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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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Saturday
Aug092008

Phyllis Tickle

Some things are universal; it doesn’t really matter which culture you come from, where you live geographically, or what time period you come from. They are universal themes. Now that the world is beginning to understand this the stage is set for a new way of believing. A new epistemology can emerge. We long for what is right but sometimes do that which is wrong. We have fathers who bear sons, mothers that nurture children, and a longing to outlive our life whether that means by creating life within family or presenting new truth to the world. We want to be loved—deeply and that usually comes from another who compliments us. We want to give ourselves to something if we haven’t given our selves to our self. When we “do wrong” or things don’t work out that is a disappointment. It may nag us for a long time. We may never come to terms with “it”. These are universal sorts of things whether you are white, black, brown, or yellow. We at one time thought others were not like us or at least did our best to vilify those outside of our metanarrative. As the world becomes more accessible to every individual via tools tied to the internet we are realizing that those myths are probably not so. We are in universal terms more alike than different. The difference is—now we know it and knowing that makes it more difficult to act as though we didn’t know. We can no longer say that we “didn’t know” about the starving masses in the world. We can no longer ignore the reality that people all over the world bleed red just like us. We can no longer behave as though the pagans, or savages, or barbaric or any other derogatory term people use to magnify their own metanarrative are essentially very much like us.

The Olympics tell a story. At one time, from the American perspective the Olympics were an arena to show other people groups we are better. We have Jesse Owens to root for to put Hitler in his place. We had Joe Louis to put Max Schmeling in his place. And reporting on the Olympics mostly cheered for the Americans.

But not so much today.

Now the coverage has to do with human stories and we can feel for example with the Japanese gymnast that falls, the Jamaican track star that jumps the starter pistol, the Kenyan distance runner who overcame all odds just to get here. And they all can hook us. And we can cry or exalt with them. They hook us because they are stories that cross boundaries of geography, culture and time. The “enemy” is getting closer and they look a lot like us. We are becoming the human race. I say it this way—we are discovering that we all bleed red.

These things are universal because they come from God. At one time God was caught in a metanarrative just like us. He was the God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob. He was the god of the Jews. But in these later times He has become the God of the world. It didn’t happen overnight but after an array of complex conversations filled with the range of emotions we feel. God is like us and more to the point we are like him. That is what it means to be in His “image”. We are like Him. And this book is about that.

We are going to see how God became a complex father, a drawn out lover, an angry partner, and a resolved being through working out his dilemma. Along the way He will face crisis, demons, and finally death. And He will overcome.

If we were to look at God through His revelation of Himself found in the Bible, without too much previous information, we could trace His story with the human race. He would emerge as friend, father, lover, learner, and revealer. If we would let God become who He is, we would find out who we are and where we are going in the “age to come” another term for God’s place or dimension. He would be unveiled to the human, not Roman, or Persian, or Germanic, or American or even Jewish race, but to the human race.

The divided stories cannot contain the King of the world even though they speak of Him all the time. They, these various metanarratives, are inferior and for the first time in history we actually are beginning to believe that. So the possibilities are opening for the first time for a bigger God to emerge in our time just as He has in the Biblical narrative.

I can’t wait to see where we are going. Because God is already there—but we are not—yet.

I believe He is pulling us there, not so much a place but a Way. I feel that we are rethinking and re-imagining so much these days. These are not just ideas, as if there is really any thing “just ideas”. No, I see these emerging thoughts as coming in and from God—He reveals the future to us.

If we can see.

“Every 500 years,” Tickle said, “the empowered structures of institutionalized Christianity, whatever they may be, become an intolerable carapace that must be shattered so that renewal and growth may occur. Now is such a time.”

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