12 Reasons for Christmas

Jonathan Parnell
12 Reasons for Christmas

Pastor John:

  1. “For this I was born and for this I have come into the world, to bear witness to the truth” (John 18:37).
  2. “The reason the Son of God appeared was to destroy the works of the devil” (1 John 3:8; cf.Hebrews 2:14–15).
  3. “Those who are well have no need of a physician, but those who are sick; I came not to call the righteous, but sinners” (Mark 2:17).
  4. “The Son of Man came to seek and to save the lost” (Luke 19:10).
  5. “The Son of Man came not to be served but to serve, and to give... Continue Reading

Jared Wilson on the Doctrine of the Trinity

Jonathan Parnell

The Athanasian Creed begins "we worship one God in Trinity, and Trinity in unity;
Neither blending his persons: nor dividing his essence."

This is not a truth for the classroom. The Lord is the holy one-and-three. It is who he is. It is what it means to be God. And it has implications for how the Christian lives.

In this newest episode of Theology Refresh — the theological podcast designed for pastors as a refresher on important biblical doctrines — David Mathis... Continue Reading

Interview with Jared Wilson on "Gospel Wakefulness"

Jonathan Parnell

"To treasure Jesus more greatly and savor his power more sweetly" — that's the experience behind the phrase and title of Jared Wilson's newest book, Gospel Wakefulness. David Mathis recently interviewed Jared about the book:

Time markers:

00:45 — Are we experiencing a "gospel renaissance" in our day?

02:40 — How does your book related to this "renaissance?"

04:40 — What is the gospel?

06:12 — What do you mean by the phrase "gospel wakefulness?"

08:05 — How does... Continue Reading

One Way a Small Church Is Blessed

John Knight
One Way a Small Church Is Blessed

A true story and an example to emulate. . . .

Kristina (my niece) is a young woman with a complicated life.

She was born with a rare genetic disorder that resulted in orthopedic issues across her entire body alongside limited intellectual capacities. She has undergone dozens of surgeries, has endured countless medical tests and hospitalizations, and will always need someone to look out for her. She is very vulnerable and her behaviors can be challenging.

She attends a church... Continue Reading

Can Authentic Faith Be Awakened by a Physical Miracle?

John Piper
Can Authentic Faith Be Awakened by a Physical Miracle?

Did Jesus teach that miracles are useless for those who reject the word? Here’s the story he told:

From hades the rich man implored Abraham to send Lazarus to warn his five brothers not to come to that place of torment.

But Abraham said, “They have Moses and the Prophets; let them hear them.”

The rich man said, “No, father Abraham, but if someone goes to them from the dead, they will repent.”

Abraham disagreed: “If they do not hear Moses and the Prophets,... Continue Reading

Desiring God Online in China

Tyler Kenney
Desiring God Online in China

The church isn’t the only thing growing in China. Like in so many other countries these days, Internet use is booming too. At the Chinese government’s last official counting (June, 2010), 420 million of its people were online. No doubt there are millions more by now.

Along with the Internet, social media is also catching on. China Daily recently reported that over 300 million Chinese are registered micro-blog (think Twitter) users.

We’re excited about this growth because the... Continue Reading

Take Courage, Young Mother

Josh Etter
Take Courage, Young Mother

Pastor John:

There is a principle here that applies to you and me: God takes small, imperfect things and builds them into a habitation for his glory. O, how we should take courage in our little spheres of influence! And is this not the message of Advent and Christmas?

What more appropriate word could God have said to Mary as Jesus was growing up: Take courage, young mother, you build more than you see. And so it is with every one of us. Nothing you do is a trifle if you do it in... Continue Reading

Christmas Is the End of History

Jonathan Parnell
Christmas Is the End of History

Pastor John:

Creation out of nothing was an awesome event. Imagine what the angelic spirits must have felt when the universe, material reality of which they had never imagined, was brought forth out of nothing by the command of God. The fall was an awful event, shaking the entire creation. The exodus was an amazing display of God's power and love. The giving of the law, the wilderness provisions, the conquering of Canaan, the prosperity of the monarchy — all these acts of God... Continue Reading

The Joseph Trilogy (Part 1)

Jon Bloom
The Joseph Trilogy (Part 1)

A Painful Decision

When his mother Mary had been betrothed to Joseph, before they came together she was found to be with child from the Holy Spirit. And her husband Joseph, being a just man and unwilling to put her to shame, resolved to divorce her quietly. (Matthew 1:18-19)

Joseph felt a twinge of anxiety. He sensed something unusual in Mary’s request that he come.

When he arrived she was standing under the tree near her father’s house where, as a betrothed couple, they were given... Continue Reading