Dietrich Bonhoeffer

Dietrich Bonhoeffer was born in Poland and faced the social, political, and military pressures of Nazism while spreading the Word of God.

Meet Dietrich Bonhoeffer

The effects of the Holocaust were catastrophic. Many innocent lives were lost in the onslaught of Hitler’s wake.

One notable casualty was that of Dietrich Bonhoeffer.

Bonhoeffer was born in 1906 and passed away at the young age of 39 in 1945. His 39 years were very fruitful.

He was a Lutheran pastor who used his biblical theology to unite the church against the Nazi regime.

In 1933 the German Lutheran Church supported the Nazis. Bonhoeffer knew that Nazism was not coherent with Scripture, thus he and other theologians founded the Confessing Church against Nazism.

Bonhoeffer’s actions united the church in the 20th century; furthermore his writings continue to unite believers in the 21st century. Life Together, Ethics, and The Cost of Discipleship are among his critically acclaimed books.

Bonhoeffer’s faith in Christ is evident in his writings despite his terrible circumstances. He was hanged for opposing the Nazi regime.

The life of Dietrich Bonhoeffer

Dietrich was born in Poland to an affluent family.
He decided to become a theologian and minister at the age of 14 against his family’s wishes.
Critical Moment
Dietrich rejected the church’s support of Nazism by creating the Confessing Church, a non-government sanctioned house church.
He directed the seminary of the Confessing Church.
Dietrich’s seminary was forcefully closed by the Gestapo. Later that year he published his first book, The Cost of Discipleship.
Dietrich published his second book, Life Together.
He was arrested for plotting Adolf Hitler’s assassination and was taken to Tegel prison.
Dietrich had ties to the coup conspiracy which ultimately failed.
He was hanged at the extermination camp at Flossenbürg, Germany. His last words were, “This is the end; for me, the beginning of life.”
His Letters and Papers from Prison were published as a book.

Who Am I
by Dietrich Bonhoeffer

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Article: 9 Min

Dietrich Bonhoeffer and "The Cost of Discipleship"

by Randy Alcorn at Eternal Perspective Ministries

Messages: 40 Min

Dietrich Bonhoeffer

by Stephen Nichols


Contrasts Between God and Us

In me there is darkness,
But with You there is light;
I am lonely, but You do not leave me;
I am feeble in heart, but with You there is help;
I am restless, but with You there is peace.
In me there is bitterness, but with You there is patience;
I do not understand Your ways,
But You know the way for me.
Lord Jesus Christ,
You were poor
And in distress, a captive and forsaken as I am.
You know all man’s troubles;
You abide with me
When all men fail me;
You remember and seek me;
It is Your will that I should know You
And turn to You.
Lord, I hear Your call and follow;
Help me.

by Dietrich Bonhoeffer | Source



Whoever does not
bear his own cross
and come after me
cannot be my disciple. 

Luke 14:27 ESV
Article: 4 Min

Dietrich Bonhoeffer: Did You Know?

Little known or remarkable facts about Dietrich Bonhoeffer.

by Mark and Barbara Galli, Friends of


Because I am
a preacher of the Word,

I cannot expound Scripture unless
I let it speak to me
every day.
I will misuse the Word in my office
if I do not keep
meditating on it in prayer.

Video: 27 Min
Article: 5 Min

Seminary in Nazi Germany

by Stephen Nichols at The Gospel Coalition


Bible Reading

One cannot simply read the Bible, like other books. One must be prepared really to enquire of it. Only thus will it reveal itself. Only if we expect from it the ultimate answer, shall we receive it. That is because in the Bible God speaks to us. And one cannot simply think about God in one’s own strength, one has to inquire of him. Only if we seek him, will he answer us.

by Dietrich Bonhoeffer | Source

The person who
loves their dream of community
will destroy community,
but the person who
loves those around them
will create community.