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Articles by Tony Reinke

A (Very) Short Prayer for Joy Seekers

Tony Reinke

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…

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Why We Read the Bible

Tony Reinke

Reading the Bible cover-to-cover each year is a resolution that is both noble and realistic. Today we have many apps and guides to help us with the process of our Bible reading. But at the start of our new year…

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What Difference Has Looking Made?

Tony Reinke

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…

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The Power of ‘Les Miserables’

Tony Reinke

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.

And…

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Christmas in a Cold Prison

Tony Reinke

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…

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Behind the Blog: Flavelicious

Tony Reinke

We sat down to record one more Behind the Blog before we split for Christmas. In this episode we talk about a web pioneer named Moe, and about how Puritan John Flavel's horseback encounter with the Lord can help us…

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Keeping the Cross At the Center of Christmas

Tony Reinke

Ann Voskamp is the wife of a farmer, the busy mom of six kids, and a bestselling author. Throughout the year, Voskamp’s writings are a reminder that kindling thankfulness leads us to fellowship with God. During the holidays, Voskamp’s…

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The Invincible, Irrefutable Joy

Tony Reinke

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…

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Top 12 Books of 2012

Tony Reinke

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…

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Advent Is Slow — on Purpose

Tony Reinke

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…

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Learning from Lincoln’s Flawed Marriage

Tony Reinke

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…

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The Trinitarian Shape of Jonathan Edwards's Theology

Tony Reinke

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…

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Union with Christ

Tony Reinke

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…

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Four Reasons Men Don’t Read Books (with a Practical Suggestion)

Tony Reinke

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…

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When Husbands and Wives Walk in Deep Water

Tony Reinke

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…

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Light for a Dark World: The Story of Tope Koleoso

Tony Reinke

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…

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Enjoy God (with Puritan Help)

Tony Reinke

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…

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Homosexuality and the Modern Church

Tony Reinke

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…

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Ripping the Heart Out of Sunday Worship

Tony Reinke

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…

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Tiger Mom, Brave Mom, or Desperate Mom?

Tony Reinke

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…

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