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Monday, November 08, 2010

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Wes Cain

I think that this is absolutely true. It is when we forget our sinful selves and we lose sight of our need for God that we start lifting ourselves up to god-hood in our minds. We begin to move into the role of the Pharisee who prays with head held high, scoffing at the tax-collector with head bowed in the corner, unable even to look up to God while praying. We don't need to pray for mercy or grace, because we are much better people that those around us.
For those whom the world sees as the lowest of the low, for those who see themselves as the lowest of the low, praying for mercy, for grace, for love comes easily and earnestly. It is for the hypocrites with heads held high and eyes full of derision for those around them that prayer falls flat.
Bonhoeffer saw God in those people that night, and he saw God in their brokenness and their acceptance of their brokenness. I wish that the church, myself included, would be better at engaging the world in this way.

Brent Phillips

As I read the blog, I was captured in such a beautiful picture of the original church, the church that was made fully aware of its complete dependence on the mercy of the Almighty.

As I read the commentary, I was humbled by another profound view of my Pharisaic faults, of how my incomplete understanding of God's grace for me has corrupted my humility and allowed pride to creep back into my thoughts. Naturally, the revelation of my faults produces humility. For this, I am grateful.

As I read the commentator's signature, I was not at all surprised that such insight into the nature of the relationship between the Father and his children would be portrayed through the writings of my friend Wes. You guys and your words are truly another blessing to me today.

Matt Pennington

Young Bonhoeffer is a lively and untamed radical. I keep rolling the question around my head, so I'll ask. (by the way...first time actually responding...) What if our comfortable computers where we comment on such words are the clearest depiction of vanity in our lives, which happen to be staring us in the face? Indeed, I think this is true for me, and I press on asking: What then, must I do about this comfortable vanity? Are we willing to seek out the prostitutes? What if we're seen together? What if...what if... what if.......The Gospel was alive in our actions as much as it seems alive in our words?

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