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The Reformation, plus the following century and more, saw the destruction of religious paintings, sculptures, books. Colour and music were removed and our churches went sepia as opposed to the previous full colour versions. The statues above are a very recent addition to St Alban’s Cathedral, filling gaps left by that Reformation damage. These martyrs […]

via Seven Martyrs — Travel with Intent

A thoughtful read!

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ISIS CRUCIFIXION

When 22 people died outside a concert hall in Manchester, England, the media coverage was wall to wall.  The cry went up that something must be done! Journalists followed the investigation.  Press briefings were scheduled regularly. With broken hearts, we pored over color photographs of the victims, many of them only children, and we listened to bystanders describe their horror.  The world grieved as the story unfolded for a week.

Five days later, 29 Christians in Egypt died when terrorists attacked their bus. Forty-two others were seriously injured and the assassins got away.  That story vanished in less than 48 hours.  No color photos.  No interviews with authorities. No tragic details.

Here’s what you probably never heard.  The Christian group of parents, grandparents, and children were traveling in two buses to pray at a monastery. Their vehicles were stopped by terrorists outside the town of Minya.  After the buses were…

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The First Ten Words by Rich Larson

Chris Cornell, 1964-2017

Chris Cornell died early Thursday morning. His band Soundgarden played a show on Wednesday night at the Fox Theater in Detroit. Two hours after the show ended, he was gone.

For two days, I’ve been working on a piece to pay tribute to him, and it’s been a struggle. Usually when I have a problem like this it’s because I’m staring at a blank screen trying to figure out what I want to say. That’s not the problem this time. The problem is I have way too much to say.

I’m not going to sit here and claim to have been a huge fan of Soundgarden. I didn’t dislike them, I just had to take them in small doses. I was a fan of Cornell. I love “Seasons,” the solo song he had on Cameron Crowe’s movie, Singles. It’s a droning acoustic song about isolation and the…

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To every Youth Pastor and Adult Leader serving in Student Ministry… For nearly 14 years I was in full-time ministry as a Youth Pastor. Being a Youth Pastor was my passion and calling…st…

Source: An open letter to Youth Pastors and Adult Leaders…from a former Youth Pastor

And so, next Tuesday the United States will elect a new president. Our choices this year are abysmal, but still, we have to choose. Amongst those of us whom you most read here, I am American, and I will vote for Trump. Why? To be sure, for me, it has been a long and very […]

via Bonhoeffer’s Dirty Hands and the Election — All Along the Watchtower

An interesting read that ties DB with “The Donald”!

Justin DaMetz

I just started reading The Cost of Discipleship, by Dietrich Bonhoeffer. I knew the bare outlines of his life and death, but the edition I have had a great foreword documenting Bonhoeffer’s life and beliefs. Obviously, there was much about his principled and faith-filled stand against Hitler, the Nazis, and consequently, his own country.

This knowledge coincided this week with the visit of Donald Trump here to Tulsa, appearing at Oral Roberts University with Sarah Palin in tow yesterday. To me, Trump’s candidacy and the following he has inspired over the last year is positively fascist in its outlook, rhetoric, and goals.

Now, I don’t mean to say this for reasons of provocation, nor do I mean to intimate that I believe Trump supporters are fascists or Nazis. Far from it. I think the infatuation with Trump, and more specifically, with the message he is spreading, is appealing to…

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Brad J. Gray

“God sends his Son—here lies the only remedy. It is not enough to give man a new philosophy or better religion. A Man comes to men. Every man bears an image. His body and his life become visible. A man is not a bare word, a thought or a will. He is above all and always a man, a form, an image, a brother. And thus he does not create around him just a new way of thought, will and action but he gives us the new image, the new form. Now in Jesus Christ this is just what has happened. The image of God has entered our midst, in the form of our fallen life, in the likeness of sinful flesh. In the teaching and acts of Christ, in his life and death, the image of God is revealed. In him the divine image has been re-created here on…

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Pastor's Perspective

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A German Lutheran pastor and theologian. After extensive theological training in Germany and America, Bonhoeffer worked as a chaplain and lecturer in systematic theology at the University of Berlin during Hitler’s rise to power. Along with Karl Barth, whose theology had a lasting impact on Bonhoeffer, he signed the Barmen Declaration in 1934 in opposition to the Reich government. After short stints as a pastor in London and as a professor at Union Theological Seminary in New York, he returned to Germany and became involved in Reich resistance. As a result, Bonhoeffer was arrested and, tow years later, executed at the age of thirty-nine. Although a Lutheran, Bonhoeffer’s theological works share many features with Reformed theology, and his more practical works, such as The Cost of Discipleship and Life Together, have wielded enormous influence within evangelicalism.

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ChosenRebel's Blog

Here’s a very short article reminding us to take the apostle’s words seriously. Bonhoeffer wrote a whole book on this issue, The Cost of Discipleship. Let’s continue the fight against “cheap grace.”

Source: How to Confirm Your Call and Election | Desiring God

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