No comment necessary except to say, Bonhoeffer’s little book Life Together is worth reading over and over again. (Confession: I have probably read it half a dozen times myself so I am an unabashed fan.) “The first service that one owes to others in the fellowship consists in listening to them. Just as love to … More Learning to Listen — a Christian Duty
Rereading Life Together for the 20th time. Always timely. This quotation is from the introduction. 1933, February Germany Bonhoeffer had just turned 27 years of age “In February Bonhoeffer delivered a lecture broadcast over the Berlin radio in which he flayed the German public for its hankering after a ‘leader’ who would inevitably become a … More When the “Leader” Becomes the “Misleader”
An Excerpt from Bonhoeffer “Let not the sun go down upon your wrath” (Eph. 4:26). It is a decisive rule of every Christian fellowship that every dissension that day has brought must be healed in the evening. It is perilous for the Christian to lie down to sleep with an unreconciled heart. Bonhoeffer, Life Together, 74. … More How Community is Protected
It is the beginning of a new year and that means the beginning of another rereading of Bonhoeffer’s Life Together. I am looking forward to this year’s reading more than others. I feel like after reading it so many times over the years I am at the place where I might understand it at a deeper … More Bonhoeffer: It Starts Again
It is part of my yearly pattern. I reread, Bonhoeffer’s LIFE TOGETHER. Recently, the book has popped up a number of times in mentoring or counseling situations so now seemed like a good time for me to begin the process this year. And every time I am humbled by its wisdom and understanding of the … More Brotherhood—It’s a Real Thing Not a Feeling
Reading with the Pastor Matthew 20 and Psalm 24 I was once asked why I read the psalms so much. [Side Note: My Bibles are all marked up into different divisions so I can read through the entire book of Psalms in a month or the 119th chapter in either a month or a week. It … More How We Learn to Pray
Day 5 Reading with the Pastor . Matthew 5 and Psalm 8 Day 6 Matthew 6 and Psalm 9 The sermon on the mount stretches from chapter 5:1 to 7:29. It is the greatest sermon ever preached from the greatest preacher who ever lived. It is a masterpiece … More “The False and Confused Language of Our Hearts”
Saturday Afternoon Musings It’s not a biography. It’s not a novel. It is partly both. It’s a series of imagined conversations that Bonhoeffer could have had, based on his books, and papers, sermons, and interviews with those who knew him written by a writer who respects and wants to honor his legacy. [Thanks to Darlene Cooke … More How the Church Cheapens Grace
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”.
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?