Blog Posts by 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…Continue Reading
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
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 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.
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
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
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
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
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 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
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
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
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
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
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
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;…
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…