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Articles by Jonathan Parnell

20 Principles to Live Faithfully in a Complex World

Jonathan Parnell

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…

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Biblical Masculinity and the Importance of Role Models

Jonathan Parnell

"The biggest hurdle to biblical masculinity," Trip Lee explains, "is the lack of fathers in the home." We need role models, and this is where the church comes in.

In this three-minute video, Trip shares about the importance of…

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No One Is More Tolerant Than God

Jonathan Parnell

Gay rights activists across the country plan to descend upon Chick-fil-A this evening in response to Wednesday’s "Appreciation Day." Here will be a real-life test of tolerance for many professing Christians.

Now, as political and newsy as it may seem…

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Not Your Mother's Kind of Tolerance

Jonathan Parnell

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…

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Behind the Blog: Olympic Edition

Jonathan Parnell

In today's episode of Behind the Blog we talk olympics, spanking, and the Book of Psalms, including some upcoming posts and events in Minneapolis.

You can also listen here.

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Andrew Fuller Biography (Free eBook)

Jonathan Parnell

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…

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Fighting to Be Who You Are

Jonathan Parnell

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

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Who Is Your Neighbor? Well, Who Are You?

Jonathan Parnell

"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…

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Why Read the Bible?

Jonathan Parnell

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…

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10 Reasons You Should Read the Book of Job

Jonathan Parnell

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…

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What Is at Stake If I Don't Date My Wife?

Jonathan Parnell

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…

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Why You Don't Have to Fear Terror

Jonathan Parnell

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…

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Adoniram Judson Biography (Free eBook)

Jonathan Parnell

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…

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This Week's Sermon: "He Cannot Deny Himself"

Jonathan Parnell

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…

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Biblical Manhood and the Gospel's Power

Jonathan Parnell

Justin Buzzard summarizes his new book: "If you want to change the marriage, change the man. Jesus changes the man." He explains more in this seven-minute video:

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More on Sanctification from Piper and Keller

Jonathan Parnell

John Piper and Tim Keller's discussion on sanctification continues in this 15-minute video, including some practical guidance for in-the-moment motivations for holiness.

Time-markers:

0:01 — When action is enticed by a blessing.

3:00 — Looking for the past and future…

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The Problem with Commitment

Jonathan Parnell

Marriage is not maintenance mode. Justin Buzzard, author of Date Your Wife, explains that the biblical vision for marriage means more than mere commitment. Husbands are to love their wives like Jesus loves his church, and that means sacrifice…

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Piper and Keller Wrestle with Sanctification

Jonathan Parnell

Earlier this Spring John Piper and Tim Keller sat down to discuss the biblical vision of sanctification. In this 14-minute video they touch on how justification and sanctification relate, along with the psychological dynamics of faith.

(Part 2 of…

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Sanctification in the Everyday (Free eBook)

Jonathan Parnell

How does the cross and victory of Jesus affect your everyday sanctification?

Over the past 30 years John Piper has preached several messages that equip listeners to apply the Bible in their daily lives. Stretching three decades, this e-book includes…

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J. I. Packer on the Puritan Vision of Sanctification

Jonathan Parnell

We recently had the opportunity to ask J. I. Packer a few questions related to sanctification, including how the Puritans have influenced him personally. He noted in his answer, "This is a question I welcome, because in fact, it was…

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Helpful Quotes from The Unbelievable Gospel

Jonathan Parnell

Here are some helpful quotes from Jonathan Dodson's new ebook, The Unbelievable Gospel (GCD Books, 2012).

"Too many Christians look to clear their evangelistic conscience by simply mentioning the name of Jesus or saying that he died on the cross…

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Behind the Blog: No Place for Middle Earth

Jonathan Parnell

"How we listen reveals who we are," Tony explains, is at the heart of the new eBook, Take Care How You Listen. This resource is the first wave of a new eBook initiative at Desiring God that repackages unedited…

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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

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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…

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