Blog Posts by Jon Bloom
The Joseph Trilogy (Part 1)
A Painful Decision
When his mother Mary had been betrothed to Joseph, before they came together she was found to be with child from the Holy Spirit. And her husband Joseph, being a just man and unwilling to put her…
When You Aren't Sure What to Do Next
Jesus guides us in many different ways. Sometimes he makes the next step clear as day. Other times, like Peter discovered in John 21:1-14, it feels like we’re left to muddle through, only to find that Jesus was leading through…Continue Reading
There Never Seems to Be Enough Time
How God Makes Futility Serve Your Joy
For the creation was subjected to futility, not willingly, but because of him who subjected it, in hope (Romans 8:20).
Are you tired of fighting futility? Evil and disorder relentlessly throw wrenches into the gears of your life. What’s the…Continue Reading
“Lord, what about this man?” (John 21:21)
Peter asked Jesus this question when he learned that Jesus had ordained very difficult things for Peter’s future. So Peter wanted to know about John. Was Jesus going to give John a better…Continue Reading
Jesus Wants You to Waste Your Life
Mary therefore took a pound of expensive ointment made from pure nard, and anointed the feet of Jesus and wiped his feet with her hair (John 12:3).
Judas simply could not fathom Mary’s ridiculous decision.
During dinner she had just…Continue Reading
Jesus Died Because He Loved You
“Christ loved the church and gave himself up for her” (Ephesians 5:25).
Jesus died for the church. But for Jesus the church is not an institution like Yale University or Apple or The United Way, where the corporation…Continue Reading
The Day of Your Deliverance Is Decreed
She hobbled into the synagogue to hear the healing rabbi. Hoping against hope. You see, she “had had a disabling spirit for eighteen years. She was bent over and could not fully straighten herself” (Luke 13:10-11).
Eighteen years. How…Continue Reading
Love Is Patient
Ask the Apostle Paul to explain love (agápē) and the first thing out of his mouth: “Love is patient” (1 Corinthians 13:4).
Forget the rest of his list for a moment; my work is already cut out for…Continue Reading
Neither Do I Condemn You
A reflection on John 8:2-11.
“Shame on you, Whore!”
She was married, but not to the man in whose arms she had been laying. Suddenly the door had burst open. Oh no! Instantly she was in the grasp of angry…Continue Reading
A Nationless Man for All Nations
He came to his own, and his own people did not receive him. But to all who did receive him, who believed in his name, he gave the right to become children of God. (John 1:11-12)
God is such a…Continue Reading
Pleasure Is the Measure of Your Treasure
No one puts it as bluntly as Blaise Pascal in his Pensées:
All men seek happiness. This is without exception. Whatever different means they employ, they all tend to this end. The cause of some going to war, and…
Serve In the Shadow God Places You
“Andrew. Oh! You’re Simon Peter’s brother, aren’t you?”
Andrew must have gotten used to that. Even the New Testament introduces him as “Andrew, Simon Peter’s brother” (John 1:40). Peter’s shadow is cast over Andrew from the beginning.
Andrew is mentioned…Continue Reading
Fill Your Mouth With Life, Not Death
A lot is at stake in what we say today. “Death and life are in the power of the tongue” (Proverbs 18:21).
In literate societies, tongues include hands that write, type, paint, or sign.
Words Cause Death
People die because…Continue Reading
When God's Will Isn't Clear
Most of the decisions you will make today aren’t explicitly addressed in the Bible. Questions like, should I eat out today? What should I wear? Should I respond to this instance of my child’s sin with correction or forbearance? Should…Continue Reading
Judas Was the Treasurer?
Judas Iscariot “was a thief, and having charge of the moneybag he used to help himself to what was put into it” (John 12:6).
Has it ever struck you as odd that Jesus put a thief in charge of his…Continue Reading
Has Jesus Been Worth It?
Beneath intellectual objections to Jesus’ claims are often deep-seated fears. Imagine a conversation between Paul and “Jonathan,” a friend from Paul’s pre-Christian days who visits him in Felix’s Caesarean prison.
Jonathan was escorted into the dingy cell where his…Continue Reading
There’s Staggering Glory in Your Story
Worthy are you, our Lord and God, to receive glory and honor and power, for you created all things, and by your will they existed and were created (Revelation 4:11).
The story behind your existence is wilder than any story…Continue Reading
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 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…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…Continue Reading
Beware of Mirrors
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…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…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.…Continue Reading