Blog Posts by Tony Reinke
In an article written several decades back, Pastor John explained the value of reading richly descriptive literature to develop a vibrant language of theology. He encourages theology students to sometimes pick up great literature and poets like Wordsworth to catch their descriptive sensibilities. He wrote this in his article "The Poverty of Theological Vocabulary" (1970):
There is an intimate relationship between our power to enjoy a sensuous experience…
Fighting Presumptuous Sins
Sin is a mystery, and it’s a mystery the psalmist wrestles with in Psalm 19. First he looks up to the heavens to delight in the Creator’s handiwork (verses 1–6). Then he looks down to delight in God’s words (verses 7–11). And the next moment he is on his face pleading with God for power for victory over sin (verses 12–13).
12 Who can discern his errors?
Declare me innocent…
Serving Up Tweets: An Interview with Ray Ortlund on Social Media
Dr. Ray Ortlund Jr. is an author, pastor and a former seminary professor. He also blogs and tweets regularly. Given his experience, responsibilities, and his devotion to social media, I asked him to explain more about why and how he uses Twitter and blogging.
Ray, thank you for answering some questions. You speak at conferences, write books, and you blog and tweet. You communicate in many various contexts. My…Continue Reading
Our Gold, His Glory
It would be difficult to find a better summary of what Desiring God is all about than from this quote taken from the writings of Puritan Thomas Watson:
We glorify God by working out our own salvation. God has twisted together, his glory and our good. We glorify him by promoting our own salvation. It is a glory to God to have multitudes of converts; his design of free grace…
I Exist to...
...what? What drives you?
John Piper says, "I exist to to spread a passion for the supremacy of God in all things for the joy of all peoples through Jesus Christ." This is the mission of John Piper, the mission of Desiring God, and it's a statement Pastor John unpacked in less than three minutes at the recent Conference for Pastors.
Watch the entire video from the recent Conference for…Continue Reading
The Trinity in Two Minutes
In this brief video clip from the recent Conference for Pastors, John Piper explains Jonathan Edwards's vision of the Trinity; the intense, pure, delight and love flowing between the Father and the Son, "an energy of joy that makes atom bombs look like firecrackers."
[Esprit de corps = the common spirit existing in the members of a group and inspiring enthusiasm.]
For more, see:
- The full conversation
Our Children Are Spring-Loaded for Worship
If the goal of parenting is no more profound than securing appropriate behavior, we will never help our children understand the internal things, the heart issues, that push and pull behavior. Those internal issues: self-love, rebellion, anger, bitterness, envy, and pride of the heart show our children how profoundly they need grace. If the problem with children is deeper than inappropriate behavior, if the problem is the overflow…
Where Souls Find Sweet Rest Forever
He makes me lie down in green pastures.
He leads me beside still waters.
In Christ you shall have glorious objects for the eye of your soul to behold in which you shall find rest. You shall have glorious objects of your understanding and contemplation. The glory of God and beauty of Christ shall be the objects of your view.
The way of salvation by Christ…
Why the Lamb Was Spotless
The lamb that was sacrificed for the sins of the people became sin for them, but it was not covered in blotches representing sins. On the contrary, it had to be completely free of blemish in order to be able to bear the burden of the people’s sins [Exodus 12:5]. If the lamb were less than perfect, someone might say that it was being sacrificed because of its…
How Safe We Are
But even the hairs of your head are all numbered.
You all take care of yourselves to some extent, but which of you ever took so much care of himself as to count the hairs of his head? But God will not only protect our limbs, but even the growth of hair is to be seen after. And how much this excels all the care of…
Ages and Ages of Immeasurable Riches
But God, being rich in mercy, because of the great love with which he loved us, even when we were dead in our trespasses, made us alive together with Christ — by grace you have been saved — and raised us up with him and seated us with him in the heavenly places in Christ Jesus, so that in the coming ages he might show the immeasurable riches of…
Ray Ortlund Jr.:
Wisdom is more than brains. It is more than morals. We could memorize the whole Bible, and mean it from the heart, without wisdom. Wisdom is skill, expertise, competence that understands how life really works, how to achieve successful and even beautiful results. We see a picture of wisdom in Exodus 35:31, where the word translated “wisdom” in Proverbs 1:2 is used for the skill of an…
When Your Son Asks
When your son asks you in time to come, "What is the meaning of the testimonies and the statutes and the rules that the Lord our God has commanded you?" then you shall say to your son, "We were Pharaoh’s slaves in Egypt. And the Lord brought us out of Egypt with a mighty hand."
Fathers and mothers are the most natural agents for God to…
“He Knows My Name!” A Defense of Church Member Directories
Compiling church member names and contact information into a directory is useful for a number of reasons: it helps members connect, it reminds pastors of the souls they are accountable for, and as Mark Dever stresses, it encourages pastors and members to pray for one another.
Church directories may be full-color and printed with family pictures, or text-based and photocopied into a booklet, or, more commonly today, posted online…Continue Reading
Meet Jonathan Edwards
Spiders, hedonism, revivals, and the mysteries of the trinity — Jonathan Edwards's mind was rich and his writings are prolific. Digestible overviews of his life and writings are always appreciated.
During the recent conversation between John Piper and Douglas Wilson, mention was made of moderator Joe Rigney's trip to New Saint Andrews College in Moscow, Idaho in March of 2010. Joe is Assistant Professor of Theology and Christian Worldview…Continue Reading
Interview with Don Carson on the TGC Women's Conference
The first Gospel Coalition National Women's Conference is approaching (June 22–24 in Orlando, Florida). Don Carson, the president and co-founder of TGC, answered a few questions about the conference and the priority of training women for ministry.
Explain for us the origin of the women's conference and how it serves the broader vision of TGC?
Don Carson: TGC aims to reform evangelicalism, putting the "evangel" (the gospel) at the…Continue Reading
The Global Reach of a Praying Mother
Christian mothers, your child may be far away from the sheltering home, voyaging on the stormy sea, or dwelling in some distant climate beyond your voice. But he is still within the reach of the mightiest power a mother can wield – the power of prayer! And although you cannot throw around him your maternal arms to shield him from the evil of the world, you can invest…
All Spheres of Life — Even Pro Basketball
They're calling it "LinSanity" in New York, and it hit fever pitch tonight after Lin's game winning 3-pointer with less than a second to play in the Knicks win. He finished with 27 points and a career-high 11 assists.
But despite the "LinSanity" he seems to have his head on straight.Continue Reading
The Indelible Mark of a Mother's Prayer Training
J. C. Ryle:
Prayer is, of all habits, the one which we recollect the longest. Many a grey-headed man could tell you how his mother used to make him pray in the days of his childhood. Other things have passed away from his mind perhaps. The church where he was taken to worship, the minister whom he heard preach, the companions who used to play with him — all these,…
The Journal of Biblical Counseling Is Back
After a four year hiatus, the Journal of Biblical Counseling is back. Beginning with the new Winter 2012 issue, each new publication will be posted online, free to read and free to download. David Powlison announced the re-launch and new format in this video:
A number of JBC articles have appeared in Pastor John's messages and books over the years, these four in particular (posted with permission):
- Ed Welch,…
A Conversation with Doug Wilson and John Piper
The recent Conference for Pastors concluded with this two-hour-long conversation between John Piper and Douglas Wilson, moderated by Joe Rigney. Download the audio and video.
0:01:06 — Unpacking the meaning behind the individual mission statements.
0:07:09 — The differences in how those mission statements are framed.
0:10:48 — Unpacking, comparing, and contrasting two sub-themes: "Don't waste your life" (Piper) and "Living out the good life one family…
Where There's a Praying Mother, There's Always Hope
". . . Now the woman was a Gentile, a Syrophoenician by birth. And she begged him to cast the demon out of her daughter."
J. C. Ryle comments,
The woman who came to our Lord, in the history now before us, must doubtless have been in deep affliction. She saw a beloved child possessed by an unclean spirit. She saw her in a condition in which no…