My name is Tony Reinke. Like a well-dressed but heart-hardened Pharisee I spent 22-years hiding from God in self-righteous ‘faithfulness.’ That was until one morning my heart–numbed by my empty morality and trapped in a deceptively low standard of ‘goodness’–was subdued by God’s sovereign grace (Eph. 2). During a sermon by Paige Patterson in Lincoln, NE on Luke 18:9-14, I perceived the Gospel as the great exchange, released my self-righteousness, and clung to the saving righteousness of Jesus Christ. That morning this Pharisee became a broken tax collector and, though once blind, I could now see the reality of life, the gravity of sin, and the preciousness of Christ’s redeeming blood. Now there is nothing more precious to me than knowing Jesus Christ, the One who died for me and gave me His righteousness in place of my sinfulness (Phil. 3:7-9).
Though I wouldn’t survive long in the wild, I consider myself agrarian (a farm boy from Nebraska). I was a short-term sports writer and a long-term carpenter who tinkers with electronic gizmos, blogs, and websites. My story is part Mayberry and part BlackBerry. Educationally, I graduated from a little private business school in Omaha with a dual degree in Business and Liberal Arts. Theologically, I’m an autodidact made possible by the patient and wise direction of pastors in a local church. I’ve been married for 13 years to the wife of my youth (Karalee) and we have three precious kids, a majority of whom are named after dead preachers.
For four years I served as the editorial and research assistant to C.J. Mahaney in the D.C. area (2008–2012). I now work for John Piper’s ministry, Desiring God, in Minneapolis (2012–). My line of work is a mix of theological research, reading, writing, journalism, and photography integrated with social media. I am the author of Lit! A Christian Guide to Reading Books (Crossway, 2011). In my free time I enjoy photography and reading 19th century Dutch theology. For fun I administrate hermanbavinck.org.
Email/comments. I’m grateful for your readership and would love to hear from you. You can leave a comment on any post to get in touch. Often I can respond to email but sometimes that’s not possible due to my schedule:
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Mostly this is blog is a stream of random thoughts (hence the title), but I do my best to feature quotes and essays on the Cross of Christ.
None of my posts have received more traffic than a little tutorial on how to rip a nice Bible through a table saw. The intended goal is to manufacture a splendid customized Blank Bible (although once my saw mauled a precious ESV into a snow globe of silently falling shreds of holy paper.)
You can never predict what you’ll find posted on this blog.
Thanks for reading!
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