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This past week I had the opportunity to perform characterizations of Dietrich Bonhoeffer, Clarence Jordan and Walter Rauschenbusch for a Baptist gathering in Texas. As a performer and former pastor I discover that I am challenged when I consider how Bonhoeffer, Jordan and Rauschenbusch might weigh in on the challenges facing both the church and American way of life.

All three of the above mentioned giants were relative misfits in their own times and contexts. Yet all three of them, their legacies and their words, ring thunderously relevant to our culture of greed and the fear that mainline churches may be wasting away.