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Dave Henning


Ethical system – Christian beliefs

By Dave Henning / March 7, 2023

“An ethical system in a shame-and-honor-culture is a self-regarding and self-actualizing ethic, but an ethical system that draws on Christian beliefs is an other-regarding ethic based on a commitment to the good of others for their sake, not yours.”- Timothy Keller (emphasis author’s) As Timothy Keller moves on in Chapter 3 of Forgive, he talks […]


Strictly secular sense of forgiveness

By Dave Henning / March 6, 2023

“The discoverer of the role of forgiveness in the realm of human affairs was Jesus of Nazareth.  The fact that he made this discovery in a religious context and articulated it in religious language is no reason to take it less seriously in a strictly secular sense.”- Hannah Arendt, philosopher (1906-1975) In Chapter 3 (“The […]


Modern western culture – forgiveness

By Dave Henning / March 5, 2023

“[We have such] impoverished contemporary understandings and practices of forgiveness in modern western culture. . . .  If all that matters is individual autonomy, then forgiveness and reconciliation — which are designed to foster and maintain communion — are of little importance.”- L. Gregory Jones, Embodying Forgiveness (1995) Timothy Keller concludes Chapter 2 of Forgive […]


Complaints around forgiveness

By Dave Henning / March 4, 2023

“What lies behind this conflict over forgiveness?  All the complaints around forgiveness assume definitions and models of it that indeed can be problematic.  It is not enough, then, to simply call people to be more forgiving.”- Timothy Keller In Chapter 2 (“The Fading of Forgiveness’) of Forgive, Timothy Keller critiques the three current models of […]


A servant acting like a king

By Dave Henning / March 3, 2023

“What will change our hearts?  The only thing that will change a servant from acting like a king is getting a view of the amazing love of the King who became a servant.  We should be in the accused prisoner’s dock, but we put ourselves in the judge’s seat.”- Timothy Keller “To see the law […]


Forgiveness failure – an account

By Dave Henning / March 2, 2023

“[The Parable of the Unforgiving Servant] is an account of forgiveness failure because that is the usual human story.  The movement from divine forgiveness to human forgiveness is constantly frustrated by human sin. . . .  Are you a professing Christian . . . known by your friends and neighbors for being unusually loving, generous, […]


An arrow pointed directly

By Dave Henning / March 1, 2023

“Forgiveness is not merely difficult for us. . . .  Forgiveness is also difficult for us to grant. . . .  We who live only by the mercy of God every second of our lives fail to be kind, merciful, generous, gracious, and forgiving every day.  [The Parable of the Unforgiving Servant], then, is an […]


A profound need – forgiveness

By Dave Henning / February 28, 2023

“The human need for forgiveness appears indelible.  It won’t go away by denouncing it or trying to deconstruct it.  The need I’m referring to is both a profound need to grant forgiveness and to receive forgiveness. . . .  Forgiveness gets down to the bottom of things — to the alienation we feel from God […]


Good and Beautiful and Kind

By Dave Henning / February 27, 2023

Good and Beautiful and Kind  Rich Villodas recently published his second book, Good and Beautiful and Kind: Becoming Whole in a Fractured World (Waterbrook, 2022).  Brooklyn-born, Rich Villodas serves as the lead pastor of New Life Fellowship in Elmhurst, Queens.  In his Introduction, Pastor Villodas lists goodness, beauty, and kindness as three realities of God’s […]


The call to justice = faithfulness

By Dave Henning / February 26, 2023

“We are not called to fix the world but to faithfully respond with the resources, strength, and love we have. . . .  The call to justice is not about fruitfulness but faithfulness. . . .  In God’s way of doing things, the small, hidden, incremental acts of love have a way of being harnessed […]


A Christian sense of justice

By Dave Henning / February 25, 2023

“A Christian sense of justice is one shaped by the Christian story.  And that means a Christian sense of justice is shaped by love of God and love of others instead of a Western, individualized, and modernist concept of freedom and rights.”- Scot McKnight, A Community Called Atonement “Praise the LORD. . . who redeems […]


Concrete acts of care

By Dave Henning / February 24, 2023

“The love John speaks of is one built not on sentimentality but in concrete acts of care — care that intersects the true wounds and needs of those around us.  The scandal of Christianity is that we love and encounter God through people. . . .  If the love we claim to have doesn’t lead […]

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