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Articles by Jonathan Parnell

Three Things to Remember When You Read the Bible

Jonathan Parnell
Three Things to Remember When You Read the Bible
This is something very basic to remember when reading the Bible. It is simple, very simple, but I think it recalibrates our hearts and stills the swirling of our minds, especially when we find ourselves in a rut.
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Don’t You Know Jesus Is Real?

Jonathan Parnell
Don’t You Know Jesus Is Real?
We can read John’s vision. He wrote it down for us so that we would read it. He wants us to see what he saw. And when we do, when we read these words, there are two central questions we must face.
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Can We Be Worthy of God’s Grace?

Jonathan Parnell
Can We Be Worthy of God’s Grace?
It is a question for our times: “what are those texts of Scripture most minimized?”
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Baseball in September

Jonathan Parnell
Baseball in September
There is something wonderfully Christian about September, especially baseball in September. It starts as something in the air. The heat dies down, the wind picks up, the leaves start to fall. One season is giving way to another, and in some stories, this would be pure gloom.
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Are We Passionate for People?

Jonathan Parnell
Are We Passionate for People?
How exactly does God comfort us? This is an important question. Comfort, in order for it to be real comfort, must be as palpable as our pain.
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What Ferguson Has Done for One White Family

Jonathan Parnell and Melissa Parnell
What Ferguson Has Done for One White Family
We’ve been discussing these things as a family for the last couple of weeks, and after lifting our hands in the air and asking “What can we do?,” it has become clear to us, at least for us, that the way forward is small.
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Blessings Beyond Our Dreams

Jonathan Parnell
Blessings Beyond Our Dreams
If we’re not careful, we’ll make the mistake of thinking that God’s real blessing is found in our giftedness, in what we’re able to build and where we’re able to go. But that’s not true.
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The Sin in Our Cynicism

Jonathan Parnell
The Sin in Our Cynicism
If we’re going to wrap our heads around cynicism (or loose its fangs from our heart), we need to start by understanding it’s a symptom of a greater disease. Cynicism, problematic as it is, presents itself more as the emblem of a wider epidemic.
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Do You Love Your Enemies Enough to Hate Them?

Jonathan Parnell
Do You Love Your Enemies Enough to Hate Them?
Expounding Jesus’s love command, John Piper writes that we cannot claim to truly love someone while being indifferent toward what destroys them. If we love our enemies, then we must hate the evil of our enemies that makes them so.
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God Works Wonders

Jonathan Parnell
God Works Wonders
God doesn’t have to take you where he does. He sees you. He hears you. He could say one word and you’d know it. But he doesn’t, and it must be because there’s something glorious that happens in those moments of our waiting.
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What Is a Disciple?

Jonathan Parnell
What Is a Disciple?
What does it actually mean to be a “disciple” of Jesus? If we are going to make disciples, we need to know what that is.
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Worship in the Dark

Jonathan Parnell
Worship in the Dark
Sometimes the weight of our trials are so severe that we feel as if we can’t keep our heads above the water. The pain is so vicious, the malaise so thick, that we can’t imagine our situation ever changing. We can’t see healing. We can’t articulate hope. And when we try, it just hurts more.
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Keep Praying That Prayer

Jonathan Parnell
Keep Praying That Prayer

My six-year-old daughter prays for her teddy bear to talk, and I haven’t told her to stop.

Do I think God will answer her prayer? No, I do not — I mean, I don’t think the bear will talk. But…

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You Can’t Buy Happiness

Jonathan Parnell
You Can’t Buy Happiness

Restlessness isn’t the real problem.

Cultures that crack the whip for more bricks, like the ancient Egypt who held Israel captive, are in it for more than the work. The ceaseless labor — the lack of rest — is only…

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That Angry Gentleman at the Restaurant

Jonathan Parnell
That Angry Gentleman at the Restaurant
She sat there docile, quiet, unmoved by the heat that emanated from this gentlemen’s red forehead. “What is the story here?,” I wondered. Others might have wondered the same. More patrons were watching by then. Quite the scene was forming, though it was nothing yet compared to what it would be.
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Rest Because You Can

Jonathan Parnell
Rest Because You Can
At night when we go to bed, on a whole day when we pause our projects, in a season of vacation or Sabbatical, our stopping work is our saying “Enough!” to the merry-go-round. We don’t have to ride this thing. There remains a Sabbath rest for the people of God (Hebrews 4:9–10).
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When the Abortion Industry Self-Destructs

Jonathan Parnell
When the Abortion Industry Self-Destructs
What if, counter-conventional as it might seem, the greatest felt gains for unborn humans will come by the abortion industry’s self-destruction?
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Be the Opposite of a Hypocrite

Jonathan Parnell
Be the Opposite of a Hypocrite

Knowledge doesn’t terminate on the knower. We don’t learn in order to conceal, just like a lamp isn’t lit to be put under a basket (Matthew 5:15). We learn in order to express — to lead others in seeing and…

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Putting Your City in Its Place

Jonathan Parnell
Putting Your City in Its Place

A few years ago, before starting a routine read through the Book of Acts, I picked up a green colored pencil to highlight every mention of cities and regions I might come across. Each occurrence of a geographical name was…

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When the Prospect of Pain Threatens Our Pleasure

Jonathan Parnell
When the Prospect of Pain Threatens Our Pleasure

The problem might go something like this.

My family and I were sitting around the dinner table, and one of the kids said something funny. I can’t remember exactly what was said, but we were all laughing, all six of…

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The Deep Joy of Self-Denial

Jonathan Parnell
The Deep Joy of Self-Denial

Jesus gives us commands — “demands,” we might call them. They are words issued to us from his comprehensive authority in all of heaven and earth, all linked together in some way, forming a beautiful tapestry of what it means…

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Would You Tackle the Gunman?

Jonathan Parnell
Would You Tackle the Gunman?

On Thursday, June 5, shortly after 3:30 in the afternoon, inside a building on the campus of Seattle Pacific University, a student named Jon Meis pepper-sprayed a stranger and tackled him to the floor.

An unknown gunman had opened fire…

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Good: The Joy of Christian Manhood and Womanhood (New eBook)

Jonathan Parnell
Good: The Joy of Christian Manhood and Womanhood (New eBook)

Christian complementarity is the conviction that God created men and women as his image-bearers — equal in dignity and distinct in role.

Contrary to popular opinion, the Scripture’s distinctive roles for men and women are not the cultural fads of…

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Strengthen Your Faith Through Physical Exercise

Jonathan Parnell
Strengthen Your Faith Through Physical Exercise

Both bodies and souls are important to the Christian.

We know that God created humans with these two interconnected parts, and that the health (or sickness) of one can influence the health (or sickness) of the other. God made us…

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Finding Heaven Through the Haze

Jonathan Parnell
Finding Heaven Through the Haze

There are many wonderful things that happen by means of prayer.

The greatest effect, of course, is that God is glorified. Jesus instructed us to pray, “Father in heaven, hallowed be your name” (Matthew 6:9). That is the deepest goal

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