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…

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, Covenant and Living Well

I was talking with my new friend Phil over a cup of coffee when he brought up a word I had not thought of since my days as a seminarian- they seem so long ago. Somehow the conversation led to us talking about Dietrich Bonhoeffer, fear, freedom and the God who is for us (That…

Out of Egypt I called my Son: So What?

I don’t know about you but I am terrible with details. I mean absolutely awful. I am totally that guy who sings along to my favorite band and doesn’t know all the words. You would think that with all my love for writing, I would know lyrics of the bands that serve as a soundtrack…

Jesus, the Proof that God is For Us

This man whom I am, Jesus has also been. Of him only it is valid to say that nothing human was alien to him. Of this man, we say: “This is God for us.” –Bonhoeffer I work with a guy who is bitter. When I say bitter, you should know that I have fairly high…

Jesus, The God-Man For Us

It really is weird to think about God walking around on earth.   The Roman Caesars assumed that they were divine. The Egyptians kings- the Pharaohs, I hear, pretty much figured the same thing. If you think about King Tut’s palace or Mel Brooks’ great philosophical statement “It’s good to be the king,” it would…

God was one of us.

In a decision that will no doubt shock you beyond your reasoning capacity, I thought it would be a good idea to start out the larger conversation of the Manhood of God with a little ditty from Dietrich Bonhoeffer. Enjoy: The quest for the superman, the endeavor to outgrow the man within the man, the…