Blog Posts by Tony Reinke
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,…
Reading as A Lifetime Vocation
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.…
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…Continue Reading
Grace to You in Your Bible Reading; Grace with You as You Live Your Day
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.…Continue Reading
In an article written several decades back, Pastor John explained the value of reading richly descriptive literature to develop a vibrant language of theology. He encourages theology students to sometimes pick up great literature and poets like Wordsworth to catch…Continue Reading
Fighting Presumptuous Sins
Sin is a mystery, and it’s a mystery the psalmist wrestles with in Psalm 19. First he looks up to the heavens to delight in the Creator’s handiwork (verses 1–6). Then he looks down to delight in God’s words (verses…Continue Reading
Serving Up Tweets: An Interview with Ray Ortlund on Social Media
Our Gold, His Glory
It would be difficult to find a better summary of what Desiring God is all about than from this quote taken from the writings of Puritan Thomas Watson:
We glorify God by working out our own salvation. God has twisted…
I Exist to...
...what? What drives you?
John Piper says, "I exist to to spread a passion for the supremacy of God in all things for the joy of all peoples through Jesus Christ." This is the mission of John Piper, the mission…Continue Reading
The Trinity in Two Minutes
Our Children Are Spring-Loaded for Worship
If the goal of parenting is no more profound than securing appropriate behavior, we will never help our children understand the internal things, the heart issues, that push and pull behavior. Those internal issues: self-love, rebellion, anger, bitterness,…
Where Souls Find Sweet Rest Forever
He makes me lie down in green pastures.
He leads me beside still waters.
In Christ you shall have glorious objects for the eye of your soul to behold in which you shall find rest. You…
Why the Lamb Was Spotless
The lamb that was sacrificed for the sins of the people became sin for them, but it was not covered in blotches representing sins. On the contrary, it had to be completely free of blemish in order to…
How Safe We Are
But even the hairs of your head are all numbered.
You all take care of yourselves to some extent, but which of you ever took so much care of himself as to count the hairs of…
Ages and Ages of Immeasurable Riches
But God, being rich in mercy, because of the great love with which he loved us, even when we were dead in our trespasses, made us alive together with Christ — by grace you have been saved — and…
Ray Ortlund Jr.:
Wisdom is more than brains. It is more than morals. We could memorize the whole Bible, and mean it from the heart, without wisdom. Wisdom is skill, expertise, competence that understands how life really works, how to…
When Your Son Asks
When your son asks you in time to come, "What is the meaning of the testimonies and the statutes and the rules that the Lord our God has commanded you?" then you shall say to your son, "We…