Blog Posts by Jonathan Parnell
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
Darrin Patrick on Being and Building Men
Crawford Loritts on Lessons Learned from His Father
Doug Wilson on Leading in the Home
When God Speaks to Us
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
Similarities and Distinct Emphases of John Piper and Doug Wilson
Pastoring with Vision, Creativity, and Courage: Quotes from Ramez Atallah
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…
Leading the Church: Quotes from Doug Wilson
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…
Biographical Sketch of J. C. Ryle: Manuscript from John Piper
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
Being and Building Men for the Local Mission: Quotes from Darrin Patrick
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…
Lessons Learned from His Father: Quotes from Crawford Loritts
Session 2, Crawford Loritts on "Lessons Learned from His Father" —
- "Greatness is not pop or fad. Greatness has a staying power."
- "Manhood is not a private matter. It is a public thing. A man aspires to be the desired…
Leading the Home: Quotes from Doug Wilson
Session 1, Doug Wilson on "'Father Hunger' in Leading the Home" —
- "Begin with gospel, walk in the gospel, end with the gospel."
- "Fatherhood in the home and pastoral care in the church are analogous activities. This makes sense only…
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.