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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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Thursday
Aug072008

"Jesus Wants to Save Christians"

Jesus Wants to Save Christians | Rob Bell and Don Golden | Coming October 2008

There is a church not too far from us that recently added a $25 million addition to their building.

Our local newspaper ran a front-page story not too long ago about a study revealing that one in five people in our city lives in poverty.

This is a book about those two numbers.

When I read this from a site describing the preview of the book I was so excited.I think Bell and Golden are pioneers leading in a practical way in changing times. Theologian Marcus Borg says that churches need to become ‘communities of consciousness raising’ about ‘the systems we live in and how they impact the lives of people.’Mars Hill stands as such a community thanks to the courage of the leadership.

I live in the city that Rob and Don live in--I know the church they refer to and the thousands of people who support it. And Rob and Don are so right and courageous to speak up about this type of injustice. We are guilty of faulty stewardship in the church in America. It more than likely can be found from the eastern seaboard to the western shore—but it is an epidemic in West Michigan. Churches are popping up everywhere in the state whose economy ranks last in the nation. We are far too eager to invest in our selves first and perhaps let the crumbs fall from the table.

You speak of signs and wonders
I need something other
I would believe if I was able
But I'm waiting on the crumbs from your table--U2

I mean I know we need to have a place to meet in but come on. And they will be roundly criticized in this town. I hope the book is all that I imagine. Kudos to them.

Evangelical Roots

I have been sheltered

I have been censored

I have been overshadowed

And I have been protected

Dare I come out?

Crumbs From Your Table

From the brightest star
Comes the blackest hole
You had so much to offer
Why did you offer your soul?
I was there for you baby
When you needed my help
Would you deny for others
What you demand for yourself?

Cool down mama, cool off
Cool down mama, cool off

You speak of signs and wonders
I need something other
I would believe if I was able
But I'm waiting on the crumbs from your table

You were pretty as a picture
It was all there to see
Then your face caught up with your psychology
With a mouth full of teeth
You ate all your friends
And you broke every heart thinking every heart mends

You speak of signs and wonders
But I need something other
I would believe if I was able
But I'm waiting on the crumbs from your table

Where you live should not decide
Whether you live or whether you die
Three to a bed
Sister Ann, she said
Dignity passes by

And you speak of signs and wonders
But I need something other
I would believe if I was able
I'm waiting on the crumbs from your table

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