Blog Posts by Jonathan Parnell
New Sermon: “How to Give the Bible Functional Authority in Your Speech and Writing”
Does your speaking and writing have authority?
It does if you are tapping into the authority of the Bible.
John Piper recently addressed the students and apprentices at Bethlehem College and Seminary with a simple and earnest plea: write and…Continue Reading
Love Is Not Irritable
How Christians Prepare for Suffering
The apostle Paul suffered. Did he ever.
He was imprisoned. He was beaten, often near death. He took 195 total lashes from his Jewish kinsmen on five occasions. He took three pummels with rods. He was once stoned — and…Continue Reading
Are You Being Deceived?
Deception works by making you think that there is more joy apart from gospel-shaped community. It makes sin feel more attractive than a righteous commitment to our brothers and sisters in Christ. And one way we war against this, says…Continue Reading
Clash of Faiths: Theory Behind Lecrae’s ‘Gravity’
More Than Body Parts Indeed
Embracing Weakness Will Change Your Life
Achilles was a vicious warrior with a complicated history. In Homer’s Iliad we see him rise to the top as the preeminent player at the end of the Trojan War. His full backstory is melodramatic enough to make Downton Abbey…Continue Reading
This Week’s Sermon: “Life Together at the End of the Age”
The antichrist is coming. In fact, many deceivers have already gone out into the world. The moral landscape darkens around us. Christians are increasingly marginalized. How then should we live?
We should love one another.
We should love one another…Continue Reading
Lecrae Explains True Manhood
Behind the Blog: Recent Catch-Ups
The Day Luther Died
In Germany 467 years ago, in a small, backwater town called Eisleben, the shaking hand of a dying man scribbled this simple line: We are beggars. This is true.
Martin Luther died on February 18, 1546. These last words of…Continue Reading
Lecrae Raps the Gospel in One Minute
What We Need More Than Anything
Our fundamental problem is that we’re sinners. But our fundamental problem doesn’t mean it is our most severe.
In John 4, Jesus and his disciples traveled through Samaria. They came to a town called Sychar and decided to stop for…Continue Reading
The End of Theology
The Bible is amazing. God has spoken to us in a book — a glorious story about his glory and grace centered on the God-man, Jesus Christ. But the life he saves us to — our life in Christ —…Continue Reading
When the Light Comes On
My oldest daughter isn’t sleeping well. It’s the dark. From fear of what might be under her bed, to who might be looking through her window, she has her reasons for preferring the lights on.
In fact, she has started…Continue Reading
Audio and Video from the 2013 Conference for Pastors
Minnesota is not the first place most people would choose to visit in February. But you wouldn’t have guessed it this past Monday to Wednesday in the warm confines of the Minneapolis Convention Center. Gathering for the 26th time, the…Continue Reading
Watch Out or the Devil’s Gonna Get You
In rural America, off a country road, on the soft soil of a weathered field, stands a sobering message for every passer-by: Go to church or the devil will get you!
The words are neatly strewn across a homemade billboard…Continue Reading
Knowledge Doesn’t Mean Maturity
Our heads learn faster than our hearts, and that means danger.
Just because you can communicate an idea does not mean you have submitted yourself to it. And if we are not careful, we will mistake the communication part as…Continue Reading
Brothers, We Are Not Witchdoctors
Where Is Your Identity?
Thanking God for a Courageous Missionary
John G. Paton believed in doing missions when dying is gain. The 19th century Scottish missionary to the New Hebrides, a chain of islands in the South Pacific, was no stranger to suffering. Soon after he arrived to the islands…Continue Reading
13 Reasons Christians Don’t Have to Be Afraid
Fear is like the monster under my kids’ beds — its power is fueled not by what’s really there, but by what might be, what we imagine could be. Fear is a hollow darkness in the future that…Continue Reading
It Is Time for a Personal Revolution
Raise Your Hand If You Agree
I have no good memories of third-grade math.
To be honest, I don’t remember most of my elementary school days, but math in Mrs. Smith’s classroom is strangely familiar. Maybe it is because that’s where a school subject first became…Continue Reading