Part 2: Costly Grace

Bonhoeffer’s The Cost of Discipleship challenges the way we think about salvation to the core.  Is grace really so simple as a wave of the Deistic wand, and–*poof*–sins forgiven, nothing else necessary?  Grace was meant to do more than justify sin.  In fact, it wasn’t meant to justify sin.  Sin will never be justified; it will alwaysContinue reading “Part 2: Costly Grace”

Part 1: Cheap Grace

I have really enjoyed learning from and reading Dietrich Bonhoeffer, and if you have been following my blog any length of time, I apologize for all of the recent posts from his works.  And…I know what I am about to do runs directly contrary to what I wrote in Retweets, Reposts, and Links: Gimme Something Original,Continue reading “Part 1: Cheap Grace”

Mark Twain and “Unconscious Plagiarism”

Over the past couple of months I have been reading Mark Twain’s Autobiography in parts.  The work lends itself to being picked up and put down in intervals, considering the work itself was written in that very manner–dictated in various countries, at different times, and in pieces.  Besides being thoroughly entertaining, the book also containsContinue reading “Mark Twain and “Unconscious Plagiarism””

“A Good Northern Cornbread Is Hard to Find”

I try my best to keep the posts on this blog focused on Biblical topics; however, I have been reading my favorite author Mark Twain’s autobiography, and the guy puts thoughts into words like no one I have ever read.  Last night I read as he reminisced about boyhood and all of the Southern foodContinue reading ““A Good Northern Cornbread Is Hard to Find””

Andrew Fuller on The Broad and Narrow Way

Here are some apt words from the “Elephant of Kettering”; concerning Matthew 7:13-14, he writes– Our Lord now proceeds to set before his hearers life and death, exhorting them to choose life.  From the whole of what he had advanced, it must appear that the way of the world was broad, and that his ownContinue reading “Andrew Fuller on The Broad and Narrow Way”

A Depressingly “Ecclesiastical” Perspective by Mark Twain

As I was drawn into the Autobiography of Mark Twain, the following paragraph nearly drove me to despair…then I remembered the Gospel… A myriad of men are born; they labor and sweat and struggle for bread; they squabble and scold and fight; they scramble for little mean advantages over each other; age creeps upon them; infirmitiesContinue reading “A Depressingly “Ecclesiastical” Perspective by Mark Twain”