Donald K. McKim
Abingdon Press, 240 pages
“No priest, no theologian stood at the cradle of Bethlehem. And yet, all Christian theology finds its beginnings in the miracle of miracles, that God became human.” So said Dietrich Bonhoeffer, who remains a valuable teacher for our time. What makes this devotional different and most helpful is the commentary of Donald McKim. A generous sampling of Bonhoeffer’s writings are enhanced by Scripture and his thoughtful commentary in this format: Scripture, Bonhoeffer quote and commentary by McKim. It all sounds so similar — just another devotional. Alas! Yet, dear Christian reader, imagine what might happen if you invited your pastor, your elders and deacons – not to mention the full congregation – to spend 15 minutes with you for 100 days reflecting upon Dietrich Bonhoeffer. Seriously. What can go wrong? Each year I give a Christmas gift to my elders and deacons to encourage their spiritual practice. This year I gave this book. These are dangerous and difficult times. The church must speak a word of grace and truth to a culture awash in anger, deception and fear. Bonhoeffer lived – and died – in a similar time. That is why his witness is so important for our time. Donald McKim has done us a great favor with this book.