Blog Posts on Killing Sin

Joy Comes to the Rescue

Jonathan Parnell

Your heart matters. It really, really matters.

The heart, after all, is the "noble faculty of the soul," as John Flavel explains in his 1668 publication now titled, Keeping the Heart. Most generally, the heart refers to the inner man, and most importantly, a person's everlasting state depends upon its condition.

Writing in a style more practical than sliced bread, Flavel exhorts Christians to give their hearts upmost attention.…

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Hip Hop and the Fight Against Sin

Jonathan Parnell

Earlier this Spring we had the chance to hear from Trip Lee on his new album and its connection to on-the-ground sanctification. In this two-minute video, he explains how hip hop is uniquely suited to address believers' fight against sin.

Our National Conference this September is about sanctification — Act the Miracle: God's Work and Ours in the Mystery of Sanctification. We're thrilled with this theme and would love…

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Steps to Overcome Temptation

Jonathan Parnell

Earlier this year David Mathis sat down with Don Carson to discuss sanctification. In this three-minute clip, Carson talks about some simultaneous steps to take for overcoming temptation, including a deepening delight in Jesus.


Sanctification is the theme of this year's National Conference, Act the Miracle: God's Work and Ours in the Mystery of Sanctification

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Fighting Presumptuous Sins

Tony Reinke

Sin is a mystery, and it’s a mystery the psalmist wrestles with in Psalm 19. First he looks up to the heavens to delight in the Creator’s handiwork (verses 1–6). Then he looks down to delight in God’s words (verses 7–11). And the next moment he is on his face pleading with God for power for victory over sin (verses 12–13).

12 Who can discern his errors?
Declare me innocent…

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Sinclair Ferguson's Four Steps to Kill Sin

Josh Etter

From the January 2007 edition of Tabletalk:

1. Learn to admit sin for what it really is.

Call a spade a spade — call it 'sexual immorality,' not 'I’m being tempted a little'; call it 'impurity,' not 'I’m struggling with my thought life'; call it 'evil desire, which is idolatry,' not 'I think I need to order my priorities a bit better.'

2. See sin for what your sin really

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A Tool for Accountability in a Pornified Culture

Jonathan Parnell

In this Gospel Coalition discussion, D. A. Carson comments about the use of Covenant Eyes for accountability in the battle against Internet pornography —

(Watch on YouTube.)

Today, 72% of kids have been exposed to pornography on the Internet. At colleges,
62% of men and 17% of women spend time online every week for sex-related amusement.

Covenant Eyes provides an accountability forum that monitors every website visited and rates the content.…

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The Danger of “Fruitfulness” Without Purity

Michael Oh

As I sift through a mountain of emails, I’ve learned to quickly dismiss forwarded “junk mail,” even if it’s from people I consider friends. At the same time I learn to recognize which email “clicks” might actually reap spiritual blessing. When I get an email from a particular dear friend who works with the Navigators, I pay attention. A few years ago he forwarded an email of a quote passed…

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When Christians Would Be Utterly Insane

Jonathan Parnell

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 utterly insane:

Lord, I want to be free. I want my desires so changed into accord with reality so that I can do what I want to do and never…

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