Blog Posts by Tony Reinke
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
All I Have Is Christ — Free Song Download
Union with Christ
Union with Christ is one of the most essential theological categories in the New Testament. And it may be one of the most overlooked.
Sensing a need, over the last 12 months a flurry of books on union have been…Continue Reading
Four Reasons Men Don’t Read Books (with a Practical Suggestion)
Men in the church don't read well.
I don’t have statistics or studies to prove this. My conclusion draws from my experience, and from educated intuition. I recently discussed this conclusion with Albert Mohler, and he agreed, "It's a very…Continue Reading
When Husbands and Wives Walk in Deep Water
On January 4, 2011, on Twitter, Pastor John wrote:
Marriage. The roots are deep. The covenant is solid. The love is sweet. Life is hard. And God is good.
The quote is a rewrite of what Pastor John wrote in…Continue Reading
God’s Work and Ours: An Interview with Timothy Keller
Timothy Keller's newest book releases tomorrow — Every Good Endeavor: Connecting Your Work to God’s Work. It's a clear and thoughtful treatment of vocation and calling.
We put Dr. Keller on the line to ask him about the 9…Continue Reading
Light for a Dark World: The Story of Tope Koleoso
His plans were frustrated again by a lousy generator. No matter how many times he pulled the rope, it would not start up. He was used to his rented generators stopping intermittently during his itinerant work in these remote parts…Continue Reading
Enjoy God (with Puritan Help)
We don’t often talk about our daily enjoyment of God with our friends — a deficiency J. I. Packer picked up some years ago when he compared this trend to the Puritan age:
Communion with God was a great thing;…
The Majestically Impassible Passion of God
From Rob Lister’s forthcoming book, God Is Impassible and Impassioned: Toward a Theology of Divine Emotion (Crossway; Nov. 30), pages 255–256:
In the aftermath of the fall, we do not hate sin as we ought, nor do we pursue righteousness…
Christian Leadership: An Interview with Dr. Albert Mohler
Homosexuality and the Modern Church
Ripping the Heart Out of Sunday Worship
Tiger Mom, Brave Mom, or Desperate Mom?
Any woman who willingly delivers her baby in a harsh and dilapidated hospital in Djibouti is a brave mom. That was Rachel Pieh Jones’s experience on the fourth anniversary of 9/11 when she delivered her daughter. Rachel wrote about her…Continue Reading