simply, Christian

celebrating Christmas correctly

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Who will celebrate Christmas correctly?
Whoever finally lays down
All power, all honor,
All reputation, all vanity,
All arrogance, all individualism
Beside the manger.

— Dietrich Bonhoeffer

Photo by NeONBRAND on Unsplash

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Posted in: adventtheology

December 06, 2017

advent: training ground for the Christian life

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In a letter to his fiancee Maria von Wedmeyer from prison in December 1943, Dietrich Bonhoeffer wrote:

Celebrating Advent means being able to wait. Waiting is an art that our impatient age has forgotten...Whoever does not know the austere blessedness of waiting—that is, of hopefully doing without—will never experience the full blessing of . . .

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December 04, 2017

renewed focus and return to writing

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I want to start writing again. I sincerely do. Whatever flow I had regained after traveling to Japan in the spring of this year was entirely washed away by Hurricane Harvey this August. Many of my possessions were drowned and washed away in the floodwaters. Honestly, for a long time, so was my desire to write.

The enjoyment was gone. I had . . .

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November 21, 2017

life after Harvey

on recovery, faith, and moving on

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I don't really even know where to begin writing after being away from it so long and having experienced so many things. In the last three weeks we have lived through a record-setting hurricane, unprecedented rainfall amounts and rates, the flooding of our home and neighborhood, evacuating through flood waters by wading on foot / boat / . . .

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September 15, 2017

"Nobody likes the prophets much..."

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(H/T: republished from Dover Beach)

"Nobody likes the prophets much. But whenever the prophets are silent, the Church is first made powerless and then regarded, quite properly, as parasitic. The Church in a liberal and capitalist world has preferred popularity to prophecy. It is not surprising that now the Church discovers that 'from him . . .

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August 16, 2017

distracted by shadows

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Note: This is a guest post by a friend I met through the chaplaincy, coming from a different but very strong faith background. Despite our theological differences, the words are powerful and deserve a thoughtful, pensive read. Enjoy.

Don't be distracted by shadows.

Given the events in Charlottesville, it is perhaps even more important to . . .

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August 15, 2017

Evangelicals, transgender, war, and sin

we're barking up the wrong tree

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Today the President tweeted that "the United States Government will not accept or allow… Transgender individuals to serve in any capacity in the U.S. Military.” As expected, response from Evangelical Christians has been swift and overwhelmingly supportive. Our fixation with sexual sins continues to take the forefront of almost all . . .

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July 26, 2017