Listening: Our first duty to God and Neighbor

Two ears and one mouth, many have rightly observed that this innately places listening before speaking. We are to be hearers. Dietrich Bonhoeffer in his book Life Together captures the first duty of human beings to God and neighbor as an act of the ear. “The first service that one owes to others in the fellowship […]

Triune Compassion

From one angle, the storyline of Scripture is a story of grief. We are born into grief, grief is not something we only enter into when a loved one dies, it is what we enter into at birth. Grief is always linked to loss—consider then the magnitude of humanity’s loss. We are born east of […]

Once More Bonhoeffer

This is the last of three posts that touch on Bonhoeffer’s thoughts about forgiveness and confession. Hope you enjoy the conclusion. Dietrich Bonhoeffer: Confession and Communion (Life Together: The Classic Exploration of Faith in Community, 118-122) TO WHOM CONFESS? To whom shall we make confession? According to Jesus’ promise, every christian brother can hear the confession of […]

Forgiveness in Community

We have spent the majority of our time exploring forgiveness on the vertical. We have briefly viewed the implications of the vertical for the horizontal. In this post, let’s look a little more closely at two texts that draw out some important things about forgiveness in the community of faith. Dietrich Bonhoeffer has a brilliant […]