Blog Posts by Tony Reinke
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
Delighting in the Trinity
Why God Is Not Vain to Seek Praise
Go to Church Starved for God
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…Continue Reading
Every Morning There’s War in the Piper Household
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…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…Continue Reading
What’s My Church For?
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…Continue Reading