Philippians 3:17 4:1 “The Gospel According to You”

“Imitate me,” Paul says. What an arrogant thing to say! “Imitate Christ” we can understand. But “Imitate me”? And notice the Christians he is addressing–the Philippians–a fellowship which from all appearances was already committed to Christ and unselfish with its love and resources. In II Corinthians Paul praises them for… Continue reading

Francis of Assisi (1182-1226)

If you ask someone what a saint is, they might say, “Someone who is holy.” I like the definition given by a little boy in a Sunday school class who thought about the images of saints in the stained-glass windows of his church. He defined a saint as “somebody the… Continue reading

Luke 24:13-35 “Now We See Him, Now We Don’t”

The appearance of the Risen Christ to the disciples on the road to Emmaus is one of the richest passages in all of Scripture. This passage is a source of tender comfort and subtle challenge. I can remember the minister commenting on these verses at my father’s funeral, and because… Continue reading

Dietrich Bonhoeffer’s “This-Worldliness”

Dietrich Bonhoeffer was a German pastor and theologian who was one of the leaders of the Confessing Church in Germany in its opposition to Hitler and Nazism. Bonhoeffer was arrested by the Nazis, imprisoned, tortured, and executed on April 9, 1945, just weeks before the Allies liberated the prison in… Continue reading

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