Cyber Book Club–Week 7: Dietrich Discovers the African-American Church and Loves It!

Abyssinian Church--Where Dietrich found the Gospel in New York.

Abyssinian Church–Where Dietrich found the Gospel in New York.

Bonhoeffer’s experiences with the African American community underscored an idea that was developing in his mind: the only real piety and power that he had seen in the American church seemed to be in the churches where there were a present reality and a past history of suffering . Somehow he had seen something more in those churches and in those Christians, something that the world of academic theology— even when it was at its best, as in Berlin— did not touch very much.

Metaxas, Eric (2010-04-20). Bonhoeffer: A Biography (pp. 110-111). Thomas Nelson. Kindle Edition.

If you’re a little behind this will be a great chance to catch up. We are currently in chapter 7 and will take a break during Holy Week. Be ready to jump into chapter 8!

Dietrich is in America now while Hitler and his followers are gaining social influence in Germany. Going back to Germany will be a major decision for him which ultimately will lead him literally into the crosshairs of the Third Reich.