All posts in " justice "

Forgive: Why Should I and How Can I?

By Dave Henning / April 13, 2023

Forgive: Why Should I and How Can I? Viking published Timothy Keller’s latest book, Forgive: Why Should I and How Can I? in 2022.  In 1989, Pastor Keller started Redeemer Presbyterian Church in New York City with his wife, Kathy, and their three sons.  Pastor Keller first notes that today’s culture sees an apparent contradiction […]


The currency of forgiveness

By Dave Henning / April 7, 2023

“[Forgiveness] is more than a matter of refusing to hate someone.  It is also a matter of choosing to demonstrate love and acceptance to the offender. . . .  Pain is the consequence of sin; there is no easy way to deal with it.  Wood, nails, and pain are the currency of forgiveness, the love […]


Grace and justice join – mercy

By Dave Henning / March 11, 2023

“Let us wonder! / Grace and justice / Join and point to mercy’s store.  / When in grace through Christ our trust is, / Justice smiles and asks no more.”- John Newton “Out of the depths I cry to you, O Lord!  O Lord, hear my voice!  Let your ears be attentive to the voice […]


A profound need – forgiveness

By Dave Henning / February 28, 2023

“The human need for forgiveness appears indelible.  It won’t go away by denouncing it or trying to deconstruct it.  The need I’m referring to is both a profound need to grant forgiveness and to receive forgiveness. . . .  Forgiveness gets down to the bottom of things — to the alienation we feel from God […]


Fairness versus justice

By Dave Henning / June 7, 2022

“What seems fair to us in any particular situation isn’t the same as what’s just.  And justice, when you think about it, isn’t always fair.  Whereas justice rests on what’s right and moral and true, fairness boils down to my moral evaluation of what happened.  When I speak of fairness, I speak of evenness.  Justice […]


Justice and peace reign supreme

By Dave Henning / February 11, 2022

“So we have no hope.  Unless.  Unless there is a God who has promised to guide history not to an end, but to a new beginning, to a world in which finally death and evil are completely destroyed and justice and peace reign supreme, the sign of which is the resurrection.”- Timothy Keller In Chapter […]


Sin always masquerades as fun and games

By Dave Henning / March 8, 2021

“Sin always masquerades as fun and games.  But pull back the curtain of the deceived human heart, and what you’ll find hiding there will drive you to your knees to pray for that person.  And maybe that’s the very reason God instructs us to pray for our enemies.”- Lysa TerKeurst “If possible, so far as […]


Our sense of justice and fairness

By Dave Henning / February 12, 2019

“Forgiveness runs so contrary to our sense of justice and fairness that it’s unlikely we’ll ever feel like forgiving.  But in the Scriptures forgiveness is never presented as a feeling; it’s always described as a decision.  Forgiveness is a gift we decide to give in spite of how we feel.”- Andy Stanley (emphasis author’s) As […]


God satisfied every demand of justice

By Dave Henning / October 21, 2018

“God never compromised his standard.  He satisfied every demand of justice. Yet he also gratified the longing of love.  Too just to overlook our sin, too loving to dismiss us, he place our sin on his Son and punished it there.”- Max Lucado “Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I […]


A personal encounter with the cross

By Dave Henning / December 20, 2016

“To be a follower of the Crucified means, sooner or later, a personal encounter with the cross.  And the cross always entails loss.”- Elisabeth Elliot, These Strange Ashes, 1998 “For if you remain silent at this time, relief and deliverance for the Jews will arise from another place . . . And who know but […]


Legitimate wounds

By Dave Henning / October 18, 2015

Bill Hybels continues Chapter 5 of Simplify with the second category to help us determine our response to those who have wronged us. CATEGORY 2: Legitimate wounds.  Pastor Hybels notes Category 2 wrongdoings are more complex, leading to legitimate wound requiring resolution and healing.  Sooner or later all of us experience legitimate wounds.  They are […]

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