Blog Posts by Tony Reinke
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,…
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…