Monday, April 23, 2007

Me who? What?

I think it is high time for a casual, update post about my life.

What is there to say, though???

*** ADDITION: ***
Ann Marie wants me to mention that I am hilariously funny.

I work.

I eat.

I sleep (barely).

I ponder deep things.

I am reading the Cost of Discipleship (still).

I finished Looking Back by Husdon Taylor.

I am studying what God has to say about divorce and remarriage.

I long to travel overseas.

And people are wondering when I will get married.

My mom wants grandchildren.

The End.

Monday, April 16, 2007

The Cost

"When Christ calls a man,
He bids him come and die."
~ Dietrich Bonhoeffer~

I am slowly making my way through Dietrich Bonhoeffer's The Cost of Discipleship. When I have more time to think and write I shall give you a more inside view into my thoughts. For now, though, I will just give you highlights from chapter one.

~Cheap grace is the deadly enemy of our church. We are fighting to-day for costly grace.

~Cheap grace means grace as a doctrine, a principle, a system.

~Cheap grace mean the justification of sin without the justification of the sinner.

~Costly grace is the treasure hidden in the field; for the sake of it a man will gladly go and sell all that he has.

~Such grace is costly because it calls us to follow, and it is grace because it calls us to follow Jesus Christ. It is costly because it costs a man his life, and it is grace because it gives a man the only true life. It is costly because it condemns sin, and grace because it justifies the sinner. Above all, it is costly because it cost God the life of His Son: "you were bought at a price" and what has cost God so much cannot be cheap for us. Above all, it is grace because God did not reckon His Son too dear a price to pay for our life, but delivered Him up for us. Costly grace is the Incarnation of God.

~As Christianity spread, and the Church became more secularized, this realization of the costliness of grace gradually faded. The world was Christianized, and grace became its common property.

~I need no longer try to follow Christ, for cheap grace, the bitterest foe of discipleship, which true discipleship must loathe and detest, has freed me from that.

~The price we are having to pay to-day in the shape of the collapse of the organized Church is only the inevitable consequence of our policy of making grace available to all at too low a cost.

~The word of cheap grace has been the ruin of more Christians than any commandment of works.

Soak that in. More to come...

Friday, April 13, 2007

I'll Cry Glory

Three of the four members of the Ben Zornes Band, Ben Zornes, Caleb Lane and Greta Dittmann, as well as two moms(not pictured above), Momma Zornes and Momma Lane, are in New Jersey!

They are attending a singer/songwriter competion and conference. This morning Ben performed three of his songs in competitions and will do another two this afternoon. He will also compete in a vocal session as well.

Pray that he does well and that the judges will have favor on these three, that people would be drawn closer to the glory of God by their songs and that Jesus would be magnified!

For more information and updates from the band visit: