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    Given: The Forgotten . . . Practice of Blessing

    By Dave Henning / August 26, 2019

    Given (NavPress, 2019) Tina Boesch, author of Given: The Forgotten meaning and Practice of Blessing, works as a writer, editor, and designer.  In addition, Tina serves as an advocate for Baptist Global Response and earned an MA in Theology from Regent College.  First, Tina stresses the need to recognize the generative power of the spoken […]

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      Shadow of the cross – the blessing of peace

      By Dave Henning / August 18, 2019

      “The blessing of peace takes on the full depth of it’s meaning in the shadow of the cross because it was on this tree that God reconciled the world to himself. . . .  If there’s any sentimentality still clinging to the concept of blessing, the cross utterly strips it away, exposing the reality that […]

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        Before the cross became blessing

        By Dave Henning / August 16, 2019

        Before the cross became blessing, it was a curse.  And I feel the burning reality that before it’s possible to become blessing, I first have to encounter the curse of the cross and the one who became curse on it.”- Tina Boesch “He himself bore our sins in his body on the tree, that we […]

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          A commission – the blessing of peace

          By Dave Henning / August 11, 2019

          “In the context of a commission, the blessing of peace isn’t incidental direction.  It’s not the icing on the proverbial cake of ministry in the world.  Blessing is part of the way Jesus’ followers reflect his character and embody his presence.”- Tina Boesch When he [Jesus] had led them out to the vicinity of Bethany, […]

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            Impossibility of the blessing comes to life

            By Dave Henning / August 7, 2019

            “First Abraham and Sarah laughed at the impossibility of the blessing.  Then they laughed because the impossible came to life.  And God laughed with them, memorializing their laughter in the name of their son, who would remind them of the joy that comes at the end of a long season of painful waiting.”- Tina Boesch […]

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              Blessing and worship spring from the same source

              By Dave Henning / July 28, 2019

              “Blessing and worship spring from the same source — a vision of God’s good character and heart full of trust in God’s promises.  Worship is an irrepressible response to seeing who God is in his glory and to rightly perceiving that the blessings that populate our lives are expressions of his grace.”- Tina Boesch As […]

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                Blessing begins with seeing – agape seeing

                By Dave Henning / July 27, 2019

                “Blessing begins with seeing.  Before words of blessing can reach toward future vision, we must attend to present reality.  And that means we must turn our gaze from ourselves . . . and see others as they long to be seen.  This is agape seeing, a way of seeing grounded in love and sacrifice.  It […]

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                  When blessing is reduced to a phrase

                  By Dave Henning / July 21, 2019

                  “When a blessing is reduced to a phrase we say out of habit, then it’s drained of its significance.  A blessing should be a sincere prayer that rises from our souls.”- Tina Boesch As Tina Boesch continues Chapter 1 of Given, she observes that the secular nature of Western culture strips our culture of the […]

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                    The love Christ Jesus gave

                    By Dave Henning / July 20, 2019

                    “The love Christ Jesus gave/ Be filling every heart for me,/ The love Christ Jesus gave/ Filling me for everyone.”- Traditional Scottish blessing, Nineteenth Century In Chapter 1 (“Blessing in the Beginning”) of Given: The Forgotten Meaning and Practice of Blessing, author Tina Boesch relates a conversation she had with a Turkish friend while living […]

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                      Just plunge into the darkness

                      By Dave Henning / May 9, 2019

                      “Instead of running west, just plunge into the darkness.  That’s counterintuitive.  If you even think about it, all your instincts rebel.  We avoid desperation, simply hoping the situation clears itself up, waiting for the darkness to lighten.  But what if the desperation is a grace disguised?  What if fighting your way through the darkness is […]

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                        Suffering – the intersection of pain + blessing

                        By Dave Henning / January 16, 2019

                        “Suffering is the intersection where life’s deepest pains meet with the most wonderful blessings of grace. . . .  Suffering is where weakness intersects with strength, confusion intersects with wisdom, sorrow intersects with joy, and despair intersects with hope.”- Paul David Tripp In Chapter 14 (“The Comfort of a Heart at Rest”), the final chapter […]

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                          Suffering’s paradox – pain ushers in blessing

                          By Dave Henning / January 4, 2019

                          “Here is  suffering’s paradox: the very things we would do anything to avoid, the very things that confront our understanding of who we are, and the very things that cause us the most pain become the very things that usher into our lives the blessings of help, hope, peace, and rest that we all long […]

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