Blog Posts by David Mathis
Holiness Beyond Words
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 Shelf Life on Preaching the Gospel to Yourself
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
Remain in the God-Breathed Book
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
The Gospel of Noncontradiction
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
An Olympic Lesson in God's Omnipotence
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
What's Greater Than Winning the Gold
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
First Things First: Making the Most of Your Morning
Behind the Blog: Who Is This Jon Bloom?
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
Sanctification: So Why the Long Word?
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
The Olympic Fight of Faith
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
Five Years Later: The 35W Bridge Collapse
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
What It Means to "Act the Miracle"
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
How to Watch the Olympic Games
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
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…