Three Reasons I am Thankful to Write

Two years ago today, I was sitting down to coffee and imagining what it would be like to start to trace out a couple of really really big ideas that had come to me through the pen of Dietrich Bonhoeffer. First, I wondered what it would look like to start pursuing the thought of a…

Making Friends with the World

Toward the end of his life, Dietrich Bonhoeffer wrote about his changing friends. He had grown up in a wealthy family, and had been a part of what we might call a bit of a “Christian bubble”. He was educated in a seminary, worked in churches and was involved in committees and councils. The majority…

Our Story is Revolutionary

(What marks us as Christians) is unreserved love for our enemies, for the unloving and the unloved, love for our religious, political and personal adversaries. In every case it is the love which was fulfilled in the cross of Christ. –Bonhoeffer There cannot be anything more revolutionary than a lifestyle of love for our enemies.…

Thankfulness Between Finished and Done

As Jesus hung on the cross, we have seven of his phrases recorded. We remember them at each Easter time but as this is somewhere near the half-annual mark of Easter (ok, within a couple of months of the half-annual mark!), it might help us to have a quick refresher. Jesus’ seven “words”from the cross:…

Jesus- Man, Freedom Fighter and God For Us

Who can’t love a freedom fighter? I mean, seriously, it is almost irrelevant to us how the freedom fighter achieves his ends, we just love to see somebody fighting to the end for the liberty of captives. We love Gandhi because of his “passive resistance” strategies (Bonhoeffer, in particular, loved the writings of Gandhi and…

Independence and Freedom: Thoughts for the 4th of July

As we remember the signing of the Declaration of Independence today, we will hear much said and sung about two words: independence and freedom. They seem like cousins and in the political sense maybe they are. However, in our lives they could not be more at odds with one another. Here are a few thoughts…

About a Boy: Community, Isolation and the Gospel of Jesus

In my opinion, all men are islands. And what’s more, now’s the time to be one. This is an island age.  Now, you may very well dismiss this statement out of hand, pointing out the fact that nobody can do life alone. You may also identify with the cultural malady that such an idea points…