Category Archives: Christian Disciplines

Community Disciplines: Bonhoeffer’s Life Together, Part 12

The practice of discipline in the community of faith begins with friends who are close to one another. Words of admonition and reproach must be risked when a lapse from God’s Word in doctrine or life endangers a community that … Continue reading

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Community Disciplines: Bonhoeffer’s Life Together, Part 11

Here, bearing the burden of the other means tolerating the reality of the other’s creation by God—affirming it, and in bearing with it, breaking through to delight in it. This will be especially difficult where both the strong and the … Continue reading

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Community Disciplines: Bonhoeffer’s Life Together, Part 10

The first service one owes to others in the community involves listening to them. Just as our love for God begins with listening to God’s Word, the beginning of love for other Christians is learning to listen to them. God’s … Continue reading

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Community Disciplines: Bonhoeffer’s Life Together, Part 9

Not considering oneself wise, but associating with the lowly, means considering oneself the worst of sinners. This arouses total opposition not only from those who live at the level of nature, but also from Christians who are self-aware. It sounds … Continue reading

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Community Disciplines: Bonhoeffer’s Life Together, Part 8

There is probably no Christian to whom God has not given the uplifting and blissful experience of genuine Christian community at least once in her or his life. But in this world such experiences remain nothing but a gracious extra … Continue reading

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Community Disciplines: Bonhoeffer’s Life Together, Part 7

In other words, a life together under the Word will stay healthy only when it does not form itself into a movement, an order, a society, a collegium pietatis, but instead understands itself as being part of the one, holy, … Continue reading

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Community Disciplines: Bonhoeffer’s Life Together, Part 6

Christian community is not an ideal we have to realize, but rather a reality created by God in Christ in which we may participate. The more clearly we learn to recognize that the ground and strength and promise of all … Continue reading

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Community Disciplines: Bonhoeffer’s Life Together, Part 5

If we do not give thanks daily for the Christian community in which we have been placed, even when there are no great experiences, no noticeable riches, but much weakness, difficulty, and little faith—and if, on the contrary, we only … Continue reading

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Community Disciplines: Bonhoeffer’s Life Together, Part 4

Even when sin and misunderstanding burden the common life, is not the one who sins still a person with whom I too stand under the word of Christ? Will not another Christian’s sin be an occasion for me ever anew … Continue reading

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Community Disciplines: Bonhoeffer’s Life Together, Part 3

On innumerable occasions a whole Christian community has been shattered because it has lived on the basis of a wishful image. Certainly serious Christians who are put in a community for the first time will often bring with them a … Continue reading

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