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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

The Main Ingredient in Effective Prayer

Jonathan Parnell
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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Why Boldness Matters Now

Jonathan Parnell
The Book of Acts profiles a people living bold. The theme of boldness takes center-stage in Acts 4 with the story of Peter’s and John’s trial before the Sanhedrin. We learn that what astonishes the Jewish leaders pertains mainly to…
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Behind the Blog: Christian Dating

Jonathan Parnell
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…
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Behind the Blog: Christian Dating

David Mathis, Jonathan Parnell, Tony Reinke, and Marshall Segal

The Genius of C.S. Lewis

Jonathan Parnell
You’d probably recognize his voice. Max McLean has narrated the Bible five times, as well as John Bunyan’s Pilgrim’s Progress and several other pieces of Christian literature. But his most celebrated work is a theatrical adaptation of C.S. Lewis’s famous…
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When the Christian Life Becomes Impossible

Jonathan Parnell
“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…
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Live Bold

Jonathan Parnell
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…
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New eBook: Piper Celebrates the Influence of Lewis

Jonathan Parnell
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…
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Let Us Read, As in Read

Jonathan Parnell
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…
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When God Came to the City

Jonathan Parnell
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…
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Hedonism to the Extreme: Lamborghini and Our Souls

Jonathan Parnell
“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…
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Behind the Blog: Good People

Jonathan Parnell
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…
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Behind the Blog: Good People

David Mathis, Jonathan Parnell, Tony Reinke, and Marshall Segal

Where Is Jesus?

Jonathan Parnell
“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…
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Epic of the Ordinary: Christian Mission for You and Me

Epic of the Ordinary: Christian Mission for You and Me

Jonathan Parnell
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…
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John Piper and Mark Noll on the Life of the Mind

Jonathan Parnell
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…
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