Blog Posts by Jonathan Parnell
What do we do about historical violences committed by the church that obstruct our neighbors from putting their faith in Jesus?Continue Reading
John Piper says that good news is so dense and so constant in Romans 8 — and so vastly superior to all earthly good news — that we scarcely feel the force of it until we take every verse of Romans 8 and restate it as the miracle it means for our lives.Continue Reading
What is it about us humans that makes us care so much about our own glory? What is this glory-chasing so common throughout the history of mankind?Continue Reading
This is something very basic to remember when reading the Bible. It is simple, very simple, but I think it recalibrates our hearts and stills the swirling of our minds, especially when we find ourselves in a rut.Continue Reading
We can read John’s vision. He wrote it down for us so that we would read it. He wants us to see what he saw. And when we do, when we read these words, there are two central questions we must face.Continue Reading
It is a question for our times: “what are those texts of Scripture most minimized?”Continue Reading
There is something wonderfully Christian about September, especially baseball in September. It starts as something in the air. The heat dies down, the wind picks up, the leaves start to fall. One season is giving way to another, and in some stories, this would be pure gloom.Continue Reading
How exactly does God comfort us? This is an important question. Comfort, in order for it to be real comfort, must be as palpable as our pain.Continue Reading
We’ve been discussing these things as a family for the last couple of weeks, and after lifting our hands in the air and asking “What can we do?,” it has become clear to us, at least for us, that the way forward is small.Continue Reading
If we’re not careful, we’ll make the mistake of thinking that God’s real blessing is found in our giftedness, in what we’re able to build and where we’re able to go. But that’s not true.Continue Reading
If we’re going to wrap our heads around cynicism (or loose its fangs from our heart), we need to start by understanding it’s a symptom of a greater disease. Cynicism, problematic as it is, presents itself more as the emblem of a wider epidemic.Continue Reading
Expounding Jesus’s love command, John Piper writes that we cannot claim to truly love someone while being indifferent toward what destroys them. If we love our enemies, then we must hate the evil of our enemies that makes them so.Continue Reading
God doesn’t have to take you where he does. He sees you. He hears you. He could say one word and you’d know it. But he doesn’t, and it must be because there’s something glorious that happens in those moments of our waiting.Continue Reading
What does it actually mean to be a “disciple” of Jesus? If we are going to make disciples, we need to know what that is.Continue Reading
Sometimes the weight of our trials are so severe that we feel as if we can’t keep our heads above the water. The pain is so vicious, the malaise so thick, that we can’t imagine our situation ever changing. We can’t see healing. We can’t articulate hope. And when we try, it just hurts more.Continue Reading
My six-year-old daughter prays for her teddy bear to talk, and I haven’t told her to stop.
Do I think God will answer her prayer? No, I do not — I mean, I don’t think the bear will talk. But…Continue Reading
Restlessness isn’t the real problem.
Cultures that crack the whip for more bricks, like the ancient Egypt who held Israel captive, are in it for more than the work. The ceaseless labor — the lack of rest — is only…Continue Reading
She sat there docile, quiet, unmoved by the heat that emanated from this gentlemen’s red forehead. “What is the story here?,” I wondered. Others might have wondered the same. More patrons were watching by then. Quite the scene was forming, though it was nothing yet compared to what it would be.Continue Reading
At night when we go to bed, on a whole day when we pause our projects, in a season of vacation or Sabbatical, our stopping work is our saying “Enough!” to the merry-go-round. We don’t have to ride this thing. There remains a Sabbath rest for the people of God (Hebrews 4:9–10).Continue Reading
What if, counter-conventional as it might seem, the greatest felt gains for unborn humans will come by the abortion industry’s self-destruction?Continue Reading
Knowledge doesn’t terminate on the knower. We don’t learn in order to conceal, just like a lamp isn’t lit to be put under a basket (Matthew 5:15). We learn in order to express — to lead others in seeing and…Continue Reading
A few years ago, before starting a routine read through the Book of Acts, I picked up a green colored pencil to highlight every mention of cities and regions I might come across. Each occurrence of a geographical name was…Continue Reading
The problem might go something like this.
My family and I were sitting around the dinner table, and one of the kids said something funny. I can’t remember exactly what was said, but we were all laughing, all six of…Continue Reading
Jesus gives us commands — “demands,” we might call them. They are words issued to us from his comprehensive authority in all of heaven and earth, all linked together in some way, forming a beautiful tapestry of what it means…Continue Reading
On Thursday, June 5, shortly after 3:30 in the afternoon, inside a building on the campus of Seattle Pacific University, a student named Jon Meis pepper-sprayed a stranger and tackled him to the floor.
An unknown gunman had opened fire…Continue Reading