Missional Field Notes

Quotes, Examples, and Ideas from My Missional Frontier

Wise words from Geoff Holsclaw on “Fourth of July Weekend”:

So I’m worried that everyone interested in Bonhoeffer might not be learning the real lesson: that we in America might be the type of church that, in a time of crisis, will capitulate to preserving the American Dream rather than living as a Kingdom Reality.

During this 4th of July weekend, are we Christians in America more American than Christian? How would we know? Does that distinction even makes sense? And if it doesn’t, then I worry that we have turned to Bonhoeffer into an inspirational story rather than a cautionary tale.

Let us not make Bonhoeffer merely into a Christian Celebrity…

2 thoughts on “Bonhoeffer and the American Dream

    1. jimdoepken says:

      You’re welcome. It was “wise words” indeed. I was a student of Stanley Hauerwas at Duke Divinity School and then went to a United Methodist Church in Indiana where “the Fourth” was a big deal. I’ve changed my approach in Alaska to focus on other cultural emphases that come from the surrounding community to serve more as an object lesson on Kingdom Living than American Nationality.

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