Reflecting on Henry and the Heart of God
Several years ago Jessica and Ian had their theology revolutionized by coming in contact with the vision of God and the warfare worldview that ReKnew ministries stands for. Tragically, this last September this wonderful couple learned that their precious 4-year-old son Henry had a massive brain tumor and that he had only months to live. While they aggressively fought back through intense prayer, they also had to prepare for Henry’s memorial service in the event that he wasn’t healed. Since all the pastors they knew would have framed Henry’s death along the lines of the blueprint worldview that most Christians implicitly, if not explicitly, espouse, they asked me if I’d offer some reflections on a video to be played at his service. They wanted their family and friends to learn about a different way of interpreting tragedies like this.
While I received a definite word from God about 20 years ago that I wasn’t to do funerals or weddings, I felt strongly led to accept Jessica and Ian’s invitation. Along with Jessica and Ian, I have a strong sense that although God never intended for Henry to die this way, he wants to use this terrible tragedy to impact many people with the truth of his loving character and the reality of the warfare that engulfs this planet. So I prayed as I looked through Henry’s Facebook page and read Jessica’s letter and then just sat in my office and talked into my I-phone camera.
Following the beautiful and insightful reflection on Henry’s life and death that we posted several days ago, we felt it would be appropriate today to share the reflections I offered for his memorial service. Our prayer is that these brief reflections not only honor the life and death of this precious boy, but also help you and others see more clearly the beauty of God’s loving character through the painful fog of war that permeates our fallen creation.
Many of you were touched last month when we featured some reflections on little Henry’s death. Well, Henry’s mother Jess has started a blog to process through some of her thoughts and we wanted to share this amazing piece with all of you. Jess thinks ahead to the time when her two-year-old daughter will start…
Greg shares an update on the ReKnew fundraiser. Hope you’ll consider joining this Kingdom movement!
While it makes sense that Hellenistic philosophers embraced knowledge of God as the simple, necessary and immutable One in an attempt to explain the ever-changing, composite, contingent world (see post here for what this means), it is misguided for Christian theology to do so. By defining knowledge of God’s essence over-and-against creation, we are defining God’s essence…
As if you needed another reason to join us for Faith, Doubt and the Idol of Certainty, I’ll tell you that Greg’s band NDY is playing a free concert at 8:15pm at Woodland Hills Church the Friday night of the conference. Now get on that registration and join us, won’t you?
Greg considers the fate of the unsaved. http://traffic.libsyn.com/askgregboyd/Episode_0466.mp3
Do you have a friend who’s got questions about God? Greg’s father was an atheist who had lots of questions. Over an extended period, Greg and his father wrote letters to one another where they talked honestly about them. The questions include: Why is the world so full of suffering? Why does God create earthquakes…