Breakfast with Bonhoeffer is Jon Walker’s third book based on the life and works of German pastor and theologian, Dietrich Bonhoeffer. His previous books are Costly Grace: A Contemporary View of Bonhoeffer’s “The Cost of Discipleship” (2010) and In Visible Fellowship: A Contemporary View of Bonhoeffer’s Classic Work “Life Together” (2011).

Chapter three of Breakfast with Bonhoeffer is titled, “Double-Minded”.  Below are some quotes from the chapter…

…This morning Bonhoeffer reminds us that as long as we live with our delusions, we hinder ourselves from engaging the Kingdom of Heaven in the now (40).

…This cheap grace, Bonhoeffer says, “is the preaching of forgiveness with requiring repentance, baptism without church discipline, Communion without confession, absolution without personal confession. Cheap grace is grace without discipleship, grace without the cross, grace without Jesus Christ, living and incarnate” (41).

…we’re like an obese man who can understand the need to exercise, talk about exercise, and even plan to exercise, but who does not actually begin to exercise. It does him no good (42).

…When we aren’t focused on what is real–on Kingdom reality–it’s like we have bipolar faith. We swing from belief to unbelief, from hot to to cold without ever being either. Jesus says our lukewarm faith makes him want to puke (46).

…I borrow this question from Dallas Willard, who asks in his book, The Divine Conspiracy: Have you ever considered that Jesus is the smartest man in the world? Would the very fact that we follow conventional wisdom instead of the commands of Jesus indicate that we don’t believe he is? (50).

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