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    “Who” is in control

    By Dave Henning / November 24, 2012

    Tullian Tchividjian begins Chapter 2 (“Suffering is Serious”) of Glorious Ruin by relating a personal story of his attempt to win over a colleague at a former job.  Pastor Tchividjian took special care to learn that person’s interests and hobbies.  He spent extra time buying that colleague a Christmas gift.  Through these and other efforts, […]

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      When intellect meets reality

      By Dave Henning / November 23, 2012

      In Chapter 1 (“Suffering is Inevitable”) of Glorious Ruin, Tullian Tchividjian tells of a harrowing time in the life of Nicholas Wolterstorff, a Christian who taught philosophical theology for many years at Yale University.  As a professor, he devoted his life to the intellectual understanding, meaning and reality of life’s mysteries.  But his attempts at […]

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        Moralizing or minimizing suffering

        By Dave Henning / November 22, 2012

        In the Introduction to Glorious Ruin, Pastor Tullian Tchividjian discusses 2 ways we tend to respond to suffering, even when we know the source of our suffering. He states that moralists “interpret misfortune as the karmic result of misbehavior”.  In other words, you failed to obey God and He is punishing you.  This doesn’t mean, […]

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          The Who amid our suffering

          By Dave Henning / November 20, 2012

          The author of Glorious Ruin, Tullian Tchividjian (pronounced cha-vi-jin) currently is the senior pastor of Coral Ridge Presbyterian Church, succeeding the late D. James Kennedy, and the grandson of evangelist Billy Graham.  Glorious Ruin is loosely based on a series of sermons Pastor Tchividjian preached on the book of Job. In the Introduction, the author […]

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            The loneliness of suffering

            By Dave Henning / November 18, 2012

            In his extended discussion of Abraham and Isaac on their journey to Mt. Moriah, author John Ortberg (The Life You’ve Always Wanted) notes that although Abraham and Isaac walked together to build a sacrificial altar, Abraham was very much alone.  Abraham and Isaac were separated by an unspeakable barrier, because Abraham was burdened by what […]

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              Tenacious obedience

              By Dave Henning / November 17, 2012

              The concluding chapter of The Life You’ve Always Wanted is entitled “A Life of Endurance: The Experience of Suffering”.  In that chapter author John Ortberg compares our life journey to running a marathon.  Although the initial part of running a marathon is pleasurable, endurance soon takes a great deal of effort and becomes laborious- the […]

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                What does this mean?- the sequel

                By Dave Henning / November 16, 2012

                “Whatever you do, in word or deed, do everything in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through him.”-Colossians 3:17 Commenting on this passage, author John Ortberg (The Life You’ve Always Wanted) states that in the Bible a person’s name generally had something to do with his/her character.  However, what […]

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                  A well-ordered heart

                  By Dave Henning / November 15, 2012

                  In the Preface to The Life You’ve Always Wanted, author John Ortberg expressed his hope that readers would take the book as “an invitation to live Christ’s Way, because it is the only invitation that really matters”.  This invitation is supported by a wonderful quote from Soren Kierkegaard (The Prayers of Kierkegaard) that begins Chapter […]

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                    Meditating on Scripture

                    By Dave Henning / November 14, 2012

                    John Ortberg concludes Chapter 11 of The Life You’ve Always Wanted with 5 suggestions for the practice of meditating on Scripture: 1.  Before you begin reading the Bible, pause to ask God to speak to you through your reading that day and anticipate that He will do so. 2.  Read God’s Word with a repentant […]

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                      Washed by the Word

                      By Dave Henning / November 13, 2012

                      ” . . . just as Christ loved the church and gave Himself up for her, that He might sanctify and cleanse her with the washing of water by the word . . .”-Ephesians 5: 25-26 John Ortberg states in Chapter 11 (“An Undivided Life”) of The Life You’ve Always Wanted that in order for […]

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                        Approval addiction

                        By Dave Henning / November 12, 2012

                        Why do we often respond strongly to criticism?  Why are we so concerned with what others think of us?  Why is our self-image so bruised by the emotional and spiritual devastation of adversity?  John Ortberg discusses these issues in Chapter 10 of  The Life You’ve Always Wanted.   He labels the tendency to fixate on negative […]

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                          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.  […]

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