Blog Posts by Jon Bloom
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
When a Rebuke Became a Reward
Imagine what Zechariah and Elizabeth talked about after their friends left the naming ceremony where Zechariah had miraculously regained his speech. What might he have learned in those silent months?
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Don't Waste Your Christmas Lawn Ornament
Prayer Answered by Crosses
One of our dear small group members recently sent all of us this hymn by John Newton. It was refreshing to my soul. Thank you, God, for John Newton—and for my friend!
If you’ve been praying for greater faith and…Continue Reading
Dismembering an Idol
In Luke 19, Zacchaeus the tax collector was converted. He vowed to give back fourfold to anyone he had defrauded. Imagine a conversation he might have had when returning the money.
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"Dad, there's a man at the door. He…Continue Reading
The Benefit of Reading Less
Serving: A Distraction to Listening?
Martha, Martha, you are anxious and troubled about many things, but one thing is necessary. Mary has chosen the good portion, which will not be taken away from her. (Luke 10:42-42)
Jesus’ gracious rebuke to Martha haunts me.
"Martha was…Continue Reading
Eating is Believing
. . . Or What Jesus Meant When He Said, “Whoever Feeds on My Flesh and Drinks My Blood Has Eternal Life”
The previous day Jesus had fed 5,000 people with a few loaves and fish. Then that night he …Continue Reading
God's Soul Food
What Do Our Souls Eat?
Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that comes from the mouth of God. (Deuteronomy 8:3, Matthew 4:4)
When our bodies need energy, we know that we need to eat. So we eat a variety of…Continue Reading
The only thing that qualifies us to be followers of Jesus is that we are sinners who need grace. Sinners are the only kind of people Jesus calls, as the Apostle Levi (Matthew) discovered.1
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Levi looked around the…Continue Reading
The OT Lord’s Supper, the NT Passover
The Supper that Jesus instituted on the night he was betrayed was a new Passover meal. Or we might say that the Passover was the Old Testament Lord’s Supper.
The reason the Lord instituted the Passover was so that people…Continue Reading
Yom Kippur: It Is Finished
Let Him Deny Himself
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, in order to pursue our…Continue Reading
Thank you, Dad. And Goodbye.
Today we are burying my father, Marlin Bloom. He died at 8:16 PM on July 8th, just days short of his 78th birthday. Having battled numerous health issues over the years, his body simply wore out. Dad’s wish was to…Continue Reading
Young, Restless & Reformed Cake
A good friend forwarded me this photo of a seminary student’s groom cake. I had never heard of a “groom’s cake” before. But even if I’d seen 100 others, I doubt any would beat this. Man, I wish I could…Continue Reading
Praying the 6 "D's"
A few years back I wrote about the 5 "D's" I pray for daily. Recently, I added a sixth: desperation. I need to feel continually my desperate need for God.
Whatever it takes, Lord, give me...
Delight in you as…Continue Reading
God, Make Us Desperate!
A few days ago I listened to a sermon by a man who is preparing to lead a missionary team that will plant itself into one of the least reached nations in the world.
The most optimistic estimates of the…Continue Reading