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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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Wednesday
Sep012010

songs and sermons

To change one's thinking we must circle around and pound away. As pastors we dance around like Tinkerbell dropping gold dust of thought all around. Concepts, illustrations, stories. Sometimes the dust brings enchanting result. Sometimes it just evaporates. Sometimes both on the same day. We pound away like waves on the seashore. Soon the landscape is altered and it wasn't so sudden as it was gradual. People don't usually change as a result of one sermon or one experience or one story. It takes time, it takes patience, it takes on a life of its own.

That's why the results are so varied. It is not so much a science as it is an art. Sometimes we don't know what it is we are to create until we see it.

I would rather write songs than a book. You sit down and work on a song and it may be finished in a day. Now that's nice. The finished part. But that isn't true for all songs. Some songs are written over a long period of time. Little phrases here, weaved together and improved upon again and again. And of course the song writer never really rests. Another song is just around the corner waiting to come out. After a long time the artist in me takes over. The artist is bigger than the songs. The Artist becomes the book that others read.

For me being a pastor was like writing songs. You had to finish each piece. But the work that emerged feels more like a book. It builds and moves and takes on a life as you let it go. You don't just write songs you become an artist. Your music begins to have a certain 'feel' to it. And if people listen long enough they begin to sing along. The songs play in the background of their mind all the time, sometimes unaware. Songs become albums, then a collection, and then well, a book. Listening to a pastor over years of time is like reading a book because it happens over a long period. People are influenced by what they listen to week after week.

And what happens after that is bigger than both of us.

I suppose I have become the book. And when someone reads you, the book, they become a book, too. Different but involved. And the stories that emerge from the songs are never ending.

Sometimes the reading gets too personal and almost threatening. People put the book aside. Perhaps they will never lift it again. When things get close to home and demand that we alter our worldview we often can't make the transition. When it seems a bit threatening we find ways to protect ourselves.

One way is to quiet the singer of the song. That's what happened to Jesus. I think that is what is happening to me.

So this is a collection of songs. Sonnets if you will. A way to get my voice back should anyone want to listen anew. My hope is that they dance and move and hover in the background until you begin to sing them without really thinking about it. They are about thinking, feeling, reflecting and changing. They come one at a time and altogether as well.

I think about Jesus almost always.

 

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