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Preaching at the Crossroads (of Postmodernism, Secularism, and Pluralism)

David J. Lose, in his Preaching at the Crossroads (Fortress Press, 2013), helps preachers respond to three significant cultural trends: postmodernism, secularism, and pluralism. Postmodernism, according to Lose, asks an epistemological question: R...
by Words on the Word on Apr 6, 2016

And Now… Bonhoeffer *Reader’s Editions*

  Big news for Bonhoeffer aficionados/as: Fortress Press, publishers of the 17-volume Dietrich Bonhoeffer Works (English edition), has just announced the Fall 2015 publication of Reader’s Edition volumes of Discipleship, Life Together,...
by Words on the Word on Jun 3, 2015

Unity, Mutual Flourishing and the fracturing of the Church

Wow. What a week it’s been for discussion on Church Unity. This post is published in the week that Holy Trinity Brompton’s Leadership Conference was held on Church Unity, and when it has been announced that Rev Rod Thomas has been appoint...
by DeanRoberts.Net on May 6, 2015

Bonhoeffer’s Black Jesus

I. Can’t. Wait. To. Read. This. Book. So I’m simply going to post a picture, leave a few links, publish this post, and close the computer so I can get to reading. Here it is–it just came in the mail today:     Thank you to...
by Words on the Word on Oct 22, 2014

You Have 10 Days to Get Yourself a Bonhoeffer Hoodie or T-Shirt

This is easily the most awesome piece of clothing I have ever seen:     And the Teespring “campaign” that offers it has enough pre-orders that it will go into production again! So you can order one now before the window closes.
by Words on the Word on Oct 9, 2014

A First Look Inside Bonhoeffer Works, Volume 17 (VIDEO)

After nearly 20 years the Dietrich Bonhoeffer Works (English edition) is complete. Yesterday I received the concluding Volume 17, Index and Supplementary Materials. Take a look inside–this is a fittingly well-done volume to complete the set. (M...
by Words on the Word on Sep 25, 2014

This Just Went to the Top of My Reading Stack

  For months I’ve been waiting for this book to come out. Today I received it in the mail. As it weds two of my loves in life–youth ministry and Bonhoeffer–it’s going straight to the top of my reading stack. About Bonhoef...
by Words on the Word on Sep 23, 2014

Bonhoeffer’s Life Together for $2.99, Chance to Win 17 Bonhoeffer Works

  For $2.99, Fortress Press is selling Bonhoeffer’s Life Together, the purchase of which also gives you chance to win all 17 volumes of Dietrich Bonhoeffer Works (English Edition). This includes the new, forthcoming Volume 17: Index and Su...
by Words on the Word on Sep 15, 2014

Is conservative morality causing decline in the Anglican Church?

This morning, as I was doing my daily routine of “Facebook Time Line Catch Up” I noticed that someone had posted a link to an article entitled, “RIGHT WING MORALITY IS COSTING THE CHURCH OF ENGLAND DEARLY”. Interesting, I thou...
by DeanRoberts.Net on Aug 11, 2014

Geffrey B. Kelly’s Reading Bonhoeffer

I’m a sucker for biblical and theological studies with an unapologetically doxological posture. So it was with excitement that I read John W. Matthews’s concluding sentence in his foreword to Gefffrey B. Kelly’s Reading Bonhoeffer...
by Words on the Word on May 20, 2014

Bonhoeffer: Pastor, Pacifist, Nazi Resister (MOVIE)

My wife recently checked out a Bonhoeffer DVD for me, which we started watching the other night. We’re halfway through, and it’s already quite moving. First Run Features put it out, called Bonhoeffer: Pastor, Pacifist, Nazi Resister (pic...
by Words on the Word on Apr 1, 2014

Excerpts from a Catechism by Bonhoeffer

In 1932 Dietrich Bonhoeffer co-wrote a draft for a catechism called, “As You Believe, So You Receive.” The catechism is “for students in a confirmation class and yet is intended not only for them.” Bonhoeffer and his co-writin...
by Words on the Word on Mar 29, 2014

Church Search: Lutheran Church - Missouri Synod

The LCMS CrossThis post is part of our ongoing Great Church Search. For more information, please click here. During the "First Exposure" phase of our search, we are visiting different churches every week to gain a basic understanding of their doctrin...

Protestant Reactions to Vatican II Links

Over the past two weeks we have been running a series on Protestant Reactions to Vatican II. Below are links to the entire series, links which may also be found in the "Series" tab above.Protestant Reactions to Vatican II: IntroductionHistorical Conc...

Protestant Reactions to Vatican II: Conclusions

This is the final post is our series examining Protestant Reactions to Vatican II. Vatican II (CNS)Having examined Protestant reactions to the Roman Catholic conceptions of Divine Revelation and the Church, Non-Catholic Churches, the Priesthood, the...

Protestant Reactions to Vatican II: Other Issues

This post is part of our ongoing series examining Protestant Reactions to Vatican II. Catholic Clergy (Courtesy of CatholicClergy.net)While we cannot consider every facet of the Second Vatican Council that Protestant scholars have engaged, there are...

Protestant Reactions to Vatican II: Non-Catholic Churches

This post is part of our ongoing series examining Protestant Reactions to Vatican II. Blessed Virgin Mary (Courtesy of Wikipedia)Another facet of the Second Vatican Council that has garnered a variety of responses from Protestant Christians involves...

Protestant Reactions to Vatican II: Broad Protestant Reactions

This post is part of our ongoing series examining Protestant Reactions to Vatican II. Having briefly noted a history of the council and some of the historical and methodological problems associated with this study, we may now turn to the Protestant r...

Protestant Reactions to Vatican II: Historical Concerns

This post is part of our ongoing series examining Protestant Reactions to Vatican II. Vatican II (CNS)Before examining any reactions to Vatican II, we must negotiate several historical and methodological problems. The first is the issue of historic...

Dorothy Day's Long Loneliness

             Dorothy Day’s autobiography, The Long Loneliness, offers numerous insights into the life story of one of the 20th century’s greatest American Catholics and the experiences...


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