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Our perfect liberation – Jesus

By Dave Henning / February 29, 2024

“When a Christian grasps how Jesus saved us at infinite cost to himself, how he emptied himself of his glory, and took on a humble form to serve our best interests, it creates a grateful joy that inwardly moves us to want to please, know, and resemble him.  Our happiness gets put into his happiness […]

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Freedom for or freedom from

By Dave Henning / February 28, 2024

“Negative liberty is freedom from — refusing any barriers or constraints on our choices.  Positive liberty is freedom for — using your freedom to live in a particular way.  Our modern culture’s idea of freedom is wholly negative.  We are free as long as no one is constraining our choices.  However, this concept is too […]

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The harm principle – disingenuous

By Dave Henning / February 27, 2024

“The ‘harm principle’ appears to make freedom of choice into a self-correcting absolute that gives us guidance for life together without the need for value judgments of any kind. . . .  The harm principle is useless and even disingenuous as a guide. . . .  How can you know what hurts people unless you […]

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Numerous freedoms conflict

By Dave Henning / February 26, 2024

“The modern definition of freedom is the ability to do whatever we want.  However, how does that definition work when your wants are in conflict? . . .  There is, then, not just one thing called ‘freedom’ that we either have or do not have.  At the level of lived life there are numerous freedoms, […]

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Freely choose life’s limitations?

By Dave Henning / February 25, 2024

“You don’t really freely choose most of these necessary limitations in life.  You are just recognizing the limitations that are actually there in the world, that are independent of you desires and choices. . . .  Then [you are] not free to do whatever you choose.  That is an impossible idea and not the way […]

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Grasp and be gripped by Jesus

By Dave Henning / February 24, 2024

“How do we actually know [God’s] love?  You can’t just tell yourself ‘God loves me’ and expect your heart to change.  Nor can you just say, ‘From now on I will love God.’  Love cannot be generated simply by an act of the will. . . .  We must grasp and be gripped by the […]

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The ultimate disordered love

By Dave Henning / February 23, 2024

“Augustine . . . observed that the heart’s loves have an order to them, and that we often love less important things more and the more important things less. . . .  The ultimate disordered love, however — and the ultimate source of our discontent — is failure to love the first thing first, the […]

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A long series of choices

By Dave Henning / February 22, 2024

“But the day comes when you’re lying in the bath and you notice . . . that the way you’re living bares scarcely any resemblance to what you thought you always wanted, and yet, you realize you got there by a long series of choices.”- Francis Spufford, Unapologetic: Why, Despite Everything, Christianity Can Still Make […]

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A spectrum of experience

By Dave Henning / February 21, 2024

“If you are younger, it is natural to way to yourself, ‘I have heard about those disillusioned celebrities and wealthy people who say their life isn’t happy.  But if I get anything like what I’m hoping for, I’ll be different.’  No you won’t.  Though there is a spectrum of experience, nobody in the end has […]

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Fades away in the reality

By Dave Henning / February 20, 2024

“Most people, if they really learn how to look into their own hearts, would know that they do want, and want acutely, something that cannot be had in this world.  There are all sorts of things in this world that offer to give it to you, but they never keep their promise. . . .  […]

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The storm through Jesus’ eyes

By Dave Henning / February 19, 2024

“We need Jesus’ eyes even more when we face those real-life adversities.  We’ve heard it a thousand times — in the storm, keep your eyes on Jesus rather than the wind and the waves.  It’s good counsel, but here’s an even better offer: you can look at the storm through Jesus’s eyes.”- Alan Wright, Seeing […]

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The Logos – a person to be learned

By Dave Henning / February 18, 2024

“Christians believe that Jesus is the Logos that the Greeks intuited — the meaning behind the universe, the reason for life.  But unlike the philosophers, Christians believe that the Logos is not a concept to be learned but a person to be known.  And therefore we don’t believe in a meaning we must go out […]

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