Articles by Jonathan Parnell
Oprah asked Rob Bell about God.
In a video interview, as part of a new daytime series on her own network, she posed the question, What is your definition of God? — to which he naturally replied,
Like a song…
We might have evangelism mixed up.
When evangelism is often discussed, it tends to focus on how churches mobilize their people to get out and connect with unbelievers. But when we think in these terms, the definition of evangelism can…Continue Reading
Packed away in the laundry room of my basement, off the beaten paths of normal household traffic, smashed together with the dried-up ladybugs and an occasional spider, are twenty garbage bags filled with toys.
They belong to our kids.
Could you give your life to making Jesus known in an obscure, rural area?
This is a good question to ask ourselves. While the statistics say that an increasing percentage of the world’s population lives in cities, that doesn’t mean…Continue Reading
We make an inevitable understatement.
Jesus tells his disciples in Matthew 28:18, “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me.” The right to rule everything belongs to him. All existence comes under his reign. Jesus is…Continue Reading
Few of us remember those Sundays that come the week after Easter. By then the pastel finery is packed away in our closets. The lunch is not as great. The anticipation for corporate worship has dropped down from the seasonal…Continue Reading
To help you make the most of Holy Week, we’ve ventured into the archive to find five of the best Piper articles related to the Easter season.
Straight-forward and practical, these posts stand as some of the most enduring short-form…Continue Reading
It was the palm branches that made this day unique, and then again, it wasn’t.
For centuries, the church has memorialized today, the first day of Holy Week, as Palm Sunday because of the palm branches and cloaks that the…Continue Reading
If we learned anything from last week, maybe it’s that the real controversy among evangelicals in the coming days will be about the Bible, not homosexuality.
Beneath the surface of the recent scuffle is the more vital issue of how…Continue Reading
You don’t have to wallow in sadness.
Ben Stuart says this realization was one of the greatest gifts God gave him in his fight against sadness. He learned from the Psalms that we could push back against sad feelings with…Continue Reading
Good works never just happen. How we treat others is always determined by what we think about God, by who he is and what he’s done.
Whether implicit or explicit, this is fundamentally the case. It’s not by accident that…Continue Reading
Seriously pursue joy in the face of Jesus Christ. That’s what Matt Chandler says is the main lesson he’s learned along the slow, dirt path of sanctification. There’s no silver bullet, he explains, to become like Jesus, but the…Continue Reading
Jesus was accused of being a friend of sinners. That was the word on the street in first-century Palestine.
The precise phrase — “friend of sinners” — is mentioned twice in the Gospels, in Matthew 11:19 and Luke 7:34. The…Continue Reading
“The nearness of God is my good,” says the psalmist.
Though the wicked prosper, though evil carries on, though the circumstances of God’s people are bleak, everything makes sense in God’s presence (Psalm 73:17). There the embittered soul is revived…Continue Reading
It was an act of cruelty, not comfort. That is what we see in the last minutes of Jesus’s life, as described in the Gospel of Mark.
Customary of Mark, he gets straight to the point in Mark 15:33. The…Continue Reading
The life of faith involves the miracle of seeing above your circumstances. It means we grasp the unseen that’s been promised, that we orient our lives in the time at hand, on the yet to come.
Psalm 37 exhorts us…Continue Reading
One of the most fundamental truths to understand about the church’s corporate gathering is that Jesus is a giver.
Jesus, our Savior and salvation — the one to whom we are united by faith — gave himself to us by…Continue Reading
Humility, for many of us, might just be mild-mannered niceness. We like to think of it all buttoned up and soft-spoken, cloaked in the quiet gray sweater his grandmother made, sitting by the modest fireplace of a friend’s home, patiently…Continue Reading
It’s never been easier to watch movies, and lots of them.
Netflix, which leads the race as the top online streaming service, provides more than 10,000 movie options for its 40 million subscribers — and it’s flanked by formidable competitors…Continue Reading
John Owen once said that our knowledge of the Bible is useless unless it “forms Christ in the soul.” He means that unless truth leads us to Jesus or brings him to us, it stays lifeless and unprofitable. It does…Continue Reading
But they who wait for the Lᴏʀᴅ shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings like eagles they shall run and not be weary; they shall walk and not faint. (Isaiah 40:31)
It’s not exactly what we’d…Continue Reading