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Dietrich Bonhoeffer was a pastoral assistant in Barcelona from February 1928 to February 1939.
The task to which Bonhoeffer had been looking forward most of all, perhaps not without a few jitters, was that of preaching. Pastor Olbricht had him give 19 sermons during his year in Spain, that was more than usual for a pastoral assistant at the time. Of these sermons, 14 manuscripts have been preserved and show that he invested a great deal of effort in each.
“I work on it the entire week, devoting some time to it every day”
Why did Dietrich Bonhoeffer spent a year in Barcelona in 1928? It was partly because he desired to take his theological training and make it practical for the people in the pew:
One reason Bonhoeffer wished to spend a year as a pastor in Barcelona was that he believed communicating what he knew theologically–whether to indifferent businessmen, teenagers, or younger children–was important as the theology itself. His success in children’s ministry shows this…