Articles by Tony Reinke
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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.
One of…Continue Reading
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
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 in…Continue Reading
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
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
These were four themes featured in this week’s lineup of Ask Pastor John podcast episodes. What follows are excerpts from each episode (click on the hyperlinked titles to listen).
Our joy in God is bound up with our trust in God. The two cannot be separated — not ever. Trust is the backbone of joy. And joy is the outflow of trust in one who is fully Trustworthy.