Blog Posts by Jonathan Parnell
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!…
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…
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
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
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,…
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.
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:
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:
- 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…
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…
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…
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…
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
The Bible is clear. While we can't exhaustively comprehend it all, the divine authorial intention communicated through the human authors is suffuciently clear for all purposes of salvation (WCF 1.7).
But why is Scripture clear? Here's one of the most…Continue Reading
Session 6, Ramez Atallah on "Pastoring with Vision, Creativity, and Courage in Hard Places" —
- "Obligated, eager and not ashamed. These should characterize a church with the gospel."
- "A Christian leader has to have a vision — he must see…
Session 4, John Piper's biographical sketch of J. C. Ryle —
Read the entire manuscript of the message:
"The Frank and Manly Mr. Ryle" — The Value of a Masculine Ministry"
The audio and video will be posted on Friday.Continue Reading
Session 5, Doug Wilson on "Father Hunger" in Leading the Church —
- "Remember the good newsness of the gospel. The gospel is outside of us. It is for us, but is external to us."
- "We must always remember the gospel…
Session 3, Darrin Patrick on "Being and Building Men for the Local Mission" —
- "When you become a leader of men, you plug your life into an ampiflier and everyone hears it."
- "There's nothing more destructive for people who are…