Gerhard Dedeke Preaches on Martyrdom

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At the height of his clash with the Nazi press over hiring the former Communist and felon Julius Brandt, Gerhard Dedeke preached a sermon that revealed the pressure under which he must have been personally. In this sermon on John 10:12–15, Dedeke commented on Jesus as the good shepherd in particular detail. The preacher demanded a kind of martyrdom – a clear allusion to his own extremely difficult situation.

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  • © Landeskirchliches Archiv der Evangelischen Kirche von Westfalen, Gerhard Dedeke, Predigten II, p. 119

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