Blog Posts by Jonathan Parnell

Husbands, Spend Time with Your Wife

Jonathan Parnell

A marriage counselor in Minnesota is encouraging couples to spend time together, the StarTribune reports. Findings are that spending at least 5 1/2 hours a week interacting with your spouse can strengthen your marriage.

Now this is interesting. Spending time together strengthens a relationship. That is vague and positive enough to be in a fortune cookie. And maybe it seems so intuitive that it's unworthy for print. But here's…

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David Brainerd Biography (Free eBook)

Jonathan Parnell

In 1742 Yale College expelled David Brainerd.

He had made some prohibited comments about some of the faculty and, though at the top of his class academically, Yale booted him. Add to this that in order to be an established minister in Connecticut you had to be a graduate of Yale, Harvard, or a European university. Brainerd's dreams (and obedience!) to become a pastor came crashing down. It was very…

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The Effects of Aging on Sanctification

Jonathan Parnell

In this five-minute video John Piper shares about some expected and unexpected ways that aging has worked in his experience of sanctification.

John Piper, along with Kevin DeYoung, Jarvis Williams, Russell Moore, and Ed Welch, will be the plenary speakers at our National Conference this September. Visit the event page to learn more and register.

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Only One Life: Focus on the Text

Jonathan Parnell

I would not write it this way today.

That is one of John Piper’s reflections almost forty years later on his 1974 dissertation, Love Your Enemies, just republished by Crossway. It has to do with how he approached the topic in the Bible.

In the "thicket" of world-class scholarship, Piper employed a "history-of-traditions" method to his study which requires a great deal of research "behind" the biblical text. The…

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Free Download of John Piper's Oldest (and Newest) Book

Jonathan Parnell

One addition to Crossway's republication of Love Your Enemies is a new preface from John Piper in which he explains why this book is a monument to God's mercy and faithfulness. He writes,

Monuments are usually built much later than the event celebrated, in this case, the years 1971–1974 in Munich, Germany. Monuments are not about themselves. They remind. They point. In this case, to the mercy and faithfulness of…

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Pastors, Politics, and the American Republic

Jonathan Parnell

For those reading from the States, today is Independence Day, the peak of America's summer. So in the midst of cookouts and fireworks, let's do a quick dial back to the founders.

America and its founders. Now that's a conversation folks can get passionate about, whether in political rhetoric or some Christian circles. However, beyond any dispute on the role Christianity played in those early days, we can say…

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20 Quotes from Date Your Wife

Jonathan Parnell

I recently asked Justin Buzzard how he would sum up his new book in less than ten seconds. "If you want to change a marriage, change the man," he replied, "and Jesus changes the man."

Simple and straightforward, Date Your Wife (Crossway, June 2012) is a book to read for yourself and recommend to any friend. It's my wife's favorite book I've read this year. Here are 20 standout quotes:

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YouVersion Releases Daily Devotional from John Piper

Jonathan Parnell

The YouVersion Bible app recently reached 50 million downloads. A true leader in the market, they provide a free Bible app in over 144 languages, are ranked as the first Bible app on iTunes, and have a 5-star rating based on over 400,000 ratings worldwide.

So we're excited to announce that they have just released a new devotional plan from John Piper.

The devotional is a 15-day reading plan…

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Hip Hop and the Fight Against Sin

Jonathan Parnell

Earlier this Spring we had the chance to hear from Trip Lee on his new album and its connection to on-the-ground sanctification. In this two-minute video, he explains how hip hop is uniquely suited to address believers' fight against sin.

Our National Conference this September is about sanctification — Act the Miracle: God's Work and Ours in the Mystery of Sanctification. We're thrilled with this theme and would love…

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Send Us a Quote, Win Some Books

Jonathan Parnell

Books don't change lives, sentences do.

In an early sermon at Bethlehem, John Piper explains that sometimes the most life-altering insight from reading is concentrated in a sentence or two. It happens when in the midst of plodding along we stumble upon a "new glimpse of truth, some powerful challenge, some resolution to a long-standing dilemma." We read it and reread it. We're gripped. The lights go on.

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Your Pastor Is Not Your Political Activist

Jonathan Parnell

This excerpt from John Piper begins as the 43:44 mark of his most recent sermon.

Here's the transcript:

Don’t press the organization of the church or her pastors into political activism. Pray that the church and her ministers would feed the flock of God with the word of God centered on the gospel of Christ crucified and risen. Expect from your shepherds not that they would rally you behind political…

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The Good News for All Sinners

Jonathan Parnell

This excerpt from John Piper begins as the 24:03 mark of this week's sermon.

Here's the transcript:

The good news of Jesus is that God saves heterosexual sinners and homosexual sinners who trust Jesus, by counting them righteous because of Jesus, and by helping them through his Spirit to live lives pleasing to him in their disordered brokenness.

Now we go to verse 11, the most important verse I…

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When Silence Is the Real Hate

Jonathan Parnell

This excerpt from John Piper begins as the 21:53 mark of this week's sermon.

Here's the transcript:

Therefore, it would contradict love and contradict the gospel of Jesus to approve homosexual practice, whether by silence, or by endorsing so-called same-sex marriage, or by affirming the Christian ordination of practicing homosexuals.

We must not be intimidated here. The world is going to say the opposite of what is true here.…

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Where Same-Sex Attraction Originates; and Where It Ends

Jonathan Parnell

This excerpt from John Piper begins as the 10:52 mark of this week's sermon.

Here's the transcript:

Same-sex desires and same-sex orientation are part of our broken and disordered sexuality owing to the God’s subjection of the created order to futility because of man’s sin.

In Genesis 2 we read about the catastrophic moment when the first man and woman rebelled against God. The effects on them and on the world are described in chapters…

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This Week's Sermon: “Let Marriage Be Held in Honor” — Thinking Biblically About So-Called Same-Sex Marriage

Jonathan Parnell

"Let marriage be held in high honor among all," the writer of Hebrews tells us.

And that is the goal of this week's sermon, for God's glory and our good.

John Piper gives eight points about the biblical vision of marriage in relation to homosexuality and the proposed Marriage Amendment in Minnesota, including a closing word on the church's role in this issue.

Stream or download this week's sermon.

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11 Truths John Piper Learned from His Father

Jonathan Parnell

In a Father's Day sermon in 2005 John Piper shared eleven "precious truths" his father had imparted to him — truths, he explained, that were no mere transmission of information, but involved a whole life that demonstrated what was taught.

Here are those eleven simple, deeply inspiring truths:

  1. There is a great, majestic God in heaven, and we were meant to live for his glory not ours.
  2. When things don’t…
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Behind the Blog: Octavius Ain't Pretty

Jonathan Parnell

As Mathis says, "Octavius Winslow ain't pretty, but he changed Tony's life." In this episode of Behind the Blog, we talk about Tony's recent post at The Gospel Coalition, awkwardness in sharing the gospel, and some upcoming resources, including a new eBook and Pastor John's revisions to Brothers, We Are Not Professionals (due out in January 2013).

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Jay and Katrina Didn't Waste Their Lives

Jonathan Parnell

Jay Erickson thought about death. He and his wife Katrina, along with their two little girls, moved in next to a bush hospital in Zambia earlier this year where he wrote they could "hear quite clearly the wails of mourning with each death" (Pondering Death). Jay was trained as a bush pilot and aircraft mechanic at Moody Aviation. Seeking to make Jesus known, he and his family were…

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When God's Wrath Is Your Comfort

Jonathan Parnell

God is so great that he sees every detail of our planet all the time. And God is so just that there is not a single injustice which doesn't infuriate him. So if he knows everything and hates all that's wrong, of course he "feels indignation everyday" (Psalm 7:11).

And this is not meant for terror — not if we treasure Jesus (Romans 5:9; 1 Thessalonians 1:10; 5:9). Rather, it's…

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What the Bible Says About Sanctification

Jonathan Parnell

Sanctification is important. It's deep (as in cosmic), and it's personal (as in it's about God's work in you). But what exactly does it mean?

Sam Storms helps us with this short explanation:

Sanctification is the theme of this year's National Conference, Act the Miracle: God's Work and Ours in the Mystery of Sanctification. Plenary peakers include Kevin DeYoung, Russell Moore, Jarvis Williams, Ed Welch, and two sessions…

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Sex Is Profound

Jonathan Parnell

Marriage is profound, as Paul tells us in Ephesians 5:32. It is a mystery. Two become one. The depths of what this is really about transcend the definitions of any government. It refers to Christ and the church.

John Piper writes,

Leaving parents and holding fast to a wife, forming a new one-flesh union, is meant from the beginning to display this new covenant — Christ's leaving his Father…

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