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"Cost of Discipleship" Part 1, Cheap Grace

Unlike many contemporary preachers that feel the need to start off with pithy, humorous, non-confrontational 'ice breakers,' in "Cost of Discipleship" (hereafter CoD) Bonhoeffer comes out swinging like a prize-fighter from word one. He begins with the assertion, "Cheap grace is the deadly enemy of our Church." His . . .

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September 30, 2007

Bonhoeffer on Discipleship...

I had dinner with our pastor tonight (both of our wives are out of town), and while discussing his D.Min work on men's ministry in the local church we inevitably came to the topic of discipleship. "Why are men so remarkably absent in the contemporary church?" "How can we engage men and get them to dig deep into the . . .

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September 27, 2007

Learning Theology from St. Timothy

We read in the New Testament...

I have learned in whatever situation I am to be content. I know how to be brought low, and I know how to abound. In any and every circumstance, I have learned the secret of facing plenty and hunger, abundance and need. (Phil 4.11-12, ESV)

This passage is no doubt familiar to all Christians, . . .

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September 19, 2007

St. Timothy

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Pop-theology = Salvation by Works?

A couple of days ago I got this email from a beloved family member, who forwarded it in good faith that I would enjoy reading it. Well, I read it, was amused by it, figured it probably wasn't true, and deleted it. After a few seconds of reflection I recovered it from my trash. Now, I didn't recover it because I suddenly decided to . . .

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September 04, 2007

What I love about Lutheranism

As much as I struggle with whether or not I resonate more with Lutheran or Reformed theology, there is at least one area where I identify with Lutherans wholeheartedly and unashamedly...a clearly Christ and cross-centered approach to everything.  Reformed folks are great at pondering the invisible, hidden, sovereign majesty of God, which . . .

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August 28, 2007

Thoughts on Two Services: Part 2-Unity

Just about everyone gets emotionally charged up about 'style' in our discussions of worship, especially when discussing the possibility of going to multiple services, each with a different style.  After almost ten years of having these discussions, I really can't get too fired up about questions of style...I freely admit that . . .

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August 27, 2007