Blog Posts by Jonathan Parnell
The Apex of the Glory of God
This Week's Sermon: "Why Did God Create the World?"
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
Staying for the Best Things
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
We Should Learn This Verse
"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
Behind the Blog: Come Outa Philly
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
This Week's Sermon: "Eternal Security Is a Community Project"
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
Tell Your Co-Worker the Gospel
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
A Weighty and Necessary Topic
This Week's Sermon: "I AM WHO I AM"
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
You Need to Change
Sanctification is a long word. Even though we know it's important biblically, still it manages to get stuck in the abstract. And truth be told, our old self likes it better that way.
The abstract, after all, is much more…Continue Reading
Now Available: The Pleasures of God Seminar
What Is Love?
Growing up my dad told me that "love" is the most over-underused word in existence. Some toss it out like pennies in a wishing well. Others never mention it when it needs to be heard. His exhortation to me was…Continue Reading
Resources Related to This Weekend's Seminar
Nine Ways the Gospel Transforms Marriage
Jesus Christ, the Son of God, suffered on the cross in our place and was raised triumphantly from the dead. He ascended to the Father's right hand and is now enthroned, sending his Spirit who by the Word gathers for…Continue Reading
Saving Faith Is Wanting Jesus
2 Timothy 4:7–8 tells us that the apostle Paul will get a reward. The "crown of righteousness" awaits him. But why? What is this reward for?
Answer: fighting the fight of faith.
And there's more. The reward is not just…Continue Reading
Biblicism: Right or Wrong?
Biblicism. Is this good or bad?
Don Carson explains that there are at least two kinds, one that should be cautioned, and another commended.
Selective proof texting — pulling single verses out of context to prove a doctrine — are…Continue Reading
What Is Preaching?
The word for preaching in the New Testament (kērussō) means "to herald." Heralding is different from teaching, as John Piper explains, though it has teaching in it. Expounding 2 Timothy 4:2, he demonstrates what it means:
This excerpt…Continue Reading
A Little More of Jesus Today
Imagine your life completely conformed to the image of Christ.
Sanctification has ceased. Glorification has arrived. There's perfect joy in Jesus at every moment. Your entire character — every thought and feeling and word and action — completely saturated with…Continue Reading
Five Reasons Why Catechisms Are Important
"The Baptist Catechism" — with Commentary from John Piper
Written in 1677, "The Baptist Catechism" was patterned after the Heidelberg and Westminster catechisms to teach Reformed doctrine from a Baptist perspective.
John Piper added commentary to the catechism during his early years at Bethlehem in hopes of "building a…Continue Reading
It Is Amazing That We Have This Book
Four Things We Can Learn from Jonathan Edwards
John G. Paton Biography (Free eBook)
It wasn't until 1606 that Spanish explorer Fernandez de Quiros discovered a chain of eighty islands stretched across 450 miles in the South Pacific. Later named the New Hebrides, the islands were inhabited by peoples whose existence had been unknown…Continue Reading
This Week's Sermon: "When a Lover of Good Thinks About Evil"
"It is predominantly bleak and ugly," says John Piper on 2 Timothy 3:1–13. The apostle Paul tells us we need to know evil and then lays out nineteen descriptions of it.
How we approach the Bible is vital to how…Continue Reading