Blog Posts by Jonathan Parnell

Behind the Blog: Dead Guys Ran Dry

Jonathan Parnell

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.

In this episode of "Behind the Blog" — the new five-minute audio behind the scenes of the Desiring God blog — Tony gives the backstory to the "Grace at Home" series.…

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Tony Reinke on a Theology of Reading

Jonathan Parnell

In this episode of Theology Refresh, Tony Reinke discusses the role of reading in the Christian life, including some practical tips to become a better reader.

Stream or download the 11-minute audio.

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Behind the Blog

Jonathan Parnell

"Behind the Blog" is an audio glimpse behind the scenes of the Desiring God blog in less than five minutes.

The goal is to add a human element to the 18 or so blog posts we publish each week. That is, we're real people back here. Our hope is to deepen the content by saying more of how it comes about and how we hope to serve our readers, including…

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How to Steady Yourself in the Age of Compulsive Mobility

Jonathan Parnell

We love to be on the move. Movement, activity, journey — Western society is a society on the go. Anthony Esolen calls it the "compulsion of perpetual mobility" in his recent Touchstone article, "God's Place and Ours: On Mutability and the Lost Virtue of Steadfastness." Pilgrimage has deep roots in the soul of Western humanity, he explains. But the problem now is that it's a pilgrimage detached from an end.…

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Soaked with the Blood of Jesus, Singed with the Fire of Hell

David Mathis and Jonathan Parnell

Gospel preaching is a serious endeavor. And the mantle of preaching isn't to be worn flippantly.

Because God is God, and the Bible is his word, the heralding and exposition of that word is central to the corporate life of his redeemed people. In his message at the inaugural Together for the Gospel Conference, John Piper explains why.

God did not ordain the cross of Christ or create the lake…

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Patrick Lai on the Doctrine of Vocation

Jonathan Parnell

"Work is an exertion of effort directed to produce or accomplish something." It was created by God for his glory and is a means through which the gospel is advanced.

In the latest Theology Refresh, David Mathis hosts a fascinating discussion with Patrick Lai on the doctrine of vocation.

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The Book of Romans in 45 Tweets

Jonathan Parnell

From beginning to end, the Book of Romans soars into the deep mysteries of God's ways and spells out, in unprecedented clarity, the gospel of his son.

John Piper has called this book "the greatest letter ever written." Martin Lloyd-Jones said it is "a colossal and incomparable statement of Christian truth." J. I. Packer describes it as "the high peak of the Bible." And Martin Luther, whose recommendation glows more…

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Christians, You Are the Light of the World

Jonathan Parnell

Pastor John:

Jesus says, in Matthew 5:14, "You are the light of the world." And in Ephesians 5:8, "At one time you were darkness, but now you are light in the Lord." So both of them say, Christians are light. Not only that, they both agree that, "The fruit of light is found in all that is good and right and true."

The shining of your light as a Christian is bearing…

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Jesus Can Go Anywhere

Jonathan Parnell

On the evening of that day, the first day of the week, the doors being locked where the disciples were for fear of the Jews, Jesus came and stood among them and said to them, "Peace be with you." (John 20:19)

John Piper explains what this means for you, now:

This excerpt starts at the 6:49 mark of this week's sermon.

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Contemplating the Bible in Communion

Jonathan Parnell

Nature is saying something.

Psalm 19:1 explains: "The heavens declare the glory of God." The most basic point of this verse is that the world around us is making God known. "Wherever you cast your eyes," Calvin writes, "there is no spot in the universe wherein you cannot discern at least some sparks of [God's] glory" (Institutes, I.V.1). The theological name for this is "general revelation."

We can…

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10 Results of the Resurrection

Jonathan Parnell

Get a free download of this new poster (PDF) from John Piper's article on ten results of the resurrection:

  1. A savior who can never die again. "For we know that Christ being raised from the dead will never die again." Romans 6:9
  2. Repentance. "The God of our fathers raised Jesus, whom you killed by hanging him on a tree. God exalted him at his right hand as Leader and Savior, …
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Doug Wilson on How to Stay Christian in Seminary

Jonathan Parnell

Wilson gives two exhortations: first, knowledge about God is not the same thing as knowing God. And second, love your neighbor, by which he means your wife and your children.

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"The Scriptures are a window to look through, not a mural to look at." http://dsr.gd/HDQE1H #Xsem

"Don't sacrifice a…

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Communion with God: What, Why, How?

Jonathan Parnell

"Communion" is a good word. What do you think when you hear it? Maybe an ordinance of the church? Perhaps an archaic way saying relationship? Or even some mystical ambiguity connected to transcendence?

Communion is one of the few words in the English language that has a general meaning but maintains a sanctified use. "To speak a little of it in general," John Owen writes, "Communion relates to things and…

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