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5 thoughts on “Houston”

  1. Richard says:

    It’s quite difficult for me to understand the reason for this post on a Christian blog of this caliber. Are we to understand that Ms. Houston is being portrayed here as a Christian lady worthy of emulation? Evidently her lifestyle was hardly one of a Christian role model, and her death has been attributed to the effects of drugs and alcohol. Please help me comprehend this addition to your otherwise worthy ministry on this blog.

    1. Ray Ortlund says:

      Thanks, Richard. I am not making a statement about her. She is making a statement about Jesus — that he loves her, that the Bible tells her so, that she is weak but he is strong. A weak person can sing that with credibility. Only a weak person can.

      God bless.

      1. Eliza says:

        Ray, how breaking it was to read your reply. Tears streamed down my face as my shock settled & the truth was absorbed. Thank you. Finally.

  2. Lorri says:

    Dear Ray,
    Thank you for posting this song. It caught my attention that you did not post any personal comments. I gathered quickly that you were letting the “words” of the song speak for themselves. Beautiful…
    I was not a Whitney Houston fan, but was home recovering from an illness and watched nearly all of her home going service. It was exciting to hear the Gospel of Jesus being preached and even some rocks crying out. The two words that came to mind when I heard the news of her death-totured soul. Did she live the kind of life that I would want my teens to emulate? Of course not. But what an opportunity to dialogue with them about the human condition-we’re all in desperate need of Jesus!
    Praying that Anne Rice does not read Richard’s comment.
    Grace and Peace to you!

  3. Deborah says:

    Thanks, Dr. Ortlund. Watching celebrities spin out of control over the years, I’ve decided that fame must be a heavy burden. Yes, they sought it and worked hard for it, but when they reached their zenith they apparently realized it simply wasn’t enough. It was easy to be lured into drugs and alcohol. They were filled with an emptiness that money & fame can’t overcome. I believe Ms. Houston knew the truth, though. Her parents raised her in the church and no doubt her mother was heartbroken by her daughter’s sad decline. It’s interesting to note that apparently most of Whitney’s closest friends are solid Christians who tried to help her. Sad end for a truly talented woman.

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Ray Ortlund


Ray Ortlund is senior pastor of Immanuel Church in Nashville, Tennessee, and serves as a Council member with The Gospel Coalition. You can follow him on Twitter.

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