A Blizzard Eric Metaxis and Dietrich Bonhoeffer

They just announced on television that Jefferson City is facing the first blizzard in its history. The weather forecasters are calling for a half-inch of ice followed by up to 18 inches of snow with 30 mph winds (white-out conditions), followed by sub-zero temps. The Baptist Building was closed at 3 p.m. today and who knows when it will re-open. There is concern that power lines could come down, leaving a lot of people without electricity/heat.

The Pathway staff worked furiously today to make sure the next issue is out on time (next Monday). This issue is about 75 percent finished and we will all continue to work at our homes over the next day or so.

This past Thursday I had the privilege of attending a breakfast for St. Louis-area pastors at the Hilton St. Louis Frontenac Hotel sponsored by the Constitutional Coalition. The featured speaker was Eric Metaxis, author of the powerful new biography on Dietrich Bonhoeffer.

Bonhoeffer was a Lutheran bishop who knew that Hitler was murdering millions of Jews (something most Germans did not know). He urged the German Christians to speak out against the Hitler regime and later became part of a conspiracy to assassinate Hitler. Instead, the plot was discovered and Bonhoeffer was hanged. Bonhoeffer, a devout Christian who saw wrong and tried to right it, did not quickly reach his decision to kill Hitler. It evolved over the years and even in the end, he agonized over whether it was the right thing to do. It is a great story about a faithful Christian, who wrestled with his theology and the turbulent politics of his time. The book is getting spectacular reviews.

Metaxas gave an excellent address and then took questions for about 30 minutes. I am obtaining an MP3 of that address and intend to make it available to all Pathway readers on the web site sometime in the next two weeks. Also, I spent about 20 minutes with Eric privately after the breakfast, getting an exclusive interview for Pathway that will be featured in the Feb. 15 issue.

In the meantime, stay safe until this monster storm passes.

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