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The Cost of Discipleship | [Dietrich Bonhoeffer]

The Cost of Discipleship

What can the call to discipleship, the adherence to the word of Jesus, mean today to the businessman, the soldier, the laborer, or the aristocrat? What did Jesus mean to say to us? What is his will for us today? Drawing on the Sermon on the Mount, Dietrich Bonhoeffer answers these timeless questions by providing a seminal reading of the dichotomy between "cheap grace" and "costly grace."
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What can the call to discipleship, the adherence to the word of Jesus, mean today to the businessman, the soldier, the laborer, or the aristocrat? What did Jesus mean to say to us? What is his will for us today? Drawing on the Sermon on the Mount, Dietrich Bonhoeffer answers these timeless questions by providing a seminal reading of the dichotomy between "cheap grace" and "costly grace." "Cheap grace," Bonhoeffer wrote, "is the grace we bestow on ourselves...grace without discipleship....Costly grace is the gospel which must be sought again and again, the girl which must be asked for, the door at which a man must know....It is costly because it costs a man his life, and it is grace because it gives a man the only true life."

The Cost of Discipleship is a compelling statement of the demands of sacrifice and ethical consistency from a man whose life and thought were exemplary articulations of a new type of leadership inspired by the Gospel, and imbued with the spirit of Christian humanism and a creative sense of civic duty.

©1999 Dietrich Bonhoeffer; (P)2009 christianaudio.com

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    Carpiesong Laredo, TX, USA 06-08-11
    Carpiesong Laredo, TX, USA 06-08-11 Member Since 2008

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    "Wish I could score it higher."

    As an historian and a Bible believer, I respect Pastor Bonhoeffer, how he lived as an unwavering Christian in Nazi Germany, and how he gave his life for his Lord.

    This book, however, is simply a commentary on the Sermon on the Mount. He makes some very good points, and it is worth the listen, but I expected something different.

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    Bill Dewey/Reclaiming Quarterly San Francisco 01-09-11
    Bill Dewey/Reclaiming Quarterly San Francisco 01-09-11 Member Since 2009
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    "Disappointingly Trivial"

    I know Bonhoeffer via the Ethics, a densely-reasoned discussion of situational ethics which speaks to non-Christians as well as believers. I hoped the Cost of Discipleship might be more of the same, but I've been disappointed. This feels like pastoral homilies, tame sermonettes to help us through the day. Unchallenging stuff from a writer who did better work.

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