Cheap and Costly Grace – Dietrich Bonhoeffer

“Cheap grace is the grace we bestow on ourselves. Cheap grace is the preaching of forgiveness without requiring repentance, baptism without church discipline, Communion without confession…Cheap grace is grace without discipleship, grace without the cross, grace without Jesus Christ, living and incarnate.”  “Costly grace is the gospel which must be sought again and again and again, the gift which must be asked for, the door … Continue reading Cheap and Costly Grace – Dietrich Bonhoeffer

First Thoughts: Biblical meditation (part 2)

As I continue to share with you some of the things God spoke to me about whilst on sabbatical, I want to return this week to biblical meditation. Last week we started to explore how one form of biblical meditation was a little like chewing the cud. How did you get on having a go? Imagination: a tool for understanding Francis Schaeffer once said, ‘The … Continue reading First Thoughts: Biblical meditation (part 2)

First Thoughts: Biblical meditation (part 1)

As I continue to share with you some of the things God spoke to me about whilst on sabbatical, I want to focus this week on the important but often neglected tool (or, in old money, discipline) that is meditation. It’s amazing how, as I write the word meditation, my mind drifts swiftly to images of people with crossed legs, chanting some repetitive religious mantra. Why is … Continue reading First Thoughts: Biblical meditation (part 1)