Blog Posts by Jonathan Parnell
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
How Manhood and Womanhood Are Different
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,…