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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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When (Seemingly) Opposites Meet: Keller and Piper on Lewis

Jonathan Parnell

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…

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John Piper Explains the 10 Most Popular Bible Verses

Jonathan Parnell

What are the ten most popular Bible verses in the world? And what do they mean?

YouVersion tallied the list. Now John Piper has expounded the texts.

Since YouVersion was created in 2008, it has become the most widely used…

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The Main Ingredient in Effective Prayer

Jonathan Parnell
The Main Ingredient in Effective Prayer
Prayer is effective, not because of great men who pray, but because of a great God who in Christ graciously hears his people. He’s the main ingredient.
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Three Things We Should Know About God

Jonathan Parnell

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…

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New Course on Calvinism from John Piper

Jonathan Parnell

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…

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Advice for Christian Artists

Jonathan Parnell

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…

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Seeing Pleasure Through a Demon’s Eyes

Jonathan Parnell

Max McLean, director and lead actor in the theatrical adaptation of The Screwtape Letters, goes in character to describe the demonic perspective on pleasure.

From the book, page 44:

Never forgot that when we are dealing with any pleasure…

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The Boldness of Knowing Jesus

Jonathan Parnell

The people of Jesus should know Jesus. That is the inescapable impression we get from reading the Book of Acts. We see it in the church’s boldness — that is, the church’s outspoken clarity about the identity and significance of…

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Our Choices Matter

Jonathan Parnell

Max McLean, the lead actor and director of the theatrical adaptation of The Screwtape Letters, has performed the role of Screwtape hundreds of times since the play debuted in 2010. This means that beyond reading C.S. Lewis, McLean has…

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14 Free eBooks for You

Jonathan Parnell

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…

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