Blog Posts by Jonathan Parnell
When the Abortion Industry Self-Destructs
What if, counter-conventional as it might seem, the greatest felt gains for unborn humans will come by the abortion industry’s self-destruction?Continue Reading
Be the Opposite of a Hypocrite
Knowledge doesn’t terminate on the knower. We don’t learn in order to conceal, just like a lamp isn’t lit to be put under a basket (Matthew 5:15). We learn in order to express — to lead others in seeing and…Continue Reading
Putting Your City in Its Place
A few years ago, before starting a routine read through the Book of Acts, I picked up a green colored pencil to highlight every mention of cities and regions I might come across. Each occurrence of a geographical name was…Continue Reading
When the Prospect of Pain Threatens Our Pleasure
The problem might go something like this.
My family and I were sitting around the dinner table, and one of the kids said something funny. I can’t remember exactly what was said, but we were all laughing, all six of…Continue Reading
The Deep Joy of Self-Denial
Jesus gives us commands — “demands,” we might call them. They are words issued to us from his comprehensive authority in all of heaven and earth, all linked together in some way, forming a beautiful tapestry of what it means…Continue Reading
Would You Tackle the Gunman?
On Thursday, June 5, shortly after 3:30 in the afternoon, inside a building on the campus of Seattle Pacific University, a student named Jon Meis pepper-sprayed a stranger and tackled him to the floor.
An unknown gunman had opened fire…Continue Reading
Good: The Joy of Christian Manhood and Womanhood (New eBook)
Christian complementarity is the conviction that God created men and women as his image-bearers — equal in dignity and distinct in role.
Contrary to popular opinion, the Scripture’s distinctive roles for men and women are not the cultural fads of…Continue Reading
Strengthen Your Faith Through Physical Exercise
Both bodies and souls are important to the Christian.
We know that God created humans with these two interconnected parts, and that the health (or sickness) of one can influence the health (or sickness) of the other. God made us…Continue Reading
Finding Heaven Through the Haze
Every Christian does the work of ministry. Whether great or small, experienced or new, vocational or not — every Christian has some kind of ministry given them from God.
We all have a calling on our lives, in varying capacities,…Continue Reading
God Will Give You Everything You Need
Jesus wants us to live an anxiety-free life.
He says in Matthew 6:33, “Seek first the kingdom of God and his righteousness, and all these things will be added to you.”
“All these things” include what we eat and drink…Continue Reading
What Our Anger Is Telling Us
A Dialogue on Our Design
Oprah asked Rob Bell about God.
In a video interview, as part of a new daytime series on her own network, she posed the question, What is your definition of God? — to which he naturally replied,
Like a song…
Getting Clear on Evangelism
We might have evangelism mixed up.
When evangelism is often discussed, it tends to focus on how churches mobilize their people to get out and connect with unbelievers. But when we think in these terms, the definition of evangelism can…Continue Reading
The Long Arc of Real Love
Packed away in the laundry room of my basement, off the beaten paths of normal household traffic, smashed together with the dried-up ladybugs and an occasional spider, are twenty garbage bags filled with toys.
They belong to our kids.
You Won’t Waste Your Life
Could you give your life to making Jesus known in an obscure, rural area?
This is a good question to ask ourselves. While the statistics say that an increasing percentage of the world’s population lives in cities, that doesn’t mean…Continue Reading
When Mission Gets Real
We make an inevitable understatement.
Jesus tells his disciples in Matthew 28:18, “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me.” The right to rule everything belongs to him. All existence comes under his reign. Jesus is…Continue Reading
What’s Most Important This Week
That Sunday After Easter
Few of us remember those Sundays that come the week after Easter. By then the pastel finery is packed away in our closets. The lunch is not as great. The anticipation for corporate worship has dropped down from the seasonal…Continue Reading
Why Homosexuality Is Not Like Other Sins
Homosexuality is not the only sin mentioned in 1 Corinthians 6:9–10.
Or do you not know that the unrighteous will not inherit the kingdom of God? Do not be deceived: neither the sexually immoral, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor men…
Five Helps for Your Holy Week
To help you make the most of Holy Week, we’ve ventured into the archive to find five of the best Piper articles related to the Easter season.
Straight-forward and practical, these posts stand as some of the most enduring short-form…Continue Reading
The Problem of Palm Sunday
It was the palm branches that made this day unique, and then again, it wasn’t.
For centuries, the church has memorialized today, the first day of Holy Week, as Palm Sunday because of the palm branches and cloaks that the…Continue Reading
When Scripture Is the Controversy
If we learned anything from last week, maybe it’s that the real controversy among evangelicals in the coming days will be about the Bible, not homosexuality.
Beneath the surface of the recent scuffle is the more vital issue of how…Continue Reading
Don’t Give Up on Joy
You don’t have to wallow in sadness.
Ben Stuart says this realization was one of the greatest gifts God gave him in his fight against sadness. He learned from the Psalms that we could push back against sad feelings with…Continue Reading