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A prolonged sense of attentiveness

By Dave Henning / February 7, 2023

“We were made to contemplate.  But here’s the thing: Contemplation is not truly possible without a prolonged sense of attentiveness.  Our pace must slow down. . . .  In addition,  contemplative prayer is not just about our pace but rather about space — in particular, our inner space.”- Rich Villodas As Rich Villodas moves on […]

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Thoughts and prayers?

By Dave Henning / February 6, 2023

“Thoughts and prayers. . . .  As a culture, ‘prayer’ has become code for a sentimentalism that is mildly sympathetic to tragedy but is helpless or even apathetic to producing real transformation. . . .  Some [prayers] lead to compassionate love: a force with power to turn a culture or redeem a live.  Others lead […]

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Wounded healers – our calling

By Dave Henning / February 5, 2023

“In his wounds, Jesus shows himself to be one who identifies — even in a resurrected state — with humanity.  Additionally, the wounds Jesus carries speak powerfully to his followers.  We are called to be wounded healers, but the first part of our calling requires us to be present to the wounds we have carried.”- […]

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Loving well in a traumatized world

By Dave Henning / February 4, 2023

“The way to loving well in a traumatized world requires a level of compassionate self-confrontation deep enough to face ourselves, which in turn enables us to relate differently to others.  In short, the person we must learn to love is ourselves, primarily. . . .  We are called to open ourselves to the healing available […]

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Grandpa lives in your bones

By Dave Henning / February 3, 2023

“Research has shown in recent years that painful words get passed down to us even on an epigenetic, cellular level.  We all have positive and negative legacies we must grapple with.  As we say at [New Life Fellowship], Jesus might live in your heart, but Grandpa lives in your bones.”- Rich Villodas In Chapter 3 […]

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Pull back the curtain, name the powers

By Dave Henning / February 2, 2023

“Whenever we name the powers, we pull back the curtain to see what’s really going on.  In this way, naming it is apocalyptic.  It’s a revelatory act.  It’s also liberating.”- Rich Villodas “Put on the full armor of God, so that when the day of evil comes, you may be able to stand your ground, […]

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Grounded in reality, nurtured in unity

By Dave Henning / February 1, 2023

“One of [the powers’] characteristics in their rebellious state is to separate us from love — love of God and love for each other through deception, division, and depersonalization.  Why?  Because love must be grounded in reality, nurtured in unity, and protected through the compassionate valuing of a person’s worth and dignity.”- Rich Villodas Rich […]

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The great scheme of the Evil One

By Dave Henning / January 31, 2023

“The Evil One’s great scheme is to convince us that the root problem is not with the Evil One but exclusively with ourselves, our circumstances, or our neighbors.”- Rich Villodas “For in [Christ] all things were created: things in heaven and on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or powers or rulers or authorities; all […]

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Powers and principalities

By Dave Henning / January 30, 2023

“In the biblical story, there are forces outside ourselves somehow wreaking havoc in our lives, seducing us away from the God of love.  These forces are known as — to use biblical terms, powers and principalities.  They refer to the belief held by writers of the Bible . . . that . . . there […]

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An act of solidarity – confession

By Dave Henning / January 29, 2023

“To confess our sins — especially together in community — is an act of solidarity.  It’s a practice reminding us that we are all on equal footing, all in need of grace; that we have all sinned and have been sinned against; that we are in the same broken family.”- Rich Villodas “Now the whole […]

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Interior examination, outward love

By Dave Henning / January 28, 2023

“Interior examination is a commitment we all must give ourselves to, through God’s grace.  But note that his grace turns us inward for the sake of self-awareness, confession, and ultimately love.  This process, in the paradoxical beauty of God’s way, ends with us growing in our outward love.”- Rich Villodas Rich Villodas continues Chapter 1 […]

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A robust theology of sin

By Dave Henning / January 27, 2023

“A robust theology of sin helps us live beyond self-deception.  A limited theology of sin often results in a false sense of spiritual maturity. . . .  It is a small step from a narrow understanding of sin straight into the depths of it. . . .  Sin is not just about ‘not doing that.’  […]

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