Today marks to historic events in the lives of important Christian leaders.
On this day one hundred fifty years ago General Robert E. Lee surrendered to General Ulysses Grant at Appomattox. I find Lee to be a very intriguing figure:
"We failed (to win the Civil War), but in the good providence of God apparent failure often proves a blessing...so far from engaging in a war to perpetuate slavery, I am rejoiced that slavery is abolished. I believe it will be greatly for the interests of the South. So fully am I satisfied of this, as regards Virginia especially, that I would cheerfully have lost all I have lost by the war, and have suffered all I have suffered, to have this object attained."
On this day seventy years ago German pastor Dietrich Bonhoeffer was executed by the Nazis. His most popular work is "The Cost of Discipleship", but his best work (in my opinion) is "Life Together". In that book he gave pastors very important advice that I have tried to heed:
“A pastor should never complain about his congregation, certainly never to other people, but also not to God. A congregation has not been entrusted to him in order that he should become its accuser before God and men.”