Dietrich Bonhoeffer

I was confronted with these words in the summer of 1994 as I was riding a bus through the dusty, bumpy roads of Ghana, West Africa:

“When Christ calls a man, he bids him come and die.”

They are from Dietrich Bonhoeffer. If you’d like to know more, Randy Alcorn is blogging about him.



  1. Wow, powerful. I miss DB…just hearing that name brings back so many memories of studies.

    Anyway – BTW: we have a new address so if you mail any cards for the holiday’s you may want to MSG me first to get our new place. Last year your mailings never arrived =(

  2. Thanks Benji for the post. I went to the link and read about Dietrich Bonhoeffer. Randy Alcorn did a great job. I learned a lot I didn’t know. I will have to get the biography!
    Also it gave me some great ammo for my arsenal against the prosperity gospel. I have had the feeling lately that God is going to spew more churches out of His mouth than we can imagine. Sad.

    Thanks again for the link!

  3. Ditto what Aaron has said!
    Bonhoeffer’s description of “Cheap Grace” sounds remarkably similar to what ails many in our churches today, does it not?

    “Cheap grace means the justification of sin without the justification of the sinner. Grace alone does everything, they say, and so everything can remain as it was before. …Well, then, let the Christian live like the rest of the world, let him model himself on the world’s standards in every sphere of life, and not presumptuously aspire to live a different life under the grace from his old life under sin.

    ….Let [the Christian] be comforted and rest assured in his possession of this grace—for grace alone does everything. Instead of following Christ, let the Christian enjoy the consolations of his grace!

    That is what we mean by cheap grace, the grace which amounts to the justification of sin without the justification of the repentant sinner who departs from sin and from whom sin departs. Cheap grace is not the kind of forgiveness of sin which frees us from the toils of sin. Cheap grace is the grace we bestow on ourselves.

    Cheap grace is the preaching of forgiveness without requiring repentance, baptism without church discipline, Communion without confession, absolution without personal confession. Cheap grace is grace without discipleship, grace without the cross, grace without Jesus Christ, living and incarnate.” –Bonhoeffer

  4. God must really be doing something in my neck of the woods–just picked up this book last week, having read it years ago. I had been studying the “Sermon on the Mount,” and forgot that much of the book is a study of this. Then I see your blog; then I see Alcorn’s. Whoa.

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