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It is not the religious act that makes the Christian, but participation in the suffering of God in the secular life . . . living unreservedly in life's duties, problems, successes and failures, experiences and perplexities. In so doing we throw ourselves completely into the arms of God. — Dietrich Bonhoeffer

I don't know if these isolated, uncontextualized quotes do anything for you or not, but this quote really speaks to me. 

The last few weeks I have spent some time studying the man, Dietrich Bonhoeffer, and some of his theological views.  He has some very progressive and radical theological thoughts (almost like Jesus) and he courageously lived out these beliefs in God in the shadow of the dark and ominous setting of Nazi Germany.  I am inspired by his words and life.

The reference to the "suffering of God" in the above quote gets my attention because of a book I just read by Jurgen Moltmann that is titled, The Crucified God.  This was an academically challenging book for me to read, but its message and development of the idea that it was God upon the cross, in the midst of ultimate suffering and forsakenness, is one that I cannot easily get away from.

The work of the cross and the idea of the suffering God are integral to the living of a daily life of faith.  It is in the place of the "daily-ness" of life that theology is realized and it is within the context of the crucified God that the secular aspects of life are rendered sacred.


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Mom and Dad

After reading your "Completely" post yesterday, I was driving through town listening to K-LOVE on the radio when they quoted from Dietrich Bonhoeffer! They also told a bit about him and I learned that he was brutally hung in a Nazi camp just before the end of WWII. Such a coincidence that this man's name entered my life twice on April 30, 2008? No, God must want me to do my own research on this life and, eventual, death.....and learn how to "throw myself completely" into His arms as Bodenhoeffer wrote. "Living unreservedly" is the big test for me!!!
Thanks, Ryan, for this post.....Love you, Mom

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