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What Are You Looking For?

What Are You Looking For?

Jonathan Parnell
Most of us, if we’re honest, would admit that the daily grind on this planet can be rather unsatisfying. The labor never pays off like we imagined. The respites never deliver like we hoped. There is more, right? We’ve all felt this deep down.
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Three Lessons on Loving One Another

Three Lessons on Loving One Another

Jonathan Parnell
The scene could not have been more inauspicious: a low-lit room, full stomachs, and the feet on twelve grown men. This is never where you’d expect to find the greatest teaching ever on loving one another.
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Young People Need a Yoda

Jonathan Parnell
You can’t be indifferent about your personal investment in the lives of people if you care at all about the proclamation of the gospel.
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How Should Christians Think About Religious Violence?

How Should Christians Think About Religious Violence?

Jonathan Parnell
What do we do about historical violences committed by the church that obstruct our neighbors from putting their faith in Jesus?
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When God Himself Speaks to You

Jonathan Parnell
John Piper says that good news is so dense and so constant in Romans 8 — and so vastly superior to all earthly good news — that we scarcely feel the force of it until we take every verse of Romans 8 and restate it as the miracle it means for our lives.
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Learning How to Boast

Learning How to Boast

Jonathan Parnell
What is it about us humans that makes us care so much about our own glory? What is this glory-chasing so common throughout the history of mankind?
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Three Things to Remember When You Read the Bible

Three Things to Remember When You Read the Bible

Jonathan Parnell
This is something very basic to remember when reading the Bible. It is simple, very simple, but I think it recalibrates our hearts and stills the swirling of our minds, especially when we find ourselves in a rut.
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Don’t You Know Jesus Is Real?

Don’t You Know Jesus Is Real?

Jonathan Parnell
We can read John’s vision. He wrote it down for us so that we would read it. He wants us to see what he saw. And when we do, when we read these words, there are two central questions we must face.
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Can We Be Worthy of God’s Grace?

Can We Be Worthy of God’s Grace?

Jonathan Parnell
It is a question for our times: “what are those texts of Scripture most minimized?”
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Baseball in September

Baseball in September

Jonathan Parnell
There is something wonderfully Christian about September, especially baseball in September. It starts as something in the air. The heat dies down, the wind picks up, the leaves start to fall. One season is giving way to another, and in some stories, this would be pure gloom.
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Are We Passionate for People?

Are We Passionate for People?

Jonathan Parnell
How exactly does God comfort us? This is an important question. Comfort, in order for it to be real comfort, must be as palpable as our pain.
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What Ferguson Has Done for One White Family

What Ferguson Has Done for One White Family

Melissa Parnell and Jonathan Parnell
We’ve been discussing these things as a family for the last couple of weeks, and after lifting our hands in the air and asking “What can we do?,” it has become clear to us, at least for us, that the way forward is small.
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Blessings Beyond Our Dreams

Blessings Beyond Our Dreams

Jonathan Parnell
If we’re not careful, we’ll make the mistake of thinking that God’s real blessing is found in our giftedness, in what we’re able to build and where we’re able to go. But that’s not true.
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The Sin in Our Cynicism

The Sin in Our Cynicism

Jonathan Parnell
If we’re going to wrap our heads around cynicism (or loose its fangs from our heart), we need to start by understanding it’s a symptom of a greater disease. Cynicism, problematic as it is, presents itself more as the emblem of a wider epidemic.
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Do You Love Your Enemies Enough to Hate Them?

Do You Love Your Enemies Enough to Hate Them?

Jonathan Parnell
Expounding Jesus’s love command, John Piper writes that we cannot claim to truly love someone while being indifferent toward what destroys them. If we love our enemies, then we must hate the evil of our enemies that makes them so.
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God Works Wonders

God Works Wonders

Jonathan Parnell
God doesn’t have to take you where he does. He sees you. He hears you. He could say one word and you’d know it. But he doesn’t, and it must be because there’s something glorious that happens in those moments of our waiting.
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What Is a Disciple?

What Is a Disciple?

Jonathan Parnell
What does it actually mean to be a “disciple” of Jesus? If we are going to make disciples, we need to know what that is.
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Worship in the Dark

Worship in the Dark

Jonathan Parnell
Sometimes the weight of our trials are so severe that we feel as if we can’t keep our heads above the water. The pain is so vicious, the malaise so thick, that we can’t imagine our situation ever changing. We can’t see healing. We can’t articulate hope. And when we try, it just hurts more.
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Keep Praying That Prayer

Keep Praying That Prayer

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…
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You Can’t Buy Happiness

You Can’t Buy Happiness

Jonathan Parnell
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…
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That Angry Gentleman at the Restaurant

That Angry Gentleman at the Restaurant

Jonathan Parnell
She sat there docile, quiet, unmoved by the heat that emanated from this gentlemen’s red forehead. “What is the story here?,” I wondered. Others might have wondered the same. More patrons were watching by then. Quite the scene was forming, though it was nothing yet compared to what it would be.
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Rest Because You Can

Rest Because You Can

Jonathan Parnell
At night when we go to bed, on a whole day when we pause our projects, in a season of vacation or Sabbatical, our stopping work is our saying “Enough!” to the merry-go-round. We don’t have to ride this thing. There remains a Sabbath rest for the people of God (Hebrews 4:9–10).
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When the Abortion Industry Self-Destructs

When the Abortion Industry Self-Destructs

Jonathan Parnell
What if, counter-conventional as it might seem, the greatest felt gains for unborn humans will come by the abortion industry’s self-destruction?
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Be the Opposite of a Hypocrite

Be the Opposite of a Hypocrite

Jonathan Parnell
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…
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Putting Your City in Its Place

Putting Your City in Its Place

Jonathan Parnell
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…
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