We Band of Brothers?

Are any of you familiar with the Band of Brothers organization/movement?  They just hit my radar earlier today because my folks’  LCMS congregation is starting a chapter/group/whatever for this.  

I’m naturally skeptical of these sorts of things.  Not that it means that it’s necessarily bad or wrong, just that I don’t tend to get involved in them myself.  From the little I’ve scanned their web site, it seems to be similar in tone to Promise Keepers 15 or more years ago – aimed at men and building discipleship and friendship in more ‘manly’ terms.  
Have any of you run into these folks yet, or participated in any of their stuff?  I’d be curious to get your perspectives.  

One Response to “We Band of Brothers?”

  1. Gary Says:

    I could have guessed from the name alone. But I got as far as looking at the cross made out of swords that is their logo before concluding that I am in no way interested in this group.

    I wish I had a good argument from principles (biblical or just logical) as to why groups like this shouldn’t be for anybody, but I don’t have one at this point in time. For now all I can say for sure is that image-wise they are playing all the wrong notes if they want to appeal to Christian men with similar sensibilities to my own.

    In a way it’s ironic because Promise Keepers failed to appeal to me (granted I was younger than their target demographic back when they were a big deal) because of the way it focused on male brokenness and humility to the point of adopting the contemporaneous cultural mood that being a man was something to be ashamed of. The vibe I got from PK was, “We don’t know you yet, but we already know you’re broken and a disappointment to your family and your God, after all, you’re a man. Luckily if you come to our big stadium rally and cry and repent and hug other men, Jesus can heal you of the disease of manliness.”

    Now “Band of Brothers” rubs me wrong for some of the same reasons with a new twist in the opposite direction. Rather than penis-shame, machismo and militarism seem to be the order of the day. It makes some sense, with 2 intractable decade-long wars taking place in the interim, male American culture is probably ripe to be pandered to in this way.

    In either case, maybe it’s some combination of my postmodern sensibilities and my membership (not card carrying, that would be antithetical) in Gen-X, but I never respond favorably slickly packaged marketing appeals aimed not at me as an individual but me as a member of a group with similar and predictable tastes and needs.

    Anybody else feel this way?

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