Resources by Sam Parkison

Samuel G. Parkison is the author of Revelation and Response: The Why and How of Leading Corporate Worship through Song. He is also a Regular Contributor to For The Church and is a PhD student at Midwestern Baptist Theological Seminary. Samuel lives in Kansas City with his wife (Shannon) and their two sons (Jonah and Henry), where Samuel serves as a Pastor of Teaching and Liturgy at Emmaus Church. Sam blogs regularly at

Oct 20, 2015

Your Work Has An Eschatology by Sam Parkison

A ministry position in a local church is not the only possible work you can do to the glory of God.

Jan 3

Who is the Holy Spirit?: A Book Review by Sam Parkison

Yarnell is able to paint a picture of the Holy Spirit with many shades and hues, with colors drawn from a spectrum of biblical genres located at various points within redemptive history. 

Nov 27, 2019

Three Characteristics of Healthy Church Discipline by Sam Parkison

The only kind of soil in which church discipline can properly grow is communal love.

Mar 9

The Ten Commandments: A Book Review by Sam Parkison

There is no chapter in this book that does not look to Christ as the ultimate fulfillment of the Ten Commandments. 

Oct 6, 2015

The Right Kind of Worship War by Sam Parkison

There is a right kind of worship war, a kind that every Christian -- and particularly, those who are leaders in the church -- should be engaging in on a daily basis.

Dec 19, 2018

The Resurrection: The Secret Ingredient of Theology by Sam Parkison

Could you imagine how hopeless of a doctrine union with Christ would be if he remained in the tomb?

Aug 1, 2018

Theology and Devotion: Friends or Foes? by Sam Parkison

Theological study, communion with God, and godly living comprehend one another. 

May 23, 2019

The Incarnation as Revelation by Sam Parkison

We couldn’t reach up on the top shelf to get God, so God places himself on the bottom shelf—right within our reach—in the person of Jesus Christ, the carpenter from Nazareth.

Aug 7, 2015

The Importance of Corporate Confession by Sam Parkison

If Luther was right that "all of life is repentance," then a non-repenter is a non-believer.

Jun 25, 2019

The Bible in Miniature by Sam Parkison

This may come as news to you, and if so, I am sorry that it has taken this long for someone to tell you, but you are not the center of the universe.

Sep 6, 2016

Stricter Judgement for the Justified Pastor by Sam Parkison

The pastor is saved by the same gospel message he proclaims to his flock, but the nature of his calling invites a stricter judgement.

Oct 5, 2016

Single Men, Consider the Single Mothers in Your Church by Sam Parkison

Many single Christian men in our churches bemoan the fact that they desire to be married, but can’t seem to find a wife. Perhaps the problem is that their “market” is too narrowly defined.

Feb 4

Should I Use My Trans Neighbor’s Preferred Pronoun? by Sam Parkison

Central to our gospel presentation is the solution to the problem of sin, and if this sin is central to our hearer’s identity, we haven’t actually presented the gospel until we’ve brought it to bear rigt there.

Jun 17, 2015

Should I Attend My Friend's Same-Sex Wedding? by Sam Parkison

What if I go there to show the love of Jesus; to show some grace? After all, didn’t Jesus hang out with sinners?

Sep 26, 2019

Revival and the Book of Nehemiah by Sam Parkison

If you are not content with a Christianity characterized by minimal devotion to God, Nehemiah is your book.​

Aug 20, 2015

Praying Imprecatory Psalms Evangelistically by Sam Parkison

God will vindicate his holiness by pouring out wrath on the injustice that disregards it.

Jul 8, 2015

Our Worship Has a Reason by Sam Parkison

When we are focusing on the grandeur of God’s actual glory, we are freed from superficial stimulation of our emotions. This is actually how we safeguard authenticity in our worship.

Apr 5, 2018

On Brokenness and Our Two-Speed Culture by Sam Parkison

God shows his love for us not by affirming our brokenness, but by receiving us while still in such a state, and then slapping an expiration date on it.

Jan 4, 2018

Of Jerks and Seminarians by Sam Parkison

It’s entirely possible to be absolutely unwavering on convictional truth matters and still give people the expectation to receive love and compassion from you.

Oct 28, 2019

No Fear, No Wisdom by Sam Parkison

True wisdom—biblical wisdom—is not limited to the intellect. 

Jul 22, 2016

Men, Abortion is Your Problem Too by Sam Parkison

The impulse that says, "Men should not be there," should be laid to rest. Abortion is a problem for men.

Jul 22, 2015

How We Teach and Admonish in Our Worship by Sam Parkison

God wants us to experience our messy community when we come together in worship. He is honored by it.

Nov 15, 2015

Gospel Deeps From My Two Week-Old by Sam Parkison

It is amazing to me that my helplessness before God mirrors the helpless of my two week-old son.

Nov 11, 2019

God Loves You, Deal With It! by Sam Parkison

His standards are the robes of Christ’s righteousness—they literally cannot be higher. 

Jun 14, 2019

Envy and the Seminarian by Sam Parkison

All the “humble brags” on social media have a green shade if you look closely enough. 

Aug 23, 2017

Early Discoveries of a Young Pastor by Sam Parkison

We will be crushed under the weight of ministry if we forget that Christ's church is Christ's.

Jul 30, 2019

Beware of Sin by Sam Parkison

You can try as hard as you may, clawing at the mud and gravel and tree roots with a free hand—as long as the other hand clutches onto that sin, the ditch is your home.

Aug 25, 2016

Beware of Cool-Shaming by Sam Parkison

Contextualization, at its best, is simply faithful communication. At its worst, contextualization is the Christian’s code word for “I can do whatever I want.”