Hard Work and the Grace of God

Jonathan Parnell

The Apostle Paul knows who he is and he knows what is behind who he is (1 Corinthians 15:10). He says, "By the grace of God, I am what I am." This is not a flagrant statement that is meant to excuse character flaws. I'm not sure why it rings that way to my American ear (maybe I've listened to too much country music).

Paul simply knows who he is (1 Corinthians 15:9). He knows he is a sinner who Jesus Christ came into the world to save (1 Timothy 1:15). And he knows about the... Continue Reading

How Should We View the Virgin Mary?

Jonathan Parnell
How Should We View the Virgin Mary?

With Luke 1:26-38 open and the whole testimony of Scripture in mind,Kenny Stokesasked three questions about Mary in arecentsermon:

  1. Should we view Mary as blessed?
  2. Should we worship Mary?
  3. How should we view Mary in relation to our salvation?

He concluded with three simple suggestions on how we should view her:

  1. She is wonderfully and uniquely blessed
  2. She should be honored
  3. She should be imitated

He starts this part of the sermon at the seven minute mark.

Music the Most Perfect Communication?

Tyler Kenney
Music the Most Perfect Communication?

Jonathan Edwards, from Miscellanies #188:

The best, most beautiful, and most perfect way that we have of expressing a sweet concord of mind to each other, is by music. When I would form in my mind an idea of a society in the highest degree happy, I think of them as expressing their love, their joy, and the inward concord and harmony and spiritual beauty of their souls by sweetly singing to each other.

Do you think he's right? Why or why not?

The Story of a Friend's Cab Ride in London

John Knight
The Story of a Friend's Cab Ride in London

What was your last cab ride like?

A dear friend of Desiring God recently wrote to us about an experience in a London taxi that blessed him—and made more than a few of us here laugh out loud in delight!


Indeed

by Rick Segal

Wednesday night I was on my own in London. Such a void in the schedule gives me the chance to taxi in from Chelsea Harbor to Central London to Foyles, my favorite bookstore in all the world.

The distinctive, boxy, black London taxi is a masterpiece of... Continue Reading

A Concise Theology of Role Models

Jonathan Parnell

Paul gives a two-part command in Philippians 3:17—join in imitating me and keep your eyes on those who live like us. This idea of imitating Paul and leaders like him is not unique to this passage (2 Thessalonians 3:7-9; 1 Timothy 4:12; 2 Timothy 1:13; Hebrews 13:7). However, the Philippians 3:18 ground to the command carries a particular weightiness.

Paul tells us to imitate him and those who live like him, "for many, of whom I have often told you and now tell you even with... Continue Reading

The Shortest Distance Between Points

Paul Tripp
The Shortest Distance Between Points

Growing up, it was the source of endless entertainment. My dad was the guru of shortcuts. He lived on an endless quest for the shortest route to all of the places to which he regularly drove. He was never satisfied with his latest discovery. He was always after a better, time-saving route than the last one. My mom used to kid my dad that most of his shortcuts were in fact “longcuts.” I remember one thing my dad would say in his search for the shortest distance to... Continue Reading

Faith Is the Embracing, Not the Embraced

Jonathan Parnell

Many helpful summaries and explanations of the justification debate and N. T. Wright have arisen over the last couple of weeks surrounding the meeting of the Evangelical Theological Society in Atlanta. One takeaway from the whole thing is the importance of articulating the relationship between our faith and our union with Christ.

Faith should never be exalted to a place that undermines Jesus and our union with him. No evangelical wants to do that. The “in Christ”... Continue Reading

The Most Intimate Relationship

Tyler Kenney
The Most Intimate Relationship

Such was the love of the Son of God to the human nature, that he desired a most near and close union with it, something like the union in the persons of the Trinity, nearer than there can be between any two distinct [beings].This moved him to make the human become one with him, and himself to be one of mankind that should represent all the rest, for Christ calls us brethren and is one of us.

How should [we] be encouraged, when we have such a Mediator! 'Tis one of us that is to... Continue Reading