Writing Style 8

I had just been accepted into the Ph.D. program at Cambridge. But, of course, your status on official documents for your first year was something demoralizing, along the lines of “unregistered for any degree in the first instance”. This is typical Cambridge speak. Sometime in the early part of the summer, my supervisor sat me [Read More...]

18th Wedding Anniversary

Karla and I are celebrating 18 years of marriage this month. She had a long layover in San Diego this weekend (remember she’s a Flight Attendant for AA) and I went along. We took a boat to Coronado, biked around the island, and took a bike taxi around the San Diego harbor. Great way to [Read More...]

A Former Jew by Love L. Sechrest

I want to make you aware of an interesting book that has been out for a couple of years [pub date 2009], but to this point has not received much scholarly attention—at least I’ve not been able to find even one review. This post is certainly not intended to be such. The book however makes [Read More...]

Not a “better law”, but a “better righteousness”

This is a quite extraordinary quote from Dietrich Bonhoeffer about the Mosaic Law. He writes these lines in his exposition of Matthew 5:17-20. The is the law of the Old Covenant, not a new law, but the one old law, to which the rich young man and the tempting scribe were referred as the revealed [Read More...]

“Christ is for us”

Are you in need of an encouraging word today? Let this passage from Dietrich Bonhoeffer pour over you. Christ is for you! Everything we have said thus far may be summed up in the phrase: Christ is “for us”, not only in his word and his attitude toward us, but in his bodily life. Christ [Read More...]

To Change the World 1

I begin a series of posts engaging James Hunter’s recent provocative book To Change the World: The Irony, Tragedy, and Possibility of Christianity in the Late Modern World. The book’s central questions are both academic and personal according to Hunter. The basic academic questions are: “How is religious faith possible in the late modern world? [Read More...]

Jesus and the Eucharist 7 – Last Post

This post brings our series of interactions with Brant Pitre’s book Jesus and the Jewish Roots of the Eucharist: Unlocking the Secrets of the Last Supper to a conclusion. In his sixth chapter, “The Fourth Cup and the Death of Jesus”, which amounts to the last new idea before a couple of concluding chapters, Brant [Read More...]

Bonhoeffer on the Practice of Spiritual Disciplines

In his exposition of Jesus’ words in  Matthew 6:16-18 in Nachfolge (“Discipleship”), Bonhoeffer has this to say about the importance of practicing spiritual disciplines such as fasting: Jesus takes for granted that disciples will keep the pious practice or exercise of fasting. The life of a disciple requires the strict practice of austerity. The only [Read More...]