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Articles by Jonathan Parnell

Now Available: Disability Conference Audio and Video

Jonathan Parnell

The full media from our recent conference on disability is now available!

"The Works of God: God's Good Design in Disability," hosted Novemeber 8, featured four messages, a speaker panel, and a special testimony on God's sovereignty and goodness in…

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Living with Disability: 13 Reasons for Hope

Jonathan Parnell

Disability is real and difficult. This is true. The recent "Works of God" conference featured several voices who met in agreement on this point. But they also agreed that God is sovereign and good.

This truth was seen most vividly…

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This Week's Sermon: "Living by Faith in Future Grace"

Jonathan Parnell

If you could step back from the noise and busyness — if you could, even for just a moment, get a panoramic snapshot of the Christian life — it would look like 2 Thessalonians 1:11–12.

John Piper explains the picture,

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Krista Horning's Testimony

Jonathan Parnell

One of the high points of the recent "Works of God" conference was Krista Horning's testimony. She began with the question, "How do I live with disability?" Then in eight minutes straight she exults in what God says to her…

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Who Are You Inviting to Thanksgiving?

Jonathan Parnell

In order to fulfill the Great Commission, we need to know whom Jesus wants us to invite to our Thanksgiving dinner.

John Piper said these words in 1980 when the fourth Thursday of November was right around the corner. As…

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"Never the Same" — The Sawi People Fifty Years Later

Jonathan Parnell

In 1962 Don and Carol Richardson came into contact with a remote tribe in West New Guinea known as the Sawi people. They were cannabilistic headhunters without a written language, nor any clue about Jesus.

The Richardsons, along with their…

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This Week's Sermon: "God in Christ: The Price and the Prize of the Gospel"

Jonathan Parnell

A reality we don't deserve (eternally enjoying God) affords a price we're not able to pay (appeasing God's just wrath against our sin). But then there's Jesus.

As John Piper explains, "The gospel is the good news that God in…

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Be Stressed Out and Do Not Sin

Jonathan Parnell

I love the Book of Psalms. They are authoritative models of prayer and worship and therefore we return to them often for help. "When we don't know how to pray as we ought, the Spirit intercedes for us..." — and…

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Two Big Questions for Good Bible Reading

Jonathan Parnell

Good Bible reading is about meaning and application. We come to the Bible asking two questions: first, what does this text say? And second, what does it mean for me right now?

What It Means

We ask the first question…

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Piper's Encouragement to Those Learning a Second Language

Jonathan Parnell

Risk is right, but it's also hard — or at least it is when it involves learning a second language.

Many Christians who have answered a compelling call to the nations soon find themselves in a perpetual plod of…

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New on YouVersion: Devotional Plans from John Piper

Jonathan Parnell

"Never has God's voice been so easily accessible," writes John Piper, urging Christians to prefer Bible apps over the abounding options out there.

Resolve that today you will press the Bible app three times during the day. No five…

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Martin Luther Biography (Free eBook)

Jonathan Parnell

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 —…

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How the Battle Against Evil Is Transformed

Jonathan Parnell

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…

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The Grunt Work of the Gospel

Jonathan Parnell

"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…

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The Deeper You Walk, the Hungrier You Get

Jonathan Parnell

John Piper:

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…

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God Is More Relentless Than Disability

Jonathan Parnell

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.

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The Greatest Enemy of Our Hunger for God

Jonathan Parnell

John Piper:

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…

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Kevin DeYoung on the Doctrine of Scripture

Jonathan Parnell

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"The doctrine of Scripture is rooted in a triune God who wants to be known and knows how to be known," explains Kevin DeYoung in the latest episode of Theology Refresh. This podcast…

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This Week's Sermon: "God Is Most Glorified in Us When We Are Most Satisfied in Him"

Jonathan Parnell

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.

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If Your Church Is Not All You Want It to Be

Jonathan Parnell

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

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What Happens When We Pray?

Jonathan Parnell

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…

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Behind the Blog: When Storytelling Goes Bad

Jonathan Parnell

"Harmonious complementarian marriage speaks forth the cosmic victory of Christ over evil," says Tony Reinke, speaking about the thesis of his upcoming JBMW article. In this latest episode of Behind the Blog, we discuss biblical complementarity, Trillia Newbell's newly posted

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What to Do with a Told Gospel

Jonathan Parnell

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…

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