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Pastors, Be This Kind of Rare

Jonathan Parnell

John Piper from 2001:

It seems to me that we are always falling off the horse on one side or the other in this matter of being tough and tender — wimping out on truth when we ought to be…

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John Stott to Pastors: We Cannot Hide What We Are

Jonathan Parnell

The late John Stott writes,

The sincerity of a preacher has two aspects: he means what he says when in the pulpit and he practises what he preaches when out of it. In fact, these things belong inevitably together since…

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Five Reasons to Memorize Scripture

Jonathan Parnell

Earlier this year at Passion in Fort Worth, TX, Pastor John spoke to a group of young leaders about the value of Scripture memorization. He gives five reasons why it matters:

  1. Conformity to Christ
  2. Comfort for yourself and others
  3. Conflict…
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The Sun Has Risen Today, Again

Jonathan Parnell

G. K. Chesterton writes,

The sun rises every morning. I do not rise every morning; but the variation is due not to my activity, but to my inaction. Now, to put the matter in a popular phrase, it might be…

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An Elder Qualification We Often Forget

Jonathan Parnell

What are the qualifications for elders in the New Testament? Chances are hospitality doesn't make our quick list, though it's listed in both 1 Timothy 3:2 and Titus 1:8.

In this two minute video, Jeff Vanderstelt, a pastor at Soma

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How to See God's Hand in Your Suffering

Jonathan Parnell

John Flavel, in 1678, instructs readers to see God as the author of all circumstances in life, including suffering:

Set before you the sovereignty of God. Eye Him as the Being infinitely superior to you, at whose pleasure you and all…

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Pastors, What Kind of Legacy Do You Hope to Leave?

Jonathan Parnell

There are several aspects to biblical preaching and each preacher is more inclined to one than another. As you continue to learn and be balanced by the strengths of other pastors, what is the heart of your preaching ministry that…

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An Impulse You Should Never Ignore

Jonathan Parnell

Martyn Lloyd-Jones writes to preachers:

Above all — and this I regard as most important of all — always respond to every impulse to pray. The impulse to pray may come when you are reading or when you are battling…

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Serving to Master Two? — Historical Background and the Bible

Jonathan Parnell

How much historical background must a pastor know in order to preach the Bible with authority?

In this video, D. A. Carson and John Piper discuss the role of extrabiblical sources in biblical interpretation:

Watch the video at The Gospel

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God's Grace Through Injuries

Jonathan Parnell

A few weeks ago, when the Los Angeles Dodgers were visiting the Minnesota Twins, Dodger pitcher Blake Hawksworth stopped by the Desiring God office.

Blake has gone through some injuries during his baseball career, most notably being struck by a…

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Nine Privileges for Israel and Three Implications

Jonathan Parnell

Pastor John lists nine privileges of Israel that Paul describes in Romans 9:4-5, followed by three implications of what they mean for us now:

Nine Privileges

  1. They are Israelites
  2. and to them belong the adoption
  3. the glory
  4. the covenants
  5. the…
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Why Love for God Is Not a Vague Feeling

Jonathan Parnell

St. Augustine prays:

My love of you, O Lord, is not some vague feeling: it is positive and certain. Your word struck into my heart and from that moment I loved you. Besides this, all about me, heaven and earth…

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Pastors, Connect the Dots Between Joy and Mission

Jonathan Parnell

Pastor John from 1985:

Just as God delights in his own glory by pouring it out in mercy for others to enjoy, so the chief end of man is not merely "to glorify God and enjoy him forever." Rather, this…

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When Orthodox Christology Is Unprofitable

Jonathan Parnell

John Owen writes:

Men profess to know the truth; but they know it not in its proper order, in its harmony in use. It leads them not to Christ, and brings not Christ unto them; and so is lifeless and…

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The Crisis of History Deepens

Jonathan Parnell

Lesslie Newbigin writes:

Once the gospel is preached and there is a community which lives by the gospel, then the question of the ultimate meaning of history is posed and other messiahs appear. So the crisis of history is deepened…

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Luther on Five Actions for Struggling Believers

Jonathan Parnell

Jerome Weller was a theology student under Martin Luther's direct influence, living in his home and tutoring his children for nearly a decade. In July 1530, Luther wrote a letter of advice to Weller who was in the midst of…

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The Gospel's Influence on the American Republic

Jonathan Parnell

The founders of the United States of America were not trying to create a Christian nation in 1776. But they did view the Christian faith as beneficial to the type of republic they hoped to form. The man who led…

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Prefer God in Lived-Out Reality

Jonathan Parnell

The Bible tells us that God knows the hearts of all men and that he even fashioned them himself (1 Kings 8:39; Acts 1:24; Psalm 33:15). But then why are there tests, like in Abraham's case in Genesis 22:1-2? If…

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Communion with God Demands Union with Christ

Jonathan Parnell

John Newton writes about the centrality of Christ in our fellowship with God:

Communion presupposes union. By nature we are strangers, yea, enemies to God; but we are reconciled, brought nigh, and become his children, by faith in Christ Jesus…

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