more than thin air and thoughts

Eric Metaxas, in Bonhoeffer: Pastor, Martyr, Prophet, Spy, on Bonhoeffer's instruction to his students while a lecturer in theology ┬áin 1932-33: "Bonhoeffer was not interested in intellectual abstraction. Theology must lead to the practical aspects of how to live as a Christian. Karding was surprised when Bonhoeffer asked his students whether they sang Christmas carols.... Continue Reading →

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admiring Jesus vs. taking him seriously

Dietrich Bonhoeffer in a lecture given while serving as a pastor in Barcelona, at age 22: "One admires Christ according to aesthetic categories as an aesthetic genius, calls him the greatest ethicist; one admires his going to his death as a heroic sacrifice for his ideas. Only one thing one doesn't do: one doesn't take... Continue Reading →

Confession beneath the Cross

Preparing to preach on confession of sin, centering on Proverbs 28:13 - "He who conceals his sins does not prosper, but whoever confesses and renounces them finds mercy." In preparation, I returned to that rich little classic, Bonhoeffer's Life Together. Two of his insights into confession and community: 1) Without confession of sins, there is... Continue Reading →

Do not forget the greater service

Preparing to preach on some of the listening texts in proverbs (there are many). In doing so, I've returned to Bonhoeffer's Life Together. In his chapter entitled "Ministry", he has a section on the ministry of listening. He writes: Christians, especially ministers, so often think they must always contribute something when they are in the... Continue Reading →

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