A Bonhoeffer Christmas with Barth

 God Is in the Manger is a collection of Dietrich Bonhoeffer's reflections on advent.  This book is edited in such a way that one can read a devotional each day during the Christmas season.  Each devotional is a snippet of Bonhoeffer's writing, another short reflection, and a section of Scripture.  (NOTE: at the time of… Continue reading A Bonhoeffer Christmas with Barth

The Impoverishment of Contemporary Preaching

 Conversations with Barth on Preaching by William Willimon is – even though I don’t agree with all of it – an excellent book about homiletics.  I’ve mentioned this book on the blog before, so I won’t go into it, but I do think preachers will benefit from it.  Here’s a part I was (re)reading today:… Continue reading The Impoverishment of Contemporary Preaching

Walking On The Sea In Royal Freedom

In III.1 of Church Dogmatics Karl Barth spends quite a bit of time discussing the text of Genesis 1 and the days of creation.  In his discussion of day 3 and the separating of the waters from land (Gen. 1:9-10), Barth elaborates on the “waters” in a fascinating (sort of) redemptive historical way (III.i.IX.41.1).  Notice… Continue reading Walking On The Sea In Royal Freedom

The Meaning, Purpose, and Dignity of Mankind

“The creature is not self-existent.  It has not assumed its nature and existence of itself or given it to itself.  It did not come into being by itself.  It does not consist by itself.  It cannot sustain itself.  It has to thank its creation and therefore its Creator for the fact that it came into… Continue reading The Meaning, Purpose, and Dignity of Mankind

Barth on Credo Ut Intelligam

Some parts of Karl Barth’s Dogmatics frustrate me, upset me, and make me want to quit reading them once and for all.  Other parts make me want to finish them ASAP.  Here’s a helpful quote – one of the reasons I read this stuff.  It has to do with the first line of the Apostle’s… Continue reading Barth on Credo Ut Intelligam