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Dave Henning


The vine or the branch?

By Dave Henning / September 14, 2023

“When I’m doing things my way, I’ve stopped being the branch and am trying to be the vine. . . .  Instead of connecting with Jesus and finding what I need in him, I’m trying to find it in myself. . . .  This approach will inevitably stop working, and when it does, some predictable […]


Controlling metaphor = wheel hub

By Dave Henning / September 13, 2023

“Think of a controlling metaphor as the hub of a wheel, with all the spokes connected to that hub.  The controlling metaphor anchors the concept and conversation. . . .  There is incredible power in identifying the controlling metaphor for your life.  These metaphors give us a common language, clear direction, and a firm foundation.”- […]


Your connection with the Vine

By Dave Henning / September 12, 2023

“When your way isn’t working, check your connection with the Vine.  You are the branch, and the branch’s most important job is to stay connected with the Vine.”- Kyle Idleman “I am the vine; you are the branches.  If you remain in me and I in you, you will bear much fruit; apart from me […]


Struggling with struggling

By Dave Henning / September 11, 2023

“I was struggling with the fact that I was struggling, which made my struggling more of a struggle.  The people around me had to see it because they weren’t hearing it from me.”- Kyle Idleman “Do everything without grumbling or arguing, so that you may become blameless and pure, ‘children of God without fault in […]


The Prodigal Prophet: Jonah . . .

By Dave Henning / September 10, 2023

The Prodigal Prophet: Jonah . . . The late Timothy Keller (1950-2023) wrote The Prodigal Prophet: Jonah and the Mystery of God’s Mercy (Viking) in 2018.  The founding pastor of Redeemer Presbyterian Church in New York City, Tim Keller first notes that Jonah wanted a God of his own making.  So when the real God […]


A cozy world of self-protection

By Dave Henning / September 9, 2023

“The book of Jonah is a shot across the bow.  God asks , how can we look at anyone — even those with deeply opposing beliefs and practices — with no compassion?  If your compassion is going to resemble God’s, you must abandon a cozy world of self-protection.”- Timothy Keller “These inward trials I employ, […]


Grace abolishes fear of failure

By Dave Henning / September 8, 2023

“Grace abolishes fear of failure. . . .  So many of our deepest longings to succeed are really just ways to be for ourselves what Christ should be for us. . . .  When we stop trying to steal self-acceptance from other sources, we lose our fear.  We become fearless without becoming defiant.”- Timothy Keller […]


The depth of God’s grace

By Dave Henning / September 7, 2023

“The main purpose of the book of Jonah is to get us to understand grace. . . .  Ignorance of the depth of God’s grace causes our most severe problems.  Until we understand it we are, like Jonah, just a shadow of what we could be and should be.”- Timothy Keller “The gospel is bearing […]


Gift and appointment – from God

By Dave Henning / September 6, 2023

“Whatever you have is only by God’s gift and appointment (1 Chronicles 29:12-14).  So to not share with those who have less, to fail to meet their basic human needs . . . is being not simply unmerciful but unjust.”- Timothy Keller “But who am I {King David], and who are my people, that we […]


Christian identity — received

By Dave Henning / September 5, 2023

“Christian identity, however, is received, not achieved. . . .  To ground your identity in your own efforts and accomplishments — even in the amount of love you have for Jesus — is to have an unstable, fragile identity.”- Timothy Keller “God made him who had no sin to be sin for us, so that […]


Apolitical Christians?

By Dave Henning / September 4, 2023

“Since no human society reflects God’s justice and righteousness perfectly, supposedly apolitical Christians are supporting many things that displease God.  So not to be involved politically, is to be political. . . .  Individual Christians can and should be involved politically, as a way of loving our neighbors.”- Timothy Keller “For not with swords loud […]


Bedrock truths of the Bible

By Dave Henning / September 3, 2023

“Behind Jesus’s parable [of the Good Samaritan] is one of the bedrock truths of the Bible, namely, that every human being is created in the image and likeness of God (Genesis 1:26-27). . . .  It is clear that this makes every human being of value and worth.”- Timothy Keller ” ‘Which of these three […]

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