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Articles by Jonathan Parnell

Now Available: National Conference Audio and Video

Jonathan Parnell

It was a memorable weekend (view the slideshow) for nearly 3,000 of us last Friday to Sunday, as we gathered for the Desiring God 2012 National Conference. We promised there that we'd aim to have the audio and video ready…

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David Platt on the Doctrine of Suffering

Jonathan Parnell

No topic is more enduringly relevant. Everyone encounters suffering one way or another and Christian leaders are called to help them understand its meaning.

David Platt, pastor at the Church at Brook Hills and author of Radical, sits down…

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God's Plan Before the Ages Began

Jonathan Parnell

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…

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The Apex of the Glory of God

Jonathan Parnell

The glory of God is the most important thing in the universe. But what about the most magnificient aspect of his glory

John Piper explains in this three-minute video:

This excerpt is from the latest sermon, "Why Did God

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This Week's Sermon: "Why Did God Create the World?"

Jonathan Parnell

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…

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Staying for the Best Things

Jonathan Parnell

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…

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We Should Learn This Verse

Jonathan Parnell

"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…

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Behind the Blog: Come Outa Philly

Jonathan Parnell

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…

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This Week's Sermon: "Eternal Security Is a Community Project"

Jonathan Parnell

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…

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Tell Your Co-Worker the Gospel

Jonathan Parnell

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…

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Calvary Love

Jonathan Parnell

John Piper's latest poem, "Calvary Love."

He held the world between his thumb and finger
like a tender grape.

And when the spike was driven through his hand,
his muscles flinched with world-creating force,
and crimson wine dripped…

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This Week's Sermon: "I AM WHO I AM"

Jonathan Parnell

God absolutely is. This is the most basic and ultimate fact there has ever been. The triune God — the Lordis. He always has been and always will be. He is not to be assumed. He is…

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You Need to Change

Jonathan Parnell

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…

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What Is Love?

Jonathan Parnell

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…

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Nine Ways the Gospel Transforms Marriage

Jonathan Parnell

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…

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Saving Faith Is Wanting Jesus

Jonathan Parnell

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…

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Biblicism: Right or Wrong?

Jonathan Parnell

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…

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What Is Preaching?

Jonathan Parnell

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…

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A Little More of Jesus Today

Jonathan Parnell

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…

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Five Reasons Why Catechisms Are Important

Jonathan Parnell

The English word "catechize" simply means to teach biblical truth in an orderly way. In his introduction to The Baptist Catechism, John Piper explains the biblical support for a pattern of doctrine: there is a "pattern of teaching" (Romans…

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"The Baptist Catechism" — with Commentary from John Piper

Jonathan Parnell

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…

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It Is Amazing That We Have This Book

Jonathan Parnell

We believe that the Bible, consisting of the sixty-six books of the Old and New Testaments, is the infallible Word of God, verbally inspired by God, and without error in the original manuscripts.

So begins the Bethlehem Elder Affirmation of Faith —…

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Four Things We Can Learn from Jonathan Edwards

Jonathan Parnell

Jonathan Edwards wasn't always "Jonathan Edwards," Sean Lucas reminds us.

In the closing appendix of his book, God's Grand Design, Lucas explains that in many ways Edwards was "a man just like us." Sinner as he was, Edwards struggled…

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John G. Paton Biography (Free eBook)

Jonathan Parnell

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…

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This Week's Sermon: "When a Lover of Good Thinks About Evil"

Jonathan Parnell

"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…

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