Bonhoeffer at Charlottesville

[This post was originally written immediately after 2017’s Alt-Right march on Charlottesville and failed to get picked up for publication. It is posted here in observation of his birthday, February 4, 1906. The work is heavily reliant upon Charles Marsh’s Strange Glory: A Life of Dietrich Bonhoeffer. ] It is at Charlottesville and for the […]

“This is the End – For Me the Beginning of Life”

In the early hours of this morning at Tegel Prison, Dietrich Bonhoeffer was led to the gallows among Nazi guards and hanged until he was dead. It was not Palm Sunday seventy-two years ago. In fact, Easter fell on April Fool’s Day in 1945. Today, Jesus is led into the streets among joyful revelers that will […]

The Last Poem of Dietrich Bonhoeffer

Sixty-one years ago today, at Tegel Prison in Flossenbürg, Germany, Nazi guards hanged Dietrich Bonhoeffer. Two weeks later, the Soviets would liberate the prison. This is the last poem he wrote, found in his cell. “By the Powers of Good” With every power for good to stay and guide me, Comforted and inspired beyond all fear, I’ll […]

Crushing your Pipe Dream of Community [Bonhoeffer]

Innumerable times a whole Christine community has broken down because it had sprung from a wish dream [Wunschtraum]. The serious Christian, set down for the first time in a Christian community, is likely to bring with him a very definite idea of what Christian life together should be and to try to realize it. But […]