O God, early in the morning I cry to you. Help me to pray And to concentrate my thoughts on you; I can’t do this alone. In me there’s darkness, But with you there’s light; I’m lonely, but you don’t leave me; I’m feeble in heart, but with you there’s help; I’m restless, but with … More Bonhoeffer’s Prayer
The novelist Ralph Ellison wrote in ‘Invisible Man’: “When I discover who I am, I’ll be free.” There is much wisdom in that short quote; it takes seriously the work of discovery and the individual nature of that quest. Identity is important It gives us a sense of well-being and self worth; it celebrates our … More Logotherapy & Identity: Who Am I?
“[Believers] do not believe in people or in the good in people that ultimately must triumph; they also do not believe in the church in its human power. Rather, believers believe solely in God, who creates and does the impossible, who creates life out of death, who has called the dying church to life against … More Bonhoeffer: The Transcendent Church At Easter
Dietrich Bonhoeffer, the Lutheran Minister, Theologian and Anti-Nazi Activist, who was executed a few days before the end of the war, wrote this in ‘Life Together and Prayerbook of the Bible: “It is not that God’s help and presence must still be proved in our life; rather God’s presence and help have been demonstrated for … More Bonhoeffer: The True Meaning of Easter
I generally write a short reflection for our (Cliftonville Moravian Church) newsletter. Here is the May instalment: Quite a few years ago now, when I travelled extensively with work, I would often pick up items of interest from the countries, town or cities I visited. One of my favourite items is a Malaysian painted face … More Beneath the Facade: Honesty in Suffering
Christmas Reflections with Bonhoeffer & Merton My Sermon from Cliftonville Moravian Church, Belfast, 25th December 2016 We come here this morning, in the midst of a hectic time of commemoration and celebration, to sit in this sacred space – a place of calm and reverence. This year has been a tough one – it is … More Christmas Reflections with Bonhoeffer & Merton
Dietrich Bonhoeffer: German Lutheran Minister, Activist & Theologian (image was provided to Wikimedia Commons by the German Federal Archive (Deutsches Bundesarchiv)). “God travels wonderful ways with human beings, but he does not comply with the views and opinions of people. God does not go the way that people want to prescribe for him; rather, his … More Bonhoeffer On God In The Manger
I’ve just come across this fascinating interview with Martin Marty who recently appeared at the Chicago Tribune Printers Row Lit Fest to talk about his book, “Dietrich Bonhoeffer’s ‘Letters and Papers from Prison’: A Biography.” Marty was in discussion with Owen Youngman, professor of Digital Media Strategy at Northwestern University’s Medill School. There are … More Dietrich Bonhoeffer’s Letters and Papers from Prison : A Biography
Saturday 9th April marked the 76th anniversary of the death of the German Lutheran pastor, theologian and martyr Dietrich Bonhoeffer at the hands of a Nazi regime in its death throes.
One of the first books I bought on becoming a Christian was Dietrich Bonhoeffer’s ‘Letters and Papers from Prison’. I found myself enthralled as I watched Bonhoeffer’s theological outlook evolve as a consequence of his own harrowing experience as a vociferous opponent of the Nazi regime. His personal circumstances, upbringing, education and understanding of the … More Bonhoeffer – Model of Discipleship?