The Gospel of a Brother Who is For Us (Acc. to Chris Farley)

I must have seen the theatrical masterpiece Black Sheep next to a thousand times. Cinematic brilliance, if you ask me. The movie starred the late Chris Farley as Mike Donnelly, the loveable jackass brother of an aspiring politician. I might stop short of comparing the work to Shakespeare, but I think I remember reading Romeo…

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…

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…

On Crumbling Foundations and Cornerstones

Have you ever noticed that rocks and stones play a fairly big role in the bible? What was God calling water out of in the desert as the Hebrew children wandered around? What did the preferred method of execution consist of in the books of the Law? Take the building of the temple, for instance.…

Taking God at His Word

Jesus’ word is not an answer to human questions and problems; it is the answer of God to the question of God to man. His word is essentially determined not from below but from above. It is not a solution but a redemption. -Bonhoeffer Have you ever noticed that Jesus seemed to ignore question after…

Kiss the Son: Jesus the Wrathful…?

A few Wednesdays ago, a friend of mine asked me to share with our group about praying through the psalms. This is something that believers have been doing for centuries and I have personally found it very helpful in nourishing my spiritual life day by day. And so I shared with my friends how I…

Fear Not. Our God is a Consuming Fire

One of the most encouraging verses in the entire bible is at the beginning of the twelfth chapter of Hebrews. We have just seen chapter eleven’s impressive array of those who have gone before us, from Rahab the prostitute to Abraham the father of many nations. We all know the beginning of chapter twelve as…