Blog Posts by Jon Bloom
I Wish I Had a Child Like You
As he said these things, a woman in the crowd raised her voice and said to him, “Blessed is the womb that bore you, and the breasts at which you nursed!” But he said, “Blessed rather are those who hear the word of God and keep it!” (Luke 11:27-28)
Whatever this woman meant when she shouted this out, it’s clear that she thought Mary had a sweet deal. You can…Continue Reading
The Mosque on the Mount
On the ancient temple mount in Jerusalem there stands a mosque.
Observant Jews see a profaning of their most holy place and plead with YHWH to remove their disgrace. Observant Muslims see Allah’s favor, a sign that the true religion sits in ascendency.
The world sees a centuries-old religious/political drama being played out on the edge of a knife, with diplomats delicately working like a bomb squad to avoid an…Continue Reading
We Destroy Arguments
Why is it so hard to just find some peace of mind?
Well, peace is hard to come by when you live in a warzone. And like it or not you are in a war—a very serious one. This war is cosmic in its proportions. It involves God, humans, angels, demons, principalities, powers, nations, and antichrists.
And do you know where the front of the battle is? It’s in your…Continue Reading
Beware of Mirrors
Remember the story of Narcissus? He’s the proud, beautiful man in the Greek myth who saw his reflection in a pool, fell in love with it, couldn’t tear himself away, and it killed him.
Mirrors are very dangerous for proud people. Believe me. I speak from experience.
But mirrors present most of us with a different danger than Narcissus. When we look into a mirror we do not see…Continue Reading
Disappointed by Jesus
How does God want us to deal with the emotion we call disappointment?
Joseph Barsabbas was disappointed by Jesus. Joseph was a candidate to replace Judas Iscariot as one of the Twelve, but when the lot was cast it “fell on Matthias” (Acts 1:26). I’ll bet that was a blow.
The Bible never mentions Joseph again. But tradition says he later became the Bishop of Eleutheropolis (32 miles southwest of…Continue Reading
I Cry to You and You Do Not Answer Me
I cry to you for help and you do not answer me; I stand, and you only look at me. You have turned cruel to me (Job 30:20-21).
These words came out of the mouth of the man God considered the most blameless and upright on earth at the time (Job 1:8).
Thank you, God, for these words! Thank you that the Bible is so guileless. It says it like…Continue Reading
Malaise is a mercy that feels yucky.
Malaise is that feeling you get when you’re getting sick but you don’t quite know it yet. It’s a vague sense of dis-ease. Your energy is draining. You just want to lie down. Emotionally, you might feel discouraged, irritable, depressed, or cynical for no identifiable reason. You ask yourself, “What’s the matter with me?”
Precisely what you’re supposed to ask. Malaise is the…Continue Reading
No More Scarlet Letters
W. Somerset Maugham once said, “There is hardly anyone whose sexual life, if it were broadcast, would not fill the world at large with surprise and horror.”
With networks and newspapers broadcasting another New York Congressman’s sordid sexual secrets, and the public in a swirl of surprise and horror (and prurient fascination), it’s good for us to ponder again the profound grace that Jesus Christ extends to sinners like us,…Continue Reading
It's Rarely Romantic at the Time
If you’re a romantic (and I think you should be) you love the book of Ruth.
This short story almost seems like it was made for film. It has all the components of a great romance: tragedy, loyalty, courage, virtuous love, unlikely lovers, a great obstacle, the triumphant moment, the happy ending, and the hand of Providence guiding it all. It’s a feel-good read.
But I don’t think Naomi, Ruth,…Continue Reading
Only Do What Your Heart Tells You
Princess Diana once said, “Only do what your heart tells you.”
This is a creed believed by millions. It’s a statement of faith in one of the great pop cultural myths of the Western world. It’s a gospel proclaimed in many of our stories, movies, and songs.
It states that your heart is a compass inside of you that will point you to your own true north if you can…Continue Reading
What Jesus Left Behind
You can often tell what mattered most to a person by what they leave behind when they depart this world.
What Jesus left behind is more astonishing when you think of what he didn’t leave:
- No wife or child
- No house
- No clothes
- No money
- No business
- No writings (directly authored while he was on earth)
- No hymns
- No portrait
- No buildings
- No cross remnant
- No confirmed gravesite
So scant…Continue Reading
Pilate: Powerful, Pragmatic Pawn of Providence
Pontius Pilate is picture of worldly power. He is competent and calculating, he is pragmatic and self-preserving. But for all his shrewdness, his life demonstrates that the “Word above all earthly powers, no thanks to them, abideth.”1
Imagine a conversation over breakfast between Pilate and his wife, Procula, on the Sunday morning following Jesus’ crucifixion, just before they receive word that the tomb is empty.
“You’re quiet again…Continue Reading
Why Must We Work Out Our Salvation?
Therefore, my beloved, as you have always obeyed, so now, not only as in my presence but much more in my absence, work out your own salvation with fear and trembling, for it is God who works in you, both to will and to work for his good pleasure. (Philippians 2:12-13)
The same man who wrote the verses above also wrote, “by grace you have been saved through faith. .…Continue Reading
Why Jesus Wept
The shortest verse in the Bible is John 11:35: “Jesus wept.” But for all its grammatical simplicity, it’s packed with unfathomable complexity.
Jesus wept after speaking with Lazarus’ grieving sisters, Martha and Mary, and seeing all the mourners. That seems natural enough.
Except that Jesus had come to Bethany to raise Lazarus from the dead. He knew that in a few short minutes all this weeping would turn to astonished…Continue Reading
Could My Tears Forever Flow
“So they took Jesus, and he went out, bearing his own cross, to the place called The Place of a Skull, which in Aramaic is called Golgotha. There they crucified him” (John 19:16-18).
One astonishing thing about the Gospel accounts of the death of Jesus is that they include almost no detail. They all simply say some form of “they crucified him.”1
If the gospels were our only…Continue Reading
Jesus Christ is YAHWEH
Therefore God has highly exalted him and bestowed on him the name that is above every name so that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, in heaven and on earth and under the earth, and every tongue confess that Jesus Christ is Lord to the glory of God the Father.
Understanding the Name
To see just how breathtaking this statement really is, we must understand…Continue Reading
Supreme Humility, Supreme Exaltation
And being found in human form, he humbled himself by becoming obedient to the point of death, even death on a cross. Therefore God has highly exalted him and bestowed on him the name that is above every name
What did it mean for Jesus to humble himself? We must simply admit that this is beyond us.
The Lord of Glory Entered Creation
Of course it was humbling…Continue Reading
Have This Mind
Philippians 2:5-7 —
Have this mind among yourselves, which is yours in Christ Jesus, who, though he was in the form of God, did not count equality with God a thing to be grasped, but made himself nothing, taking the form of a servant, being born in the likeness of men.
What a simple command: “have this mind.” But nothing is harder for fallen human beings like you and me…Continue Reading
Lord, Where Are You Going?
What are you more concerned about today: where Jesus is leading you, or whether you really trust him?
I can tell you what Jesus is most concerned about: your trust.
When Jesus informed the disciples that he was going away and that they could not follow him where he was going (John 13:33), Peter asked the natural question, “Lord, where are you going?” (John 13:36). But Jesus didn’t answer with…Continue Reading
Shine Your Light or Hide Your Hand
Let your light shine before others, so that they may see your good works and give glory to your Father who is in heaven. (Matthew 5:16 ESV)
But when you give to the needy, do not let your left hand know what your right hand is doing, so that your giving may be in secret. And your Father who sees in secret will reward you. (Matthew 6:3-4 ESV)
A friend…Continue Reading
Troubled But Not Troubled
Jesus’ words “let not your hearts be troubled” (John 14:1a) are comforting. But this it is not merely counsel. It is a command. What Jesus is saying is that in the face of trouble—terrible trouble—we must not allow our hearts to be troubled.
How is that even possible?
Jesus’ answer: “Believe in God; believe also in me” (John 14:1b).
When Jesus spoke these words, he had just informed the disciples…Continue Reading
"Where Is Your Faith?"
Why did Jesus still the storm? Imagine what the disciples might have been thinking a half-hour later.
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The sea was quiet now. And there was just breeze enough to push the boat along.
The disciples were quiet too. Andrew was steering. He had taken over for Peter, who sat wrapped in a cloak, exhausted and lost in thought. He…Continue Reading
Happy Birthday, Pastor John!
Today is John Piper’s 65th birthday. Join us in blessing a man for whom retirement from the kingdom work is not on the horizon!
Pastor John, in honor of your birthday the DG staff has compiled 65 reasons why we are thankful to God for you. (Many more were submitted!) And of course there are some similarities, but then again, some things simply bear repeating.
Heavenly Father, we really love…Continue Reading
A New Executive Director at DG!
One kingdom-constant in this age is that those who are called to lead must at some point “entrust” what they’ve learned and built “to faithful men who will be able to teach others also” (2 Timothy 2:2). And that’s happening today at Desiring God.
On behalf of the DG board and staff, it is my great joy to announce that effective today Scott Anderson is the new Executive Director of…Continue Reading
Next Year In Jerusalem!
At the end of every Passover Seder, the Jewish diaspora pronounce the wistful prayer: “Next year in Jerusalem.” It is the deep longing for the promised, peaceful Messianic Jerusalem with a restored Temple—a profound wish that the next year be a happy one.
It seems to me that Christians ought also to say, “Next year in Jerusalem!” rather than wishing one another a “Happy New Year.” For we have…Continue Reading