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1 Quotes from Dietrich Bonhoeffer A Remarkable Life Dietrich Bonhoeffer

2 Quotes from Dietrich Bonhoeffer Dietrich Bonhoeffer was a Lutheran minister. Raised in Berlin, Bonhoeffer was one of the few clergymen who opposed Adolph Hitler and the rise of Nazism in 1930’s Germany.

3 Quotes from Dietrich Bonhoeffer Late in World War II, Bonhoeffer was executed by the Nazi SS on April 9, 1945 He was 39 years of age. 11 days later, the American Army liberated the Flossenberg Concentration Camp

4 Quotes from Dietrich Bonhoeffer When God calls a man, he bids him come and die.

5 Quotes from Dietrich Bonhoeffer The church can at times, like Christ himself, be without a roof over its head. This must be so. Real secularity consists in the church being able to renounce all privileges and all its property but never Christ’s word and the forgiveness of sins.

6 Quotes from Dietrich Bonhoeffer The exclusion of the weak and insignificant, the seemingly useless people, from a Christian community may actually mean the exclusion of Christ. In the poor brother Christ is knocking at the door.

7 Quotes from Dietrich Bonhoeffer In the birth of Jesus Christ God took on humanity, not just a single man.

8 Quotes from Dietrich Bonhoeffer It is the voice of the church that is heard in singing together. It is not you that sings, it is the church that is singing and you, as a member, may share in the church’s song.

9 Quotes from Dietrich Bonhoeffer Through confession the break-through to community takes place. Sin demands to have a man by himself. It withdraws him from community. The more isolated a person is, the more destructive will be the power of sin over him.

10 Quotes from Dietrich Bonhoeffer Christians belong not in the seclusion of a cloistered life but in the midst of enemies. There they find their mission, their work.

11 Quotes from Dietrich Bonhoeffer Decisions which our work demands will be simpler and easier when they are made, not in the fear of men, but in the presence of the Lord.

12 Quotes from Dietrich Bonhoeffer God is closer to us than the past.

13 Quotes from Dietrich Bonhoeffer Cheap grace is grace without discipleship, grace without the cross, grace without the living, incarnate Jesus Christ. Costly grace is the gospel which must be sought again and again, the gift which has to be asked for, the door at which one must knock.

14 Quotes from Dietrich Bonhoeffer Grace is costly, because it was costly to God, because it costs God the life of God’s son, “you were bought with a price” Nothing should be cheap to us which is costly to God.

15 Quotes from Dietrich Bonhoeffer There is no sin in thought, word, or deed, no matter how personal or secret, that does not inflict injury upon the whole fellowship.

16 Quotes from Dietrich Bonhoeffer The Christian belongs, not in the seclusion of a cloistered life, but in the thick of foes.

17 Quotes from Dietrich Bonhoeffer Grace is free, but it is not cheap.

18 Quotes from Dietrich Bonhoeffer God does not want me to mold others into the image that seems good to me, that is, into my own image. God creates every person in the image of God’s Son, the Crucified, and this image, likewise, looked strange and ungodly to me before I grasped it.

19 Quotes from Dietrich Bonhoeffer Christian brotherhood is not an ideal; but a divine reality.

20 Quotes from Dietrich Bonhoeffer If we are to learn what God promises, and what he fulfills, we must persevere in quiet meditation on the life, sayings, deeds, sufferings, and death of Jesus.

21 Quotes from Dietrich Bonhoeffer Jesus won power and space in this world by his weakness. “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.” 2 Corinthians 12:9

22 Quotes from Dietrich Bonhoeffer Christians must bear the burdens of each other. Only as a burden is the other really a brother or sister… and not just a person to be controlled.

23 Quotes from Dietrich Bonhoeffer Loving sisters and brothers is a commandment that could be misunderstood. Loving enemies makes unmistakably clear what Jesus intends. “But I say to you, Love your enemies; bless those who curse you, do good to those who hate you, and pray for those who abuse and persecute you.” Matthew 5:43-44

24 Quotes from Dietrich Bonhoeffer Who indeed could be more worth our love, who could stand in greater need of our love than those who hate?

25 Quotes from Dietrich Bonhoeffer This is the end, but for me it is the beginning of life.

26 Quotes from Dietrich Bonhoeffer The blood of the martyrs is the seed of the church. Tertullian


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