All posts in " intimacy "

There is a crack in everything

By Dave Henning / December 20, 2017

“There is a crack in everything. . . .  That’s how the light gets in.”- Leonard Cohen, “Anthem” The man said, “This is bone of my bones and flesh of my flesh; she shall be called ‘woman,’ for she was taken out of man.”- Genesis 2:23 In Chapter 9 (“Naked and Unafraid: The Paradox of […]


Intimacy – a balance of chaos and comfort

By Dave Henning / December 19, 2017

“Intimacy is a balance of chaos and comfort.”- John Ortberg “Through [Jesus] we . . . have access to the Father by one Spirit.”- Ephesians 2:18 John Ortberg continues Chapter 8 of I’d Like You More . . . as he notes one of the great dangers in human relationships.  Pastor Ortberg cites Scott Peck […]


Commitment – the foundation of intimacy

By Dave Henning / December 13, 2017

“Commitment is the foundation of intimacy, because without commitment there can be no trust, and without trust there can be no intimacy.”- John Ortberg “The man who makes a vow makes an appointment with himself at some distant time and place.”- G. K. Chesterton, “A Defence of Rash Vows” In Chapter 7 (“We Should All […]


The golden rule of intimacy

By Dave Henning / December 10, 2017

“What is the golden rule of intimacy?  Here it is: ‘Rejoice with those who rejoice; mourn with those who mourn.’ “- John Ortberg In Chapter 6 (“The Joy of Jury Duty: The Golden Rule of Intimacy”) of I’d Like You More . . . , John Ortberg states a single command given by the apostle […]


The call to more courageous self-awareness

By Dave Henning / December 9, 2017

“No one has ever called people to more courageous self-awareness than Jesus did.  The foundation of his call was grace.”- John Ortberg “Do not merely listen to the word, and so deceive yourselves.  Do what it says.  Anyone who listens to the word but does not do what it says is like someone who looks […]


Light speaks to us of God’s goodness

By Dave Henning / December 6, 2017

“Light speaks to us of God’s goodness; darkness speaks of our need.  But both can become offers of God’s presence.”- John Ortberg “It is important to know if we are alone in the dark.”- Stephen Hawking “By day the LORD directs his love, at night his song is with me.”- Psalm 42:7 In Chapter 4 […]


Fish discover water last – Ethiopian proverb

By Dave Henning / December 3, 2017

“Fish discover water last.”- old Ethiopian proverb In today’s blog, Pastor John Ortberg covers the eleventh and final myth about intimacy. Myth #11: You can’t experience genuine intimacy with someone you can’t see or touch.  Maybe, John posits, God: humans :: water: fish.  For fish, their environment consists of water.  In fact, they’ve never know […]


One of the biggest misconceptions about intimacy

By Dave Henning / December 2, 2017

“One of the biggest misconceptions about intimacy is that it is all about emotions.  Clearly, people who believe that have never forgotten their wedding anniversary or the name of their girlfriend’s cat.  When it comes to intimacy, details matter.”- John Ortberg Today, in Chapter 2 of I’d Like You More . . . , Pastor […]


Love: a God-powered condition of the heart and mind

By Dave Henning / November 29, 2017

“Jesus understood love as a God-powered condition of the heart and mind in which we will the good of everyone we meet.”- John Ortberg “I pray that you, being rooted and established in love, may have power, together with all the Lord’s people to grasp how side and long and high and deep is the […]


An emotional tank waiting to be filled

By Dave Henning / November 28, 2017

“Inside every child is an emotional tank waiting to be filled with love.”- Dr. Ross Campbell In Chapter 2 (“Let’s Get This Straight: What Intimacy Isn’t”) of I’d Like You More . . . , John Ortberg dispels eleven myths about intimacy.  Since, John quips, God didn’t create people with intimacy gauges on their foreheads, […]


Jesus doesn’t place efficiency above intimacy

By Dave Henning / November 26, 2017

“What we see in Jesus is a presence that doesn’t place efficiency above intimacy.  He was perfectly willing to accomplish his tasks more slowly if it meant being with his friends more deeply.”- John Ortberg John Ortberg concludes Chapter 1 of I’d Like You More . . . as he takes a look at some […]


Time and presence – the stuff of shared experience

By Dave Henning / November 25, 2017

“Time and presence.  They are the stuff of shared experience.  We can’t experience true intimacy without them.  And there is no greater gift than we can give to those we love.”- John Ortberg As John Ortberg continues Chapter 1 of I’d Like You More . . . , he notes we must be fully present […]

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