‘Holy, Holy, Holy’
Blazing Hope for the Ruins Around Us
Feb 7, 2021
What we need most in seemingly dark and gloomy times isn’t just a solution to our problems, but a fresh sight of God in his unmistakable majesty.
They Cannot Cancel Our Hope
How We Triumph in Cynical Times
Jan 10, 2021
Cynicism may deepen in society, but it will not overtake the church. We have a hope that is not wishful thinking but profound persuasion — even in the hardest of times.
Tell Us What God Has to Say
The Charge and Power of Preaching
Jan 3, 2021
Preaching isn’t a lecture or even just teaching, but a particular means of grace God uses to challenge and cheer his gathered saints.
Precious Words from a Dying Apostle
Lessons for 2020 from 2 Timothy
Dec 6, 2020
Paul’s final epistle gives priceless wisdom not just for church leaders, but for every Christian who needs resources to endure in difficult times.
Our Afflictions Are So Many
A Strange Promise for the Strangest of Years
Oct 4, 2020
Taste and see, especially in bad times, that the Lord is good. Trust him against all odds. Lean on him, rest in him, even when there seems to be no way out.
Joy Comes Through the Mourning
Why Sorrow Must Give Way to Gladness
Sep 13, 2020
In Christ, sorrow never has the last say. God works gladness in our grief and turns our momentary mourning into dancing.
None Can Stay His Hand
The Certain Triumph of the Gospel
Jul 12, 2020
The absolute sovereignty of God isn’t just a doctrine to affirm, but a balm for the infirmed. From the book of Daniel, to the church today, God’s rule and reign gives bright hope in the darkest of times.
God Tells the Time
Ancient Dreams for Humbling Days
Jul 5, 2020
Real hope in chaotic times isn’t a daydream, but a surefire promise from the Ancient of Days, who now governs every moment through the Son of Man.
The Selfless Pace of Christian Love
Apr 26, 2020
Keeping in step with the Spirit doesn’t mean your life will be an all-out sprint. In fact, sometimes we love God and others best once we’ve learned to slow down.
Focus on a Few Good Men
How God Does the Magic in Disciplemaking
Apr 19, 2020
Making disciples is hard work, but God doesn’t leave it to us to labor on our own. He gives the growth, and he does the surprising magic in our modest efforts.
Feel His Pleasure
Exercise, Endorphins, and Enjoying God
Mar 29, 2020
Exercise not only improves physical health, but also impacts spiritual vitality. We love God and neighbor better when our bodies are able and ready to serve.
A Little Theology of Exercise
Mar 22, 2020
Physical exercise can be one of the best supplements to our spiritual habits of grace — to build discipline, self-control, and even increase our joy in Jesus.
Will We Keep Singing?
Trusting God in Troubling Times
Mar 15, 2020
In the most trying of times, only a sovereign God can enable us to live with patience and joy.
The Legacy of Good Leadership Is Sacrifice
Why Jesus Was the Lion of Judah
Dec 15, 2019
In a world that too often exploits the weak to benefit the strong, God wants his people to use their strength and resources to help people — not to hurt them.
A Most Unusual Fellow
Eulogy for Eugene Hoyt Mathis, Jr.
Aug 26, 2017
What we’re in desperate need of today is not more usual fellows. What we could use a lot more of is unusual fellows, like Gene Mathis.
The Cost of Disciple-Making
Jan 30, 2017
Disciplemaking is costly, and against the grain of modern society at every turn. But Christ holds out joys in disciplemaking we simply will not otherwise taste.
How to Fight Dragon-Sickness
Three Battle Cries Against Greed
Feb 23, 2015
Greed is good desire gone wrong. It is an excessive love, an inordinate desire, for wealth and possessions, for money and the things money can buy — and even for self-esteem, security, status, and power.
How to Stay Christian in Seminary—And Any Season of Waiting
Desiring God 2014 Conference for Pastors
Feb 3, 2014
Part 1: Forward-Looking Intentionality (Jonathan Parnell) The title of this seminar is “How to Stay Christian in Seminary—Or Any Season of Waiting.” And we really mean that last part. What David and I are going to talk about…