“‘…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
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)
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.
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?