Blog Posts by Jonathan Parnell
This Week's Sermon: "Let's Be Rich Toward God"
Jesus tells us a story about a fool in Luke 12.
This fool was a rich man — a productive farmer who built big barns to store his increase. And there's nothing necessarily wrong with that. We need productive farmers…Continue Reading
Christianity Without Discipleship Is Christianity Without Christ
Discipleship means adherence to Christ, and, because Christ is the object of that adherence, it must take the form of discipleship.
An abstract Christology, a doctrinal system, a general religious knowledge on the subject of grace or on the forgiveness…
Speaking to Muslims About the Crucified Christ
John Piper writes,
Jesus said, “I know that you do not have the love of God within you. I have come in my Father’s name, and you do not receive me. If another comes in his own name, you will…
Ed Stetzer on Spiritual Warfare
Theology Refresh is a podcast for pastors and Christian leaders designed to sharpen our grasp of key doctrines used in everyday ministry. Each podcast is around 15-minutes (or less), which is the time it takes for the average daily commute.
Eight Ways to Approach Scripture
Do You Feel Called to Teach?
In 1977 John Piper organized some advice for a group of college students who were considering a career in teaching biblical and theological studies.
The counsel includes the goal of teaching, the difficultly in teaching, and the personal traits that…Continue Reading
Putting the "Christian" in Christian Friendship
Is there anything distinctive about Christian friendship? What’s different about how two fellow followers of Jesus relate to each other, compared with two friends who don’t identify with Christ? Romans 15:2 helps us consider one essential component of what puts…Continue Reading
WORLD Magazine Article on Desiring God in China
Eight Ways to Live as Pro-Life Christians Under a Pro-Choice President
Here is my answer to the question, "How do pro-life Christians honor a pro-choice president?"
1. Humbling ourselves
We will honor you, Mr. President, by humbling ourselves under the mighty hand of God (1 Peter 5:6) and acknowledging…
It’s the Christian's Duty to Speak the Truth
Christians — people who bank their hopes on Jesus and spend time with Jesus and obey Jesus — should stand up in public and tell God's truth as they see it without worrying that secular listeners may not…
What Does Roe v. Wade Actually Say?
January 18, 1987, John Piper preached a sermon to expose the evil of abortion. Since this sermon he has preached against abortion every year on the Sanctity of Life Sunday, which correlates with the dark anniversary of Roe v. Wade…Continue Reading
How to Approach the Bible
The Bible comes from God; God doesn't come from the Bible.
Our knowledge of God is a different story. What we know about God, definitively and redemptively, comes from the Bible. And that is, the Bible that comes from God,…Continue Reading
For Men: What the Life of Augustine Teaches Us
At the recent Campus Outreach National Conference, speaking to a gathering of men, John Piper tells the story of the life of Augustine — bishop of Hippo in the fifth century.
This talk gives a hope-giving example of how we…Continue Reading
Darrin Patrick on Biblical Complementarity
The latest Theology Refresh features a 12-minute dicussion on biblical complementarity with Darrin Patrick, speaker at our upcoming Conference for Pastors.
It's important to remember that there is more than one danger in this issue. We can miss it on…Continue Reading
Know Your Value of Values
It was simple. The first bookend of my formal theological training was grounded in an easy-to-the-point-of-jolly ambition: learn as much as I can about Jesus and teach it to others. What fueled my pursuit of pastoral ministry — and all…Continue Reading
Martin Luther King's "Letters from Birmingham Jail"
Do You Dread a False Deity?
All true fear of the Supreme Being can only spring from a right knowledge of him. And it consists, first and fundamentally, in conceiving and believing him to be what he is, most powerful indeed, but at the…
How to Fight Bitterness
Hope as the Motivation of Love
If you want to understand the message of 1 Peter,
or how hope in God's grace affects our command to love,
or if you just want to see a lucid example of careful exegetical method. . .
let me commend…Continue Reading
How to Fight Fear
A Tool to Help You Live
"By the work of the Holy Spirit, God defeats temptation by awakening joy through belief in the word of God which is at work in us. And that word is most centrally the good news that Christ died for us…Continue Reading
Three Exhortations for Pastoral Ministry
Pastor, there are three things John Piper would say to you about your ministry.
Three things that he has said before, at a conference in Phoenix in 2006. Three things: make God central in your heart, central in your thinking,…Continue Reading
Defending the Faith in the Public Arena
"Defending the Faith in the Public Arena" — this is the topic of John Piper's message delivered at a 2004 gathering of the National Religious Broadcasters. We recently obtained this audio and commend it to you now. Its relevance hasn't…Continue Reading
The Joy of Calvinism
The foundation to our joy in God is God's own joy in himself. Christian Hedonism only makes sense when we understand God's supremacy in all things. He really is sovereign and he really is good.
And the five points of…Continue Reading