And now, quotes from a German theologian

I’ve jumped from a tutorial on landscaping for misers to gardening to triathlon training to ranting and raving about questionable meat products. To keep you on your toes, this post will include comments about the weather and thoughts on a quote from Dietrich Bonhoeffer.

Weather: It snowed yesterday! It’s been 60-80 and sunny every day for like the past three weeks, and then on Monday I rode my bike home in the rain and yesterday I scraped 2.5″ of snow off of my car!


Only he who believes is obedient, and only he who is obedient believes.

It is quite unbiblical to hold the first proposition without the second. We think we understand when we hear that obedience is possible only where there is faith. Does not obedience follow faith as good fruit grows on a good tree? First, faith, then obedience, all well and good, for that is the essential and unexceptionable presupposition of all that follows. If, however, we make a chronological distinction between faith and obedience, and make obedience subsequent to faith, we are divorcing the one from the other – and then we get the practical question, when must obedience begin? Obedience remains separated from faith. From the point of view of justification it is necessary thus to separate them, but we must never lose sight of their essential unity. For faith is only real when there is obedience, never without it, and faith only becomes faith in the act of obedience. The Cost of Discipleship

I don’t know that I actually have any deep comments about the quote, I just liked it. It’s right along the lines of what we’ve been studying in church.

Lest you think I’m the virtuous sort who voraciously reads only serious books such as this, I read this book right before I go to bed because if I read the fiction I’m currently reading the next thing I know it’ll be 12:30 AM and the entire rest of the week will be ruined by lack of sleep. Bonhoeffer is interesting enough for me to read half a chapter without falling asleep, but not interesting enough to tempt me to stay up too late.

So now that I’ve covered the realms of how-to, gardening, photography, sports/training, highly opinionated, and religious blogs in the space of one week, I only have to take pictures as I make a recipe for a cooking blog, show you pictures of my cute kids and complain about how they pooped all over me for a mommy blog, and come up with some juicy celebrity gossip to cover all possible blogging genres. As I have no kids, am too lazy to take pictures while I cook, know nothing about celebrities, and have activities planned for the next three evenings, I am afraid I shall have to disappoint my loyal audience.


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