Bonhoeffer’s Death and a Different Kind of Heroism

This is the end, but for me the beginning.   These were the last words of Dietrich Bonhoeffer, as he faced his death sixty-six years ago today. As a young man, he published a dissertation that the great Swiss pastor Karl Barth called “a theological miracle”. In the midst of the Second World War, Bonhoeffer…

Why Religionless Christianity?

I hesitate to use the phrase “religionless Christianity” for a few reasons. For one, I want to be clear that we, as believers, have an obligation and an absolute need for one another. In no uncertain terms, we need to be a part of a local community that worships Jesus Christ together intentionally. We need…

Barth, Niemoller, Fear and Freedom

I have been rereading Eric Metaxas’ recent biography of Dietrich Bonhoeffer (Bonhoeffer: Pastor, Prophet, Martyr, Spy Thomas Nelson, 2010) and I came across two haunting quotes from major influences upon my favorite dead German theologian, Dietrich. The first is Martin Niemoller, whose advanced age at the time of Adolf Hitler’s ascent to power led him,…

Are You Bad Enough to be Loved?

Once in a while God does something that makes little to no sense to me. Like the time he made the sun stand up for a couple days back in the Old Testament, or the fact that Alaska has twenty-one days straight of sun every year. Or how about the time when God made an…

Is God for Me?

There can be no better news than the message of the gospel- God is for you. Without these simple words we are alone in this world at best. At worst, we find ourselves in the dismal and futile place of fighting God. God will defeat his enemies. Make no mistake about it, the love of…

How Ricky Gervais Preached the Gospel to Me

Well, dear reader, the weekend has dawned upon us and as you out there in the world-wide-web treated me by more than doubling the traffic on this site, I figured I would treat you to a nice, entertaining movie. How many of you have seen Ricky Gervais’ brilliant work The Invention of Lying…show of hands?…