All posts in " C. S. Lewis "

Look for Christ – find Him

By Dave Henning / March 7, 2024

“The principle runs through all life from top to bottom, Give up yourself, and you will find your real self.  Lose your life and you will save it. . . .  Nothing that you have not given away will really be yours.  Nothing in you that has not died will ever be raised from the […]


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 […]


Fades away in the reality

By Dave Henning / February 20, 2024

“Most people, if they really learn how to look into their own hearts, would know that they do want, and want acutely, something that cannot be had in this world.  There are all sorts of things in this world that offer to give it to you, but they never keep their promise. . . .  […]


Inherent meanings – not created

By Dave Henning / February 17, 2024

“Traditional belief in God was the basis for discovered, objective meaning — meaning that is there, apart from your inner feelings or interpretations.  If we were made by God for certain purposes, then there are inherent meanings we must accept.  The meanings that secular people have are not discovered but rather created.  They are no […]


Garden of Eden faith?

By Dave Henning / October 22, 2023

“We continue to expect Garden of Eden faith in a Garden of Gethsemane age.  And without a framework for processing disillusionment, we treat our add-on assumptions as proof of what we know. . . .  Such reasoning gives more power to the add-on than the truth.  We wind up keeping the illusion (I know how […]


Gift and appointment – from God

By Dave Henning / September 6, 2023

“Whatever you have is only by God’s gift and appointment (1 Chronicles 29:12-14).  So to not share with those who have less, to fail to meet their basic human needs . . . is being not simply unmerciful but unjust.”- Timothy Keller “But who am I {King David], and who are my people, that we […]


Christian identity — received

By Dave Henning / September 5, 2023

“Christian identity, however, is received, not achieved. . . .  To ground your identity in your own efforts and accomplishments — even in the amount of love you have for Jesus — is to have an unstable, fragile identity.”- Timothy Keller “God made him who had no sin to be sin for us, so that […]


Forgiving and excusing

By Dave Henning / March 13, 2023

“But there is all the difference in the world between forgiving and excusing.  Forgiveness says, ‘Yes, you have done this thing, but I accept your apology; I will never hold it against you and everything between us two will be exactly what it was before.’  But excusing says, ‘I see that you couldn’t help or […]


A swipe on your home screen

By Dave Henning / January 19, 2023

“Jesus urges us toward endurance, resilience.  It’s available in him, but it won’t just happen.  We must take hold of the strength that prevails.  So — what’s your plan to make it through?  You need a plan. . . .  Resilience and victory aren’t going to come with a swipe on your home screen.”- John […]


The Beauty Chasers: Recapturing . . .

By Dave Henning / October 27, 2022

The Beauty Chasers: Recapturing . . . Timothy D. Willard recently published The Beauty Chasers: Recapturing the Wonder of the Divine (Zondervan Reflective, 2022).  A writer and independent scholar. Timothy lived in Oxford, England, for two years.  There he studied beauty and northern aesthetics in the works of C. S. Lewis for his PhD.  In […]


Patches of Godlight – the chase

By Dave Henning / October 25, 2022

“Any patch of sunlight in a wood will show you something about the sun which you could never get from reading books on astronomy.  These pure and spontaneous pleasures are ‘patches of Godlight’ in the woods of our experience.”- C. S. Lewis, Letters to Malcolm Timothy Willard concludes Chapter 16 of The Beauty Chasers as […]


The full bloom of togetherness

By Dave Henning / October 9, 2022

“Beauty blooms in our connections with people as well as with our connections with nature.  And the full bloom of togetherness springs from our continual connection with God.”- Timothy D. Willard “We want something else which can hardly be put into words — to be united with the beauty we see, to pass into it, […]

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