Heaven… on earth

“The earth is preserved by salt; the world lives because of these poor, ignoble, and weak people, whom the world rejects… (This salt) penetrates the entire earth. It is the earth’s substance. Thus, the disciples are focused not only on heaven, but are reminded of their mission on earth… (Christ) brings them into his work…Continue reading “Heaven… on earth”

Don’t cheapen grace

Some of my favorite lines from Dietrich Bonhoeffer on grace. Cheap grace means grace as bargain-basement goods, cut-rate forgive­ness, cut-rate comfort, cut-rate sacraments; grace as the church’s inexhaustible pantry, from which it is doled out by careless hands without hesitation or limit. It is grace without a price, without cost… Cheap grace is that whichContinue reading “Don’t cheapen grace”

The blessedness of rejection

In judgment and action those who follow Jesus will be different from the world in renouncing their property, happiness, rights, righteousness, honor, and violence. They will be offensive to the world. That is why the disciples will be persecuted for righteousness’ sake. Not recognition, but rejection will be their reward from the world for theirContinue reading “The blessedness of rejection”

The strong AND the weak belong together in the community of Christ

“Every Christian community must realize that not only do the weak need the strong, but also that the strong cannot exist without the weak. The elimination of the weak is the death of the fellowship.” — Dietrich Bonhoeffer    

Engaging the Kingdom — Overcoming Evil

“Our willingness to yield up everything when we are bidden to do so is our willingness to have enough in Jesus Christ alone, to desire to follow him alone. Our voluntary renunciation of counterviolence confirms and proclaims our unconditional allegiance to Jesus as his follower, our freedom, our detachment from our own egos. And itContinue reading “Engaging the Kingdom — Overcoming Evil”

Engaging the Kingdom — Treasure

“They have their treasure well hidden, they have it at the cross.” (Bonhoeffer, Discipleship) The pursuit of the Kingdom of God produces vast spiritual wealth. The treasure of the Kingdom is pursued, but it is pursued like no other treasure. The pursuit always goes through the cross of Christ. The road of abundance in the KingdomContinue reading “Engaging the Kingdom — Treasure”

What If Love Really DID Win?

I can’t help it. I have to weigh in on the discussion over Rob Bell’s book. It’s not deep. It’s just a question. I just celebrated my 23rd wedding anniversary. I truly married UP, as they say. My wife is incredible. We met in college on a missions trip and I can remember so wonderfullyContinue reading “What If Love Really DID Win?”