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    Feeling chippy?

    By Dave Henning / October 4, 2012

    Before you begin reading Max Lucado’s In the Eye of the Storm, the author introduces the reader to a parakeet named Chippie.  One day Chippie’s owner decided to clean his cage with a vacuum cleaner.  Immediately after the owner had placed the vacuum hose in Chippie’s cage, the phone rang.  Poor Chippie never saw it coming!  He was […]

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      Bringing suffering to light

      By Dave Henning / October 3, 2012

      Timothy Keller discusses the topic of spiritual darkness in Chapter 11 (“The End”) of King’s Cross.  He notes that all four Gospel writers emphasize that the critical events of Jesus’ death happened in the dark.  Just as those events initially seemed senseless to the followers of Jesus assembled around the cross, Pastor Keller states that […]

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        Getting back to our roots

        By Dave Henning / October 2, 2012

        In Chapter 16 of King’s Cross, author Timothy Keller contrasts living completely in the values of the kingdom of this world with belonging to the kingdom of God.  When we’ve been spiritually, emotionally and professionally uprooted by our ministry downsizing or position loss, our natural human tendency is to feel a loss of identity as we […]

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          Approaching God

          By Dave Henning / October 1, 2012

          Following our ministry downsizing or position loss, our despondency or pride may lead to a growing sense of isolation from God, making approaching and connecting with Him difficult.  In King’s Cross, Timothy Keller uses Mark’s account of “The Faith of the Syrophoenician Woman” (Mark 7: 24-30) to model approaching and connecting with God. Pastor Keller […]

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            Spiritual malpractice?

            By Dave Henning / September 29, 2012

            In Chapter 6 (“The Waiting”) of King’s Cross, author Timothy Keller tackles the subject of patience.  Referencing the accounts of Jairus’daughter and the woman with the issue of blood (Mark 5:21-42), Pastor Keller observes that precisely due to Jesus’ delay in getting to Jairus’ daughter, both Jairus and the woman got far more than they […]

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              The Ultimate Storm

              By Dave Henning / September 29, 2012

              “Jesus Calms the Storm” (Mark 4:35-41) frequently is used by Christian authors to illustrate our response to adverse situations.  Timothy Keller (King’s Cross) explains that the language Mark uses in his Gospel account is parallel and almost identical to the language used in the Biblical account of Jonah.  Pastor Keller notes that: 1.  Both Jesus […]

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                The object of our faith

                By Dave Henning / September 27, 2012

                Luke’s account of “Jesus Stills the Storm” phrases the question Jesus asks His disciples differently than Mark’s Gospel.  Luke quotes Jesus as asking: “Where is your faith?”  Timothy Keller (King’s Cross) loves the translation in Luke because it emphasizes that Jesus is prompting His disciples “to see that the critical factor in their faith is not […]

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                  Genie or Jesus?

                  By Dave Henning / September 27, 2012

                  Continuing his discussion of Jesus healing the paralytic (Mark 2:1-5), author Timothy Keller (King’s Cross) recognizes that at the moment the paralytic was lowered through the roof to Jesus, Jesus had the power to heal him right on the spot- just as He has the power to immediately act on our requests.  However, Jesus knows […]

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                    Empowerment

                    By Dave Henning / September 25, 2012

                    Pastor Timothy Keller discusses Mark’s account of Jesus healing a paralytic (Mark 2: 1-5) in Chapter 3 of King’s Cross.  He calls attention to Jesus’ immediate response- to forgive the paralytic’s sins.  While a casual observer might think that Jesus first would have responded to the man’s condition by healing him, Jesus knew the paralytic […]

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                      No turning back

                      By Dave Henning / September 23, 2012

                      In Chapter 2 (“The Call”) of King’s Cross, author Timothy Keller cites a children’s book written by George MacDonald entitled The Princess and the Goblin.  The protagonist is 8-year-old Irene.  One day Irene’s grandmother gives her a ring with a thread attached to it that’s too fine for Irene to see.  The thread leads to […]

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                        The Book that understands me

                        By Dave Henning / September 22, 2012

                        Timothy Keller, founding pastor of Redeemer Presbyterian Church in Manhattan, describes the spiritual awakening of French-born theologian Emile Cailliet in the introduction to his book King’s Cross.  Cailliet was an agnostic during his college days prior to World War I.  After graduation, he served in the army.  Cailliet not only witnessed a buddy killed while […]

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                          Anticipation

                          By Dave Henning / September 20, 2012

                          We all know what it’s like to anticipate something- Christmas, a birthday, visits with special friends.  In the last chapter (“Anticipating God’s Plans”) of Fear Not Tomorrow, God’s Already There, Ruth Graham provides 8 descriptors of anticipation: 1.  God created us to anticipate- we’re hardwired for it. 2.  Anticipation must be cultivated through forward thinking. […]

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