Blog Posts by Tony Reinke
Grace Has Brought Me Safe Thus Far
This first weekend of 2014 affords many of us an opportunity to hit “pause” on this busy opening week and to reflect, backward and forward, on our own lives.
Essential at the beginning of every new year is to set…Continue Reading
With Christmas quickly approaching, several Ask Pastor John podcast listeners filled the mailbag with Santa-related questions. Corbin, a listener from Gainesville, Georgia, asked: “Pastor John, should parents allow their children to believe Santa Claus is bringing them gifts on Christmas?”
The Allure of Middle-Earth
More than seventy-five years after J.R.R. Tolkien wrote The Hobbit, the glory and majesty of Middle-earth continues to draw millions of readers, and more recently, moviegoers. This week, theaters prepare for Friday’s opening of the acclaimed new movie The…Continue Reading
The Hopes and Fears of All the Years
Bethlehem was, is, and likely always will be, just a small town — a small town steeped in ancient history.
In the first century, the historical marker at the center of town — if they posted such historical markers —…Continue Reading
My Joy and God’s Holiness: Friends or Foes?
Are You Chasing Happiness or Holiness?
Such a question actually reveals a common mistake of pitting holiness and happiness against each other. “God is more interested in you being holy than happy,” so the line goes.
One of my favorite theologians falls prey to this subtle…Continue Reading
Piper Addresses Strange Fire and Charismatic Chaos
Why We Click Stupid Links
By “stupid links,” I mean hyperlinks on the Web that do nothing but tap our kneejerk curiosity. They do little for us because they have little to offer. We click, we read, we watch, and often we feel dumber for…Continue Reading
You Were Created to Sing
God created you in his own image to dream, and work, and laugh, and love, and labor, and hope, and eat, and enjoy the good gifts in this world.
“A man is such a noble work of God,” said nineteenth…Continue Reading
God’s Pleasure in You
Does God find pleasure in you?
When he looks at you, does he smile?
In short, if you’re in Christ, the answer is yes. But the answer to how and why and on what basis needs some explaining.
A Beer with Jesus?
Is it a sin for me to drink alcohol?
It could be, says Pastor John in today’s episode of the Ask Pastor John podcast.
“I’m a default teetotaler,” he says. “And what that means is if I have my choice,…Continue Reading
Why Did God Forbid One Tree in Eden?
Of the many trees in the Garden, God banned Adam and Eve from eating from one — just one (Genesis 2:16–17, 3:1–3, 11). Why?
John Piper recently gave the question some fresh thinking, which he shares in today’s episode of …Continue Reading
Cooking for a King: The Story of Jeff Ansorge
ST. PAUL, MN — Jeff Ansorge is a trim 40-year-old with buzzed hair and sideburns that are mostly silver and thick eyebrows that are mostly black. He’s a quiet, t-shirted Midwestern guy who can be found on any weekday hard…Continue Reading
15 Quotes from the C.S. Lewis Conference
As we finish uploading all the audio and video of the C.S. Lewis conference online for you in the next few hours, here’s a sampling of fifteen quotes from the conference talks that caught our attention. These will give you…Continue Reading
The Church and the World: Homosexuality, Abortion, and Race with John Piper and Douglas Wilson
A Biblical Theology of Love
Love is at the heart of the Bible.
God loved us so much he sent his only be-loved Son to love us by blood, so that we would likewise love and treasure this be-loved Son (John 3:16, Revelation…Continue Reading
Does God (Really) Desire All to Be Saved?
On the extent of who will be saved, the Bible makes two clear points:
- God desires that all sinners be saved (1 Timothy 2:4; 2 Peter 3:9; Ezekiel 18:23; Matthew 23:37).
- God chose some people from eternity past (the elect),…
20 Quotes from Walking with God through Pain and Suffering
Thankfully you never saw our big mistake in the C.S. Lewis conference trailer.
For the video we hired an actor to play Lewis, to walk through a garden, to look into the sky, and to read a book in a…Continue Reading
20 Quotes from the Gospel Transformation Bible
For the Church, by the Church
Local churches face the challenge of training Christians for local ministry and developing new leaders, but with limited resources.
Stepping up to help is the Porterbrook Network, a global theological training ministry based in the United Kingdom and founded by…Continue Reading
Dragons and Holiness
The incredible imaginative power of the human mind connects us.
For example, if I mention standing ankle deep in the ocean, many of you can picture this (and maybe feel the dizziness as you watch the water rush past your…Continue Reading
The Art of Motivation
Motivating people to serve is not an easy task. Ask any Christian leader.
So what’s the key?
This was a question from Josh (a pastor), to John Piper, in today’s Ask Pastor John podcast.
Motivation is an art, and like…Continue Reading
What Your Passions Say About You
Actions speak louder than words — but desires speak loudest.
The pursuit of pleasure is what drives all our actions and decisions, driving us into relationships, driving us to watch football, driving us toward excellence at work. We authentically pursue…Continue Reading
Your Life in God’s Theater
Theology is inherently theatrical — there’s a stage (creation), a script (Scripture), a main Actor (our Triune God), secondary actors (the Church), and a historical plot (creation, fall, redemption, and restoration). Which is to say the work of theology is…Continue Reading