It is the beginning of a new year and that means the beginning of another rereading of Bonhoeffer’s Life Together. I am looking forward to this year’s reading more than others. I feel like after reading it so many times over the years I am at the place where I might understand it at a deeper level than perhaps ever before. I think part of the reason is that I long for a more connected vision and experience of genuine Christian community. Sometimes, desire and need combine to make us more teachable and open. That’s my hope for this new year’s reading of Bonhoeffer’s crucible-produced classic.
Bonhoeffer is not always orthodox. Some of his analysis of Scripture is influenced by an early 20th Century liberal sitz in leben. Nevertheless, the book is filled with gems of insight that powerfully challenge the shallowness of what we often call ‘fellowship’ and ‘community’ in our experience. Expect to see some Bonhoeffer quotes in the near future.
If you want to join with me in the journey, I would love to hear some of your insights as you read.