Blog Posts by Jonathan Parnell
The Goal of the Apostle Paul is Our Thanksgiving
2 Corinthians 4:13-14 features a piece of Paul's own commentary on his apostolic ministry. After highlighting the sufferings wrapped up in his ministry (2 Corinthians 4:8-10), he quotes a portion of Psalm 116 and identifies himself as having the same…Continue Reading
Money, Stuff, and God Will Never Leave You
Hebrew 13:5 is one simple verse, but the argument is amazing. Readers of Scripture know that the love of money is dangerous (Matthew 6:24; Luke 16:13; 1 Timothy 3:3; 1 Timothy 6:10; 2 Timothy 3:2), but here the writer of…Continue Reading
Building Ministries Around People
Small Groups: Positively Dangerous?
Key Questions for Growing the Vine
Col began the second session of today’s workshop with a story of a young cricket player who embraced the gospel after two years of intentional ministry of the Word. In summary, Col said that the careful, personal proclamation of the…Continue Reading
The Humility of Christ in Yielding the Vindication of His Identity
"Have this mind among yourselves, which is yours in Christ Jesus, who, though he was in the form of God, did not count equality with God a thing to be grasped, but made himself nothing, taking the form…
Henri Blocher On the Cross: Evil, Lordship, and Goodness
Hearing the Gospel Again and Again to Be Overcome
1 Corinthians 15:1-5:
Now I would remind you, brothers, of the gospel I preached to you, which you received, in which you stand, and by which you are being saved, if you hold fast to the word I preached to…
The Command for Obedience is Really a Call to Faith
Both of my hands are gently gripped on the shoulders of my toddler. As I try to square up our eyes, she squirms and looks away. I say with a Spirit-empowered tenderness, “Elizabeth, obey your daddy.”
She doesn’t get this…Continue Reading
John Webster on the Givenness of Neighbors
The way we understand the occasion of such a thing as " neighbors" fundamentally changes our actions toward them. Here is one of the most helpful things I've read on the simple idea—we have neighbors.
In his book …Continue Reading
Andrew Walls On Two Principles of the Gospel in Culture
One Way to Avoid Vain Repetition
A Tower Is a Lively Picture of the Things of the Gospel
Suffering and God's Goodness—Go to the Cross!
Discussions about suffering and God's goodness must go to the cross. For an example of what that looks like, consider this portion of Randy Alcorn’s newest book The Goodness of God: Assurance of Purpose in the Midst of Suffering.… Continue Reading
Being and Acting in Another
"Personal holiness"—what thoughts does this phrase engender?
If I had to guess, I would say your mind went to thinking about spiritual disciplines or moral performance. Or at least that's what mine did. The word "personal" has a way of…Continue Reading
Give Me That Kind of Courage
In 2 Samuel 10 the Ammonites and Syrians are closing in on Israel. Joab divides up the men of Israel between himself and his brother, Abishai. He tells his strategy in v. 11, paraphrased, “You take those guys, I’ll take…Continue Reading
Don’t Waste the Sound of Sirens
We hear sirens all the time. In the midst of the hustle and bustle of the day, at some point, we hear the sound of an ambulance or fire truck or police car. What do you think when you hear…Continue Reading
Solomon Is Not the One
In Deuteronomy 17 Moses instructs Israel concerning the king that they will one day appoint for themselves. He gives the following three negative stipulations:
- he must not acquire many horses (v.16)
- he must not acquire many wives (v.17a)
- he must…
Knowing Jesus Reconfigures Our Questions
Her primary problem was her ignorance, which is exactly what Jesus addresses in John 4:10. Instead of answering her question, he points out the need for it to be reconfigured.
“If you knew the gift of God, and who it…Continue Reading