Monthly Archives: June 2011

The Liturgical Year By Joan Chittister


The Liturgical Year is a glimpse into an institutionalized relationship with Jesus. The author seems genuinely moved by each of the feasts and celebrations that are described with fawning prose.  I will qualify my remarks with the following: I am part of a non-denominational faith and therefore have a fundamentally different view of the individual’s relationship with Jesus.  What I hoped to gain was an understanding of the different feasts and celebrations that occur throughout the year. What I found was steeped in the long traditions firmly rooted in the very things that were originally intended to bring one closer to God; but in my opinion have lost much in becoming part of the rote actions of the believers.  Followers of Christ would know Him better through a thorough study of the Bible.

I found this book disappointing in that it glorifies each rote act that allows the individual to be a part of the greater church, yet remain completely separate from a personal relationship with our Lord and Savior.  Our faith in action out in the world, obedient to his will, will do more for the cause of Christ than wallowing in traditions far enough removed to have become the surrogate relationship with Christ instead.

See Also:

Bonhoeffer: Pastor, Martyr, Phophet, Spy

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Bonhoeffer by Eric Metaxas


Dietrich Bonhoeffer was, as the title so aptly describes, Pastor, Martyr, Prophet, SpyEric Metaxas uses Bonhoeffer’s own words, through letters and the recollections of those around him, to share the depth of Bonhoeffer’s faith and what that would ultimately require of him.  By guiding the reader through Bonhoeffer’s life, Metaxas helps the reader understand that to Dietrich Bonhoeffer, his faith and his political actions were bound together so tightly, it was impossible to separate the two. When his faith required action against the evil sanctioned by the Third Reich, he did not falter or complain, Bonhoeffer simply obeyed the will of God unto death.

The great masquerade of evil has played havoc with all our ethical concepts.  For evil to appear disguised as light, charity, historical necessity or social justice is quite bewildering to anyone brought up on our traditional ethical concepts, while for the Christian who bases his life on the Bible it merely confirms the fundamental wickedness of evil. ~Deitrich Bonhoeffer (Metaxas pg 446)

I highly recommend this book to all Americans as we watch the opening salvos in the Middle East of another attack on the Jew’s right to exist.  Knowing the history of the resistance to the Holocaust during WWII by Christians within Germany may help We The People  avoid complicity through inaction in the American political system.

…the longer the German people tolerate the Nazi regime the greater becomes their responsibility for the crimes which that regime is committing in their name.  ~ Anthony Eden (Metaxas pg 404)

Any Christian who reads this well written biography will be inspired to examine the question, “what do you really believe?”

God Bless America!

Also see:

The UnPatriot Act

Founded On The Rock

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