Next week I'll be on a short sabbatical, so along with enjoying family time and a hike in the Snoqualmie national forest (fighting the snow?), I'll be spending time reading Bernard of Clairvaux, Blaise Pascal, Ralph Venning, and Marva Dawn; I'll probably just do a few blogs on Bernard and Blaise. For now, I want to point out a some newer books… Continue reading New Books of Note
Among the countless other excellent passages in Life Together by Dietrich Bonhoeffer is his section under "Ministry" (Christian Service; p. 97-99). I'm especially thinking of his notes on how Christians should listen to one another. This piggybacks from what Adam McHugh noted (in Introverts in the Church) about evangelicalism being too talkative and chatty. "Christians,… Continue reading Bonhoeffer on Listening to One Another
This is exceedingly brilliant, amazing; it is sadly and joyfully true: "The most experienced psychologist or observer of human nature knows infinitely less of the human heart than the simplest Christian who lives beneath the Cross of Jesus. The greatest psychological insight, ability, and experience cannot grasp this one thing: what sin is. Worldly wisdom knows… Continue reading Dare to Be a Sinner, Dare not to Stand Alone..
"Jesus does not enjoin his disciples to marry, but he does sanctify marriage according to the law by affirming its indissolubility and by prohibiting the innocent party from remarrying when the guilty partner has broken the marriage by adultery. This prohibition liberates marriage from selfish, evil desire, and consecrates it to the service of love,… Continue reading A Firm Basis for Christian Marriage (Bonhoeffer)
As many of you know, there are 1000 different notions of what the "communion of the saints" is or means. A lot of times, people try to answer this question inserting their own thoughts and dreams into the definition. For example, some say "communion of the saints" means a white, middle class conservative fellowship or… Continue reading The “Wish Dream” of Christian Community