Blog Posts by Jonathan Parnell
10 Steps to Stay Alive to the Beauty of God's World
When Mere Life Is Interesting Enough
G. K. Chesterton:
When we are very young children we don't need fairy tales: we only need tales. Mere life is interesting enough.
A child of seven is excited by being told that Tommy opened a door and saw a…
God Is Doing More Than We Can See
Caiaphas schemed against Jesus (John 11:49–53). It was horrible. It was injustice.
And yet, the whole thing was God's loving set of events he planned for good. God was up to something bigger. It was for the salvation of you…Continue Reading
Fear, Risk, and the Church's Mission
Fitzgerald nailed it when he described Jay Gatsby’s attitude: “What would be the use of doing great things if I could have a better time telling her what I was going to do?” It’s easy to fall so…
The Pastor's Role in World Evangelization
What then should a pastor do to promote a passion among his people to see God glorified by the in-gathering of his sheep from the thousands of unreached people groups around the world?
My answer: above everything else,…
Russell Moore on the Person of Christ
The newest episode of Theology Refresh features a discussion with Russell Moore on the person of Christ.
The doctrine of the person of Jesus — fully God, fully man, one person with two natures — has everything to do with…Continue Reading
A System for Praying in 2012
The New Year is a great time to reconfigure the way we do things. And it can be a bit overwhelming.
Diet, exercise, memorization habits, reading lists, time management — all this is good. But perhaps the best place to…Continue Reading
A Comforting Message for the Closing Year
But here is the joy, here is the peace of Christians, that our salvation is a finished one! We have not a farthing to pay to complete the ransom of our souls. We have not a stitch to…
The KINGDOM Bible Reading Plan
The Deeper Strength of Masculinity
Edwards's Resolutions in Seven Categories
Catalyst Interview with John Piper
A Promise, a Manger, and a City with No Need for the Sun
Why Christmas Morning Was a Trajectory
Kenōsis is the Greek word in Philippians 2:7 translated "made nothing" (ESV). It's what Jesus did to himself — "he made himself nothing . . ."
Donald Macleod writes,
In becoming incarnate God not only accomodates himself to human…
How We Get from Exile to a Restored Jerusalem
What He Secured Wasn't Sympathy, But Immunity
Jesus is able to sympathize with our weaknesses. He's a Savior who knows what it's like to be human, to live in a fallen world, to experience temptation. And better news than our exemplar, Jesus was our substitution.
Donald Macleod…Continue Reading
The Woe of Sojourning Here
A Song of Ascents . . .
Woe to me, that I sojourn in Meshech, that I dwell among the tents of Kedar! (Psalms 120:5)
The first "Song of Ascents" tells us Israel is in exile.
Glance through the surrounding…Continue Reading
Why Biblical Manhood and Womanhood Matters
Our Weakness Is No Stranger
There are trillions of ways that Jesus is not like us. The Nicene Creed is only a sketch of what this looks like. These ways are vast — far more vast than what we're able to say.
Jesus Is Different
Ten Ways to Bring the Gospel Home This Christmas
Apple Pie and Satisfied in God
How and Why God Changes People
When Paul calls the power of Christ which changed him from great sinner to great apostle — when he calls this power "mercy," he exalts not himself but the Savior. The Christmas gift of change is always a…
Pastors, What You Preach Is Already Decided
We have a fixed faith to preach, my brethren, and we are sent forth with a definite message from God. We are not left to fabricate the message as we go along. We are not sent forth by…
Ray Ortlund on Union with Christ
The Feeble Infant Came to Conquer Satan
His infinite condescension marvelously appeared in the manner of his birth. He was brought forth in a stable because there was no room for them in the inn. The inn was taken up by others, that were looked…