Blog Posts by Jonathan Parnell
Dads, Write in Your Bible
It’s no secret that the word of God and prayer are a personal means of grace that spill over for the good of those around us.
We read the Bible not just for ourselves, but for our families, for our…Continue Reading
When You Track Your Spiritual Progress
The last days of December are a great time for personal inventory.
It’s almost involuntary for many of us. The close of one year naturally leads to us to think back over the highs and lows of the last 365…Continue Reading
Football and the Warrior Instinct
One of the last things we need is for young men to think that masculinity is defined by tackles and touchdowns. That would be bad. But it would also be bad if the world were bleached of tackles and touchdowns.
Top 10 Books of the Year — Chosen by You
It’s that time of year. The lineups are out.
The last few weeks of December present a nice opportunity to do a little inventory on the past twelve months, including the best books you’ve read. If you’ve visited some of…Continue Reading
God Will Fulfill His Purpose for You
“I cry out to God Most High, to God who fulfills his purpose for me.”
This is the straightforward truth that David clings to in Psalm 57:2.
Here he states two basic facts: God has a purpose for him…Continue Reading
What Will You Say to Jesus?
One day we will stand before Jesus.
If we could see through the clutter of our lives now, if we could envision that day when everything is said and done, it’s clear that the enduring mission in and under and…Continue Reading
Until the Son of God Appeared
Finally, the son was born. Generation after generation had anticipated his birth and the world desperately needed him. Desperately.
Each day was a gloomy cloud of night. The darkness of death’s shadow filled the earth. Strife and quarrels multiplied without…Continue Reading
How to Clear the Clutter in Your Life
Sometimes our dining room table gets cluttered.
For one, it’s a big table. Every time I have to squeeze around the end chair, sliding my back against the wall, I remind myself that it’s not for the table we live…Continue Reading
Learning from Lincoln’s Compelling Precision
On November 19, 1863 — 150 years ago today — a tall, stressed out man from Illinois stood up to deliver 269 words that changed a country. It took him only two minutes.
Abraham Lincoln, the sixteenth President of the…Continue Reading
When the Sex Should Stop
Sometimes sex should stop in marriage.
The sometimes is really important. Not all the time. It’s not what is normative or typical. It’s sometimes. And, at the same time, be sure that sometimes really means sometimes. Real times.…Continue Reading
The Kind of Father He Is
The castle was mangled. With just a glance, you could tell it was bad.
The main gate was completely exposed. The chains that once lowered the intimidating drawbridge were now severed. The drum tower, which had weathered the most obvious…Continue Reading
Good News, Everyone’s Invited
Not everyone will believe the gospel, but everyone should be invited.
We know from Scripture, and experience, that not everyone will trust in Jesus and be saved. In fact, many will not. Many today sitting in churches across this country…Continue Reading
The Son of Man came to seek and to save the lost. (Luke 19:10)
Christianity is summed up in these words: Jesus came to seek and save the lost. If we were asked to describe in a sentence the…Continue Reading
God’s Glory Wins
Not everyone will believe the gospel. Why?
“God desires all people to be saved,” 1 Timothy 2:4 tells us. “God does not take pleasure in the death of anyone,” Ezekiel 18:32 says. Then why are there some who refuse to…Continue Reading
Three Prayers for Facing Monday (Or Any Tomorrow)
Jesus Doesn’t Love You Like That
Either Jesus died to save his church or he didn’t. There isn’t a third option.
Either he gave himself up for his bride, as Ephesians 5:25 tells us, or he died to create the possibility of her salvation that depends…Continue Reading
The Best Way to Start Your Everyday
Psalm 143:8 may capture it best:
Let me hear in the morning of your steadfast love,
for in you I trust.
Make me know the way I should go,
for to you I lift up my soul.
Two things make…Continue Reading
Does Success Start on Sunday?
In the outskirts of the city, on a road that’s walked as much as driven, a typical car brakes at a red light.
It is the kind of car so typical that the actual model stays blurry in memory. It…Continue Reading
It’s Time to Celebrate
“He heard music and dancing.”
This line introduces the first main action of the “older brother” in Jesus’s parable of the Prodigal Son. The rest of the story culminates with what he doesn’t do.
Once There Was a Party
Pizza! Pizza! Waking Up in Little Caesar’s
This is a story of discovery. C.S. Lewis was my guide. It all happened because of one late afternoon in the Spring of Minnesota when I heard these words:
Now this is a story all about how my life got…
Don’t Go to Church to Give
Today, millions of Christians will gather to worship Jesus. Each gathering, as its own mosaic of souls, will meet at its own place and time. I hope you will be at one, somewhere, and I hope you go there to…Continue Reading
Is Anyone Sad for Ariel Castro?
On August 1 Ariel Castro was sentenced to life in prison plus 1,000 years for kidnapping three girls he locked in his home for a decade, which included torture and rape, and the murder of an unborn child. Yesterday, a…Continue Reading
Three Reasons to Pray for President Obama
Knowing what is right and doing what is right are the basics to following Jesus in this world. But it’s not always simple.
The freedoms for Christian discipleship in the United States seem to be shriveling, albeit slowly. American Christians…Continue Reading
Fight Your Sin: A Storyline for the Battle Lines
Fight your sin with a storyline. I mean right now. Life is war, everyday. Submerged temptations lie waiting for you just out of sight. Insidious sirens are faintly wooing your way, beckoning you to cruise their waters. You will hear…Continue Reading
A Song to Help Us Long for Jesus
Music has a unique ability to affect the human soul. The synergy of words and tunes helps us express reality, and feel reality, especially when it resonates with our deepest desires.
“Lord, I want to yearn for you” is a…Continue Reading