The Power of Another

Lately I’ve been hitting something of a wall in my writing. I kind of feel like Steve Martin in The Jerk, telling his family about his odd jobs. One way he had found to make money was to give blood, which worked out just fine until “I cut myself shaving and nothing came out but…

Fear, Freedom and the Gospel in The King’s Speech

Happy weekend to you, dear reader. I hope you are having a good time with your significant other, or celebrating National Singles Awareness day/weekend by writing snarky comments on blogs. Whatever the case may be, thanks for stopping by. If you should find yourself looking for a good movie to take your wife, husband, boyfriend,…

Solitude, Community and Man-Eating Mammals

By far the most approachable and quite possibly the most important book Dietrich Bonhoeffer wrote is a little work called Life Together. This book is something of a workable manual on how the Christian life can be lived together in community. In one of the simplest statements he ever wrote, he said:   Whoever cannot…

Warts and All

We could go on for days and days laying out the benefits and the beauties of community. We could proclaim that, in Jesus, we have the answer to real peace on earth together as one people of God. We could sing John Lennon’s entire library from front to back (with the possible exclusion of “I…

Christ in Community

Finding Jesus Where is this Christ to be found? So far, we have discussed the very basics of some radical concepts. Can Christianity survive outside the bounds of a religious mindset? We would give the initial answer of ‘yes’. Does the work, the message, and most importantly the person of Jesus have influence in a…