Blog Posts by Jonathan Parnell
Reading the Bible Is an Episode in Salvation History
John Webster writes:
. . . the Christian interpreter is 'reconciled to God, drawn into the fellowship of the saints and illumined by the Holy Spirit'. . . . the Christian interpreter is one who has been extracted from the…
Jerry Rankin on Spiritual Warfare in the Global Mission
Jerry Rankin on the Current Challenges and Signs of Hope in the World Christian Movement
This is the first question and answer post with Jerry Rankin.
What do you think are the greatest challenges to the world Christian movement today? What do you think are the greatest signs of hope?
From the perspective of one…
Are You More Blessed Than the Virgin Mary?
In the sermon descriptively entitled,
“That Hearing and Keeping the Word of God Renders a Person More Blessed Than Any Other Privilege That Ever God Bestowed on Any of the Children of Men,”
Jonathan Edwards writes:
The hearing and keeping…
Jesus Christ Will Reign Forever and Ever
Every Friday morning at Desiring God the staff gathers for an hour of devotion and prayer. This morning David Mathis led us in seeing how the Bible's God-centeredness relates to its Christ-exalting, gospel-centeredness. It was a good time of being…Continue Reading
An Indicator to Whether You Are Wise or Foolish
Do not reprove a scoffer, or he will hate you; reprove a wise man, and he will love you. Give instruction to a wise man, and he will be still wiser; teach a righteous man, and he will…
Hard Work and the Grace of God
The Apostle Paul knows who he is and he knows what is behind who he is (1 Corinthians 15:10). He says, "By the grace of God, I am what I am."
Paul simply knows he is a sinner who Jesus…Continue Reading
How Should We View the Virgin Mary?
A Concise Theology of Role Models
Paul gives a two-part command in Philippians 3:17—join in imitating me and keep your eyes on those who live like us. This idea of imitating Paul and leaders like him is not unique to this passage (2 Thessalonians…Continue Reading
Faith Is the Embracing, Not the Embraced
The Goal of the Apostle Paul is Our Thanksgiving
2 Corinthians 4:13-14 features a piece of Paul's own commentary on his apostolic ministry. After highlighting the sufferings wrapped up in his ministry (2 Corinthians 4:8-10), he quotes a portion of Psalm 116 and identifies himself as having the same…Continue Reading
Money, Stuff, and God Will Never Leave You
Hebrew 13:5 is one simple verse, but the argument is amazing. Readers of Scripture know that the love of money is dangerous (Matthew 6:24; Luke 16:13; 1 Timothy 3:3; 1 Timothy 6:10; 2 Timothy 3:2), but here the writer of…Continue Reading
Building Ministries Around People
Small Groups: Positively Dangerous?
Key Questions for Growing the Vine
Col began the second session of today’s workshop with a story of a young cricket player who embraced the gospel after two years of intentional ministry of the Word. In summary, Col said that the careful, personal proclamation of the…Continue Reading
The Humility of Christ in Yielding the Vindication of His Identity
"Have this mind among yourselves, which is yours in Christ Jesus, who, though he was in the form of God, did not count equality with God a thing to be grasped, but made himself nothing, taking the form…
Henri Blocher On the Cross: Evil, Lordship, and Goodness
Hearing the Gospel Again and Again to Be Overcome
1 Corinthians 15:1-5:
Now I would remind you, brothers, of the gospel I preached to you, which you received, in which you stand, and by which you are being saved, if you hold fast to the word I preached to…
The Command for Obedience is Really a Call to Faith
Both of my hands are gently gripped on the shoulders of my toddler. As I try to square up our eyes, she squirms and looks away. I say with a Spirit-empowered tenderness, “Elizabeth, obey your daddy.”
She doesn’t get this…Continue Reading
John Webster on the Givenness of Neighbors
The way we understand the occasion of such a thing as " neighbors" fundamentally changes our actions toward them. Here is one of the most helpful things I've read on the simple idea—we have neighbors.
In his book …Continue Reading
Andrew Walls On Two Principles of the Gospel in Culture
One Way to Avoid Vain Repetition
A Tower Is a Lively Picture of the Things of the Gospel
Suffering and God's Goodness—Go to the Cross!
Discussions about suffering and God's goodness must go to the cross. For an example of what that looks like, consider this portion of Randy Alcorn’s newest book The Goodness of God: Assurance of Purpose in the Midst of Suffering.… Continue Reading