Articles by Jonathan Parnell
My six-year-old daughter prays for her teddy bear to talk, and I haven’t told her to stop.
Do I think God will answer her prayer? No, I do not — I mean, I don’t think the bear will talk. But…Continue Reading
Restlessness isn’t the real problem.
Cultures that crack the whip for more bricks, like the ancient Egypt who held Israel captive, are in it for more than the work. The ceaseless labor — the lack of rest — is only…Continue Reading
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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…
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
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.
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
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
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