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Concrete fact – the Resurrection

By Dave Henning / March 10, 2024

“The Resurrection, not taken as a symbol but believed as concrete fact, will lift up the downtrodden, and will change the world.  Belief in a final judgement gives us enough hope so that we will neither resort to violence to bring in justice nor give in and collaborate with injustice.”- Timothy Keller Timothy Keller concludes […]


A formidable and complex foe

By Dave Henning / January 29, 2024

“God wants you to know that guilt is a formidable and complex foe.  He wants you to be able to discern the difference between true and false guilt and to understand the danger of feeling guilty when you shouldn’t — or the even greater danger of not feeling guilty when you should.  He wants to […]


Greatly broken – great things

By Dave Henning / December 8, 2023

“God does great things through the greatly broken.  It’s not the strength of the vessel that matters; it’s the strength of the One that can use it.  You are not the sum of your sins.  You are the sum of Jesus’ death, burial, and resurrection.”- Max Lucado “For we are the aroma of Christ to […]


Counterfeit God – Jonah’s

By Dave Henning / August 7, 2023

“Jonah wants a God of his own making. . . .  When the real God — not Jonah’s counterfeit — keeps showing up, Jonah is thrown into fury or despair.  Jonah finds the real God to be an enigma because he cannot reconcile the mercy of God with his justice.”- Timothy Keller “The men of […]


Goodness – a form of tangible hope

By Dave Henning / June 20, 2023

“All glimmers and resources are reminders of the with-ness and witness of a God who loves us madly. . . .  Whether goodness comes through common or specific grace, it is a form of tangible hope.”- Aundi Kolber “Resurrection is in our cells.”- Ryan Kuja, therapist “And hope does not put us to shame, because […]


The supreme miracle of Christianity

By Dave Henning / November 28, 2022

“Some have argued that the supreme miracle of Christianity is not the resurrection of Christ from the dead but the incarnation. . . .  Of all the things Christianity proclaims, this is the most staggering.”- Timothy Keller “All this took place to fulfill what the Lord had said through the prophet: ‘The virgin will conceive […]


Hands up to heaven – make a joyful noise!

By Dave Henning / February 14, 2022

“Hands up to heaven/ Make a joyful noise/ My heart had to hit the floor/ To find all I’m longin’ for/ But I know you’re so much more/ Than a joyful noise.”- Matt Maher, Joyful Noise “But be filled with the Spirit, addressing one another in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing and making […]


The resurrection and new creation

By Dave Henning / February 3, 2022

“The resurrection and new creation, then, have a major influence on the Christian’s understanding of how to regard the various forms of decay we see around us in creation now.  One of the ways that nature ‘groans’ under decay is in unjust relationships.  Christians are not to be passive in the face of injustice. . […]


The historicity of the resurrection

By Dave Henning / January 21, 2022

“Belief in the historicity of the resurrection, however, can change you wholly — but not through intellectual assent alone.  It is only by meeting the risen Lord personally and uniting with him by faith that we are changed.”- Timothy Keller “Now Mary stood outside of the tomb crying. . . .  She turned around and […]


The vindication of resurrection

By Dave Henning / January 19, 2022

“The vindication of resurrection is both the reversal and the result of the condemnation of the crucifixion.  The darkness of Good Friday brings about the sunrise of Easter.  This is how God works.  This is the Great Reversal of history and the New Testament bears witness to it throughout.”- Timothy Keller “And being found in […]


Very first witnesses of the resurrection

By Dave Henning / January 7, 2022

“The gospels claim that the very first witnesses of the resurrection were women.  Since women in that patriarchal culture were not allowed to give evidence in court, there would be no plausible reason that the gospel writers would have invented them.  The only historically plausible reason that women could have been recorded as seeing the […]


Profound certainty = biblical hope

By Dave Henning / January 4, 2022

“The biblical word elpida, translated as the weaker English word hope, means profound certainty.  Christians view even the hardest circumstances as part of a history guided by God at every turn toward not merely some kind of afterlife but toward the resurrection of our bodies and souls into a new, remade heaven and earth.”- Timothy […]

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