“Somebody Has To Preach In This Hell”

Six years before Dietrich Bonhoeffer was hanged by the Nazis in 1945, Paul Schneider was imprisoned, tortured, starved, and given a large overdose of strophanthin, which killed him.  Who was Paul Schneider? Schneider was a WWI veteran and also a Reformed pastor in Germany during the 1920’s and 30’s.  He came out of the liberal… Continue reading “Somebody Has To Preach In This Hell”

History, WWII, and the Christian Faith

One thing that has contributed to the watering down of Christianity in American churches is a loss of knowledge about and respect for history.  Not that we should idolize history, but it sure is helpful to know the past for a whole host of reasons.  It's good to know how our Christian forefathers wrestled through… Continue reading History, WWII, and the Christian Faith

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

Luther, Lutherans, and the Third Reich – Two Books Worth Reading

In my July 2008 issue of Interpretation, I've been reading about the 20th century German OT scholar, Gerhard Von Rad and some of the historical context of his work. It is a most excellent issue - I'll no doubt blog about it in the near future. For now, I want to point out two new… Continue reading Luther, Lutherans, and the Third Reich – Two Books Worth Reading