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When cynicism creeps up like weeds

By Dave Henning / October 10, 2021

“What do we do when cynicism creeps up, like weeds on a bald area of field during a season that was designed for planting? . . .  Growing slow is an uncomfortable options when you want a quick fix.  But the secret to an unhurried heart is found here, where the air is so quiet […]


Reinforcing a victim mentality

By Dave Henning / May 11, 2019

“Well-meaning friends and family often reinforce a victim mentality because they see our pain and try to comfort us with the nearest tools in their emotional toolshed: sympathy and pity.  That tough love tool is always in the very back of the shed, where it’s nearly impossible to get to.”- Kyle Idleman As Kyle Idleman […]


Gospel’s relentless hope melts cynicism

By Dave Henning / October 30, 2018

“Cynicism melts under the relentless hope of the gospel.. . .  Bitterness can’t linger under the relentless assault of love.  Hope cannot die if an empty tomb empowers it.”- Carey Nieuwhof In Chapter 2 (“Kicking Cynicism in the Teeth”) of Didn’t See It Coming, Carey Nieuwhof offers practical ways to defeat your inner cynic.  First, […]


When cynicism grows beyond its infancy

By Dave Henning / October 28, 2018

“Cynicism grows beyond its infancy when your start to protect yourself from future hurt.  Having been burned once or twice, you tell yourself only fools get burned three times.  So you start to guard your heart.  You shelter your soul.”- Carey Nieuwhof Carey Nieuwhof concludes Chapter 1 of Didn’t See It Coming as he talks […]


Cynicism begins because you care

By Dave Henning / October 27, 2018

“Cynicism begins not because you don’t care, but because you do care.  It starts because you poured your heart into something and got little in return.  Or maybe you got something in return, but it was the opposite of what you desired.”- Carey Nieuwhof (emphasis author’s) “And what do you benefit if your gain the […]


Anger – empowering in the moment

By Dave Henning / September 16, 2018

“Anger feels empowering in the moment but leads to feelings of guilt, sadness, and even shame.  If you don’t address your anger, before long you’ll feel chaotic inside.”- Alison Cook and Kimberly Miller “If we do not transform our pain, we most assuredly will transmit it.”- Richard Rohr In Chapter 9 (“Boundaries with Anger”) of […]

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