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Finding the heart to pray

By Dave Henning / December 14, 2014

“The Bible does not present an art of prayer; it presents the God of prayer.”- Edmund Clowney, “A Biblical Theology” Timothy Keller concludes Chapter 4 of Prayer by emphasizing that God must be the starting point of prayer.  Otherwise, our own perceived emotional needs drive our prayers, becoming our sole focus.  We should, Pastor Keller […]


Knowing God

By Dave Henning / December 10, 2014

“For through him (Christ) we both have access in one Spirit to the Father.”- Ephesians 2:18 As Timothy Keller concludes Chapter 3 of Prayer, he emphasizes that prayer can be much more than superficial conversation (where there isn’t much self-disclosure) with God.  Some conversations go deep.  That happens when we reveal not just information but our very […]


The centrality of prayer

By Dave Henning / December 4, 2014

In Chapter 2 of Prayer Timothy Keller focuses on the hardness (difficulty) and the centrality of prayer.  He cites The Still Hour, a classic book on prayer by nineteenth-century American theologian Austin Phelps.  Phelps began with the premise that “a consciousness of the absence of God is one of the standing incidents of religious life.” Pastor […]


God’s masterpiece

By Dave Henning / November 28, 2014

“We are God’s masterpiece.  He has created us anew in Christ Jesus, so we can do the good things he planned for us long ago.”- Ephesians 2:10 (NLT) Today’s blog is based on an excerpt from the book Soulprint by Mark Batterson.  Tomorrow I’ll begin a series of posts discussing Timothy Keller’s newly published book […]


AHA: Awakening. Honesty. Action.

By Dave Henning / November 17, 2014

AHA (David C. Cook, 2014) AHA: Awakening.  Honesty.  Action. is the latest book by Kyle Idleman, teaching pastor at Southeast Christian Church in Louisville, Kentucky.  Kyle bases this book on the Parable of the Prodigal Son (Luke 15).  Pastor Idleman emphasizes that AHA is the antithesis of a self-help book.  While we are aware that […]


Total dependence

By Dave Henning / November 13, 2014

“The bad son was lost in his badness, but the good son was lost in his goodness.”- Timothy Keller, The Prodigal God Kyle Idleman continues Chapter 13 of AHA with two descriptions of what an older brother is like, because older brothers have a difficult time seeing themselves as someone in need of AHA. 1.  […]


The blame game

By Dave Henning / November 12, 2014

“For this my son was dead, and is alive again, he was lost, and is found.”  And they began to celebrate.  Now his older brother was in the field . . .- Luke 15:24-25 In Chapter 13 (“Lost in the Father’s House- The Final AHA”) of AHA, Kyle Idleman reminds us that the Parable of the […]


Here and now

By Dave Henning / November 10, 2014

“Tomorrow, and tomorrow, and tomorrow . . . have lighted fools/ The way to dusty death.”- William Shakespeare, Macbeth Zaccheus stood up and said to the Lord, “Look, Lord!  Here and now I give half my possessions to the poor, and if I have cheated anybody out of anything, I will pay back four times […]


Choosing easy over God

By Dave Henning / November 7, 2014

“So when the woman saw that the tree was good for food, and that it was a delight to the eyes, and that the tree was to be desired to make one wise, she took of its fruit and ate, and she also gave it to her husband who was with her, and he ate.”- […]


It’s time to get up!

By Dave Henning / November 6, 2014

Kyle Idleman concludes Chapter 9 of AHA by reiterating that it’s important for us to recognize that without action, the story never changes.  Had the Prodigal Son not gotten up, it really wouldn’t have mattered that he came to his senses.  He had to take action. Pastor Idleman cites Catholic philosopher Michael Novak, who makes […]


Lights! Camera! Inaction!

By Dave Henning / November 5, 2014

Kyle Idleman continues Chapter 9 of AHA by stating that when convicted hearts don’t lead to changed lives due to inaction, there are some consistent side effects.  Pastor Idleman presents and discusses three such side effects.  These side effects also can serve as symptoms or warnings that we need to take action. 1.  An underlying […]


Conviction or change?

By Dave Henning / November 4, 2014

“And he arose and came to his father.”- Luke 15:20 In Chapter 9 (“Time to Get Up”) of AHA, Kyle Idleman begins with the story of his high school senior class trip.  On that trip he saw someone bungee jump for the first time.   Taking note that his classmates were duly impressed with that feat, […]

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