All posts in "Crown Jewels"

Watching or worshipping?

By Dave Henning / May 6, 2024

In Chapter 7 (“The God of Entertainment”) of Gods at War, Pastor Kyle Idleman tells of a mission trip one of his friends made to India.  His friend had a picture of what served as the family room in an Indian home.  The centerpiece, somewhat like a mantel on a heart in our country, featured […]


Door #1, #2, or #3

By Dave Henning / February 9, 2023

In Chapter 4 (“Calling All Gods”) of Gods at War, Pastor Kyle Idelman references Joshua’s farewell address to the Israelites at Shechem (Joshua 24).  Following a brief history lesson regarding God’s constant faithfulness to Israel, Joshua throws down the gauntlet.  It’s time for the nation of  Israel to make a choice- to follow the God […]


“If it looks like an idol and quacks like an idol . . .”

By Dave Henning / August 25, 2022

“Idolatry is huge in the Bible, dominant in our personal lives, and irrelevant in our mistaken estimations.”- Os Guinness, author and social critic Pastor Kyle Idleman begins Chapter 1 (“Idolatry is the Issue”) of Gods at War with the assertion that goals can become gods when we serve, love, and sacrifice for them.  Often these […]


The prison of bitterness

By Dave Henning / March 29, 2022

“Get rid of all bitterness, rage and anger, brawling and slander, along with every form of malice.  Be kind and compassionate to one another, forgiving each other, just as in Christ God forgave you.”- Ephesians 4: 31-32 As we react to your ministry downsizing or career loss, it’s very easy for bitterness to become our […]


Like a good neighbor- Ed was there!

By Dave Henning / February 5, 2021

In Chapter 10 (“A New Conception of Work”) of Every Good Endeavor, author Timothy Keller expands his definition of a Christian (Biblical) worldview.  God not only creates, He provides providential care, largely through the labor of others.  Pastor Keller explains: “As an extension of God’s creative work, the Christian’s labor has its orientation toward God […]


When things fall apart

By Dave Henning / October 30, 2020

As Pastor Timothy Keller continues his look at the beginning chapters of Genesis in Chapter 5 of Every Good Endeavor, he states that as soon as Adam and Eve sinned by eating the fruit from the tree of the knowledge of good and evil, they experienced the natural consequences of working against God’s design- the […]


The idolatry of work

By Dave Henning / May 23, 2020

As Pastor Timothy Keller concludes Chapter 1 of Every Good Endeavor, he reiterates an idea he presented earlier in the chapter, that many people mistakenly think of work as a curse.  Antithetically, then, something else such as leisure or family becomes the only way to find meaning in life.  Yet, the fact that God rested […]


Everyone’s a Niggle

By Dave Henning / March 24, 2020

At the conclusion of his Introduction to Every Good Endeavor, Pastor Timothy Keller relates an overlooked story by J.R. R. Tolkien entitled “Leaf by Niggle”.  Niggle had one particular picture he was trying to paint- it was to start with a leaf, then a whole tree, followed by an entire forest with snow-tipped mountains in […]


Who’s in your driver’s seat?

By Dave Henning / January 6, 2020

In Chapter 3 (“What Drives Your Life?”) of The Purpose Driven Life, Rick Warren discusses 5 of the most common circumstances, values, and emotions that can drive our life and obstruct our relationship with Jesus. 1.Guilt: People driven by guilt are manipulated by past memories and hurts.  Following our ministry downsizing or career loss, we may […]


As You wish

By Dave Henning / August 11, 2019

John Ortberg begins Chapter 8 (“As You Wish”) of God is Closer Than You Think with this quote from C.S. Lewis (A Slip of the Tongue): “What matters, what Heaven desires and Hell fears, is precisely that farther step, out of our depth, out of our own control.” Borrowing an oft-repeated line from the movie […]


Scripture in a single word: kaleidoscopic

By Dave Henning / April 13, 2019

“If I were to describe Scripture in a single word, it would be kaleidoscopic.  You can read the same verse on different occasions and it will speak to you in totally different ways. . . .  [The Holy Spirit’s] illumination of Scripture is based on His intimate knowledge of your personality, your circumstances, your dreams, […]


A mind is a terrible thing to waste

By Dave Henning / February 23, 2013

Toward the end of Chapter 5 of God is Closer Than You Think, author John Ortberg notes that solitude does not automatically orient our thoughts to God’s presence.  He states that the natural effects of solitude are quite the opposite: “When people are alone, undistracted by noise or activity, their minds naturally drift toward an […]

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