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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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Jan272009

not rhetoric but an idea worth consideration

Ok...the nest is stirred a bit from the discussion of centered versus bounded paradigm. And some people are rattled saying,'we've lost our lifeboat of belief systems what ever will happen?!' And here is my response. You will begin to think hard, begin to study scripture, begin to integrate your own beliefs into a 'belief in' or 'trust in' God. You will sign up and say it's not all settled, God is speaking anywhere and everywhere, you will not rest on a pre-packaged deal that was handed to you.

And that, to me, is 'working out your salvation (deliverance from the fall) with fear and trembling'. Be not afraid.

Now might be a good time to go to the songs, music and artwork section of this blog and scroll down to "A New Law' by Derek Webb.

And again for clarification let me say this regarding centered rather than bound:

‘we believe some things to be self evident’ is a familiar phrase that applies here. The self evident portion of this debate is that first of all–everyone believes in something…that’s fine, it normative, it’s not central to the paradigm I am proposing.

The crux lies in the next part, that is–Do I assume that you have to believe like me to be a person who is in the Way of Jesus? I believe the answer is no…in fact my own thinking has shifted over the years…so that what I once held as ‘truth’ may have shifted. Was I wrong back then? Am I wrong now? Maybe, maybe not. The point is I am on a journey and am convinced of the centrality of the Christ event as the event of the ages.

Welcome to pilgrimage. I love the Reverend Doctor Martin Luther King on this need for thinking, challenging, working out stuff.

"Rarely do we find men who willingly engage in hard, solid thinking. There is an almost universal quest for easy answers and half-baked solutions. Nothing pains some people more than having to think."--Rev. D. Martin Luther King

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"If you abide in My Word, you are my disciples indeed. And you shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free."

So many Christians are not free--they are bound to their traditions and ceremonies and church buildings and church committees and creeds. Try thinking outside of your church's theological box and see just how fast you will be ostracized and minimalized and marginialized. Abiding in His Word is not a settled, granite, immovable position. Abiding is intentional questioning, seeking, working out, chewing, re-chewing, digesting, looking, re-looking, soaking in God's Word. Show me a person settled in all his beliefs and I will show you a person who has quit thinking, challenging, grappling with truth. Knowing the truth is a lot like knowing a person, or even yourself--you never fully know--but you must always allow yourself to be surprised by others, by yourself, and yes, by the truth.

"Believe Me, the hour is coming when you will neither on this mountain, nor in Jerusalem {nor Rome, nor Grand Rapids, nor Washington, nor even in your very own church building}, worship the Father. . . But the hour is coming, and now is, when the true worshipers will worship the Father in spirit and truth; for the Father is seeking such to worship Him. God is Spirit, and those who worship Him must worship in spirit and truth."

Can God be worshiped in all these places? Of course, but the place now has NOTHING to do with it--it's the heart! God is looking for our hearts, perhaps we should too, "For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also." Abide in God's Word and you will find your heart and God will find you.

January 30, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterHoward Scolnik

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