A season of promise and the lie of a crossless grace

This is the Easter season, post Resurrection, on the other side of the cross. And while some Americans shout “Make America Great Again,” most of the American church has liturgically moved into the season of Easter promises, failing entirely to notice the significance of Easter’s cross. By the cross here, I do not mean that…

The Repentant Church’s Non-Triumphal Witness

I am alarmed–even frightened–by the arrogant, Pecksniffian, self-righteous confidence that pervades the politics of America’s current presidential campaigns. Yet, I think what we are really seeing is nothing new; it is, rather, the surfacing of a disposition that has always undergirded the status quo, a disposition that almost always goes unchallenged. And for too long, the Church…

Bonhoeffer on Learning to Listen

The following quote is from the German theologian, Dietrich Bonhoeffer in his essay, Life Together. “The first service that one owes to others in the fellowship consists in listening to them. Just as love to God begins with listening to His Word, so the beginning of love for the brethren is learning to listen to…

Ethics and the Will of God: The Peacemaking Legacy of Dietrich Bonhoeffer

In this clip, Krista Tippett, from America Public Media, examines the life, theology, and death of Dietrich Bonhoeffer. It overviews Bonhoeffer as a German Lutheran pastor, theologian, anti-Nazi, and founding member of the Confessing Church. He was involved with the Abwehr (the German Military Intelligence Office) and associated with groups that sought to assassinate Adolf Hitler. He…