Pastor Fritz Foltz

Pastor Foltz is Pastor Emeritus of Saint James Lutheran Church in Gettysburg, PA and author of the the Frontline Study content.

Lesson 1: The Question of God’s Presence

Lesson 1: The Question of God’s Presence

As I have previously confessed, these online lessons have addressed my own questions. Finding myself recently echoing the psalmists’ pleas for God to speak up and reveal himself in our present brutal society, I decided to do a series on God’s presence. As I was preparing by reviewing Jacques Ellul’s book, Presence in Modern Society, […]

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Gandhi Letter to Hitler

Gandhi Letter to Hitler

A friend sent this letter Gandhi sent Hitler at Christmas in 1940. I think it is worth contemplating with an open and honest heart. It reminds me of an article my son and I read in Foreign Affairs while writing our book. It documented that far more international and national conflicts have been settled by […]

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God Cleanses Ten Lepers

God Cleanses Ten Lepers

NB: I decided to post this sermon as it is somewhat of a response to the lessons on Bonhoeffer.  A friend challenged me to address the present political situation in a sermon to a peace church. This was the result. Luke 17: 11-19 —  On the way to Jerusalem Jesus was going through the region […]

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Lesson 8: Final Thoughts on Bonhoeffer

Lesson 8: Final Thoughts on Bonhoeffer

I really have been overwhelmed rereading Bonhoeffer. As I have repeatedly reported, I was not that impressed when I first studied him in divinity school. At that time, I was caught up in the civil rights movement and naively felt we had learned how to speak truth to power. Now, I feel he has a […]

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Lesson 7:  Letters and Papers from Prison (Part 4): Conclusions and Consequences

Lesson 7: Letters and Papers from Prison (Part 4): Conclusions and Consequences

Throughout his writings, Bonhoeffer repeatedly contends the Church must commit herself to living in complete honesty and by the standards found in the scriptures if she is to save the world from self-destruction. Only in this way can she avoid the sickening religiosity that ignores the real dangers in a modern evil culture. In the […]

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Lesson 6: Letters and Papers from Prison (Part 3): The Real Meaning of Christian Faith

Lesson 6: Letters and Papers from Prison (Part 3): The Real Meaning of Christian Faith

The second chapter in Bonhoeffer’s proposed book on religionless Christianity in our world come of age examines the real meaning of faith. He repeatedly claims this demands the absolute honesty of repentance that admits our failures and accepts divine guidance as well as an accurate reading of the Biblical message. The latter acknowledges that the […]

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Lesson 5: Letters and Papers from Prison (Part 2): Stocktaking of Christianity

Lesson 5: Letters and Papers from Prison (Part 2): Stocktaking of Christianity

I thought the best way to report what Bonhoeffer meant by the need for a religionless Christianity in this world come of age would to be to use an outline he himself provides. At one point in the Letters, he reports he wants to write one more book, no longer than 100 pages with three […]

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Lesson 4: Letters and Papers from Prison: Observations

Lesson 4: Letters and Papers from Prison: Observations

My primary goal when I started rereading the Letters was to examine what Bonhoeffer means about the need for a religionless Christianity in our world come of age. He repeatedly claims that this demands brutal honesty in reading the scriptures and analyzing our society. It’s obvious he thought his two years in prison forced him […]

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Lesson 3: Ethics

Lesson 3: Ethics

Bonhoeffer’s arrest prevented him from finishing what was meant to be his greatest work. Back in seminary, I rather hurriedly read what we have of the Ethics as an academic study and was unimpressed. I reread it in the past few days as a historical statement and found much to ponder and admire. In fact, […]

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Lesson 2: The Cost of Discipleship

Lesson 2: The Cost of Discipleship

I first read The Cost of Discipleship my first year in divinity school when a classmate, Gene Outka, who went on to teach ethics at Yale, recommended it as something every Lutheran pastor should read. It was good advice. Bonhoeffer laments that the Church has made Luther’s justification by grace through faith into a doctrine […]

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