|Infusion Bible eStudies are downloadable small group studies that can be read online, printed, or emailed. Each study includes a leader guide and a study guide and is suitable for a one-hour group Bible study.
Listen...to the words of the Scripture, and in them discover God's message for you today.
Look...at a brief verbal snapshot from the scrapbook of contemporary life and discover its connection both to you and to the Scripture passage.
Live...inside the Scripture to discover its context and message; then allow the Scripture to come alive in you and cause you to live out your faith in new and more-effective ways.
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On April 9, 1945, Dietrich Bonhoeffer, German pastor and theologian, was executed at the Flossenburg concentration camp by order of Heinrich Himmler. Few twentieth-century theologians have captured the imagination of the Christian public as Bonhoeffer has. He was an outstanding thinker who worked in the ecumenical movement. Church leaders in several nations knew him. After the Nazi domination of Germany, he taught in an underground seminary. He was the author of a number of important books, including The Cost of Discipleship. He is justly honored as a Christian martyr. Still, it must be noted that Bonhoeffer’s “crime” was his collaboration with military leaders who initiated a plot to assassinate Hitler. That is not the kind of action we typically associate with saints.
Tyrannicide has not been unknown in human history. Our own country attempted it with Osama bin Laden and accomplished it with Saddam Hussein’s two sons. But the church? In the fourth chapter of Judges, we read of a war against an oppressive regime and of the assassination of a tyrant.