When John MacArthur told Beth Moore to “go home,” it revealed much about his framework for how the church and home should operate and who is responsible for each sphere. This perspective seems to see the spheres as quite separate. The church has a purpose and a mission, and the home has a purpose and a mission, but those only overlap because the biological family is the building block for both. But what if this framework undercuts the church as the family of God with brothers and sisters working together to build it?
In this episode of Persuasion, Erin Straza and Hannah Anderson continue their series titled Go Home! Finding Our Way. Each episode of the series explores the common assumptions regarding the home, both in the church and in society. This particular conversation centers on the family of God and the relationships we have with each other as spiritual siblings. Certainly, the biological family is important and needed for stable homes and societies. Within the church, however, the biological family is to yield to something greater: our church family. To help sort out this distinction, Erin and Hannah invite Laura Fabrycky to the conversation. Laura has immersed herself into the missional life of Dietrich Bonhoeffer, who saw the spheres of church and home as united in both purpose and operation. Bonhoeffer’s vision for the church operating as the family of God in the world is refreshing in light of the Go Home mandate. What does it look like to make the family of God primary? How did Bonhoeffer’s perspective of home and mission inspire his relationships and work? How did Jesus respond when the crowds elevated His biological family above the family of God? The conversation touches on questions like these, exploring common presumptions and fallacies in an attempt to find our way home. Listen to the latest episode in the Go Home! series, then continue the conversation on Twitter @PersuasionCAPC or in the CAPC members-only community on Facebook.
Erin Straza: Web / Twitter
Hannah Anderson: Web / Twitter
Persuasion 186 Resources & Links
Keys to Bonhoeffer’s Haus by Laura Fabrycky
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Persuasion 182 | The Road Home
Persuasion 184 | Home Bodies, with Wesley Hill
Persuasion 185 | Family Values
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