Blog Posts by Tony Reinke
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…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…Continue Reading
My Sanctification in Redemptive History
What's the Hole in Our Holiness?
Kevin DeYoung is the author of the new book The Hole In Our Holiness: Filling the Gap Between Gospel Passion and the Pursuit of Godliness (Crossway, 2012). During a recent trip to Minneapolis, we pulled Kevin into the studio to…Continue Reading
Sweet or Sour Holiness?
Hope That Purifies
Our heavenly Father encourages his children to put off sin by delivering strong warnings in Scripture (Hebrews 6:4–8; 10:26–31). But he also motivates us to put on holiness by drawing from our assurances, like in 1 John 3:2a–3:
Battling Depression . . . Redemption, Medication, and Christ
Battling Depression . . . Together
In 1954, speaking of spiritual depression, Martyn Lloyd-Jones said, "I have no hesitation in asserting that one of the reasons why the Christian Church counts for so little in the modern world is that so many Christians are in this…Continue Reading
The Heart of Sinful Anger
Sinful anger is toxic. It corrodes marriages, churches, and workplaces. No relationship is immune from its power. And for many Christians the battle against anger is a prominent battlefront in the fight for personal holiness. So what’s at the heart…Continue Reading
Is Sanctification Complex or Simple?
Defending the Unborn Through Art
How Christ Died to Sin (And Why It Matters)
Our Savior died for sin, and he died for sinners. But Christ also died to sin (Romans 6:10) — a curious point Paul makes in a chapter loaded with implications for our personal pursuit of holiness.
So what does it…Continue Reading
Learning About Sanctification From Fyodor Dostoyevsky
Christ Died to Give Us Christ-Exalting Friendships
Reading Books and Dying Well
A Caution to Young, Culture-Embracing Evangelicals
Demas was on Paul’s ministry team — and then Demas abandoned his ministry post out of a love for “this present world” (2 Timothy 4:10). “There is a love for the world that makes ministry impossible,” John Piper says in…Continue Reading
The Highest Holiness
Why Pornography Robs a Man of His Humanness
The Blessed Struggle Against Fear and Anxiety
God’s Aim in Election, and Our Personal Holiness
Fear, Anxiety, and Growing in Sanctification
Can I Grow in Holiness Without the Local Church?
The Beauty of Holiness and the Miracle of Sanctification
Puritan Thomas Watson says it well. “After the fall, the affections were misplaced on wrong objects; in sanctification, they are turned into a sweet order and harmony, the grief placed on sin, the love on God, the joy on heaven.”*
We Become What We Worship
A Pastor's Monday
Mondays are notoriously difficult for pastors. If you are not a pastor, pray for your pastor today as you read through this post. If you are a pastor, listen to the words of pastor Jared Wilson as he describes the…Continue Reading