Articles by Jonathan Parnell
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
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
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
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
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
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 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
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
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
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
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