Ten Questions for David Mathis about “Habits of Grace,” Part 1

I want to recommend a new book on the spiritual disciplines by David Mathis. David (@davidcmathis) is executive editor for, pastor at Cities Church in Minneapolis/Saint Paul, and adjunct professor for Bethlehem College & Seminary. His new book is Habits of Grace: Enjoying Jesus through the Spiritual Disciplines. Center for Biblical Spirituality (CFBS): In a sentence, what

Give the Gift of Family Worship to Your Men on Father’s Day

Center for Biblical Spirituality Newsletter May 16, 2016 Give the Family Worship book to your men for Father’s Day   Equip all the men in your church, class, or small group to lead their families in the daily worship of God by providing them with a copy of my Family Worship book. For Father’s Day, we’ve reduced

The Boys in the Boat

I recently finished The Boys in the Boat, and I enjoyed it from stem to stern. One part Seabiscuit, one part Unbroken, and one part Chariots of Fire, it’s the story of “Nine Americans and Their Epic Quest for Gold at the 1936 Berlin Olympics.” In summary, it’s simply a good tale well told. The story

Interview with Justin Taylor about My Family Worship Book

You’re invited to watch as author, blogger, and Crossway Books president Justin Taylor interviews me about my Family Worship book. Timestamps 00:00 – What is your own personal history when it comes to family worship? 1:45 – Was family worship a regular part of your childhood? 2:56 – What have you found historically and biblically that

Why Every Christian Can Evangelize, part 2

You can read the first part of this article here. In part one I asserted that if a person has understood the Gospel of Jesus Christ well enough to believe it savingly, then he or she should be able to communicate the Gospel to others. Obviously they can’t be expected to share the Gospel beyond their

Why Every Christian Can Evangelize

Suppose an earthquake seriously damaged a high-rise building your were in. But a friend from that building who’d made it out safely called to check on you, and guided you to a stairwell in a particular corner of the building from which he had escaped. After emerging into the light and open air, you become concerned

The Christian Life Isn’t Meant to Be Effortless, part 2

Read part one of this post here. When God saves people, He doesn’t make them less human, but more fully human. And He intends for us to use all that He created us with—our minds, our bodies, our will, and all that’s part of being human—to live for His glory. Who is to do the obeying? Some

The Christian Life Isn’t Meant to Be Effortless

When we’re born again from above by the Spirit of God, the Lord makes a “new creation” of us (2 Cor. 5:17). But when He accomplishes that radical, regenerating transformation of us, He does not eliminate our minds, our bodies, our emotions, our will or anything that’s a part of what makes us human. God’s grace doesn’t eliminate any

Read One Page Per Day

When life gets too complex, one of the first parts of a healthy spiritual life to decline is reading. I talk to well-intentioned Christians almost every week who confess to growing piles of books by their “reading” chair, desk, nightstand, and other places, but who never have time to read. Reading for sheer enjoyment was

Is It Unusual for a Minister to Question His Call?

One of my students asked if it were possible for someone truly called to the ministry to ever doubt that call. “If a man ever has doubts about being called to the ministry, do those doubts indicate that God certainly has not called him?” The internal call and the external call First of all, the question