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1991

Dietrich Bonhoeffer: Did You Know?
Little-known or remarkable facts about Dietrich Bonhoeffer (1906–1945)


Dietrich Bonhoeffer: From the Editor - A Spiritual Tonic


The Life and Death of a Modern Martyr
Born into privilege, Dietrich Bonhoeffer was headed toward a brilliant career as a theologian. Then he came to see life "from the perspective of those who suffer." In Nazi Germany, that cost him his life.


Daring Thoughts
Selected quotations from Dietrich Bonhoeffer's writings. Quotations primarily from A Testament to Freedom: The Essential Writings of Dietrich Bonhoeffer, edited by Geffrey B. Kelly and F. Burton Nelson (HarperCollins, 1990).

Dietrich Bonhoeffer: A Gallery of Family, Friends, & Co-Conspirators
Significant people in Dietrich Bonhoeffer's life


Bonhoeffer's Costly Theology
His controversial yet Christ-centered beliefs were formed not only in the classrooms of Tübingen, but also in the cells of Tegel Prison.


Barth and Bonhoeffer
What did Bonhoeffer think of this century's most influential theologian?


Dietrich Bonhoeffer: Christian History Timeline
Information based upon timelines in Dietrich Bonhoeffer: Man of Vision, Man of Courage, by Eberhard Bethge (New York: Harper & Row, 1970) and A Testament to Freedom: The Essential Writings of Dietrich Bonhoeffer edited by Geffrey Kelly and F. Burton Nelson (San Francisco: HarperCollins, 1990).

Radical Resistance
Bonhoeffer took an early and active stand against the Nazis.


Exploring Bonhoeffer's Writings
Some of his works are little known. Some are fictional. But all are provocative. Here's a brief guide.


Friends He Met in America
Three colleagues from Union Theological Seminary who deeply influenced Bonhoeffer


Pastor Bonhoeffer
Though known as a theologian and resister, Dietrich Bonhoeffer was also a pastor—even in his final moments.


My Friend Dietrich
His closest companion reflects on the meaning of Bonhoeffer's life for us today.


Bonhoeffer
A photo album

Dietrich Bonhoeffer: Recommended Resources

The Golden Age of Hymns: Did You Know?


The Hymn Born in a Synagogue
How a Hebrew text and synagogue melody became a well-known Christian hymn.


The Golden Age of Hymns: From the Editor - Silent String


The Forgotten Wesley
Often overshadowed by his famous older brother, Charles Wesley has emerged as perhaps "the greatest hymnwriter of all ages."


Radicals in Times of Revolution


Why Wesley Still Dominates Our Hymnbook
Two centuries later, what's the secret of Charles Wesley's undiminished popularity?


The Hymn Explosion
In 1700, there were precious few English hymns. In 1800, there were hymnbooks galore. What happened?


Where Did We Get The Doxology?
The story behind what may be the world's best-known hymn.


The Golden Age of Hymns: A Gallery of the Hymn Writers' Hall of Fame
The poets who put words in our mouths.


Other Important Hymn Writers

The Golden Age of Hymns: Christian History Timeline


America's Hesitation Over Hymns
Why did colonial churches resist the first British musical invasion?


Were Hymns Good Poetry?
They have endured. But does their lasting popularity prove their quality?


The Spiritual
In the furnace of slavery, a lasting musical form was forged.


What Did Slave Songs Sound Like?


A New Species of Christian Song
Where did the English hymn come from?


Irrational Music Sung By a Mob of Extremists?
Why the Church of England disliked hymns


Three Hymnals That Shaped Today's Worship
The hymnbooks of John Wesley, John Newton, and John Rippon endured for generations.


The Golden Age of Hymns: Recommended Resources

Bonus Section: Who Put the Gideon Bible in Your Hotel Room?
Nearly 100 years ago, two traveling strangers met by chance, never dreaming what they would start.


Down and Out From Beverly Hills
One man's encounter with a Gideon Bible


Women in the Medieval Church: Did You Know?


Women in the Medieval Church: From the Editor - In the Middle (Ages) of a Debate


Catherine of Siena
She lived only 33 years, but her vibrant faith and writings were so influential she has been declared a Doctor of the Church.


The Black Death
Catherine of Siena lived—and helped others—during the most devastating plague in human history.


Five Religious Options for Medieval Women
In the High Middle Ages, Christian women found many ways to live a holy life.


Terms of the Religious Life

Life in a Medieval Village
From birth to death, a peasant woman's difficult life intersected the church.


Inside the Convent
How did convents arise? Why did so many medieval women enter them?


A Skeptic Inside the Nunnery
Spiritual vitality—and tensions—within a twelfth-century priory.

Women in the Medieval Church: A Gallery of Christian Women Writers of the Medieval World


Joan of Arc
The courageous and controversial teenager who saved her country


Women in the Medieval Church: The Christian History Timeline


Heloise and Abelard's Tumultuous Affair
She became an acclaimed abbess; he was one of the greatest philosophers of the medieval world. Yet their fabled love deeply damaged them both.


The Mystics
Why did mysticism flower in the medieval world—and why did women often lead in it?


Voices of the Mystics

Writings from Women in the Medieval Church
Brief selections from four key books

Women in the Medieval Church: Recommended Resources

The Faith Behind the Famous: Isaac Newton
He has been called "the greatest scientific genius the world has known." Yet he spent less time on science than on theology.


Newton's Views on Science and Faith


Significant Events in the Life of Isaac Newton


Readers Respond to the 100 Events Issue
Which events should have been listed? Here's what you said.


Charles H. Spurgeon: Did You Know?
A collection of true and unusual facts about Charles Haddon Spurgeon


From the Editor: Sleepy Preaching


The Life & Times of Charles H. Spurgeon
He was the quintessential Victorian Englishman, yet his masterful preaching astonished his era—and lives long beyond it.


Spurgeon's Conversion
The story he told over 280 times in his sermons


Sayings of Spurgeon
A sampling of his wisdom and wit


The Secrets of Spurgeon's Preaching
Why would thousands come to hear him speak?


Compel Them to Come In
An earnest evangelistic appeal from the Prince of Preachers


The Anguish and Agonies of Charles Spurgeon
Debilitating gout, poisonous slander, recurring depression—Spurgeon suffered them all. What happened to his faith as a result?


Charles H. Spurgeon: Christian History Timeline

What Did Spurgeon Believe?
He insisted on thinking through his theology for himself—and often found himself out of step with his age.


The Down-Grade Controversy
What caused Spurgeon to start the most bitter fight of his life?


Caring for Children

Charles H. Spurgeon: A Gallery of Famous Friends
Eric W. Hayden, formerly minister at the Metropolitan Tabernacle, is the author of numerous books on Spurgeon, including Searchlight on Spurgeon (Pilgrim, 1973).


The Political Force
Spurgeon often got in the middle of hot national issues.


Spurgeon's College
His innovative school for training pastors continues nearly 150 years later.


Charles H. Spurgeon: Recommended Resources




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