Bonhoeffer on Community

In 1989 Ray Oldenburg wrote the book The Great Good Places in which he intriguingly discussed the importance and recent deterioration of third places within communities, places such as “cafes, coffee shops, bookstores, bars, hair salons, and other hangouts at the heart of a community.” Within these third places, “people get to know one another…

What If Jesus Doesn’t Satisfy?

What if Jesus doesn’t satisfy? Personally, I don’t care for that question, and yet that question haunts me each time I pull up my unfinished drafts folder. This post has sat in the draft pile for more than a year with little more than the title, more specifically a question and a disconcerting question at…

Reflection on Emotion

As we sat at the graduation rehearsal, one professor encouraged all the graduates with the reminder that this event was the culmination of all our hard work and a conclusion to the goal we had all set years before. In one sense this was encouraging, but at the same time, I struggled with the emotion…

Trusting God Amidst Dangerous Duty

I finished up a biography of John Wycliffe this week, and this quote by Wycliffe grabbed me. It took a few times in reading it to grab a hold of it, but it was worth the brief time of meditation. Christians possess something the moralists and his reason will never understand – that being the…

Sin Extinguished by God’s Mercy

We live in a country in which we pride ourselves on freedom, after all we are the “land of the free and the home of the brave.” While we very well may live among many brave, we really don’t live in a land of the free – politically or spiritually. In the same way we…