Revised and reposted because Bonhoeffer is always relevant and he points us to the importance of the word of God in achieving any lasting happiness. Happiness is not achieved by seeking it but by seeking that which is the source of all happiness–God Himself. For more see: “Seek God, Not Happiness”.
Another Post-Easter Reflection on the Wonders of the Resurrection April 9, 1945, is the death date for Bonhoeffer, but for him, a beginning. 70 years ago he breathed his last breath as a testimony to his faith in Christ, the truth of the gospel, and the wickedness of National Socialism (the Nazi’s). Today he lives. … More 70 Years Ago, Bonhoeffer Died in Christ
Sunday Musings I got some great counsel from a friend at a recent conference. He was talking about how companies and churches move from good to great. The conversation started with some questions. When things are going bad, when things are not going the way they could, or should, or the way you would like them … More What Do You Do When Things Go Wrong?
Friday Musings Perhaps the perfect word for our media-saturated, insta-everything expression age in which we live. “Often we combat our evil thoughts most effectively if we absolutely refuse to allow them to be expressed in words. It is certain that the spirit of self-justification can be over come only by the Spirit of grace; nevertheless, … More Bonhoeffer on Combatting Evil Thoughts, Building Better Relationships
Wednesday is for Prayer “Cheap grace is the deadly enemy of our Church. We are fighting today for costly grace. Cheap grace means grace sold on the market like cheapjacks’ wares. The sacraments, the forgiveness of sins, and the consolations of religion are thrown away at cut prices. . . . The essence of grace, … More Bonhoeffer’s Cheap Grace: The Battle Still Needs to be Fought
Sunday Afternoon Musings “You can only learn what obedience is by obeying. It’s no use asking questions; for it is only through obedience that you come to learn the truth.” —Bonhoeffer, The Cost of Discipleship, 86. Bonhoeffer wrote these words in 1936 during the run up to the Second World War. Just as profound … More Obedience is Only Learned One Way – Bonhoeffer
Thursday is for Discipleship Carpe noctem, “Seize the night.” The days are getting shorter and the nights longer. The wind and wetness of October have arrived. Fall is here. Here in the South East, that means many of us will be spending more time inside than we have for the last seven months. Why not make … More “Carpe noctem” Using the Night for the Glory of God
Wednesday is for Thinking Ran across a fascinating quote from Trevan Wax on the relevance of G.K. Chesterton (1874-1936). Thanks to Miguel Labrador for passing on the article by Elise Hilton at the Acton Institute. Full article here. The whole article is worthwhile and just finding an article on one of my favorite authors was … More The Dogmatism of Atheists
We cannot find the Cross of Jesus if we shrink from going to the place where it is to be found, namely, the public death of the sinner. For more see: The Courage to Confess Sin—What Bonhoeffer Still Teaches Us.
Sunday Afternoon Musings I try to read Bonhoeffer’s Life Together, once a year, some years, twice. Sometimes obscure, sometimes on the fringe of orthodoxy, it is always thought provoking and powerful. Both practical and deep, I have found it to be helpful in corralling all my disappointments about wheat the church is and isn’t as well … More Bonhoeffer on Burden Bearing Fellowship