Blog Posts by Tony Reinke
John Piper’s Gestures
A Theater Called Holy Week
How did C. S. Lewis bungle The Chronicles of Narnia?
For some critics, a major flaw is the way he interrupts the flow of the story by butting into the story as the narrator. You may remember it is Lewis…Continue Reading
Young, Restless, and Reformed — Five Years Later
Five years ago this month journalist Collin Hansen published his first book: Young, Restless, Reformed: A Journalist’s Journey with the New Calvinists (Crossway, 2008). True to its title, the book is a travelogue of Collin’s journey across the country documenting…Continue Reading
The Day God Disciplined John Piper with a Kiss
I know God disciplines me, because the Bible tells me so, but how do I know when I am personally experiencing God’s discipline for my sin?
This question surfaced this week on the Ask Pastor John podcast. In part of …Continue Reading
Love to the Uttermost (Free eBook for Holy Week)
Today we launch a new devotional eBook, Love to the Uttermost: Devotional Readings for Holy Week. Beginning Palm Sunday (March 24) through Easter Sunday (March 31), we invite you to join us in focusing on the self-giving love of…Continue Reading
How Do I Help My Friends Stay Satisfied in God?
Pastor John recently tweeted, “Christian relationships have this as their goal: to help each other stay satisfied in God.” To learn more about how this gets worked out in practice, we asked him. In part, he said this:
The Infallible Pilot
In the fall of 1782, a 57-year-old man walked the docks of Deptford, a South London port on the Thames river. Thirty miles inland from the sea, the port was the home of the Royal Navy Dockyards, and the man…Continue Reading
Do My Prayers Make a Difference?
Getting Real with Personal Sin (Interview with Matt Chandler)
Why is our first inclination to run our sins into the dark shadows and hide like Adam tucked up against a tree trunk?
We find it natural to hide our sins, even as Christians, but such an act contradicts our…Continue Reading
Ask Pastor John (Weekly Digest)
Hospitality on Mission
From Radical Lesbian to Redeemed Christian
In 1999, Rosaria Champagne Butterfield was a tenured English professor at Syracuse University, a skeptic of all things Christian, and in a committed lesbian relationship. Her academic specialty was Queer Theory, a postmodern form of gay and lesbian studies.
Encountering the Living Christ in Personal Devotions
This week we released episodes 24–28 in the Ask Pastor John podcast. In one of those new episodes we asked John Piper a question about personal Bible reading: must we come away from our Bible reading with a life application…Continue Reading
Christian Hedonism and the Challenge of Depression
It was another full week in the Ask Pastor John podcast series, and we covered a few of the more difficult questions of Christian Hedonism.
First, we asked Pastor John whether there are times in the Christian life when —…Continue Reading
Safety Is a Myth
Enjoying God’s Beatific Beauty
“How good is God,” wrote Jonathan Edwards, “that he has created man for this very end, to make him happy in the enjoyment of himself, the Almighty, who was happy from the days of eternity in himself … that he…Continue Reading
Ask Pastor John Podcast Update
Marriage on the Cosmic Stage
Christian marriage has been caught up into the cosmic drama of the gospel.
In this first Authors on the Line podcast of 2013 we talk with Bible scholar G. K. Beale, the Professor of New Testament and Biblical Theology at…Continue Reading
Marriage in the Cosmic Plan of God
How easy is it to detach our marriages from the finished work of Christ?
This may be due to living in a society where marriage is ever pressed into molds defined by the increasing unbelief around…Continue Reading
Ask Pastor John Podcast Relaunch
A week ago, John Piper celebrated his 67th birthday. On his birthday, we asked him about his prayer for this new chapter of ministry.
“I really do feel remarkably vulnerable to distraction because of the lifting of certain pressures,” he…Continue Reading
If Scripture didn’t say it, I wouldn’t either. But it’s true. In four places in Scripture we read that Jesus, the Son of God himself, raised his voice in worship.1
Which is immediately confusing on one level.…Continue Reading
Christian Hedonism in 155 Words
Parenting as Storytelling
Training children to love reading can be tough. Okay, really tough. A host of visual entertainment competes for our children's attention. Things like video games, which are not necessarily bad in themselves, can spill over boundaries and erode a child’s…Continue Reading
A (Very) Short Prayer for Joy Seekers
At the very points in my life when my soul feels most dry and joyless, I often find myself most spiritually speechless. I'm stuck. And when I get stuck in this inarticulate joyless state I turn to the Psalms. There…Continue Reading