Blog Posts by Jonathan Parnell
Have You Lost Your Love?
Francis Chan understands the insidious pull in the course of learning that gradually yanks us from a warm life of love to a cold life of truncated knowledge.Continue Reading
The Resurrection Demands Response
If death had the last word at Golgotha, then we’re left to scratch our heads about what Jesus’s sacrifice really accomplishes. If Jesus is still in the grave, then all the significance drawn from his death is pathetic well-wishing.Continue Reading
How God Impacts Our Money and Stuff
The consistent warning of Scripture is that the people of God better watch their backs when it comes to the allure of financial gain. But how?Continue Reading
What Are You Looking For?
Most of us, if we’re honest, would admit that the daily grind on this planet can be rather unsatisfying. The labor never pays off like we imagined. The respites never deliver like we hoped. There is more, right? We’ve all felt this deep down.Continue Reading
Three Lessons on Loving One Another
The scene could not have been more inauspicious: a low-lit room, full stomachs, and the feet on twelve grown men. This is never where you’d expect to find the greatest teaching ever on loving one another.Continue Reading
Young People Need a Yoda
You can’t be indifferent about your personal investment in the lives of people if you care at all about the proclamation of the gospel.Continue Reading
How Should Christians Think About Religious Violence?
What do we do about historical violences committed by the church that obstruct our neighbors from putting their faith in Jesus?Continue Reading
When God Himself Speaks to You
John Piper says that good news is so dense and so constant in Romans 8 — and so vastly superior to all earthly good news — that we scarcely feel the force of it until we take every verse of Romans 8 and restate it as the miracle it means for our lives.Continue Reading
Learning How to Boast
What is it about us humans that makes us care so much about our own glory? What is this glory-chasing so common throughout the history of mankind?Continue Reading
Three Things to Remember When You Read the Bible
This is something very basic to remember when reading the Bible. It is simple, very simple, but I think it recalibrates our hearts and stills the swirling of our minds, especially when we find ourselves in a rut.Continue Reading
Don’t You Know Jesus Is Real?
We can read John’s vision. He wrote it down for us so that we would read it. He wants us to see what he saw. And when we do, when we read these words, there are two central questions we must face.Continue Reading
Can We Be Worthy of God’s Grace?
It is a question for our times: “what are those texts of Scripture most minimized?”Continue Reading
Baseball in September
There is something wonderfully Christian about September, especially baseball in September. It starts as something in the air. The heat dies down, the wind picks up, the leaves start to fall. One season is giving way to another, and in some stories, this would be pure gloom.Continue Reading
Are We Passionate for People?
How exactly does God comfort us? This is an important question. Comfort, in order for it to be real comfort, must be as palpable as our pain.Continue Reading
What Ferguson Has Done for One White Family
We’ve been discussing these things as a family for the last couple of weeks, and after lifting our hands in the air and asking “What can we do?,” it has become clear to us, at least for us, that the way forward is small.Continue Reading
Blessings Beyond Our Dreams
If we’re not careful, we’ll make the mistake of thinking that God’s real blessing is found in our giftedness, in what we’re able to build and where we’re able to go. But that’s not true.Continue Reading
The Sin in Our Cynicism
If we’re going to wrap our heads around cynicism (or loose its fangs from our heart), we need to start by understanding it’s a symptom of a greater disease. Cynicism, problematic as it is, presents itself more as the emblem of a wider epidemic.Continue Reading
Do You Love Your Enemies Enough to Hate Them?
Expounding Jesus’s love command, John Piper writes that we cannot claim to truly love someone while being indifferent toward what destroys them. If we love our enemies, then we must hate the evil of our enemies that makes them so.Continue Reading
God Works Wonders
God doesn’t have to take you where he does. He sees you. He hears you. He could say one word and you’d know it. But he doesn’t, and it must be because there’s something glorious that happens in those moments of our waiting.Continue Reading
What Is a Disciple?
What does it actually mean to be a “disciple” of Jesus? If we are going to make disciples, we need to know what that is.Continue Reading
Worship in the Dark
Sometimes the weight of our trials are so severe that we feel as if we can’t keep our heads above the water. The pain is so vicious, the malaise so thick, that we can’t imagine our situation ever changing. We can’t see healing. We can’t articulate hope. And when we try, it just hurts more.Continue Reading
Keep Praying That Prayer
My six-year-old daughter prays for her teddy bear to talk, and I haven’t told her to stop.
Do I think God will answer her prayer? No, I do not — I mean, I don’t think the bear will talk. But…Continue Reading
You Can’t Buy Happiness
Restlessness isn’t the real problem.
Cultures that crack the whip for more bricks, like the ancient Egypt who held Israel captive, are in it for more than the work. The ceaseless labor — the lack of rest — is only…Continue Reading
That Angry Gentleman at the Restaurant
She sat there docile, quiet, unmoved by the heat that emanated from this gentlemen’s red forehead. “What is the story here?,” I wondered. Others might have wondered the same. More patrons were watching by then. Quite the scene was forming, though it was nothing yet compared to what it would be.Continue Reading
Rest Because You Can
At night when we go to bed, on a whole day when we pause our projects, in a season of vacation or Sabbatical, our stopping work is our saying “Enough!” to the merry-go-round. We don’t have to ride this thing. There remains a Sabbath rest for the people of God (Hebrews 4:9–10).Continue Reading