Blog Posts by Jonathan Parnell
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
20 Principles to Live Faithfully in a Complex World
How shall we as American Christians think and act with regard to freedom of religion in a pluralistic context?
It was ten years ago when John Piper and the elders at Bethlehem first presented this question. The aim was to…Continue Reading
Biblical Masculinity and the Importance of Role Models
No One Is More Tolerant Than God
Not Your Mother's Kind of Tolerance
Views that advocate same-sex marriage are free to exist, but they are wrong.
Now, stop. Read the above sentence again. Are you okay with it?
Chances are how you feel about that statement indicates your understanding (or misunderstanding) of tolerance.…Continue Reading
Behind the Blog: Olympic Edition
How to Attend a Conference
Speaking of our upcoming National Conference, John Piper explains,
What we're really after is to know God better, and love him more, and serve him more fully, not just to get away and hear some more talk.
To this end,…Continue Reading
Andrew Fuller Biography (Free eBook)
In October of 1792 the Baptist Missionary Society was formed in the home of Andrew Fuller. For the next twenty-one years Fuller served as the leader of this organization, raising funds, writing periodicals, recruiting missionaries, and sending personal letters to…Continue Reading
Fighting to Be Who You Are
When we believe in Jesus it's not just "well I'm still a dead sinner who just loves Jesus now." No, actually, I've been reborn. I'm a brand-new creature. Yes, I'm still a sinner, but I'm a redeemed sinner. I'm also…
Who Is Your Neighbor? Well, Who Are You?
"Who is my neighbor?"
An earnest lawyer asks Jesus this question in Luke 10:29. We soon learn it's one of those conversations that's padded out in advance. He asks a question to set up something he wants to say. He…Continue Reading
Why Read the Bible?
What is our goal in reading the Bible?
In this five-minute video, Don Carson explains that we read the Bible to know God better, as he says, "to think God's thoughts after him, to love what he loves, to cherish…Continue Reading
10 Reasons You Should Read the Book of Job
God is sovereign and he is good. These are the twin theological pillars of childlike faith. Bigger and smarter than we are, all that God does is aimed at our benefit in Christ. But as simple as it seems, this…Continue Reading
What Is at Stake If I Don't Date My Wife?
Husbands, love your wives, as Christ loved the church and gave himself up for her (Ephesians 5:25). That is, we should pursue our wives in sacrificial love, leading as husbands who have been transformed by the gospel. We should date…Continue Reading
Why You Don't Have to Fear Terror
You will not fear the terror of the night, nor the arrow that flies by day, nor the pestilence that stalks in darkness, nor the destruction that wastes at noonday. –Psalm 91:5–6
You don’t have to be afraid. These verses…Continue Reading
Adoniram Judson Biography (Free eBook)
Earnestly consider your role in completing the Great Commission.
That was John Piper's overarching plea when he delivered a biographical message on Adoniram Judson in 2003.
Judson was America's first foreign missionary and an example of one who considered, and…Continue Reading
This Week's Sermon: "He Cannot Deny Himself"
Paul's burden for Timothy is straightforward: Embrace suffering for the gospel instead of running away from it.
In this last letter before his death, the apostle grounds Timothy's endurance in five unshakable foundations — foundations that all Christians should build…Continue Reading