Blog Posts by Jon Bloom
Escaping the Slavery of Selfish Ambition
Selfish ambition is a sin that always seems to be “crouching at the door” (Genesis 4:7). It contaminates our motives for doing just about anything. It shows up even in the most holy moments, like it did for Jesus’s disciples…Continue Reading
Ten Reasons to Memorize Big Chunks of the Bible
You can memorize big chunks, even books, of the Bible. Unless you’re part of the very small percentage of us who suffer from a traumatic brain injury or stroke or disability, you really can. And you should. But why should…Continue Reading
When Waiting Doesn’t Work
Fifty-one years ago this spring, thirty-four-year-old Martin Luther King, Jr. sat in a Birmingham jail cell, technically because he had been “parading without a permit.” But that was a sham. Everyone knew it. He was in jail because he had…Continue Reading
Don’t Idolize Your Leaders
Barak was a hero of early Israel, serving during the pre-monarch period when Deborah judged the nation (Judges 4–5). His great military feat was the complete rout of the Canaanite general, Sisera, and his army. However, in the process he…Continue Reading
When It Seems Like God Did You Wrong
The story of Naomi in Ruth chapter one teaches us that how things look and how things feel are often not how they are.
The last time Naomi had seen her hometown on the Judean hillside, the barley fields had…Continue Reading
It Is Finished (Good Friday)
It is Friday, April 3, A.D. 33. It is the darkest day in human history, though most humans have no clue of this. In Rome, Tiberius attends to the demanding business of the empire. Throughout the inhabited world, babies are…Continue Reading
When Fear Attacks
Without exception, regardless of our situation, following Jesus requires all of us to repeatedly exercise courage, because God frequently calls us to face or do things we’re afraid of. In this, Joshua, the son of Nun, is an example for…Continue Reading
Why God Gives Us More Than We Can Handle
The next time someone says that God doesn’t give us more than we can handle, point them to Judges chapter seven. God instructing Gideon to take on over 100,000 enemy soldiers with just 300 fits in the “more than you…Continue Reading
God Wants You to Know How Much He Loves You
The greatest love you can know is when someone lays down his life for you (John 15:13). Especially when you were an enemy when he laid his life down for you (Romans 5:10).
And that’s when Jesus laid his life…Continue Reading
The Folly of What Noah Preached
Paul wrote, “the word of the cross is folly to those who are perishing, but to us who are being saved it is the power of God” (1 Corinthians 1:18). In Noah, we have an Old Testament illustration of this.…Continue Reading
How to Get Your Mind Back on Track
How are you feeling? What’s on your mind?
These are very important questions, not just polite conversation starters. They’re questions we should ask ourselves (and others) frequently because they tell us what direction our train is heading.
Our Train of… Continue Reading
Extraordinary Help for Gospel Productivity
Does God care about how productive we are? He does. Deeply. Consider:
Our fruitfulness reflects on Jesus: “By this my Father is glorified, that you bear much fruit and so prove to be my disciples” (John 15:8).
We are to…
Nine Practical Pointers for Plodders
I press on toward the goal for the prize of the upward call of God in Christ Jesus. (Philippians 3:14)
Today is going to be a challenge.
You will not make perfect plans. You will not work your plans perfectly.…Continue Reading
The Dead Snake Handler and the Dead Poet’s Society
The Insanity of Leaning on Our Own Understanding
Trust in the Lord with all your heart and do not lean on your own understanding. In all your ways acknowledge him and he will direct your paths. (Proverbs 3:5–6)
When the Bible tells us in this verse not to…Continue Reading
Why We Shouldn’t Neglect to Meet Together
Have you ever thought of this simply stunning statement by God as a reason why we are to gather together in corporate worship?
It is not good that the man should be alone. (Genesis 2:18)
What’s so incredible about this…Continue Reading
What Dead Abel Speaks to Us
The story of Cain and Abel in Genesis 4 tells much more about Cain than Abel. In fact, not one word is recorded from living Abel. But the author of Hebrews says that, “through [Abel’s] faith, though he died, he…Continue Reading
Valentine’s Day Is for Getting Drunk
The evolution of Valentine’s Day has followed a course similar to the evolution of Santa Claus. It began with legends surrounding an obscure saint (actually, there’s more than one St. Valentine) from early Christian history that oddly morphed over the…Continue Reading
Bind My Wandering Heart to Thee
In my observation and experience, the most loved verse from Robert Robinson’s hymn, “Come, Thou Fount of Every Blessing” is this one:
O to grace how great a debtor
Daily I’m constrained to be!
Let Thy goodness, like a fetter,…
The Merciful Gift of Desperation
Do not underestimate the power of desperation to do good for your soul.
A couple of years ago I listened to a sermon by a friend who leads a missionary team that has planted itself into one of the least…Continue Reading
Make the Most of Your Conference
Don’t Miss the True Bread
One of the strangest things Jesus ever said is recorded in chapter six of John’s Gospel, where Jesus stated that his followers must eat his flesh and drink his blood.
These words are disturbing. Almost everyone, including his most loyal…Continue Reading
Relentlessly Call Abortion What It Really Is
Abortion is rarely talked about.
I’m not talking about the word “abortion.” We hear this word a lot it in the public square. But we rarely hear about it. Abortion almost always refers to something else. We hear that…Continue Reading
Read This If You Want to Burn
Some things you read are invigorating and expansive for your imagination. Some things you read give you penetrating insight into dealing with complex issues. Some things you read hit the sweet spot of your interests and you’re lost in them…Continue Reading
The Weakness of the World’s Strongest Man
When the writer of Hebrews listed the Old Testament heroes of faith, he included Samson (Hebrews 11:32). Really? Samson’s story, recorded in Judges 13–16, reads like a narcissistic super hero’s whose Kryptonite weakness does him in in the end.