Blog Posts by Jonathan Parnell
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,…
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