Apologies for not keeping up with this discussion the way I had intended. Hopefully things will pick up in the weeks to come.
Chapter One starts out with discussing the need to change, the ways in which we feel happy or frustrated based on what is going on in our lives, and suggests that our motives are not always based (or really rarely) on a desire for a deeper relationship with God but rather a deep commitment to not “feel deep frustration and personal pain.”
As you reflected on this chapter, can you share some ways in which you sense that your obedience to Christ, the way you live your Christian life is more or has been in the past a methodical way at avoiding pain?
Crabb suggests too that we really live for the purpose of self-protection. Do you agree with this statement? Again, what are examples in your life where you see this to be true? As you think of examples, can you also describe what was your motivation?