Wednesday, February 4, 2009


February 4, 1906: Lutheran pastor and theologian Dietrich Bonhoeffer is born in Breslau, Germany. Author of The Cost of Discipleship (1937) and Letters from Prison (1944), he opposed the Nazis as one of Germany's Confessing Church leaders. Believing that Hitler was like a madman "driving a car into a group of innocent bystanders," he joined a plot to kill him, but the plot was discovered and Bonhoeffer was arrested and eventually hanged—just days before Allied troops liberated the concentration camp where he was held.

February 4, 1977: Christian homemaker Jennifer (Brown) Mellard is born in Lake Charles, Louisiana. Wife of Jonathan and mother of preschoolers Russ and Laura, she will serve as VBS director at her church this summer. Believing her sister Julie is a nut, she loves her anyway and even claims her in public on occasion.

Two very important people executing very different work for the same Kingdom of God. Happy birthday sis! I love you!

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