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Book Discussion: The Cost of Discipleship

Dietrich with twin sister Sabine, 1914

Dietrich Bonhoeffer’s personal war against both Nazi evil and the indifference of the German church establishment began with a 1933 anti-Hitler radio address that was cut off midway through and ended with his martyrdom in a Nazi prison in 1945.

The Cost of Discipleship, published in 1937, is a meditation on the Beatitudes, which Bonhoeffer uses to demonstrate his conviction that, until we surrender our will completely to Christ, we cannot truly be His disciples, because for the true disciple, there is no separation between faith and obedience.

Cheap grace is the preaching of forgiveness without requiring repentance, baptism without church discipline, Communion without confession, absolution without personal confession. Cheap grace is grace without discipleship, grace without the cross, grace without Jesus Christ, living and incarnate.

Costly grace is the treasure hidden in the field; for the sake of it a man will go and sell all that he has. It is the pearl of great price to buy which the merchant will sell all his goods. It is the kingly rule of Christ, for whose sake a man will pluck out the eye which causes him to stumble; it is the call of Jesus Christ at which the disciple leaves his nets and follows him.

On Friday, February 23rd at noon, Head of Access Services Dorothy Hargett will lead a discussion on The Cost of Discipleship. The book is freely available online as well as on audiobook.

If you plan to attend the discussion in person, registration is appreciated but not required. For online participation, however, registration is necessary so we can email you the Teams link. Click here to register for both.