Gehard Forde on the Charge of “Cheap Grace”

“The mistake is to think that we can remedy the charge of ‘cheap grace’ by making it expensive, by inflating the rhetoric, piling up the adverbs, reimposing the law, until the enterprise takes on the aspect of a great balloon which rises on the strength of its own hot air…

One would rather be called upon to make talk about grace as radical, as unconditional, as free and as pure as possible…  The gospel grants the ultimate possibility, not the law

It’s not ‘cheap grace’?  No!  It’s not cheap, it’s free!  ‘Cheap grace,’ you see, is not improved by making it expensive, a ‘bargain basement’ special.  It’s free.”

Gerhard Forde “Justification by Faith: a matter of death and life.”‘

 

Dietrich Bonhoeffer Talks Transparency

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“The final break-through to fellowship does not occur, because, though they have fellowship with one another as believers and as devout people, they do not have fellowship as the undevout, as sinners.  The pious fellowship permits no one to be a sinner.  So everybody must conceal his sin from himself and from the fellowship.  We dare not be sinners.  The Christians are unthinkably horrified when a real sinner is suddenly discovered among the righteous.  So we remain alone with our sin, living lies and hypocrisy. The fact is we are sinners! Continue reading

Community is Back!!! (also some thoughts from Dietrich Bonhoeffer)

With creator/showrunner Dan Harmon back at the helm, Community is back to it’s former creative genus.  More than this, it’s back to providing us with numerous insights into the human condition. Continue reading

The “Wish Dream” vs. Christian Community: thoughts from Bonhoeffer

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“Innumerable times a whole Christian community has broken down because it had sprung from a wish dream.  The serious Christian, set down for the first time in a Christian community, is likely to bring with him a very definite idea of what Christian life together should be and to try to realize it.  But God’s grace speedily shatters such dreams.  Just a surely as God desires to lead us to a knowledge of genuine Christian fellowship, so surely must we be overwhelmed by great disillusionment with others, with Christians in general, and, if we are fortunate with ourselves.

By sheer grace, God will not permit us to live even for a brief period in a dream world.  He does not abandon us to those rapturous experiences and lofty moods that come over us like a dream…  Only that fellowship which faces such disillusionment, with all its unhappy and ugly aspects, begins to be what it should be in God’s sight, begins to grasp in faith the promise that is given to it.  The sooner this shock of disillusionment comes to an individual and to a community the better for both. Continue reading

tired of the hype…

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“Awesome…”  “Passion…”  “Unique…”  “Radical…”  “Relevant…” “Missional…” “Life Changing…”  “Transforming…”  “Growing…”  “Life-equipping…”  “Living-Your-Purpose…”

Is anyone else tired of Church hype?  Above are a scattering of words picked out from some church websites.  Judging from each page you’d think that these churches are individually ushering in the second coming of Christ.  Is anyone else growing weary? Continue reading