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The Ongoing Legacy of Dietrich Bonhoeffer

December 05, 2012

Bryan Galloway is Senior Pastor at Harvey Oaks Baptist Church in Omaha, Nebraska. Bryan graduated from Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary in May 2009 with a Doctor of Ministry. His thesis-project was on the difference that Dietrich Bonhoeffer makes in twenty-first century preaching.

I’m grateful that Bryan was willing to answer some questions about Bonhoeffer and his ongoing legacy.

How did you get interested in Dietrich Bonhoeffer?

I became interested with Dietrich Bonhoeffer when I was a college student at Bethel College in St. Paul, MN. Dr. Al Glenn introduced me to Life Together and The Cost of Discipleship. I was fascinated by Bonhoeffer’s blunt approach to discipleship and fellowship; and by his story of a pastor who stood up to Hitler and Nazi polices.

For the rest of the interview…

By Jeff Schapiro , Christian Post Reporter
May 3, 2012

A professor of preaching says that pastors need more moral courage to deliver the Gospel message in today’s skeptical world.

Haddon Robinson, who currently serves as the distinguished professor of preaching at Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary in South Hamilton, Mass., told The Christian Post Thursday that the media is much bolder in its criticisms of the church than it used to be, and in many ways it builds upon the skepticism already found in the culture. This dramatic shift in attitude toward the church and the Bible means, to some extent, preachers may have to adjust their approach to preaching.

“When I started preaching years ago, the church had home-field advantage. People respected it. They may not have lived up to its teaching, but they would think, ‘Church is certainly a fine moral example’…that’s no longer true,” Robinson said.

“I think the thing that is needed now is moral courage,” he said.

Robinson was the featured speaker at the first annual National Ministry Conference last week. The conference, which focused on the topic of “Preaching Into the Wind: Biblical Preaching in a Skeptical Culture,” was held at Biola University in La Mirada, Calif.

Robinson was named among “the most effective” English-speaking preachers in the world in a Baylor University survey in 1996.

For the rest of the post…

“The worldview is fashioned by the person using it. The average Christian spends about 90 minutes in church. The average person watches 29 hours of TV per week.”

How much time each week do we read the Word of God?

About meditation on God’s Word?

Today as Dr. Bruce Waltke was teaching us about Psalm 1, he stated…

The wicked disadvantage others to advantage self. The righteous disadvantage self to advantage others (This is the way of Jesus). There are many good people who are self-contained.

KNOX Professor – Dr. Bruce K. Waltke


Distinguished Professor of Old Testament

Houghton College, A.B.; Dallas Theological Seminary, Th.M., Th.D.; Harvard University, Ph.D.

Dr. Bruce Waltke, one of the preeminent Old Testament scholars, holds a doctorate in Greek and New Testament from Dallas Theological Seminary and a doctorate in Ancient Near Eastern Languages and Literature from Harvard. His teaching career, spanning Dallas Theological Seminary, Regent College, Reformed Theological Seminary, and Westminster Theological Seminary won him a reputation of being a master teacher with a pastoral heart. Dr. Waltke also pastored several churches, lectured at many Evangelical Seminaries in North America and has spoken at numerous Bible conferences.

He is a member of the Committee of Bible Translation of the New International Version and helped translate the New American Standard Version. He served as editor for the Theological Word Book of the Old Testament, The New International Dictionary of Old Testament Theology and Exegesis, The New Geneva Study Bible and Spirit of the Reformation Study Bible.

Dr. Waltke has traveled widely as a Bible expositor, as an Area Supervisor for excavations at Gezer, Israel, and as Director of field study trips to the Middle East and the Classical World. He is married and has three grown children.

Later today I head to Lake Geneva, WI for a study retreat for those who graduated from Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary with a Doctor of Ministry degree with The Preacher & The Message. It will be good to see Dr. Haddon Robinson again and many of my friends!

We are staying at the Covenant Harbor Geneva Bay Center in Lake Geneva, Wisconsin.

To me it was. Back in 2004, Darryl Dash and I started a D.Min. track at Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary called The Preacher & The Message under Dr. Haddon Robinson. Darryl graduated in 2007 while I finally made it in 2009. Darryl blogged a great post on the pursuit of D.Min. degree. It is a good read…

Is a D.Min. in Your Future?

I am still in Lake Geneva, WI this week for a study retreat. This retreat is for anyone who graduated from Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary with a Doctor of Ministry degree with The Preacher & The Message under Dr. Haddon Robinson.

One of my cohorts, Darryl Dash is also here this week. I sat with him during lunch today and we were discussing how I was allowed to set up this blog site to help me with my writing project for this DMin degree. Darryl said…

“You blogged your way to a doctorate!” 


Today, Dr. George H. Guthrie shared about a ministry called Read the Bible for Life. In doing so, he shared a wonderful quote from another George named George Mueller on why we need to read the Bible over and over again…

The vigor of our spiritual life will be in exact proportion to the place held by the Bible in our life and thoughts. I solemnly state this from the experience of fifty-four years…. I have read the Bible through one hundred times, and always with increasing delight. Each time it seems like a new book to me. Great has been the blessing from consecutive, diligent, daily study. I look upon it as a lost day when I have not had a good time over the Word of God

(George Mueller)

Yesterday in Lake Geneva, I heard Dr. Haddon Robinson say that there are five questions that ultimately matter…

  1. Is there a God?
  2. Did he reveal himself?
  3. Did he reveal himself in Jesus?
  4. Did the death of Jesus do anything?
  5. Did Jesus really rise from the dead?
Also, it is helpful to begin with the last question. It will help answer the the others.
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