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Articles by Jonathan Parnell

Three Facts for Your Fret

Jonathan Parnell
Three Facts for Your Fret
We tend to fret. It is a fact about creatures that we are derivative beings who can’t ultimately control the world around us. We have questions about whether we should do this or that, and about what might happen if we do this or that, which quickly turns into...
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When We Grow Passionate in Prayer

Jonathan Parnell
When We Grow Passionate in Prayer
Every Christian wants a deeper life of prayer in this new year. Who, after the close of one year, looks back over the time in his closet and thinks, “Yeah, I’d better cut back on all the praying this next twelve months”? We all want to grow, to enjoy richer fellowship with God.
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Don’t Just Read the Bible for Yourself

Jonathan Parnell
Don’t Just Read the Bible for Yourself
On page 511 of my ESV Bible, crafted by the careful penmanship of a novice writer, nestled in the inside margin of Psalm 116:12–13 and Psalm 118:6–7, are three words: “I love Dad.” ...
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Praise We Didn’t Plan

Jonathan Parnell
Praise We Didn’t Plan
The Psalms are an inspired record of the fight of faith; that’s one of the reasons we love them...
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The Church on the Fringes

Jonathan Parnell
The Church on the Fringes
The church is a community of Christians living as the on-the-ground expression of the supremacy of Jesus by advancing his gospel in distance and depth.
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Church As the True Local

Jonathan Parnell
Church As the True Local
The mission of God is a mission through his people, the church, who communicate his wonders by advancing his gospel...
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The Little Drummer Boy in All of Us

Jonathan Parnell
The Little Drummer Boy in All of Us
“Little Drummer Boy” might be one of the strangest Christmas songs out there, or so it seems. He actually has something to teach us.
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Have You Heard the Church’s Story?

Jonathan Parnell
Have You Heard the Church’s Story?
When we see that the church is not a mere footnote in history, we won’t be able to quarantine her off as an extracurricular activity in our lives. She is really important. There’s even a whole story to prove the point.
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The Pilgrim’s Progress (New Edition)

Jonathan Parnell
The Pilgrim’s Progress (New Edition)

On November 28, 1628, in a quiet cottage nestled within the English parish of Elstow, during one of the most tumultuous times in the country’s history, John Bunyan was born.

The place of Bunyan’s birth in Elstow was only a…

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The Local Church and the Supremacy of Christ

Jonathan Parnell
The Local Church and the Supremacy of Christ
The local church is the greatest, most profound collective of which any human could be a part. Your family, your career, your nationality — these all pale in comparison to what it means to be a member of a local church...
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Today Is Just in Time

Jonathan Parnell
Today Is Just in Time
Whatever wreck your life might be, however nightmarish your circumstances seem, Jesus is ready to embrace you.
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Taking Homosexual Sin to Church

Jonathan Parnell
Taking Homosexual Sin to Church
Unless you’re into the Irish bluesy, indie rock scene, chances are it’s only been in recent months that you’ve heard Hozier’s “Take Me to Church.” The song, the lead track on Hozier’s self-titled album released in September, is thick with metaphor...
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Black and White: Learning Together from Ferguson

Jonathan Parnell
Though there’s still tumult in Ferguson, and the world watches with bated breath, are there more lessons surrounding these events that we could be gleaning now? Thabiti Anyabwile thinks so — for African-Americans and white Americans.
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Where Hazy Repentance Goes to Die

Jonathan Parnell
Where Hazy Repentance Goes to Die
Our entire lives repentance? Even if we sign off on this theologically, chances are that few of us make this the practical work of our Christian existence, at least not explicitly.
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Open the Door to Halloween

Jonathan Parnell
Open the Door to Halloween
How you spend Halloween is likely determined by what you think of sanctification.
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A Prayer for the Parent’s Soul

Jonathan Parnell
A Prayer for the Parent’s Soul
Parenting is inescapably the work of waiting. As a parent, especially to young children, you are constantly devoting your time and energy into something that doesn’t produce immediate results.
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Have You Lost Your Love?

Jonathan Parnell
Francis Chan understands the insidious pull in the course of learning that gradually yanks us from a warm life of love to a cold life of truncated knowledge.
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The Resurrection Demands Response

Jonathan Parnell
The Resurrection Demands Response
If death had the last word at Golgotha, then we’re left to scratch our heads about what Jesus’s sacrifice really accomplishes. If Jesus is still in the grave, then all the significance drawn from his death is pathetic well-wishing.
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How God Impacts Our Money and Stuff


Jonathan Parnell
How God Impacts Our Money and Stuff

The consistent warning of Scripture is that the people of God better watch their backs when it comes to the allure of financial gain. But how?
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What Are You Looking For?

Jonathan Parnell
What Are You Looking For?
Most of us, if we’re honest, would admit that the daily grind on this planet can be rather unsatisfying. The labor never pays off like we imagined. The respites never deliver like we hoped. There is more, right? We’ve all felt this deep down.
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Three Lessons on Loving One Another

Jonathan Parnell
Three Lessons on Loving One Another
The scene could not have been more inauspicious: a low-lit room, full stomachs, and the feet on twelve grown men. This is never where you’d expect to find the greatest teaching ever on loving one another.
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Young People Need a Yoda

Jonathan Parnell
You can’t be indifferent about your personal investment in the lives of people if you care at all about the proclamation of the gospel.
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How Should Christians Think About Religious Violence?

Jonathan Parnell
How Should Christians Think About Religious Violence?
What do we do about historical violences committed by the church that obstruct our neighbors from putting their faith in Jesus?
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When God Himself Speaks to You

Jonathan Parnell
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.
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Learning How to Boast

Jonathan Parnell
Learning How to Boast
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?
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