Pastor, Martyr, Prophet, Spy

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Bonhoeffer: Pastor, Martyr, Prophet, Spy by Eric Metaxas is a great read and hard to put down. I love biographies about great people. Bonhoeffer is a hero of mine and was someone who truely saw the value of the church, as it should be.

The book begins with an interesting story about a memorial service in London just after the end of the war in 1945. It was for a good German. Bonhoeffer. The service, broadcast by the BBC, informed Bonhoeffer’s parents of his final journey. The service was held at Holy Trinity Church or what is today known as HTB – home of the Alpha Course and a model church, Bonhoeffer would be proud of.

From the WSJ review, Belief in Action:

Mr. Metaxas notes that Bonhoeffer drew deeply from historic Christianity, especially its emphasis on the love of God expressed in the life and teachings of Jesus. Bonhoeffer also had an extraordinary capacity for empathy, responding with ever more horror to the plight of those around him. In his book “Ethics” (1949), he chastised those who imagined they could confine their faith to the sanctuary and still live responsibly in an unjust world. In “The Cost of Discipleship” (1937), he made unreserved obedience to Jesus—in every realm of life—the mark of authentic belief. “If we worry about the dangers that beset us, if we gaze at the road instead of at him who goes before, we are already straying from the path.”

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