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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Wednesday
Apr292009

what is metanarrative?

Metanarrative : “Any founding or overarching story that gives rationale and legitimation for a particular worldview, perspective, or value system....

Metanarrative is very important concept to grasp in order to understanding scripture. We need to ask what was the overarching story of the Jewish nation in the Old Testament. Whether we like it or not we must understand that the story of the Jews is their metanarrative. We need to ask 'what was the story of the Jews that Jesus engaged when He entered the scene?' We must learn the perspectives of 'the Herodians', or 'the Pharisees', or 'the Caesars' during the life of the Christ. What did they believe to be the truth that legitimized their actions and behaviors? Why did they feel they were 'in the right' when they confronted Jesus. When we learn the 'why' of their behaviors we can begin to understand the reason Jesus spoke to them the way He did.

Summarily the Jews were about visitation and vindication. God was coming to 'set the world to rights' as he had during the Exodus event. Any Pharaoh would fall. Deliverence was the hope. They were to return to the glory days of King David and even more. Some (the Herodians and the bulk of the Sadducees) would accommodate to the super power and 'wait it out'. Others would be more withdrawn and 'nationalistic'. Such were the Pharisees, Essenes (to a greater degree towards separatism and isolation) and Zealots (to a greater degree revolutionary). The first two were what we might consider in our day believers in the sovereignty of God. He, Himself, would come in due time. The later was inclined to help Yahweh get the job done. They were impatient and eager for the day. We might think of them as similar to the 'liberation theology' of more recent times.

Rome was about colonization and conquer. They were intent on becoming the greatest kingdom of all time. They were destined to rule as empire. Others could accommodate or die. Rome was about power.

Audience and context changes everything. To read scripture without them is to a degree an act of futility and an exercise in frustration.

We will always land at the wrong conclusions.

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