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    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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      The rhythms of consolation and desolation

      By Dave Henning / October 30, 2012

      In Chapter 3 of The Life You’ve Always Wanted, author John Ortberg tells us that rhythm is one of the basic laws of life.  From a spiritual perspective, there will be times of consolation and desolation.  During times of consolation, Pastor Ortberg notes, God seems close, prayer is meaningful and the Bible comes alive.  Times […]

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        Spiritual disciplines

        By Dave Henning / October 30, 2012

        Activities that enable us to live in the fruit of the Spirit traditionally are referred to as “spiritual disciplines”.  In Chapter 3 (“Training vs. Trying”) of The Life You’ve Always Wanted, author John Ortberg offers 3 distinctions between what does and does not constitute a spiritual discipline: 1.  Spiritual disciplines enable us to grow in […]

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          Training vs. trying

          By Dave Henning / October 28, 2012

          “Do you not know that in a race all the runners run, but only one gets the prize?  Run in such a way as to get the prize.  Everyone who competes in the games goes into strict training.  They do it to get a crown that will not last, but we do it to get […]

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            Pseudo-transformation or the real thing?

            By Dave Henning / October 27, 2012

            In Chapter 2 (“Surprised by Change”) of The Life You’ve Always Wanted, author John Ortberg describes 5 warning signs listed in the Gospel of Matthew that tell us if we’re settling for pseudo-transformation instead of the real thing: 1.  Am I spiritually authentic or preoccupied with appearing to be spiritual?  If we’re authentic, our spiritual […]

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              We shall morph indeed

              By Dave Henning / October 26, 2012

              John Ortberg (The Life You’ve Always Wanted) tells us that the Greek word morpho is one of the richest words in the New Testament and in a sense forms the foundation for this book.  The author goes on to explain the essence of this transformation: “When morphing happens, I don’t just do the things Jesus […]

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                No ordinary people

                By Dave Henning / October 25, 2012

                In Chapter 1 of The Life You’ve Always Wanted, author Max Lucado states that transformation is part of our life’s story.  We won’t always be the same people we are presently.  In the future we either will be incomparably better- or worse.  Pastor Ortberg quotes C. S. Lewis from his book The Weight of Glory.  […]

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                  “I yam what I yam”

                  By Dave Henning / October 24, 2012

                  John Ortberg begins Chapter 1 of The Life You’ve Always Wanted: Spiritual Disciplines for Ordinary People with a statement by his childhood hero, cartoon character and philosopher Popeye the Sailor Man: “”I yam what I yam.”  Popeye would say this whenever he felt frustrated or had no idea what else to do. Pastor Ortberg notes […]

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                    From trust to confidence

                    By Dave Henning / October 24, 2012

                    Brennan Manning (Ruthless Trust) compares how trust, over time, ripens into confidence with The Parable of the Growing Seed (Mark 4:26-29): 1.  Just as the seed the farmer casts on the ground automatically brings forth fruit, the author notes that  “the growth of trust into confidence is likewise ‘of itself.’ ” 2.  The farmer is […]

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                      The elements of trust

                      By Dave Henning / October 22, 2012

                      In Chapter 7 (“Trusting Jesus”) of Ruthless Trust, author Brennan Manning describes 5 aspects of trust that enable us to experience two things that Jesus assures us- His presence and His promise.  Stated differently, the author phrases these assurances in this way: “the promise of his presence” and the “presence of his promise”. 1.  God is […]

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                        Distant thunder or grumbling?

                        By Dave Henning / October 21, 2012

                        At the conclusion of Chapter 2 (“The Way of Gratefulness”) of Ruthless Trust, author Brennan Manning notes that grumbling is the antitheses of thankfulness and results in a life of self-induced stress.  The author goes on to emphasize that ingratitude or grumbling was such a grievous matter to Ignatius Loyola that he addressed the subject […]

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                          Four traits of gratitude

                          By Dave Henning / October 20, 2012

                          In Chapter 2 of Ruthless Trust, author Brennan Mannng discusses 4 characteristics of a life lived in gratitude: 1.  Gratitude is inclusive.  Henri Nouwen encourages us in his book Bread for the Journey:  “Let’s not be afraid to look at everything that has brought us to where we are now and trust that we will soon see […]

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