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Jon Walker wrote in Costly Grace how Dietrich Bonhoeffer not only understood true discipleship, but lived it to the very end. Bonhoeffer…

…died as he lived, focused exclusively on Christ and humbly submitting to the ultimate cost of discipleship.  Offered an opportunity to escape, he declined, not wanting to put his family in danger.  He was led to the gallows after concluding a Sunday morning service saying: “This is the end–for me the beginning of life.”

Walker also correctly understands the enormous impact that Bonhoeffer continues to have…

He has become of the most influential theological voices of the twentieth century and the The Cost of Discipleship is considered a classic in ecclesiological literature.  Many of its concepts are noew deeply ingrained in modern Protestant thought and practice.

I would add that Bonhoeffer’s impact has continued through the first decade of the twenty-first century!

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