Blog Posts by Jon Bloom
The Only Thing We Have to Fear
He Must Increase, But I Must Decrease
You Don’t Have to Obey
Let not sin therefore reign in your mortal body, to make you obey its passions (Romans 6:12).
It bears repeating: if you want life, deny yourself (Matthew 16:24–25). Your narcissistic nihilist self will kill you if you do not.
What the Lilac Preached to Me
The man at Home Depot said I had to choose between having kids and having a yard.
I have five kids. And our friends next door have five kids. Inner-city living means that most of the biking, digging, running, building,…Continue Reading
A Prayer for a Lukewarm Heart
O Infinitely Passionate Father,
You have created me with the capacity for deep affections — to love, to loathe, to desire, to delight, to excite, to grieve, to laugh, to enjoy, to fear, to be depressed, to be thankful. And…Continue Reading
If You Feel Overwhelmed, Eat!
When your soul is troubled and you feel overwhelmed, sometimes you need to just stop stewing and praying and tell yourself to eat, for God’s sake.
I get this from psalms like Psalm 43:
Why are you cast down, O…
The Cross Guarantees the Death of Our Dark Guest
Easter is for shouting. But Good Friday is for not much talking.
Good Friday is for long looks at the fulcrum of human history when the most beautiful and most horrible events converged in one glorious gory moment as the…Continue Reading
When the Angel Didn't Come
Luke says it so quickly, so matter-of-factly: “[Herod] killed James the brother of John with the sword” (Acts 12:2). In the flow of the story this little phrase sets the stage for Peter’s dramatic prison rescue by the angel. So…Continue Reading
Whom Are You Really Serving?
When Martha welcomed Jesus and his contingent into her home in Bethany (Luke 10:38–42) there could have been a hundred or more people. The seventy-two had just rejoined Jesus after their itinerant ministry tours. And considering his fame at this…Continue Reading
God Loves Good Wine
God Wants You to Complain
With my voice I cry out to the Lord; with my voice I plead for mercy to the Lord.
I pour out my complaint before him; I tell my trouble before him.”
To live in this…Continue Reading
Don’t Focus on Your Strengths
The Lord is my strength and my song, and he has become my salvation (Exodus 15:2).
For the past decade or so, discovering our strengths has been the buzz in North America, particularly in leadership and management circles. Lots of…Continue Reading
The Darling Object of William Wilberforce
At 4:00 AM on February 24, 1807, the British Parliament overwhelmingly voted to abolish the slave trade and then “rose almost to a man and turned towards [William] Wilberforce in a burst of Parliamentary cheers…while he sat, head bowed, tears…Continue Reading
Spiritual Leadership May Be Heartbreaking, but It Is Always Hopeful
Any time a selfish sinner is tasked with leading other selfish sinners in a Godward direction — whether in families, friendships, small groups, churches, or broader movements — there’s going to be trouble.
Take Moses, for example. No Old Covenant…Continue Reading
He Finished Well: A Tribute to Mike Stohlmeyer
Don’t Give Up
“Here is a call for the endurance of the saints” (Revelation 14:12).
We all long for rest and refreshment. That’s a God-given longing that he promises to fulfill: “I will satisfy the weary soul, and every languishing soul I will…Continue Reading
Jesus Chooses and Uses Failures
“Simon, son of John, do you love me?”
Peter was grieved. Sitting on the beach after breakfast, Jesus had just asked him for the third time if he loved him. Peter had already wholeheartedly answered yes twice. What else was…Continue Reading
If We’re Going to Be Skeptical, Be Skeptical of Our Perceptions
There he sat, the scum of society on the footstep of heaven on earth, begging the condescending mercy of pious passersby going in and out of the temple. Enough mercy today and he could eat.
This man was blind. He…Continue Reading
Don’t Be Afraid to Pray “Whatever It Takes”
When visiting my mother recently I was leafing through a well-known magazine and came across an article about a well-known actress who is a professing Christian. The article described her vibrant faith and the role of prayer in her life.…Continue Reading
More Than Enough
Will Jesus provide for you? Are you struggling to believe it, because when you do the math it doesn’t add up? You’re in good company. Philip and Andrew had witnessed astounding miracles by Jesus, but when it came to feeding…Continue Reading
Live and Love Without Wax
A Year-End Prayer for Weary Waiters
“But when the fullness of time had come, God sent forth his Son” (Galatians 4:4).
Jesus, you came in "the fullness of time."
But how many of your children living during the ripening years wondered at your tarrying? A thousand…Continue Reading
Blessed Is She Who Believed
Mary was “blessed among women” (Luke 1:42). She received the singular holy gift of being the mother of our Lord (Luke 1:43). God the Son dwelled inside of her body in human form. Then he lived in her home and…Continue Reading
The Joseph Trilogy (Part 3)
“The heart of man plans his way, but the Lord establishes his steps" (Proverbs 16:9). As Jesus’ earthly father discovered, this is just another way of saying that when your plans are detoured and redirected, you find out…Continue Reading
The Joseph Trilogy (Part 2)
A Stable of Desperation
The first Christmas night was a holy night. But it was not a silent night. All was not calm. After walking a hundred miles, Joseph arrived in an overcrowded Bethlehem, with a wife in advanced labor.…Continue Reading