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    • But how?
    • Four Challenges 1. Historical 2. Doctrinal 3. Liturgical
    • Four Challenges 1. Historical 2. Doctrinal 3. Liturgical 4. Missional
    • Must mission mean competition?
    • Competing nations ... Competing gods
    • Competing nations ... Competing gods
    • Gods of domination, conquest, and empire ....2 Gods of resistance, differentiation, and freedom ....
    • Gods of the oppressors2 Gods of the oppressed
    • VIOLENT GODS2 WHO DEMAND HUMAN (CHILD) SACRIFICE
    • words from vincentdonovan
    • “‘…do not try to call them back to wherethey were, and do not try to call them towhere you are, as beautiful as that placemight seem to you. You must have thecourage to go with them to a place thatneither you nor they have ever beenbefore.’ Good missionary advice, and abeautiful description of the unpredictableprocess of evangelization, a processleading to that new place where none of ushas ever been before.” - Vincent Donovan
    • The option of Traditional ConversionThe option of C-5 IdentityThe option of Multi-Religious IdentityThe option of hospitable neighborThe option of persecution
    • Embodiment of Christ
    • the mission of vocation:sending people out to do their daily work with uncommon love ...
    • the mission of example ...modeling another economy, another way of life
    • Witness ... Withness -Mission of Presence “Transgressive” friendship
    • The mission of presence
    • After Indira Gandhi was shot [by a Sikh extremist], two or threethousand people were killed in twenty-four hours in the riots thatfollowed. Mobs rampaged through streets looking for Sikhs to murder.Dave convinced Tony, a friend , that it was their job to go out and savethese Sikhs. Finding a besieged house, they put themselves betweenan armed mob and a Sikh family and saved them from certain death.He is ordinary, yet believes ordinary people should take extraordinaryrisks to confront the cruelty in our world." Drug addicts in India Mentally handicapped in Brisbane Solar energy cooperative Interfaith networks
    • the mission of the new evangelism:Proclaiming Jesus’ good news of the kingdom, reign, commonwealth, or dream of God Calling people to rethink everything and learn/follow a new path
    • Ivan Illich (Austrian former priest, philosopher, social critic, 1926-2002)
    • Neither revolution nor reformationcan ultimately change a society,rather you must tell a new powerfultale, one so persuasive that it sweepsaway the old myths and becomes thepreferred story …
    • … one so inclusive that it gathers all thebits of our past and our present into acoherent whole, one that even shinessome light into the future so that we cantake the next step…. If you want tochange a society, then you have to tell analternative story. - attributed to Ivan Illich (Austrian former priest, philosopher, social critic, 1926-2002)
    • TheWorldRuns onStories.
    • SOME AREDANGEROUS.
    • Some haveTHE POWERTO HEALANDTRANSFORM
    • Prosperity Equity Security Societal SystemThink of our SocietalSystem.
    • It runs on a story … a framing story. Prosperity Equity Security Societal MachineFRAMING STORY
    • In Jesus’ day, six stories were at work.1. Domination story = Caesar, Pilate (with Sadducees and Herodians)2. Revolution story = Zealots3. Purification story = Scribes and Pharisees
    • 4. Victimization story = Galilean farmers, Samaritans, “sinners”5. Isolation story = Essenes6. Consumption story = rich landowners, stewards, “Gentiles” Are they at work today?
    • Domination: Us over themRevolution: Us versus themPurification: Us versus some of usVictimization: Us in spite of themIsolation: Us away from themAccumulation: Us competing with them.
    • DOMINATION PURIFICATION ACCUMULATIONVICTIMIZATION REVOLUTION ISOLATION
    • DOMINATION PURIFICATION CONFLICT! ACCUMULATIONVICTIMIZATION REVOLUTION ISOLATION
    • Jesus came with a very different story: the good news of the kingdom of God. (“News” is a true story … and good news is a story of peace and joy.) It invited people to join anew the story of creation … or to join the story of New Creation.
    • The good news/story of creation called people to see God as the Protagonist or Hero of the story. It called them to become productive characters - not villains, and not victims either.
    • good news regenerative community of creationreconcile with God, neighbor, and enemy. repent defect join peacemakers
    • Domination: Us over themRevolution: Us versus themPurification: Us versus some of usVictimization: Us in spite of themIsolation: Us away from themAccumulation: Us competing with them. Creation/New Creation/ Reconciliation: Some of us for all of us.
    • NEW CREATION/ RECONCILIATION DOMINATION PURIFICATION HOSTILITY ACCUMULATIONVICTIMIZATION REVOLUTION ISOLATION
    • NEW CREATION/ RECONCILIATION DOMINATION PURIFICATION ACCUMULATIONVICTIMIZATION REVOLUTION ISOLATION
    • After John was put in prison, Jesus went into Galilee, proclaiming the good news of God. The time has come, hesaid. The kingdom of God has come near. Repent and believe the good news! Mark 1:15
    • Violent gods of domination, conquest, and empire .... framingstories of hostility Violent gods of resistance, differentiation, and freedom ....
    • violent gods of the oppressors violent gods of the oppressed 3rd optiona nonviolent God of reconciliationa framing story of peace
    • 3rd The uniqueness of Christ: He revealsoption a nonviolent God of reconciliation, liberation, transformation, new creation ... Not a new religion: a new possibility for a new future for every religion.
    • 3rdoption A call to rethink everything (repent) ... for every religion, beginning with Christianity.
    • luke 10:29-37everyone is crossing roads
    • it all begins with crossing the road to get to the other ...
    • Four Challenges 1. Historical 2. Doctrinal 3. Liturgical 4. Missional
    • Four Challenges 1. Historical 2. Doctrinal 3. Liturgical 4. Missional 5. Spiritual
    • Four Stages of FaithDevelopment
    • William Blake - innocence, experience, higher experience Soren Kierkegaard - aesthetic, ethical, religious William Perry - dualism (a,b), multiplicity (a,b), relativism (a,b), commitment (a,b,c)James Fowler - primal, mythical-literal, synthetic-conventional, individual-reflective, conjunctive, universalizing Ken Blanchard - enthusiastic beginner, disillusioned learner, capable but cautious performer, self-reliant achiever Paul Ricouer - precritical/first naivete, critical, postcritical/ second naivete Graves/Beck/Wilber - archaic-instinctive, animist/tribal, ego-centric-exploitive, absolutist -obedience authoritarian, scientific strategic, relativistic-personalistic - communitarian; systemic- integral, holistic,
    • Stage 1Simplicity
    • Stage 1 SimplicityYou’re either for us or against us.It’s all or nothing.
    • Stage 1 SimplicityFocus: Right or wrong? Good orbad?Motive: Pleasing authorityfigures, being an insider “us”Perception: Dualistic
    • Stage 1 Beliefs-everything is known or knowable;there are easy answers to everyquestion-good authorities/us are the oneswho know the right answers-the bad guys/them are wrong
    • Stage 1 AuthoritiesGodlike, God’s representatives,they know and give answers
    • Stage 1 SimplicityLife is a war.
    • Stage 1Identity: In my leader or group.Relationships: Dependent or co- dependent
    • Stage 1 Simplicity God is …The Ultimate Authority Figure or Ultimate Friend
    • Stage 1 SimplicitySTRENGTHS: highly committed,willing to sacrifice and suffer.WEAKNESSES: Also willing tokill or inflict suffering. Arrogant,simplistic, combative,judgmental, intolerant
    • Stage 1 SimplicityConnection through awakening
    • Stage 2Complexity
    • Stage 2 ComplexityThere’s more than one way to dothings.
    • Stage 2 ComplexityFocus: Effective or ineffective?Technique, winning, successMotive: Reach goals, beingeffectivePerception: Pragmatic
    • Stage 2 Beliefs: -anything is doable-there are many ways to reach the goal-authorities/us are the ones who know how to do it-the bad guys don’t do the right stuff
    • Stage 2 AuthoritiesCoaches. They help you growand succeed with know-how.
    • Stage 2 ComplexityLife is a game.Learn the rules. Play to win.
    • Stage 2 ComplexityIdentity: My cause orachievement.Relationships: Increasinglyindependent.
    • Stage 2 Complexity God is …The Ultimate Guide or Coach
    • Stage 2 ComplexitySTRENGTHS: Enthusiasm,idealism, actionWEAKNESSES: Superficial,naïve, overly pragmatic
    • Stage 2 ComplexityConnection through need
    • Stage 3Perplexity
    • Stage 3 PerplexityEveryone has an opinion. Whoknows who is right?
    • Stage 3 PerplexityFocus: Honest or dishonest?Authentic or inauthentic?Motive: Being honest orauthenticPerception: Relativistic, critical
    • Stage 3 Beliefs -little/nothing is known or knowable; everybody has an opinion-good people are honest about their questions
    • Stage 3 Authorities are ... Controllers The EnemyTrying to impose easy answers on the naïve Trying to use the naive
    • Stage 3PerplexityLife is … a joke mystery or search
    • Stage 3Identity: In solitude, or among asmall band of similarly alienatedfriends Relationships: Counter- dependent
    • Stage 3 PerplexityGod is … mythic authority I’ve outgrown mysterious reality I’m seekingor opiate of the pathetic masses
    • Stage 3 PerplexitySTRENGTHS: depth, honesty,sensitivity to suffering, perhapsironic humorWEAKNESSES: cynical,uncommitted, withdrawn,critical, depressed, elitist
    • Stage 3 PerplexityConnection through unknowing
    • Stage 4Humility/Harmony
    • Stage 4 Humility/HarmonySeek first God’s kingdom … loveGod, love neighbors … inessentials unity … focus on afew grand essentials
    • Stage 4 Humility/HarmonyFocus: Wise or unwise? FulfillingpotentialMotive: Serve, contribute, makea differencePerception: Integrated,synthesizing, sympathetic
    • Stage 4 Beliefs-some things are known, many are mysteries; life is a quest -there is no “them”
    • Stage 4 Authorities people like me imperfect sometimes doing their best, sometimes dishonest,sometimes sincerely misguided
    • Stage 4 Life is ...What you make it (with God’s help)
    • Stage 4Identity: In mutual relationshipsRelationships: Interdependent
    • Stage 4 God is ...Knowable in part, yet mysterious,present yet transcendent, justyet merciful(able to hold truths in tension --“paradoxy”)
    • Stage 4 Humility/HarmonySTRENGTHS: May exhibitstrengths of previous stages,plus stability, endurance, wisdomWEAKNESSES: May displayweaknesses of earlier stages
    • Stage 4Humility/Harmonyconnection through affection
    • William Blake - innocence, experience, higher experience Soren Kierkegaard - aesthetic, ethical, religious William Perry - dualism (a,b), multiplicity (a,b), relativism (a,b), commitment (a,b,c)James Fowler - primal, mythical-literal, synthetic-conventional, individual-reflective, conjunctive, universalizing Ken Blanchard - enthusiastic beginner, disillusioned learner, capable but cautious performer, self-reliant achiever Paul Ricouer - precritical/first naivete, critical, postcritical/ second naivete Graves/Beck/Wilber - archaic-instinctive, animist/tribal, ego-centric-exploitive, absolutist -obedience authoritarian, scientific strategic, relativistic-personalistic - communitarian; systemic- integral, holistic,
    • What happens after Stage 4? Harmony becomes the new simplicity ...
    • What happens after Stage 4?Harmony becomes the newsimplicity ...which encounters newcomplexity ...which enters new perplexity ...which discovers new harmony ...
    • What happens after Stage 4? Eventually ... one becomes lessaware of stages and struggle and more away of learning and life.
    • Observations:Christian Identity in a Multi-Faith World looks different at Stage 1 Stage 2 Stage 3 Stage 4
    • An observation:Whole denominations or parachurchorganizations seem to specialize in certain stages, and fail people in other stages.
    • An observation: Leaders seldom (never?) leadpeople in a stage beyond their own. 1’s lead 1’s. 2’s lead 2’s and 1’s. 3’s lead 3’s and 2’s. 4’s lead 4’s and 3’s (plus?)
    • A question:How do we minister to people withsuch contrary expectations, needs, issues, and desires? A direction:Explore Jesus as teacher … not justin content, but also in method.
    • An observation:Jesus models working with people in each stage, and always brings them farther on the journey.
    • An important reminderThe goal isn’t to rush through the stages to get to 4 as soon as possible.Each stage has lessons to teach, and prepares for the next. You don’t move on until you’re ready ... in the fullness of time.
    • We need churches and ministriesthat help people at all levels ...
    • disciple Dis*ci"ple, n. [OE. disciple, deciple,OF. disciple, fr. L. discipulus, fr. discere tolearn (akin to docere to teach; see Docile) +prob. a root meaning to turn or drive, as in L.pellere to drive (see Pulse).] One whoreceives instruction from another; a scholar;a learner; especially, a follower who haslearned to believe in the truth of the doctrineof his teacher; an adherent in doctrine; as,the disciples of Plato; the disciples of ourSavior
    • Why is so muchreligion focused onSimplicity/Dualism?
    • Stage 0 EgocentricityIt’s all about me.
    • Stage 0 EgocentricityFocus: Like or dislike? Fun or not?Motive: Pleasing & comfortingmyselfPerception: Narcissistic
    • Stage 0 Beliefs-I would be constantly happy ifeveryone would cooperate-authorities exist to make me feelgood-bad people make me feel bad
    • Stage 0 AuthoritiesExist for my benefit, serve myentitlement, are genii-like.
    • Stage 0 EgocentricityLife is play or party.
    • Stage 0Identity: In my likes and dislikes. Relationships: Presumptive
    • Stage 0 Egocentricity God is …The Candyman, the Genii, the Magic Lamp
    • Stage 0 EgocentricitySTRENGTHS: emotionallyexpressive, transparent, aware ofown needs and desires.WEAKNESSES: Largely obliviousto the needs and desires of others
    • Stage 0 EgocentricityConnection through need.
    • From selfish to true self0. Egocentricity - One (me!)1. Simplicity - Two (us/them)2. Complexity - Three or more3. Perplexity - Fractions4. Harmony - One (all)
    • Stage 1Simplicity
    • Stage 2Complexity
    • Space 3Perplexity/Surviving
    • Space 4Harmony/Deepening
    • slides availablewww.brianmclaren.net