Blog Posts by Jonathan Parnell
When Christians Would Be Utterly Insane
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
Did Jesus Ever Descend to Hell?
The Father's Cup: A Crucifixion Narrative
Not Good, One Good, Our Good in This One
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
God: Abounding in Love, Punishing the Guilty
A "Desiring God" Rap (by Curt Allen, a.k.a. "Voice")
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 Connection Between the Gospel and Our Praying
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…
Piper on the Role of Poetry in the Christian Life
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…
Universalism: Not a New Temptation
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
Your Acting Is His Acting
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…
Francis Chan's Question on Which Is Worse
Summary of the 2011 Conference for Pastors
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
Reading the Bible Is an Episode in Salvation History
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…
Jerry Rankin on Spiritual Warfare in the Global Mission
Jerry Rankin on the Current Challenges and Signs of Hope in the World Christian Movement
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…
Are You More Blessed Than the Virgin Mary?
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…
Jesus Christ Will Reign Forever and Ever
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
An Indicator to Whether You Are Wise or Foolish
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…
Hard Work and the Grace of God
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
How Should We View the Virgin Mary?
A Concise Theology of Role Models
Paul gives a two-part command in Philippians 3:17—join in imitating me and keep your eyes on those who live like us. This idea of imitating Paul and leaders like him is not unique to this passage (2 Thessalonians…Continue Reading
Faith Is the Embracing, Not the Embraced
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