Earlier this week, I reached mentally for the source of a passage I’d recently read on the importance of example. I could not remember where the bit of writing came from, but tonight I stumbled across it in a seminary class forum. Of course, the passage came from Bonhoeffer. The church is the church only… Continue reading Bonhoeffer and the Under-Estimated Human Example
This Advent season I'm reading God is in the Manger: Reflections on Advent and Christmas. Compiled from various works of Dietrich Bonhoeffer, this small devotional has been a means of light and peace for me in the bustle of seminary finals and holiday festivities. This week, the reflections focus on mystery. One such mystery is love.… Continue reading Bonhoeffer: The Mystery of Love
What does it mean it mean for the Church to be the Body of Christ? Dietrich Bonhoeffer answers this thought-provoking question in chapter, titled "The Visible Community," in his The Cost of Discipleship. It is their baptism into the Body of Christ which assures all Christians of their full share in the life of Christ… Continue reading Are we behaving as liars?
A disciple is not above his teacher, nor a servant above his master. It is enough for the disciple to be like his teacher, and the servant like his master. If they have called the master of the house Beelzebul, how much more will they malign those of his household. (Matthew 10:24-25 ESV) My reading in… Continue reading Hated Messengers to the End of Time
This afternoon, Bonhoeffer reminded me of a lesson I long have learned but forget again and again. The burden of me is heavy -- too heavy to bear. But the yoke of Jesus is light, for He bears it with me. For God is a God who bears. The Son of God bore our flesh,… Continue reading Bonhoeffer and the Burden of Self