The Collected Sermons of Dietrich Bonhoeffer

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Fortress Press, 2012 - Biography & Autobiography - 214 pages
Preaching, according to Bonhoeffer, is like offering an apple to child. The gospel is proclaimed, but for it to be received as gift depends on whether or not the hearer is in a position to do so. Offered here are thirty-one of Pastor Bonhoeffer's sermons, in new English translations, which he preached at various times of the year and in a variety of different settings. Each is introduced by Bonhoeffer translator Isabel Best who also provides a brief biography of Bonhoeffer. The foreword is by Victoria J. Barnett, general editor of the Dietrich Bonhoeffer Works, English edition, published by Fortress Press, from which these sermons are selected.

In his preaching, Bonhoeffer's strong, personal faith--the foundation for everything he did--shines in the darkness of Hitler's Third Reich and in the church struggle against it. Though not overtly political, Bonhoeffer's deep concern for the developments in his world is revealed in his sermons as he seeks to draw the listener into conversation with the promises and claims of the gospel--a conversation readers today are invited to join.

 

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Contents

National Memorial
13
God Is Love
29
Overcoming Fear
59
The Joy of Ascension
75
Turning Back
95
Forgiveness
100
Come O Rescuer
109
Beginning with Christ
123
and Have Not Love
139
Be Perfect?
155
Lord Help My Unbelief
171
2135
177
Loving Our Enemies
193
Death Is Swallowed Up in Victory
207
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