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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 […]


Mountain of doubt – silence before God

By Dave Henning / August 20, 2021

“But if we’re going to defeat the mountain of doubt in our lives again and again, silence is going to have to become part of life.  We’re going to have to learn to get comfortable with it.  Because silence before God is a source of strength.”- Nicki Koziarz “The LORD is in his holy temple; […]


The colander of silence – decluttering the soul

By Dave Henning / June 16, 2019

“The silence serves as a colander, helping me discern what I need to hold on to and allowing what I don’t need to fall gently away, making space to access courage and creativity, quieting to hear the voice of God.”- Emily P. Freeman Emily P. Freeman concludes Chapter 2 of The Next Right Thing as […]


Silence – one of the soul’s love languages

By Dave Henning / April 10, 2019

“We need those (thirty minutes of silence in heaven) moments of silence on this side of the space-time continuum too.  It’s one way we nurture a sense of wonder.  Blaise Pascal, the seventeenth-century French philosopher, went so far as to say, ‘All of man’s miseries derive from not being able to sit quietly in a […]


The hearing test

By Dave Henning / April 24, 2015

In Chapter 9 (“When You’re Mad at God”) of How Can I Possibly Forgive?, Sara Horn observes that non-Christians might respond to hurts, disappointments, and tragedies by asserting that God is out to get them.  Christians, however, may not want to verbalize that God is out to get them, yet secretly wonder if He is- […]


Dark night of the soul

By Dave Henning / March 19, 2015

John Ortberg begins Chapter 16 (“Dark Night of the Soul”) of Soul Keeping by observing that if you ask people who don’t believe in God why they don’t believe, the number one reason they give is suffering. Conversely, if you ask people who believe in God what helped them achieve the most spiritual growth, the […]


Prayer and contemplation

By Dave Henning / January 26, 2015

Today’s blog incorporates the final three elements of Timothy Keller’s suggested frame work for prayer- Word prayer, free prayer, and contemplation. 3.  Word prayer.  Pastor Keller states that Martin Luther gives us an important and often overlooked step in daily prayer.  Before he moved on to free-form prayer, Luther took time to “pray the text” […]


The Great Silence

By Dave Henning / January 24, 2015

“If I had cherished sin in my heart, the Lord would not have listened.”- Psalm 66:18 “For our sake he made him to be sin who knew no sin, so that in him we might become the righteousness of God.”- 2 Corinthians 5:21 Timothy Keller concludes Chapter 14 of Prayer by reminding us that, in […]


Abandoned in God-forsaken places

By Dave Henning / November 25, 2014

At noon the whole country was covered with darkness, which lasted for three hours.  At about three o’clock Jesus cried out with a loud shout, “Eli, Eli, lema, sabachthani?” which means, “My God, my God, why did you abandon me?”- Matthew 27:45-46 (TEV) Max Lucado begins Chapter 19 (“Abandoned!  God-Forsaken Places”) of Next Door Savior […]


The sound of sheer silence

By Dave Henning / October 23, 2014

“And after the earthquake a fire, but the Lord was not in the fire.  And after the fire the sound of a low whisper.”- 1 Kings 19:12 “Be still and know that I am God.”- Psalm 46:10 In Chapter 4 (“A Startling Realization”) of AHA, Kyle Idleman recalls that in the mid- 90s a certain […]

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