Blog Posts by Jon Bloom
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
Jesus Understands Loneliness
“He was despised and rejected by men; a man of sorrows, and acquainted with grief.” (Isaiah 53:3)
Sometimes we feel alone in the world. Jesus understands this feeling. In a very human sense, he was alone.
Imagine what living…Continue Reading
Give the Priceless Gift of Corrective Lenses
Jesus died for me. What a treasure I must be!
I can think of a number of times over the years when I’ve heard people say something like this. And typically they were people I knew read the Bible frequently.…Continue Reading
Don’t Miss the Subtle, Ironic Poetry of God
When it comes to God, you must always keep your eyes open. If you don’t pay attention you’ll miss jaw-dropping glory.
Take the book of Esther, for example. If you’re not careful, you’ll only see a Hollywood-like story of a…Continue Reading
The Crux of History
Human history swings on the hinge of a Palestinian Jew. They can call it “Common Era” if they wish, but every event known to man is recorded as occurring (approximately) before or after the birth of Jesus of Nazareth.
Why Jethro? The Wisdom of What God Doesn't Say
“Thus the Lord used to speak to Moses face to face, as a man speaks to his friend.” (Exodus 33:11)
“[Jethro said to Moses,] What you are doing is not good… Now obey my voice; I will give you advice,…
Withdraw to a Desolate Place So You Don’t Waste Your Life
But [Jesus] would withdraw to desolate places and pray. (Luke 5:16)
A retreat might just be what you need in order to not waste your life.
Note that Jesus, in the middle of very busy ministry, would withdraw to desolate…Continue Reading
Beware the Peril that Lurks in Success
It happened, late one afternoon, when David arose from his couch and was walking on the roof of the king's house, that he saw from the roof a woman bathing; and the woman was very beautiful. (2 Samuel 11:2)
We are…Continue Reading
Wrong Thinking Is Behind Wrong Living
Everybody knows this is true. It’s a very simple principle.
But right thinking is very hard. The forces wielding a distorting influence over our reasoning powers are immense. Though God is revealing himself all the time in every aspect of…Continue Reading
Most of the Work of Ministry Is Done by Christians Who Work Secular Jobs
Only let each person lead the life that the Lord has assigned to him, and to which God has called him… in whatever condition each was called, there let him remain with God. (1 Corinthians 7:17, 24)
Most Christians struggle…Continue Reading
A Prayer for What I Need Most
O gracious God, Father of the Lord Jesus,
Through your Son’s words I hear you ask me “What do you want me to do for you?” (Luke 18:41). This is my answer: I want Ephesians 3:16–19.
I want you to…Continue Reading
Make October "Faith Month"
And without faith it is impossible to please him, for whoever would draw near to God must believe that he exists and that he rewards those who seek him. (Hebrews 11:6)
October will be here before we know it. And…Continue Reading
Give Them Words of Eternal Life
Lord… You have the words of eternal life. (John 6:68)
Christians are word people. We’re really into words because the Founder of Christianity is the Word (John 1:1). He came to earth to deliver a message in words. Those of…Continue Reading
What God Is Building Through All the "Inefficiencies" of Life
Time and energy is money. And money is money. So when we want to get something done we typically want it done as efficiently as possible.
That’s why we are often bewildered when God gives us work to do and…Continue Reading
The Pride of Nazareth
Jesus and Nazareth are inseparable. Jesus spent most of his life in Nazareth. The prophets had said, "He shall be called a Nazarene" (Matthew 2:23). History would remember him as Jesus of Nazareth. Even the demons called him that (Luke…Continue Reading
The More Wood, the Bigger the Fire
People don’t really care how many books we’ve read. So it’s a waste of time to read kinds of books or numbers of books to impress others.
And it’s also a waste if we spend most of our reading time…Continue Reading
Refuse to Be Numbed
I have great sorrow and unceasing anguish in my heart. For I could wish that I myself were accursed and cut off from Christ for the sake of my brothers, my kinsmen according to the flesh. (Romans 9:2–3)
I just…Continue Reading
Sexy, Successful, and Smart
He had… no beauty that we should desire him. He was despised and rejected by men. (Isaiah 53:2)
Are you feeling hopeful today? Take a look under the hood. How much of your hope is linked to some promise of…Continue Reading
Throw Off the Shackles of Conventional Coolness
Life is Christ. (Philippians 1:21)
One of the great hoaxes of our time is that we’ve learned to worship posers. American heroes are mainly entertainers. Our heroes don’t have to do anything particularly great, they just need to look and…Continue Reading