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Bonhoeffer: Pastor, Property, Martyr, Spy: A Righteous Gentile Vs. The Third Reich by Eric Metaxas

Started 11th June 2012 Finished 10th September 2012 I dislike Metaxas’ penchant for reducing a person’s name to a nickname without clearly defining the situation. Is frustrating. Also disliking his “start a chapter with a quote out of context because it’s shiny” thing where he then uses the quote in context in the chapter (or the next chapter) and I read the quote in context and am suddenly struck with the ugliest feeling of deja vu I’ve encountered yet in my life. But those things aside, the book is an amazing testament to the life and times of Dietrich Bonhoeffer. I started reading this book shortly after my wife devoured it as we both prepared for/participated in a production of Tim Jorgenson’s play, “Bonhoeffer”. Not only was being a part of the play a deep and meaningful experiences, but this book helped bring some much more depth and clarity to … Continue reading →

The Built-Up Theorem

This won’t surprise you, but I’ve learned surprisingly little since then. Mainly some fine tuning of the base theorem, but other than that, the essentials are right there. Mostly what needed to change was the climbing a steep path metaphor. “Here’s my other analogy for living as a Christian: you’re traveling up a steep rocky path from which it is very easy to stumble, but God is always there to lend a helping hand. All you have to do is reach for it.” The problem with this metaphor is that it makes God external to you, when in fact he is internal. So, if I were to rewrite it, it would say “it is very easy to stumble, but God is always there to lend a helping…heart. Because he’s inside of you and can fill you with divine strength.” Yeah, that’s what I thought…it just doesn’t work. So let’s just … Continue reading →

Base Theorem

Hidden in a valley in Cleveland National Forest is the Lazy W Ranch Camp. Owned and operated by the California-Pacific Annual Conference of the United Methodist Church, they rent out for different Methodist events. The only ones I am familiar with are the Elementary, Junior High, and Senior High Camps. I think I went to an elementary camp in 6th grade, but I don’t remember my past (who would want to?) except for that I attended Senior High Camp in 2000, 2002 and this year (2003 for those of you who are bad with numbers). These events were fun because you got to get away from it for a week (which is a policy I only used last year and this year, the other times I brought up electronic devices of all sorts) and get back to nature and to God. The thing I’m leading up to is this theory … Continue reading →