Homiletics 2

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Homiletics 2

  1. 1. slides are/will beavailable atwww.brianmclaren.net
  2. 2. In my travels, I’m finding four greathungers:
  3. 3. In my travels, I’m finding four greathungers:1. For a fresh understanding of thebiblical narrative - a new theologicalframework. (A New Kind of Christianity)
  4. 4. In my travels, I’m finding four greathungers:1. For a fresh understanding of thebiblical narrative - a new theologicalframework. (A New Kind of Christianity)2. For a fresh framework for mission.(Everything Must Change)
  5. 5. In my travels, I’m finding four greathungers:1. For a fresh understanding of thebiblical narrative - a new theologicalframework. (A New Kind of Christianity)2. For a fresh framework for mission.(Everything Must Change)3. For a fresh view of Christian identity ina multi-faith world (upcoming)
  6. 6. In my travels, I’m finding four greathungers:1. For a fresh understanding of thebiblical narrative - a new theologicalframework. (A New Kind of Christianity)2. For a fresh framework for mission.(Everything Must Change)3. For a fresh view of Christian identity ina multi-faith world (upcoming)4. A fresh approach to the spiritual life.(Naked Spirituality)
  7. 7. The Scriptures offer many vital images for the spiritual life ...
  8. 8. The Fourth Gospel - Making space for the Spirit
  9. 9. The Lord’s Prayer1. Our Father above us and all around us …2. May Your unspeakable Name be revered.
  10. 10. 3. Now, here on earth may Your commonwealth come.4. On earth as in heaven may Your will be done.
  11. 11. 5. Give us today our bread for today.4. Forgive us our wrongs as we forgive.
  12. 12. 3. Lead us away from the perilous trial.2. Liberate us from the evil.
  13. 13. 1.For the kingdom is yours and yours alone.2. The power is yours and yours alone.3.The glory is yours and yours alone.4.Now and forever, amen.
  14. 14. 5. Now, here on earth may your commonwealth come.4. Here on earth may your dreams come true.3. Hallelujah2. Hallelujah1. Amen.
  15. 15. On the third day there was awedding in Cana of Galilee, and themother of Jesus was there. Jesusand his disciples had also beeninvited to the wedding. When thewine gave out, the mother of Jesussaid to him, ‘They have no wine.’And Jesus said to her, ‘Woman, whatconcern is that to you and to me? Myhour has not yet come.’
  16. 16. His mother said to the servants, ‘Dowhatever he tells you.’ Now standingthere were six stone water-jars forthe Jewish rites of purification, eachholding twenty or thirty gallons.Jesus said to them, ‘Fill the jars withwater.’ And they filled them up to thebrim. He said to them, ‘Now drawsome out, and take it to the chiefsteward.’ So they took it.
  17. 17. When the steward tasted the waterthat had become wine, and did notknow where it came from (thoughthe servants who had drawn thewater knew), the steward called thebridegroom and said to him,‘Everyone serves the good wine first,and then the inferior wine after theguests have become drunk. But youhave kept the good wine until now.’
  18. 18. Jesus did this, the first of his signs,in Cana of Galilee, and revealed hisglory; and his disciples believed inhim.
  19. 19. jarsceremonialempty
  20. 20. jars weddingceremonial wineempty full
  21. 21. We all begin in Stage 1, Simplicity.
  22. 22. The first posture in Stage One is ... here.
  23. 23. Through here we become presentto the Presence of God - here and now.
  24. 24. 2 views of God:outside, above, up there ... around, within, down here...
  25. 25. The Spirit of God here now
  26. 26. here
  27. 27. Second is thanks, the essentialpractice of gratitude.
  28. 28. The distribution of discontent "Consumer society, by constantlymaking us aware of what we dont have,instead of making us thankful for whatwe do have, has turned out to be themost efficient system yet devised for themanufacturing and distribution ofunhappiness."   Rabbi Lord Jonathan Sacks
  29. 29. Happiness doesn’tcome from having, but from appreciating ...
  30. 30. thanks
  31. 31. Third is O!- the joyful practice of wonder and worship.
  32. 32. God as apprensible -Not comprehensible.
  33. 33. God as glorious mystery ... Savoring God’s splendor.
  34. 34. O!
  35. 35. herethanksO!
  36. 36. These are foundationalpractices of Stage One, Simplicity.
  37. 37. Many of us continue on to Stage 2, Complexity.
  38. 38. Now there was a Pharisee namedNicodemus, a leader of the Jews. Hecame to Jesus by night and said tohim, ‘Rabbi, we know that you are ateacher who has come from God; forno one can do these signs that youdo apart from the presence of God.’Jesus answered him, ‘Very truly, Itell you, no one can see the kingdomof God without being born fromabove.’
  39. 39. Nicodemus said to him, ‘How cananyone be born after having grownold? Can one enter a second timeinto the mother’s womb and beborn?’ Jesus answered, ‘Very truly, Itell you, no one can enter thekingdom of God without being bornof water and Spirit. What is born ofthe flesh is flesh, and what is born ofthe Spirit is spirit.
  40. 40. Do not be astonished that I saidto you, “You must be born fromabove.” The wind blows where itchooses, and you hear the soundof it, but you do not know whereit comes from or where it goes.So it is with everyone who isborn of the Spirit.’
  41. 41. Nicodemus said to him,‘How can these things be?’Jesus answered him, ‘Areyou a teacher of Israel, andyet you do not understandthese things?
  42. 42. Teacher, we know that you are ateacher ...Are you a teacher ... and yet youdo not understand? Wind ... a mystery beyond understanding: you do not know ...
  43. 43. Many of us continue on to Stage 2, Complexity.
  44. 44. In Complexity, the word sorryintroduces us to the practice of regret.
  45. 45. Personal sin (Psalm 32) & Social sin(Nehemiah 9)
  46. 46. Seeking forgiveness andseeking salvation/ liberation
  47. 47. sorry
  48. 48. The simple word help!is about expansion, reaching out forstrength beyond our own.
  49. 49. Asking for theremoval of stress - or the increase of strength and character?
  50. 50. Philippians 4:6Translating anxiety into requests ... Naming our need,Directing it to God.
  51. 51. help!
  52. 52. Next comes please,the practice of compassion.
  53. 53. Responding to the pain, grief, and suffering of others ...
  54. 54. Not ignoring, distancing,blaming,explaining ... but feeling with - with those in pain and with God.
  55. 55. Joining our compassion with God’s greater compassion.“Holding them up to the Light.”
  56. 56. please
  57. 57. sorry. help. please.
  58. 58. Some of us never leaveStage 2. Others move on to Stage 3, Perplexity.
  59. 59. [Jesus] had to go throughSamaria. So he came to aSamaritan city called Sychar,near the plot of ground thatJacob had given to his sonJoseph. Jacob’s well was there,and Jesus, tired out by hisjourney, was sitting by the well.It was about noon.
  60. 60. A Samaritan woman came to drawwater, and Jesus said to her, ‘Giveme a drink’. (His disciples hadgone to the city to buy food.) TheSamaritan woman said to him,‘How is it that you, a Jew, ask adrink of me, a woman ofSamaria?’ (Jews do not sharethings in common withSamaritans.)
  61. 61. Jesus answered her, ‘If you knew thegift of God, and who it is that issaying to you, “Give me a drink”, youwould have asked him, and he wouldhave given you living water.’ Thewoman said to him, ‘Sir, you have nobucket, and the well is deep. Wheredo you get that living water? Are yougreater than our ancestor Jacob, whogave us the well, and with his sonsand his flocks drank from it?’
  62. 62. Jesus said to her, ‘Everyone whodrinks of this water will be thirstyagain, but those who drink of thewater that I will give them will neverbe thirsty. The water that I will givewill become in them a spring ofwater gushing up to eternal life.’ Thewoman said to him, ‘Sir, give me thiswater, so that I may never be thirstyor have to keep coming here to drawwater.’
  63. 63. Jesus said to her, ‘Go, call yourhusband, and come back.’ Thewoman answered him, ‘I have nohusband.’ Jesus said to her, ‘You areright in saying, “I have no husband”;for you have had five husbands, andthe one you have now is not yourhusband. What you have said istrue!’ The woman said to him, ‘Sir, Isee that you are a prophet.
  64. 64. Our ancestors worshipped on thismountain, but you say that the placewhere people must worship is inJerusalem.’ Jesus said to her,‘Woman, believe me, the hour iscoming when you will worship theFather neither on this mountain norin Jerusalem....
  65. 65. But the hour is coming, and is nowhere, when the true worshippers willworship the Father in spirit andtruth, for the Father seeks such asthese to worship him. God is spirit,and those who worship him mustworship in spirit and truth.’
  66. 66. mountains ... and fountains
  67. 67. destroyed temple - tragedy or opportunity?
  68. 68. Perplexity begins wtih the simple question, when?
  69. 69. The unfulfilled now
  70. 70. when?
  71. 71. What happens whenwe wait and wait and waitand no help comes?
  72. 72. We enter into rage orrefusal, conveyed in the simple word no!
  73. 73. Your no is a refusal to give up ... and a refusal to be satisfied with an unacceptable situation.
  74. 74. Stage 3 culminates in why? - the practice of lament.
  75. 75. Beyond refusal. why?Not a demand for anexplanation ... But an acknowledgment of unknowing.
  76. 76. Acceptance with hope... Why?Why does it have to be this way?
  77. 77. Why?
  78. 78. When? TextNo!Why?
  79. 79. sometimes uninvited guests bring unexpected gifts.
  80. 80. simplicitycomplexityperplexityharmony
  81. 81. Beyond Simplicity,Complexity, and Perplexity, we enter Stage 4, Harmony.
  82. 82. We enter this stagethrough the practice of meditation: behold.
  83. 83. Non-dual seeing.Seeing what’s there. be-ing hold-ing
  84. 84. behold.
  85. 85. Then comes thesimple word for joining or surrendering: yes.
  86. 86. Not my will, butyour will be done. No ... Yes.
  87. 87. yes.
  88. 88. Finally comes the practiceof contemplation, ofsimply and silently beingwith, for which there is noword - only the gentle sound of your own heartbeat and breath...
  89. 89. God and I have becomelike two giant fat people living in a tiny boat. We keep bumping into each other and laughing (the Persian poet Hafiz)
  90. 90. behold yes ...
  91. 91. here, thanks, o!sorry, thanks, please when? no! why? behold, yes, ...
  92. 92. Joy to the world! theLord is come. Let earthreceive her king!Let every heart preparehim room.And heaven and naturesing ...
  93. 93. O come let us adorehim ...
  94. 94. With Kindness From “Songs For a Revolution of Hope, Vol. 1: everything must change.” Words and music by Brian McLaren.2007, Brian McLaren. Publishing, Revolution of Hope Music Group SESAC 2007. All rights reserved. Registered with CCLI.
  95. 95. Christ has no body here but ours.No hands, no feet, here on earthbut ours.Ours are the eyes though whichhe looksOn this worldWith Kindness
  96. 96. Ours are the hands through whichhe works.Ours are the feet on which hemoves.Ours are the voices throughwhich he speaksTo this worldWith Kindness.
  97. 97. Through our touch, our smile, our listening ear, Embodied in us, Jesus is living here.Let us go nowFilled with the SpiritInto this worldWith Kindness
  98. 98. Christ has no body here but ours.No hands, no feet, here on earthbut ours.Ours are the eyes though whichhe looksOn this worldWith Kindness
  99. 99. Ours are the hands through whichhe works.Ours are the feet on which hemoves.Ours are the voices throughwhich he speaksTo this worldWith Kindness.
  100. 100. Through our touch, our smile, our listening ear, Embodied in us, Jesus is living here.Let us go nowFilled with the SpiritInto this worldWith Kindness

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