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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Tuesday
Apr192011

purest white magic

The Bible is the story of magic. Don't be alarmed by this radical statement. Mostly it's true. The definition of magic is: The power of apparently influencing the course of events by using mysterious or supernatural forces.

Now every magician knows that a good trick has three parts.

First there is the pledge. When you think of pledge in these matters you must think of a promise. When we exchange vows during a wedding ceremony, for example, we pledge our love to one another. We speak a promise. We form a covenant. We become One.

The second part is the turn. The turn can be seen as a twist in the plot, a surprise, something we didn't see coming and are perplexed by. The turn takes everyone watching by surprise. It amazes and confuses. We blink our eyes, shake our heads, and say it can't be.

And then, finally, act three comes. Act three is called the prestige. It is the glory of the magician. One final, astounding, breathtaking, and glorious event is unveiled. To be very prestigious is to pull off a trick that out does anything that has gone before. This is where the glory of the magician is revealed. It is an event so grand that it brings forth the bravo of all who witness its wonder. It is to put it quite bluntly--amazing.

God's prestige is found in His final solution to an insoluble dilemma. He makes good on the promise in the irony of the crucifixion. What was death to one was a new beginning for another. One Israel cast its own stone...and another moved a stone away. And all who behold this wonder stand amazed.

This is the faith we live by. This is the hope we have. God makes a promise or a pledge, the story takes an unexpected seemingly disastrous turn, and then in one fascinating instant it all is resolved in the rising, the reappearing. Following the disastrous turn the prestige is unveiled and Gods greatest act is made known. The Christ, seemingly beaten, vanquished, hopeless, all but lost, like the phoenix rises from the ash of death and flies out of the cage that held it captive.

Death is no more. Someone has slipped through the black hole. And others can follow.

And the glory is God's. He has done something we can't explain. The thing is, for those who believe, this is not simply an apparition. This isn't something that has the appearance of influencing events. This is the moment someone broke through the black hole which constrains us all. This is when death is defeated. And death really is the enemy. We all know it but sometimes try to softens its finality with many varied hypothesis. Most with no grounding. We are whistling in the dark. Death looms.

But in the story of God death is temporal, an event for temporary creatures. What once was final is now finished for all time in this prestige. This is when the Luke Skywalker of the ages steers into the nexus. It is something that could never have been done by anyone but Him. The chosen One. He has performed what we could never perform. God is the greatest magician. And He is no wizard of Oz. This is, if you have faith, the real deal, the truth we preach, the hope we have at every funeral parlor and graveyard that exists. If not for the promise, the turn, and the prestige, we are of all creatures to be most pitied. To deny the resurrection is to lose Christian faith. To miss the moment that reaches a climax in the prestige is to miss the meaning of the Grand Story entirely. And the enduring thread which holds these things together begins with the promise spoken when God united Himself to his beloved Israel. As in us... so in God. Love and a promise kept sets us free. Love is like a promise kept under the most dire circumstances. Love makes little sense to us but we still beliebe in it. We still long for it. We reach for love. And love can be found. Love wins...but first it must die along the way.

You see, there is no glory without the fall. No way back other than through the heartbreak of betrayal. When we get that, and only then, we will find ourselves on our way home. To know love is to know faithfulness. Without this we are just using one another.

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