Prophetic Words by Bonhoeffer

bonhoefferDuring his latter years in a Flossenbϋrg concentration camp Dietrich Dietrich Bonhoeffer penned these riveting and prophetic words leaving an indelible imprint for the future of Christianity, “But if one day it becomes clear that this a priori [Christinaity] does not exist at all, but was a historically conditioned and transient form of human self-expression, and therefore man becomes radically religionless- and I think that it is more or less already the case…what does that mean for Christianity…What do a church, a community, a sermon, a liturgy, a Christian life mean in a religionless world?” (Letters From Prision, 280).

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Barth on the Being and Task of the Missional Church


As His community it points beyond itself. At bottom it can never consider its own security, let alone its appearance. As His community it is always free from itself. In its deepest and most proper tendency it is not churchly, but worldly—the Church with open doors and great windows, behind which it does better not to close itself in upon itself again by putting in pious stained-glass windows. It is holy in its openness to the street and even the alley, in its turning to the profanity of all human life—the holiness which, according to Rom. 12:5, does not scorn to rejoice with them that do rejoice and to weep with them that weep. Its mission is not additional to its being. It is, as it is sent and active in its mission. It builds up itself for the sake of its mission and in relation to it.  (CD IV, 725)

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