Blog Posts by Tony Reinke
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’
“Pastor John, do you believe there is a difference between film nudity versus pornography? I know many Christians who are against porn, but they have no issue watching movies or TV shows that show graphic nudity.” A young woman named…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
A young man recently emailed this question in to the Ask Pastor John podcast:
Pastor John, I want to propose to my girlfriend, and as I prepare for marriage thoughts of my past mistakes come to mind. I think back…
Living Out God’s Design for Marriage
Complementarity is a big label we use for God’s full design for marriage, and several excellent books help to explain what it all means.
But another way to witness God’s design for marriage is to pull up a chair and…Continue Reading
Have You Found What You’re Looking For? (Easter Sunday)
Like children scattering around a yard for Easter eggs, you and I are on a hunt.
We all hunt. Our thirsty souls rummage through every nook and cranny of this world, in search of shiny pleasures and saccharine delights.
20 Quotes on Loneliness
Loneliness can be an embarrassing topic we don’t like to talk about or admit to. Yet all of us are familiar with it, to some degree, because loneliness is an inescapable consequence of the fall.
No surprise, readers request more…Continue Reading
Is Tim Keller Weak on Wrath?
I Know the Plans I Have for You
Jeremiah 29:11 is a precious verse to many: “For I know the plans I have for you, declares the Lᴏʀᴅ, plans for welfare and not for evil, to give you a future and a hope.”
So how can Gentile John…Continue Reading
Speaking Truth in Love
God has called you to serve me, and me to serve you, by speaking the truth in love (Ephesians 4:15). This mutual ministry is what drives me to write truth, and to read and listen to truth from friends.
When Conflict Fractures Your Family
The mission of Desiring God is helping people all around the globe find joy in Jesus Christ. So many things undermine and destroy joy, maybe none more so than disharmony in our homes and families.
So what things are most…Continue Reading
An All-Consuming Passion for Jesus (Free eBook)
When he climbs the stage at Passion2014 in Atlanta this…Continue Reading
Grace Has Brought Me Safe Thus Far
This first weekend of 2014 affords many of us an opportunity to hit “pause” on this busy opening week and to reflect, backward and forward, on our own lives.
Essential at the beginning of every new year is to set…Continue Reading
With Christmas quickly approaching, several Ask Pastor John podcast listeners filled the mailbag with Santa-related questions. Corbin, a listener from Gainesville, Georgia, asked: “Pastor John, should parents allow their children to believe Santa Claus is bringing them gifts on Christmas?”
The Allure of Middle-Earth
More than seventy-five years after J.R.R. Tolkien wrote The Hobbit, the glory and majesty of Middle-earth continues to draw millions of readers, and more recently, moviegoers. This week, theaters prepare for Friday’s opening of the acclaimed new movie The…Continue Reading