Blog Posts by Jonathan Parnell
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,…
Left Behind for Now: Tribulation and the Need to Know God’s Word
David Platt on the Doctrine of Hell
The doctrine of hell is important — and extremely unpopular.
In this episode of Theology Refresh, David Platt talks about the priority of God's word as we approach this doctrine and faithfully serve the gospel in light of its reality.
Read the Bible Devotionally — and No Less Critically
In the current series "How to Stay Christian in Seminary," we've been sharing some ways that those in the midst of theological education might grow in grace. David Mathis recently sat down with Don Carson and asked for his counsel:
C. S. Lewis on the Danger of Love
If you were having a cup of tea with C. S. Lewis on Valentine's Day, and you asked him sincerely, "Mr. Lewis, am I better not to love because it's so risky?" — he might say something like this:
Consider the Glory of God
- the glory of his eternality that makes the mind want to explode with the infinite thought that God never had a beginning, but simply always was;
- the glory of his knowledge that makes the Library of Congress look like…
How God's Glory Shines in Christian Marriage
There are two levels at which the glory of God may shine forth from a Christian marriage:
One is at the structural level when both spouses fulfill the roles God intended for them — the man as leader…
Preaching About Racial Diversity in Mono-Ethnic Contexts
Why should pastors preach about racial diversity if they're in contexts made up of the same ethnicity?
John Piper gives four reasons:
- Christians everywhere should have a global mindset.
- Distant from diversity tends to disguise racism issues.
- World conflicts are…
Ramez Atallah on Pastoring with Vision, Creativity, and Courage
What Does It Mean to Be a Pilgrim?
The gospel turns people into pilgrims. It comes with a culture-correcting force that creates aliens and exiles of the world.
Drawing from a 1733 Jonathan Edwards sermon, John Piper offers seven descriptions of what this looks like:
- Pilgrims are not…
Love That Jesus Calls the Weak
I want to be like Jonathan Edwards, don’t you? The guy was amazing. He was a polymath, an incomparable scholar, “probably the greatest America mind ever” (as they say). Writing a treatise on spiders was like a few rounds of…Continue Reading