Articles by Jonathan Parnell
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
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
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
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
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. 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
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
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
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 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
"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
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
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
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
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 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
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
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