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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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The Times they are a Changin'

New ideas and Old schools. They don’t mix.

Jeff Foxworthy wants to know Are You Smarter than a Fifth Grader? Here is the question. Does the earth revolve around the sun? If you answer “yes” and the year is 1616 you are wrong, and if you don’t recant your position you will be put under house arrest and branded a heretic for life.

Any future works will be prohibited. You will be effectually silenced. Your platform will be gone.

Everyone “knows” that according to the Bible the earth stands firm and is not moved. Western Christian Biblical references cited are Psalm 93:1, Psalm 96:10, and 1 Chronicles 16:30. They include text stating that "the world is firmly established, it cannot be moved." In the same tradition, Psalm 104:5 says, " the LORD set the earth on its foundations; it can never be moved." Further, Ecclesiastes 1:5 states that "And the sun rises and sets and returns to its place, etc."

So if you continue to cling to this false doctrine you will be dealt with and you will be silenced. By the way, your cellmate will be Galileo Galilei.

But if you answer “yes” and it is 2008 you will be right and so will all the fifth grade children. So you can stay in the game. It is a matter of timing more than a matter of correctness.

Next question Foxworthy? Does God control all things? If you answer yes the audience will applaud and agree although they may secretly hold it against God. If you answer no and the year is 1998 you may be on to something. Should you happen to be a professor at Huntington College, a small conservative college in Indiana you will be praised for your insight into “new breakthroughs in theology”. But alas should the Evangelical Theological Society bring you up on charges and begin the inquisition, count your days. Eventually Huntington, the school that praised you, will “let you go” and continue to “pray for you and your family” as you work through your problems.

The pressure for institutions to be orthodox comes with steep pricetags.  Sometimes it isn't so much about orthodox as it is about old school. So new ideas soar into the sky and are shot down like skeet. The shattered plate are lives that asked questions about the way things are.

Lyricist Mark Heard asks, "What kind of friend would pull a knife when it's him or you and his kids need shoes?" Answer: Administrators and high priced middle men who need to save their jobs by keeping contributions high, and controversy low. (see article below)

Return to “go” and do not collect $200.You will be branded as a trouble-maker the rest of the game. And everyone else can secretly harbor their internal angst against God for all the natural disasters (acts of God, of course), tragic accidents involving children, and every other injustice that takes place. I mean if He is in control certainly He could do something. But He doesn’t. He has His own reasons for that. He won’t tell us but we must trust He does.

Or? Do the planets revolve around the Sun? When we assume we have it all figured out do we? Prepare for the shift, the old poet, modern day prophet was right on when he said,

zino.190.650.jpgCome gather 'round people
Wherever you roam
And admit that the waters
Around you have grown
And accept it that soon
You'll be drenched to the bone.
If your time to you
Is worth savin'
Then you better start swimmin'
Or you'll sink like a stone
For the times they are a-changin'.—
Bob Dylan

Let the church as it is take note that they had better start swimmin' or sink like a stone for the times they are a changin'. And here is the "good news". God is pushing and pulling this shift.

I like what another visionary Buckminster Fuller said: "You never change things by fighting the existing reality. To change things build a new model that makes the existing model obsolete."  I am all about a new model that makes the old model obsolete. Some of the old model will remain intact, useful. Some things are timeless. Still, the time is right for just such a shift. The waters around us have grown…and that is a good thing. God is pulling us forward.

Incidentally, On 31 October 1992 , Pope John Paul II expressed regret for how the Galileo affair was handled, and officially conceded that the Earth was not stationary, as the result of a study conducted by the Pontifical Council for Culture . The Old School ways shift really, really slow. If the church doesn't pay attention culture will pass it by.

Reader Comments (2)

Hi Daryl! Didn't Ralston sing "What kind of friend"?

June 10, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterGary W

Hi Gary, Thanks for the comment.

Upon further research it appears Gary was right to ask about Cockburn...although he writes great songs...What Kind of Friend was written by Mark Heard and can be found on his 1991 CD entitled "Second Hand" re-released with Paiste Records.

Ralston Bowles does include the song on his Carwreck Conversations CD. Sadly, Mark Heard died of a heart attack suffered at the Cornerstone Festival in 1992.

Kudos to Gary.

June 11, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterDaryl

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