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God's Greatest Achievement

Jonathan Parnell

"This achievement was the greatest achievement that the Father and Son ever accomplished."

John Piper explains:

This excerpt starts at the 24:24 mark of this week's sermon.

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Be a Real Husband and Dad

Jonathan Parnell

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…

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Sam Storms on the End Times

Jonathan Parnell

"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.

Sam…

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How Jesus Fought in the Dark Hour

Jonathan Parnell

Pastor John writes in Future Grace,

There were several tactics in Jesus' strategic battle against despondency.

  • First, he chose some close friends to be with him. "He took with him Peter and the two sons of Zebedee" (Matthew 26:37).
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12 Short Books Worth Reading

Jonathan Parnell

In one of my daughters' favorite books Dr. Seuss tells us, "The more you read, the more things you will know."

True. Reading is thinking is learning — and there are "mountains of treasures waiting to be mined." But this…

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How Should We Think About Self-Worth?

Jonathan Parnell

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…

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Don Carson on the Wrath of God

Jonathan Parnell

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

Jonathan Parnell

Pastor John:

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…

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Jonathan Edwards on the True Excellency of the Gospel Minister

Jonathan Parnell

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…

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25 Top Quotes from J. C. Ryle

Jonathan Parnell

One neat thing about the blogosphere is the increasing accessibility to old gospel resources that would otherwise be buried in libraries. Case in point: J.C. Ryle Quotes.

This blog is a repository of Christ-centered content from the nineteenth-century Bishop…

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Pray with Your Books Closed

Jonathan Parnell

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…

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The Battle We Fight Is Thine!

Jonathan Parnell

Richard Sibbes:

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…

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David Platt on the Doctrine of Hell

Jonathan Parnell

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.

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Read the Bible Devotionally — and No Less Critically

Jonathan Parnell

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:

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C. S. Lewis on the Danger of Love

Jonathan Parnell

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:

Of…

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Consider the Glory of God

Jonathan Parnell

Consider:

  • 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…
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How God's Glory Shines in Christian Marriage

Jonathan Parnell

Pastor John:

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…

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Preaching About Racial Diversity in Mono-Ethnic Contexts

Jonathan Parnell

Why should pastors preach about racial diversity if they're in contexts made up of the same ethnicity?

John Piper gives four reasons:

  1. Christians everywhere should have a global mindset.
  2. Distant from diversity tends to disguise racism issues.
  3. World conflicts are…
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Ramez Atallah on Pastoring with Vision, Creativity, and Courage

Jonathan Parnell

Ramez Atallah, general secretary of the Bible Society of Egypt, spoke at the 2012 Conference for Pastors on ministering with vision, creativity, and courage. Download the audio and video

Memorable Quotes

  • "Obligated, eager and not ashamed — these should…
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What Does It Mean to Be a Pilgrim?

Jonathan Parnell

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:

  1. Pilgrims are not…
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Love That Jesus Calls the Weak

Jonathan Parnell

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…

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Darrin Patrick on Being and Building Men

Jonathan Parnell

Darrin Patrick's message at the 2012 Conference for Pastors was on being and building men in the local church. He expounded Galatians 5 and walked through the on-the-ground work of killing sin and living in the Spirit. Download the audio

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Crawford Loritts on Lessons Learned from His Father

Jonathan Parnell

Crawford Loritts' message included practical insight and a short exposition of Galatians 5 on what it means to live and walk by the Spirit. Download the audio and video.

Memorable Quotes

  • "Manhood is not a private matter. It is…
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