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Articles by Tony Reinke

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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Delighting in the Trinity

Tony Reinke

In this second episode of the Authors on the Line podcast I talk with author, theologian, and historian Michael Reeves about his new book Delighting in the Trinity (IVP, 2012).

We discuss the nature of God in three persons, why…

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Why God Is Not Vain to Seek Praise

Tony Reinke

In his recent sermon on Christian Hedonism, Pastor John recounts the day he first discovered C. S. Lewis’s answer to the dilemma of why God, in demanding that he be praised, "was not like an old vain woman seeking compliments"…

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Go to Church Starved for God

Tony Reinke

How should we arrive at our church gathering today? Starved for God, John Piper says in this 2-minute clip from his most recent sermon on Christian Hedonism:

This excerpt was taken from the recent sermon, "God Is Most Glorified

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New Podcast: Authors on the Line

Tony Reinke

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…

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Every Morning There’s War in the Piper Household

Tony Reinke

Jesus is the most valuable treasure in the world, John Piper reminds us in the following sermon excerpt from his recent sermon. “The fight of faith is the fight for joy,” he says. “I wake up every morning and…

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Why Oprah and Brad Pitt Deserted God (And Why You Shouldn't)

Tony Reinke

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…

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God Created Food and Sex for Believers

Tony Reinke

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…

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What’s My Church For?

Tony Reinke

In 2004 John Piper wrote the following in his article, “How God and Christians Treasure Christ”:

The central experience of the universe and the Christian life — namely, treasuring Christ — is sustained in churches.

God has ordained…

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Is Sanctification Complex or Simple?

Tony Reinke

Is progressive sanctification complex or simple? We asked biblical counselor David Powlison in our recent trip to the CCEF in Philadelphia. Progressive sanctification is impossibly complicated, he said. And yet there's a biblical simplicity that addresses these complexities of life…

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The Bedrock Under Christian Hedonism

Tony Reinke

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…

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20 Quotes from Eyes Wide Open

Tony Reinke

The following quotes are taken from Steve DeWitt's outstanding book, Eyes Wide Open: Enjoying God in Everything (Credo House, 2012).

“Created beauty eclipses God’s beauty in the desire factory of man’s heart. It is a case of mistaken identity. Every…

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How Far Is Too Far Before Marriage?

Tony Reinke

In his new book on holiness, Kevin DeYoung devotes an entire chapter to the pressing issue of sexual morality (chapter 8), and a large portion of that chapter addresses Christians who are dating or courting. So what would he…

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Extraordinary Holiness Through Four Ordinary Means

Tony Reinke

In his new book, Kevin DeYoung writes, "It may sound boring or out-of-date, but it just happens to be true: the way to grow in your relationship with Jesus is to pray, read your Bible, and go to a…

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The Imitation of Christ

Tony Reinke

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…

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My Sanctification in Redemptive History

Tony Reinke

Even if we take personal holiness seriously as believers (and we should), we often lose sight of how our personal sanctification fits into a much larger redemptive storyline that stretches all the way back to creation and stretches…

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Sweet or Sour Holiness?

Tony Reinke

In his new book Gospel Deeps, Jared Wilson writes, “If holiness makes you a sourpuss, you’re doing it wrong.” (Wouldn’t that make a nice slogan on a changeable letter church billboard?)

Wilson’s line is pointed and poignant. But why…

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Hope That Purifies

Tony Reinke

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:

we know…

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Battling Depression . . . Together

Tony Reinke

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…

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The Heart of Sinful Anger

Tony Reinke

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…

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Is Sanctification Complex or Simple?

Tony Reinke

Is progressive sanctification complex or simple? We asked biblical counselor David Powlison in our recent trip to the CCEF in Philadelphia. Progressive sanctification is impossibly complicated, he said. And yet there's a biblical simplicity that addresses the complexities of life…

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