Blog Posts by Tony Reinke
What Your Passions Say About You
Actions speak louder than words — but desires speak loudest.
The pursuit of pleasure is what drives all our actions and decisions, driving us into relationships, driving us to watch football, driving us toward excellence at work. We authentically pursue…Continue Reading
Your Life in God’s Theater
Theology is inherently theatrical — there’s a stage (creation), a script (Scripture), a main Actor (our Triune God), secondary actors (the Church), and a historical plot (creation, fall, redemption, and restoration). Which is to say the work of theology is…Continue Reading
Work Like an Arminian, Sleep Like a Calvinist?
Why We Really Sleep In
Recent studies say hitting the snooze button is bad for our bodies. But studies won’t get us out of bed.
Elise Snickers was a college student pursuing a career in a psychology when she wrote a letter to 54-year-old C.S.…Continue Reading
Take Christ As Your Motto
How Do I Know I’m Saved? (Ask Pastor John)
Porn, Pride, and Praise
According to a study by Covenant Eyes, roughly half of all professing Christian men and one-fifth of all professing Christian women admit to being porn addicts. Other reports indicate the problem could be even more extensive. Whatever the exact numbers,…Continue Reading
Desiring God for God
Green Mount Cemetery is a 174-year-old, 60-acre plot of land in downtown Baltimore. It stands like a fortress, separated from the city and her bustle by a thick stone wall perimeter. Through a narrow stone archway entrance and inside the…Continue Reading
J.I. Packer’s Conversion
Trayvon, Race, and Gospel Ministry (Ask Pastor John)
Excepting a few tweeted links to various articles, Pastor John didn’t write anything new himself in the wake of the George Zimmerman verdict in the Trayvon Martin case.
In a Q&A discussion this week at the Campus Outreach Global Staff…Continue Reading
Patriotism and the Pilgrim
Today is July 4th — Independence Day here in the United States. And recently an Ask Pastor John podcast listener emailed to ask: “Pastor John, obviously, as Christians, we are to live as pilgrims on this earth. But is there…Continue Reading
Faith for Future Calamity
Between the ages of 6 and 18, young John Piper attended White Oak Baptist Church in Greenville, South Carolina. He and his family made White Oak their church home while John’s father was on the road frequently as a traveling…Continue Reading
Is My Boyfriend’s Porn a Marriage Deal-Breaker? (Ask Pastor John)
We released ten new episodes in the past two weeks, and what follows are brief transcribed excerpts from each (click on the hyperlinked titles to listen).
As a brief programing note, during the month of July we will be releasing…Continue Reading
Thanking God with Piper, Chandler, and Storms
It’s now been three months since John Piper transitioned from the local-church pastorate to full-time “wider” ministry through Desiring God.
The church gathered on April 14 for an appreciation and recommissioning service for her beloved Pastor John. There Piper gave…Continue Reading
20 Quotes from Finally Free
The following quotes were taken from Heath Lambert’s excellent forthcoming book, Finally Free: Fighting for Purity with the Power of Grace (Zondervan; August 8), now available for pre-order.
“Every instance of treasuring images of sexual immorality in our hearts, every…Continue Reading
The Introvert Pastor
Jared Wilson is an introvert and a pastor, which in some circles is an irreconcilable paradox. So how exactly does a pastor wisely lead people when his energy is so quickly depleted by being around people?
This is one of…Continue Reading
Laboring in the Hills of Tennessee (Ask Pastor John)
Dying Well: One Woman’s Extraordinary Story
Margaret Magdalen Jasper (1752–1789) doesn’t have a Wikipedia page. Google her name and you’ll find almost nothing about her life. What she looked like is a mystery. She wasn’t famous in her day, and she’s still not famous in our…Continue Reading
One Million Plays Later (Ask Pastor John)
Since launching the Ask Pastor John podcast in mid-January, we have released 112 episodes. And last weekend the podcast surpassed one million plays, which is a great time to hit pause and thank everyone who has been listening to the…Continue Reading
Gospel Peace in a Cluttered House
Frequent DG blog contributor Gloria Furman has a new book.
Glimpses of Grace: Treasuring the Gospel in Your Home, is a book showcasing Gloria’s skill in applying the gospel to the everyday life of a wife and mother. Here’s…Continue Reading
On Cussing and Interracial Marriage (Ask Pastor John)
Spurgeon’s First Five Years in Ministry
Those Deleted Tweets
Monday night, in the wake of the devastating tornado in Oklahoma, John Piper posted two tweets at 11:00pm (CST). Both tweets quoted the first chapter of Job. He first cited Job 1:19, and then Job 1:20, and they were posted…Continue Reading
The Bible as One Story
How does the Bible hold together into a single, cohesive story?
It’s an important (and intimidating) question reserved for the discipline of biblical theology, an angle of scholarship that focuses on sections of Scripture, sometimes the whole of the…Continue Reading