Yesterday I woke up at 6:30 am to get ready for the day. However, it was unlike any other day in my life. I went through the apartment with my wife putting together the last few boxes before the movers arrived. It was a strange feeling, to know that only a few hours later 99% of our possessions were going to be on a moving truck bringing them to our new home 300 miles away.
Most Wednesdays I get up in the morning, help get the kids ready for school, get ready for work, listen to Mike and Mike in the morning and head out to the office by 9:00 am. Instead, I woke up and packed, had breakfast and signed papers giving permission for the movers to take our stuff away.
This morning I woke up on an air mattress, said good-bye to my wife as she leaves to meet the movers at our new place on Friday and head off to work. It is not an ordinary day.
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One of the most important theologians of the twentieth century illuminates the relationship between ourselves and the teachings of Jesus in this classic text on ethics, humanism, and civic duty.
What can the call to discipleship, the adherence to the word of Jesus, mean today to the businessman, the soldier, the laborer, or the aristocrat? What did Jesus mean to say to us? What is his will for us today? Drawing on the Sermon on the Mount, Dietrich Bonhoeffer answers these timeless questions by providing a seminal reading of the dichotomy between “cheap grace” and “costly grace.” “Cheap grace,” Bonhoeffer wrote, “is the grace we bestow on ourselves…grace without discipleship….Costly grace is the gospel which must be sought again and again, the girl which must be asked for, the door at which a man must know….It is costly because it costs a man his life, and it is grace because it gives a man the only true life.”