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Bonhoeffer Speaks Today: Following Jesus at all Costs [Paperback]

By Mark Devine, Anna A. Sher, Birthe Kjolbye-Biddle (Contributor), Theya Molleson (Contributor), John Price (Contributor) & Benjamin Harshaw (Editor)
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Pages   179
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 8.2" Width: 5.2" Height: 0.5"
Weight:   0.48 lbs.
Binding  Softcover
Release Date   Nov 10, 2005
Publisher   B&H Publishing Group
ISBN  0805432612  
EAN  9780805432619  


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Imprisoned and eventually executed for his opposition to Hitler's regime, the life of Dietrich Bonhoeffer continues to fascinate and inspire Christians across the world. His life epitomizes authenticity, commitment, and sacrifice. Devine writes, "When a man willingly exposes himself to suffering and death for his faith and for others, we take notice and with good reason. While martyrdom neither proves nor produces a spiritual giant, the possibility does arise, and this piques a distinctive longing common to followers of Jesus Christ." This book is published to coincide with the 100th anniversary of Dietrich Bonhoeffer's birth in 1906. It allows Bonhoeffer to speak to today's believer in the following areas: knowing and doing the will of God, the importance and role of the Church, the call to witness, and the role of suffering and the path to hope.

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Imprisoned and eventually executed for his opposition to Hitler's regime, the life of Dietrich Bonhoeffer continues to fascinate and inspire Christians across the world. His life epitomizes authenticity, commitment, and sacrifice. Devine writes, "When a man willingly exposes himself to suffering and death for his faith and for others, we take notice and with good reason. While martyrdom neither proves nor produces a spiritual giant, the possibility does arise, and this piques a distinctive longing common to followers of Jesus Christ." This book is published to coincide with the 100th anniversary of Dietrich Bonhoeffer's birth in 1906. It allows Bonhoeffer to speak to today's believer in the following areas: knowing and doing the will of God, the importance and role of the Church, the call to witness, and the role of suffering and the path to hope.

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Register your artisan biography and upload your photo! Darrin Patrick is pastor of the Journey, a church he founded in 2002 in the urban core of St. Louis, Missouri. Darrin is vice president of the Acts 29 Church Planting Network. He also serves as the chaplain of the St. Louis Cardinals. He earned his doctorate of ministry from Covenant Seminary and has written three books, including "The Dude's Guide to Manhood," "Church Planter, "and "For the City."Mark DeVine is a professor at Beeson Divinity School in Birmingham, Alabama. He has taught at Midwestern Baptist Theological Seminary in Kansas City and also served as a missionary in Bangkok, Thailand. Mark has pastored churches in five states, speaks regularly at conferences around the world, and is the author of "Bonhoeffer Speaks Today: Following Jesus at All Costs."
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Costly Business  Jan 3, 2008
In this remarkable book, Mark Divine speaks with great clarity concerning the great theologian and pastor, Dietrich Bonhoeffer. I found his biography riveting and discovered facts about Bonhoeffer I didn't know before. This book made me want to take my faith more seriously, to exchange a casual Christianity for a crucial one, and to live as though I'll live again.

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An interesting perspective on Bonhoeffer  Oct 17, 2007
Devine follows Bonhoeffer's path to martyrdom through a loose historical timeline running from his birth in 1906 in Silesia to his death by hanging at Flossenburg concentration camp in 1945. Bonhoeffer's exceptional life as a Lutheran Pastor, author of classical theological texts (most notably "The Costs of Discipleship", which contain some very clear condemnations of the Protestants for unifying itself with the Nazi state, the founding member of The Confessing Church, an underground Christian movement which opposed the Third Reich, up until his much debated role in the July 20 plot to assassinate Adolf Hitler and execution when it failed.

The section on Bonhoeffer's life is relatively short; countless biographies have already been written about him. Devine focuses on the Lutheran pastor's unwavering and almost inhuman devotion to Christ in a time when such a dedication meant certain death.

Unfortunately Devine takes a hardline Evangelical perspective which uses Bonhoeffer's work to make his own positions more legitimate. He has some interesting points but he strikes one as a little too dogmatic; Bonhoeffer's life is indeed an example of obedience to Christ's message at all costs, yes, but he clearly held the Protestant Church in very low regard and by his actions contradicted the principle of "obedience" out of conscience. Bonhoeffer's life is a rich mix of devoutness and rebellion. Evangelical Christianity alone is not appropriate for a discussion of his life or beliefs. An rewarding read anyway, though I'd recommend the work of the man himself.
 
Why We Need Bonhoeffer Today  Aug 14, 2006
What does it mean to follow Christ at all costs? For Dietrich Bonheoffer, it ultimately meant losing his life for being part of an attempt to assassinate Adolph Hitler. Six decades later, Bonhoeffer's writings are still influence individuals and whole churches. Professor and former pastor Mark Devine asks of these writings, what does Bonhoeffer might say to us today?

Dr. Devine begins Bonhoeffer Speaks Today with a thorough biography of the German theologian's life. The following four chapters cover various aspects of Bonhoeffer's theology. Chapter two address the will of God and how we know it. Dr. Devine uses the Bonhoeffer's work to criticize the contemporary elevation of personal experience to practically the same authority of Scripture.

In Chapter Three, Dr. Devine expounds on Bonhoeffer's doctrine of community. He concludes that we must return to Christ as the center of our communities, recognize its spiritual existence, and fulfill priesthood toward one another through confession and brotherhood. In the fourth chapter, issues of the Christian witness of relevance of the Gospel are addressed to the point of defending the Gospel against liberal compromise to the culture. Finally, Dr. Devine reflects on what Bonhoeffer can teach us about freedom, suffering, and the eternal hope.

Having no previous experience with Bonhoeffer's work, I found Bonhoeffer Speaks Today to be an enlightening read. Mark Devine sticks to issues that are relevant without watering anything down. Perhaps because Bonhoeffer's theology is so practical, the book is insightful without being academically demanding. At no point, however, was there any real disagreement with the German theologian. This leaves me wondering what might have been left out of the book. Regardless, I learned much from this book and I believe it will be useful to every person who picks it up.
 
Good Interpretation of Bonhoeffer  Jun 29, 2006
I recently used this book for a class my wife and I taught on Bonhoeffer for our church. I found it quite helpful because it is more than a biography of him but an interpretation and explantion of his life and ideas. Divine presents good insights in to DB's views on christian community, monasticism, grace, and is especailly good on making Bonhoeffer relavant for today. An easy and informative read. The authors also shares a fair amount of him own thinking and experience on issues as a Southern Baptist Pastor.
 
Emerging Historically?  May 15, 2006
Dietrich Bonhoeffer stands historically as one of the more misunderstood characters of the past century. In Bonhoeffer Speaks Today, Mark Devine, Professor of Christian Theology at Midwestern Seminary in Kansas City, MO does an excellent job at helping to wade through the morass of misinformation that is in circulation regarding Bonhoeffer today.

I have often been fascinated by Bonhoeffer and his commitment to his particular understanding of faith in the the face of much opposition, both from his church, his family and his government. Devine does a fantastic job, in this book, of allowing us to glimpse the personal struggles of Bonhoeffer as he progressed through his life to the point where he would lay down his life for his commitment to God and country.

What struck me as particularly interesting about this volume was the message that it communicates to us today. We stand at a place, theologically, where we are battling with the tension that exists between biblical integrity and cultural relativity. We see this evidenced in many streams of the "Emerging Church Movement." As I was reading this book it occured to me that Bonhoeffer was an early precursor to this very same movement. Bonhoeffer's concern for community, transparency, relevance, etc. are all characteristics of much of our struggle in the church today.

This book is an excellent read! It is both enjoyable and very instructional. I would highly recommend it as a tool in understanding both historical precedent and practical application for our situation today. Devine is to be commended for familiarizing us with this wonderful character from our theological history. I think as you read this book, you will find Bonhoeffer standing beside you guiding you towards Christ and His word.
 

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