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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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There is no resurrection without a descent, no vindication without a fall, no triumph without defeat. There will be no breaking dawn without the experience of the dark night of the soul in the valley of the shadow of death. Often this searching is accompanied by the risk of shame as one gropes in the night. It will be a lonely road. Those who have been here know that it is always darkest just before the dawn.

Never give up Rose. Dark night, frigid waters. Sing, Rose, sing. And never give up.

Trust that the sun comes up after the deepest pitch of night just before your last gasp of breath. In the final feigning moment of consciousness the dawn breaks. And when the rising comes you see so much more; you see what you had never noticed before. Perhaps its your perspective that changes. But we are not the same after the dark night of the soul. Those who have passed this way know that it is only after deep trouble that the new day tastes so sweet. Behold 'I make all things new' becomes reality only after the descent into the deep. The drift into the abyss. We see things differently. We have in these moments aged towards maturity.

And when you pass through you must never forget. Never forget the crucible from which you've come. Always remember what the darkness was like because it will help you appreciate the light and understand other pilgrims overshadowed in despair. You will be able to guide them through their night.

Trust that you will find the rest on the other side of silence. But first the night will fall on you. The night will overshadow you. It is always Friday before Sunday. Always exile before restoration. Always tragedy before triumph. The cross before the open sepulchre.

Weeping may last through the night, but joy comes with the morning. (Psalm 30:5).

Hold on Rose. Don't give up.

Joy comes in the mourning because there is no resurrection without the descent, no vindication without a fall, no triumph without defeat.



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