Tony Reinke

Minneapolis

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Easter Changes Everything

Are you ready? Christ’s resurrection from the grave changed everything. Seriously. Everything. Easter marks a cosmically epic moment in time — and yet the celebration enters and exits our calendars too quickly. So several years ago I slowed my life down in order to really soak in the implications of what Christ’s victory over death means for this world...

Ray Bradbury on Space Travel

In the course of my tech research I found the following video of Mike Wallace interviewing Ray Bradbury in the wake of the Apollo 11 moon landing. Here’s the video: Here’s the transcript: Wallace: This is Ray Bradbury. For me, the most evocative, the most persuasive of the science fiction writers. He has gone to space — he’s lived in space — in...

The Slow Death of Cinema

These days I’m down on cinema, so it’s probably not the best time to be interviewed on the topic. But I was, by two journalists (Cody Benjamin and Chris Hayes) for their upcoming book: What About the Movies? Exploring Cinema’s Place in a World Full of Screens, Streams, and Smartphones (March 2020). And given permission to post the full interview here....

Buying Your Teen a Smartphone for Christmas? Don’t.

Our kids’ lives are full of progressions: from crib to “big kid” bed, from tricycle to bicycle, and from learner’s permit to driver’s license. We use phrases that mark these milestones: when they sleep in their “own bed,” when they ride their “own bike,” and when they get their “own car.” But in the digital age, kids face a new suite of technological...

Why God Cannot Be Tempted by Evil

James 1:13 — Let no one say when he is tempted, “I am being tempted by God,” for God cannot be tempted with evil, and he himself tempts no one. Jonathan Edwards’ lecture on James 1:13 (April 1733) — It’s impossible [that God be tempted to sin] because it’s impossible that God should be in want of anything or be capable of having his happiness added,...

#IsaiahChristmas 2019

Usually by the time December begins Christmas decorations are up, holiday music is blasting, and pumpkin spice is in the air. But as the culture prepares for the holiday, I invite you to do something counter-cultural: to read the ancient collected prophecies of a man named Isaiah. Not only do I want you to read it, I want to run alongside and help you...

The Greatness and Misery of Man

With the socials abuzz over news that Westminster Seminary Press is publishing a retypeset hardcover edition of Herman Bavinck’s one-volume classic (formerly known as Our Reasonable Faith, now The Wonderful Works of God), here’s a little taste. From pages 6–7: The conclusion, therefore, is that of Augustine, who said that the heart of man was created...

Pulling Technology from Creation

Isaiah 28:23–29 — Give ear, and hear my voice; give attention, and hear my speech. Does he who plows for sowing plow continually? Does he continually open and harrow his ground? When he has leveled its surface, does he not scatter dill, sow cumin, and put in wheat in rows and barley in its proper place, and emmer as the border? For he is rightly...

Why We Must Digitally Fast

It’s always an honor to talk with Dutch journalist Maarten Stolk of Reformatorisch Dagblad. Last month he interviewed me about my most recent book: Competing Spectacles: Treasuring Christ in the Digital Age. The interview was published today in the Netherlands under the title: “Why We Must Digitally Fast.” With his kind permission, here’s the full English...

The ‘Perhaps’-es of Life Under God’s Sovereign Governance

Philemon 1:15 — “For this perhaps [τάχα] is why he was parted from you for a while, that you might have him back forever …” Peter T. O’Brien, Colossians, Philemon, vol. 44, Word Biblical Commentary (1998), 295 — Paul puts forward this suggestion about God’s purpose modestly with the adverb τάχα (“perhaps,” “possibly,” or “probably”; it usually occurs...

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