Lent with Bonhoeffer, Sunday, February 24, 2013

by xcrawford

Daily Office Lectionary Readings


Lent with Bonhoeffer

Notes on Bonhoeffer on Preaching -The Sermon

The point that Dietrich Bonhoeffer focused on over and over in his Lectures on Homiletics was  Law and Gospel hermeneutics. The Law convicts people by making them aware of sin, and the Gospel sets free by making people aware of Christ’s love and His desire to include us in His Kingdom. The Gospel is experiential.

Bonhoeffer was a fundamentalist when it came to the importance of the Text (in a previous post, Bonhoeffer said that Christ was Incarnate in the Text preached). Taking The Text seriously is the number one responsibility of the preacher. He said that preaching was not like any other form of discourse. But, when done right, preaching should be like a very intense Bible study. Preaching isn’t a means to something else, it is presenting the Word to the Congregation. The sermon is Christ walking through the congregation. The Proclaimed Word is the Incarnate Christ Himself.
­­­Men who can not hope to verify the emptiness of the Tomb or Resurrection appearances may be convinced of the Easter message and encounter  the Risen Jesus­­­.  You can meet Christ in the Text. Christ moves through the congregation during a sermon.

quotes from Bonhoeffer’s Lectures on Homiletics:

  • “Preachers do not bring the Scripture into the pulpit for their own use; they must allow themselves to be used by it for the congregation.  They must entrust everything to the scriptural word.”
  • “So Christ is present in the Church as the spoken word, not as music nor as art.”
  • “Every text permits a countless number of possibilities of arrangement.”
  • “By forsaking my personal ambitions I accompany the text along its own way into the congregation and thus remain natural, balanced, compassionate and factual.  This permits the Word’s almost magnetic relationship to its congregation.”


Come Lord Jesus Prayer

“Blessing and glory and wisdom and thanksgiving and honor and power and might be to our God forever and ever! Amen.”
“God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in time of trouble.”
“Bless the Lord, O my soul, and all that is within me, bless God’s Holy Name.”
“Come Lord Jesus, draw us to yourself.”