Blog Posts by Jonathan Parnell
Jay and Katrina Didn't Waste Their Lives
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…Continue Reading
When God's Wrath Is Your Comfort
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…Continue Reading
What the Bible Says About Sanctification
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…Continue Reading
Sex Is Profound
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.
Behind the Blog with Mathis's Wife's Sister's Husband's Cousin's Wife
In this special edition of Behind the Blog, David and Tony sit down with Rachel Jones to talk about her posts in the new "Grace at Home" column (you'll soon understand the title).
Rachel and her husband Tom live in…Continue Reading
When the Gospel Comes to Life
The gospel rightly, thoughtfully, and in biblical faithfulness expounded, will not only win sinners to Christ but it will also shape the lives of Christians to greater conformity to Jesus.
Don Carson explains in this five-minute video:
Sanctification is the…Continue Reading
"JOB the Film" Released on iTunes
Why do bad things happen to good people?
Few questions are more ancient. Job was blameless and upright, he feared God and turned away from evil (Job 1:1). And yet he suffered affliction at every turn. He was laid low…Continue Reading
Behind the Blog with John Piper
Last week David Mathis sat down with John Piper to catch up on his recent travel and ministry in Europe.
In this special edition of Behind the Blog, Pastor John shares about the messages he preached and how he was…Continue Reading
Don't Empty Forgiveness of Its Meaning
God's mercy really is incomprehensible apart from God's wrath. Paul tells us, "Jesus delivers us from the wrath to come" (1 Thessalonians 1:10). And it becomes clear that if we are to know the depths of this deliverance we must…Continue Reading
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