Blog Posts by Tony Reinke
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 of Nigeria, but tonight was the first time a generator wouldn't even start.
There was no time to find a new one. The open field was swelling with more than…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; to evangelicals today it is a comparatively small thing. The Puritans were concerned about communion with God in a way we are not. The measure of our unconcern is the…
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 as we should. Instead, we dabble with sin. Given a moment’s reflection, we recognize how foolish it is to dabble with sin. But because of the weakness of our affections,…
Christian Leadership: An Interview with Dr. Albert Mohler
In the new episode of the Authors on the Line podcast, we put Dr. Albert Mohler on the line to discuss Christian leadership in the secular world and to talk about his new book, The Conviction to Lead: 25 Principles for Leadership that Matters (Bethany House, 2012).
I asked him to address ten specific topics, and all of them are listed below.
To listen to or download the podcast, go…Continue Reading
Homosexuality and the Modern Church
In modern cultures like America, every Christian is faced with the problem of homosexuality. Churches are pulled into the tension, too, because “there is no demilitarized zone in the homosexual debate.”
Shrugging isn’t an option. The implications are all around us, in schools, in politics, in denominational tensions, and — maybe most importantly — in determining how the Church lives out her faithful witness to a culture in desperate need…Continue Reading
Ripping the Heart Out of Sunday Worship
Why do we attend church on Sundays? Fundamentally, we come to church starved for God. Coming with our need, we seek God in our worship and in hearing the word faithfully preached. We arrive at church with a God-sized appetite for spiritual pleasures that only the Living God can fill.
But is it honorable to find our motivation to get to church in seeking blessing from God? Or is…Continue Reading
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 incredible story for The New York Times earlier this year (“A Child of Two Worlds”).
But Rachel will be the first to tell you she is not brave…Continue Reading
Delighting in the Trinity
In this second episode of the Authors on the Line podcast I talk with author, theologian, and historian Michael Reeves about his new book Delighting in the Trinity (IVP, 2012).
We discuss the nature of God in three persons, why our triune God created the universe, how the Trinity changes our eternal prospects in heaven, and why knowing about this triune God matters for the Christian life. Along the way…Continue Reading
Why God Is Not Vain to Seek Praise
In his recent sermon on Christian Hedonism, Pastor John recounts the day he first discovered C. S. Lewis’s answer to the dilemma of why God, in demanding that he be praised, "was not like an old vain woman seeking compliments" (4-minute video clip):
This excerpt was taken from the recent sermon, "God Is Most Glorified in Us When We Are Most Satisfied in Him."
Other video excerpts…Continue Reading
Go to Church Starved for God
How should we arrive at our church gathering today? Starved for God, John Piper says in this 2-minute clip from his most recent sermon on Christian Hedonism:
This excerpt was taken from the recent sermon, "God Is Most Glorified in Us When We Are Most Satisfied in Him."
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New Podcast: Authors on the Line
I enjoy reading excellent books. And I love talking with the authors who write them. And now I want to share with you my conversations with them.
So I’m pleased to announce the launch of a new podcast from Desiring God. We’re calling it Authors on the Line. These 20- to 40-minute podcasts will explore significant theological themes and relevant current events with the authors of important Christian books.
Every Morning There’s War in the Piper Household
Jesus is the most valuable treasure in the world, John Piper reminds us in the following sermon excerpt from his recent sermon. “The fight of faith is the fight for joy,” he says. “I wake up every morning and fight that fight. Am I wanting to look at Twitter before I look at Jesus? It sounds stupid. That’s how stupid sin is. Every morning there’s war in the Piper…Continue Reading
Why Oprah and Brad Pitt Deserted God (And Why You Shouldn't)
God created the world for his own praise. And that thought is why Oprah Winfrey, Brad Pitt, and the early C. S. Lewis all walked out on God. They all stumbled over God’s self-promotion. So what is the solution to this apparent problem? John Piper explains in the following 5-minute excerpt from his recent sermon:
This excerpt was taken from the sermon, "God Is Most Glorified in Us When…Continue Reading
God Created Food and Sex for Believers
Sexual pleasure is too earthy. Enjoying delicious food is too unspiritual.
That’s a two-point outline for a demonic sermon that has no place in any church — so Paul tells us in 1 Timothy 4:1–5.
In fact, in a paradoxical twist of reality, the apostle says that sex and food were created by God with the intent that these gifts be received with thanksgiving. Positively, this means that marriage and…Continue Reading
What’s My Church For?
In 2004 John Piper wrote the following in his article, “How God and Christians Treasure Christ”:
The central experience of the universe and the Christian life — namely, treasuring Christ — is sustained in churches.
God has ordained that when people find the “treasure hidden in the field [Christ!]” (Matthew 13:44) and are converted from world-treasuring to Christ-treasuring, they are sustained and strengthened and matured and transformed and…
The Bedrock Under Christian Hedonism
What foundational biblical texts provide the bedrock for Christian hedonism, the idea that God is most glorified in us when we are most satisfied in him?
This was a question asked of Pastor John in a discussion recorded back in 2011. He responded with a cluster of texts: Psalm 16:11, Psalm 37:4, and Philippians 1:20–21. Here’s his brief exposition (3 minutes):
For more on the basics of Christian Hedonism, see:
Book Special: Hole in Our Holiness ($10)
In light of the national conference this past weekend on sanctification, our friends at Westminster Bookstore have arranged a special online sale for Kevin DeYoung’s new book, The Hole in Our Holiness.
"This book is vintage DeYoung — ruthlessly biblical," says Pastor John. And for a limited time this book is $10, 44-percent off the list price.
On a related note, we recently recorded a series of clips…Continue Reading
20 Quotes from Eyes Wide Open
The following quotes are taken from Steve DeWitt's outstanding book, Eyes Wide Open: Enjoying God in Everything (Credo House, 2012).
“Created beauty eclipses God’s beauty in the desire factory of man’s heart. It is a case of mistaken identity. Every created beauty was created by God to lead our affections to Him. That’s why He made the pleasures of earthly beauty so fleeting — so that on the other side…Continue Reading
How Far Is Too Far Before Marriage?
In his new book on holiness, Kevin DeYoung devotes an entire chapter to the pressing issue of sexual morality (chapter 8), and a large portion of that chapter addresses Christians who are dating or courting. So what would he say as a pastor to a man and woman who are asking the question, "How far is too far before marriage?" Kevin answers in this clip (4 minutes):
Kevin DeYoung…Continue Reading
National Conference Live-Stream
If you're not able to join us in Minneapolis for the conference this weekend, each of the main sessions will be live-streamed in both English and in Spanish at www.desiringgod.org/live.
Transmisión en Español provista por MisiónVirtual.org.
The following is a schedule for the live-stream feed (all times Eastern). The live-stream feed will not include musical worship. Messages marked with an asterisk (*) are approximate start times only. The…Continue Reading
Extraordinary Holiness Through Four Ordinary Means
In his new book, Kevin DeYoung writes, "It may sound boring or out-of-date, but it just happens to be true: the way to grow in your relationship with Jesus is to pray, read your Bible, and go to a church where you’ll get good preaching, good fellowship, and receive the sacraments" (134). It sounds ordinary, and it is, as Kevin explains in the following clip (4 minutes):… Continue Reading
The Many Motivators for Personal Holiness
The Lord has given his children a variety of motivations for how and why we pursue personal holiness, a point that Kevin DeYoung makes in our recent discussion over his new book The Hole in Our Holiness: Filling the Gap Between Gospel Passion and the Pursuit of Godliness (Crossway, 2012). I began by asking Kevin about one model of sanctification that builds almost exclusively from justification in this 4-minute clip:… Continue Reading
The Most Neglected Theme in Sanctification
What's the most neglected theme related to personal sanctification? Kevin DeYoung says it's our union with Christ. In our recent discussion over his new book, The Hole In Our Holiness: Filling the Gap Between Gospel Passion and the Pursuit of Godliness (Crossway, 2012), he explained (6 minutes):
Kevin DeYoung is a plenary speaker at our National Conference in Minneapolis (next week!). Visit the event page to learn more and register…Continue Reading
The Imitation of Christ
What would Jesus do?
The pop phrase has worn out, but there’s enduring truth in it. “We see in Jesus the best, most practical, most human example of what it means to be holy,” writes Kevin DeYoung in his new book The Hole In Our Holiness: Filling the Gap Between Gospel Passion and the Pursuit of Godliness (Crossway, 2012).
We asked Kevin to speak about Jesus as our moral example…Continue Reading
My Sanctification in Redemptive History
Even if we take personal holiness seriously as believers (and we should), we often lose sight of how our personal sanctification fits into a much larger redemptive storyline that stretches all the way back to creation and stretches forward into eternity.
One of the strengths of Kevin’s new book The Hole In Our Holiness is a focus on this storyline (see pages 38–47). I asked him to summarize…Continue Reading