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    • 1. where faith meets our world
    • 2. A story about a youth camp
    • 3. Conventional View Emerging View The Human God created the world as perfect, God created the world as good, but Situation: What but because our primal human beings – as individuals, and as is the story that ancestors, Adam and Eve, did groups – have rebelled against God and we find not maintain the absolute filled the world with evil and injustice ourselves in? perfection demanded by God, like a terrible disease. God wants to save God has irrevocably determined humanity and heal it from its sickness, that the entire universe and all it but humanity is hopelessly lost and contains will be destroyed, and confused, like sheep without a shepherd, the souls of all human beings – wandering farther and farther into except for those specifically lostness and danger. Left to themselves, exempted – will be forever human beings will spiral downward in punished for their imperfection sickness and evil. in hell.1 Basic Since everyone is doomed to Since the human race is in such desperate Questions: What hell, Jesus seeks to answer these trouble, Jesus seeks to answer this questions did questions: how can individuals question: what must be done about the Jesus come to be saved from eternal mess we’re in? The mess refers both to answer? punishment in hell and instead the general human condition and its go to heaven after they die? How specific outworking among his can God help individuals be contemporaries: living under domination happy and successful until then? by the Roman empire, and divided into various competing sects. Jesus’ message: Jesus says, in essence, “If you Jesus says, in essence, “Other people and How did Jesus want to be among those groups – including your own religious respond to the specifically qualified to escape leaders - are leading you farther and crisis? being forever punished for your farther astray. I have been sent by God sins in hell, you must repent of with this good news – that God loves your individual sins and believe humanity, even in its lostness and sin. that my Father punished me on God graciously invites everyone and the cross so He won’t have to anyone to question and reject what they punish you in hell. Only if you have been told and instead follow a new believe this will you go to path. Trust me and become my disciple, heaven when everyone else is and you will be transformed, and you will banished to hell.”2 This is the participate in the transformation of the good news. world, which is possible, beginning right now.”3 This is the good news. 1 Of course, there are many modern western non-religious ontologies and framing stories too, plus Eastern ontologies and framing stories – both religious and irreligious. 2 This reflects a Calvinistic Evangelical protestant version of the message. The popular Roman Catholic version might say, “You must believe in the teachings of the church and follow its instructions, especially those regarding sacraments.” The popular mainline or liberal Protestant
    • 4. 2 questions: Conventional View Emerging View From Everything Must Change: Jesus, Global Crises, and a The Human Situation: What God created the world as perfect, but because our primal is the story that we find ancestors, Adam and Eve, did not maintain the absolute God created the world as good, but human beings – as individuals, and as groups – have rebelled against God and filled the world with evil and injustice ourselves in? Revolution of Hope perfection demanded by God, God has irrevocably determined that the entire universe and all it contains will be destroyed, and like a terrible disease. God wants to save humanity and heal it from its sickness, but humanity is hopelessly lost and confused, like sheep without a shepherd, the souls of all human beings – wandering farther and farther into except for those specifically lostness and danger. Left to themselves, exempted – will be forever human beings will spiral downward in punished for their imperfection sickness and evil. in hell.1 What are the top global Basic Since everyone is doomed to Since the human race is in such desperate Questions: What hell, Jesus seeks to answer these trouble, Jesus seeks to answer this questions did questions: how can individuals question: what must be done about the Jesus come to be saved from eternal mess we’re in? The mess refers both to answer? punishment in hell and instead the general human condition and its go to heaven after they die? How specific outworking among his can God help individuals be contemporaries: living under domination problems? happy and successful until then? by the Roman empire, and divided into various competing sects. Jesus’ message: Jesus says, in essence, “If you Jesus says, in essence, “Other people and How did Jesus want to be among those groups – including your own religious respond to the specifically qualified to escape leaders - are leading you farther and crisis? being forever punished for your farther astray. I have been sent by God sins in hell, you must repent of with this good news – that God loves your individual sins and believe humanity, even in its lostness and sin. that my Father punished me on God graciously invites everyone and the cross so He won’t have to anyone to question and reject what they punish you in hell. Only if you have been told and instead follow a new believe this will you go to path. Trust me and become my disciple, What does the message of Jesus heaven when everyone else is and you will be transformed, and you will banished to hell.”2 This is the participate in the transformation of the good news. world, which is possible, beginning right now.”3 This is the good news. 1 Of course, there are many modern western non-religious ontologies and framing stories too, plus Eastern ontologies and framing stories – both religious and irreligious. say to those problems? 2 This reflects a Calvinistic Evangelical protestant version of the message. The popular Roman Catholic version might say, “You must believe in the teachings of the church and follow its instructions, especially those regarding sacraments.” The popular mainline or liberal Protestant
    • 5. Top Global Problems: High Noon (20) The Human Situation: What we find Conventional View God created the world as perfect, but because our primal is the story that ancestors, Adam and Eve, did not maintain the absolute Emerging View God created the world as good, but human beings – as individuals, and as groups – have rebelled against God and filled the world with evil and injustice ourselves in? perfection demanded by God, like a terrible disease. God wants to save God has irrevocably determined humanity and heal it from its sickness, that the entire universe and all it but humanity is hopelessly lost and United Nations University (15) contains will be destroyed, and confused, like sheep without a shepherd, the souls of all human beings – wandering farther and farther into except for those specifically lostness and danger. Left to themselves, exempted – will be forever human beings will spiral downward in punished for their imperfection sickness and evil. in hell.1 Basic Since everyone is doomed to Since the human race is in such desperate Questions: What hell, Jesus seeks to answer these trouble, Jesus seeks to answer this questions did questions: how can individuals question: what must be done about the Jesus come to be saved from eternal mess we’re in? The mess refers both to answer? punishment in hell and instead the general human condition and its Copenhagen Consensus (10) go to heaven after they die? How specific outworking among his can God help individuals be contemporaries: living under domination happy and successful until then? by the Roman empire, and divided into various competing sects. Jesus’ message: Jesus says, in essence, “If you Jesus says, in essence, “Other people and How did Jesus want to be among those groups – including your own religious respond to the specifically qualified to escape leaders - are leading you farther and crisis? being forever punished for your farther astray. I have been sent by God sins in hell, you must repent of with this good news – that God loves your individual sins and believe humanity, even in its lostness and sin. Millennium Development Goals (8) that my Father punished me on God graciously invites everyone and the cross so He won’t have to anyone to question and reject what they punish you in hell. Only if you have been told and instead follow a new believe this will you go to path. Trust me and become my disciple, heaven when everyone else is and you will be transformed, and you will banished to hell.”2 This is the participate in the transformation of the good news. world, which is possible, beginning right now.”3 This is the good news. 1 Of course, there are many modern western non-religious ontologies and framing stories too, PEACE plan (5) plus Eastern ontologies and framing stories – both religious and irreligious. 2 This reflects a Calvinistic Evangelical protestant version of the message. The popular Roman Catholic version might say, “You must believe in the teachings of the church and follow its instructions, especially those regarding sacraments.” The popular mainline or liberal Protestant
    • 6. United Nations University: The State of the Future Top Fifteen Challenges: How can … 1. … sustainable development be achieved for all? 2. … everyone have sufficient clean water without Conventional View Emerging View The Human God created the world as perfect, God created the world as good, but Situation: What but because our primal human beings – as individuals, and as is the story that ancestors, Adam and Eve, did groups – have rebelled against God and conflict? we find not maintain the absolute filled the world with evil and injustice ourselves in? perfection demanded by God, like a terrible disease. God wants to save God has irrevocably determined humanity and heal it from its sickness, that the entire universe and all it but humanity is hopelessly lost and contains will be destroyed, and confused, like sheep without a shepherd, 3. … population growth and resources be brought into the souls of all human beings – wandering farther and farther into except for those specifically lostness and danger. Left to themselves, exempted – will be forever human beings will spiral downward in punished for their imperfection sickness and evil. in hell.1 balance? Basic Since everyone is doomed to Since the human race is in such desperate Questions: What hell, Jesus seeks to answer these trouble, Jesus seeks to answer this questions did questions: how can individuals question: what must be done about the Jesus come to be saved from eternal mess we’re in? The mess refers both to answer? punishment in hell and instead the general human condition and its 4. … genuine democracy emerge from authoritarian go to heaven after they die? How specific outworking among his can God help individuals be contemporaries: living under domination happy and successful until then? by the Roman empire, and divided into various competing sects. Jesus’ message: Jesus says, in essence, “If you Jesus says, in essence, “Other people and regimes? How did Jesus respond to the crisis? want to be among those specifically qualified to escape being forever punished for your sins in hell, you must repent of your individual sins and believe groups – including your own religious leaders - are leading you farther and farther astray. I have been sent by God with this good news – that God loves humanity, even in its lostness and sin. 5. … policymaking be made more sensitive to global long- that my Father punished me on the cross so He won’t have to punish you in hell. Only if you believe this will you go to heaven when everyone else is God graciously invites everyone and anyone to question and reject what they have been told and instead follow a new path. Trust me and become my disciple, and you will be transformed, and you will term perspectives? banished to hell.”2 This is the good news. participate in the transformation of the world, which is possible, beginning right now.”3 This is the good news. 6. … the global convergence of information and 1 Of course, there are many modern western non-religious ontologies and framing stories too, plus Eastern ontologies and framing stories – both religious and irreligious. 2 This reflects a Calvinistic Evangelical protestant version of the message. The popular Roman Catholic version might say, “You must believe in the teachings of the church and follow its instructions, especially those regarding sacraments.” The popular mainline or liberal Protestant communications technologies work for everyone? 7. … ethical market economies be encouraged to help reduce the gap between rich and poor?
    • 7. 8. … the threat of new and reemerging diseases and immune micro-organisms be reduced? 9. … the capacity to decide be improved as the nature of work and institutions change? Conventional View Emerging View 10. … shared values and new security strategies reduce ethnic The Human God created the world as perfect, God created the world as good, but Situation: What but because our primal human beings – as individuals, and as is the story that ancestors, Adam and Eve, did groups – have rebelled against God and we find not maintain the absolute filled the world with evil and injustice ourselves in? perfection demanded by God, like a terrible disease. God wants to save conflicts, terrorism, and the use of weapons of mass God has irrevocably determined that the entire universe and all it contains will be destroyed, and the souls of all human beings – humanity and heal it from its sickness, but humanity is hopelessly lost and confused, like sheep without a shepherd, wandering farther and farther into except for those specifically lostness and danger. Left to themselves, destruction? Basic exempted – will be forever punished for their imperfection in hell.1 Since everyone is doomed to human beings will spiral downward in sickness and evil. Since the human race is in such desperate 11. … the changing status of women help improve the human Questions: What hell, Jesus seeks to answer these trouble, Jesus seeks to answer this questions did questions: how can individuals question: what must be done about the Jesus come to be saved from eternal mess we’re in? The mess refers both to answer? punishment in hell and instead the general human condition and its go to heaven after they die? How specific outworking among his condition? Jesus’ message: can God help individuals be happy and successful until then? Jesus says, in essence, “If you contemporaries: living under domination by the Roman empire, and divided into various competing sects. Jesus says, in essence, “Other people and How did Jesus want to be among those groups – including your own religious 12. … transnational organized crime networks be stopped from respond to the crisis? specifically qualified to escape being forever punished for your sins in hell, you must repent of your individual sins and believe leaders - are leading you farther and farther astray. I have been sent by God with this good news – that God loves humanity, even in its lostness and sin. becoming more powerful and sophisticated global enterprises? that my Father punished me on God graciously invites everyone and the cross so He won’t have to anyone to question and reject what they punish you in hell. Only if you have been told and instead follow a new believe this will you go to path. Trust me and become my disciple, heaven when everyone else is and you will be transformed, and you will 13. … growing energy demands be met safely and efficiently? banished to hell.”2 This is the good news. participate in the transformation of the world, which is possible, beginning right now.”3 This is the good news. 14. … scientific and technological breakthroughs be 1 Of course, there are many modern western non-religious ontologies and framing stories too, plus Eastern ontologies and framing stories – both religious and irreligious. 2 This reflects a Calvinistic Evangelical protestant version of the message. The popular Roman Catholic version might say, “You must believe in the teachings of the church and follow its instructions, especially those regarding sacraments.” The popular mainline or liberal Protestant accelerated to improve the human condition? 15. … ethical considerations become more routinely incorporated into global decisions?
    • 8. 8 Millennium Development Goals: 1. Eradicate extreme poverty and hunger. 2. Achieve universal primary education. The Human Conventional View God created the world as perfect, Emerging View God created the world as good, but 3. Promote gender equality and empower Situation: What we find ourselves in? but because our primal is the story that ancestors, Adam and Eve, did not maintain the absolute perfection demanded by God, God has irrevocably determined human beings – as individuals, and as groups – have rebelled against God and filled the world with evil and injustice like a terrible disease. God wants to save humanity and heal it from its sickness, that the entire universe and all it but humanity is hopelessly lost and women. contains will be destroyed, and the souls of all human beings – except for those specifically exempted – will be forever punished for their imperfection confused, like sheep without a shepherd, wandering farther and farther into lostness and danger. Left to themselves, human beings will spiral downward in sickness and evil. 4. Reduce child mortality. in hell.1 Basic Since everyone is doomed to Since the human race is in such desperate Questions: What hell, Jesus seeks to answer these trouble, Jesus seeks to answer this questions did questions: how can individuals question: what must be done about the Jesus come to be saved from eternal mess we’re in? The mess refers both to answer? punishment in hell and instead the general human condition and its 5. Improve maternal health. Jesus’ message: go to heaven after they die? How can God help individuals be happy and successful until then? Jesus says, in essence, “If you specific outworking among his contemporaries: living under domination by the Roman empire, and divided into various competing sects. Jesus says, in essence, “Other people and 6. Combat HIV/AIDs, malaria, and other How did Jesus want to be among those groups – including your own religious respond to the specifically qualified to escape leaders - are leading you farther and crisis? being forever punished for your farther astray. I have been sent by God sins in hell, you must repent of with this good news – that God loves your individual sins and believe humanity, even in its lostness and sin. that my Father punished me on God graciously invites everyone and diseases. the cross so He won’t have to punish you in hell. Only if you believe this will you go to heaven when everyone else is banished to hell.”2 This is the anyone to question and reject what they have been told and instead follow a new path. Trust me and become my disciple, and you will be transformed, and you will participate in the transformation of the 7. Ensure environmental sustainability. good news. world, which is possible, beginning right now.”3 This is the good news. 1 Of course, there are many modern western non-religious ontologies and framing stories too, plus Eastern ontologies and framing stories – both religious and irreligious. 8. Develop a global partnership for 2 This reflects a Calvinistic Evangelical protestant version of the message. The popular Roman Catholic version might say, “You must believe in the teachings of the church and follow its instructions, especially those regarding sacraments.” The popular mainline or liberal Protestant development
    • 9. Copenhagen Consensus Top 10 Global Problems 1. Hunger and malnutrition Conventional View Emerging View The Human God created the world as perfect, God created the world as good, but Situation: What but because our primal human beings – as individuals, and as is the story that ancestors, Adam and Eve, did groups – have rebelled against God and we find not maintain the absolute filled the world with evil and injustice 2. Climate change ourselves in? perfection demanded by God, God has irrevocably determined that the entire universe and all it contains will be destroyed, and the souls of all human beings – like a terrible disease. God wants to save humanity and heal it from its sickness, but humanity is hopelessly lost and confused, like sheep without a shepherd, wandering farther and farther into 3. Conflicts except for those specifically lostness and danger. Left to themselves, exempted – will be forever human beings will spiral downward in punished for their imperfection sickness and evil. in hell.1 Basic Since everyone is doomed to Since the human race is in such desperate Questions: What hell, Jesus seeks to answer these trouble, Jesus seeks to answer this 4. Financial Instability questions did Jesus come to answer? questions: how can individuals be saved from eternal punishment in hell and instead go to heaven after they die? How can God help individuals be question: what must be done about the mess we’re in? The mess refers both to the general human condition and its specific outworking among his contemporaries: living under domination 5. Water and Sanitation happy and successful until then? by the Roman empire, and divided into various competing sects. Jesus’ message: Jesus says, in essence, “If you Jesus says, in essence, “Other people and How did Jesus want to be among those groups – including your own religious respond to the specifically qualified to escape leaders - are leading you farther and crisis? being forever punished for your farther astray. I have been sent by God 6. Subsidies and Trade Barrierssins in hell, you must repent of your individual sins and believe that my Father punished me on the cross so He won’t have to punish you in hell. Only if you with this good news – that God loves humanity, even in its lostness and sin. God graciously invites everyone and anyone to question and reject what they have been told and instead follow a new 7. Population/Migration believe this will you go to path. Trust me and become my disciple, heaven when everyone else is and you will be transformed, and you will banished to hell.”2 This is the participate in the transformation of the good news. world, which is possible, beginning right now.”3 This is the good news. 8. Communicable Diseases 1 Of course, there are many modern western non-religious ontologies and framing stories too, plus Eastern ontologies and framing stories – both religious and irreligious. 2 This reflects a Calvinistic Evangelical protestant version of the message. The popular Roman Catholic version might say, “You must believe in the teachings of the church and follow its 9. Education instructions, especially those regarding sacraments.” The popular mainline or liberal Protestant 10. Governance and Corruption
    • 10. Rick Warren’s PEACE Plan 1. Promote reconciliation to reduce Conventional View Emerging View conflict. The Human Situation: What we find ourselves in? God created the world as perfect, but because our primal is the story that ancestors, Adam and Eve, did not maintain the absolute perfection demanded by God, God has irrevocably determined God created the world as good, but human beings – as individuals, and as groups – have rebelled against God and filled the world with evil and injustice like a terrible disease. God wants to save humanity and heal it from its sickness, 2. Equip servant leaders to combat that the entire universe and all it but humanity is hopelessly lost and contains will be destroyed, and confused, like sheep without a shepherd, the souls of all human beings – wandering farther and farther into except for those specifically lostness and danger. Left to themselves, exempted – will be forever human beings will spiral downward in punished for their imperfection sickness and evil. in hell.1 corrupt leadership Basic Since everyone is doomed to Since the human race is in such desperate Questions: What hell, Jesus seeks to answer these trouble, Jesus seeks to answer this questions did questions: how can individuals question: what must be done about the Jesus come to be saved from eternal mess we’re in? The mess refers both to answer? punishment in hell and instead the general human condition and its go to heaven after they die? How specific outworking among his can God help individuals be contemporaries: living under domination 3. Assist the poor through happy and successful until then? by the Roman empire, and divided into various competing sects. Jesus’ message: Jesus says, in essence, “If you Jesus says, in essence, “Other people and How did Jesus want to be among those groups – including your own religious respond to the specifically qualified to escape leaders - are leading you farther and crisis? being forever punished for your farther astray. I have been sent by God sins in hell, you must repent of with this good news – that God loves humanitarian aid (poverty) your individual sins and believe humanity, even in its lostness and sin. that my Father punished me on God graciously invites everyone and the cross so He won’t have to anyone to question and reject what they punish you in hell. Only if you have been told and instead follow a new believe this will you go to path. Trust me and become my disciple, heaven when everyone else is and you will be transformed, and you will banished to hell.”2 This is the participate in the transformation of the 4. Care for the sick to combat disease good news. world, which is possible, beginning right now.”3 This is the good news. 1 Of course, there are many modern western non-religious ontologies and framing stories too, plus Eastern ontologies and framing stories – both religious and irreligious. 2 This reflects a Calvinistic Evangelical protestant version of the message. The popular Roman Catholic version might say, “You must believe in the teachings of the church and follow its 5. Educate the next generation to instructions, especially those regarding sacraments.” The popular mainline or liberal Protestant combat ignorance
    • 11. spiritual emptiness corrupt leadership poverty disease ignorance hunger and malnutrition climate change conflicts Financial Instability Water/Sanitation subsidies/trade barriers population/ migration communicable diseases education governance/corruption hunger education gender inequality child mortality maternal health environmental sustainability ethnic conflicts terrorism weapons of mass destruction organized crime networks energy demands clean water population growth authoritarian regimes
    • 12. spiritual emptiness corrupt leadership poverty disease ignorance hunger and malnutrition climate change conflicts Financial Instability Water/ Sanitation subsidies/trade barriers population/ migration communicable GLOBAL diseases education governance/ CRISES corruption hunger education FOUR gender inequality child mortality maternal health environmental sustainability ethnic conflicts terrorism weapons of mass destruction organized crime networks energy demands clean water population growth authoritarian regimes
    • 13. Societal Machine
    • 14. Machine: a complex tool Prosperity fashioned to achieve a desire. Societal Machine
    • 15. Prosperity Security Societal Machine
    • 16. Prosperity Equity Security Societal Machine
    • 17. Prosperity Equity Security Societal Machine The Ecosystem
    • 18. Heat Solar Energy Prosperity Resources Waste Equity Security Societal Machine The Ecosystem
    • 19. Heat Solar Energy Prosperity Resources Waste Equity Security Societal Machine The Ecosystem Framing Story
    • 20. Heat Solar Energy The Ecosystem
    • 21. Heat Solar Energy The Ecosystem
    • 22. Heat Solar Energy Prosperity Resources Waste Equity Security Societal Machine The Ecosystem Crisis 1. A Prosperity System that is plundering earth’s resources and poisoning the earth with toxins. (The crisis of the planet.)
    • 23. Heat Solar Energy Prosperity Resources Waste Equity Security Societal Machine The Ecosystem
    • 24. Heat Solar Energy Prosperity Waste Resources Equity Security Societal Machine 2. An Equity System that helps a rich minority can’t keep pace with the growing gap between the rich minority and the poor majority, resulting in suffering, resentment, and fear. (The crisis of poverty.)
    • 25. Heat Solar Energy Prosperity Waste Resources Equity Security Societal Machine The Ecosystem
    • 26. Heat Solar Energy Prosperity Waste Resources Equity Security Societal Machine 3. A Security System that arms rich and poor with more and more catastrophic weapons, resulting in vicious cycles of crime, mass migration, terrorism and anti-terrorism. (The crisis of peace.)
    • 27. Heat Solar Energy Prosperity Resources Waste Equity Security Societal Machine The Ecosystem
    • 28. Heat Solar Energy Prosperity Resources Waste Equity Security Societal Machine The Ecosystem Framing Story
    • 29. Heat Solar Energy Prosperity Resources Waste Equity Security Societal Machine 4. The Failure of the World’s Religions to provide a framing story to address the first three crises - i.e. Framing Story Good News. (The crisis of purpose.)
    • 30. Instead, our world religions can usually be found in support of existing framing stories of …
    • 31. Instead, our world religions can usually be found in support of existing framing stories of … Domination
    • 32. Instead, our world religions can usually be found in support of existing framing stories of … Domination Revolution
    • 33. Instead, our world religions can usually be found in support of existing framing stories of … Domination Revolution Purification/Scapegoating
    • 34. Instead, our world religions can usually be found in support of existing framing stories of … Domination Revolution Purification/Scapegoating Isolation
    • 35. Instead, our world religions can usually be found in support of existing framing stories of … Domination Revolution Purification/Scapegoating Isolation Accumulation
    • 36. Instead, our world religions can usually be found in support of existing framing stories of … Domination Revolution Purification/Scapegoating Isolation Accumulation Victimization
    • 37. Instead, our world religions can usually be found in support of existing framing stories of … Domination Revolution Purification/Scapegoating Isolation Accumulation Victimization This is remarkably similar to the religious situation in Jesus’ day.
    • 38. Domination - Sadducees, Herodians, Romans
    • 39. Domination - Sadducees, Herodians, Romans Revolution - Zealots
    • 40. Domination - Sadducees, Herodians, Romans Revolution - Zealots Purification (Scapegoating) - Pharisees
    • 41. Domination - Sadducees, Herodians, Romans Revolution - Zealots Purification (Scapegoating) - Pharisees Isolation - Essenes
    • 42. Domination - Sadducees, Herodians, Romans Revolution - Zealots Purification (Scapegoating) - Pharisees Isolation - Essenes Accumulation - Wealthy Judeans
    • 43. Domination - Sadducees, Herodians, Romans Revolution - Zealots Purification (Scapegoating) - Pharisees Isolation - Essenes Accumulation - Wealthy Judeans Victimization - Poor Galileans, sinners, lepers, outcasts
    • 44. Domination - Sadducees, Herodians, Romans Revolution - Zealots Purification (Scapegoating) - Pharisees Isolation - Essenes Accumulation - Wealthy Judeans Victimization - Poor Galileans, sinners, lepers, outcasts Jesus proclaimed a radically different framing story … Good news of the Kingdom of God.
    • 45. Good news - announcement of a new regime, administration, victory. Kingdom - reigning, relationships, values, laws, customs: the unified whole God - which one?
    • 46. The kingdom of God … A God who forgives … A God who includes … A God who notices … A God who serves … A nonviolent God who reconciles … A God who heals … A God who transcends boundaries … A God who confronts the oppressors ... A God who exposes the hypocrites ... A God who sides with the poor … A God who is present with us … A God bigger than organized religion …
    • 47. Jesus proclaimed a radically different framing story … Good news of the Kingdom of God.
    • 48. Jesus proclaimed a radically different framing story … Good news of the Kingdom of God. Instead of ...
    • 49. Jesus proclaimed a radically different framing story … Good news of the Kingdom of God. Instead of ... Domination - Service & Love
    • 50. Jesus proclaimed a radically different framing story … Good news of the Kingdom of God. Instead of ... Domination - Service & Love Revolution - Forgiveness & Reconciliation
    • 51. Jesus proclaimed a radically different framing story … Good news of the Kingdom of God. Instead of ... Domination - Service & Love Revolution - Forgiveness & Reconciliation Purification (Scapegoating) - Embrace & inclusion
    • 52. Jesus proclaimed a radically different framing story … Good news of the Kingdom of God. Instead of ... Domination - Service & Love Revolution - Forgiveness & Reconciliation Purification (Scapegoating) - Embrace & inclusion Isolation - Incarnation & Healing
    • 53. Jesus proclaimed a radically different framing story … Good news of the Kingdom of God. Instead of ... Domination - Service & Love Revolution - Forgiveness & Reconciliation Purification (Scapegoating) - Embrace & inclusion Isolation - Incarnation & Healing Accumulation - Self-giving & sacrifice
    • 54. Jesus proclaimed a radically different framing story … Good news of the Kingdom of God. Instead of ... Domination - Service & Love Revolution - Forgiveness & Reconciliation Purification (Scapegoating) - Embrace & inclusion Isolation - Incarnation & Healing Accumulation - Self-giving & sacrifice Victimization - Empowerment & Mission
    • 55. Jesus proclaimed a radically different framing story … Good news of the Kingdom of God.
    • 56. Jesus proclaimed a radically different framing story … Good news of the Kingdom of God. PROSPERITY - through love of neighbor as self, pursuit of common good, learning from birds & flowers
    • 57. Jesus proclaimed a radically different framing story … Good news of the Kingdom of God. PROSPERITY - through love of neighbor as self, pursuit of common good, learning from birds & flowers EQUITY - through concern for the least of these, seeking justice for all
    • 58. Jesus proclaimed a radically different framing story … Good news of the Kingdom of God. PROSPERITY - through love of neighbor as self, pursuit of common good, learning from birds & flowers EQUITY - through concern for the least of these, seeking justice for all SECURITY - through forgiveness and reconciliation, turning other cheek, walking second mile
    • 59. Jesus proclaimed a radically different framing story … Good news of the Kingdom of God. PROSPERITY - through love of neighbor as self, pursuit of common good, learning from birds & flowers EQUITY - through concern for the least of these, seeking justice for all SECURITY - through forgiveness and reconciliation, turning other cheek, walking second mile SPIRITUALITY - through loving God “in spirit and truth,” with all one’s heart, soul, mind, strength
    • 60. 4 Crises: The Human Situation: What Conventional View God created the world as perfect, but because our primal is the story that ancestors, Adam and Eve, did Emerging View God created the world as good, but human beings – as individuals, and as groups – have rebelled against God and we find not maintain the absolute filled the world with evil and injustice ourselves in? perfection demanded by God, like a terrible disease. God wants to save God has irrevocably determined humanity and heal it from its sickness, that the entire universe and all it but humanity is hopelessly lost and Planetary crisis (Prosperity) contains will be destroyed, and the souls of all human beings – except for those specifically exempted – will be forever punished for their imperfection in hell.1 confused, like sheep without a shepherd, wandering farther and farther into lostness and danger. Left to themselves, human beings will spiral downward in sickness and evil. Basic Since everyone is doomed to Since the human race is in such desperate Questions: What hell, Jesus seeks to answer these trouble, Jesus seeks to answer this questions did questions: how can individuals question: what must be done about the Jesus come to be saved from eternal mess we’re in? The mess refers both to Poverty crisis (Equity) answer? punishment in hell and instead the general human condition and its go to heaven after they die? How specific outworking among his can God help individuals be contemporaries: living under domination happy and successful until then? by the Roman empire, and divided into various competing sects. Jesus’ message: Jesus says, in essence, “If you Jesus says, in essence, “Other people and How did Jesus want to be among those groups – including your own religious respond to the specifically qualified to escape leaders - are leading you farther and crisis? being forever punished for your farther astray. I have been sent by God sins in hell, you must repent of with this good news – that God loves your individual sins and believe humanity, even in its lostness and sin. Peace-making crisis (Security) that my Father punished me on the cross so He won’t have to punish you in hell. Only if you believe this will you go to heaven when everyone else is banished to hell.”2 This is the God graciously invites everyone and anyone to question and reject what they have been told and instead follow a new path. Trust me and become my disciple, and you will be transformed, and you will participate in the transformation of the good news. world, which is possible, beginning right now.”3 This is the good news. Spiritual crisis (Framing Story) 1 Of course, there are many modern western non-religious ontologies and framing stories too, plus Eastern ontologies and framing stories – both religious and irreligious. 2 This reflects a Calvinistic Evangelical protestant version of the message. The popular Roman Catholic version might say, “You must believe in the teachings of the church and follow its instructions, especially those regarding sacraments.” The popular mainline or liberal Protestant
    • 61. Ivan Illich (Austrian former priest, philosopher, social critic, 1926-2002)
    • 62. Neither revolution nor reformation can ultimately change a society, rather you must tell a new powerful tale, one so persuasive that it sweeps away the old myths and becomes the preferred story …
    • 63. … one so inclusive that it gathers all the bits of our past and our present into a coherent whole, one that even shines some light into the future so that we can take the next step…. If you want to change a society, then you have to tell an alternative story.
    • 64. … one so inclusive that it gathers all the bits of our past and our present into a coherent whole, one that even shines some light into the future so that we can take the next step…. If you want to change a society, then you have to tell an alternative story.
    • 65. … one so inclusive that it gathers all the bits of our past and our present into a coherent whole, one that even shines some light into the future so that we can take the next step…. If you want to change a society, then you have to tell an alternative story. - attributed to Ivan Illich (Austrian former priest, philosopher, social critic, 1926-2002)
    • 66. Heat Solar Energy Prosperity Resources Waste Equity Security Societal Machine The Ecosystem Good News of the Kingdom of God
    • 67. Our Father, above us and all around us … May your unspeakable Name be revered. Here on earth may your kingdom come. On earth, as in heaven, may your will be done.
    • 68. Give us today our bread for today. Forgive us our wrongs as we forgive. Lead us away from the perilous trial; liberate us from the evil.
    • 69. For the kingdom is yours and yours alone, the power is yours and yours alone, and the glory is yours and yours alone, Now and forever. Amen.
    • 70. Conventional View Emerging View The Human God created the world as perfect, God created the world as good, but Situation: What but because our primal human beings – as individuals, and as is the story that ancestors, Adam and Eve, did groups – have rebelled against God and we find not maintain the absolute filled the world with evil and injustice ourselves in? perfection demanded by God, like a terrible disease. God wants to save God has irrevocably determined humanity and heal it from its sickness, that the entire universe and all it but humanity is hopelessly lost and contains will be destroyed, and confused, like sheep without a shepherd, the souls of all human beings – wandering farther and farther into except for those specifically lostness and danger. Left to themselves, exempted – will be forever human beings will spiral downward in punished for their imperfection sickness and evil. in hell.1 Basic Since everyone is doomed to Since the human race is in such desperate Questions: What hell, Jesus seeks to answer these trouble, Jesus seeks to answer this questions did questions: how can individuals question: what must be done about the Jesus come to be saved from eternal mess we’re in? The mess refers both to answer? punishment in hell and instead the general human condition and its go to heaven after they die? How specific outworking among his can God help individuals be contemporaries: living under domination happy and successful until then? by the Roman empire, and divided into various competing sects. Jesus’ message: Jesus says, in essence, “If you Jesus says, in essence, “Other people and How did Jesus want to be among those groups – including your own religious respond to the specifically qualified to escape leaders - are leading you farther and crisis? being forever punished for your farther astray. I have been sent by God sins in hell, you must repent of with this good news – that God loves your individual sins and believe humanity, even in its lostness and sin. that my Father punished me on God graciously invites everyone and the cross so He won’t have to anyone to question and reject what they punish you in hell. Only if you have been told and instead follow a new believe this will you go to path. Trust me and become my disciple, heaven when everyone else is and you will be transformed, and you will banished to hell.”2 This is the participate in the transformation of the good news. world, which is possible, beginning right now.”3 This is the good news. 1 Of course, there are many modern western non-religious ontologies and framing stories too, plus Eastern ontologies and framing stories – both religious and irreligious. 2 This reflects a Calvinistic Evangelical protestant version of the message. The popular Roman Catholic version might say, “You must believe in the teachings of the church and follow its instructions, especially those regarding sacraments.” The popular mainline or liberal Protestant
    • 71. There are many reasons to compare our churches to an old male tortoise …
    • 72. There are many reasons to compare our churches to an old male tortoise … Slow-moving … isolated … Ancient-looking withdrawn in its shell … won’t stick its neck out
    • 73. There are many reasons to compare the changes in our world to a tsunami …
    • 74. There are many reasons to compare the emerging global culture to an orphaned hippo … Orphaned by religion … science … government … the economy … technology … consumerism… “progress”…
    • 75. -formation? What could happen in our world if we turned back outward toward our neighbors - with good news, hope, gentleness, and respect?

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