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Deliverance to the Captives | Karl Barth

The cover of Barth's Deliverance to the CaptivesKarl Barth is a theological giant of the Twentieth Century. His fourteen volume, 9,200 page Church Dogmatics has cemented his legacy. This background is what makes Deliverance to the Captives so interesting. It’s a collection of sermons Barth delivered to “avowedly critical and ‘un-Christian'” (Schwarz in Barth 12) prisoners. Is it possible for Barth to simplify his theology to connect with the every-man?

The answer is a resounding “Yes!” For each message, Barth takes a short snippet of scripture and simply reflects on it. “You Shall Be My People” (60-66) is a good example. In preaching on Leviticus 26:12, “I will walk among you, and will be your God, and you shall be my people,” he simply breaks the passage down into its three statements and shares his thoughts on them.

I was impressed by Barth’s bold humility. He didn’t shy away from the fact that he was preaching to prisoners. In fact, he specifically chose passages like Romans 11:32, “For God has made all men prisoners, that he may have mercy upon all.” He didn’t hesitate to include himself as “prisoner.”

Barth’s messages in Deliverance to the Captives have the power to speak to spiritual and physical captives even today.


Barth, Karl. Deliverance to the Captivesds. Translated by Marguerite Wieser. New York: Harper & Brothers, 1961.

So What? | Messages on Colossians

We just wrapped up another series of messages this past Sunday at my church. For the past seven weeks we’ve been looking at Paul’s letter to the Colossians. Here’s the messages in one convenient post. If you’d like, you can find the direct links on my Sermons page.

  1. I’m So Glad I’m a Part (Colossians 1:1-14)

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  2. That Ol’ Hymn (Colossians 1:15-23)
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  3. Imprisoned Wisdom (Colossians 1:24-2:7)

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  4. Avoid the Trap (Colossians 2:8-23)

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  5. Hidden With Christ (Colossians 3:1-17)

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  6. Family Life (Colossians 3:18-4:1)

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  7. One Last Thing… (Colossians 4:2-18)

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