Blog Posts by Jonathan Parnell
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…
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
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…
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.
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