The Yoke That Fits

At seminary I was introduced to the writings of the German martyr Dietrich Bonhoeffer. The first of his books I read was The Cost of Discipleship in which he exposed the dangers of what he called “cheap grace.” This term referred to the pseudo-gospel peddled by those who promise salvation… Continue reading

How Essential is the Sermon on the Mount?

The Sermon on the Mount (SOM) is regarded by biblical scholars as the greatest distillation of Jesus’ teachings. This collection of commandments, pithy sayings, and wisdom traditions are found in Matthew 5-7. Here we find challenge and comfort. We are confronted with the awesome demand for discipleship as well as… Continue reading

The Disgrace of What Passes for Christianity

Not long ago I overheard a conversation while waiting for my car to be serviced. Fox News was on the screen. There was a mention of Roy Moore, the former chief justice of the Alabama Supreme court who was removed from office twice for not following the law as decided… Continue reading

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