Bonhoeffer’s Christ and a Call to Die

Christ must become present to us in preaching and in the sacraments just as in being the crucified one he has made peace with God and with humanity. The crucified Christ is our peace. He alone exercises the idols and the demons. The world trembles only before the cross, not before us. –Bonhoeffer Sixty-seven years…

Some Thoughts on The Hunger Games

A violent, jarring, speed-rap of a novel that generates nearly constant suspense…I couldn’t stop reading. –Steven King I comforted myself over and over again with Steven King’s words. If he thought a story about Katniss Everdeen, a sixteen-year-old girl fighting for survival in a winner-take-all battle was that good, I could proudly carry around a…

Crime and Punishment: The Terror of Being Loved

They sat side by side, both mournful and dejected, as though they had been cast up by the tempest alone on some deserted shore. He looked at Sonia and felt how great was her love for him, and strange to say he felt it suddenly burdensome and painful to be loved Fyodor Dostoyevsky’s classic novel…

God Wins: Jesus, Hell and Blind Love

The Apostle John starts off his gospel with one simple truth: In Jesus, God takes on flesh.   Jesus defines love by taking up shop with us.   He defines love by joyfully, willingly, knowingly going to the cross for us. He defines love by taking on our punishment.   Life Without God: Real Hell…

Harsh Language Regarding Love Wins

Why do we use harsh and potentially devastating words like “universalist,” “unorthodox,” or “heretical,” or “false teaching?”   This question has been racing around my mind over the past couple of days. Yesterday, I posted my review of pastor Rob Bell’s newest book, the well-known (infamous or famous would depend on who you ask) Love…