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"you're packing a suitcase for a place that you've never been...a place that has to be believed to be seen"...'Walk On' by U2

WATERSHED: A voice in the wilderness. DARYL UNDERWOOD.


The concept of Centerpoint Christianity briefly stated is:

Christianity from the centerpoint outward.

Christianity from the climax forward.

This blog constitutes concepts for a new view of Christianity that begins with what is foundational and moves forward from that point. It is based on the assumption that we are being pulled towards something unseen and pushed from a place that once was.

What Centerpoint Christianity attempts to do is bypass some of the constraints imposed by metanarratives by using the life of Christ and particularly the climactic actions of Christ as beginning points.

It supports the conviction that God is essentially timeless. From this beginning point we endeavor to move outward from the definitive moment of the parousia (visitation) of Christ and forward to the future which functions as a type of magnet to "what can be--and is coming".

When we begin at the life of Christ and move outward as from the centerpoint of a web, rather than in a linear timeline of history, another wide picture emerges.

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'She said I got some news this mornin' from Choctaw Ridge, today Billie Joe Macallister jumped off the Tallahatchie Bridge'--Ode to Billy Jo' written by Bobbie Gentry

Generally a song is much shorter than a story. Most popular songs we hear on our ipod last 3 to 4 minutes. They vary of course. Some are longer, some are shorter. On the other hand stories can be very long. Leo Tolstoy’s War and Peace in the English translation contains 560,000 words and is typically 1400 pages in paperback. These epic novels can be loosely compared to the metanarrative of God unveiled in Scripture. Within the Grand Meta-narrative are countless personal narratives—sand on the seashore, stars in the sky. Songs.

Songs about Abraham’s sons and daughters.

The personal narrative is important, it speaks, it sings a particular song. But it is not long. God’s history on the other hand is quite long stretching out like the Tolstoy classic. And the story we are familiar with is but a drop in the ocean of Who God Is. The lower story is but a blip hardly registering on the screen at all. And this comparison fails to make the contrast sharp enough. Finite and infinite don’t even compare. Temporal and eternal are vastly different.

The unending universe is larger than a flight from New York to Hong Kong. God is vastly different from us. But the lower story tells of Him. Somehow He submits Himself to time and space and walks with us. In the end He becomes one of us. Dissimilar but familiar.

We share or have a commonality. Our song and God’s story do have a common denominator. They both unveil a narrative, a story. And both are important. Both are significant. And both must be embraced in our lives. Sometimes we look at the big picture and wonder and much of the time we do the laundry and buy the groceries. The grand and the mundane are in us. Heaven overlaps and interlocks on earth. The angels of glory and the shepherds of an insignificant small berg come together in a field and in the sky.

Let me say it another way. The story of World War II is wide. It is the story of nations, war, death, vindication, sorrow, disappointment etc. Within this larger story of World War II are many smaller stories, personal narratives of individuals that lived during World War II. They tell a story of an individual caught in the cross hairs of time. We read The Diary of Anne Frank and can feel her soul speak out. We watch the movie Shindler’s List and marvel at the sacrifice of this man. These stories are small but hugely enormous to the ones who live them and the people they touch. Our individual stories, while caught up in the larger story and small in comparison, are not incidental or insignificant. They are important. They are all we have. They are intricate and complex.

Or recall the theological insight of Dr. Suess in his brilliant little book entitled "Horton Hears a Who". Think of God as this enormous creature likened unto an elephant. Is there anything bigger in the imagination of a child? And contrast this elephant with a small, insignificant thing. A speck of dust. Is there anything that is seemingly more insignificant or small? We are like the Who's inhabiting that speck of dust living our lives. In comparison to the universe the speck is tiny. But look again. There is a lot going on in this tiny world.

We sing our song in the midst of The Story. To ignore one and emphasize the 'other' is to be less than we really are. To live in one and exist without the 'other' is futility in the end. We must live our lives in the context of the Great Story of redemption in order to pass from this life to the next. Redemption is what we all need.

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