Blog Posts by Jon Bloom
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
The Days of Darkness Will Be Many
One thing the Bible isn’t is utopist about life in this world. It gets unfairly criticized for encouraging a pessimism that makes people passive about doing anything to improve things; people who are “too heavenly minded to be any earthly…Continue Reading
Thank You, Pastor John, for 30 Years
Peter: When the Rock Sunk Slowly
One night a rock sunk slowly. And when he did, Jesus had some profound things to teach us.1
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The day had been another mind-blower for the disciples. As they rowed toward Capernaum it was hard to stop talking…Continue Reading
We Will Miss You, Lukas!
Today is Lukas Naugle's last day at DG. And we’re feeling a mixture of sadness, deep gratitude, and excitement about what the Lord has in store.
Lukas joined the DG staff in 2004 as our Customer Service Manager (CSM). He…Continue Reading
A Violent Messiah?
Psalm 110 is one of the great messianic psalms, and one of the most quoted OT texts in the New Testament. On this side of the cross, we understand that it prophesies of Jesus’ second-coming.
It’s also quite offensive to…Continue Reading
Death: A Misunderstood Mercy
Death itself is a devastating and horrible thing. But God promises to work all things—including death—for good for those who love him and are called by him (Romans 8:28).
Isaiah 57:1-2 gives us one glimpse into how God views…Continue Reading
Kill Me at Once!
Moses had had it up to here.
The Israelites' continual complaining and rebellion and lack of faith had been a heavy burden. Now they were standing in front of their tents weeping. Why? Because the food they were eating was…Continue Reading
No More Whoring
At the end of Numbers 15, God commanded Moses to have the people attach tassels on the corner of their garments. These were accessories with a purpose:
And it shall be a tassel for you to look at and remember…
Jesus & the Buddha on Happiness
Greatly disturbed by the suffering he saw in the world, 29-year-old Prince Gautama Siddhartha (563-483 BC), who was later called the Buddha (enlightened one), left his wife and young child and set out on a search for the meaning of…Continue Reading
Christian Hedonism 3.0
The Eyes Jesus Opened First
Luke included the Emmaus road account (Luke 24:13-35), no doubt, because it was a powerful testimony of the resurrected Jesus by two credible eyewitnesses (Cleopas likely would have been known to many first generation Christians). But there is also something…Continue Reading
Devotions Aren't Magic
We know that—for the most part. But still, we can be tempted to think that if we just figure out the secret formula—the right mixture of Bible meditation and prayer—we will experience euphoric moments of rapturous communion with the Lord.…Continue Reading
Pray for the Pearsons
Mitch and Mary Pearson are very precious to us. They are long-time members of Bethlehem Baptist, a church they have served in countless ways. And Mitch has served on the DG Board of Directors for the past 10 years.
Enduring Common-to-Man Temptations
No temptation has overtaken you that is not common to man. God is faithful, and he will not let you be tempted beyond your ability, but with the temptation he will also provide the way of escape, that you may…
There Must Be Factions
I’m thankful for First Corinthians. It reminds me that the early church wasn’t only experiencing Acts 4:32-35.
The church in Corinth was so divided that you might say it was diced. There were divisions over which apostle was…Continue Reading
God Provides Direction, Resources, and Ability
In Exodus chapters 26-30, God gave Moses very detailed instructions about how to make the tabernacle, its furnishings, the priests’ garments, and all the instruments used in worship. And then in chapter 31, God tells Moses (much to Moses’ great…Continue Reading
The Bleakest Psalm Is Really a Night-light
All the Beautiful Virgins?
Can You Bear Uncertainty?
Uncertainty is a difficult thing to bear. We want to know where the provision is going to come from or if we’re going to die of this disease or how this child is going to turn out or if our…Continue Reading