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“God, make up there come down here”

By Dave Henning / March 7, 2013

In Chapter 10, the concluding chapter of God is Closer Than You Think, author John Ortberg reminds us that Jesus came to earth not only to die on the Cross, but also to bring us the reality of God’s presence: “Jesus didn’t just come to pierce the hedge that separates God from human beings.  He […]

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Wintry books of the Bible

By Dave Henning / March 5, 2013

Pastor John Ortberg points out that people’s laments are the prevalent theme of wintry Bible books (Ecclesiastes, Lamentations, many of the Psalms) in Chapter 9 of God is Closer Than You Think.  He cites Old Testament scholar Ellen Davis, who has written that Israel’s lamentation prayers were  unparalleled in comparison to other religions of the […]

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Here I Am

By Dave Henning / March 5, 2013

The Lord called Samuel a third time, and Samuel got up and went to Eli and said, “Here I am; you called me.”  Then Eli realized the Lord was calling the boy.  So he told Samuel, “Go and lie down, and if he calls you, say,’Speak, Lord, for you servant is listening.’ “- 1 Samuel […]

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A wintry spirituality

By Dave Henning / March 3, 2013

In Chapter 9 (“When God Seems Absent”) of God is Closer Than You Think, author John Ortberg notes that while we can relocate to a warmer climate to escape cold weather, we cannot escape spiritual winter.  Pastor Ortberg adds that theologian Martin E. Marty described the need for “a wintry spirituality” in his book A […]

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Spiritual Pathways-Part 4

By Dave Henning / March 2, 2013

Today Pastor John Ortberg (God is Closer Than You Think) walks us through the final two pathways- Contemplative and Creation. 6.  Contemplative Pathway: contemplatives love large blocks of uninterrupted solitude.  God is most present when distractions and noises are eliminated.  As a contemplative you are skilled at intrapersonal communication.  You enjoy reading writers like Henri […]

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Spiritual Pathways-Part 3

By Dave Henning / February 28, 2013

Pastor John Ortberg’s (God is Closer Than You Think) walk through 7 spiritual pathways continues with the Worship and Activist Pathways. 4.  Worship Pathway: people on this pathway have a natural gift for expression and celebration- they experience the reality of God’s presence in worship.  If you love worship, the author notes, you hope it […]

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Spiritual Pathways-Part 2

By Dave Henning / February 28, 2013

Today’s blog continues John Ortberg’s (God is Closer Than You Think) walk through 7 spiritual pathways that draw us closer to Jesus.  The next two pathways are the Relational and Serving Pathways. 2.  Relational Pathway: you experience a deep sense of God’s presence when you’re involved in significant relationships.  You hardly ever meet a stranger […]

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Reflections on an artist as a Christian young man

By Dave Henning / February 27, 2013

My wife Vicki and I thought that the funeral we attended today at Emmanuel Bible Church in Berwyn,IL would be the worst funeral we ever experienced.  Jimmy Watley, the 33 year old son of long-time family friends, died unexpectedly last Friday of pneumonia.  He leaves behind Allison, his wife of almost 4 years, a beautiful […]

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Spiritual pathways

By Dave Henning / February 25, 2013

Pastor John Ortberg begins Chapter 7 of God is Closer Than You Think by observing how he learned to treat his two daughters differently because they had unique sets of wiring.  Similarly, as uniquely created individuals, we all experience Jesus’ presence and learn to relate to Him in ways corresponding to our wiring.  The author […]

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The CIHU Prayer

By Dave Henning / February 24, 2013

John Ortberg devotes Chapter 6 of God is Closer Than You Think to expounding on his statement that in the Bible “God often mediates his presence and sends his messages through people.”  Just as Jesus came as a humble servant to take on our limitations, we are most likely to meet God in those who […]

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A mind is a terrible thing to waste

By Dave Henning / February 23, 2013

Toward the end of Chapter 5 of God is Closer Than You Think, author John Ortberg notes that solitude does not automatically orient our thoughts to God’s presence.  He states that the natural effects of solitude are quite the opposite: “When people are alone, undistracted by noise or activity, their minds naturally drift toward an […]

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Saying “yes” when God speaks

By Dave Henning / February 23, 2013

A book I recently blogged and annotated was The Power of a Whisper by Bill Hybels.  John Ortberg takes up this theme of saying “yes” to God’s whispers in Chapter 5 of God is Closer Than You Think.  He tells of a plane flight where he had been assigned his preferred aisle seat.  Seated next […]

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