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    Living life wide open to God

    By Dave Henning / December 12, 2012

    As a teenager, Bill Hybels (The Power of a Whisper) began to second-guess his commitment to devote himself more fully to God.  At that point in time, an older Christian man invited Bill to dinner.  Not one to pass up a free meal, Bill accepted.  During the meal, the man challenged Bill to do something […]

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      A healthy body (of Christ)

      By Dave Henning / December 10, 2012

      Phillip Yancy notes in Chapter 19 (“The Rest of the Body”) of Where is God When It Hurts? that the healthiest human body is one that feels the pain of its weakest parts.  The author’s friend and colleague, Dr. Paul Brand, applies this concept to the body of Christ: “All of us rejoice at the […]

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        Hope or optimism?

        By Dave Henning / December 9, 2012

        In Chapter 17 (“Hope”) of Where is God When It Hurts?, author Phillip Yancey discusses 6 aspects of hope while also contrasting hope with optimism.  He begins the chapter by quoting Alexander Solzhenitsyn: “All the downtrodden can do is go on hoping.  After every disappointment they must find fresh reason to hope.”  The following concepts characterize […]

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          Identifying and overcoming obstacles

          By Dave Henning / December 9, 2012

          Norman Cousins (1915-1990), longtime editor of Saturday Review as well as an American political journalist, author and professor, once was hospitalized for a debilitating form of arthritis.  Finding that the hospital environment seemed designed to immobilize both his body and his spirit, Mr. Cousins took steps to gain control over his destiny and restore his […]

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            The cross we bear, the crown we wear

            By Dave Henning / December 8, 2012

            In Chapter 11 of Where is God When It Hurts?, author Phillip Yancey cites Martin Luther King, Jr., who discusses taking up one’s cross as a follower of Christ: “Christianity has always insisted that the cross we bear precedes the crown we wear.  To be a Christian one must take up his cross, with all […]

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              Wishful thinking

              By Dave Henning / December 6, 2012

              Author Phillip Yancey states in Chapter 8 (“Arms Too Short to Box with God”) of Where is God When It Hurts? that suffering involves 2 basic issues: (1) cause-why I am suffering and who is responsible; and (2) response.  He adds that our natural human inclination is to seek to understand the cause of our pain before […]

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                Earth- “the vale of soul-making”

                By Dave Henning / December 6, 2012

                Phillip Yancy observes in Chapter 7 of Where is God When It Hurts? that people who assume that human beings are completed creatures in need of a suitable home are puzzled or even outraged by the problem of suffering.  In contrast, Professor John Hicks summarizes the Christian view in his book Philosophy of Religion: since […]

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                  A perfectly fair world?

                  By Dave Henning / December 5, 2012

                  In Chapter 7 (“Why are We Here?”) of Where is God When It Hurts? author Phillip Yancey postulates that while, on the surface, the book of Job centers around the problem of suffering, underneath a different issue is at stake: the doctrine of human freedom.  The author believes that Job endured undeserved suffering in order […]

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                    Pain & suffering, doubt & faith

                    By Dave Henning / December 3, 2012

                    Phillip Yancey begins Chapter 6 (“What is God Trying to Tell Us?”) of Where is God When It Hurts? with 3 observations regarding the relationship between pain, suffering, doubt and faith.  He notes that: 1.  Pain always is specific, never general.  Pain may be specific to a particular illness or “an emotional cloud of sorrow […]

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                      Pain, the megaphone of God

                      By Dave Henning / December 2, 2012

                      Phillip Yancey (Where is God When It Hurts?) reports that three centuries before C. S. Lewis introduced the phrase “pain, the megaphone of God” in his book The Problem of Pain (1962),  17th century poet John Donne used a different phrase to express pain’s unique ability to break through one’s normal defenses and daily routines: […]

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                        Pain- the antithesis of pleasure?

                        By Dave Henning / November 30, 2012

                        Phillip Yancey, author of Where is God When It Hurts?, establishes the foundation of his book in the first 2 chapters by discussing the biological and physiological aspects of pain.  Of particular note is Phillip’s friendship with Dr. Paul Brand, who has received most of his recognition as a crusader for pain.  You see, Dr. […]

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                          Our pathway through suffering

                          By Dave Henning / November 30, 2012

                          In the Conclusion to Glorious Ruin, Pastor Tullian Tchividjian states that the Whys of suffering keep us in an abyss of abstraction where we reduce God to a finite ethical agent whose purposes are on a par with our own.  Sadly, this response to suffering is quite confining. How do we find a pathway through […]

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                            Living life wide open to God

                            By Dave Henning / December 12, 2012

                            As a teenager, Bill Hybels (The Power of a Whisper) began to second-guess his commitment to devote himself more fully to God.  At that point in time, an older Christian man invited Bill to dinner.  Not one to pass up a free meal, Bill accepted.  During the meal, the man challenged Bill to do something […]

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                              A healthy body (of Christ)

                              By Dave Henning / December 10, 2012

                              Phillip Yancy notes in Chapter 19 (“The Rest of the Body”) of Where is God When It Hurts? that the healthiest human body is one that feels the pain of its weakest parts.  The author’s friend and colleague, Dr. Paul Brand, applies this concept to the body of Christ: “All of us rejoice at the […]

                              Share

                                Hope or optimism?

                                By Dave Henning / December 9, 2012

                                In Chapter 17 (“Hope”) of Where is God When It Hurts?, author Phillip Yancey discusses 6 aspects of hope while also contrasting hope with optimism.  He begins the chapter by quoting Alexander Solzhenitsyn: “All the downtrodden can do is go on hoping.  After every disappointment they must find fresh reason to hope.”  The following concepts characterize […]

                                Share

                                  Identifying and overcoming obstacles

                                  By Dave Henning / December 9, 2012

                                  Norman Cousins (1915-1990), longtime editor of Saturday Review as well as an American political journalist, author and professor, once was hospitalized for a debilitating form of arthritis.  Finding that the hospital environment seemed designed to immobilize both his body and his spirit, Mr. Cousins took steps to gain control over his destiny and restore his […]

                                  Share

                                    The cross we bear, the crown we wear

                                    By Dave Henning / December 8, 2012

                                    In Chapter 11 of Where is God When It Hurts?, author Phillip Yancey cites Martin Luther King, Jr., who discusses taking up one’s cross as a follower of Christ: “Christianity has always insisted that the cross we bear precedes the crown we wear.  To be a Christian one must take up his cross, with all […]

                                    Share

                                      Wishful thinking

                                      By Dave Henning / December 6, 2012

                                      Author Phillip Yancey states in Chapter 8 (“Arms Too Short to Box with God”) of Where is God When It Hurts? that suffering involves 2 basic issues: (1) cause-why I am suffering and who is responsible; and (2) response.  He adds that our natural human inclination is to seek to understand the cause of our pain before […]

                                      Share

                                        Earth- “the vale of soul-making”

                                        By Dave Henning / December 6, 2012

                                        Phillip Yancy observes in Chapter 7 of Where is God When It Hurts? that people who assume that human beings are completed creatures in need of a suitable home are puzzled or even outraged by the problem of suffering.  In contrast, Professor John Hicks summarizes the Christian view in his book Philosophy of Religion: since […]

                                        Share

                                          A perfectly fair world?

                                          By Dave Henning / December 5, 2012

                                          In Chapter 7 (“Why are We Here?”) of Where is God When It Hurts? author Phillip Yancey postulates that while, on the surface, the book of Job centers around the problem of suffering, underneath a different issue is at stake: the doctrine of human freedom.  The author believes that Job endured undeserved suffering in order […]

                                          Share

                                            Pain & suffering, doubt & faith

                                            By Dave Henning / December 3, 2012

                                            Phillip Yancey begins Chapter 6 (“What is God Trying to Tell Us?”) of Where is God When It Hurts? with 3 observations regarding the relationship between pain, suffering, doubt and faith.  He notes that: 1.  Pain always is specific, never general.  Pain may be specific to a particular illness or “an emotional cloud of sorrow […]

                                            Share

                                              Pain, the megaphone of God

                                              By Dave Henning / December 2, 2012

                                              Phillip Yancey (Where is God When It Hurts?) reports that three centuries before C. S. Lewis introduced the phrase “pain, the megaphone of God” in his book The Problem of Pain (1962),  17th century poet John Donne used a different phrase to express pain’s unique ability to break through one’s normal defenses and daily routines: […]

                                              Share

                                                Pain- the antithesis of pleasure?

                                                By Dave Henning / November 30, 2012

                                                Phillip Yancey, author of Where is God When It Hurts?, establishes the foundation of his book in the first 2 chapters by discussing the biological and physiological aspects of pain.  Of particular note is Phillip’s friendship with Dr. Paul Brand, who has received most of his recognition as a crusader for pain.  You see, Dr. […]

                                                Share

                                                  Our pathway through suffering

                                                  By Dave Henning / November 30, 2012

                                                  In the Conclusion to Glorious Ruin, Pastor Tullian Tchividjian states that the Whys of suffering keep us in an abyss of abstraction where we reduce God to a finite ethical agent whose purposes are on a par with our own.  Sadly, this response to suffering is quite confining. How do we find a pathway through […]

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