Lessons Learned from His Father: Quotes from Crawford Loritts

Jonathan Parnell

Session 2, Crawford Loritts on "Lessons Learned from His Father" —

  • "Greatness is not pop or fad. Greatness has a staying power."
  • "Manhood is not a private matter. It is a public thing. A man aspires to be the desired destination at which others arrive."
  • "This summarizes my dad: Stepping up, never walking away, if it belongs to you, you do something with it."
  • "There is a correlation between being…
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Leading the Home: Quotes from Doug Wilson

Jonathan Parnell

Session 1, Doug Wilson on "'Father Hunger' in Leading the Home" —

  • "Begin with gospel, walk in the gospel, end with the gospel."
  • "Fatherhood in the home and pastoral care in the church are analogous activities. This makes sense only if they are related activities."
  • "When Paul considers the leadership of the church he doesn't first refer to a rigorous MDiv program."
  • "Is there anything that the Father has which…
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This Week's Sermon: "Let's Be Rich Toward God"

Jonathan Parnell

Jesus tells us a story about a fool in Luke 12.

This fool was a rich man — a productive farmer who built big barns to store his increase. And there's nothing necessarily wrong with that. We need productive farmers in this world.

But if it's not riches that makes this man a fool, what is it?

Expounding this story and giving personal application, John Piper explains the heart matter…

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Read Your Bible More and More

John Piper

Don’t rest on past reading. Read your Bible more and more every year. Read it whether you feel like reading it or not. And pray without ceasing that the joy return and pleasures increase.

Three reasons this is not legalism:

  1. You are confessing your lack of desire as sin, and pleading as a helpless child for the desire you long to have. Legalists don’t cry like that. They strut.
  2. You…
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Christianity Without Discipleship Is Christianity Without Christ

Jonathan Parnell

Dietrich Bonhoeffer:

Discipleship means adherence to Christ, and, because Christ is the object of that adherence, it must take the form of discipleship.

An abstract Christology, a doctrinal system, a general religious knowledge on the subject of grace or on the forgiveness of sins, render discipleship superfluous, and in fact they positively exclude any idea of discipleship whatever, and are essentially inimical to the whole conception of following Christ.

With an abstract…

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What Is Essential to Being a Christian?

Tyler Kenney

Being a Christian doesn’t only mean that you assent to a certain set of doctrines. There are other equally important things that must be true. Jonathan Edwards explains.

It is essential to Christianity

  • that we repent of our sins,
  • that we be convinced of our own sinfulness,
  • that we are sensible we have justly exposed ourselves to God’s wrath,
  • that our hearts do renounce all sin,
  • that we do with…
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Speaking to Muslims About the Crucified Christ

Jonathan Parnell

John Piper writes,

Jesus said, “I know that you do not have the love of God within you. I have come in my Father’s name, and you do not receive me. If another comes in his own name, you will receive him” (John 5:42–43).

When Jesus says, “receive him,” he means receive him for who he really is: the divine, eternal Son of God who lays down his life for…

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Ed Stetzer on Spiritual Warfare

Jonathan Parnell

Theology Refresh is a podcast for pastors and Christian leaders designed to sharpen our grasp of key doctrines used in everyday ministry. Each podcast is around 15-minutes (or less), which is the time it takes for the average daily commute.

The latest discussion is with Ed Stetzer on spiritual warfare.

It's a mistake to dismiss the battle that's going on around us. God is sovereign, reigning over all, and his…

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Parents, Beware: Proverbs Are Not Promises

David Mathis

Far too many of us who (rightly) renounce the so-called "prosperity gospel" (wrongly) coddle our own little version of it as we focus on our families.

Richard Pratt:

In recent decades, Christian television has spread what many call the “prosperity gospel” — the misguided belief that if we have enough faith, God will heal our diseases and provide us with great financial blessings. Of course, most people reading this article…

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