Blog Posts by Tony Reinke
A Cure for Lame Table Prayers
I find it easy to slip into vague gratefulness, and vague gratefulness is as hollow as a light bulb. Mostly I notice this at the dinner table with my family. The vague verbiage I speak over our food is a…Continue Reading
20 Quotes from Father Hunger
What follows is a collection of 20 quotes that caught my attention as I read Douglas Wilson’s new book, Father Hunger: Why God Calls Men to Love and Lead Their Families (Thomas Nelson, 2012):
"In human history, there will never…Continue Reading
Four superheroes unite in "The Avengers Initiative" — Thor, The Incredible Hulk, Captain America, and the Iron Man — a collaborative of the world's greatest powers, called together when cosmic evil threatens the planet.
This is the storyline behind the …Continue Reading
Workloads, Busyness, and Time-Hoarding
From Lydia Brownback's new book, A Woman’s Wisdom: How the Book of Proverbs Speaks to Everything (Crossway, 2012), pages 170–171:
The way we use our time is always going to be shaped by how we view our time. Do we…
O Mother, Great Is Thy Power
Charles Spurgeon, The Sword and Trowel (September, 1873):
The devil never reckons a man to be lost so long as he has a good mother alive. O woman, great is thy power!
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Four Filters for Praying in Jesus' Name
Greater Works Than Jesus
In John 14:12 Jesus tells his disciples that believers will do "greater works" than Jesus himself did on earth. Whoa, wait, what?!
So how are believers' works "greater" than Jesus’ works on earth? John Piper explains in this three-minute clip…Continue Reading
The Goal of Missions
20 Quotes from The Explicit Gospel
15 Tips on Blogging from John Newton
John Newton, the slave-trade ship captain turned pastor and hymn-writer, wasn't exactly a blogger. Many of his writings, however, fit in the category of we today would call blogging. He wrote mostly letters — small, topically oriented and experience-based pieces…Continue Reading
Reflections on the Life of Isaac Newton
The Purpose of the Universe
Salt and Like
You may have noticed a series of social media buttons on the side of each blog post and resource on the Desiring God website. This post is a little attempt to explain why those buttons, and the statistics they reflect,…Continue Reading
But far be it from me to boast except in the cross of our Lord Jesus Christ, by which the world has been crucified to me, and I to the world.
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Where Are God’s Men? Where Are God’s Women?
John Piper gave this plea in his 2008 message at Together for the Gospel:
My desire and prayer for you is that your life and ministry have a radical flavor. The flavor of risk, sacrifice, love, simplicity, joy, freedom, and…
Interview with Matt Chandler
Christ + Something = Insult
The following excerpt is transcribed from handwritten sermon notes by John Piper from a message he preached at Perlacher Chapel in Munich, Germany on June 24, 1973. Before digging into Ephesians 1–2, he opened with these words:
The plight of…
The Chief End of Man
New Conference on Disability
We invite you to join us for our first conference on human disability, November 8 in Minneapolis. Whether you are a pastor seeking ways to better care for the disabled, you live with disabilities yourself, or you serve as a…Continue Reading
Pray for Jerry Bridges
Today Jerry Bridges (82) underwent a scheduled heart surgery in Colorado Springs.
He explained the procedure in an email last month. "I am scheduled to have heart surgery on April 12 to repair or replace the Mitral Valve. Ordinarily, this…Continue Reading
When Easter Joy Turns to Monday Gloom
God Is The Resurrection-Gospel
The whole point of Easter is that we get … blank.
How would you finish the sentence?
... we get justification.
… we get new life in Christ.
… we get the promise of imperishable physical bodies.
… we…Continue Reading
The Creator On His Knees (Maundy Thursday)
The Maundy in Maundy Thursday comes from the Latin root mandatum, or commandment, taken from Jesus' words in John 13:34:
A new commandment I give to you, that you love one another: just as I have loved you,…