I posted this yesterday on Facebook without any commentary or introduction. ……. Bonhoeffer wrote for the ages. His thoughts and writings were burnished in the flames of turmoil, war and persecution. He wrote prophetically to his generation but he wrote also against the backdrop of the failure of liberal protestant theology that had saturated the … More Bonhoeffer on the Real Cost of Discipleship
Sanctifying the Day Read Psalm 142 Over and over the Scripture, God’s testimony to His people, declares that He is our refuge. Psalm 142 is one of those places were God announces that He is a protector from those who pursue us. ref·uge /ˈrefˌyo͞oj,ˈrefˌyo͞oZH/ 1. a condition of being safe or sheltered from pursuit, … More Finding Shelter from the Enemy
Eisenhower, Muggeridge, and Sabina Wurmbrand Biographies have been powerful in my life. Great heroes of the faith, courageous leaders in the teeth of war, missionaries braving cannibalistic tribes, explorers meeting the challenges of cold, heat, heights and all manner of adversity, athletes rising to extreme levels of to reach new goals and new records, these … More Three Biographies Sunday (1)
I have long been reader and fan of Bonhoeffer. Indeed, I wore out a copy of Letters and Papers from Prison that my daughter happily replaced for me one Christmas morning a dozen years back. Today, in my reading I was reminded of this famous poem by Bonhoeffer, and I thought, “This is worth passing … More Bonhoeffer’s Poem
While studying today I found this gem. “The moment you begin to testify for the Lord, someone will oppose you. . . . John Calvin lived in Switzerland as a refugee from France. John Knox, the Scottish Presbyterian, lived in danger of his life, because of government opposition to his preaching. John Wesley was stoned, … More What Stops You?
Yesterday, I got home in time to take a short ride on my bike and got an eye full of the Wysteria, Azaleas and Dogwoods all in bloom. Every mile was filled with the sights and smells of Spring. It’s a great time of year. Fun, Sports, and Entertainment Aaron Nola Writes an Article on … More Weekend Links: Spring Deserves Some Good Reading Material
” If you are not willing to die for what is in the Bible, you should not give money for Bibles. Because if you give, we will smuggle more Bibles. And if we smuggle more Bibles, there will be more martyrs.” —-Richard Wurmbrand, Founder of Voice of the Martyrs Bibles for Iraq, Cuba and China
Saturday Morning Musing Christianity is Not Safe. Christianity is not safe because Jesus was not safe. He sent his first disciples out into the world “like lambs in the midst of wolves” (Luke 10:3) and He hasn’t changed. He still sends us out to give testimony to Him at the risk of us. He knows … More The Doctrine of “Self-Safety”
Today, the nation, the Christian community, and the little town of Sutherland Springs, TX, in particular, are mourning the senseless carnage of another mass shooting. This morning, while the carnage was going on in Texas, I was preaching on a text (Matthew 10:24-42) that predicted that such things would be the part of the Christian … More Church Shooting in Texas: How Should We Respond?
Reading with the Pastor Mark 11 and Psalm 46 “Open my eyes that I might see wonderful things in Your word” (Psalm 119:18). The Temple was to be a house of prayer but in Jesus time it had been turned into a “robber’s den” (Mark 11:17). Here was a specially set aside and sacred place … More When Doing Right Gets You in Trouble