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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
Dec212012

a letter to my friend

John,

I like what you said about Jesus absorbing evil and darkness in his body. It makes sense of the cross. The cross then, is not so much a punishment for sin... as much as a way of escape, a 'door of hope', a door bought in blood reminiscent of the 'Exodus event'.

To believe this story is to 'believe by faith' a second, hidden narrative. This other way is the mystery of God revealed. It is 'good news' particularly to those who know they are in crisis (i.e.the poor, the beggars, the children, the vulnerable). It is continuously held in tension by believers ( I pray you won't be martyred) who are surrounded by voices of the violent, dominant narrative, coercing them to abandon faith and acquiesce to evil.

Evil is palpable in dark times. I heard it on April 4. That's why we grieve Martin. He stood against the dominant narrative and died in this prophetic imagination which had seen 'the other side of the mountain'. We felt it when the news of Sandy Hook came into our homes. Unbridled violence is found in the blood of Able. It always shouts. When we feel the repugnance of evil, we know God better.


Unfortunately... 

We are, for the most part, double-minded.There is hidden deep within
most of us, I suspect, a profound tension between these narratives
knowing better than to trust the dominant narrative but having a huge stake in
its being true, wanting the gospel narrative to be true but reluctant to speak
another language about the world other than the one in which we are palpably
invested. It is the hard work of prophetic preaching, I propose, to make that
tension explicit, available, and visible in order to permit informed, knowing
choices. The reason it is such hard work is that the people with whom we do
ministry, in their anxiety, have a huge stake in denial and keeping the tension
hidden. And we ourselves share in that hope of keeping the tension hidden,
because when it is acknowledged, we are held accountable for the work that
is to be done and the decisions that are to be made. Prophetic preaching does
not put people in crisis. Rather it names and makes palpable the crisis already
pulsing among us.


THE DOMINANT NARRATIVE: i.e.: the present evil age where another type of rule reigns; it is rule under the prince of the world. The death of the Egyptians under Pharaoh is the 'result of living by this power narrative'...it is the result of obedience to that system. In reality death and violence (i.e. living by the sword) is the inevitable result of this fallen world. In the most viable way...the wages of this system is death. That is to say, the last curse for Egypt was the death of their children and this event was a precursor or shadow (as you might say) of that which was to be understood as true when the Christ came as the exact representation of God. The final enemy is death. It always has been. When we weep for the children of Sandy Hook, we weep for the childen of Egypt, and we weep for Rachel's children slain in Bethlehem. We weep when the powerful wield the sword. Which is such an irony. Ironic because we grant them the sword, or the assault rifle. Same story, different time.   


The way out of Egypt is to believe in the...

THE GOSPEL NARRATIVE: i.e: the world of Jesus,
who is 'not of this world' but is rather another type of prince like unto the 'prince of Egypt' of the early Jewish narrative of exodus and freedom. The ONLY WAY this narrative could be true unto itself is that it lie down and die...so that it might rise up and live. The gospel is about escape from the 'present evil age' where power rules. The death of the Egyptians under Pharaoh is the 'result of living by this power narrative'...it is the result of obedience to that system. In reality death and violence (i.e. living by the sword) is the inevitable result of this fallen world. In the most viable way...the wages of this system is death. 


May you have the courage, resolve, and imagination to preach the gospel narrative despite the dissent of the dominant contingent. May Haman hang on the gallows he devises. Let it be. But to those whom you touch who believe this story...to them is given...the keys to the kingdom. Long live Camelot.


Your friend,

Daryl

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