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Set of directions on life browser

By Dave Henning / September 28, 2022

“I find the best way to understand something or someone is to explore it.  I suppose, in this age, we think there’s a set of directions on the browser we call ‘like.’  ‘Just check the manual.  Ask Google.  Or call the help desk.’  This won’t do.  We must listen to the voice buried deep inside […]

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The Plastic People . . . kill beauty

By Dave Henning / September 27, 2022

“The Plastic People see nature as a material reality, rather than a gift from God.  They view the world through a utilitarian lens; they want to know what it does for them rather than looking at it as an opportunity to participate with God through the created order.  It’s crucial shift.”- Timothy D. Willard “I […]

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Walked away from the conversation

By Dave Henning / September 26, 2022

“We’ve muted the holy with our self-centered and isolated lifestyles, but it is not God who decided to stop talking.  It is us who walked away from the conversation. . . .  And yet, even though we’ve seemed to empty the skies of glory, we bemoan the lack of holiness we experience in the world […]

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True life withers away from God

By Dave Henning / September 25, 2022

“Nourishment needed for life comes through him.  True life withers away from God.  We possess the energy called life, and God invites us to be distinct as he is.  Thus, the dance of learning to live in God begins, and we spend our whole lives either pursuing him, rejecting him, or ignoring him.”- Timothy D. […]

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First cause: a life-filled spark

By Dave Henning / September 24, 2022

“Amazing encounters and experiences inspire us.  But have you thought about where inspiration comes from?  Where did the bit of magic that inspired the architect’s imagination come from? . . .  That bit of magic is found in this life-filled word. . . .  It is the beginning of all sparks.  Philosophers call this life-filled […]

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The bounty of wonder in this world

By Dave Henning / September 23, 2022

“The bounty of wonder you and I discover in this world is no accident.  God created the world with deep intention, care, and love.  He created with an irresistible flair to draw us to himself. . . .  For the disciple of Jesus, the one groping for deeper intimacy with God, the revelation of these […]

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In the face of disappointment, beauty flies

By Dave Henning / September 22, 2022

“It is beauty that flies in the face of disappointment and continued failure, and it does so arm-in-arm with hope. . . .  It is she whose mind lives awash in beauty who sees through the dirge of the moment into the beautiful hope of redemption.”- Timothy D. Willard Timothy Willard concludes Chapter 2 of […]

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Beauty shines from within and without

By Dave Henning / September 21, 2022

“Beauty shines from within and shines from the surface, mixing the temporal with the infinite.  It is within, yes.  But it is also on the outside, intoxicating our experience, and frightening us with a holy resonance.”- Timothy D. Willard “But God saw everything that he had made, and behold, it was very good.”- Genesis 1:31 […]

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Broaden our view of beauty

By Dave Henning / September 20, 2022

“But what if we broaden our view of beauty not so we can let it mean whatever we want it to mean, but so we can take in the wonder of God? . . .  What if reflecting on beauty itself made us more like Christ?”- Timothy D. Willard As Timothy Willard moves on in […]

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A staging point for something grander

By Dave Henning / September 19, 2022

Beauty feels like a staging point for something grander than feelings or my inner self or aesthetic pleasure.  Beauty moves me from my spot . . . and invites me to explore beyond those boundaries, out in the edge of life.”- Timothy D. Willard Beauty is so quietly woven through our ordinary days that we […]

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God speaks to us through beauty

By Dave Henning / September 18, 2022

“God speaks to us through beauty.  But in order to hear the words, we must slow down and listen through our hearts.”- Timothy D. Willard In his Introduction (“A Note for the Curious”) to The Beauty Chasers: Recapturing the Wonder of the Divine, Timothy D. Willard stresses that it’s possible for beauty to change you.  […]

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Beautiful People Don’t Just Happen

By Dave Henning / September 17, 2022

Beautiful People Don’t Just Happen Scott Sauls recently authored Beautiful People Don’t Just Happen: How God Redeems Regret, Hurt, and Fear in the Making of Better Humans (Zondervan, 2022).  Currently Scott serves as senior pastor of Christ Presbyterian Church in Nashville, TN.  Most significantly, Pastor Sauls observes, the more the disciplined regimen of God works […]

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