Blog Posts by Jonathan Parnell
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
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
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
What is the gift of healing? And are there “healers” today?
The apostle Paul lists healing among the spiritual gifts in 1 Corinthians 12, but has anything significant changed between then and now?
What about exorcism?
John Piper answers in…Continue Reading
But may all who seek you
rejoice and be glad in you;
may those who love your salvation
say continually, “Great is the Lord!"
David's prayer in Psalm 40:16 can absolutely change your life. At first glance it…Continue Reading
It’s kind of a hard question to ask. We know from the Bible that suffering plays an important role in the life of believers. We have even walked close with friends who have experienced intense pain. But we ourselves, well,…Continue Reading
Few people work faithfully for the same organization for almost 60 years. Yet it was 1955 when Jerry Bridges, a Korean War veteran, joined the team at The Navigators where he continues to this day. An author of several books,…Continue Reading
'Tis now the season to get strategic. With the New Year on the horizon, many of us are beginning to consider the logistics of our devotional lives for 2013. Bible-reading plans, book lists, prayer guides — these are tactical means…Continue Reading
Jesus says, "Blessed are those who have not seen and yet have believed" (John 19:29).
What he means is that those who have never seen him in person and still believe in him are blessed.
But that's not easy. We're…Continue Reading
It doesn't get above freezing, it's dark by 5PM, and snow is everywhere. Hello, Winter in Upper Midwest America. You are cold and long.
But however cold and long, the best way to bear Winter is to shovel up every…Continue Reading
"Jesus was not on a power trip when he came into the world," John Piper reminds us. "His aim was to die for his bride."
Expounding Ephesians 5:25, Piper shows that if men are to be leaders like Jesus, we…Continue Reading
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 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,…
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
"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