Blog Posts by Tony Reinke
Alzheimer’s, the Brain, and the Soul
Early this year, World Magazine published a brief update on the life of Elisabeth Elliot, a Christian woman widely respected for her sacrifices to advance global missions. She turns 88 next Sunday.
Elisabeth is well known for being married to…Continue Reading
Pride, Despair, and Sovereign Grace
Grab a corner of the curtain over the powers at work in this world, pull it back, and look inside, and you will discover two of the strongest forces on earth: pride and despair.
One generates what seems to be…Continue Reading
14 Best Books of 2014
At Desiring God I cherish being surrounded by co-laborors and online friends who treasure great books, and who eagerly celebrate and share the most noteworthy titles as they come along.
In 2014, delicious non-fiction Christian titles ran off presses like…Continue Reading
Mom Enough (New Book)
Are you mom enough?
Time Magazine forced this question into the face of every mother with bold letters above a cover image of a young mother breastfeeding her four-year-old. When the issue hit newsstands, it re-ignited a longstanding “mommy war”…Continue Reading
15 Right Responses to Our Christian Celebrities
Read the history of American celebrities backwards, and it will look something like this: Taylor Swift, Lady Gaga, Bono, Oprah, Prince, Cher, Michael Jackson, Marilyn Monroe, Jimmy Hendrix, The Beatles, Mickey Mantle, and so on. And if you keep stepping…Continue Reading
Risk Is Right, Says Ebola Survivor and Missionary Nancy Writebol
Nancy Writebol, 59, would prefer to be known simply as a Christian, wife, mother to two grown boys, and grandmother. But after an adventurous few months, she’s now known to the world as a brave missionary, Ebola survivor, and success…Continue Reading
10 Questions on Prayer with Tim Keller
Pastor and author Tim Keller was our guest this week on the Ask Pastor John podcast. Keller has a new book on prayer, releasing next week, titled Prayer: Experiencing Awe and Intimacy with God. He talked with us...Continue Reading
Stop Apologizing for God
When I got my hands on the new ESV Reader’s Bible, I opened first to Ezekiel. I’m not sure why, except I’d long neglected this book, and it seemed like a good one simply to read straight through, unhampered by…Continue Reading
Seven Proofs That Joy Has Arrived in Christ
Jesus was almost euphoric.
The most joy-filled outburst recorded in the life of Christ comes in Luke 10.
Jesus sends out 72 of his followers to preach and heal, to serve sinners in word and deed. As they hustle off…Continue Reading
Get Alone Undistracted
Never Offline. The recent Time Magazine cover was intended to unnerve. The ominous reality is that computers are invading. They are getting strapped and stuck on us, moving into our glasses and our watches. Technology is “attempting to colonize our bodies.”Continue Reading
Why We Neglect Our Bibles
We assume every Christian has a Bible that’s worn down, marked up, and paired with a journal stuffed with multi-colored spiritual reflections. But that’s often not true. John Piper addressed four common causes of Bible neglect in the Christian life.Continue Reading
Left to ourselves, we are stuck in the mud of our *total depravity* — the centripetal wrapping of our affections around ourselves. We turn away from God for our joy, and choke ourselves with the slavery of self-glory.Continue Reading
God’s Beauty for the Bored, Busy, and Depressed
To escape our bondage to sin, we must come alive to the glory of God in Christ. He’s our only hope.
On this theme, theologian Jonathan Edwards was a master. He discovered God’s glory and beauty all over Scripture, and…Continue Reading
The World’s Joy-Tragedy
In his classic book Mere Christianity, C. S. Lewis delivers a profound insight into the psychological engine that pulls along the drama of history. “All that we call human history — money, poverty, ambition, war, prostitution, classes, empires, slavery…Continue Reading
Do We Live in the Matrix?
The Matrix (1999) is a man-against-the-machines movie about the enslavement of the human race. When we enter the story, human brains have been hardwired together into one supercomputer, forming a single, conscious existence. The machines keep human bodies tranquilized in…Continue Reading
What We Learn from Nude Reality TV
G.K. Chesterton said public nudity is never practical, except on occasions that are entirely artificial. So nude reality TV, it seems, was unavoidable.
Several current shows point the camera at the unclothed bodies of technically non-actors.
“Buying Naked” (TLC) —…
The Van Gogh That Breaks My Heart
Vincent van Gogh aspired to become a Calvinist pastor, like his dad.
He pursued ministry in the Dutch Reformed Church until he hit a roadblock by failing his academic training, and then experienced what personal failure often breeds: disillusionment. He…Continue Reading
Six Ways Your Phone Is Changing You
Steve Jobs introduced the iPhone at Macworld Expo 2007, and I got my first one a year later. I can’t remember life without it.
For seven years an iPhone has always been within my reach, there to wake me in…Continue Reading
Is Feminine Modesty About Sex?
During the summer, the topic of modesty comes out from hibernation. But with the renewed conversations come many assumptions about modesty, assumptions that are always worth re-thinking.
Here’s the main assumption: Feminine modesty is about sexual provocation. If a woman’s…Continue Reading
12 Questions to Ask Before You Watch ‘Game of Thrones’
Game of Thrones is now the most popular series in HBO history, with an average audience of more than 18 million viewers. Pastor John, do you believe there is a difference between film nudity and pornography? What should Christians be willing to watch?Continue Reading
Nepal’s Most Unlikely Church Planter
Down the valley from Kathmandu, the ancient capital of Nepal, rests an even older city. In Bhaktapur, the timeworn traditions of Hinduism sink as deep into the dry soil as the white-capped Himalayan Mountains rise in the background.
Bhaktapur looks…Continue Reading
The Joy Seeker’s Idol
We were made to enjoy God.
That’s the message of Desiring God, and we believe it’s the message of the Bible. But if we’re honest, we don’t always feel joy. For most of our lives it seems we feel mediocre,…Continue Reading
The End of Books
Why is reading so important to Christianity?
How is the Internet changing the way we read?
How can we become better readers?
These questions, and other critical topics about literacy, were addressed by Desiring God’s own Tony Reinke in an…Continue Reading
Captured by God’s Beauty
Walking the Wedding Aisle Without Your Virginity
What would Pastor John say to a man or woman preparing for marriage who struggle with regret related to past sexual mistakes and their current consequences?Continue Reading