Blog Posts by Jonathan Parnell
When (Seemingly) Opposites Meet: Keller and Piper on Lewis
C.S. Lewis has been called the “Romantic Rationalist” because he brings together two seemingly opposite things. He is both rationally sharp and imaginatively brilliant, which is a rare combination.
In this five-minute video, Tim Keller and John Piper talk about…Continue Reading
John Piper Explains the 10 Most Popular Bible Verses
The Main Ingredient in Effective Prayer
It’s tragic how easily we can miss the main ingredient in effective prayer.
In our sin, we’ve been rewired to focus on us — on the steps we should take for our prayers to be heard. We have this bent…Continue Reading
Three Things We Should Know About God
A.W. Tozer famously said that whatever comes to our minds when we think about God is the most important thing about us. When you hear the mention of “God,” what would you say? What image fills your heart and head…Continue Reading
New Course on Calvinism from John Piper
The Bible gives us a glorious vision of God’s sovereignty in saving sinners. “Calvinism” is a kind of nickname for this Christian body of doctrine on salvation that so appropriately humbles humanity and so magnificently exalts divine grace.
In a…Continue Reading
Advice for Christian Artists
Max McLean encourages Christians in the arts to integrate their faith in every step they take. “Make your faith the source of your art,” he says.
In this short video he explains the passion and strategy behind his work and…Continue Reading
Seeing Pleasure Through a Demon’s Eyes
The Boldness of Knowing Jesus
Our Choices Matter
14 Free eBooks for You
Twenty percent of all the books sold last year were electronic, says the latest report from Bookstats. This simply means that ebooks are still on the rise. More and more users like to carry their libraries in their hands. And…Continue Reading
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