Blog Posts by Jon Bloom
Lay Aside the Weight of Self-Indulgence
Self-indulgence is spiritually dangerous to us because it’s a form of idolatry. It’s something we turn to instead of God for happiness.Continue Reading
What’s the Point of All this Futility?
Are you tired of fighting futility? Evil and disorder relentlessly throw wrenches into the gears of your life. What’s the point? For God, the point is hope. Which is very strange.Continue Reading
The poem has inspired millions, but its message is sick at its core. Who is the master of your fate? Who is the captain of our soul?Continue Reading
Make Your Mouth a Fountain of Life
The Bible tells us “death and life are in the power of the tongue” (Proverbs 18:21). That means a lot is at stake in what we say today. And in literate societies like ours, tongues include hands that write, type, paint, or sign.Continue Reading
All kinds of adversity, because of God’s grace, strengthens the Christian’s faith. Just like our brains and our bodies, faith is only strengthened by vigorous exercise. Adversity produces strong, gritty faith.Continue Reading
Help for Those Fighting or Grieving a Suicide
For some of us in the household of Jesus, Robin Williams’s death hits hard for very personal reasons. For some, a profound, oppressive darkness is threatening to douse the little light and hope they see.Continue Reading
The Priceless Grace of Pressure
Pressure is one of the more resented of God’s graces. Read the Bible and you’ll discover one story after another of pressurized saints. When God chooses his servants, he tends to give them an oversized workload.Continue Reading
You Don’t Have to Know a Lot of Things
John Piper’s book Doctrine Matters is the distillation of the “few great, majestic, unchanging, obvious, simple, glorious things” that set him on fire for 33 years as a local-church pastor and are still making him burn.Continue Reading
When God Seems Silent
So you desire God and ask for more of him and what do you get? Stuck in a desert feeling deserted. You feel disoriented and desperate. Don’t despair. . . . It’s how it feels, it’s not how it is. You are not alone. God is with you (Psalm 23:4).Continue Reading
The Cool God Is a Puny God
Americans, and most Westerners, live in cultures governed by the god called “Cool.”
Cool doesn’t have a temple we can see or visit, but his images and shrines are everywhere. Cool is a god that we actually invite to take…Continue Reading
The Unexpected Answers of God
In John 16:23–24, Jesus makes a stunning, sweeping, glorious promise to us:
In that day you will ask nothing of me. Truly, truly, I say to you, whatever you ask of the Father in my name, he will give it…
Before the Children Are Gone
Time is our most precious earthly asset because all other earthly assets are governed by it. We can’t really save time. We can only spend it. So we try to manage it.
But that’s very hard. Never in history have…Continue Reading
Life, Liberty, and the Pursuit of Happiness
July 4th is the day we commemorate the Continental Congress’s declaration of independence from the nation of Great Britain. People still debate over whether or not Britain’s offenses warranted colonial secession and war. Regardless, it was a bold, very risky…Continue Reading
So Good Things Can Run Wild
Everything God creates is good (Genesis 1:31).
We Are Out of Sync
But we must take this in large measure on faith because under the curse of the Fall, our fallen perceptions often don’t see it and our fallen natures…Continue Reading
How Can Self-Denial Be Hedonistic?
The Christian life is a journey to the greatest joy that exists. But “the way is hard that leads to life, and those who find it are few” (Matthew 7:14). Why is that? Because, paradoxically, as Jesus’s disciples learned in…Continue Reading
God Makes Our Misery the Servant of His Mercy
Naaman was Syria’s foremost general when Elisha served as God’s foremost prophet in Israel. After a Syrian raid on Israel, Naaman brought back his wife a gift: a Hebrew servant girl. When she saw that Naaman suffered from a serious…Continue Reading
Jesus Wants You to Be You
God had you specifically in mind when he created you and called you to follow him. You are custom-designed for your calling. But when you face the difficulty of your calling, you may look at others and be tempted to…Continue Reading
This May Push You over the Edge
Most of us read, see, or hear thousands of messages during the course of our lives. But only a few strike us with such force that we remember them distinctly. These messages uniquely shape us. They haunt us. We can’t…Continue Reading
The Treasure Makes All the Difference
One of Jesus’s most powerful parables is also one of his shortest:
The kingdom of heaven is like a treasure hidden in a field, which a man found and covered up. Then in his joy he goes and sells all…Continue Reading
Let Darwin Teach You
Why Was Judas Carrying the Moneybag?
When Wasting Your Life Is Worship
We all are happiness hunters. We are all treasure seekers. And as Judas and Mary illustrate, there’s one sure way to measure what we treasure: what we’re willing to spend to obtain it.
The dinner table was buzzing with happy…Continue Reading
Memorial Day, as Americans have come to know it, began in the years immediately following the Civil War. But until World War II, most people knew it as “Decoration Day.” It was a day to decorate with flowers and flags…Continue Reading
The End of Books
Why is reading so important to Christianity?
How is the Internet changing the way we read?
How can we become better readers?
These questions, and other critical topics about literacy, were addressed by Desiring God’s own Tony Reinke in an…Continue Reading
Escaping the Slavery of Selfish Ambition
Selfish ambition is a sin that always seems to be “crouching at the door” (Genesis 4:7). It contaminates our motives for doing just about anything. It shows up even in the most holy moments, like it did for Jesus’s disciples…Continue Reading