Articles by Jonathan Parnell
'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
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
“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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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