Dall Sheep Rams – Denali National Park, Alaska
QTC – Quote . . . Thought . . . Contemplation
Jesus – These things I command you, that you love one another – John 15:17
Dietrich Bonhoeffer – Nothing can be more cruel than the leniency which abandons others to their sin. Nothing can be more compassionate than the severe reprimand which calls another Christian in one’s community back from the path of sin.
John Ortberg from Everybody’s Normal Till You Get To Know Them – Telling people what they want to hear is not love. When people are engaged in destructive, soul- threatening, behavior, they need a mirror. They need someone who will tell them the truth. Nathan loved David so much that he was willing to risk his life to be a Truth-Teller. Ironically, we often chicken out of speaking the truth for infinitely lower stakes.
We all need a Nathan in our lives. We can’t handle the enemy on our own. Who is the Nathan in your life?
Dietrich Bonhoeffer – (4 February 1906 – 9 April 1945) was a German pastor, theologian, anti-Nazi dissident, and key founding member of the Confessing Church. His writings on Christianity’s role in the secular world have become widely influential, and his book The Cost of Discipleship has been described as a modern classic. Apart from his theological writings, Bonhoeffer was known for his staunch resistance to Nazi dictatorship, including vocal opposition to Hitler’s euthanasia program and genocidal persecution of the Jews.He was arrested in April 1943 by the Gestapo and imprisoned at Tegel prison for one and a half years. Later, he was transferred to a Nazi concentration camp. After being accused of being associated with the July 20 plot to assassinate Adolf Hitler, he was quickly tried, along with other accused plotters, including former members of the Abwehr (the German Military Intelligence Office), and then executed by hanging on 9 April 1945 as the Nazi regime was collapsing.