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In his new book, Kevin DeYoung writes, "It may sound boring or out-of-date, but it just happens to be true: the way to grow in your relationship with Jesus is to pray, read your Bible, and go to a…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

Tony Reinke
The Lord has given his children a variety of motivations for how and why we pursue personal holiness, a point that Kevin DeYoung makes in our recent discussion over his new book The Hole in Our Holiness: Filling the Gap
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The Most Neglected Theme in Sanctification

Tony Reinke
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
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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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What's the Hole in Our Holiness?

Tony Reinke
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…
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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 . . . Redemption, Medication, and Christ

Tony Reinke
If we are called to battle depression together as brothers and sisters in Christ, we must all strive for understanding and compassion. We recently asked Ed Welch, a biblical counselor at CCEF who specializes in these matters, what role antidepressant…
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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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Defending the Unborn Through Art

Tony Reinke
Over 50 million unborn lives have been snuffed out through the dark work of abortion since 1973. That’s 3,000 children each day in the United States alone. To bring this stat closer to home (or into your home), as many…
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How Christ Died to Sin (And Why It Matters)

Tony Reinke
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…
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Learning About Sanctification From Fyodor Dostoyevsky

Tony Reinke
David Powlison is a biblical counselor, and he is also an avid reader of the 19th-century Russian novelist Fyodor Dostoyevsky. Those two facts are not disconnected, as we discovered in our recent trip to Philadelphia and CCEF…
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Christ Died to Give Us Christ-Exalting Friendships

Tony Reinke
“Jesus never intended that the enjoyment of his presence would replace the enjoyment of the presence of Christian friends,” says John Piper in his most recent sermon on 2 Timothy 4:9–12. Although we have an infallible Savior, we still have…
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Reading Books and Dying Well

Tony Reinke
In the shadow of his death, Paul asked Timothy to bring him his books (2 Timothy 4:13). In the following clip from his most recent sermon, John Piper explains the significance of this request. “Form the habit of reading…
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A Caution to Young, Culture-Embracing Evangelicals

Tony Reinke
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…
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The Highest Holiness

Tony Reinke
"The highest holiness for you is to be like Christ," said Charles Spurgeon. Exactly. If you want a perfect model of human holiness, look to Christ. Kevin DeYoung explains this point in his new book The Hole in Our Holiness:
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