Blog Posts by Jon Bloom
Pleasure Is the Measure of Your Treasure
No one puts it as bluntly as Blaise Pascal in his Pensées:
All men seek happiness. This is without exception. Whatever different means they employ, they all tend to this end. The cause of some going to war, and…
Serve In the Shadow God Places You
“Andrew. Oh! You’re Simon Peter’s brother, aren’t you?”
Andrew must have gotten used to that. Even the New Testament introduces him as “Andrew, Simon Peter’s brother” (John 1:40). Peter’s shadow is cast over Andrew from the beginning.
Andrew is mentioned…Continue Reading
Fill Your Mouth With Life, Not Death
A lot is at stake in what we say today. “Death and life are in the power of the tongue” (Proverbs 18:21).
In literate societies, tongues include hands that write, type, paint, or sign.
Words Cause Death
People die because…Continue Reading
When God's Will Isn't Clear
Most of the decisions you will make today aren’t explicitly addressed in the Bible. Questions like, should I eat out today? What should I wear? Should I respond to this instance of my child’s sin with correction or forbearance? Should…Continue Reading
Judas Was the Treasurer?
Judas Iscariot “was a thief, and having charge of the moneybag he used to help himself to what was put into it” (John 12:6).
Has it ever struck you as odd that Jesus put a thief in charge of his…Continue Reading
Has Jesus Been Worth It?
Beneath intellectual objections to Jesus’ claims are often deep-seated fears. Imagine a conversation between Paul and “Jonathan,” a friend from Paul’s pre-Christian days who visits him in Felix’s Caesarean prison.
Jonathan was escorted into the dingy cell where his…Continue Reading
There’s Staggering Glory in Your Story
Worthy are you, our Lord and God, to receive glory and honor and power, for you created all things, and by your will they existed and were created (Revelation 4:11).
The story behind your existence is wilder than any story…Continue Reading
I Wish I Had a Child Like You
As he said these things, a woman in the crowd raised her voice and said to him, “Blessed is the womb that bore you, and the breasts at which you nursed!” But he said, “Blessed rather are those who hear…
The Mosque on the Mount
On the ancient temple mount in Jerusalem there stands a mosque.
Observant Jews see a profaning of their most holy place and plead with YHWH to remove their disgrace. Observant Muslims see Allah’s favor, a sign that the true religion…Continue Reading
We Destroy Arguments
Why is it so hard to just find some peace of mind?
Well, peace is hard to come by when you live in a warzone. And like it or not you are in a war—a very serious one. This war…Continue Reading
Beware of Mirrors
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…