Blog Posts by Jonathan Parnell
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
Piper's Encouragement to Those Learning a Second Language
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This Week's Sermon: "Missions Exists Because Worship Doesn't: A Bethlehem Legacy, Inherited and Bequeathed"
"Missions exists because worship doesn't." "Prayer is a war-time walkie-talkie, not a domestic intercom." "Suffering is not just the price many must pay, it is God's strategy for victory."
These are not merely pithy statements from John Piper. They are…Continue Reading
Martin Luther Biography (Free eBook)
We are beggars. This is true.
Those were the final words Martin Luther scribbled on a piece of paper just before he died on February 18, 1546. His last words echoed the life-changing truths he'd unearthed in the Scriptures —…Continue Reading
How the Battle Against Evil Is Transformed
Joy changes everything, including our battle against evil.
John Piper explains in this two-minute video:
Christian Hedonism changes our combat with evil. Jeremiah 2:13 — the Christian Hedonist definition of evil — "for my people have committed two evils: they…
The Grunt Work of the Gospel
"I am concerned," writes David Platt, "about a general vagueness that has existed in contemporary Christianity regarding the next step..."
We have seen that God blesses us so that his glory might be made known in all nations. But an…
The Deeper You Walk, the Hungrier You Get
When you take your stand on the finished work of God in Christ, and begin to drink at the River of Life and eat the Bread of Heaven, and know that you have found the end of all…
God Is More Relentless Than Disability
Don't Discount Them Like the Culture Does
It speaks volumes when a pastor addresses the reality of disability with biblical authority.
In this 3-minute video, John Knight, father of a child with multiple disabilities, explains how "The Works of God" conference is aimed at equipping pastors and…Continue Reading
The Greatest Enemy of Our Hunger for God
Christian fasting is not only the spontaneous effect of a superior satisfaction in God; it is also a chosen weapon against every force in the world that would take that satisfaction away.
The greatest enemy of hunger for…
Kevin DeYoung on the Doctrine of Scripture
This Week's Sermon: "God Is Most Glorified in Us When We Are Most Satisfied in Him"
God is most glorified in us when we are most satisfied in him. This idea, called "Christian Hedonism" by some, is a massive and pervasive biblical truth that changes everything.
Perhaps the apostle Paul makes it clearest in Philippians 1:12–26.
If Your Church Is Not All You Want It to Be
Chances are your church gathering isn't all you want it to be. . . This or that should be different, so and so should talk less, he and she should be on time — and why can't we just get…Continue Reading
What Happens When We Pray?
Do we really know what's going on when we pray? When we bow our heads at the dinner table? When we whisper quietly during our morning commute? Or when, like dragging our feet along a well-worn path, we ask again…Continue Reading