The word “heretic” is often thrown around today to denounce someone for espousing an idea deemed “unbiblical” or “unorthodox” or “contrary to the teachings of the church.” It carries a negative connotation, often meant to cast a poor soul out of a community to be shunned, exiled, and sometimes even tortured with words or sharp implements. And in extreme cases, killed and ultimately damned. But as one looks at the history of heretics, one finds quite a few surprises.
My interview with Rachel Held Evans. In this clips, she talks about how "white dudes" are not the future of Christianity. She offers some sage, even prophetic insights about the need for diverse leadership. She also encourages a discussion on white, male privilege.
Dietrich Bonhoeffer was a pastor and a pacifist who struggled with how to be true to his convictions while battling one of the greatest evils of the twentieth century. His inspirational story is as relevant today as it has ever been.