My name is Tony Reinke, an author and non-profit journalist. The bulk of my current work centers on how we best flourish in the digital age saturated by social media, images, audio, and enough on-demand video to fill our eyes for 100 lifetimes.
My areas of research center in my five book projects:
- Lit! A Christian Guide to Reading Books (Crossway, 2011) — a theology of literature and literacy, and packed with a bunch of realistic tips for getting more reading done in our digitally-busy lives.
- Newton on the Christian Life: To Live Is Christ (Crossway, 2015) — a detailed study of the timeless pastoral counsel from the personal letters of John Newton (1725–1807), a slave trader turned gentle pastor.
- 12 Ways Your Phone Is Changing You (Crossway, April 2017) — a deep look into the pros and cons of our new digital lives . . . lives that are never offline.
- The Joy Project: An Introduction to Calvinism (with Study Guide) (DG & Cruciform, July 2018) — an introduction to how we are saved, why we are saved, why it’s all God-centered, and how it all feeds our personal happiness.
- Competing Spectacles: Treasuring Christ in the Digital Age (Crossway, April 2019) — an essay on what it means to live spiritually faithful in the age of eye candy.
Besides writing books I serve as a Senior Teacher for Desiring God, and am honored to host the popular Ask Pastor John podcast, dedicated to questions of Christian theology and ethics. For fun, I manage a tribute site to my favorite Dutch theologian (hermanbavinck.org).
I’m a Christian, more specifically, an evangelical, reformed, credo-baptist, complementarian, continuationist, Christian hedonist. I believe the glorious and profound biblical truth that God is most glorified in us when we are most satisfied in him, and I was happy to sign this document.
Married for 21 years to the wife of my youth and my best friend, we have three precious kids, mostly named after dead preachers.
My career in sports journalism launched just as newsprint was going the way of the Titanic, so I left the industry in the late 1990s and entered the digital world of blogging and social media in 2006. Writing online for fun eventually led to my first full-time ministry gig, serving as the editorial, research, and travel assistant to author/speaker C.J. Mahaney in the Washington, D.C. area. I now work for author/speaker John Piper at Desiring God. My work mixes theological research, content curating, writing, editing, interviewing, audio broadcasting, and social media.
Today I consider myself an investigative journalist of practical theology, leveraging key resources from the greatest thinkers in church history to address the perplexing questions facing Christians today. I use no research assistants or ghostwriters.
Speaking Requests and Contact
Thanks to the leadership team at desiringGod.org, beginning in the spring of 2020 I will be deployed as a teacher, freed to take on 6–8 speaking requests per year (preaching, lectures, and open Q&As). For now, I prefer to keep these opportunities limited to international conferences and to churches and gatherings on the west coast of the US.
Thanks for reading!
- Competing Spectacles: Treasuring Christ in the Digital Age (Crossway, April 2019).
- The Joy Project: An Introduction to Calvinism (with Study Guide) (DG & Cruciform, 2018).
- 12 Ways Your Phone Is Changing You (Crossway; April 2017)
- Newton on the Christian Life: To Live Is Christ (Crossway; 2015)
- Lit! A Christian Guide To Reading Books (Crossway; 2011)
- Mom Enough: The Fearless Mother’s Heart and Hope (2014) free ebook here
- An All-Consuming Passion for Jesus: Appeals to the Rising Generation (2014) free ebook here
- Love To The Uttermost: Devotional Readings For Holy Week (2013) free ebook here
- Disability and the Sovereign Goodness of God (2012) free ebook here
- Take Care How You Listen (2012) free ebook here
- A Workman Approved by God (2008) free ebook here
- “Sloth” in Killjoys: The Seven Deadly Sins (2015) free ebook here
- “Everyday Godward” (on leading family devotions) first published in Good: The Joy of Christian Manhood and Womanhood (2014), free ebook here; later published in the book Designed for Joy: How the Gospel Impacts Men and Women, Identity and Practice (2015)