Dietrich Bonhoeffer‘s friendship in New York with Jean Lasserre…proved significant for his thinking about costly grace.  Lasserre was a committed pacifist who encouraged Bonhoeffer to consider the possibility to consider the possibility that Jesus’ Sermon on the Mount was neither an example (as in Lutheran circles) of the law writ large–impossible to fulfill and replete with reminders of humans’ sinful nature–nor a hoped-for ideal possible to realize only at the end of time.

Rather Lasserre presents the Sermon as a series of commandments for living, here and now (Stephen R. Haynes and Lori Brandt Hale, Bonhoeffer for Armchair Theologians, 96-97).