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The Question

Jonathan Parnell
The Question

Every Christian does the work of ministry. Whether great or small, experienced or new, vocational or not — every Christian has some kind of ministry given them from God.

We all have a calling on our lives, in varying capacities…

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God Will Give You Everything You Need

Jonathan Parnell
God Will Give You Everything You Need

Jesus wants us to live an anxiety-free life.

He says in Matthew 6:33, “Seek first the kingdom of God and his righteousness, and all these things will be added to you.”

“All these things” include what we eat and drink…

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What Our Anger Is Telling Us

Jonathan Parnell
What Our Anger Is Telling Us

Anger is not good for you, at least not in its typical form.

New studies argue that regular feelings of anger increase the likelihood for heart disease, and that within two hours of an outburst, the chances of a heart…

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A Dialogue on Our Design

Jonathan Parnell
A Dialogue on Our Design

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…

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Getting Clear on Evangelism

Jonathan Parnell
Getting Clear on Evangelism

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…

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The Long Arc of Real Love

Jonathan Parnell
The Long Arc of Real Love

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.

A…

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You Won’t Waste Your Life

Jonathan Parnell
You Won’t Waste Your Life

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…

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When Mission Gets Real

Jonathan Parnell
When Mission Gets Real

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…

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What’s Most Important This Week

Jonathan Parnell
What’s Most Important This Week

True and sound wisdom consists of two parts: the knowledge of God and of ourselves.

John Calvin unlocked the door to wisdom with these words that launched the Institutes of the Christian Religion.

Wisdom means knowing what to…

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That Sunday After Easter

Jonathan Parnell
That Sunday After Easter

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…

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Why Homosexuality Is Not Like Other Sins

Jonathan Parnell
Why Homosexuality Is Not Like Other Sins
Homosexuality is not the only sin prohibited in the Bible, but it is different from all the rest, at least right now. At this moment in history, it is celebrated by our larger society with and unusual and pioneering excitement. And we have good news for homosexuals.
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Five Helps for Your Holy Week

Jonathan Parnell
Five Helps for Your Holy Week

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…

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The Problem of Palm Sunday

Jonathan Parnell
The Problem of Palm Sunday

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…

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When Scripture Is the Controversy

Jonathan Parnell
When Scripture Is the Controversy

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…

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Don’t Give Up on Joy

Jonathan Parnell

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…

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How to Overcome Temptation

Jonathan Parnell

Meet Ben Stuart. He leads Breakaway, a campus ministry at Texas A&M University. Over the past decade, Ben has taught the Bible every week to thousands of students in the throes of college life, often speaking practically into their…

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Doctrine Matters for Deeds of Mercy

Jonathan Parnell
Doctrine Matters for Deeds of Mercy

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…

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How to Fill Your Life with Joy

Jonathan Parnell

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…

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Three Tips on Being a Friend of Sinners

Jonathan Parnell
Three Tips on Being a Friend of Sinners

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…

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Ten Thousand Things We Can’t See

Jonathan Parnell
Ten Thousand Things We Can’t See

“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…

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See Through the Sour Wine

Jonathan Parnell
See Through the Sour Wine

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…

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When God Says Wait

Jonathan Parnell
When God Says Wait

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…

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Is the Preaching Any Good?

Jonathan Parnell
Is the Preaching Any Good?

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…

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The Chaos of Humility

Jonathan Parnell
The Chaos of Humility

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…

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Three Questions to Ask Before Watching a Movie

Jonathan Parnell
Three Questions to Ask Before Watching a Movie

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…

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