In Cost of Discipleship, while moving from his exposition of Matthew 5 to Matthew 6, Bonhoeffer raises an interesting paradox that our devotional or homiletical reading of Scripture in little chunks often overlooks. In chapter five, Jesus goes on and on about the visible nature of the Christian life:
Let your light shine . . .
you sent John the Baptist
to prepare the way for the coming of your Son.
Grant us the wisdom to hear your will,
that we too may prepare the way for Christ
who is coming in power and glory
to establish his kingdom of peace and justice;
through Jesus Christ our Judge and our Redeemer,
who lives . . .
In the midst of Advent with Christmas quickly approaching, my thoughts (even in poetry) are turning to the Nativity. Perhaps one of the best poetic descriptions of the blessed event, in the English language anyway, came from the pen of John Donne. He was not only a great English poet but also an Anglican priest who wrote his Holy Sonnets in . . .
No need to look at our high school achievement scores to know we're a nation of world-class idiots (or top notch lawyers)...tonight as I'm putting butter into the fridge, I turned over the package to marvel at the fact that, "Wow, it really is one hundred percent fat." At that point a warning label catches my . . .
Blessed Lord, which hast caused all holy Scriptures to bee written for our learnyng; graunte us that we maye in suche wise heare them, read, marke, learne, and inwardly digeste them; that by pacience, and coumfort of thy holy woorde, we may embrace, and ever holde fast the blessed hope of everlasting life, which thou hast geven us in our . . .
Over at Glory to God for All Things, Fr. Stephen has posted some thoughts on the Christian life and its influence on culture. I especially enjoyed his comments on death and life. He writes:
One of the delightful qualities of life is that it only has to be lived, not invented. Thus we do not need to worry about how we are to . . .
After the initial scene-setting, 'big picture' discussions on grace and discipleship in the first five chapters, Cost of Discipleship to exposit the Sermon on the Mount (Mt 5-7). I shall not endeavor to take the time to look at each of Bonhoeffer's chapters, but there are a few select topics about which I feel compelled to write. . . .