The reason why we want or are not afraid to speak on this website, and give our thoughts on many ideas, even when necessary, sometimes on political ones.
“Silence in the face of evil is itself evil: God will not hold us guiltless. Not to speak is to speak. Not to act is to act.”
“Salvation is free, but discipleship will cost you your life.”
“Whenever Christ calls us, His call leads us to death.”
“The test of the morality of a society is what it does for its children.”
“It is very easy to overestimate the importance of our own achievements in comparison with what we owe others.”
“One act of obedience is better than one hundred sermons.”
“Only he who believes is obedient and only he who is obedient believes.”
― Dietrich Bonhoeffer, German Lutheran pastor, theologian, writer and poet, hanged by the Nazis two weeks before his camp was liberated for his involvement in the Abwehr plot to kill Hitler. He refused the opportunity to escape in order to protect others from retaliation. (rw)
Dietrich Bonhoeffer: “The ultimate test of a moral society is the kind of world that it leaves to its children.” (Photo credit: elycefeliz)
- Review: Bonhoeffer: Pastor, Martyr, Prophet, Spy by Eric Metaxas (veritasdomain.wordpress.com)
Bonhoeffer was indeed among the most interesting theologian of the twentieth century and his experience with so many countries while also being a leader of the Confessional church inside Nazi Germany put him at a whole different level beyond mere academic contribution.
- Day 82: Dietrich Bonhoeffer (February 4, 1906 – April 9, 1945) (civildisobedience100.wordpress.com)
Apart from his theological writings, Bonhoeffer became known for his staunch resistance to the Nazi dictatorship. He strongly opposed Hitler’s euthanasia program and genocidal persecution of the Jews. He was also involved in plans by members of the Abwehr (the German Military Intelligence Office) to assassinate Adolf Hitler.
- Book Review: Interpreting Bonhoeffer (diglotting.com)
How could the church support the anti-semitic propaganda, cast out Jewish-Christians from churches, and support the Nazi’s clear war-policy of aggressive offense? These are great questions that can not, and should not, be swept under the carpet of church history with an “oops”. Robert Ericksen’s essay also discusses similar topics, though with more of a focus on Bonhoeffer.
Something Hockenos points out is how many leaders of the German Evangelical Church (post-1945) considered Bonhoeffer’s willingness to engage in a plot to overthrow Hitler should make him be viewed as a traitor rather than a martyr! I know there is some debate over what exactly was Bonhoeffer’s role in the resistance, but assuming that he was directly (rather than indirectly) involved in the planning of an assassination attempt on Hitler’s life (and that he vocally supported the use of such violence to take out Hitler), I can see how that would make one question whether Bonhoeffer was standing on solid theological ground, but to go the next step and say that his actions meant he was only a national traitor and not a Christian martyr seems quite bizarre to me! But, alas, it appears the Confessing Church was not completely divorced from nationalism as it should have been.
- Unbowed: (brothersjuddblog.com)
Hans soon brought on board Bonhoeffer, who was to use his foreign contacts to gather intelligence for the resistance. Together they coordinated a daring rescue operation–brilliantly conceived by Dohnanyi–that allowed more than a dozen Jewish refugees to escape to Switzerland using false papers. Bonhoeffer called on Swiss friends, including Karl Barth, to help secure their passage.
It wasn’t long, however, before the Gestapo had the pair in its sights, as more and more evidence linked them to the rescue operation and multiple failed attempts on Hitler’s life. After they were arrested in early April 1943, their resistance took another form: withstanding isolation and harsh interrogations and refusing to name names. Both men found sustenance in their Bibles. And their families provided indispensable support, sending letters and packages with hidden messages that helped them coordinate their responses to questioning. Unbowed to the last, they were finally hanged in April 1945.
- Dietrich Bonhoeffer – German Lutheran pastor, theologian, dissident anti-Nazi (deadcitizensrightssociety.wordpress.com)
+Dietrich Bonhoeffer – German Lutheran pastor, theologian, dissident anti-Nazi
“It is the fellowship of the Cross to experience the burden of the other. If one does not experience it, the fellowship he belongs to is not Christian. If any member refuses to bear that burden, he denies the law of Christ.”“In ordinary life we hardly realize that we receive a great deal more than we give, and that it is only with gratitude that life becomes rich.”
- Bonhoeffer the Assassin (iheartbarth.wordpress.com)
here is newly published volume by Baker Academic that is worth checking out for those interested in the theology and life of Bonhoeffer and particularly how he steered the waters of his pacifist declarations (found most clearly in his 1937 Discipleship) and his involvement with the Abwehr‘s conspiracy to assassinate Hitler.
+“Ethical Foundation for Resistance” – an Excerpt from Bonhoeffer the Assassin?
Bonhoeffer gives us an “ethical foundation for resistance.” Almost immediately after Hitler assumed power, Bonhoeffer gave his radio address “The Führer and the Individual in the Younger Generation.” A few months later he wrote a prophetic essay, “The Church and the Jewish Question,” which was published in June. But even before these more obvious examples, Bonhoeffer was articulating an ethic for resistance. It was manifest in his life, his commitments, and his writings.
About the book: Bonhoeffer the Assassin?
- 138) Cheap Grace (emailmeditations.wordpress.com)
Cheap grace is the mortal enemy of our church. Our struggle today is for costly grace.
Cheap grace means grace as bargain-basement goods, cut-rate forgiveness, cut-rate comfort, cut-rate sacraments; grace as the church’s inexhaustible pantry, from which it is doled out by careless hands without hesitation or limit. It is grace without a price, without cost…
- The Dietrich Bonhoeffer Story – podcast (songsofhope883.com)
Today, Sunday 16th March on Songs of Hope, at 8:45 am we heard the story of Dietrich Bonhoeffer.
- Bonhoeffer – Pastor, Martyr, Prophet, Spy (lindentreelibrary.wordpress.com)
In Bonhoeffer: Pastor, Martyr, Prophet, Spy—A Righteous Gentile vs. the Third Reich, Metaxas presents the fullest accounting of Bonhoeffer’s heart-wrenching 1939 decision to leave the safe haven of America for Hitler’s Germany, and using extended excerpts from love letters and coded messages written to and from Bonhoeffer’s Cell 92, Metaxas tells for the first time the full story of Bonhoeffer’s passionate and tragic romance.Readers will discover fresh insights and revelations about his life-changing months at the Abyssinian Baptist Church in Harlem and about his radical position on why Christians are obliged to stand up for the Jews. Metaxas also sheds new light on Bonhoeffer’s reaction to Kristallnacht, his involvement in the famous Valkyrie plot and in “Operation 7,” the effort to smuggle Jews into neutral Switzerland.
Bonhoeffer gives witness to one man’s extraordinary faith and to the tortured fate of the nation he sought to deliver from the curse of Nazism. It brings the reader face to face with a man determined to do the will of God radically, courageously, and joyfully—even to the point of death. Bonhoeffer is the story of a life framed by a passion for truth and a commitment to justice on behalf of those who face implacable evil.
Thou that hast given so much to me,
Give one thing more, a grateful heart.
See how thy beggar works on thee
By art.He makes thy gifts occasion more,
And says, If he in this be crossed,
All thou hast given him heretofore
But thou didst reckon, when at first
Thy word our hearts and hands did crave,
What it would come to at the worst
Perpetual knockings at thy door,
Tears sullying thy transparent rooms,
Gift upon gift, much would have more,
This not withstanding, thou wenst on,
And didst allow us all our noise:
Nay thou hast made a sigh and groan
Not that thou hast not still above
Much better tunes, than groans can make;
But that these country-airs thy love
Wherefore I cry, and cry again;
And in no quiet canst thou be,
Till I a thankful heart obtain
Not thankful, when it pleaseth me;
As if thy blessings had spare days:
But such a heart, whose pulse may be
~ George Herbert
Portrait of George Herbert (poet) by Robert White in 1674. From National Portrait Gallery (UK) (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
O Lord that lends me life,
Lend me a heart replete with thankfulness.
~ William Shakespeare
- George Herbert, “Easter” (sdhousedth.wordpress.com)
Consort both heart and lute, and twist a song
Pleasant and long:
Or since all music is but three parts vied
O let thy blessed Spirit bear a part,
And make up our defects with his sweet art.
- Sonnet: The Hand of my Beloved (davidemeron.com)
But sweetly given me hast thou my voice,
And moved my spirit; for my hand is thine
To take thy gifted rest; though fear my choice:
That rest will fall to apathy’s decline.
- “Glory Be Unto Thee” (Bahá’í Prayer) (bahaimusic.wordpress.com)
“I am aware, O Lord, that my trespasses have covered my face with shame in Thy presence, and have burdened my back before Thee, have intervened between me and Thy beauteous countenance, have compassed me from every direction and have hindered me on all sides from gaining access unto the revelations of Thy celestial power.
- Sonnets to the Sundry Notes of Music (readersjoys.com)
Long was the combat doubtful that love with love did fight,
To leave the master loveless, or kill the gallant knight:
To put in practise either, alas, it was a spite
Unto the silly damsel!
Serve always with assured trust,
And in thy suit be humble true;
Unless thy lady prove unjust,
Press never thou to choose anew:
When time shall serve, be thou not slack
To proffer, though she put thee back.
- Piety Fortifies Faith (saintlysages.wordpress.com)
Father Guibert elaborates upon the vital role of piety. He writes: “It is, properly speaking, in the region of things supernatural that piety enlightens the mind. Beyond the vast field of Nature, the phenomena and laws of which have been given over to the patient investigation of man, opens out the profound domain of mysteries. Left to itself, the mind of man cannot enter into it; but faith takes him by the hand and introduces him thereto. It says to him: ‘See thy God who has created thee; He fills the universe with His presence, while, at the same time, He is in the depths of thy heart.
“If faith is a gift so precious that the Apostle was able to say, ‘The just man liveth by faith’ (Gal 3:11), the vitality of a man’s faith will be the measure of his life; the more you believe, the more you will live. And here it is that piety comes in, for it contributes vitality and activity to the whole-hearted faith that accepts all the articles of the Creed. While faith continues slumbering, although entire, in many Christians, it is wide awake and ardent in those who are given to piety.”
- The freedom of a horse- Artsy Tuesday (luzmariapalacios.com)
“When god created the horse, he said to the magnificent creature: I have made thee as no other. All the treasures of the earth lie between thy eyes. Thy shalt carry my friends upon thy back. Thy saddle shall be the seat of prayers to me. And thou shalt fly without wings, and conquer without sword; oh horse.”
― Anonymous, The Quran
- Ezekiel 35 (pofw.wordpress.com)
Therefore, as I live, saith the Lord God, I will even do according to thine anger, and according to thine envy which thou hast used out of thy hatred against them; and I will make myself known among them, when I have judged thee.
We never win by holding a grudge against someone and rejoicing in their mishaps or failures. God created all of us to win. Sometimes people’s attitudes and actions cause them to be defeated. It is at those times that we must really lead as a christian. If we take pride in their fall and defeat, we will be just like this scripture, God will turn that same judgement upon us. A leader leads at all times. Our attitude and actions are being watched by many and we are the only bible many people read. Are we portraying Christ as He would have us to portray Him? We are only accountable for our own actions, what we say or do because ultimately that is what we will be judged for. God help us to let grudges go and convict us when we take pleasure in the hurt or fall of others.
- St Augustine’s Notes on Psalm 23 (stjoeofoblog.wordpress.com)
The Church speaks to Christ: “The Lord feedeth me, and I shall lack nothing” (verse 1 ). The Lord Jesus Christ is my Shepherd, “and I shall lack nothing.”
- “Thou didst clothe me with skin and flesh, and knit me together with bones and sinews” (mrsmeadowsweet.wordpress.com)
“I loathe my life; I will give free utterance to my complaint; I will speak in the bitterness of my soul. 2 I will say to God, Do not condemn me;
let me know why thou dost contend against me. 3 Does it seem good to thee to oppress, to despise the work of thy hands
and favor the designs of the wicked?
- About Being Thankful (stuffitellmysister.me)
Thanksgiving Eve. I have typed and deleted my words about five times now. My heart is thankful, but there are many things that need to change. Things that I cannot control. So I will dwell on the good. Blessings beyond belief. A God that loves me. Good health. A wonderful family. A hubby that loves me and puts up with more than he should to provide for our family.
Happiness is an inner state, influenced by external conditions but not dependent on them
Dutch version / Nederlandse versie > Geluk een innerlijke toestand
- Thirst for happiness and meaning
- Happiness is like manna
- Have a real happy day today!
- A Small Act Of Kindness Can Bring Smile On Million Faces
- Make your happiness independent of circumstances and others.
- Show Them How..
- Finally Happy.
- How shall the film of your life be?
- Rest thy delight on Jehovah
- Happy/ hap.py/ ‘hape/ adj (comm663.wordpress.com)
Happy is a tick. A twitch. A tingle. A trigger. / Happy is a laugh. A tear. A smile. A glare or a stair.
Happiness is a word addict’s use a lot in recovery.
No matter what you are facing in your life the road to happiness has to do with accepting the things you cannot change. The poorest person in the worst neighborhood can be the happiest soul alive because they accept what they cannot change. However the most powerful part is “the courage to change the things I can”. That poorest boy in the worst neighborhood might just have the courage to step outside into the unknown, break a pattern, change a cycle and maybe if he choses that path it will lead him to happiness. I urge you all to look at the things you Can and the things you Can Not change, come to a place of “serenity” with them and see if that leads you to happiness.
- Finally Happy. (emyay95.wordpress.com)
“Happiness often sneaks in through a door you didn’t know you left open.”
It came with time. It came with the slow realization that I deserve way more than I’ve been settling for the past two years. It came with finally finding myself again, and being able to be happy again.
- Secret to happiness (1000charactersorless.wordpress.com)
Secret to happiness is that there is no secret. Do the things that you love and focus on your goals and dreams. Stop giving fawk about everything else that doesn’t matter.
- Happiness (thankyousiralex.wordpress.com)
They have even defined and explained the meaning of Happiness in dictionaries and grammar and yet most people “want” to be happy, “aim” to be happy, it’s like life time achievement or once in a life time state for people to use the word happiness and happy to describe themselves.there are so many quotes about happiness and state of being happy and what being happy means and how it feels. Best thing is people quote these quotes on their social media updates and books and write them on note books and use them in sentences and their speech specially for competitive speeches.so many philosophers and scientists and sociologists and other people of every discipline you can think of have researched and published their findings about happy and happiness. how it feels to be happy, what a man does when he is happy and what he should do to become happy.
- Heaven Hell And Happiness (versaandyou.co)
To dare to live a life of happiness, love and joy can be intimidating or frightening. It is also very rewarding. Many people claim to be happy who do not even know what happiness is. You must learn the meaning of happiness. You must feel good about yourself and your activities. Happiness is the absence of anger, hate, jealousy, and self-pity. Sustained happiness comes with long term goals you actually pursue. Sustained happiness comes when you determine your own lessons to learn. Avoid the danger of penalizing yourself by harboring feelings of unworthiness.
- What Drives Us? Why Happiness Should Fuel Our Lives (daily-illuminations.com)
Happiness is what drives us to succeed, to make money, to gain respect and recognition. The human race pursues these factors because we believe they will make us happy.
Happiness takes practice. It’s a fake-it-til-you-make-it mentality, where by telling yourself everyday – everyday- that you are happier, everyday you will be. By using discipline in your actions and your thoughts, everyday, you can improve upon your everyday happiness.
- Happiness Log Technique (pieceofmindfulness.wordpress.com)
I know in today’s world everyone is always busy with this or that but it’s really important to sit to put aside some time to focus on your happiness. It’s not only good for your mental state, but it will make everything you do that much better!