Articles by Jonathan Parnell
"Missions exists because worship doesn't." "Prayer is a war-time walkie-talkie, not a domestic intercom." "Suffering is not just the price many must pay, it is God's strategy for victory."
These are not merely pithy statements from John Piper. They are…Continue Reading
We are beggars. This is true.
Those were the final words Martin Luther scribbled on a piece of paper just before he died on February 18, 1546. His last words echoed the life-changing truths he'd unearthed in the Scriptures —…Continue Reading
Joy changes everything, including our battle against evil.
John Piper explains in this two-minute video:
Christian Hedonism changes our combat with evil. Jeremiah 2:13 — the Christian Hedonist definition of evil — "for my people have committed two evils: they…
"I am concerned," writes David Platt, "about a general vagueness that has existed in contemporary Christianity regarding the next step..."
We have seen that God blesses us so that his glory might be made known in all nations. But an…
When you take your stand on the finished work of God in Christ, and begin to drink at the River of Life and eat the Bread of Heaven, and know that you have found the end of all…
In this short video, John challenges pastors to set forth a faithful vision of God from Bible — a God who is more relentless than disability and who fulfills his good design.Continue Reading
Christian fasting is not only the spontaneous effect of a superior satisfaction in God; it is also a chosen weapon against every force in the world that would take that satisfaction away.
The greatest enemy of hunger for…
God is most glorified in us when we are most satisfied in him. This idea, called "Christian Hedonism" by some, is a massive and pervasive biblical truth that changes everything.
Perhaps the apostle Paul makes it clearest in Philippians 1:12–26.
Chances are your church gathering isn't all you want it to be. . . This or that should be different, so and so should talk less, he and she should be on time — and why can't we just get…Continue Reading
Do we really know what's going on when we pray? When we bow our heads at the dinner table? When we whisper quietly during our morning commute? Or when, like dragging our feet along a well-worn path, we ask again…Continue Reading
It was a beautiful Saturday morning, the kind nobody in Minnesota takes for granted. The sun was running strong, the air was happy, the sky had never been more blue. My family and I were finishing up breakfast outside when…Continue Reading
Grace was given to you, Christian, before the universe was made. And it was given to you in Jesus Christ.
In this video, looking at Ephesians 1:5 and 2 Timothy 1:9, John Piper explains God's plan for our redemption…Continue Reading
The ultimate purpose for which God created this world is the praise of the glory of his grace in the death of Jesus for sinners.
There you have it, the most important thing we could ever know.
Recognizing that God…Continue Reading
I can't shake the scene of that little room where Passion and Patience sit waiting. The boys' sitter instructed them to stay still, to rest side by side, to hold out for what's best. What we come to find is…Continue Reading
"I can't imagine any greater verse in the Bible," says John Piper of Jeremiah 32:40. The infinite heart of God is engaged in doing us infinite good. And that is what Jesus paid for with his blood.
In this three-minute…Continue Reading
Simple? Complex? How should we understand the process of sanctifcation? We've recently featured a series of videos from our friends at CCEF that detail the biblical and practical dynamics of growing in grace, which Tony discusses in this latest episode…Continue Reading
God will keep his children. This is the basic and glorious truth in the doctrine of eternal security. God will never let those who are his fall away. He will complete the work he began in us. And one of…Continue Reading
What will you say when the door opens for communicating the gospel?
Imagine for a moment a co-worker asks you, "What is this "gospel" you Chrisitans keep talking about?" You're both taking a quick break, and you don't have long…Continue Reading
God absolutely is. This is the most basic and ultimate fact there has ever been. The triune God — the Lord — is. He always has been and always will be. He is not to be assumed. He is…Continue Reading