Advent Book Study
Dietrich Bonhoeffer's Christmas Sermons
I am inviting you to read along with me this Advent.
We are going to try something different and the plan is for me to
lead a book study of Dietrich Bonhoeffer’s Christmas Sermons
during Advent this year.
Dietrich Bonhoeffer wrote of Advent: "The celebration of Advent is
possible only to those who are troubled in soul, who know
themselves to be poor and imperfect, who look forward to something
greater to come. For these, it is enough to wait in humble fear
until the Holy One himself comes down to us, God in the child in
the manger. God comes. The Lord Jesus comes. Christmas comes.
Each week participants will read a selection from the book. During
the week you may post your reflections, comments, and questions
below via facebook. Then I will post a podcast on Friday with my
personal reflections on the material. We already have a good number
of people participating and some congregations are doing the study
When the podcast is posted you will be able to get it from
libsyn.com, itunes, or via epicenter.org. We will tweet and
facebook update when the podcast is ready.
This week as we arrive at the first Sunday in Advent, December 2,
2012, we will read to page 40 or up to the Berlin years for those
using Kindle or another reader.
The next week we will approach Advent 2 on December 9, and read
from pages 41-81 or up to the London years.
As we approach Advent 3 on December 16, we will read pages 82-143
or up to the War Conspiracy. And, for the last week of Advent and
December 23, we will begin at page 144 and finish the book.
I hope that people will read and send me questions or thoughts in
the week previous to each podcasts so that I can respond to those
comments in the reflections. I’m excited to see how this
interaction works so that we can do additional studies together
during Lent and at other times of the year.
I look forward to hearing from you!