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 always […]

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, […]

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 contains […]

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; infirmities […]