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Dave Henning


Pursuing guidance

By Dave Henning / November 12, 2012

Author John Ortberg continues Chapter 9 of The Life You’ve Always Wanted by discussing 4 misconceptions about spiritual guidance: 1.  Guidance bears no resemblance to “insider information”.  Pastor Ortberg states that many people give little thought to spiritual guidance until they face a major life decision such as whom to marry or what job to accept.  […]


LIstening to God

By Dave Henning / November 11, 2012

John Ortberg opens Chapter 9 (“The Guided Life”) of The Life You’ve Always Wanted with the astute observation that is one thing to speak about God, yet quite another thing to listen.  In George Bernard Shaw’s play St. Joan, one of the characters asks Joan why God’s voice never speaks to him as she claims […]


The reality of forgiveness

By Dave Henning / November 10, 2012

“Many Christians are unthinkably horrified when a real sinner is suddenly discovered among the righteous.  So we remain alone with our sin, living in lies and hypocrisy . . . . He who is alone in his sins is utterly alone.”- Dietrich Bonhoeffer, Life Together     John Ortberg opens Chapter 5 (“Life Beyond Regret: The Practice […]


The Ministry of “Bearing”

By Dave Henning / November 9, 2012

“Carry each other’s burdens, and in this way you will fulfill the Law of Christ.”- Galatians 6:2 John Ortberg titles Chapter 6 of The Life You’ve Always Wanted “Appropriate Smallness”, a reference to humility in  the life of servanthood.  One way to enter that life of servanthood is through what the author calls The Ministry […]


The grace of humility

By Dave Henning / November 8, 2012

Richard Foster (Celebration of Discipline), cited by John Ortberg in The Life You’ve Always Wanted, describes how Jesus’ statement that He had come “not to be served but to serve” (Matthew 20:28) models how the grace of humility is worked into our lives: “More than any other single way the grace of humility is worked […]


Solitude- the furnace of transformation

By Dave Henning / November 7, 2012

John Ortberg (The Life You’ve Always Wanted) tells us that Christians throughout the ages have understood the necessity and benefit of solitude.   Pastor Ortberg goes on to explain what makes solitude so important: “Solitude is the one place where we can gain freedom from the forces of society that will otherwise relentlessly mold us.” Ironically, […]


Sunset fatigue

By Dave Henning / November 6, 2012

In Chapter 5 (“An Unhurried Life”) of The Life You’ve Always Wanted, author John Ortberg states that hurried people cannot love and are afflicted with what writer Lewis Grant terms “sunset fatigue”.  When hurried people come home exhausted after a long day at work, the people who need their love the most wind up getting […]


. . . and be quick about it!

By Dave Henning / November 5, 2012

“People nowadays take time far more seriously than eternity”- Thomas Kelly, A Testament of Devotion  After reading these words, one would be inclined to think that ‘nowadays’ refers to the year 2012.  But that is not the case.  These words were written in 1941, with the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor and the United States’ […]


A Great Cloud of Witnesses

By Dave Henning / November 3, 2012

“Therefore, since we are surrounded by such a great cloud of witnesses, let us throw off everything that hinders and the sin that so easily entangles, and let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us.  Let us fix our eyes on Jesus, the author and perfecter of our faith. . . “-Hebrews 12:2 […]


The necessity of joy

By Dave Henning / November 2, 2012

“This day is holy to the Lord your God; do not mourn or weep. . . . Go your way, eat the fat and drink the sweet wine and send portions of them to those for whom nothing is prepared; for this day is holy to our Lord; and do not be grieved; for the […]


Exult in monotony

By Dave Henning / November 1, 2012

In Chapter 4 (A “Dee-Dah Day”: The Practice of Celebration) of The Life You’ve Always Wanted, author John Ortberg describes a time when he was giving his 3 young children a bath.  One of his daughters was out of the tub and John was trying to dry her off, but she joyfully was running around […]


The theology of sleep

By Dave Henning / October 31, 2012

A blue felt Snoopy banner once hung in my dorm room at David-Jonathan Hall at Concordia (nee River Forest).  Snoopy was asleep on top of his dog house (must have been painful!).  The banner was captioned- “I think I’m allergic to morning.”  At the time I was completely unaware that my theology major had such […]

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