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    Build relational bridges – lament crucial

    By Dave Henning / October 7, 2019

    “No matter where you find yourself politically or theologically, we can all humble ourselves to the point of lamenting with others.  In fact, lament is crucial if we want to build relational bridges with the gospel — if we want to authentically display and declare God’s love to a hurting people.”- Aubrey Sampson In Chapter […]


      No power/control to make Mr. Hardship leave

      By Dave Henning / November 29, 2018

      “Because I did not have the power or control to make Mr. Hardship leave, I ran to the place where I have always found wisdom, hope, and rest of heart.  I ran to the gospel of Jesus Christ, and in so doing, into the arms of my Savior.”- Paul David Tripp In his Introduction to […]


        Curiosity – a discipline and a viewpoint

        By Dave Henning / October 31, 2018

        “Curiosity is a discipline, and it’s a viewpoint.  If you can adopt a curious outlook day after day, you will discover that cynicism  never gets a toehold.  Remember, the cynics are never curious and the curious are never cynics.  You will also discover that the full power of the gospel gets a firm hold in […]


          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, […]


            Appreciative inquiry – replicate what’s right

            By Dave Henning / February 3, 2018

            “There is a theory in organizational development called appreciative inquiry . . . Instead of  exclusively focusing on what is wrong and trying to fix it, you identify what’s right and try to replicate it.  Appreciative inquiry is playing to people’s strengths.”-  Mark Batterson “And the Spirit of God was hovering over the face of […]


              God doesn’t need any more messiahs

              By Dave Henning / October 10, 2017

              “My availability to God’s call to sacrifice — Abraham’s availability to God’s call to sacrifice, your availability to God’s call to sacrifice — is predicated on the understanding that God doesn’t need any more messiahs.  He sent one.  The job is finished.  We are not needed.  I am not needed.  Ah, but I’m wanted (emphasis […]


                The gospel – good news for the stuck

                By Dave Henning / October 5, 2017

                “Look the gospel has to be good news for the stuck too.  Or else it’s not good news.”- Jared C. Wilson In Chapter 7 (“The Nine Irrefutable Laws of Followship”) of The Imperfect Disciple, Jared Wilson opens with an observation about his church ministry.  Pastor Wilson states he rapidly realized one thing about his parishioners.  […]


                  A community of Christ-followers

                  By Dave Henning / October 4, 2017

                  “When we as a community of Christ-followers demonstrate our life in Christ together through our feeling of Scripture, our prayer, our fasting, our service, and our relational intimacy, we create a compelling announcement of the kingdom’s presence in the world.”- Jared C. Wilson Jared Wilson concludes Chapter 6 of The Imperfect Disciple as he notes […]


                    Bringers of the gospel – not just a good idea, but good news

                    By Dave Henning / October 1, 2017

                    “We meet each other as bringers of the gospel.  The gospel is designed to be said — it’s not just a good idea; it’s good news.”- Jared C. Wilson In Chapter 6 (“The Revolution Will Not Be Instagrammed”) of The Imperfect Disciple, Jared Wilson cites Dietrich Bonhoeffer.  Pastor Bonhoeffer once wrote that we meet one […]


                      Overcome life’s negative circumstances

                      By Dave Henning / September 8, 2017

                      “Whenever you overcome life’s negative circumstances, God will give you an authority to raise up others and deliver them from their life’s circumstances.”- Os Hillman “My prayer is not for them alone.  I pray also for those who will believe in me through their message, that all of them may be one, Father, just as […]


                        True forgiveness of those who wrong us

                        By Dave Henning / September 5, 2017

                        “True forgiveness of those who wrong us demonstrates more than anything else whether or not you are serious about walking with God on a deeper level.”- Os Hillman As Os Hillman continues Chapter 11 of The Joseph Calling, he underscores that times exist when people must do things out of pure obedience.  In other words, […]

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