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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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Friday
Jul232010

it is not about 'me'

General Robert E. Lee used to tell his young soldiers that there wasn't a bullet that could kill them lest God had sovereignly ordained it. God made a lot of bullets. God made a lot of widows and orphans. God was really busy during the Civil War don't you think? Hardly. The problem is on our end. Faulty theology isn't ivory tower philosophy for the bookish and elite. It is a dangerous thing in the hand of people with influence. Theology like electricity may be invisible but it packs a powerful punch.

I am not a fan of faulty, false theology which leads to shattered lives and places the burden on 'the hand of God'. Who could really love a God like that? A fatalist, a masochist, a dreamer filled with imagination crossing their fingers and hoping God will skip over them lest he pick them out of the line and assign a bullet to their heart? We need to rethink these sorts of things.

 'We' have become too big for God to be overly concerned with 'me'...the world has become small enough for us to realize we as individuals are not the center of existence...the center is outside of our 'self'. The center is central, the center is God and we are all just supporting actors along the way. 'He' does not exist for us...'we' exist only when we are found in Him. Outside of the center is only darkness, we will fall away as if gravity lost it's grip on our being. We will just cease to 'be'. If we do not 'live and move and have our being in Him' we will be scattered like dust to the wind. Our theology must move from 'I' centered as in 'what is God doing in my life', or 'why doesn't God answer my prayer', or 'I thank God for bringing ME through this or that sporting event. (I mean don't you just love it when the boxer thanks God for giving him the ability to beat his 'brothers brains out'.)

Here is the truth. God is not helping one guy beat up another, making bullets with names on them, or sitting back pondering whether to answer the prayer about this or that. God has spoken and we need to hear what He has said. I believe the biggest message is in the treatment of the Christ. The way he died is not incidental. It is the point of the story of what happened and how God did something unthinkable to 'set it right' again.

We need to hear the story again in a new way.

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