Blog Posts by Jonathan Parnell
Patrick Lai on the Doctrine of Vocation
"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…Continue Reading
Missional and Global: Making Disciples of All Nations
The Book of Romans in 45 Tweets
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…Continue Reading
Christians, You Are the Light of the World
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…
How a Pastor Fuels Global Missions
John Piper: "Take your people to the Bible and show them a big God." http://dsr.gd/HAxlHm
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Domestic Ministries and Global Missions Need Each Other
John Piper: "If you've never had a burden for your neighbor here, how are you going to do missions in another culture?" http://dsr.gd/I6OdX6
Read the sermon, The Relationship Between Diversified Domestic Ministries and Frontier Missions (1984).
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Jesus Is Not an Individualistic Pietist Indifferent to the World
Jesus Can Go Anywhere
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…
Contemplating the Bible in Communion
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…Continue Reading
10 Results of the Resurrection
A Guide for Staying Christian in Seminary
Once during a walk, as Jack Miller prayed for his friends, it became clear to him what he should want for them: that they get the gospel clear in their own hearts and minds, that they make it clear to…Continue Reading
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.