Deeper: Real Change for Real Sinners (Union)

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Pain – Ortlund reminds us that according to the New Testament, pain is “a means, not an obstacle, to deepening in Christian maturity” (125). Breathing – Using the analogy of breathing, Ortlund highlights in this chapter the necessity of reading the Bible (breathing in) and praying (breathing out) for sanctification.

In the light, they wither and die…We consign ourselves to plateaued growth in Christ if we yield to pride and fear and hide our sins.Ortlund (PhD, Wheaton College) serves as senior pastor of Naperville Presbyterian Church in Naperville, Illinois. This book was much more interesting, there was a lot happening, there were many intrigues, and I feel like the characters were given more depth.

Dane Ortlund’s newest book addresses both the need and the desire to go deeper into the Christian life. Or is the issue simply deep-er, that is focusing more on the growth journey than arriving at a spiritual destination? The real Satan can’t be killed, and he has been waiting since the beginning of time to gain his freedom.The characters in "Deeper" were more developed than in "Tunnels", probably because they've just gone through a lot, but still, I really liked that. It's a great teaching tool for an individual, a parent, or a small group to navigate through and improve or learn how to focus on God's Word. For Ortlund, “we don’t kill sin the way a soldier kills an enemy in battle, by zeroing in on the enemy himself. I sometimes would have to stop and do something else because I could imagine the complete blackness and being 5 miles under ground. The gospel does not take our good and complete us with God’s help; the gospel tells us we are dead and helpless, unable to contribute anything to our rescue but the sin that requires it.

Sure, I have some small quibbles with the author: he thinks the ESV is the best English translation and that the kingdom of Christ is here now (Amillennialism). Hopefully next book seems better -told you I already bought the first 4 books before even reading the first one. When I began this book, I was discouraged by the depth of my sin and was despairing of my ability to change. Dane helps us understand that the gospel is more of a person to adore and know than theological propositions and categories to master. So according to this preface, I shouldn't even be reading this book but as a lowly lay person should have picked up the "more accessible" version.But Roderick surprised himself by working on a book with help from an old university friend and, in 2005, he self-published it as The Highfield Mole, which caught the attention of Barry Cunningham, founder of Chicken House, a publisher of children’s books. I'm sure I'll be going back to it again and again to remind myself of the lessons taught and pick up more that I missed on the first run through. It’s then, as you give up on yourself and throw your hands up in the air, that your heart is most fertile for the supernaturalizing power of the Holy Spirit” (167). Ortlund (PhD, Wheaton College) serves as senior pastor of Naperville Presbyterian Church in Naperville, Illinois.

We need to remember what we are without Christ to continue to promote the humility necessary to be properly engaged with Christ. But it does mean that one aspect of growing in Christ is bringing our subjective feelings of defilement into line with that objective, decisive, invincible, true-for-all-time-and-eternity cleansing in the blood of Christ. Drawing on wisdom from figures throughout church history, Ortlund encourages readers to fix their gaze on Jesus in the battle against sin, casting themselves upon his grace and living out their invincible identity in Christ.You simply open your Bible and let God surprise you each day with the wonder of his love, proven in Christ and experienced in the Spirit” (140).

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