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Hallmark movie star: Jacob?

By Dave Henning / November 18, 2023

“If you are looking for a star in a Hallmark movie, Jacob is not your guy.  If, on the other hand . . . you wonder if God could use a person whose halo has slipped . . . Then the story of Jacob is what you need.  When God wanted to identify himself to […]


The Tilted Halo Society

By Dave Henning / November 17, 2023

“This book is for members of the Tilted Halo Society.  For struggles among us and the fumbler within us. . . .  We mean well, but do well?  Well, we don’t always.  We have breakthroughs, but breakdowns as well, often in the same hour. . . . .  We have not forgotten [our failures].  But […]


The Man in the middle – Jesus

By Dave Henning / November 15, 2023

“[Jesus] is the Man in the middle of all our interpersonal pain in the faith family.  And every loss of an illusion and every gain of a reality is actually an opportunity to fellowship with Him, our Savior and First Love. . . .  Our true hope is not the family of God; it is […]


Love in reality – a choice

By Dave Henning / November 14, 2023

“When the feeling of love fails us in the night, let us choose to love in reality.  Not by repainting the other as perfect.  Not by loving so that they will change their mind.  But by following Jesus’ very clear example: ‘We love because he first loved us.’ “- Alicia Britt Chole “A new command […]


Weary minds: soul-deep relief

By Dave Henning / November 13, 2023

“Sometimes we go beyond remembering or evaluating history to denying or editing history in a desperate attempt to make sense of the pain.  Even if this process provides a temporary resting place for our weary minds, the relief cannot be soul-deep because untruth cannot heal.”- Alicia Britt Chole “I will give you the treasures of […]


His mercy restrains His truth

By Dave Henning / November 12, 2023

“Because of God’s mercy, He does not reveal all that is true about us all at once.  His mercy restrains His truth, rationing our revelation since its fullness would crush us. . . .  God, in His love, does not instantly tell us everything that is true about us.  He sees more than He says.  […]


Pain in the community of faith

By Dave Henning / November 11, 2023

“As I listen to pain in the community of faith, rarely (if ever) have I heard anyone say that their interpersonal pain was sourced in theological disagreements about Christ’s deity or the nature of salvation, but rather in how they were treated. . . .  Does every question have one and only one reasonable answer?  […]


Generous listening – hearts

By Dave Henning / November 10, 2023

“Honestly, learning to hear other’s hearts more loudly than their words is a skill that would help us all.  Generous listening is becoming a lost art. . . .  As a culture, we now collect information in clips and bit that are rarely, if ever, capable of capturing the complexities of a human heart.”- Alicia […]


Strength shadows – giftings

By Dave Henning / November 9, 2023

“We tend to think more about shadows of sin than shadows of strength. . . .  Strength shadows, however, are a less intuitive source of disillusionment, because it rarely occurs to us that our giftings could supply anything other than blessing to a relationship.”- Alicia Britt Chole In Chapter 40 (“Sunday Schooled”) of The Night […]


Pilgrimage or performance?

By Dave Henning / November 8, 2023

“Faith, when viewed as a performance, is often motivated by fear and self-protection.  Its focus is on perfection. . . .  As a journey, however, faith viewed as a pilgrimage is motivated by love and glad surrender.  Its focus is direction.”- Alicia Britt Chole In Chapter 36 (“The Common Thread”) of The Night is Normal, […]


A skewed view of Jesus?

By Dave Henning / November 7, 2023

“We want to be like Jesus, but our understanding of what Jesus is like may be in need of repair.  Instead of ‘truly God and truly man,’ perhaps our definition of the Incarnation is more often mostly God with a dash of man. . . .  A skewed view of Jesus can actually contribute to […]


Whispers in our weakness

By Dave Henning / November 6, 2023

“God still whispers to us in our weakness. Wisdom invites us to listen.  As with Elijah, God’s voice when we are weak is often directional. . . .  Many have discovered a more sustainable rhythm through God’s whispers in what the world calls weakness.”- Alicia Britt Chole “My grace is sufficient for you, for my […]

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