My name is Tony Reinke and I’m a Christian.
I wasn’t born a Christian (nobody is). In fact I spent 22 years of my life hiding from God by going to church every Sunday. I pulled this off by wrongly assuming my religious devotion qualified me as pleasing to God. This mirage of mine came to an abrupt end one Sunday morning when a preacher in Lincoln, Nebraska opened Jesus’s words in Luke 18:9–14. In that sermon I finally realized my hope for eternal life rested only in the saving righteousness of Jesus Christ. That morning this Pharisee became a broken tax collector. I began to see the gravity of sin and the preciousness of Christ’s redeeming blood. Today nothing brings me more joy than knowing Jesus Christ as my Savior and Friend (Philippians 3:7–9).
To get specific, my theological convictions would fall under the labels: Evangelical, Reformed, credo-baptist, complementarian, continuationist, and Christian Hedonist.
Married for 16 years to the wife of my youth and my best friend (Karalee), we have three precious kids, a majority of whom are named after dead preachers. Though I wouldn’t survive long in the wild, I consider myself agrarian (a farm boy from Nebraska).
I was trained in journalism and caught the early wave of social media and blogging. My story is part Mayberry and part BlackBerry. Theologically, I’m an autodidact, fueled by a love of books, reading, and research. My official job title is “content strategist,” but I think of myself mostly as an investigative journalist of practical theology.
For four years I served as the editorial, research, and travel assistant to C.J. Mahaney, an author and speaker in the D.C. area (2008–2012). I now work for author and speaker John Piper at Desiring God in Minneapolis (2012–). My line of work is a mix of theological research, reading, writing, radio, social media, and graphic design. I’m the author two books Lit! A Christian Guide to Reading Books (2011) and John Newton on the Christian Life: To Live Is Christ (2015). And I host two podcasts: Ask Pastor John and Authors on the Line.
In my free time I enjoy watching baseball, taking photographs, and reading nineteenth century Dutch theologians. For fun I administrate hermanbavinck.org.
I’m grateful for your readership and would love to hear from you. Often I can respond to email but sometimes my schedule prohibits it:
crede.ut.intelligas AT mac.com
Thanks for reading!