Sunday, December 21, 2008

Schedule of Instigation

Hopefully the schedule below is self explanitory. (I will change it if someone drops out.)

Instigator: John
Pages: 0 - 42
Sections: Cover, Also Available from Simon & Schuster, Various Notes on the Publication, Table of Contents, Memoir, Introduction.
Instigation Deadline: EOD - 1/19/09
Response Deadline: EOD - 1/21/09

Instigator: Jon
Pages: 43- 78
Sections: Costly Grace, The Call to Discipleship
Instigation Deadline: EOD - 2/2/09
Response Deadline: EOD - 2/4/09

Instigator: Thomas
Pages: 79 - 101
Sections: Single Minded Obedience, Discipleship and the Cross
Instigation Deadline: EOD - 2/16/09
Response Deadline: EOD - 2/18/09

Instigator: Eric
Pages: 105 - 139
Sections: The Beatitudes, The Righteousness of Christ, The Brother, Women, Truthfulness
Instigation Deadline: EOD - 3/9/09
Response Deadline: EOD - 3/11/09

Instigator: Matt
Pages: 140 - 172
Sections: Revenge, The Enemy - the "Extraordinary", The Hidden Righteousness, The Hiddenness of Prayer, The Hiddenness of the Devout Life.
Instigation Deadline: EOD - 3/23/09
Response Deadline: EOD - 3/25/09

Instigator: Gil
Pages: 173 - 197
Sections: The Simplicity of the Carefree Life, The Disciple and Unbelievers, The Great Divide, The Conclusion
Instigation Deadline: EOD - 4/20/09
Response Deadline: EOD - 4/22/09

Instigator: John
Pages: 201 - 221
Sections: The Harvest, The Apostles, The Work, The Suffering of the Messangers, The Decision, The Fruit
Instigation Deadline: EOD - 5/4/09
Response Deadline: EOD - 5/6/09

Instigator: Thomas
Pages: 223 - 247
Sections: Preliminary Questions, Baptism, The Body of Christ,
Instigation Deadline: EOD - 5/18/09
Response Deadline: EOD - 5/20/09

Instigator: Eric
Pages: 248 - 271
Sections: The Visible Community
Instigation Deadline: EOD - 6/3/09
Response Deadline: EOD - 6/5/09

Instigator: Gil
Pages: 272 - 317
Sections: The Saints, The Image of Christ, Index of Subjects, Index of Biblical References, Other Books by Bonhoeffer.
Instigation Deadline: EOD - 6/17/09
Response Deadline: EOD - 6/19/09

Monday, December 15, 2008

Book Club

Jon, Eric, Thomas, Matt, Dad (Gil),

You are invited (commanded) to participate in a cyber book club. (When you say that really emphasize the word “cyber.” Make it loud with a little vibrato and maybe try to simulate an echo effect.) The book club will work like this. We will each take a couple weeks to read part of the book selection revealed below and then we will each take turns kicking off an on-line discussion. For each round of discussion the kicker-offer, let’s call them the instigator, will post their thoughts and the others will take time to respond to the reading and the instigators thoughts. We’ll have a different instigator every two weeks with a specific passage to cover. We will adjust things as needed as we see how things go.

There will be no tea and scones.

A message to the hundreds and thousands of other people who visit this blog every hour. Please, don’t feel left out. Even if you are not on the schedule as an instigator you are invited to contribute as long as you keep it civil and clean. And please don’t visit the blog more than 5 or 6 times a day. We don’t want to bring the server down.

The book we will be reading is –rumpupumpumpumpumpumpum- (That’s a drum roll sort of like from the little drummer boy.)

The Cost of Discipleship by Dietrich Bonhoeffer.

Link on Amazon:

We will officially start after the first of the year and I will post a schedule for who is to be the instigator when. I’ll call it the Schedule of Instigation.

Just to get the concept started please post a comment indicating you plan to do this. I suggest something like, “I’m in.” Make it cool like they might do it on Ocean’s Eleven or the Gum Ball Rally.

I will post a comment as a sample.

And no. I’m sorry. No scones or tea.