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The Many Motivators for Personal Holiness

Tony Reinke
The Lord has given his children a variety of motivations for how and why we pursue personal holiness, a point that Kevin DeYoung makes in our recent discussion over his new book The Hole in Our Holiness: Filling the Gap
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The Most Neglected Theme in Sanctification

Tony Reinke
What's the most neglected theme related to personal sanctification? Kevin DeYoung says it's our union with Christ. In our recent discussion over his new book, The Hole In Our Holiness: Filling the Gap Between Gospel Passion and the Pursuit of
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The Imitation of Christ

Tony Reinke
What would Jesus do? The pop phrase has worn out, but there’s enduring truth in it. “We see in Jesus the best, most practical, most human example of what it means to be holy,” writes Kevin DeYoung in his new…
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My Sanctification in Redemptive History

Tony Reinke
Even if we take personal holiness seriously as believers (and we should), we often lose sight of how our personal sanctification fits into a much larger redemptive storyline that stretches all the way back to creation and stretches…
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What's the Hole in Our Holiness?

Tony Reinke
Kevin DeYoung is the author of the new book The Hole In Our Holiness: Filling the Gap Between Gospel Passion and the Pursuit of Godliness (Crossway, 2012). During a recent trip to Minneapolis, we pulled Kevin into the studio to…
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Sweet or Sour Holiness?

Tony Reinke
In his new book Gospel Deeps, Jared Wilson writes, “If holiness makes you a sourpuss, you’re doing it wrong.” (Wouldn’t that make a nice slogan on a changeable letter church billboard?) Wilson’s line is pointed and poignant. But why…
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Hope That Purifies

Tony Reinke
Our heavenly Father encourages his children to put off sin by delivering strong warnings in Scripture (Hebrews 6:4–8; 10:26–31). But he also motivates us to put on holiness by drawing from our assurances, like in 1 John 3:2a–3: we know…
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Battling Depression . . . Redemption, Medication, and Christ

Tony Reinke
If we are called to battle depression together as brothers and sisters in Christ, we must all strive for understanding and compassion. We recently asked Ed Welch, a biblical counselor at CCEF who specializes in these matters, what role antidepressant…
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Battling Depression . . . Together

Tony Reinke
In 1954, speaking of spiritual depression, Martyn Lloyd-Jones said, "I have no hesitation in asserting that one of the reasons why the Christian Church counts for so little in the modern world is that so many Christians are in this…
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The Heart of Sinful Anger

Tony Reinke
Sinful anger is toxic. It corrodes marriages, churches, and workplaces. No relationship is immune from its power. And for many Christians the battle against anger is a prominent battlefront in the fight for personal holiness. So what’s at the heart…
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Is Sanctification Complex or Simple?

Tony Reinke
Is progressive sanctification complex or simple? We asked biblical counselor David Powlison in our recent trip to the CCEF in Philadelphia. Progressive sanctification is impossibly complicated, he said. And yet there's a biblical simplicity that addresses the complexities of life…
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Defending the Unborn Through Art

Tony Reinke
Over 50 million unborn lives have been snuffed out through the dark work of abortion since 1973. That’s 3,000 children each day in the United States alone. To bring this stat closer to home (or into your home), as many…
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How Christ Died to Sin (And Why It Matters)

Tony Reinke
Our Savior died for sin, and he died for sinners. But Christ also died to sin (Romans 6:10) — a curious point Paul makes in a chapter loaded with implications for our personal pursuit of holiness. So what does it…
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Learning About Sanctification From Fyodor Dostoyevsky

Tony Reinke
David Powlison is a biblical counselor, and he is also an avid reader of the 19th-century Russian novelist Fyodor Dostoyevsky. Those two facts are not disconnected, as we discovered in our recent trip to Philadelphia and CCEF…
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Christ Died to Give Us Christ-Exalting Friendships

Tony Reinke
“Jesus never intended that the enjoyment of his presence would replace the enjoyment of the presence of Christian friends,” says John Piper in his most recent sermon on 2 Timothy 4:9–12. Although we have an infallible Savior, we still have…
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Reading Books and Dying Well

Tony Reinke
In the shadow of his death, Paul asked Timothy to bring him his books (2 Timothy 4:13). In the following clip from his most recent sermon, John Piper explains the significance of this request. “Form the habit of reading…
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A Caution to Young, Culture-Embracing Evangelicals

Tony Reinke
Demas was on Paul’s ministry team — and then Demas abandoned his ministry post out of a love for “this present world” (2 Timothy 4:10). “There is a love for the world that makes ministry impossible,” John Piper says in…
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The Highest Holiness

Tony Reinke
"The highest holiness for you is to be like Christ," said Charles Spurgeon. Exactly. If you want a perfect model of human holiness, look to Christ. Kevin DeYoung explains this point in his new book The Hole in Our Holiness:
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Why Pornography Robs a Man of His Humanness

Tony Reinke
Addiction to pornography is not limited to men, but it is a major problem among men, and Christian men, and even among pastors and missionaries. Not long ago, counselor Harry Schaumburg shared with us the prevalence of pornography among men…
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The Blessed Struggle Against Fear and Anxiety

Tony Reinke
The Christian's battle against fear and anxiety is a blessed struggle — so says biblical counselor and author Ed Welch. But why is this struggle blessed? We asked him that question during our recent trip to the Christian Counseling…
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God’s Aim in Election, and Our Personal Holiness

Tony Reinke
After revealing his free electing grace toward sinners like us, what does God intend to do with his children now? What is the aim of our election? This is the question we asked of respected Bible scholar Richard Gaffin…
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Fear, Anxiety, and Growing in Sanctification

Tony Reinke
Ed Welch is a biblical counselor and the author of several books including Running Scared: Fear, Worry & the God of Rest. He serves on the faculty of the Christian Counseling and Educational Foundation (CCEF) in Philadelphia, where we…
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Can I Grow in Holiness Without the Local Church?

Tony Reinke
We recently traveled to the Christian Counseling and Educational Foundation (CCEF) in Philadelphia in search of some answers to our burning questions about sanctification. While there, we asked counselor and author David Powlison what role the local church plays in…
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The Beauty of Holiness and the Miracle of Sanctification

Tony Reinke
Puritan Thomas Watson says it well. “After the fall, the affections were misplaced on wrong objects; in sanctification, they are turned into a sweet order and harmony, the grief placed on sin, the love on God, the joy on heaven.”*…
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We Become What We Worship

Tony Reinke
Greg Beale titled his landmark book We Become What We Worship. His thesis is simple: “What people revere, they resemble, either for ruin or for restoration.” He traces the theme throughout Scripture to show that we are worshippers, and…
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