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Joy in God Is the Heart of Mission

Jonathan Parnell

The glory of God — and our joy in him — is the heart of mission.

John Piper writes,

The goal of missions is the gladness of the peoples in the greatness of God. "The LORD reigns, let the earth…

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What Is God Going to Do Now?

Jonathan Parnell
No matter what mess you have gotten yourselves into, no matter what pain you're in right now from any number of human causes, that's not the main point of it.
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Hearing with Faith on Sunday

Jonathan Parnell

Charles Spurgeon writes,

. . . the real reason why God's people do not feed under a gospel ministry, is, because they have not faith. If you believed, if you did but hear one promise, that would be enough; if…

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Francis Chan on Making Disciples and Knowing Christ

Jonathan Parnell
In this video, Francis Chan talks about the experience of Christ's fellowship when we're out there making him known.
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What We May Actually Believe

Jonathan Parnell

In his article, "Pursuing the Servant's Mindset" (PDF), Stuart Scott explains the biblical concept of pride. He writes:

What's the definition of pride?

If we could sum it up, it's the mindset of self, the pursuit of self-exaltation…

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Christendom Is Done, Now What Do We Do?

Jonathan Parnell

The demise of "Christendom" affects both the Church's theological dialogue and missional strategy.

Michael Frost and Alan Hirsch give the historical explanation for what it is:

Christendom is the name given to the sacral culture that has dominated European society…

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God Cares About Your Health

Jonathan Parnell

In this video, John Piper talks about God's care for your physical health, and for your soul ten million times more:

(Watch on YouTube)

Your eternity is ten million times more important than whether you get well now. What…

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Why Doctrine Matters

Jonathan Parnell

One step before the details of what you believe is the question of why it matters. Simply put, what you believe matters because it's what tells you how to live—and something is always telling everyone. Kevin Vanhoozer explains:

One's life…

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The Gospel Anchor to the Church's Identity

Jonathan Parnell

In A Light to the Nations, Michael Goheen explains the need to understand the nature of the Church (ecclesiology) in order to recover her missional role.

He writes:

Ecclesiology is about understanding our identity, who we are, and why…

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Start Reading Through the Bible This Summer

Jonathan Parnell

Reading through the entire Bible doesn't have to be a decision isolated to the first week of January. It may be something you want to start this summer.

Jason DeRouchie has recently completed a Bible reading plan that looks fantastic…

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Harmon Killebrew Dies at 74

Jonathan Parnell

Minnesota Twins Hall of Famer Harmon Killebrew died yesterday at the age of 74. Killebrew, who played from 1954–1975, was elected an All-Star 11 times and named the American League MVP for the 1969 season.

In this video, John Piper…

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Jesus Encourages Us in Our Pluralistic World

Jonathan Parnell

In this video, John Piper gives two ways Jesus encourages us by the woman of Samaria:

  1. God has a people out there.
  2. God has a very unlikely instrument he intends to use to reach them, like us.

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"Except for Jesus Christ . . ."

Jonathan Parnell

Romans 8:1 —

There is therefore now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus.

Watch this video and rejoice over God's unspeakably powerful grace:

See this on YouTube and learn more about I Am Second.

HT: Dane

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When Christians Would Be Utterly Insane

Jonathan Parnell

Extemporaneous moments in corporate worship are sometimes the parts that stick with us the most. One such moment came in John Piper's concluding prayer of a recent sermon on John 8:30-36.

In this video, Piper confesses when Christians would be…

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Did Jesus Ever Descend to Hell?

Jonathan Parnell

The Apostles' Creed:

. . . [Jesus] suffered under Pontius Pilate,
was crucified, died, and was buried;
he descended into hell. . .

Jesus descended into hell? Really? John Piper answers this question [audio].

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Not Good, One Good, Our Good in This One

Jonathan Parnell

Psalm 16 is majestic. Peter unleashes its importance during his first ever sermon in Acts 2:29-36, arguing that David was clearly talking about Jesus. I'm convinced.

But there's more treasure to behold in Psalm 16 as we see the words…

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God: Abounding in Love, Punishing the Guilty

Jonathan Parnell

A special session convened in light of Rob Bell's book Love Wins. The panel, moderated by Kevin DeYoung, included D. A. Carson, Tim Keller, Crawford Loritts, and Stephen Um.

Listen to the audio of "God: Abounding in Love, Punishing the…

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A "Desiring God" Rap (by Curt Allen, a.k.a. "Voice")

Jonathan Parnell

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…

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The Connection Between the Gospel and Our Praying

Jonathan Parnell

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…

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Piper on the Role of Poetry in the Christian Life

Jonathan Parnell

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.

He explains:

Poetry is not the answer, but…

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Universalism: Not a New Temptation

Jonathan Parnell

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…

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Your Acting Is His Acting

Jonathan Parnell

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…

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Reading the Bible Is an Episode in Salvation History

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…

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