Blog Posts by Jonathan Parnell
What Our Anger Is Telling Us
A Dialogue on Our Design
Oprah asked Rob Bell about God.
In a video interview, as part of a new daytime series on her own network, she posed the question, What is your definition of God? — to which he naturally replied,
Like a song…
Getting Clear on Evangelism
We might have evangelism mixed up.
When evangelism is often discussed, it tends to focus on how churches mobilize their people to get out and connect with unbelievers. But when we think in these terms, the definition of evangelism can…Continue Reading
The Long Arc of Real Love
Packed away in the laundry room of my basement, off the beaten paths of normal household traffic, smashed together with the dried-up ladybugs and an occasional spider, are twenty garbage bags filled with toys.
They belong to our kids.
You Won’t Waste Your Life
Could you give your life to making Jesus known in an obscure, rural area?
This is a good question to ask ourselves. While the statistics say that an increasing percentage of the world’s population lives in cities, that doesn’t mean…Continue Reading
When Mission Gets Real
We make an inevitable understatement.
Jesus tells his disciples in Matthew 28:18, “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me.” The right to rule everything belongs to him. All existence comes under his reign. Jesus is…Continue Reading
What’s Most Important This Week
That Sunday After Easter
Few of us remember those Sundays that come the week after Easter. By then the pastel finery is packed away in our closets. The lunch is not as great. The anticipation for corporate worship has dropped down from the seasonal…Continue Reading
Why Homosexuality Is Not Like Other Sins
Homosexuality is not the only sin mentioned in 1 Corinthians 6:9–10.
Or do you not know that the unrighteous will not inherit the kingdom of God? Do not be deceived: neither the sexually immoral, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor men…
Five Helps for Your Holy Week
To help you make the most of Holy Week, we’ve ventured into the archive to find five of the best Piper articles related to the Easter season.
Straight-forward and practical, these posts stand as some of the most enduring short-form…Continue Reading
The Problem of Palm Sunday
It was the palm branches that made this day unique, and then again, it wasn’t.
For centuries, the church has memorialized today, the first day of Holy Week, as Palm Sunday because of the palm branches and cloaks that the…Continue Reading
When Scripture Is the Controversy
If we learned anything from last week, maybe it’s that the real controversy among evangelicals in the coming days will be about the Bible, not homosexuality.
Beneath the surface of the recent scuffle is the more vital issue of how…Continue Reading
Don’t Give Up on Joy
You don’t have to wallow in sadness.
Ben Stuart says this realization was one of the greatest gifts God gave him in his fight against sadness. He learned from the Psalms that we could push back against sad feelings with…Continue Reading
How to Overcome Temptation
Doctrine Matters for Deeds of Mercy
Good works never just happen. How we treat others is always determined by what we think about God, by who he is and what he’s done.
Whether implicit or explicit, this is fundamentally the case. It’s not by accident that…Continue Reading
How to Fill Your Life with Joy
Seriously pursue joy in the face of Jesus Christ. That’s what Matt Chandler says is the main lesson he’s learned along the slow, dirt path of sanctification. There’s no silver bullet, he explains, to become like Jesus, but the…Continue Reading
Three Tips on Being a Friend of Sinners
Jesus was accused of being a friend of sinners. That was the word on the street in first-century Palestine.
The precise phrase — “friend of sinners” — is mentioned twice in the Gospels, in Matthew 11:19 and Luke 7:34. The…Continue Reading
Ten Thousand Things We Can’t See
“The nearness of God is my good,” says the psalmist.
Though the wicked prosper, though evil carries on, though the circumstances of God’s people are bleak, everything makes sense in God’s presence (Psalm 73:17). There the embittered soul is revived.…Continue Reading
See Through the Sour Wine
It was an act of cruelty, not comfort. That is what we see in the last minutes of Jesus’s life, as described in the Gospel of Mark.
Customary of Mark, he gets straight to the point in Mark 15:33. The…Continue Reading
When God Says Wait
The life of faith involves the miracle of seeing above your circumstances. It means we grasp the unseen that’s been promised, that we orient our lives in the time at hand, on the yet to come.
Psalm 37 exhorts us…Continue Reading
Is the Preaching Any Good?
One of the most fundamental truths to understand about the church’s corporate gathering is that Jesus is a giver.
Jesus, our Savior and salvation — the one to whom we are united by faith — gave himself to us by…Continue Reading
The Chaos of Humility
Humility, for many of us, might just be mild-mannered niceness. We like to think of it all buttoned up and soft-spoken, cloaked in the quiet gray sweater his grandmother made, sitting by the modest fireplace of a friend’s home, patiently…Continue Reading
Three Questions to Ask Before Watching a Movie
It’s never been easier to watch movies, and lots of them.
Netflix, which leads the race as the top online streaming service, provides more than 10,000 movie options for its 40 million subscribers — and it’s flanked by formidable competitors…Continue Reading
Now Available: New Messages on Union with Christ
John Owen once said that our knowledge of the Bible is useless unless it “forms Christ in the soul.” He means that unless truth leads us to Jesus or brings him to us, it stays lifeless and unprofitable. It does…Continue Reading
When God Works for You
But they who wait for the Lᴏʀᴅ shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings like eagles; they shall run and not be weary; they shall walk and not faint. (Isaiah 40:31)
It’s not exactly what we’d…Continue Reading