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How to Watch ‘The Hobbit’

David Mathis

At long last, Bilbo Baggins is back. Whether you’re fanatic enough to dress up for the midnight showing, or patiently awaiting a weekend outing, or even content to meander into a theater after the crowds die down, here’s some advice…

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Erik Thoennes on the Christian and Sport

David Mathis

Playfulness is vital to healthy Christianity, says pastor and professor Erik Thoennes. “To be a Christian means to take God very seriously, but not ourselves.”

The great source of Christian playfulness is God himself, and the lavishness of his creation…

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Advent Begins Today

David Mathis

Advent is for adoring Jesus.

It’s an annual season of patient waiting, hopeful expectation, soul-searching, and calendar-watching marked by many churches, Christian families, and individual followers of Jesus. There’s no biblical mandate to observe Advent. It’s an optional thing —…

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Behind the Blog: Move over Movember

David Mathis and Jonathan Parnell

Here on the last day of November — endearingly known as Movember by many working a fresh mustache for men’s health awareness — we went behind the blog for some backstories on the full face of content we grew in…

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Enjoying the Trophies of God's Mighty Grace

David Mathis

This Advent is the 33rd John Piper has spent among the people of Bethlehem Baptist Church. And it is his last Advent as senior pastor.

God willing, Pastor John will serve as an associate in the first quarter of 2013…

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The True Story of Thanksgiving

David Mathis
The True Story of Thanksgiving

Come Thanksgiving Day each year, many of us give the nod to Pilgrims and Indians and talk of making ready for a harsh first Winter in the New World.

But for the Christian, the deepest roots of our thanksgiving go…

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Gregg Allison on the Doctrine of the Church

David Mathis

The Church is Jesus's bride — a fascinating subject of study, and angle from which to learn more about our glorious Groom. She is also "a chosen race, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, a people for his own possession"…

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Improving Our Baptism

David Mathis

Ever consider how you might improve your baptism?

Baptism is not something we typically think about as “improvable.” It’s a one-time, means-of-grace event, administered to a new professing believer entering into the visible covenant community of the local church. The…

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Bigger Fish to Fry: Politics and the Priority of Disciplemaking

David Mathis
Bigger Fish to Fry: Politics and the Priority of Disciplemaking

Jesus’s mission is bigger than next Tuesday’s election. Way bigger.

The Great Commission summons to make disciples — both reaching out for more quantity and going deep for more quality — relativizes the stock Jesus’s followers put in any political…

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Ordinary Life for an Extraordinary Athlete

David Mathis

We can be so quick to put them on a pedestal. So quick to assume professional athletes live a fantasy-camp life, away from the everyday pressures and pains facing the rest of us.

We subtly treat them as almost a…

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Jesus Makes Up for Every Sacrifice

David Mathis
Jesus Makes Up for Every Sacrifice
Peter began to say to him, “See, we have left everything and followed you.” Jesus said, “Truly, I say to you, there is no one who has left house or brothers or sisters or mother or father or children or
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A Big-Leaguer Who Learned to Lean on God

David Mathis

While it was a bleak 96-loss season for the Minnesota Twins, one bright spot was left-fielder Josh Willingham — who recently joined us for an interview at the Desiring God offices.

Raise your hand if you’ve ever heard of Harmon…

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Sports in the Age to Come

David Mathis
Sports in the Age to Come

Will there be touchdowns in the new creation? Grand-slam homeruns? Three-pointers at the buzzer? When heaven comes down to earth (Revelation 21:1–2), we shouldn’t expect anything less.

Or, to really bring it down out of the clouds, here’s one way…

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Don’t Hide God’s Word from the Little Ones

David Mathis
Don’t Hide God’s Word from the Little Ones
It would be better for him if a millstone were hung around his neck and he were cast into the sea than that he should cause one of these little ones to sin. –Luke 17:2

It may long be remembered…

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The New City Catechism: A Remarkable Coming Together

David Mathis

Today is the official launch of the New City Catechism, which is marked by an extraordinary combination of fortes.

Produced by The Gospel Coalition and Redeemer Presbyterian Church of New York, this new catechism has a lot to be…

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What Happened at Vatican II (And How to Pray 50 Years Later)

David Mathis

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…

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Jesus Says to Rome

David Mathis

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…

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The Saddest and Happiest Reality in the Universe

David Mathis

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…

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Hospitality and the Great Commission

David Mathis
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…

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Preparing for Marriage (Free eBook)

David Mathis

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…

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Making What God Made Us to Make

David Mathis

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…

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YRR, Let's Finish the Mission

David Mathis

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…

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The Mocking of Muhammad and Condemning of Christ

David Mathis

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…

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iPhone 5 and Our Fascination with Newness

David Mathis

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…

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New Devotional App

David Mathis

UPDATE (April 23, 2013): Solid Joys is now a fully functional website, available in English and Korean. A Korean Android app is now available as well.

UPDATE (December 6, 2012): This app is now available for Android, too!

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