we are impressed. Gold medals in the men’s 100- and 200-meter sprints — at back-to-back Olympics. Like no one’s done before. You’ve made the case as well as any in this generation that you are “the world’s…Continue Reading
We could ask Jon Bloom about all sorts of stuff. Whether it's the founding of Desiring God, her nearly 20-year history, or what John Piper was really like back in the day, there's plenty to query Bloom on. But that'll have…Continue Reading
It's such a long word — sanctification. And it has such a churchy ring to it. No one uses this language outside the church.
So why not adopt a simpler term from the secular world and freight it afresh with…Continue Reading
Olympic glory is for the young. Gymnast Gabby Douglas is just 16 years old, swimmer Katie Ledecky is only 15, and Michael Phelps, age 27, says he's old enough to make these Olympic Games his last.
But the Christian "race" is…Continue Reading
It was five years ago today, on August 1, 2007, that the Interstate-35W bridge over the Mississippi River, near downtown Minneapolis, collapsed during rush hour.
Like no other tragedy in recent memory, the bridge collapse seized the collective attention of…Continue Reading
God's grace is catalytic. To truly experience it is to be changed for the better.
The Christian gospel floods our life with God's gracious provision, both outside of us and inside. Sins forgiven. Perfect righteousness provided for us in Jesus…Continue Reading
The Bible has something to say about the Olympic games.
“Everyone who competes in the games,” writes the apostle Paul, “exercises self-control in all things. They then do it to receive a perishable wreath, but we an imperishable” (1 Corinthians…Continue Reading
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.Continue Reading
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
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
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