Blog Posts by Jon Bloom
Counting the Cost of Sexual Immorality
Give to the One Who Begs from You (Part 2)
I Have Not Always Obeyed This Command
"Give to the one who begs from you, and do not refuse the one who would borrow from you" (Matthew 5:42).
I confess, I have not always obeyed this command.
I'm a veteran urban-dweller. Having lived in an inner city…Continue Reading
Listen to Augustine Pray
Demas and Mark
What happened to Demas?
We don’t know. All we know is that some of the last words the Apostle Paul wrote before his Roman execution expressed a heartbreak: “Demas, in love with this present world, has deserted me and gone…Continue Reading
How DG Got Started
Pastor Tim Smith of Mars Hill church in Seattle did a brief (7.5 minute) interview with me at a recent conference on how Desiring God got started 15 years ago.
Seeing Our Shame: The Fuel of True Love for God
He had the Holy One of Israel in his house, reclining at his table. The Prophet that Moses had foretold was sharing dinner with him. The Lord of glory, the Resurrection and the Life, was speaking with him face to…Continue Reading
How Long Will This Last?
In God We Trust
This morning I read a booklet by Michael Haykin of Southern Seminary titled, In God We Trust: What Is God Saying In The Midst Of This Financial Crisis. He provides a brief survey of historical financial crises, beginning with…Continue Reading
Exposing the Idol of Self-Glory
The love of our own glory is the greatest competitor with God in our hearts. And sometimes we can cloak this idol in a pious disguise. In Matthew 21, Jesus unmasked such an idol with a single question.
It was…Continue Reading
Rachel Barkey is a 37 year-old wife and mother of two who is dying of cancer. She only has weeks to live.
On March 4, she addressed 600 women and in 55 minutes delivered one of the most God-centered, gospel-soaked,…Continue Reading
Rock of Truth, Satanic Stumbling Block
It is humbling to remember that as Christians we are still vulnerable to Satan’s deception. One moment we can speak glorious truth and the next moment destructive, satanic words. We must be on our guard, something Peter learned the hard…Continue Reading
Jesus' Unbelieving Brothers
Do you, like me, have family members who do not believe in Jesus? If so, we are in good company. So did Jesus. And I think this is meant to give us hope.
According to the Apostle John, “not even…Continue Reading
Was Jesus a Lonely Child?
“He was despised and rejected by men; a man of sorrows, and acquainted with grief” (Isaiah 53:3).
We know very little about Jesus’ childhood. But as I’ve been meditating recently on what it must have been like growing up having…
He was one of the walking dead. It had almost been three years since the priest examined that suspicious spot on his left arm and looked at him with sympathy, “I’m so sorry. It’s leprosy. May God have mercy on…Continue Reading
A Year-End Letter to the DG Staff
Dear Desiring God Staff,
As 2008 fades into history, I want to tell you again what a precious, undeserved privilege it has been to serve with you in the mission of Desiring God. God granted 44 of you to serve…Continue Reading
One of My Heroes...
…is my big brother, Jim. He has been since I was young. Being five years older than me, he was always the epitome of what it meant to be big.
But when he was in college (and I in Jr.…
Joseph's Painful Decision
Mary wasn’t herself. Joseph had sensed some urgency in her request that he meet her at “their” tree. She was staring at the ground. She seemed burdened.
“Mary, is something wrong?”
She looked up at him intensely. “Joseph… I’m pregnant.”
Sordid Lineage, Beautiful Legacy
Ruth Wasn’t Even a Jew
The book of Ruth is amazing. Not simply because it’s a great story about love, loyalty, faith, romance and redemption. But its very presence in the Bible is amazing. Stuck right there in the Old…Continue Reading
All God's "Musts" Require Trust
Is God Punishing Me?
As a Christian, when you experience a painful providence like an illness or a rebellious child or a broken marriage or a financial hardship or persecution, do you ever wonder if God is punishing you for some sin you committed?
A Mighty Deacon
When Sam Crabtree (DG Board member and Executive Pastor at Bethlehem Baptist) recently asked us what he needed to do to get some DWYL stickers, Lukas Naugle replied that Sam needed to write a song about what a deacon does,…Continue Reading
They Don't Teach This Math in School
There’s a lot of gloom and doom in the news these days. If we listen too much, unbiblical fear may begin to govern our actions because we’re only putting our trust in what we see.
Imagine for a moment that…Continue Reading
Jesus and Buddha on Happiness
Greatly disturbed by the suffering he saw in the world, 29-year-old Prince Guatama 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
What Jesus Meant When He Said “You Must Eat My Flesh”
The day before, Jesus had fed 5,000 people with a few loaves and fish. Then that night he walked miles across the Sea of Galilee before catching up with his disciples in their boat. The crowd had seen him send…Continue Reading