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More Than Body Parts Indeed

Jonathan Parnell
A kid in Colorado with male genitals is prohibited from using the girls’ bathroom. That’s the straightforward backstory on a recent piece from Donna Rose, a transsexual journalist writing her opinion for CNN. A Colorado school district has decided…
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Embracing Weakness Will Change Your Life

Jonathan Parnell
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…
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This Week’s Sermon: “Life Together at the End of the Age”

Jonathan Parnell
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…
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Lecrae Explains True Manhood

Jonathan Parnell
God, not us, has designed the blueprint for manhood. In this three-minute video, Lecrae explains what it looks like. Related videos: Lecrae Raps the Gospel in One Minute (Lecrae) The Gospel in Two Minutes (Trip Lee) Biblical Masculinity and the…
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Behind the Blog: Recent Catch-Ups

Jonathan Parnell
[Subscribe to Behind the Blog on iTunes.] There’s lots of activity this week at the desiringGod.org offices, even with the single-digit temperatures in Minneapolis. With a team of web designers here to work on a site redesign, the…
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The Day Luther Died

Jonathan Parnell
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…
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Lecrae Raps the Gospel in One Minute

Jonathan Parnell
We recently sat down with Lecrae to talk about his latest album, Gravity, which just won Best Gospel Album at the 55th Annual Grammy Awards. Here he raps the gospel in one minute: More on the gospel from Desiring…
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What We Need More Than Anything

Jonathan Parnell
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…
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The End of Theology

Jonathan Parnell
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 —…
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When the Light Comes On

Jonathan Parnell
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…
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Watch Out or the Devil’s Gonna Get You

Jonathan Parnell
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…
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Knowledge Doesn’t Mean Maturity

Jonathan Parnell
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…
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Brothers, We Are Not Witchdoctors

Jonathan Parnell
We are not, in ourselves, the vehicle of God’s grace and kingdom-building. Making this mistake will eventually lead us to fatigue, even despair, says Russell Moore. Commemorating the release of John Piper’s revised edition of Brothers, We Are Not Professionals
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Where Is Your Identity?

Jonathan Parnell
Stop looking at yourself in carnival mirrors. This is one plea from Paul Tripp’s new book, Dangerous Calling. Carnival mirrors give us a distortion of who we really are, and they’re everywhere we look. This is especially true of…
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Thanking God for a Courageous Missionary

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…
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13 Reasons Christians Don’t Have to Be Afraid

Jonathan Parnell
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…
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It Is Time for a Personal Revolution

Jonathan Parnell
Bible prophecy is the key, John Piper explains in the 1980 sermon, “All the Prophets Proclaimed These Days.” The text is Acts 3:17–26. Peter is preaching his first sermon since Pentecost to a crowd of his Jewish brothers…
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Raise Your Hand If You Agree

Raise Your Hand If You Agree

Jonathan Parnell
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…
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Behind the Blog: Sorting Things Out

Jonathan Parnell
[Subscribe to Behind the Blog on iTunes] Kicking off the first episode this year, we talk Passion, podcasts, and prayer. Earlier this month John Piper spoke to over 60,000 college students in Atlanta. He recently talked with Tony…
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Piper on Healing and Exorcism

Jonathan Parnell
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…
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When Delight Means Doxology

Jonathan Parnell
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…
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Am I Scared of God’s Goodness?

Jonathan Parnell
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…
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How to Be a Better Communicator at Home

Jonathan Parnell
Communication is important, and it's not easy. In this video, Tim Witmer, author of The Shepherd Leader at Home, gives some practical advice to men on how we communicate. For starters, he says, turn off the phone and be…
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