Blog Posts by Jonathan Parnell
Sinclair Ferguson on Union with Christ
We do not know what the apostle Paul says we know.
So says Sinclair Ferguson on Romans 6:6. Speaking to a gathering of pastors a couple years ago, Ferguson shared his sentiment that most people who sit before the preached…Continue Reading
How Summertime Helps Us Pray
Memorial Day weekend is the traditional welcome into summer. Long days, outside reading, baseball, iced tea, sunshine — 'tis the season of unparalleled displays of God's common benevolence.
And it's also full of exciting opportunities for us to grow…Continue Reading
The Heart of Discipleship
Discipleship is about values.
This could not be clearer in the Gospels. Jesus' call is for a double action: leave and follow. "Follow me, and I will make you fishers of men," he first said to Peter and Andrew in…Continue Reading
You Can't Say This Enough
John Piper writes about a conversation with his wife, Noël, when he was preaching a series on marriage a few years ago. After a couple sermons on the foundation and ultimate meaning of marriage he asked for her feedback. "You…Continue Reading
Lessons Learned from Pastoral Ministry
Four Reasons Why Marriage Is God's Doing
The most foundational thing we can say about marriage is that it is God's doing. John Piper explains, "A glimpse into the magnificence of marriage comes from seeing in God's word that God himself is the great doer. Marriage is…Continue Reading
Steps to Overcome Temptation
Earlier this year David Mathis sat down with Don Carson to discuss sanctification. In this three-minute clip, Carson talks about some simultaneous steps to take for overcoming temptation, including a deepening delight in Jesus.
How Zephaniah Helps Us Feel the Glad Love of God
John Piper says it's almost too good to believe. Hear Zephaniah's words:
The Lord your God is in your midst,
a mighty one who will save;
he will rejoice over you with gladness;
he will quiet you by his love;…
Safe and Uncondemned for the Glory of God
It was almost nine years ago when Owen Shramek died. His parents, a young couple from Bethlehem Baptist Church, had moved to the Middle East to work as cross-cultural peacemakers. Owen was born at 24 weeks and the medical context…Continue Reading
Degree in Hand, More Desperate Than Ever
Graduation is a high moment. It's like a wedding of sorts. All the many investments — the questions needing answers, the costs needing to be weighed — rise together in a public crescendo of accomplishment. Congratulations, here's your degree.
Behind the Blog: We Have Thor
The Book of 1 Corinthians in 40 Tweets
Crosses were dark in First Century Rome. Crucifixion was a horrific execution method reserved for the lowliest criminals. And yet, Paul writes his letter to the church in Corinth and organizes his theology and entire ministry around this object of…Continue Reading
The Gospel Is Big Enough to Fight for Itself
Sometimes believers will throw up their hands in frustration with non-Christian people they know. “I have said everything I know to say to her about the gospel,” one might say. “She already knows it all and doesn’t believe.”
Are You Cynical About Prayer?
Mothers for Whom Jesus Died
As Mother's Day comes to an end, the tides of shame recede for millions of women.
Being a mother (or father) doesn't depend on whether your children are living. And that includes adults behind the nearly 55 million abortions reported…Continue Reading
"My Mama Told Me It Was So"
Why does John Piper believe the Bible is true? When recently asked this question he responded that it is first because his mother had taught him it was so.
Grateful for his mother's influence, Pastor John gave a message last…Continue Reading
Behind the Blog: Fourth Man in the Furnace
John Piper Discusses the Pleasures of God (Part 3)
In the final session of The Pleasures of God Discussion, John Piper interacts with questions on chapters 7–9:
- The Pleasure of God in Doing Good to All Who Hope in Him
- The Pleasure of God in the Prayers of the…
Who Are the Wicked Jesus Will Slay?
It's not terrible theology, but it could use some nuance.
My daughter is only four years old, and though she doesn't understand a lot about God, she has a sense for Jesus's power. She knows he's strong and near, like…Continue Reading
John Piper Discusses the Pleasures of God (Part 2)
John Piper Discusses the Pleasures of God (Part 1)
Behind the Blog: Dead Guys Ran Dry
The Puritans on motherhood only go so far. And Charles Spurgeon and Octavius Winslow have great things to say, but after a while it's good for moms to hear from other moms on believing the gospel in the home.
Sam Storms on "The Pleasures of God"
Get the revised edition of The Pleasures of God: Meditations on God's Delight in Being God.
For a limited time WTS Books is offering a $5 off coupon to DG readers. To apply the coupon, enter the code "DGBOOKS12"…Continue Reading
Tony Reinke on a Theology of Reading
Two Kinds of Biblical Missions
Recent posts in "Proclaimed Among the Nations" —
- Missional and Global: Making Disciples of All Nations
- How a Pastor Fuels Global Missions
- Minimizing Comforts for Maximizing Joy
- Domestic Ministries and Global Missions Need Each Other