Wednesday, June 30, 2010

The Manor House

For anyone that is interested, perhaps the casual peruser, I've changed my blog residence, and may be found, if not here, at http://themanorhousedispatch.wordpress.com/. There I'm known as The Bard. I may, however, drop by this blog from time to time, but that depends on what other activities are occupying my time.

Friday, February 5, 2010

Combatting Enemies

To the natural man, the very notion of loving his enemies is an intolerable offence, and quite beyond his capacity: it cuts right across his ideas of good and evil. More important still, to man under the law, the idea of loving his enemies is clean contrary to the law of God, which requires men to sever all connection with their enemies and to pass judgement on them. Jesus, however, takes the law of God in his own hands and expounds its true meaning. The will of God, to which the law gives expression, is that men should defeat their enemies by loving them.

--Bonhoeffer

Tuesday, January 12, 2010

Salamanca

Hopefully I will get around to writing some of my experiences for soon, especially if I feel more motivated if I knew someone were actually reading my blog.....

But for now here's some pictures.


Driving to Salamanca.

Thursday, December 17, 2009

Voy a España


En acerca de tres semanas estaré en España para estudiar Español. Será un experiencia divertida pero estoy seguro que aprenderé muchas lecciones importantes sobre las que espero escribir aqui.
For those who don't know Spanish this says: In about three weeks I will be in Spain to study spanish. It will be a fun experience but I'm sure that I will learn many important lessons about which I hope to write here.

I don't know how well I'll be able to keep up this blog. I didn't do too well this last semester and I think I might have even forgotten a few times that I had a blog. This semester, however, hopefully I will do a little better for my own sake, since I'm considering that probably nobody takes the time to read my posts anyway.




I will be going here, Salamanca.








Thursday, December 10, 2009

Choosing Joy

When we truly believe that God is life and only life, then nothing need have the power to draw us into the sad realm of death. To choose joy does not mean to choose happy feelings or an artificial atmosphere of hilarity. But it does mean the determination to let whatever takes place bring us one step closer to the God of life -- Henri J. M. Nouwen

Tuesday, July 14, 2009

More from Bonhoeffer

Here's a section that Bonhoeffer quotes from Luther (he writes as if Christ were saying it),

Discipleship is not limited to what you can comprehend-- it must transcend all comprehension. Plunge into the deep waters beyond your own comprehension, and I will help you comprehend as I do. Bewilderment is the true comprehension. Not to know where you are going is the true knowledge. My comprehension transcends yours. Thus Abraham went forth from his father and not knowing whither he went. He trusted himself to my knowledge, and cared not for his own, and thus he took the right road and came to his journey's end. Behold, that is the way of the cross. You cannot find it yourself, so you must let me lead you as though you were a blind man. Wherefore it is not you, no man, no living creature, but I myself, who instruct you by my word and Spirit in the way you should go. Not the work which you choose, not the suffering you devise, but the road which is clean contrary to all that you choose or contrive or desire-- that is the road you must take. To that I call you and in that you must be my disciple. If you do that, there is the acceptable time and there you master is come.

Friday, June 26, 2009

What's the Cost?

A quote from Dietrich Bonhoeffer,

When a man really gives up trying to make something out of himself-- a saint,
or a converted sinner, or a churchman (a so-called clerical somebody), a
righteous or unrighteous man, . . . when in the fullness of tasks, questions,
success or ill-hap, experiences and perplexities, a man throws himself into the
arms of God. . . then he wakes with Christ in Gethsemane. That is faith, that is metanoia and it is thus that he becomes a man and Christian. How can a
man wax arrogant if in a this-sided life he shares the suffering of God?

Metanoia according to Wikipedia:

Metanoia in the context of theological discussion, where it is used often, is
usually interpreted to mean repentance. However, some people argue that the word
should be interpreted more literally to denote changing one's mind, in the sense
of embracing thoughts beyond its present limitations or thought patterns (an
interpretation which is compatible with the denotative meaning of repentance but
replaces its negative connotation with a positive one, focusing on the superior
state being approached rather than the inferior prior state being departed
from).