Blog Posts by Jonathan Parnell
A "Desiring God" Rap (by Curt Allen, a.k.a. "Voice")
Listen to "Desiring God" by Curt Allen (a.k.a. "Voice")—
Yay though I walk through the valley of the death man, I wasn't killing sin it was taking my last breath man. I was more than stressed man wasn't living right…
The Connection Between the Gospel and Our Praying
The moment we think that our act of praying or not praying contributes to God's being for us, it is self-righteousness.
Piper explains in this video excerpt:
"Christ died for my sins" is shorthand for "The only way to have…
Piper on the Role of Poetry in the Christian Life
Desiring God's staff meets together every Friday morning for an hour of biblical teaching and prayer. Pastor John led this morning's gathering by unfolding the role of poetry in the Christian life.
Poetry is not the answer, but…
Universalism: Not a New Temptation
The temptation is not new: silencing certain biblical texts in order to say that eventually everyone will be saved. In fact, we could just call it recycled liberalism.
Desiring God focused on this subject 21 years ago at the Conference…Continue Reading
Your Acting Is His Acting
In yesterday's post Pastor John cited Philippians 2:12-13 concerning our sin-killing role in sanctification —
Work out your own salvation with fear and trembling, for it is God who works in you, both to will and to work for his…
Francis Chan's Question on Which Is Worse
Summary of the 2011 Conference for Pastors
Notes and full audio and video from each session are now available.
Beeke says, "Prayer is often treated as the appendix to our work rather than the foundation. . . .…Continue Reading
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…