Blog Posts by Jonathan Parnell
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
How to Overcome Temptation
Doctrine Matters for Deeds of Mercy
Good works never just happen. How we treat others is always determined by what we think about God, by who he is and what he’s done.
Whether implicit or explicit, this is fundamentally the case. It’s not by accident that…Continue Reading
How to Fill Your Life with Joy
Seriously pursue joy in the face of Jesus Christ. That’s what Matt Chandler says is the main lesson he’s learned along the slow, dirt path of sanctification. There’s no silver bullet, he explains, to become like Jesus, but the…Continue Reading
Three Tips on Being a Friend of Sinners
Jesus was accused of being a friend of sinners. That was the word on the street in first-century Palestine.
The precise phrase — “friend of sinners” — is mentioned twice in the Gospels, in Matthew 11:19 and Luke 7:34. The…Continue Reading
Ten Thousand Things We Can’t See
“The nearness of God is my good,” says the psalmist.
Though the wicked prosper, though evil carries on, though the circumstances of God’s people are bleak, everything makes sense in God’s presence (Psalm 73:17). There the embittered soul is revived.…Continue Reading
See Through the Sour Wine
It was an act of cruelty, not comfort. That is what we see in the last minutes of Jesus’s life, as described in the Gospel of Mark.
Customary of Mark, he gets straight to the point in Mark 15:33. The…Continue Reading
When God Says Wait
The life of faith involves the miracle of seeing above your circumstances. It means we grasp the unseen that’s been promised, that we orient our lives in the time at hand, on the yet to come.
Psalm 37 exhorts us…Continue Reading
Is the Preaching Any Good?
One of the most fundamental truths to understand about the church’s corporate gathering is that Jesus is a giver.
Jesus, our Savior and salvation — the one to whom we are united by faith — gave himself to us by…Continue Reading
The Chaos of Humility
Humility, for many of us, might just be mild-mannered niceness. We like to think of it all buttoned up and soft-spoken, cloaked in the quiet gray sweater his grandmother made, sitting by the modest fireplace of a friend’s home, patiently…Continue Reading
Three Questions to Ask Before Watching a Movie
It’s never been easier to watch movies, and lots of them.
Netflix, which leads the race as the top online streaming service, provides more than 10,000 movie options for its 40 million subscribers — and it’s flanked by formidable competitors…Continue Reading
Now Available: New Messages on Union with Christ
John Owen once said that our knowledge of the Bible is useless unless it “forms Christ in the soul.” He means that unless truth leads us to Jesus or brings him to us, it stays lifeless and unprofitable. It does…Continue Reading
When God Works for You
But they who wait for the Lᴏʀᴅ shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings like eagles; they shall run and not be weary; they shall walk and not faint. (Isaiah 40:31)
It’s not exactly what we’d…Continue Reading
Three Reasons to Get Some Sleep
Life is short. Stay awake for it.
So goes the tagline for the second largest coffee franchise in America. It’s catchy and practical. Drink our coffee, it suggests, not merely for its taste, but for its benefits, that is,…Continue Reading
The Love of God’s Power
God is faithful. We’ve all heard these words.
We’ve read them, said them, and sung them. And we’ve felt them.
God’s faithfulness is a palatable experience of his love. It’s his love tasted and seen in our history. It’s the…Continue Reading
Backslap Death in the Face
Cadenced descriptions of Christ’s work have always characterized the voice of his church.
“He was crucified for us under Pontius Pilate,” the old creed says, “he suffered death and was buried, and on the third day he rose again.” Straightforward…Continue Reading
God Doesn’t Want You to Worry
Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and your…
Put Your Foot on It
We definitely wouldn’t let our kids see this.
If the next Bible-inspired movie was about Joshua taking the Promised Land, it might even be one that many adults choose to miss, especially if it stays true to the biblical account.…Continue Reading
Seven Details to See in Your Past
The grace of Jesus Christ not only covers our past and sustains our present, but also creates for us a future.
In him our sins are forgiven and we are declared righteous. In him we are sanctified and progressively being…Continue Reading
Captive to Glory (Free eBook)
Today we are releasing a new ebook from John Piper, Captive to Glory: Celebrating the Vision and Influence of Jonathan Edwards. It is a collection of the best snapshots of Edwards’s influence in Piper’s published corpus.
The Focus on… Continue Reading
Dads, Write in Your Bible
It’s no secret that the word of God and prayer are a personal means of grace that spill over for the good of those around us.
We read the Bible not just for ourselves, but for our families, for our…Continue Reading
When You Track Your Spiritual Progress
The last days of December are a great time for personal inventory.
It’s almost involuntary for many of us. The close of one year naturally leads to us to think back over the highs and lows of the last 365…Continue Reading
Football and the Warrior Instinct
One of the last things we need is for young men to think that masculinity is defined by tackles and touchdowns. That would be bad. But it would also be bad if the world were bleached of tackles and touchdowns.
Top 10 Books of the Year — Chosen by You
It’s that time of year. The lineups are out.
The last few weeks of December present a nice opportunity to do a little inventory on the past twelve months, including the best books you’ve read. If you’ve visited some of…Continue Reading
God Will Fulfill His Purpose for You
“I cry out to God Most High, to God who fulfills his purpose for me.”
This is the straightforward truth that David clings to in Psalm 57:2.
Here he states two basic facts: God has a purpose for him…Continue Reading