Blog Posts by Jonathan Parnell
John Piper on How to Stay Christian in Seminary
John Piper gives three answers to how to stay Christian in seminary:
- Choose professors who are passionate about God and his word.
- In all your studies ask "so what?" (at least to yourself).
- Pray with your wife about what you're…
Darrin Patrick on How to Stay Christian in Seminary
Darrin Patrick shares some advice on how he was helped to grow in grace during seminary:
- Gather with the church for worship and prayer.
- Fight for time in the Bible that has nothing to do with class.
- Seek God with…
Doug Wilson on How to Stay Christian in Seminary
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.
"Stuffing your head full of facts about God isn't…
Communion with God: What, Why, How?
"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…Continue Reading
Walking in the Spirit During Transition
Minimizing Comforts for Maximizing Joy
John Piper: "The call to risk for the unreached peoples of the world is not a call to lesser joy." http://dsr.gd/GVpzX2Continue Reading
What's New About the New Commandment?
When People Look Like Satan
God made humans to reflect his image and advance the display of his glory over the created world (Genesis 1:26–28). But Adam failed in this commission. Rather than have dominion over the serpent he succumbed to its craftiness. As Greg…Continue Reading
What It Means to Be a Pilgrim
Michael Horton writes,
There is a significant origin and end point to history, within which we ourselves are cast members. It is a courtroom drama in which we are either false or true witnesses, “in Adam” or “in Christ,” justified…
God's Greatest Achievement
Turmoil of Soul in the Christian Life
A Live-Stream to Help Fight Fire with Fire
Be a Real Husband and Dad
It was nearly 8 PM — that means bedtime for the kids. I pushed my books aside and met them in their room, where they were already lying down. The lights were off, and the stage was set for me…Continue Reading
Sam Storms on the End Times
"End times" is a little like "free food" — throw the words in a headline and it'll make you look twice. For many Christians, it's a hot topic. And it does have implications for our lives in this world.
How Jesus Fought in the Dark Hour
12 Short Books Worth Reading
How Should We Think About Self-Worth?
What is self-worth? And whatever it is, do you have the right kind?
Back in 1976, during his college teaching ministry, John Piper was interviewed about the then burgeoning talk of self-esteem. Responding to nine questions, he gives a biblical…Continue Reading
Hell Can't Blackmail Heaven into Misery
Don Carson on the Wrath of God
You can't speak of God's wrath the same way you speak of his love.
But why not?
In this 12-minute interview, Don Carson explains the wrath of God and counsels pastors in how to minister its truth:
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Few Things Are More Humbling
We do not give God authority over our lives. He has it whether we like it or not. What utter folly it is to act as though we had any rights at all to call God into question!…
What's the Deal with Anxiety?
Pastor John explains the nature and effects of anxiety,
Think for a moment how many different sinful actions and attitudes come from anxiety. Anxiety about finances can give rise to coveting and greed and hoarding and stealing. Anxiety about succeeding…
Jonathan Edwards on the True Excellency of the Gospel Minister
A lot has changed since 1743 — but not everything.
The "true excellency of a minister of the gospel" is the same today as it was back when Jonathan Edwards preached an ordination sermon by the same title for a…Continue Reading
25 Top Quotes from J. C. Ryle
Pray with Your Books Closed
We shouldn't open our books without praying, but we'd better pray without opened books.
I think B. B. Warfield would give a thumbs up here. In his salty essay, "The Religious Life of Theological Students," Warfield explains that study should…Continue Reading
The Battle We Fight Is Thine!
Nothing is stronger than humility, which goes out of itself, or weaker than pride, which rests on its own foundation. . . . And this should be particularly observed because naturally we aspire to a kind of divinity,…