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Knowledge vs. intimacy

By Dave Henning / May 22, 2014

“If anyone imagines that he knows something, he does not know as he ought to know.  But if anyone loves God, he is known by God.”- 1 Corinthians 8:2-3 In Chapter 3 (“Knowledge about Him or Intimacy with Him”) of Not a Fan, author Kyle Idleman discusses Luke’s account of Jesus’ invitation to eat at […]


From darkness to light

By Dave Henning / May 21, 2014

Nicodemus, who had gone to him (Jesus) before, and who was one of them (Sanhedrin), said to them, “Does our law first judge a man without first giving him a hearing and learning what he does?”  They replied, “Are you from Galilee too?”- John 7:50-52 As Kyle Idleman concludes Chapter 2 of Not a Fan, […]


Belief and commitment- the heart and soul of faith

By Dave Henning / May 20, 2014

And he (Jesus) said to all, “If anyone would come after me, let him deny himself and take up his cross daily and follow me.  For whoever would save his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life for my sake will save it.”- Luke 9:23-24 In Chapter 2 (“A Decision or a Commitment?”) […]


Thriving with Living Water

By Dave Henning / May 19, 2014

“He is like a tree planted by water, that sends out its roots by the stream, and does not fear when he heat comes, for its leaves remain green, and is not anxious in the year of drought, for it does not cease to bear fruit.”- Jeremiah 17:8 The most enduring memory I have of […]


Accurately defining the relationship

By Dave Henning / May 18, 2014

“If you abide in my word, you are truly my disciples.”- John 8:31 “By this all people will know that you are my disciples, if you have love for one another.”- John 3:35 As Kyle Idleman concludes Chapter 1 of Not a Fan, he asserts that it’s almost impossible to be objective when asked to […]


Define the relationship

By Dave Henning / May 17, 2014

Not a Fan: Becoming a Completely Committed Follower of Jesus is the first book written by Kyle Idleman, teaching pastor at Southeast Christian Church in Louisville, KY.  His second book, Gods at War, previously was blogged and annotated on this site.  Pastor Idleman begins Chapter 1 (“D. T. R.”) of Not a Fan with what […]



By Dave Henning / May 16, 2014

 Grace (Thomas Nelson, 2012) The full title of this book by Max Lucado is Grace: More Than We Deserve, Greater Than We Imagine.  Pastor Lucado begins with the assertion that God answers the messes of life with one word: grace.  He then defines grace as “the voice that calls us to change and then gives […]


When hope flickers

By Dave Henning / May 15, 2014

“For the grace of God has appeared, bringing salvation for all people, training us to renounce ungodliness and worldly passions, and to live self-controlled, upright, and godly lives in the present age.”- Titus 2:11-12 “Grace is the gift of feeling sure that our future, even our dying, is going to turn out more splendidly than […]


Cascading grace

By Dave Henning / May 13, 2014

“Freely you have received, freely give.”- Mathew 10:8 (NIV) “Grace must find expression in life, otherwise it is not grace.”- Karl Barth In Chapter 9 (“Unscrooged Hearts”) of Grace, Max Lucado tells how bridal shop owner Amy Wells gave grace to a dying man.  That man, Jack Autry, had been hospitalized because he was in […]


Sustaining grace

By Dave Henning / May 12, 2014

“Cry for help and you’ll find it’s grace and more grace.  The moment he hears, he’ll answer.”- Isaiah 30:19 (The Message) “[God] never gives a thorn without this added grace, He takes the thorn to pin aside the veil which hides His face.”- Martha Snell Nicholson Chapter 8 (“Fear Dethroned”) of Grace begins with the […]


Grace happens here

By Dave Henning / May 10, 2014

“Blessed be the Lord, who has not left you this day without a redeemer.”- Ruth 4:14 (ESV) “Lord, I crawled across the barrenness to you with my empty cup. . . . If I had only known you better, I’d have come running with a bucket.”- Nancy Spiegelberg Max Lucado bases Chapter 6 (“Grace on […]


When turkeys cross our path

By Dave Henning / May 9, 2014

“Now that I, your Lord and Teacher, have washed your feet, you also should wash one another’s feet.  I have set you an example that you should do as I have done for you.”- John 13:14-15 “If you do not transform your pain, you surely will transmit it.”- Richard Rohr In Chapter 5 (“Wet Feet”) […]

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