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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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Inherent meanings – not created

By Dave Henning / February 17, 2024

“Traditional belief in God was the basis for discovered, objective meaning — meaning that is there, apart from your inner feelings or interpretations.  If we were made by God for certain purposes, then there are inherent meanings we must accept.  The meanings that secular people have are not discovered but rather created.  They are no […]

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Life – simply what you make it?

By Dave Henning / February 16, 2024

“Life isn’t simply what you make it.  Often it is what it is.  We are not fully free to impose our meanings on life.  Rather, we must honor life by discovering a meaning that fits with the world as it is.”- Timothy Keller In Chapter 3 (“A Meaning That Suffering Can’t Take from You”) of […]

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Dogmatism, truth, skepticism

By Dave Henning / February 15, 2024

“We have an incapacity for proving anything, which no amount of dogmatism can overcome.  We [also] have an idea of truth which no amount of skepticism can overcome.”- Blaise Pascal, Pensee 406 “In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.  He was with God in the […]

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The supreme love of your heart

By Dave Henning / February 14, 2024

“Christianity, then saw the battle for human virtue as no longer one of head versus heart (becoming more rational), nor mind over matter (getting more technical mastery over the world).  The battle was over where to direct the supreme love of your heart.  Will it be toward God and your neighbor, no matter who that […]

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Doubt belief A = accept belief B

By Dave Henning / February 13, 2024

“You can’t doubt belief A except on the basis of some belief B you are believing instead at the moment.  So, for example, you cannot say, ‘No one can know enough to be certain about God and religion,’ without assuming that you know enough about the nature of religious knowledge to be certain about that […]

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“From religion to secularism”

By Dave Henning / February 12, 2024

“To move from religion to secularism is not so much a loss of faith as a shift into a new set of beliefs and into a new community of faith, one that draws lines between orthodoxy and heresy in different places. . . .  Many secular people . . . assume that belief is mainly […]

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The persistence of faith

By Dave Henning / February 11, 2024

“Many ask: Why do people feel they need religion?  Perhaps now we see that the way this question is phrased doesn’t explain the persistence of faith.  People believe in God not merely because they feel some emotional need, but because it makes sense of what they see and experience.”- Timothy Keller “To most humans curiosity […]

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Arbiter of metaphysics: science?

By Dave Henning / February 10, 2024

“To make science the arbiter of metaphysics is to banish not only God from the world, but also love, hate, meaning. . . .  I returned to the central values of Christianity — sacrifice, redemption, forgiveness — because I found them so compelling.”- Paul Kalanithi, When Breath Becomes Air As Timothy Keller moves on in […]

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Background beliefs re: Christianity

By Dave Henning / February 9, 2024

“Many of the background beliefs that our culture presses on us about Christianity . . . are not presented to us explicitly by argument.  Rather, they are absorbed through the stories and themes of entertainment and social media.  They are assumed to be simply ‘the way things are.’ “- Timothy Keller Timothy Keller concludes his […]

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