Blog Posts by Jonathan Parnell
Why Boldness Matters Now
Behind the Blog: Christian Dating
Four years ago, the small-budget, independent production 500 Days of Summer premiered at the Sundance Film Festival with decent accolades. Since then the movie has surprisingly gone on to earn over $60 million. Why? Because it’s a realistic story of…Continue Reading
The Genius of C.S. Lewis
When the Christian Life Becomes Impossible
“Christian Hedonism is a liberating and devastating doctrine,” John Piper writes.
It teaches that the value of God shines more brightly in the soul that finds deepest satisfaction in him. Therefore it is liberating because it endorses our inborn desire…
To live Christianly in a culture of confusion is to live boldly.
There is some explaining to do here. On one hand, the above sentence is simple and agreeable at face-value. On the other hand, there’s a sense in which…Continue Reading
New eBook: Piper Celebrates the Influence of Lewis
We’re happy to announce the release of our latest ebook from John Piper, Alive to Wonder: Celebrating the Influence of C.S. Lewis. It includes a significant introduction from Piper, written for this project, with a collection of extended excerpts…Continue Reading
Let Us Read, As in Read
I read the Bible at the dinner table last night.
One of our daughters was laid out horizontally across her chair. Our son was crying, reaching for me to pick him up. And then our other daughter was doodling letters…Continue Reading
When God Came to the City
Jesus endured the cross for the joy that was set before him. He knew his mission.
The evangelist Luke captures Jesus’s relentless journey by telling us that “he set his face to go to Jerusalem” (Luke 9:51). Nothing would deter…Continue Reading
Hedonism to the Extreme: Lamborghini and Our Souls
“What does a tractor manufacturer know about sports cars?” said Enzo Ferrari to an Italian mechanic from humble roots.1
This mechanic, Ferruccio Lamborghini, did manufacture tractors, and he did well. But he also liked fast automobiles and building things,…Continue Reading
Behind the Blog: Good People
A month ago today the bombs went off in Boston. Through the surge of media, many of us were left on the edge of our seats for a week. There was shock and confusion and deep questions. In this latest…Continue Reading
Where Is Jesus?
“But I believe in Jesus too,” my five-year-old said, unconvinced by my explanation why she couldn’t have some of the bread and juice.
We had slipped out of the service after I received the elements because she became rowdy with…Continue Reading
Epic of the Ordinary: Christian Mission for You and Me
The Book of Acts is clearly one of the most action-packed segments in the storyline of Scripture. The title, “The Acts of the Apostles,” cues us in on this clue from the start. As many commentators have suggested, a more…Continue Reading
John Piper and Mark Noll on the Life of the Mind
Jesus is king. He is the ascended, seated, reigning Lord over everything. Now what does this mean for how we think? How does his preeminence affect our intellectual pursuits?
Last fall Mark Noll and John Piper converged to discuss this…Continue Reading
Behind the Blog with Barnabas Piper
Looking Evil in the Eye
Joseph’s brothers realized something we should never forget.
It comes at the end of the story in Genesis 50. This is a long time after the brothers conspired together against Joseph. A lot had happened since then — since they…Continue Reading
Meet the New John Piper
“I feel like I’m 22 again,” says the newly transitioned John Piper.
Now that his pastorate at Bethlehem Baptist Church has officially ended, Piper says he feels like a recent college grad who is free to do anything God lays…Continue Reading
Doctrine Matters (Free eBook on Ten Theological Trademarks)
Here is the theological summary of one preacher’s lifetime of investment in a local church: Doctrine Matters: Ten Theological Trademarks from a Lifetime of Preaching, from John Piper.
Preaching, you could say, is where the rubber begins to meet…Continue Reading
Living in the Valley—For Now
The Gospels tell us what happened to Jesus when he entered Jerusalem. It is the testimony of history’s most important event and we can hold it in our hands. It is the testimony of four God-inspired authors whose words we’ve…Continue Reading
Behind the Blog: Great Transitions
From big reminders taped on the wall of a college dorm, to a big book by a 96-year-old theologian, to an interview with two big-league ball players, the latest episode from Behind the Blog pulls back the curtain on the…Continue Reading
The God-Centered Cross of Love Inexhaustible
The hands-down, most horrific nightmare possible is that of a God who is angry without due cause. Could we imagine anything worse?
It would be the most terrible thing if the only person who has the power to destroy you…Continue Reading
Meant to Make All the Difference
Theology makes all the difference in your life.
In John 10, as John Piper explains, the doctrine of Jesus’s deity is presented in terms of its utmost impact on how we live. In short, because Jesus and the Father are…Continue Reading
Dads, Let’s Learn from the Dying Edwards
Today in 1758 Jonathan Edwards died. He was 54 years old.
It was a fever he had contracted from a small-pox inoculation just a month before. After weeks of worsening weakness and the recognition of his immanent death, he spoke…Continue Reading
Behind the Blog: An Interview with Jerry Bridges
9 Reasons You Can Face Anything
God’s sovereignty is a precious reality.
Now chances are this truth didn’t seem too precious when it first confronted you. The natural, fallen response to hearing we aren’t the ones in control is to white-knuckle our will and refuse to…Continue Reading
Dude, Watch Your Jargon
Here we go again.
Have you ever thought that at the beginning of a story you’ve heard several times before? Once the person starts talking you know exactly where they’re going. You’ve heard it before. You get it. Here we…Continue Reading