Blog Posts by Jon Bloom
Disappointed by Jesus
How does God want us to deal with the emotion we call disappointment?
Joseph Barsabbas was disappointed by Jesus. Joseph was a candidate to replace Judas Iscariot as one of the Twelve, but when the lot was cast it “fell…Continue Reading
I Cry to You and You Do Not Answer Me
I cry to you for help and you do not answer me; I stand, and you only look at me. You have turned cruel to me (Job 30:20-21).
These words came out of the mouth of the man God considered…Continue Reading
Malaise is a mercy that feels yucky.
Malaise is that feeling you get when you’re getting sick but you don’t quite know it yet. It’s a vague sense of dis-ease. Your energy is draining. You just want to lie down.…Continue Reading
No More Scarlet Letters
W. Somerset Maugham once said, “There is hardly anyone whose sexual life, if it were broadcast, would not fill the world at large with surprise and horror.”
With networks and newspapers broadcasting another New York Congressman’s sordid sexual secrets, and…Continue Reading
It's Rarely Romantic at the Time
If you’re a romantic (and I think you should be) you love the book of Ruth.
This short story almost seems like it was made for film. It has all the components of a great romance: tragedy, loyalty, courage, virtuous…Continue Reading
Only Do What Your Heart Tells You
Princess Diana once said, “Only do what your heart tells you.”
This is a creed believed by millions. It’s a statement of faith in one of the great pop cultural myths of the Western world. It’s a gospel proclaimed in…Continue Reading
What Jesus Left Behind
You can often tell what mattered most to a person by what they leave behind when they depart this world.
What Jesus left behind is more astonishing when you think of what he didn’t leave:
- No wife or child
Pilate: Powerful, Pragmatic Pawn of Providence
Why Must We Work Out Our Salvation?
Therefore, my beloved, as you have always obeyed, so now, not only as in my presence but much more in my absence, work out your own salvation with fear and trembling, for it is God who works in you, both…
Why Jesus Wept
The shortest verse in the Bible is John 11:35: “Jesus wept.” But for all its grammatical simplicity, it’s packed with unfathomable complexity.
Jesus wept after speaking with Lazarus’ grieving sisters, Martha and Mary, and seeing all the mourners. That seems…Continue Reading
Could My Tears Forever Flow
“So they took Jesus, and he went out, bearing his own cross, to the place called The Place of a Skull, which in Aramaic is called Golgotha. There they crucified him” (John 19:16-18).
One astonishing thing about the Gospel accounts…Continue Reading
Jesus Christ is YAHWEH
Therefore God has highly exalted him and bestowed on him the name that is above every name so that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, in heaven and on earth and under the earth, and…
Supreme Humility, Supreme Exaltation
And being found in human form, he humbled himself by becoming obedient to the point of death, even death on a cross. Therefore God has highly exalted him and bestowed on him the name that is above every…
Have This Mind
Philippians 2:5-7 —
Have this mind among yourselves, which is yours in Christ Jesus, who, though he was in the form of God, did not count equality with God a thing to be grasped, but made himself nothing, taking the…
Lord, Where Are You Going?
What are you more concerned about today: where Jesus is leading you, or whether you really trust him?
I can tell you what Jesus is most concerned about: your trust.
When Jesus informed the disciples that he was going away…Continue Reading
Shine Your Light or Hide Your Hand
Let your light shine before others, so that they may see your good works and give glory to your Father who is in heaven. (Matthew 5:16 ESV)
But when you give to the needy, do not let your left hand…
Troubled But Not Troubled
Jesus’ words “let not your hearts be troubled” (John 14:1a) are comforting. But this it is not merely counsel. It is a command. What Jesus is saying is that in the face of trouble—terrible trouble—we must not allow our hearts…Continue Reading
"Where Is Your Faith?"
Why did Jesus still the storm? Imagine what the disciples might have been thinking a half-hour later.
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The sea was quiet now. And there was just breeze enough to…Continue Reading
Happy Birthday, Pastor John!
Today is John Piper’s 65th birthday. Join us in blessing a man for whom retirement from the kingdom work is not on the horizon!
Pastor John, in honor of your birthday the DG staff has compiled 65 reasons why we…Continue Reading
A New Executive Director at DG!
One kingdom-constant in this age is that those who are called to lead must at some point “entrust” what they’ve learned and built “to faithful men who will be able to teach others also” (2 Timothy 2:2). And that’s happening…Continue Reading
Next Year In Jerusalem!
Help Us End the Year Strong
Like most non-profits in the U.S., December is a crucial month of financial support for us at DG. Historically, we receive about 30% of our annual gifts in December. This year we’re praying for $823,000 to help us meet budget.
God Has Exalted His Name and Word
"You have exalted above all things your name and your word." (Ps. 138:2)
In the beginning was the Word
And the Word was with God and the Word was God
And the Word became flesh and dwelt among us,…
And the angel said to them, ‘Fear not, for behold, I bring you good news of great joy that will be for all the people' (Luke 2:10).
The Bethlehem shepherds were afraid of the holy angel. That’s understandable. Holy glory…Continue Reading
We Are Not So Reasonable
And they abandoned the Lord, the God of their fathers…[and] went after other gods, from among the gods of the peoples who were around them. (Judges 2:12)
The ancient Israelites repeatedly turned to the idols of the surrounding nations despite…Continue Reading