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1 the story we find ourselves in

2 Post-colonialist Post-secularist Post-rationalist Post-communist Post-capitalist Post-nationalist Post-institutionalist Post-patriarchal Post-Christendom The Christian Church is apremodern movementthat became a modern institution and now must adapt to aPostmodern context

3 solidarity humility methodology liturgy mission networks story Postmodern shiftsPostmodern shifts beautybeauty

4 Question 1: What is the shape of the biblical narrative? (A pre-critical question)

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6 Hell Salvation Fallen History/ Fallen world Fall HeavenEden

7 Hades Atonement, purification Aristotelian Real Fall Into Aristotelian Real Platonic Ideal

8 Destruction, defeat Civilization, development, colonialism assimilation Barbarian/ pagan world Rebellion into barbarism Pax Romana

9 Is there an alternative understanding?

10 sdrawkcab gnidaer Rick Warren, Billy Graham, John Wesley (or Calvin), Luther, Aquinas, Augustine, Paul, Jesus reading forwards Adam, Eve, Sarah, Abraham, Moses, David, Isaiah, John the Baptist, Mary, Jesus

11 Exodus: Liberation & Formation

12 Genesis: Creation and Reconciliation

13 Exodus: Liberation & Formation Genesis: Creation and Reconciliation Isaiah: Peaceable Kingdom - Justice and Mercy

14 Exodus: Liberation & Formation GenesisGenesis Isaiah: Peaceable Kingdom - Justice and Mercy

15 Exodus: Liberation & Formation GenesisGenesis Isaiah: Peaceable Kingdom - Justice and Mercy HUMAN DESTRUCTION HUMAN VIOLENCE HUMAN EXPLOITATION

16 Exodus: Liberation & Formation GenesisGenesis Isaiah: Peaceable Kingdom - Justice and Mercy HUMAN DESTRUCTION HUMAN VIOLENCE HUMAN EXPLOITATION

17 Exodus: Liberation & Formation GenesisGenesis Isaiah: Peaceable Kingdom - Justice and Mercy kingdomof Godkingdomof God

18 Exodus: Liberation & Formation Genesis: Creation and Reconciliation Isaiah: Peaceable Kingdom - Justice and Mercy kingdomof Godkingdomof God

19 Needed: a fresh and coherent way of telling the story of the Bible... the story of Jesus... and our story too.

20 Creation

21 In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth. Now the earth was formless and empty, darkness was over the surface of the deep, and the Spirit of God was hovering over the waters... And it was good. (Genesis 1:1)

22 Crisis

23 Creation Crisis Garden - hunter/gatherers Field - herders & crop farmers River valley - towns & cities Tower - walled cities/ civilizations

24 Calling

25 Creation, Crisis Calling The LORD had said to Abram, "Leave your country, your people and your father's household and go to the land I will show you. "I will make you into a great nation/ and I will bless you; I will make your name great,/ and you will be a blessing. I will bless those who bless you, and whoever curses you I will curse; and all peoples on earth will be blessed through you." So Abram left, as the LORD had told him… (Genesis 12:1-6)

26 Creation Crisis Calling Blessed to be a blessing Rejoining God’s story of creation.

27 Captivity Revolutionary insight: God is on the side of the slaves.

28 28 Captivity Ex. 3:7 Then the Lord said, ‘I have observed the misery of my people who are in Egypt; I have heard their cry on account of their taskmasters. Indeed, I know their sufferings, 8 and I have come down to deliver them from the Egyptians, and to bring them up out of that land to a good and broad land, a land flowing with milk and honey, to the country of the Canaanites, the Hittites, the Amorites, the Perizzites, the Hivites, and the Jebusites. 9 The cry of the Israelites has now come to me; I have also seen how the Egyptians oppress them. 10 So come, I will send you to Pharaoh to bring my people, the Israelites, out of Egypt.’

29 Captivity Getting slaves out of Egypt: 10 plagues Getting Egypt out of freed slaves: 10 commandments

30 Conquest

31 The Bible, God, and violence: An evolving understanding... Pointing forward.

32 Conversation

33 Creation, Crisis, Calling, Captivity, Conquest Conversation Priests, prophets, poets, sages, storytellers through calling, journey, slavery, exodus, conquest, judges, kings, civil war, exile, return, continuing domination

34 Creation, Crisis, Calling, Captivity, Conquest, Conversation... Christ

35 Domination - Romans, Herodians, Sadducees Revolution - Zealots Purification - Pharisees Accumulation - Wealthy Judeans Victimization - Galileans, Samaritans, poor Isolation - Essenes Jesus - Another story …

36 Christ Kingdom of God … Calling everyone into reconciliation with God, one another, and creation

37 Christ Cross … God forgiving, not seeking revenge God revealed in an vulnerable victim Victory of non-violence

38 Christ Resurrection... Vindication Ascension - enthronement Bestowal of Spirit on “all flesh” New Embodiment of Christ

39 Creation, Crisis, Calling, Captivity, Conquest, Conversation, Christ... Community

40 Community empowered and united by the Holy Spirit for mission for the good of the world.

41 Consummation/Celebration

42 Creation, Crisis, Calling, Captivity, Conquest, Conversation, Christ, Community Consummation/Celebration Therefore, my dear brothers, stand firm. Let nothing move you. Always give yourselves fully to the work of the Lord, because you know that your labor in the Lord is not in vain. (I Corinthians 15:58)

43 Creation, Crisis, Calling, Captivity, Conquest, Conversation, Christ, Community, Celebration

44 There are many reasons to compare our churches to an old male tortoise … Closing suggestions: 1. Cultivate patient urgency.

45 There are many reasons to compare our churches to an old male tortoise … Closing suggestions: 3. Add, don’t subtract.

46 There are many reasons to compare our churches to an old male tortoise … Closing suggestions: 3. Innovate - and imitate.

47 There are many reasons to compare our churches to an old male tortoise … Closing suggestions: 4. Turn toward the young - Encourage Support Protect

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58 the story we find ourselves in

59 Fr. Vincent Donovan:

60 Religion is our own creation. Its horizons are necessarily limited to our horizons. Since it is our creation it will serve us. In a time of social, political, and economic upheaval, we look to it as that one, solid, taken-for-granted basis to our lives. It leads us to cling to the forms and structures with which we are familiar and which we have found comforting. At the dying of an age and the birth of a new one, religion will be in the forefront of those institutions clinging desperately to that immovable rock of unanalyzed assumptions. But revelation shatters that rock, disturbs our horizons, presents a God who is not like us at all, a destabilizing and surprising God who cannot be used to justify all our projects; instead, One who asks us questions we do not want to hear. (The Church in the Midst of Creation, p. 118)

61 Never accept and be content with unanalyzed assumptions, assumptions about the work, about the people, about the church or Christianity. Never be afraid to ask questions about the work we have inherited or the work we are doing. There is no question that should not be asked or that is outlawed. The day we are completely satisfied with what we have been doing; the day we have found the perfect, unchangeable system of work, the perfect answer, never in need of being corrected again, on that day we will know that we are wrong, that we have made the greatest mistake of all. (Christianity Rediscovered, 146)


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