5.79: Bonhoeffer’s Secret to Faithful Discipleship with Tripp Fuller

In this episode of the Pivot Podcast, Dwight Zscheile and Katie Langston are joined by Tripp Fuller to discuss the life and theology of Dietrich Bonhoeffer and its relevance for church leaders today.

How can the life and theology of Dietrich Bonhoeffer, a German pastor and theologian who resisted the Nazi regime, inspire and challenge church leaders today?

In this episode of the Pivot Podcast, Dwight Zscheile and Katie Langston talk with Tripp Fuller about Bonhoeffer’s enduring legacy and its relevance for the church in a polarized and rapidly changing cultural context. They discuss how Bonhoeffer’s experiences engaging with different cultures shaped his understanding of the gospel, his emphasis on discipleship and prophetic witness, and the vital role of deep relationships in sustaining faithful Christian community. Tune in for insights on how Bonhoeffer’s wisdom can equip church leaders to navigate the challenges of discipleship and leadership today.

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In this episode of the Pivot Podcast, Dwight Zscheile and Katie Langston are joined by Tripp Fuller to discuss the life and theology of Dietrich Bonhoeffer and its relevance for church leaders today. They explore:

  • How Bonhoeffer’s experiences engaging with different cultures and communities shaped his understanding of the gospel and discipleship
  • The importance of critically examining the assumptions and influences of modernity on the church
  • Bonhoeffer’s emphasis on the centrality of discipleship and the need for the church to speak prophetically in the face of injustice
  • The vital role of deep relationships and community in sustaining faithful Christian witness
  • What church leaders today can learn from Bonhoeffer’s example as they navigate the challenges of leadership in a polarized and rapidly changing cultural context
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Tripp Fuller

Tripp is a Postdoctoral Research Fellow in Theology & Science at the University of Edinburgh. He received his PhD in Philosophy, Religion, and Theology at Claremont Graduate University. For over 13 years Tripp has been doing the Homebrewed Christianity podcast (think on-demand internet radio) where he interviews different scholars about their work so you can get nerdy in traffic, on the treadmill or doing the dishes. Last year it had over 3.5 million downloads. It also inspired a book series with Fortress Press called the Homebrewed Christianity Guides to… topics like God, Jesus, Spirit, Church History etc. He has a brand new book out, Divine Self-Investment: An Open and Relational Constructive Christology. Tripp is a very committed and (some of his friends think overly ) engaged Lakers fan, takes Star Wars and Lord of the Rings very seriously, enjoys coaching his oldest son Elgin’s flag football and basketball team, and prides himself in giving rousing editions of Sandra Boynton tunes during bedtime reading. Tripp, partner since 18 Alecia, & three kids are enjoying life in Scotland where they hope to develop a sweet accent and avoid eating haggis. The best lock-down decision was the inflatable hot tub.

Meet Your Hosts

  • Katie Langston

    Katie Langston is a doubter by nature and a believer by grace. She grew up Mormon in Cache Valley, Utah, and converted to orthodox (little "o") Christianity after a profound experience of God's grace over a decade ago. Now she works as the director of digital strategy for Faith+Lead and as pastor of mission and outreach at New Promise Lutheran Church in St. George, Utah. Katie is the author of a spiritual memoir called Sealed: An Unexpected Journey into the Heart of Grace.

  • Dwight Zscheile

    Dwight Zscheile is vice president of innovation and professor of congregational mission and leadership at Luther Seminary. His latest book is Leading Faithful Innovation: Following God into a Hopeful Future (with Michael Binder and Tessa Pinkstaff, Fortress Press, 2023).

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