Sep 102013
 

Discipleship.
Dietrich Bonhoeffer.
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When David Platt mentioned Bonhoeffer’s “Cost of Discipleship” in his book, “Radical“, I knew I had to reread it. It has been 25 years since I last read the book but I still remember the impression it made — a real faith forged in the reality of the pseudo-Christian culture of Nazi Germany. I thought about searching my library for that old copy but saw there was a new translation available and couldn’t pass it up.

We may not be fighting the same culture wars as Bonhoeffer but the battles are similar. Not only must we struggle against a secular culture that hates the message of Christ but we also must struggle against a Christian culture that confuses the Gospel with right-wing politics and God’s blessing with affluence.

Do we see ourselves as enemies of the anti-Christian culture around us or as servants willing to sacrifice ourselves for our neighbors? Are we identified by the moral and political stands we take or do people marvel at our love for our neighbors, all our neighbors? Discipleship means following Christ. Following Christ means ….

[Update: 11/14/2013] Having now finished the book I can say that I was not disappointed. Reading Bonhoeffer is like eating meat when you have become used to eating mush. It is so complex and so good for you but at the same time so difficult to chew. I have placed the book on my todo list to read again next year.

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  • Discipleship by Dietrich Bonhoeffer

  • Book Info

    Discipleship: Bonhoeffer Works, Vol. 4
    by Dietrich Bonhoeffer
    Publisher: Fortress Press
    Published: 06/01/2003
    ISBN-10: 0800683242
    Started: 09/10/2013
    Finished: 11/13/2013
    Source: Amazon
    Format: ebook

    Publisher Synopsis

    “Cheap grace is the mortal enemy of our church. Our struggle today is for costly grace.” And with that sharp warning to his own church, which was engaged in bitter conflict with the official nazified state church, Dietrich Bonhoeffer began his book Discipleship (formerly entitled The Cost of Discipleship). Originally published in 1937, it soon became a classic exposition of what it means to follow Christ in a modern world beset by a dangerous and criminal government. At its center stands an interpretation of the Sermon on the Mount: what Jesus demanded of his followers-and how the life of discipleship is to be continued in all ages of the post- resurrection church. “Every call of Jesus is a call to death,” Bonhoeffer wrote. His own life ended in martyrdom on April 9, 1945. Freshly translated from the German critical edition, Discipleship provides a more accurate rendering of the text and extensive aids and commentary to clarify the meaning, context, and reception of this work and its attempt to resist the Nazi ideology then infecting German Christian churches.


    Author Info
    Dietrich Bonhoeffer was born in Breslau in 1906. The son of a famous German psychiatrist, he studied in Berlin and New York City. He left the safety of America to return to Germany and continue his public repudiation of the Nazis, which led to his arrest in 1943. Linked to the group of conspirators whose attempted assassination of Hitler failed, he was hanged in April 1945.


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    Mar 312013
     

    God Is on the Cross.
    Dietrich Bonhoeffer.
    Page: 101
    Good Friday and Easter free us to think about other things far beyond our own personal fate, about the ultimate meaning of all life, suffering, and events; and we lay hold of a great hope.

    Dietrich Bonhoeffer to his parents, Easter Day, 25 April 1943

    Amazing that in the circumstances Bonhoeffer found himself he not only found comfort for himself but comforted others through the message of the cross.

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  • God Is on the Cross: Reflections on Lent and Easter – Dietrich Bonhoeffer
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  • Mar 312013
     

    God Is on the Cross.
    Dietrich Bonhoeffer.
    Page: 99
    Good Friday and Easter—the days of God’s overpowering acts in history, acts in which God’s judgment and grace were revealed to all the world—are just around the corner. Judgment in those hours in which Jesus Christ, our Lord, hung on the cross; grace in that hour in which death was swallowed up in victory. It was not human beings who accomplished anything here; no, God alone did it. He came to human beings in infinite love. He judged what is human. and He granted grace beyond any merit.
    • Dietrich Bonhoeffer,
    • Sermon in Barcelona for the Third Sunday in Lent,
    • 11 March 1928

    Mission Accomplished. Not by us in any way but by God, in God, and through God.

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    Mar 052013
     

    God Is on the Cross.
    Dietrich Bonhoeffer.
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    Who better to reflect on the meaning of Lent and Easter than Dietrich Bonhoeffer.

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  • God Is on the Cross: Reflections on Lent and Easter – Dietrich Bonhoeffer
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  • Good Friday & Easter – God’s Judgement & Grace

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    God Is on the Cross: Reflections on Lent and Easter
    by Dietrich Bonhoeffer
    Publisher: Westminster John Knox Press
    Published: 03/28/2012
    ISBN-10: 0664238491
    ISBN-13: 978-0664238490
    Started: 03/05/2013
    Finished: 04/10/2013
    Source: NetGalley
    Format: e-book

    Publisher Synopsis

    These forty stirring devotions will guide and inspire readers as they move thematically through the weeks of Lent and Easter, encountering themes of prayerful reflection, self-denial, temptation, suffering, and the meaning of the cross. Passages from Dietrich Bonhoeffer’s letters and sermons provide special encouragement as readers prepare themselves spiritually for Holy Week and Easter Sunday. Supplemented by an informative introduction to Bonhoeffer’s life and a Scripture passage for each day of the season, these daily devotions are moving reminders of the true gift of Christ on the cross.


    Author Info
    Dietrich Bonhoeffer is one of the most well-known and beloved theologians of the twentieth century. Renowned for his classic works Life Together and The Cost of Discipleship, Bonhoeffer's legacy took on another dimension when he was imprisoned and executed for participating in a plot to assassinate Adolf Hitler.


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