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All articles by David Mathis

Executive Editor for and Pastor at Cities Church in Minneapolis/St. Paul. He is author of The Christmas We Didn’t Expect: Daily Devotions for Advent.



March 2021
Articles > Cultural and Ethical

Are paper Bibles better? How screens shape our reading

It was a gift from my parents back in 2001. For weeks I had waited, and there it was under the tree on Christmas Eve from Mom and Pop: a first-edition English Standard Version. My first new Bible after leaving home. It would be the first Bible that I would read from cover to…

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December 2020
Articles > Biblical/theological

Advent in a global pandemic

These have been dark days in 2020, even in the light of spring and summer. A global pandemic and fever-pitch identity politics. Protests devolving into urban warfare and civil division. Fierce hurricanes and raging wildfires. Those spared great personal suffering and pain haven’t lived under such ominous clouds in decades, if ever. The anxieties…

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March 2020
Articles > Ecclesiological & Pastoral

Faithfulness in the little things where we are called

Henry had a derelict father who distracted himself with fishing and hunting. Lazy and irresponsible, he sent young Henry off to boarding school, left him to be taken in by the headmaster, and came to sign his letters ‘Uncle’ instead of ‘Father’. And yet for Henry Francis Lyte (1793–1847), who would grow up to…

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