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Doug Wilson on How to Stay Christian in Seminary

Jonathan Parnell

Wilson gives two exhortations: first, knowledge about God is not the same thing as knowing God. And second, love your neighbor, by which he means your wife and your children.

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"Stuffing your head full of facts about God isn't…

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Communion with God: What, Why, How?

Jonathan Parnell

"Communion" is a good word. What do you think when you hear it? Maybe an ordinance of the church? Perhaps an archaic way saying relationship? Or even some mystical ambiguity connected to transcendence?

Communion is one of the few words…

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Walking in the Spirit During Transition

Jonathan Parnell

Sharing at a recent devotion with Desiring God staff, Pastor John applies seven arguments from Paul in 1 Corinthians 3 to his transition at Bethlehem Baptist.

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Minimizing Comforts for Maximizing Joy

Jonathan Parnell

John Piper: "The call to risk for the unreached peoples of the world is not a call to lesser joy." http://dsr.gd/GVpzX2

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When People Look Like Satan

Jonathan Parnell

God made humans to reflect his image and advance the display of his glory over the created world (Genesis 1:26–28). But Adam failed in this commission. Rather than have dominion over the serpent he succumbed to its craftiness. As Greg…

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What It Means to Be a Pilgrim

Jonathan Parnell

Michael Horton writes,

There is a significant origin and end point to history, within which we ourselves are cast members. It is a courtroom drama in which we are either false or true witnesses, “in Adam” or “in Christ,” justified…

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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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