Blog Posts by Tony Reinke
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 see it as a gift or as a right?
Those who view time as a gift can echo the psalmist who said, “Teach us to number our days, that we…
O Mother, Great Is Thy Power
Four Filters for Praying in Jesus' Name
Praying "in Jesus' name" is more than attaching the phrase to the end of each prayer. So what types of prayers are prayed "in Jesus' name"? In this three-minute clip from his latest sermon, Pastor John says it has more to do with our prayer’s content than in its closing. He provides us with four prayer-filters.Continue Reading
Greater Works Than Jesus
The Goal of Missions
20 Quotes from The Explicit Gospel
What follows are 20 quotes that caught my attention as I read Matt Chandler's new book, The Explicit Gospel (Crossway, 2012):
“More often than not, we want him to have fairy wings and spread fairy dust and shine like a precious little star, dispensing nothing but good times on everyone, like some kind of hybrid of Tinker Bell and Aladdin’s Genie. But the God of the Bible, this God of…Continue Reading
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 — and he became increasingly aware those letters would be published for a wider audience. When you pick up a copy of his published letters and begin reading, they remind…Continue Reading
Reflections on the Life of Isaac Newton
At a recent morning staff devotional at the DG offices, John Piper shared a biographical sketch of the brilliant scientist, Sir Isaac Newton (1642–1727). The talk was inspired by his recent reading of this 2005 biography by Gale Christianson.
The 37-minute talk was recorded, and although the audio quality is poorer than we prefer, the content is worth sharing.
"Isaac Newton was one of the most brilliant men who walked…Continue Reading
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, matter to us.
But I’ll begin with two reasons that do not explain why those buttons exist.
Like to Share
First, the social media numbers are not our attempt to…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 precarious adventure.
In 1939, Howard Guinness, one of the early founders of the International Fellowship of Evangelical Students, wrote a little book called Sacrifice. He was trying to do…
Interview with Matt Chandler
He is the new president of the Acts 29 Network, he just released his first book, and today he kicks off a seven-city book tour. Matt Chandler is a busy man. Now serving in his tenth year as the lead pastor at The Village Church in Dallas, Matt recently took a moment to talk ministry with us.
Matt, thanks for your time. You recently assumed responsibilities as…Continue Reading
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 us finite, sinful human beings is seen not merely in the fact that we have so many unanswered questions, but also in the fact that we often don't even know…
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 caregiver to a disabled family member, this conference will help you better understand God’s sovereignty in human disability.
The conference — "The Works of God: God's Good Design in…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 would be a fairly routine surgery involving a minimal invasive procedure on the right side. However, a CAT scan revealed a deformity in my breast bone that will prevent this…Continue Reading
When Easter Joy Turns to Monday Gloom
Coming out of holy week in 1981, Pastor John addressed the realities of the Monday blues that so often follow on the heels of the Easter Sunday joys. He said this in his sermon, "The Sifting of Simon Peter” (Luke 22:31–34):
The word of encouragement and consolation and hope that I want to offer you today from God’s Word is that, if you love God and are called…
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 get the promise of eternal joy.
For all the right answers we could give, there’s one even more fundamental purpose behind the holy week events, writes John Piper in his…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, you also are to love one another.
Just prior to speaking these words, Jesus knelt down to wash the disciples' feet, a model of love for the disciples. But Maundy…Continue Reading
Reading as A Lifetime Vocation
Fresh into his new post at Bethel College in the fall of 1974, Professor John wrote an article to explain the lifelong value of solid reading habits. Teach a man to fish and he can learn from the ancient fishermen. The piece itself is not long, and you can read the whole thing here.
Here are a few noteworthy quotes:
- “I have said a number of times that all…
Keeping Home Priorities In View
Bible scholar Don Carson cautions us about parental hypocrisy by recalling the enduring impact of his parents’ prayerful example:
My father was a church planter in Québec, in the difficult years when there was strong opposition, some of it brutal. Baptist ministers alone spent a total of eight years in jail between 1950 and 1952. Dad’s congregations were not large; they were usually at the lower end of the two-digit…
Our Tears Are Being Undone
Tears sum up everything gone wrong in this fallen world. Grief, frustration, pain, disappointment, loss, stress, tragedy, disaster, regret, mourning, depression, lament, brokenness, abandonment — all of it can be expressed through the universal language of tears.
We need no interpreter to read this language: the wet, bloodshot eyes, the sobs, the facial contortions, the sporadic breathing, the body tremors, the broken speech. We are instantly struck by the tearful…Continue Reading
Grace to You in Your Bible Reading; Grace with You as You Live Your Day
In 1994 Pastor John began explaining a theme he noticed in the introductions and conclusions to all 13 of Paul’s epistles. Paul begins each epistle with grace, and he closes each epistle with grace. The pattern is “a bracing trumpet call to the centrality of grace in Christianity.”
It is. But there was more to be discovered in the pattern.
As he studied these bookends closer, Pastor John discovered that…Continue Reading
Heaven and Hedgehogs
A small emergency struck our home last week when my 4-year-old son’s favorite hedgehog stuffed animal went missing.
The hope of finding him was beginning to shrink with every search under the couch and with every sweep under the bed. The outlook made it likely that (once again) my wife would need to search eBay for an exact replacement. (A few hot-water-and-bleach wash cycles wear the replacement down to faded…Continue Reading