As you read the Collected Sermons of Dietrich Bonhoeffer, Volumes 1 & 2, we invite you to consider these reflection questions:
Spend some time looking over the Table of Contents for each volume. What do his sermon titles and corresponding Bible passages suggest about Bonhoeffer’s preaching ministry?
In Volume 1 and his exposition on I Corinthians 13, “What Love Wants,” Bonhoeffer asserts, “Despite all our ideals, our seriousness, our knowledge, and our faith, even our good deeds and sacrifice, our lives are worth nothing if we do not have that one thing Paul calls love” (pg. 148). What are the implications of this when it comes to our outward religiosity or even our inward self-assessment?
In Volume 2, Bonhoeffer observes in “The Human Yearning for God,” “Just like the individual person, so too the world itself experiences hours in which it cries out for God’s countenance from within its godlessness and godforsakenness” (pg. 43). What might this suggest about our propensity for categorizing the “godly” and the “ungodly,” the religious and irreligious? Are they that different? Or are they that much the same?