What would you do if you knew that what you said in the pulpit could result in your imprisonment…or death? That’s the situation faced by German pastors during Hitler’s Third Reich, and editor Dean Stroud has gathered a fascinating collection of sermons by leading pastors of the era in Preaching in Hitler’s Shadow: Sermons of Resistance in the Third Reich (Wm. B. Eerdmans). In addition to sermons by Dietrich Bonhoeffer, Karl Barth, Martin Niemoller and others, Stroud has written a fascinating introductory section that describes the situation faced by these pastors and how they challenged their sinful government.

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