Thursday, April 09, 2009


Today is the anniversary of the death of Dietrich Bonheoffer. It is interesting to me that the Evangelical world is slowly but surely coming to appreciate the contribution of Bonheoffer to the church. Bonheoffer was a Theologian, Pastor, Author, and Educator in Pre-World War II Germany.

Most of Bonheoffer’s adult life was spent in the shadow of the rise and reign of terror of Hitler and the Nazi’s. And that shadow greatly influenced Bonheoffer’s perspective of theology; in particular, his perspective of the church. He eventually would lose his life because of his choice to be involved in the resistance movement to fight against Hitler.

There are many facets to Bonheoffer’s life, writing, and ministry that are well worth studying –and as I said above, it seems we in the Evangelical Church are just beginning to appreciate his contribution to our study of the faith and how to live it. I will close my little tribute with what may well be the most recognizable, and convicting, quote you will see from him ( form his classic text: The Cost of Discipleship):

“When Christ calls a man, he bids him come and die.”

Theologian and historical blogger Fred Sanders has a nice piece on Bonheoffer today: The Martyrdom of Dietrich Bonhoeffer: April 9, 1945.

This video gives you a concise introduction to him . . .

And this is a glimpse of the humility that governed his life . . .

3 John 8
Bill H

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