Blog Posts by Jonathan Parnell
Joy Comes to the Rescue
Jesus Understands Our Deepest Sorrow
The Glory of Being Human
Have you ever stopped to ponder how amazing it is to be alive? To be not generic or arbitrary, but a human being, a man or a woman created in the image of God?
It is no trifle, John Piper…Continue Reading
Jesus Can Be Troubling
Jesus troubles those who don't worship him. That's the situation of Matthew 2, as John Piper explains in today's Advent reading:
Now after Jesus was born in Bethlehem of Judea in the days of Herod the king, behold,…
When We Don't Want to Wait
Where in the world is it? I couldn't find my electric beard trimmer. I opened the sink cabinets and moved around a few bath towels. Still nothing. Inanimate objects don't grow legs and walk away (my mother used to say),…Continue Reading
Because God Leads: The Story of Jason Meyer
"There's something I want you to pray about, Jason," his grandfather said. Now this at least got his attention. Jason's grandfather was a successful farmer in rural South Dakota, and not to mention, a trusted elder in the local Reformed…Continue Reading
Don’t Undersell Your Commute
Behind the Blog: Move over Movember
Here on the last day of November — endearingly known as Movember by many working a fresh mustache for men’s health awareness — we went behind the blog for some backstories on the full face of content we grew in…Continue Reading
Avoiding Two Lamentable Errors on Human Sexuality
This Week's Sermon: "God Created Man Male and Female: What Does It Mean to Be Complementarian?"
“When it comes to human sexuality,” John Piper begins, “the greatest display of God’s glory, and the greatest joy of human relationships, and the greatest fruitfulness in ministry come about when the deep differences between men and women are embraced…Continue Reading
Was Spurgeon Reading Off His Rocker?
Now Available: Disability Conference Audio and Video
The full media from our recent conference on disability is now available!
"The Works of God: God's Good Design in Disability," hosted Novemeber 8, featured four messages, a speaker panel, and a special testimony on God's sovereignty and goodness in…Continue Reading
Living with Disability: 13 Reasons for Hope
Disability is real and difficult. This is true. The recent "Works of God" conference featured several voices who met in agreement on this point. But they also agreed that God is sovereign and good.
This truth was seen most vividly…Continue Reading
This Week's Sermon: "Living by Faith in Future Grace"
If you could step back from the noise and busyness — if you could, even for just a moment, get a panoramic snapshot of the Christian life — it would look like 2 Thessalonians 1:11–12.
John Piper explains the picture,… Continue Reading
Krista Horning's Testimony
One of the high points of the recent "Works of God" conference was Krista Horning's testimony. She began with the question, "How do I live with disability?" Then in eight minutes straight she exults in what God says to her…Continue Reading
Who Are You Inviting to Thanksgiving?
In order to fulfill the Great Commission, we need to know whom Jesus wants us to invite to our Thanksgiving dinner.
John Piper said these words in 1980 when the fourth Thursday of November was right around the corner. As…Continue Reading
"Never the Same" — The Sawi People Fifty Years Later
In 1962 Don and Carol Richardson came into contact with a remote tribe in West New Guinea known as the Sawi people. They were cannabilistic headhunters without a written language, nor any clue about Jesus.
The Richardsons, along with their…Continue Reading
This Week's Sermon: "God in Christ: The Price and the Prize of the Gospel"
A reality we don't deserve (eternally enjoying God) affords a price we're not able to pay (appeasing God's just wrath against our sin). But then there's Jesus.
As John Piper explains, "The gospel is the good news that God in…Continue Reading
This Week's Sermon: "The Sovereignty of God: 'My Counsel Shall Stand, and I Will Accomplish All My Purpose'"
Sermons like these face us with a crucial question: Will we praise God's power and bow in glad submission or will we resist God's power and shake our fists?
God is sovereign over all things. Not a little bit sovereign.…Continue Reading
Be Stressed Out and Do Not Sin
I love the Book of Psalms. They are authoritative models of prayer and worship and therefore we return to them often for help. "When we don't know how to pray as we ought, the Spirit intercedes for us..." — and…Continue Reading
Seminar Notes on "A Hunger for God"
Two Big Questions for Good Bible Reading
Good Bible reading is about meaning and application. We come to the Bible asking two questions: first, what does this text say? And second, what does it mean for me right now?
What It Means
We ask the first question…Continue Reading