Mar 312013
 

God Is on the Cross.
Dietrich Bonhoeffer.
Page: 101
Good Friday and Easter free us to think about other things far beyond our own personal fate, about the ultimate meaning of all life, suffering, and events; and we lay hold of a great hope.

Dietrich Bonhoeffer to his parents, Easter Day, 25 April 1943

Amazing that in the circumstances Bonhoeffer found himself he not only found comfort for himself but comforted others through the message of the cross.

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  • God Is on the Cross – Good Friday and Easter
  • Good Friday & Easter – God’s Judgement & Grace

  • Mar 312013
     

    Facebook has been awash in clever posts and images claiming that Easter has its origins in the pagan fertility ceremonies celebrating the goddess Ishtar. I try to be clever in return, usually commenting along the lines that it is amazing how Christianity has the power to convert pagans like me & pagan holidays like Ishtar.

    Sure, some of our pagan past remains but it has lost its power. Bunnies and eggs might be remnants of the old pagan ceremony but does anyone celebrate their pagan symbolism? Do these old forms retain any of their past significance?

    That is why I was pleasantly surprised to read the ‘truth’ about Easter & Ishtar in The Daily Beast this morning:

    I immediately knew that this was a bit of nonsense for the simple reason that Easter is an English word.  The Greeks and Romans called it Pascha, which is why Easter is Pasqua in Italian, Pascua in Spanish, and Paques in French.  How exactly did the name of a Canaanite fertility goddess skip all the way to England from the Middle East without stopping in Rome or Byzantium?

    The article concludes with this sage advice to all of us:

    The general rule of infographics and similar fare is that the more deliciously it skewers people you don’t respect very much, the more likely it is to be a fake.  Always good to consider before you click that “share” button.

    Source: Happy Easter, Which is Not Named After Ishtar, Okay?
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    Mar 312013
     

    God Is on the Cross.
    Dietrich Bonhoeffer.
    Page: 99
    Good Friday and Easter—the days of God’s overpowering acts in history, acts in which God’s judgment and grace were revealed to all the world—are just around the corner. Judgment in those hours in which Jesus Christ, our Lord, hung on the cross; grace in that hour in which death was swallowed up in victory. It was not human beings who accomplished anything here; no, God alone did it. He came to human beings in infinite love. He judged what is human. and He granted grace beyond any merit.
    • Dietrich Bonhoeffer,
    • Sermon in Barcelona for the Third Sunday in Lent,
    • 11 March 1928

    Mission Accomplished. Not by us in any way but by God, in God, and through God.

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    Mar 052013
     

    God Is on the Cross.
    Dietrich Bonhoeffer.
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    Who better to reflect on the meaning of Lent and Easter than Dietrich Bonhoeffer.

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  • God Is on the Cross – Good Friday and Easter
  • Good Friday & Easter – God’s Judgement & Grace

  • Book Info

    God Is on the Cross: Reflections on Lent and Easter
    by Dietrich Bonhoeffer
    Publisher: Westminster John Knox Press
    Published: 03/28/2012
    ISBN-10: 0664238491
    ISBN-13: 978-0664238490
    Started: 03/05/2013
    Finished: 04/10/2013
    Source: NetGalley
    Format: e-book

    Publisher Synopsis

    These forty stirring devotions will guide and inspire readers as they move thematically through the weeks of Lent and Easter, encountering themes of prayerful reflection, self-denial, temptation, suffering, and the meaning of the cross. Passages from Dietrich Bonhoeffer’s letters and sermons provide special encouragement as readers prepare themselves spiritually for Holy Week and Easter Sunday. Supplemented by an informative introduction to Bonhoeffer’s life and a Scripture passage for each day of the season, these daily devotions are moving reminders of the true gift of Christ on the cross.


    Author Info
    Dietrich Bonhoeffer is one of the most well-known and beloved theologians of the twentieth century. Renowned for his classic works Life Together and The Cost of Discipleship, Bonhoeffer's legacy took on another dimension when he was imprisoned and executed for participating in a plot to assassinate Adolf Hitler.


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