more about this sight

"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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Trust, patience, and holding tension in community

Writer Parker Palmer makes an astute observation about the patience and trust of the Quaker community in response to John Woolman's charge that the "current participation of the community in slavery" was outside of God's heart is amazing. I think after 19 years in one community as pastor I had hoped for something similar. It disappoints me that it couldn't be. I question myself often about how it went down. Should I have challenged more? In an attempt to finsish well did I acquiesce my leadership? Am I simply narcissistic? Delusional? I feel pretty alone and isolated. How could this have been different. Not regrets so much as a need to understand so that I react "better" in the future.

"The thing that strikes me
that I'd really like to underscore about the story of
John Woolman is how remarkable it was that his
community held the tension with him. Here's a
fellow challenging the community at its very core.
W e know what happens in most religious communities
today when something like that comes up.
That person either gets shouted down or thrown out.
Here's a community that said, "We can't see our way
to agree with you, but we do not doubt your integrity.
We will support you and your family as long as
it takes for you to live out your leading, for you to
take those twenty years to try and persuade us of the
evil of our ways." That's an extraordinary thing for
a community to do."

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