From last night's Psalter reading:
69:1 Save me, O God!
For the waters have come up to my neck.
2 I sink in deep mire,
where there is no foothold;
I have come into deep waters,
and the flood sweeps over me.
3 I am weary with my crying out;
my throat is parched.
My eyes grow dim
. . .
Last week I picked up Bonhoeffer's Ethics. I honestly didn't know what to expect from this work, but I did anticipate a satisfying challenge to wrestle again with this 20th-century theological giant. Having only read his Cost of Discipleship, however, I was unprepared for the struggle that lay ahead of me...this book is . . .
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The question hasn't been asked yet, so let me take a moment to ask and answer it myself. "What edition of Luther's Works are you quoting here?" In my "Luther on..." posts, which I'm drawing exclusively (so far) from Faith Alone, a excellent collection of Luther selections edited by James . . .
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On the subject of testing God, Luther writes:
Deuteronomy 6 teaches us to trust that God will take care of us in good and bad times. We shouldn't become overconfident in times of plenty, but we also need to patiently endure times of adversity. God will never leave us. He will be near us in our . . .