All posts in " Augustine "

Freedom for or freedom from

By Dave Henning / February 28, 2024

“Negative liberty is freedom from — refusing any barriers or constraints on our choices.  Positive liberty is freedom for — using your freedom to live in a particular way.  Our modern culture’s idea of freedom is wholly negative.  We are free as long as no one is constraining our choices.  However, this concept is too […]


The ultimate disordered love

By Dave Henning / February 23, 2024

“Augustine . . . observed that the heart’s loves have an order to them, and that we often love less important things more and the more important things less. . . .  The ultimate disordered love, however — and the ultimate source of our discontent — is failure to love the first thing first, the […]


The supreme love of your heart

By Dave Henning / February 14, 2024

“Christianity, then saw the battle for human virtue as no longer one of head versus heart (becoming more rational), nor mind over matter (getting more technical mastery over the world).  The battle was over where to direct the supreme love of your heart.  Will it be toward God and your neighbor, no matter who that […]


Doubt belief A = accept belief B

By Dave Henning / February 13, 2024

“You can’t doubt belief A except on the basis of some belief B you are believing instead at the moment.  So, for example, you cannot say, ‘No one can know enough to be certain about God and religion,’ without assuming that you know enough about the nature of religious knowledge to be certain about that […]


Coregulation soothes agitation

By Dave Henning / July 15, 2022

“Emotions are meant to move us toward each other and God, move us to be responsive to each other, move us to vulnerably share.  Coregulation soothes agitation.  Sharing the weight of your feelings with another soul regulates your feelings, bringing balance to your soul.”- Ann Voskamp “To forsake God and to exist in oneself — […]


The biggest sinner you know

By Dave Henning / April 22, 2017

“If the biggest sinner you know isn’t you, then you don’t know yourself very well.”- Pastor Jean Larroux “Here is a trustworthy saying that deserves full acceptance: Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners — of whom I am the worst.”- 1 Timothy 1:15 As Kyle Idleman concludes Chapter 1 of Grace Is […]

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