Disciples Hunger for Jesus

I was in a small group the other day when someone asked if one could be a Christian and not hunger for God. That’s a good question isn’t it? I have another one, an you be a Christian and not be a disciple of Jesus? In the Western World many would immediately answer yes, but […]

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Your Redemption is Drawing Near!

On the first day of Advent, during his time in London, Dietrich Bonhoeffer chose as his text Luke 21:28, “Now when these things begin to take place, straighten up and raise your heads, because your redemption is drawing near.” (ESV) In the sermon he said, “Can you hear it now, the knocking, the driving, the […]

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More than Sundays and Wednesday Nights!

A couple of years ago I spent my week at the beach reading Eric Metaxas’ book, Bonhoeffer.   When I saw Al Mohler’s Summer Reading List for 2014 I noticed Charles Marsh wrote another book about his life, Strange Glory, A Life of Dietrich Bonhoeffer.  I’ve been reading it this week and I’ve really enjoyed it.  […]

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“The Day Alone”

Yesterday a friend posted the following on FaceBook, “Alone. I really don’t DO alone very well. I FAIL at being alone.”  When I read it I smiled because this friend is one of the most gifted people-persons I know.  He taught me much in terms of dealing with people in the younger days of my […]

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“Can you thank me for this, even if I don’t tell you why?”

In The Cost of Discipleship, Bonhoeffer wrote, “Suffering, then, is the badge of true discipleship.  The disciple is not above his master.  Following Christ means passio passive, suffering because we have to suffer.  That is why Luther reckoned suffering among the marks of the true Church, and one of the memoranda drawn up in preparation […]

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The Test of Meditation

I intended to devote one blog to Bonhoeffer’s thoughts on “The Day Alone,” but the more I read the more I found to share with you.  Bonhoeffer closes his thoughts on “The Day Alone” with what he called The Test of Meditation.  He said, “Every day brings to the Christian many hours in which he […]

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Meditation that leads to Intercession

Let me share again from Bonhoeffer’s book, Life Together.  Bonhoeffer said our time alone with God should always include three things–meditation, prayer, and intercession.  We’ve looked at his thoughts on the first two so I want to turn our attention toward intercession.  Bonhoeffer said, “A Christian fellowship lives and exists by the intercession of its members […]

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Meditation that Leads to Prayer

Yesterday I shared Bonhoeffer’s thoughts on time alone with God from his book Life Together.  He suggested that our time alone should involve three things–meditation, prayer, and intercession.  Yesterday I shared some thoughts on meditation, let me share his thoughts on prayer.  Bonhoeffer said, “The Scripture meditation leads to prayer…the most promising method of prayer is […]

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Thoughts on Meditation

Yesterday I shared some of Bonhoeffer’s thoughts on the need for being alone and for being with the Body of Christ.  I think that most people have a hard time being alone with God.  For many it is easy to come to the Meeting House and worship with their brothers and sisters in Christ, but […]

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Life Together and Life Alone

In Dietrich Bonhoeffer’s book Life Together he addresses Christian fellowship.  The book is short, only five chapters, but each chapter is strategically placed…the first chapter talks about community, the second talks about a day with others, the third speaks of the day alone, followed by chapters on ministry and confession and communion. Bonhoeffer realized that […]

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