Blog Posts by Tony Reinke
Disability and the Sovereign Goodness of God (Free eBook)
In one sense the Olympics are a global celebration of perfect bodies. But we know the Olympics do not represent real life. In the real world most bodies don’t look and work like that.
Disabilities are a reality. They break into our lives in various forms: as the product of genetic misalignments in the womb, as the result of tragic accidents, as the byproducts of infectious disease, and from the…Continue Reading
Why Mars Should Boggle the Mind
"I will make with them an everlasting covenant, that I will not turn away from doing good to them. And I will put the fear of me in their hearts, that they may not turn from me. I will rejoice in doing them good, and I will plant them in this land in faithfulness, with all my heart and all my soul."
John Piper, in his sermon…Continue Reading
Design Contest Update
A week ago we announced a new graphic design contest, and you can find the details here. Since that announcement submissions have been rolling in at a steady pace and to date we have 70 entries. The window to enter is now drawing to a close, and all designs need to be submitted to us by Monday at noon (central time).
The Desiring God staff will whittle the entries…Continue Reading
Fighting with God in Sanctification
Puritan writers like John Owen are well-known for teaching Christians to pursue holiness and kill sin. This is helpful, but Puritans like Owen also recognized that this can also lead to a serious misunderstanding on the part of Christians. In the pursuit of holiness, Christians are tempted to dwell too much on their own sins and forget the kindness of their Heavenly Father.
Think through the logic. We know that…Continue Reading
The Purifying Power of Delight in Christ
Scottish pastor Robert Murray McCheyne (1813–1843) left us with one quote that has become quite famous, and for good reason. It goes like this: “For every look at yourself, take ten looks at Christ.” The quote is short, sticky, and it helps to both keep our focus on Christ and protect us from the trap of over-introspection with our own sins.
The line is taken from a letter published in …Continue Reading
The Sacred Has Absorbed the Secular
Monday mornings are notoriously difficult, and Charles Spurgeon was aware of the challenges his congregation faced to begin the week motivated to work diligently for God’s glory. In one of his sermons he reminded his congregation that “the sacred has absorbed the secular.” God’s purposes for our lives brings new vision to all of our vocations and weekly tasks. For God’s children all of life is ministry. Here's how Spurgeon…Continue Reading
Listening to the Word Preached
Today many of us will gather in local churches to hear the preaching of God’s word from faithful ministers. So what is the proper spiritual posture we should take for listening to the sermon? In our recently released ebook, Take Care How You Listen, John Piper offers us help in preparing our hearts on Sundays. At one point Pastor John writes this:
Come in a spirit of meek teachability.…
On Saturday mornings we usually feature artwork from a talented designer. This time, we'd like to invite you to design a quote image in light of our forthcoming conference on sanctification. In this contest, three winners will walk away with a $75 Amazon gift certificate. Here are the details.
The designs will feature this sentence from John Piper (please include his name somewhere in the design):
“When it comes…
20 Quotes From The Hole In Our Holiness
What follows is a collection of 20 quotes that caught my attention as I read Kevin DeYoung's forthcoming book The Hole in Our Holiness: Filling the Gap Between Gospel Passion and the Pursuit of Godliness (Crossway; August 31, 2012):
“Not only is holiness the goal of your redemption, it is necessary for your redemption. Now before you sound the legalist alarm, tie me up by my own moral bootstraps, and…Continue Reading
Pray and Go
Missionary William Carey (1761–1834) said this in a sermon on May 31, 1792:
Expect great things from God; attempt great things for God.
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Wimpy Theology Makes Wimpy Women (Jennifer Knight)
The Essence of Christian Hedonism (Jennifer Knight)
- Holy Women Who Hope in God (Jennifer Knight)
Is God "God Enough" for Our Kids?
Rachel Pieh Jones is a wife, mom, writer, and DG blog contributor who has lived in East Africa for the past 10 years. One of her pieces that has generated the most attention, you may remember, was published as a response to the Mommy Wars debate stirred up by a Time Magazine cover article published back in May. Rachel’s response post was titled “Are You Mom Enough?” What…Continue Reading
Holiness Is the Sum of a Million Little Things
From Kevin DeYoung's forthcoming book, The Hole in Our Holiness: Filling the Gap Between Gospel Passion and the Pursuit of Godliness (Crossway; August 31, 2012), page 145:
Holiness is the sum of a million little things — the avoidance of little evils and little foibles, the setting aside of little bits of worldliness and little acts of compromise, the putting to death of little inconsistencies and little indiscretions, the attention…
Delighting in Christ by Running Hard After Holiness
From Kevin DeYoung's forthcoming book, The Hole in Our Holiness: Filling the Gap Between Gospel Passion and the Pursuit of Godliness (Crossway; August 31, 2012), page 123:
We must always remember that in seeking after holiness we are not so much seeking after a thing as we are seeking a person. The blessings of the gospel — election, justification, sanctification, glorification, and all the rest — have been deposited in…
Union With Christ: One of the Secrets of Sanctification
What is union with Christ? And how does this union help us advance in personal holiness?
We asked J. I. Packer recently, and he answered in this rich 9-minute video:
“[As a Christian] you have to face a great deal of opposition from the world, the flesh, and the devil. But as the new creatures that you are in Christ — risen with him, with the power of…Continue Reading
J. I. Packer’s Advice To Aspiring Writers
J. I. Packer will turn 86 on Sunday. He is a skillful writer, a fruitful author, and many of his works have become classics, none more than Knowing God. Recently in our interviews with him in Vancouver we asked him for writing advice, or more specifically, what he would say to a budding writer of Christian nonfiction.
He offered three pieces of advice:
- Go deep in personal worship.
Does God Love Us By Sending Us Pain?
Slate recently reported that spanking children may not be such a bad form of discipline after all. Surprisingly, the reporter pushed past a lot of the cultural anti-spanking prejudice to ask some reasonable questions about what the studies indicate. Although it appears she has not been persuaded to spank her own child, and she chooses to end the piece with a touch of doomsday, she maintains a level of clearheadedness…Continue Reading
The Root of Sexual Sin (And Every Sin)
Psalm 51:4 —
Against you, you only, have I sinned
and done what is evil in your sight
Said Rick Gamache, in his sermon “Whiter Than Snow” —
I believe what David is saying in verse 4 [Psalm 51:4] is that all sin is a preference for the fleeting pleasures of the world and the flesh over the everlasting joy of God’s fellowship. This is why the Christian…
Making Progress in Sanctification
1 John 2:1 —
My little children, I am writing these things to you so that you may not sin. But if anyone does sin, we have an advocate with the Father, Jesus Christ the righteous.
Sinclair Ferguson, in his sermon "Sin: Prevention and Cure" (May 6, 2012) —
The essential exhortation John is giving to us rocks us back on our heels. He is saying this: If…
Wimpy Theology Makes Wimpy Women
John Piper, in his message "The Ultimate Meaning of True Womanhood" (2008) —
Wimpy theology makes wimpy women. Wimpy theology simply does not give a woman a God that is big enough, strong enough, wise enough, and good enough to handle the realities of life in a way that magnifies the infinite worth of Jesus Christ.
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Fighting Sin With Worship
Every one of our sinful actions has a suicidal power on the faculties that put that action forth. When you sin with the mind, that sin shrivels the rationality. When you sin with the heart or the emotions, that sin shrivels the emotions. When you sin…Continue Reading
From We to Me
Americans since the 1960s are increasingly expressing themselves in terms that are individual-focused (“me”) rather than community-focused (“we”). So reports USA Today.
Such a trend may not be hard to imagine in society, but what about within the American Church? Are modern-day Christians tempted to find their identity in increasingly individualistic terms? Is #me trending over #we?
Yes, says Michael Svigel in his new book RetroChristianity: Reclaiming the Forgotten…Continue Reading
Killing Sin Through Personal Prayer
"The activity by which the Christian directly secures the mortification of his sins is prayer," wrote J. I. Packer in his book A Quest For Godliness. But what does this practice of putting sin to death through personal prayer look like? We recently traveled to Vancouver to ask him to explain, and he kindly did in this 9-minute video clip.
J. I. Packer: "I never get to the end…Continue Reading
Our Mother Who Art In Heaven?
Returning to the "masculine feel" of Christianity discussion, it may be worthwhile to address one prominent point in the debate. While God the Father is spirit, and therefore is not a sexual being nor is he "male," he chooses to predominantly reveal himself in masculine language in Scripture.
But one of the immediate objections to this is the simple fact that God sometimes references himself through feminine imagery, and this…Continue Reading
Interview with Gloria Furman
Recently between sessions at the Gospel Coalition Women's Conference in Orlando I sat down to chat with DG blog contributor Gloria Furman. Gloria is from Texas but now lives in Dubai with her husband Dave and their three kids.
In the 14-minute interview I asked her about her testimony, her writing and reading habits, and what makes a Christian blog post spread online. We also talked about her forthcoming book…Continue Reading
20 Quotes from Killing Calvinism
What follows is a collection of 20 quotes that caught my attention as I read Greg Dutcher’s new book Killing Calvinism: How to Destroy a Perfectly Good Theology from the Inside (Cruciform Press, June, 2012):
“I am concerned that many Calvinists today do little more than celebrate how wonderfully clear their theological windshield is. But like a windshield, Reformed theology is not an end in itself. It is…Continue Reading