Blog Posts by Tony Reinke
Christian Hedonism and the Challenge of Depression
It was another full week in the Ask Pastor John podcast series, and we covered a few of the more difficult questions of Christian Hedonism.
First, we asked Pastor John whether there are times in the Christian life when —…Continue Reading
Safety Is a Myth
Enjoying God’s Beatific Beauty
“How good is God,” wrote Jonathan Edwards, “that he has created man for this very end, to make him happy in the enjoyment of himself, the Almighty, who was happy from the days of eternity in himself … that he…Continue Reading
Ask Pastor John Podcast Update
Marriage on the Cosmic Stage
Christian marriage has been caught up into the cosmic drama of the gospel.
In this first Authors on the Line podcast of 2013 we talk with Bible scholar G. K. Beale, the Professor of New Testament and Biblical Theology at…Continue Reading
Marriage in the Cosmic Plan of God
How easy is it to detach our marriages from the finished work of Christ?
This may be due to living in a society where marriage is ever pressed into molds defined by the increasing unbelief around…Continue Reading
Ask Pastor John Podcast Relaunch
A week ago, John Piper celebrated his 67th birthday. On his birthday, we asked him about his prayer for this new chapter of ministry.
“I really do feel remarkably vulnerable to distraction because of the lifting of certain pressures,” he…Continue Reading
If Scripture didn’t say it, I wouldn’t either. But it’s true. In four places in Scripture we read that Jesus, the Son of God himself, raised his voice in worship.1
Which is immediately confusing on one level.…Continue Reading
Christian Hedonism in 155 Words
Parenting as Storytelling
Training children to love reading can be tough. Okay, really tough. A host of visual entertainment competes for our children's attention. Things like video games, which are not necessarily bad in themselves, can spill over boundaries and erode a child’s…Continue Reading
A (Very) Short Prayer for Joy Seekers
At the very points in my life when my soul feels most dry and joyless, I often find myself most spiritually speechless. I'm stuck. And when I get stuck in this inarticulate joyless state I turn to the Psalms. There…Continue Reading
Why We Read the Bible
What Difference Has Looking Made?
The holiday season is notoriously busy. But there are often quiet moments at Christmas to slow our lives down for worship. The classic Nativity figurines and all the classic Nativity paintings capture this divine silence. In the presence of the…Continue Reading
The Power of ‘Les Miserables’
The new stage-to-screen adaptation of Les Misérables (which releases today) is proof again of the enduring power of Victor Hugo’s 150-year-old masterpiece. The novel-turned-musical has been released for film and television now 67 times in the past 115 years.
Christmas in a Cold Prison
Dietrich Bonhoeffer awoke December 25, 1943 on a hard wooden bed. It was the first of two Christmases he would spend sequestered in a Nazi prison.
This first Christmas would be celebrated in a lonely prison cell in a place…Continue Reading
Behind the Blog: Flavelicious
Keeping the Cross At the Center of Christmas
The Invincible, Irrefutable Joy
When the Nazis padlocked the doors of the Confessing Church seminaries in Germany in the Autumn of 1937, Dietrich Bonhoeffer took theological training underground and opened his own seminary in Finkenwalde. Before the Gestapo shut it down in 1939, Bonhoeffer…Continue Reading
Eyes Wide Open to God’s Created Beauty
Top 12 Books of 2012
For seven years I’ve had the honor of tracking non-fiction books released by Christian publishers, and in that span of time I would say 2012 was the most fruitful year of them all. Recently I gathered up my favorite titles…Continue Reading
Christmas and the Sting of Personal Loss: An Interview with John Piper and Paul Maier
Advent Is Slow — on Purpose
Who has time to celebrate Advent? That’s my initial thought each year.
But that’s the point. Advent takes time. It cannot be microwaved, it cannot be compressed into 24 hours, and it cannot be sped up to the bustling speed…Continue Reading
Learning from Lincoln’s Flawed Marriage
The impressive new feature film Lincoln brings with it a high-definition reminder of the tremendous strengths and flaws of, and the challenges faced by, the 16th president of the United States.
One struggle that finds its way into the movie…Continue Reading
The Trinitarian Shape of Jonathan Edwards's Theology
The theology of Jonathan Edwards is built around the living, triune God — Father, Son, and Holy Spirit.
But just how central is the Trinity for Edwards? How early in his life did the Trinity begin shaping his theology? How…Continue Reading