BONHOEFFER, part 5

I apologize for such a long break between Bonhoeffer posts. Much reading (and outside yard-work!) to do in recent weeks. I should have several more tidbits and quotes in the coming weeks. The book is exceptional and was awarded “Christian Book of the Year” for 2011 by the Evangelical Christian Publishers Association last week.

Metaxas cites one of Bonhoeffer’s student as having recalled that “Bonhoeffer unapologetically approached the Bible as the word of God” (Metaxas, Bonhoeffer, 128). Inge Karding, in an interview with Martin Doblmeier, says about Bonhoeffer:

“[He said] when you read the Bible, you must think that here and now God is speaking with me. … He wasn’t as abstract as the Greek teachers and all the others. Rather, from the very beginning, he taught us that we had to read the Bible as it was directed at us, as the word of God directly to us. Not something general, not something generally applicable, but rather with a personal relationship to us. He repeated this to us very early on, that the whole thing comes from that” (ibid, 128–29).

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