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Learning from Lincoln’s Compelling Precision

Jonathan Parnell
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…
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When the Sex Should Stop

Jonathan Parnell
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 *some*times. Real times. These…
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The Kind of Father He Is

Jonathan Parnell
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…
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Good News, Everyone’s Invited

Jonathan Parnell
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…
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Jesus Saves

Jonathan Parnell
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…
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God’s Glory Wins

Jonathan Parnell
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…
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Three Prayers for Facing Monday (Or Any Tomorrow)

Jonathan Parnell
This is one of those really deep, common truths — one which Jonathan Edwards expounds with the intellectual horsepower of a genius, and to which our most common experience testifies: Essential to our present joy is the anticipation of greater
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Jesus Doesn’t Love You Like That

Jonathan Parnell
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…
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The Best Way to Start Your Everyday

Jonathan Parnell
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…
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Does Success Start on Sunday?

Jonathan Parnell
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…
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It’s Time to Celebrate

Jonathan Parnell
“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 On…
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Pizza! Pizza! Waking Up in Little Caesar’s

Jonathan Parnell
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
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Don’t Go to Church to Give

Jonathan Parnell
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…
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Is Anyone Sad for Ariel Castro?

Jonathan Parnell
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…
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Three Reasons to Pray for President Obama

Jonathan Parnell
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…
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Fight Your Sin: A Storyline for the Battle Lines

Jonathan Parnell
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…
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A Song to Help Us Long for Jesus

Jonathan Parnell
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…
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God Will Never Regret Saving You

Jonathan Parnell
It was almost 7 AM — opening time for a tiny concession stand dubbed the Eureka Café. I was there first, leaning on the counter and staring happily at the trademark: “We Proudly Brew Starbucks Coffee.” I had expected this…
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Do You Want Your Faith to Grow?

Jonathan Parnell
If you want your faith to grow, read the Bible. Earlier this Spring, in a discussion on sanctification, John Piper explains, “The only way faith grows is by God speaking to you. ‘Faith comes by hearing and hearing
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Untamable Truth Changes Lives

Jonathan Parnell
This book is not a memoir. The truths here, as John Piper describes them, are “wildly untamable, explosively uncontainable, and electrically future-creating.” They represent the proclaimed statement of faith from one pastor of one local church over the course of…
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Tim Keller on the Writing Brilliance of C.S. Lewis

Jonathan Parnell
C.S. Lewis was an exemplary communicator of Christian truth. So was the 18th-century theologian Jonathan Edwards. The use of images was Edwards’s forte, while Lewis excelled in illustrations. Both men understood that abstract, propositional truth touches the heart when it’s…
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You’re Awesome — But Not That Awesome

Jonathan Parnell
If you ever wondered what it would be like to read tweets and Facebook updates from a 17th-century genius, check out Pascal’s Pensées. Born in France in 1623, Blaise Pascal was a brilliant mathematician and physicist, then philosopher, then…
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Would We Have Been Friends? Keller and Piper on Lewis

Jonathan Parnell
C.S. Lewis tended to be generous, maybe even too generous. Lewis’s influence is profound in the lives of Tim Keller and John Piper, but they both wonder whether they would be friends with him if he were still alive. Would…
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