Who Am I?

•July 15, 2012 • 1 Comment

Who Am I?.

by Dietrich Bonhoeffer

Dietrich Bonhöffer, a young theologian of great promise, was martyred by the Nazis for his participation in a plot against the life of Adolf Hitler. His writings have greatly influenced recent theological thought. This article appeared in the Journal Christianity and Crisis, March 4, 1946. Used by permission. This article was prepared for Religion Online by Ted & Winnie Brock.

Who am I? They often tell me

I stepped from my cell’s confinement

Calmly, cheerfully, firmly,

Like a squire from his country-house.

Who am I? They often tell me

I used to speak to my warders

Freely and friendly and clearly,

As though it were mine to command.

Who am I? They also tell me

I bore the days of misfortune

Equably, smilingly, proudly,

Like one accustomed to win.

Am I then really all that which other men tell of?

Or am I only what I myself know of myself?

Restless and longing and sick, like a bird in a cage,

Struggling for breath, as though hands were

compressing my throat,

Yearning for colors, for flowers, for the voices of birds,

Thirsting for words of kindness, for neighborliness,

Tossing in expectation of great events,

Powerlessly trembling for friends at an infinite distance,

Weary and empty at praying, at thinking, at making,

Faint, and ready to say farewell to it all?

Who am I? This or the other?

Am I one person today and tomorrow another?

Am I both at once? A hypocrite before others,

And before myself a contemptibly woebegone weakling?

Or is something within me still like a beaten army,

Fleeing in disorder from victory already achieved?

Who am I? They mock me, these lonely questions of mine.

Whoever I am, Thou knowest, 0 God, I am Thine!

March 4,194


from Theo Spark

•June 27, 2011 • Leave a Comment

They’re not happy in Gaza. They’re not happy in Egypt. They’re not
happy in Libya. They’re not happy in Morocco. They’re not happy in
Iran. They’re not happy in Iraq. They’re not happy in Yemen. They’re
not happy in Afghanistan. They’re not happy in Pakistan. They’re not
happy in Syria. They’re not happy in Lebanon.

And where are they happy?

They’re happy in England. They’re happy in France. They’re happy in
Italy. They’re happy in Germany. They’re happy in Sweden. They’re
happy in the USA. They’re happy in Norway. They’re happy in every
country that is not Muslim. And who do they blame? Not Islam. Not
their leadership. Not themselves.


H/T 45 Govt

Roger Kimball’s Kingdom of Lies

•April 7, 2011 • Leave a Comment

A long but enlighten read…

I think I also understand that the support for 11 million illegal aliens arriving here from Mexico without English, legality, or education is not fueled by tribal and ethnic chauvinism. I know that to suggest that extending immigration consideration to a new cadre of 11 million Koreans, Chinese, Africans, and Europeans with graduate degrees and capital would be racist to the core. The former group from Oaxaca is diverse, the latter from almost everywhere illiberal. I have seen those demonstrating for amnesty deprecate the U.S and its flag while championing Mexico, and I think I am supposed to understand that screaming at the country you wish to stay in, while singing praises for the country you do not makes perfect non-sense, in Humpty-Dumpty word fashion. And I know I am not supposed to say that, much less explain why millions flee here from a temperate and fertile south and not from an Arctic north.

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(from Desiring God) Help Japan—At Least Five Options

•March 22, 2011 • Leave a Comment

Here are several Christian relief organizations responding to Japan’s earthquake and tsunami disaster. Join us by praying for them and giving financially.

Churches Helping Churches

Churches Helping Churches (CHC) is working with CRASH Japan to establish a base camp near Sendai to distribute relief supplies to the community. They are appealing to their church network to take a special offering for Japan on the weekend of March 26–27. (A video will be available on their site for those who wish to show it in their services.)

Food for the Hungry

Food for the Hungry (FH) is working with local partners on the ground in northern Japan to initiate relief responses, including provision of medical care, canned bread, rice and water to survivors. Currently, the response is based in Sendai, a coastal city in northeastern Miyagi. FH’s focus is strengthening local churches to be conduits for relief services.

OMF International

OMF workers will help relief efforts in the Sendai region providing whatever assistance they are able to give to the people in the area. OMF will also be supporting the work of other Christian agencies in Japan that are reaching out to help those affected by the earthquake and tsunami. They have created the Sendai Earthquake Relief Fund to channel funds for this effort.

Samaritan’s Purse

Samaritan’s Purse is already on the ground distributing aid in the coastal areas around Sendai. In the US, they are organizing a 747 cargo jet to airlift about 90 tons of emergency relief such as blankets, hygiene supplies, heavy-duty plastic shelter materials, and water filtration systems. The plane is scheduled to depart for Japan today, March 18.

World Vision

World Vision is distributing relief supplies to thousands of people devastated by the earthquake and tsunami. An emergency response team is on the ground in hard hit areas, providing water, blankets, and other urgently needed supplies to survivors. Ongoing efforts will focus on the unique needs of children, who are the most impacted.

Kingdom People: Rob Bell and the Judgmentless…

•February 28, 2011 • Leave a Comment

A glimpse from "Rob Bell and the Judgmentless “Gospel”: Holy Love Wins"

The God who is truly scary is not the wrathful God of the Bible, but the god of the judgmentless gospel, who closes his eyes to the evil of this world, shrugs his shoulders, and ignores it in the name of “love.” What kind of “love” is this? A god who is never angered at sin and who lets evil go by unpunished is not worthy of worship.

The problem isn’t that the judgmentless God is too loving; it’s that he’s not loving enough.

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Life’s Interruptions

•February 26, 2011 • Leave a Comment

Kingdom People newsletter sent me this and now, I am passing it on to you!

The great thing, if one can, is to stop regarding all the unpleasant things as interruptions of one’s ‘own’, or ‘real’ life. The truth is of course that what one calls the interruptions are precisely one’s real life – the life God is sending one day by day: what one calls one’s ‘real life’ is a phantom of one’s own imagination.”

from a 1943 letter from C.S. Lewis, included in Yours, Jack: Spiritual Direction from C.S. Lewis

Article: You been verbed…

•January 13, 2011 • Leave a Comment

Friending, trending, even evidencing and statementing… plenty of nouns are turning into verbs. Anthony Gardner works out what’s going on …

From INTELLIGENT LIFE Magazine, Winter 2010

Mothers and fathers used to bring up children: now they parent. Critics used to review plays: now they critique them. Athletes podium, executives flipchart, and almost everybody Googles. Watch out—you’ve been verbed.

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