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Our human heritage = adventure

By Dave Henning / October 4, 2022

“Adventure is not a human commodity.  Adventure is our human heritage.  The Creator gifted us space on a terrestrial planet and invited you and me to learn and know who we are in relation to it, thus giving us deeper understanding as we relate to him.”- Timothy D. Willard “Not all those who wander are […]

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Adventure along the journey

By Dave Henning / October 3, 2022

“Adventure is something that happens along the journey.  It’s what happens to you during the expedition.  It cannot be planned.  It must be experienced in the moment.”- Timothy D. Willard (emphasis author’s) “We are plain quiet folk and have no use for adventure.  Nasty disturbing uncomfortable things!  Make you late for dinner.  I can’t think […]

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Edges keep us curious

By Dave Henning / October 2, 2022

“Edges keep us curious, don’t they?  Much can be said for edges.  You and I live on the edges, where life churns in a kaleidoscope of activity, desires, passions, failures, interests, and relationships; here the wildness of life meets with the beauty of it. . . .  I often hear people call these connections — […]

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Liturgical setting: rhythm of existence

By Dave Henning / October 1, 2022

“As in any kind of liturgical setting, the rhythm of existence can turn into a cold, rote way of life.  Just as we can repeat real spiritual liturgies, such as catechisms, without the joy of their truth shaping us, we can also fall into an existence in which we might change our daily rhythms but […]

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Your own experiences with beauty

By Dave Henning / September 30, 2022

“Think of one of your own experiences with beauty.  Perhaps it was a profound and new experience . . . that left you speechless; or maybe it’s the memory of a quiet moment spent taking in the simple charms of life.  We can all think of such moments, and not only for nostalgia, though that […]

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Through the lens of heaven

By Dave Henning / September 29, 2022

“Christ himself called Christians to follow him.  Such a spiritual pursuit gives the saint new eyes; she sees the world through the lens of heaven.  Christians, asserts Chesterton, are the ‘permanently incongruous and incompatible people,’ the salt of the earth.  And when the world leans too much in one direction, the Christian must offer a […]

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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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