Blog Posts by Jon Bloom
Sow Seeds of Immeasurable Gospel Moments
Years ago John Piper said something about reading that I have found to be spot on:
It is sentences that change my life, not books. What changes my life is some new glimpse of truth, some powerful challenge, some resolution…
Dispel the Loveless Nightmare
Darwinian theorists say that our obsessive selfishness is programmed into our genes. No disagreement there. We know that. The Bible describes the effects of the fall as pervading everything. This would include the genetic level.
But they hypothesize that the…Continue Reading
Are You Content with Weaknesses?
Every day, as we seek to follow Jesus, we deal with incessant weaknesses in our bodies, emotions, relationships, families, vocations, and churches. We are “beset with weakness” (Hebrews 5:2). And they tempt us to discouragement, sometimes exasperation.
But one of…Continue Reading
What Love for God Looks Like
The greatest commandment is to love God (Matthew 22:36–37). But what that looks like can shock us, as it did Simon in Luke 7:36–50.
He had the Holy One of Israel (Isaiah 54:5) in his house, reclining at his table.…Continue Reading
I Will Not Let You Go Unless You Bless Me
Is there a fear staring you in the face right now? Are you finding your faith in God’s promise shaking? If so, you are likely praying desperately for God to be with you. God will answer you. But you might,…Continue Reading
Staying Faithful When Things Get Worse
Genesis chapters 37–41 only tell the low and high points of Joseph’s Egyptian slavery and imprisonment. But he spent at least 12 years there before he suddenly became the Egyptian Prime Minister. And during that terribly lonely, desolate time, things…Continue Reading
When a Rock Sunk Slowly
The new banner above has its inspiration from the following story about Peter’s walking on (and sinking in) the water (see Matthew 14:13–33 and John 6:1–21). We must think carefully about this because in following Jesus we are called to…Continue Reading
When the Perfect Comes . . .
“…when the perfect comes, the partial will pass away” (1 Corinthians 13:10).
Another year is passing away. Thank God. Not only for the massive amounts of unquantifiable grace we have received from him, but also because we are one year…Continue Reading
A Stable of Desperation
Christmas: The Dawn of Death’s Destruction
The Apostle Paul wrote, “O death, where is your sting?” (1 Corinthians 15:55). Anyone grieving the death of someone they love deeply will say that “sting” hardly begins to describe the pain.
And Christmas often heightens this pain. Certain decorations…Continue Reading
Show Them the Light in the Bleak Midwinter Night
The people who walked in darkness have seen a great light;
those who dwelt in a land of deep darkness, on them has light shone.
Where I live Christmastime is cold. Just days ago Minneapolis was wrapped in…Continue Reading
Christmas Bloodline: Notorious Women in Jesus’s Family
Buried in the genealogy of Jesus in Matthew chapter one is a gospel treasure. That treasure is five women. Their inclusion in the list is notable because it’s a patrilineal genealogy — a record of fathers and sons. Their inclusion…Continue Reading
Beware a Quaint Christmas
If you’ve been a Christian for a number of years or if you grew up where Christmas is traditionally celebrated, the idea that a member of the Godhead became veiled in flesh may have lost its strangeness. It’s Christmas, the…Continue Reading
Do Not Be Afraid
Do not be afraid and do not be dismayed at this great horde, for the battle is not yours but God’s. (2 Chronicles 20:15)
In 2 Chronicles 20, the armies of Moab, Ammon, and Edom were on the…Continue Reading
The Apologetic of Pointing
Most people don’t feel the need to struggle with Descartes over how they can be sure that they exist. And most don’t doubt the existence of the sun. These things are self-authenticating when one sees them.
And so is Jesus…Continue Reading
We Must Have Help to See Right
If I take my glasses off the world becomes blurry. In fact, things begin to diffuse at about six inches from my nose and grow more distorted the further away they are. I am very dependent on my corrective lenses…Continue Reading
What You Teach Really, Really Matters
Keep a close watch on yourself and on the teaching. Persist in this, for by so doing you will save both yourself and your hearers. (1 Timothy 4:16)
Do you have a communication gifting? Have others commented on how well…Continue Reading
An Antidote to the Disorder
America is the most affluent nation in the history of the world. And affluence is at once wonderful and perilous in its potential. Listen to what Michael Ramsden has to say:
Our affluent culture looks for ease in everything. Comfort…
John the Baptist's Doubt
Are you struggling with doubts in the middle of painful circumstances? So did John the Baptist. As he sat in Herod Antipas’s prison waiting likely execution, he was afflicted with doubts about Jesus.
“Are you the one who is to…Continue Reading
Remember What’s Really Going On: Jesus Is Gathering His Sheep
I have other sheep that are not of this fold. I must bring them also, and they will listen to my voice. So there will be one flock, one shepherd. (John 10:16)
Jesus Christ is hard at work gathering the…Continue Reading
Give Others the Gift of Being Slow to Speak
Know this, my beloved brothers: let every person be quick to hear, slow to speak, slow to anger. (James 1:19)
Listen. Wait. Respond.
How many of our conflicts would dissolve or never even materialize if we:
- Listened to really understand…
What I Am Doing You Do Not Understand Now
Peter watched Jesus make his way toward him, washing the feet of other disciples.
It had already been a confusing Passover. Jesus had been unusually burdened, close to tears all day. The atmosphere during the meal was charged with ominous…Continue Reading
Seize the Christmas Moment
Fast approaching is a cultural moment we should not miss for trying to help people see Jesus Christ.
America may be post-Christian, but Christmas is graciously stubborn. There it is in December, immovable. God has mercifully ordained that much of…Continue Reading
Piper and Edwards On Election (the Presidential One, I Mean)
The 57th U.S. presidential election is bearing down hard on us. Well-funded propaganda warships are shelling us from every media outlet. Dire consequences are prophesied if the wrong vision for America is elected to power.
But here’s something that you…Continue Reading
How I Forgot the Gospel
I forget the gospel. It’s one of the most maddening things about living with a truth-distorting sin nature. Let me give you a recent example.
A few weeks ago I said to my wife, “I’m feeling gospel fatigue. I’m tired…Continue Reading