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Articles by Jonathan Parnell

"JOB the Film" Released on iTunes

Jonathan Parnell

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…

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Behind the Blog with John Piper

Jonathan Parnell

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…

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Don't Empty Forgiveness of Its Meaning

Jonathan Parnell

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…

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Sinclair Ferguson on Union with Christ

Jonathan Parnell

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…

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How Summertime Helps Us Pray

Jonathan Parnell

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…

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The Heart of Discipleship

Jonathan Parnell

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…

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You Can't Say This Enough

Jonathan Parnell

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…

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Lessons Learned from Pastoral Ministry

Jonathan Parnell

Darrin Patrick is the pastor of The Journey in St. Louis, a church he planted back in 2002. He also serves as the Vice President of the Acts 29 Church Planting Network and has written a couple books, Church Planter

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Four Reasons Why Marriage Is God's Doing

Jonathan Parnell

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…

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Steps to Overcome Temptation

Jonathan Parnell

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.

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How Zephaniah Helps Us Feel the Glad Love of God

Jonathan Parnell

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…

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Safe and Uncondemned for the Glory of God

Jonathan Parnell

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…

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Degree in Hand, More Desperate Than Ever

Jonathan Parnell

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.

Tonight…

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Behind the Blog: We Have Thor

Jonathan Parnell

Josh Etter joins today's episode of Behind the Blog for the background of how we learned about the amazing story of Ian & Larissa. Tony talks about why superheros matter, I discuss tweeting through 1 Corinthians, and David gives…

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The Book of 1 Corinthians in 40 Tweets

Jonathan Parnell

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…

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The Gospel Is Big Enough to Fight for Itself

Jonathan Parnell

Russell Moore:

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.”

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Are You Cynical About Prayer?

Jonathan Parnell

Paul Miller, author of A Praying Life, explains cynicism and its danger in our day:

Listen to Paul Miller talk more about prayer in this episode of Theology Refresh and stream or download his message from the 2011 Conference…

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Mothers for Whom Jesus Died

Jonathan Parnell

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…

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"My Mama Told Me It Was So"

Jonathan Parnell

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…

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Behind the Blog: Fourth Man in the Furnace

Jonathan Parnell

Tyler Kenney joins this Friday's edition of Behind the Blog with updates from the frontlines of Desiring God's translation efforts, including how to access the ten different language options of our site.

Among other things mentioned are Tony's post on…

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John Piper Discusses the Pleasures of God (Part 3)

Jonathan Parnell

In the final session of The Pleasures of God Discussion, John Piper interacts with questions on chapters 7–9:

  • The Pleasure of God in Doing Good to All Who Hope in Him
  • The Pleasure of God in the Prayers of the…
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Who Are the Wicked Jesus Will Slay?

Jonathan Parnell

It's not terrible theology, but it could use some nuance.

My daughter is only four years old, and though she doesn't understand a lot about God, she has a sense for Jesus's power. She knows he's strong and near, like…

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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…

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