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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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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. Mentioned in this episode: How to…
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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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