Re: Bonhoeffer’s book, Life Together
[Bonhoeffer says] “The more genuine and the deeper our community becomes, the more will everything else between us recede, the more clearly and purely will Jesus Christ and his work become the one and only thing that is vital between us.” He previously talks about how our Christian brother is not simply the one who is earnest and devout and comes to us seeking fellowship, but anyone who is redeemed by Christ. Therefore community is not determined by anything other than Christ and what he has done for us. To desire anything more is to muddle our community. We come together in and around and through Christ alone. This is so crucial! Here in the house a relationship built around anything else, love of chocolate, tea, or hugs, love of this community, mutual desire to live in a community that feels like family, none of this is sufficient when the rubber meets the road and things get hard. These are all nice things, even noble things, some of them, but our community with one another is in Christ, not only when we like one another, not only when we agree, but all the time.
"We can live in Christian community and do the City house thing, talk about
sustainability, buy local produce, do the creation care thing, but if we
aren’t seeking to have our hearts changed, if we aren’t seeking repentance
in these areas then we are just going to leave this place having learned
some cool stuff and never really apply it . I guess my prayer for the
remainder of this class will be for God to change my heart in all the ways
it needs to be changed so that the “Egypt” in me won’t have any more room
and so that I can learn and live in response sincerely from what happens
during the remainder of this class. This should be all our prayer I think.
I think as we learn we need to pray together that we really grow and are
changed and transformed."
May I introduce the Lamppost Farm cows. We loved visiting the farm, meeting the cows, chickens, turkeys, and our favorite pal Luke (Great Pyrenees sweetheart). The farm was beautiful, and dinner with the Montgomery family filled our bodies with steaming, delicious farm-fresh food and our minds with rich, insightful, joyful conversation. It was wonderful in every way! The next morning we got to help with chores, moving the chickens and cows to fresh pasture and collecting eggs. We were enchanted with farm life, and so thankful for the opportunity!