The Last Poem of Dietrich Bonhoeffer

Sixty-one years ago today, at Tegel Prison in Flossenbürg, Germany, Nazi guards hanged Dietrich Bonhoeffer. Two weeks later, the Soviets would liberate the prison. This is the last poem he wrote, found in his cell. “By the Powers of Good” With every power for good to stay and guide me, Comforted and inspired beyond all fear, I’ll […]

Good Friday’s Failure to Shock Us

A naive luxury of Christianity is that Good Friday has been repeated for centuries. The paradox of repetition is that either it creates a complete desensitization or it creates an obsession. The familiarity of Good Friday is such that it surpasses meaninglessness, becoming a blindspot, as seen among many American Protestants, who focus only on Easter. […]

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Buzz, Alive and Relentless

The day is my enemy. The day is empty. And it must be filled with words.  The night is empty. And it must be filled with words.  My head is filled with words.  My heart is filled with words.  My soul is words and silence.  My ears buzz, alive and relentless.  The emptiness, the hole […]