ABOUT JONATHAN PARNELL

Jonathan Parnell (@jonathanparnell) is a content strategist at Desiring God. He lives in the Twin Cities with his wife, Melissa, and their three children: Elizabeth, Hannah, and Micah.

Know Your Culture, Connect to Your Culture: Lecrae Raps the Gospel in One Minute

How are you listening in order to understand the surrounding culture?

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When the Light Comes On: Creatively Using the Power of Story for Your Church’s Worship

How can you use the power of story for your church’s worship?┬áHere are two powerful examples: the simplicity of a verbal ┬ástory and the imagery of a visual story.

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God as the Communicator

Spurgeon’s application of Psalm 91 is at the heart of God’s communicative intent in Scripture at large, and this psalm in particular

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comment_post_ID); ?> Thank you Ed for sharing your insights into the Church Growth Movement. I have my reservations with Church Growth models because it has done more damage than good in the Body of Christ. Over the years, western churches are more focused on results, formulas and processes with little or no emphasis on membership and church discipline. Pastors and vocational leaders are burnt out because they're overworked. I do believe that the Church Growth model is a catalyst to two destructive groups: The New Apostolic Reformation and the Emerging Church. Both groups overlap and have a very loose definition. They're both focus on contemporary worship, expansion of church brand (franchising), and mobilizing volunteering members as 'leaders' to grow their ministry. Little focus on biblical study, apologetics and genuine missional work with no agenda besides preaching of the gospel.
 
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Clarity Process

Three effective ways to start moving toward clarity right now.