Blog Posts by Tony Reinke
J.I. Packer’s Conversion
Trayvon, Race, and Gospel Ministry (Ask Pastor John)
Excepting a few tweeted links to various articles, Pastor John didn’t write anything new himself in the wake of the George Zimmerman verdict in the Trayvon Martin case.
In a Q&A discussion this week at the Campus Outreach Global Staff…Continue Reading
Patriotism and the Pilgrim
Today is July 4th — Independence Day here in the United States. And recently an Ask Pastor John podcast listener emailed to ask: “Pastor John, obviously, as Christians, we are to live as pilgrims on this earth. But is there…Continue Reading
Faith for Future Calamity
Between the ages of 6 and 18, young John Piper attended White Oak Baptist Church in Greenville, South Carolina. He and his family made White Oak their church home while John’s father was on the road frequently as a traveling…Continue Reading
Is My Boyfriend’s Porn a Marriage Deal-Breaker? (Ask Pastor John)
We released ten new episodes in the past two weeks, and what follows are brief transcribed excerpts from each (click on the hyperlinked titles to listen).
As a brief programing note, during the month of July we will be releasing…Continue Reading
Thanking God with Piper, Chandler, and Storms
It’s now been three months since John Piper transitioned from the local-church pastorate to full-time “wider” ministry through Desiring God.
The church gathered on April 14 for an appreciation and recommissioning service for her beloved Pastor John. There Piper gave…Continue Reading
20 Quotes from Finally Free
The following quotes were taken from Heath Lambert’s excellent forthcoming book, Finally Free: Fighting for Purity with the Power of Grace (Zondervan; August 8), now available for pre-order.
“Every instance of treasuring images of sexual immorality in our hearts, every…Continue Reading
The Introvert Pastor
Jared Wilson is an introvert and a pastor, which in some circles is an irreconcilable paradox. So how exactly does a pastor wisely lead people when his energy is so quickly depleted by being around people?
This is one of…Continue Reading
Laboring in the Hills of Tennessee (Ask Pastor John)
Dying Well: One Woman’s Extraordinary Story
Margaret Magdalen Jasper (1752–1789) doesn’t have a Wikipedia page. Google her name and you’ll find almost nothing about her life. What she looked like is a mystery. She wasn’t famous in her day, and she’s still not famous in our…Continue Reading
One Million Plays Later (Ask Pastor John)
Since launching the Ask Pastor John podcast in mid-January, we have released 112 episodes. And last weekend the podcast surpassed one million plays, which is a great time to hit pause and thank everyone who has been listening to the…Continue Reading
Gospel Peace in a Cluttered House
Frequent DG blog contributor Gloria Furman has a new book.
Glimpses of Grace: Treasuring the Gospel in Your Home, is a book showcasing Gloria’s skill in applying the gospel to the everyday life of a wife and mother. Here’s…Continue Reading
On Cussing and Interracial Marriage (Ask Pastor John)
Spurgeon’s First Five Years in Ministry
Those Deleted Tweets
Monday night, in the wake of the devastating tornado in Oklahoma, John Piper posted two tweets at 11:00pm (CST). Both tweets quoted the first chapter of Job. He first cited Job 1:19, and then Job 1:20, and they were posted…Continue Reading
The Bible as One Story
How does the Bible hold together into a single, cohesive story?
It’s an important (and intimidating) question reserved for the discipline of biblical theology, an angle of scholarship that focuses on sections of Scripture, sometimes the whole of the…Continue Reading
God’s Sovereignty and Personal Compassion in Public Tragedy
In light of various tragedies in the news, I asked Pastor John a few weeks ago how he personally reconciles what appears to be two conflicting responses when public tragedy occurs: (1) his compassion towards those who suffer and (2)…Continue Reading
Spiritually and Emotionally, How Far Is Too Far Before Marriage? (Ask Pastor John)
ESPN analyst Chris Broussard on homosexuality. C.S. Lewis on joy. Choosing a seminary. Processing a tragedy. And how far is too far in dating. It’s all in a fortnight of Ask Pastor John episodes.
What follows are excerpts from each…Continue Reading
How Introverted Pastors Love
MINNEAPOLIS — It’s no secret John Piper is an introvert.
This week 75 pastors and ministry leaders gathered together as a local chapter of TGC Twin Cities to hear Pastor John share about his 33 years of ministry. The discussion…Continue Reading
Why the Ascension of Jesus Matters
The ascension of Jesus is celebrated 40 days after his resurrection, the date when he departed from earth and returned bodily to heaven (Luke 24:50–53, Acts 1:9–11).
On first glance, Jesus rising up in the clouds may seem like something…Continue Reading
Ian and Larissa: One Year Later
C. S. Lewis, Panhandlers, and Laziness (Ask Pastor John)
C.S. Lewis, panhandlers, and laziness: these are all themes from this week's lineup of Ask Pastor John podcast episodes. Three episodes focus on C. S. Lewis and the fall DG national conference: "The Romantic Rationalist: God, Life, and Imagination…Continue Reading
Meaning and Metaphor
Sometimes spiritual truth is best communicated through the imagination, and I think this explains why the book of Revelation includes war tales of red dragons and multi-headed beasts — those nasty creatures are a great way to embody evil and…Continue Reading
The Tuning Fork of the Soul
Successful Christian living is very much about steadiness and consistency, about firm resolve and steadfast endurance. There’s more to the Christian life, but these remain certain marks of God’s Spirit at work. And yet we feel the circumstances of life…Continue Reading