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The Creator on His Knees (Preparing for Maundy Thursday)

Tony Reinke

In the UK a few years back a group of church leaders used a Maundy Thursday church service to do something extraordinary. As people entered the church for the Thursday gathering of Holy Week, elders greeted them on their knees…

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The Role of the Psalms in the Life of the Church

Tony Reinke

The Book of Psalms is an amazing gift to the church. Says John Piper, “The Psalms, more intentionally than any other book of the Bible, is designed to carry, express, and shape our emotions, to give vent to them —…

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John Piper’s Gestures

Tony Reinke

John Piper’s preaching gestures are quickly becoming legendary. There’s now a whole website dedicated to animated clips of his best preaching gestures. So this week we asked Pastor John two gesture questions.

In episode 49, we asked him about…

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A Theater Called Holy Week

Tony Reinke

How did C. S. Lewis bungle The Chronicles of Narnia?

For some critics, a major flaw is the way he interrupts the flow of the story by butting into the story as the narrator. You may remember it is Lewis…

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The Day God Disciplined John Piper with a Kiss

Tony Reinke

I know God disciplines me, because the Bible tells me so, but how do I know when I am personally experiencing God’s discipline for my sin?

This question surfaced this week on the Ask Pastor John podcast. In part of…

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How Do I Help My Friends Stay Satisfied in God?

Tony Reinke

Pastor John recently tweeted, “Christian relationships have this as their goal: to help each other stay satisfied in God.” To learn more about how this gets worked out in practice, we asked him. In part, he said this:

It comes…

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The Infallible Pilot

Tony Reinke

In the fall of 1782, a 57-year-old man walked the docks of Deptford, a South London port on the Thames river. Thirty miles inland from the sea, the port was the home of the Royal Navy Dockyards, and the man…

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Do My Prayers Make a Difference?

Tony Reinke

Of the five Ask Pastor John podcasts released this week, none was more played than episode 37 — “A Theology of Prayer in 3 Minutes.” Pastor John set personal prayer into the context of God’s unfolding redemptive plan…

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Getting Real with Personal Sin (Interview with Matt Chandler)

Tony Reinke

Why is our first inclination to run our sins into the dark shadows and hide like Adam tucked up against a tree trunk?

We find it natural to hide our sins, even as Christians, but such an act contradicts our…

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Ask Pastor John (Weekly Digest)

Tony Reinke

This week we released episodes 29–33 in the Ask Pastor John podcast. We began the week with an artist's question about the value of art. In episode 29 Pastor John offered a theology of art in five minutes. In part…

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Hospitality on Mission

Tony Reinke

Rosaria Champagne Butterfield shared her unlikely conversion story with us on the previous Authors on the Line podcast. We might have expected a Pauline conversion experience — perhaps a flash of light or an audible voice from heaven — but…

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From Radical Lesbian to Redeemed Christian

Tony Reinke

In 1999, Rosaria Champagne Butterfield was a tenured English professor at Syracuse University, a skeptic of all things Christian, and in a committed lesbian relationship. Her academic specialty was Queer Theory, a postmodern form of gay and lesbian studies.

Today…

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Encountering the Living Christ in Personal Devotions

Tony Reinke

This week we released episodes 24–28 in the Ask Pastor John podcast. In one of those new episodes we asked John Piper a question about personal Bible reading: must we come away from our Bible reading with a life application…

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Christian Hedonism and the Challenge of Depression

Tony Reinke

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 —…

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Safety Is a Myth

Tony Reinke

Recently Pastor John released his short book Risk Is Right, a significantly expanded version of a chapter originally published in Don't Waste Your Life. In Risk Is Right, Pastor John claims the so-called safety we seek to…

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Enjoying God’s Beatific Beauty

Tony Reinke

“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…

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Ask Pastor John Podcast Update

Tony Reinke

We released eight new episodes of the newly relaunched Ask Pastor John (APJ) podcast this week. And in episode 13 — “The Essential Warfare for Holiness” — we talked with Pastor John about the connection between happiness and…

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Marriage on the Cosmic Stage

Tony Reinke

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…

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Marriage in the Cosmic Plan of God

Tony Reinke

How easy is it to detach our marriages from the finished work of Christ?

Very easy.

Tragically easy.

This may be due to living in a society where marriage is ever pressed into molds defined by the increasing unbelief around…

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Ask Pastor John Podcast Relaunch

Tony Reinke

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…

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Jesus Sings

Tony Reinke

Jesus sings.

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…

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Christian Hedonism in 155 Words

Tony Reinke

How do you explain “glorify” to a small child? Biblical concepts like this pose a particular problem for parents, and author Sally Lloyd-Jones provides us with some help. I included her book Thoughts to Make Your Heart Sing in my…

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Parenting as Storytelling

Tony Reinke

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…

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