Here's a great quote from a great book (one of my all-time favorites, in fact): "The Church does not need brilliant personalities but faithful servants of Jesus and the brethren.  Not in the former but in the latter is the lack.  The Church will place its confidence only in the simple servant of the Word of… Continue reading Preachers

Jesus, Religion, and Bonhoeffer

 In some of Dietrich Bonhoeffer's prison letters to his dear friend Eberhard Bethge, he hinted at how European culture was very religious, but at the same time quite godless (like the U.S. today).  Here's what he had to say in light of that. "Jesus calls men, not to a new religion, but to life." Found on… Continue reading Jesus, Religion, and Bonhoeffer

Quotes On Listening

Studying James 1.19-25 this week led me to think long and hard about the virtue of good listening - specifically listening to God's Word (v 22; cf Ecc. 5.1-2, Prov 10.19, etc).  It is so hard to be a good listener in our noisy and entertainment-driven culture of texting and images.  I enjoy movies and… Continue reading Quotes On Listening

Community, Gratitude, Dependence

In a letter to his parents dated 13 Sept. 1943, Dietrich Bonhoeffer wrote a bit about gratitude, dependence, and friendships.  I love this. "It's a strange feeling to be so completely dependent on other people; but at least it teaches one to be grateful, and I hope I shall never forget that.  In ordinary life… Continue reading Community, Gratitude, Dependence

Bonhoeffer’s Prison Prayers

   This is a sweet book.  It captures many of my interests at once.  First, I appreciate Dietrich Bonhoeffer's writings in general.  These letters and papers are especially edifying because I can see what is "behind" some of his other works, so to speak.  Second, I love reading about the tough issues: What does it… Continue reading Bonhoeffer’s Prison Prayers