Articles by Jonathan Parnell
One step before the details of what you believe is the question of why it matters. Simply put, what you believe matters because it's what tells you how to live—and something is always telling everyone. Kevin Vanhoozer explains:
Extemporaneous moments in corporate worship are sometimes the parts that stick with us the most. One such moment came in John Piper's concluding prayer of a recent sermon on John 8:30-36.
In this video, Piper confesses when Christians would be…Continue Reading
Psalm 16 is majestic. Peter unleashes its importance during his first ever sermon in Acts 2:29-36, arguing that David was clearly talking about Jesus. I'm convinced.
But there's more treasure to behold in Psalm 16 as we see the words…Continue Reading
Listen to "Desiring God" by Curt Allen (a.k.a. "Voice")—
Yay though I walk through the valley of the death man, I wasn't killing sin it was taking my last breath man. I was more than stressed man wasn't living right…
The moment we think that our act of praying or not praying contributes to God's being for us, it is self-righteousness.
Piper explains in this video excerpt:
"Christ died for my sins" is shorthand for "The only way to have…
Desiring God's staff meets together every Friday morning for an hour of biblical teaching and prayer. Pastor John led this morning's gathering by unfolding the role of poetry in the Christian life.
Poetry is not the answer, but…
The temptation is not new: silencing certain biblical texts in order to say that eventually everyone will be saved. In fact, we could just call it recycled liberalism.
Desiring God focused on this subject 21 years ago at the Conference…Continue Reading
In yesterday's post Pastor John cited Philippians 2:12-13 concerning our sin-killing role in sanctification —
Work out your own salvation with fear and trembling, for it is God who works in you, both to will and to work for his…
Notes and full audio and video from each session are now available.
Beeke says, "Prayer is often treated as the appendix to our work rather than the foundation. . . .…Continue Reading
John Webster writes:
. . . the Christian interpreter is 'reconciled to God, drawn into the fellowship of the saints and illumined by the Holy Spirit'. . . . the Christian interpreter is one who has been extracted from the…
This is the first question and answer post with Jerry Rankin.
What do you think are the greatest challenges to the world Christian movement today? What do you think are the greatest signs of hope?
From the perspective of one…
In the sermon descriptively entitled,
“That Hearing and Keeping the Word of God Renders a Person More Blessed Than Any Other Privilege That Ever God Bestowed on Any of the Children of Men,”
Jonathan Edwards writes:
The hearing and keeping…
Every Friday morning at Desiring God the staff gathers for an hour of devotion and prayer. This morning David Mathis led us in seeing how the Bible's God-centeredness relates to its Christ-exalting, gospel-centeredness. It was a good time of being…Continue Reading
Do not reprove a scoffer, or he will hate you; reprove a wise man, and he will love you. Give instruction to a wise man, and he will be still wiser; teach a righteous man, and he will…
The Apostle Paul knows who he is and he knows what is behind who he is (1 Corinthians 15:10). He says, "By the grace of God, I am what I am."
Paul simply knows he is a sinner who Jesus…Continue Reading