Dietrich Bonhoeffer B. 1906 – D. 1945

Dietrich Bonhoeffer B. 1906 – D. 1945

Dietrich Bonhoeffer was a German pastor, theologian, anti-Nazi dissident, and key founding member of the Confessing Church. His writings on Christianity’s role in the secular world have become widely influential, and his book The Cost of Discipleship has been described as a modern classic. Wikipedia

Dietrich Bonhoeffer Quotes

“Wherever the Psalter is abandoned, an incomparable treasure vanishes from the Christian Church. With its recovery will come unsuspected power.” – Dietrich Bonhoeffer

“Silence in the face of evil is itself evil: God will not hold us guiltless. Not to speak is to speak. Not to act is to act.” – Dietrich Bonhoeffer

“We must be ready to allow ourselves to be interrupted by God.” – Dietrich Bonhoeffer

“Christianity without discipleship is always Christianity without Christ.” – Dietrich Bonhoeffer

“Lord, whatsoever this day may bring, Thy name be praised. Be gracious unto me and help me. Grant me strength to bear whatsoever Thou dost send, And let not fear overrule me. I trust Thy grace, and commit my life wholly into Thy Hands. Whether I live or whether I die, I am with Thee and Thou are with me … Lord, I wait for Thy salvation, and for the coming of Thy Kingdom. Amen.” – Dietrich Bonhoeffer

“Cheap grace is the grace we bestow on ourselves. Cheap grace is the preaching of forgiveness without requiring repentance, baptism without church discipline, Communion without confession…Cheap grace is grace without discipleship, grace without the cross, grace without Jesus Christ, living and incarnate.” – Dietrich Bonhoeffer

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

“The ultimate test of a moral society is the kind of world that it leaves to its children.” – Dietrich Bonhoeffer

“We must be ready to allow ourselves to be interrupted by God.” – Dietrich Bonhoeffer

“We pray for the big things and forget to give thanks for the ordinary, small (and yet really not small) gifts.” – Dietrich Bonhoeffer

“It is only because he became like us that we can become like him.” – Dietrich Bonhoeffer

“The person who loves their dream of community will destroy community, but the person who loves those around them will create community.” – Dietrich Bonhoeffer

“I can no longer condemn or hate a brother for whom I pray, no matter how much trouble he causes me.” – Dietrich Bonhoeffer

“This is the end. For me the beginning of life.” – Dietrich Bonhoeffer These were the last words spoken by Bonhoeffer right before the Nazis hung him. The Nazi officer who recorded this also said that he had never seen anyone face death with such peace and confidence.

Heroes of Conscience: A Tribute to Dietrich Bonhoeffer

Heroes of Conscience: A Tribute to Dietrich Bonhoeffer

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