10.14.23 EChurch@Wartburg: Kristin Du Mez Tells How Evangelicals Fell in Love with John Wayne

Photo by Artem Saranin

A prayer of Basil of Caesarea (329-379) link

Steer the ship of my life, good Lord, to your quiet harbour,
where I can be safe from the storms of sin and conflict.
Show me the course I should take.
Renew in me the gift of discernment
so that I can always see the right direction in which I should go.
And give me the strength and the courage to choose the right course,
even when the sea is rough and the waves are high,
knowing that through enduring hardship and danger in your name,
we shall find comfort and peace.

Prayer of St. Ambrose of Milan (c. 339-397) link

O Lord, who hast mercy upon all, take away from me my sins
and mercifully kindle in me the fire of thy Holy Spirit.
Take away from me the heart of stone, and give me a heart of flesh
a heart to love and adore thee, a heart to delight in thee, to follow and to enjoy thee,
for Christ’s sake.

Prayer of Clement of Rome, bishop, died in A.D. 99 or 101 link

May God, who sees all things, and who is the Ruler of all spirits and the Lord of all flesh –
who chose our Lord Jesus Christ and us through Him to be a peculiar people –
grant to every soul that calls upon His glorious and holy Name,
faith, peace, patience, long-suffering, self-control, purity, and sobriety, to the well-pleasing of His Name,
through our High Priest and Protector, Jesus Christ, by whom be to Him glory, and majesty, and power,
and honor, both now and forevermore.

I thought I might try something different. This week, Kristin Du Mez discusses her writings.
Next week, she will discuss why she is still a Christian.

Benediction link

Let us go forth into the world in peace and dedicated to your service, O Lord.
Let us hold fast that which is good, render to no man evil for evil, strengthen the faint‐hearted,
support the weak, help the needy and the afflicted, and honor all men.
Let us love and serve the Lord, rejoicing in the power of his spirit.
And may God’s blessing be upon us and remain with us always.


10.14.23 EChurch@Wartburg: Kristin Du Mez Tells How Evangelicals Fell in Love with John Wayne — 5 Comments

  1. Thank you, Dee.

    The format of the instructional content is unfamiliar, but IMO not inappropriate. It facilitates an “if you get one thing, get understanding” agenda.

    The point about “we should have seen this coming” perspective has a bit of the “feel” of Jesus’ criticism of the leaders of Israel that they could predict the weather but could not understand “the signs of the times.”

    Perhaps there’s something about “being in charge” that makes it hard to accurately perceive the world.

  2. John Wayne is an American icon.
    So it’s no wonder really.
    They (American Evangelicals) just wanna’ Americanize their brand(s).