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Preaching, according to Bonhoeffer, is like offering an apple to a 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.

Table of Contents

  1. Cover
  2. pp. 1-1
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  1. Title Page, Copyright
  2. pp. 2-5
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  1. Contents
  2. pp. vi-viii
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  1. Foreword
  2. pp. ix-xii
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  1. Editor’s Introduction
  2. pp. xiii-27
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  1. God Is with Us
  2. pp. 1-6
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  1. Waiting at the Door
  2. pp. 7-12
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  1. National Memorial Day
  2. pp. 13-22
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  1. The Promised Land
  2. pp. 23-28
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  1. God Is Love
  2. pp. 29-32
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  1. Lazarus and the Rich Man
  2. pp. 33-40
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  1. Risen with Christ
  2. pp. 41-48
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  1. The Things That Are Above
  2. pp. 49-58
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  1. Overcoming Fear
  2. pp. 59-66
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  1. Gideon: God Is My Lord
  2. pp. 67-74
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  1. The Joy of Ascension
  2. pp. 75-80
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  1. Who Do You Say That I Am?
  2. pp. 81-86
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  1. Ambassadors for Christ
  2. pp. 87-94
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  1. Turning Back
  2. pp. 95-100
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  1. As a Mother Comforts Her Child
  2. pp. 101-108
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  1. Come, O Rescuer
  2. pp. 109-114
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  1. My Spirit Rejoices
  2. pp. 115-122
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  1. Beginning with Christ
  2. pp. 123-126
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  1. Repent and Do Not Judge
  2. pp. 127-132
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  1. Come unto Me
  2. pp. 133-138
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  1. . . . and Have Not Love
  2. pp. 139-146
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  1. What Love Wants
  2. pp. 147-154
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  1. Must I Be Perfect?
  2. pp. 155-160
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  1. A Church That Believes, Hopes, and Loves
  2. pp. 161-166
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  1. My Strength Is Made Perfect in Weakness
  2. pp. 167-170
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  1. Lord, Help My Unbelief
  2. pp. 171-176
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  1. Forgiveness
  2. pp. 177-184
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  1. The Betrayer
  2. pp. 185-192
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  1. Loving Our Enemies
  2. pp. 193-200
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  1. The Gift of Faith
  2. pp. 201-206
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  1. Death Is Swallowed Up in Victory
  2. pp. 207-210
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  1. For Further Reading
  2. pp. 211-212
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  1. Sources
  2. pp. 213-214
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Additional Information

ISBN
9781451424362
Print ISBN
9780800699048
MARC Record
OCLC
845247931
Pages
240
Launched on MUSE
2014-01-01
Language
English
Open Access
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