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LESSONS FOR OUR TIMES: Dietrich Bonhoeffer, His Work, “the Cost of Discipleship”, and U.S.Evangelism

As we live through this momentous time in our country, here’s some history to consider. American religion and culture has been deeply influenced by Evangelism. 

Dietrich Bonhoeffer (German: [ˈdiːtʁɪç ˈbɔn.høː.fɐ]; 4 February 1906 – 9 April 1945) was a Lutheran pastor, theologian, anti-Nazi dissident, and key founding member of the Confessing Church. His writings on Christianity’s role in the secular world have become widely influential, and his book The Cost of Discipleship has been described as a modern classic. Click for Wikipedia

The Cost of Discipleship is a book by the German theologian Dietrich Bonhoeffer, considered a classic of Christian thought. The original German title is simply Nachfolge (literally: “following” or: “the act of following”). It is centered on an exposition of the Sermon on the Mount, in which Bonhoeffer spells out what he believes it means to follow Christ. It was first published in 1937, when the rise of the Nazi regime was underway in Germany and it was against this background that Bonhoeffer’s theology of costly discipleship developed, which ultimately led to his death. Click for Wikipedia

Evangelicals in the United States In the United States, evangelicalism is an umbrella group of Protestant Christians who believe in the necessity of being born again, emphasize the importance of evangelism, and affirm traditional Protestant teachings on the authority and the historicity of the Bible. Nearly a quarter of the US population, evangelicals are diverse and drawn from a variety of denominational backgrounds, including Baptists, Mennonite, Methodist, Holiness, Pentecostal, Reformed and nondenominational churches. Click for Wikipedia

 

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