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6 Jesuses “on the market” today
The tribal/nationalist/ ethnic/
religious US VERSUS THEM Jesus …
backing colonizers and empire
builders since the 4th century!
     The PERSONAL ENHANCEMENT
    Jesus … helping ME have a better
time in this life and the next. Bringing
  you the exclusive Personal Savior …
      and the ever-popular Prosperity
                                 Gospel!
The STAINED GLASS Jesus … the nicest
man who set up nice places where nice
people could honor him. Amen.
       The TICKET-TO-HEAVEN Jesus …
     solving the problems of original sin,
 total depravity, and eternal damnation,
     so you can be one of the chosen few!
The INSTITUTIONAL Jesus … he may
have proclaimed a radical kingdom, but
we created a big, bureaucratic religion
out of it!
The SECOND COMING WARRIORJesus …
He may have been peaceful the first
time, but next time ... watch out!
-Whatever the emerging
church is and will be, it
involves a fresh vision



                  of Jesus
A note on “the emerging
        church”
        Not a new “slice of the pie”
      competing for market share!
A note on “the emerging
        church”

     But a new ring on the tree …
A note on “the emerging
        church”
The outermost ring represents life in
        current weather conditions.
At the center and root of
   “the church that is
  emerging” is a fresh
emerging vision of Jesus.
A revolution in Jesus
study:
-Putting Jesus back in his native
historical setting (various “quests”)
A revolution in Jesus
study:
-Putting Jesus back in his native
historical setting (various “quests”)
-New insights into “second-temple
Judean Judaism”
A revolution in Jesus
study:
-Putting Jesus back in his native
historical setting (various “quests”)
-New insights into “second-temple
Judean Judaism”
-Seeing Jesus through the sight-line of
his ancestors rather than his
descendents only
A revolution in Jesus study:
-Putting Jesus back in his native
historical setting (various “quests”)
-New insights into “second-temple
Judean Judaism”
-Seeing Jesus through the sight-line of
his ancestors rather than his
descendents
-Fresh perspective on Paul,
Apocalypse
A revolution in Jesus study:
-Putting Jesus back in his native historical
setting (various “quests”)
-New insights into “second-temple Judean
Judaism”
-Seeing Jesus through the sight-line of his
ancestors rather than his descendents
-Fresh perspective on Paul, Apocalypse
-New understandings of the formation of
the gospels … starting with Mark (Q).
Jesus as Ruler
Jesus is Lord …
The Son of God
King of Kings, Lord of
Lords
Head of the Body
(Politic)
Jesus as Ruler
Jesus is Lord …
The Son of God
King of Kings, Lord of Lords
Head of the Body (Politic)
                                 Jesus as Liberator
                               Jesus is Christ, Messiah
                               Savior
                               The Son of Man
Jesus as Ruler              Jesus as Leader
Jesus is Lord …
                                Jesus is Rabbi/Teacher
The Son of God
King of Kings, Lord of Lords    Good Shepherd
Head of the Body (Politic)      Last Adam
                                Firstborn
                                        Jesus as Liberator
                               Jesus is Christ, Messiah
                               Savior
                               The Son of Man
Jesus as Ruler                    Jesus as Leader

Jesus is Lord …                 Jesus is Rabbi/Teacher

The Son of God                  Good Shepherd

King of Kings, Lord of Lords    Last Adam

Head of the Body (Politic)      Firstborn

   Jesus as Revealer
Jesus is Word of God                    Jesus as Liberator

God with us                    Jesus is Christ, Messiah
                               Savior
Fullness of God
                               The Son of Man
Radiance of God
Mark                                        Matthew
        Jesus as Ruler                    Jesus as Leader
Jesus is Lord …                 Jesus is Rabbi/Teacher
The Son of God                  Good Shepherd
King of Kings, Lord of Lords    Last Adam
Head of the Body (Politic)      Firstborn
       Jesus as Revealer                Jesus as Liberator
Jesus is Word of God           Jesus is Christ, Messiah
God with us                    Savior
Fullness of God                The Son of Man
Radiance of God
    John                                          Luke
Mark               Matthew
                 COMMUNITY OF
PROCLAMATION       DISCIPLE-
                  FORMATION



CONTEMPLATION

                SOCIAL JUSTICE
 John
                        Luke
Jesus as Ruler                 Jesus as Leader

 Jesus is Lord …                Jesus is Rabbi/Teacher

 The Son of God                 Good Shepherd

 King of Kings, Lord of Lords   Last Adam

 Head of the Body (Politic)     Firstborn

          JESUS AND THE
      Jesus as Revealer                  Jesus as Liberator

      KINGDOM OF GOD
Jesus is Word of God
God with us
                                Jesus is Christ, Messiah
                                Savior
Fullness of God                 The Son of Man
Radiance of God
After John was put in
prison, Jesus went into
Galilee, proclaiming the
      good news of God.



The time has come, he
 said. The kingdom of
  God has come near.
Repent and believe the
           good news!
                 Mark 1:15
What does “Kingdom
  of God” mean?
Remember:
   Kingdoms (or
  Empires) were
   contemporary
realities in Jesus’
              day!
There was Herod ruling
over the Jewish people
… and the Emperor
Caesar ruling over the
whole region.
Jesus could have
proclaimed a new
religion.

But he didn’t.

 He proclaimed
         a new
      kingdom.
It was a dangerous time to
proclaim a new kingdom.
That kind of thing could
get you killed!
Too few people realize the
radical nature of the message of
the Kingdom of God.


   There are several reasons for
         this misunderstanding.
• Many think “kingdom of
      God” means heaven
         (after you die)…
       especially because
  Matthew frequently uses
    “kingdom of heaven.”
But it’s clear that
 “kingdom of heaven”
 does NOT mean
 “heaven after you die.”
 Consider the Lord’s
 prayer:
It does NOT teach us to pray
         May we come to your
        kingdom when we die.
      May we all go to heaven
      where, unlike earth, your
                  will is done.
  Instead, it teaches us to pray-
Your kingdom come.
Your will be done on earth as it is in
                            heaven.
Why do Mark and Luke
     say “Kingdom of
   God,” but Matthew,
  John, and Paul don’t
              (much)?
As the most Jewish gospel …
 Matthew follows the Jewish
 reticence about using the name of
 God directly. “Heaven” substitutes
 for God.
Why does John hardly ever say
 “kingdom” at all?
John uses “kingdom” only in chapter 3
  and 18. Elsewhere, he uses the phrase
  “life” - life to the full, or eternal life.
     But it is also clear that “eternal life”
     doesn’t simply mean “life in heaven
       after you die,” contrary to popular
                                    opinion.
Zoein Aeonian means “Life of the
  ages” - not life limited by this present
  age.

“Now this is eternal life: that they
    may know you, the only true
   God, and Jesus Christ, whom
                  you have sent.”
Paul actually does speak constantly
  about the kingdom of God - but he
  uses a variety of kingdom-related
  terms:
Lord (supreme king), Christ
 (liberating king), church (ecclesia,
 assembly of citizens).
       Consider the Book of Acts …
Paul (as Fr. Richard Rohr has helped
    us see) comes to see a universal,
  cosmic, and mystical dimension to
         the life of Jesus ... which he
 embodies in the phrase “in Christ.”
 The term might be rendered “in the
          messianic” or “in the new
                         humanity”
Whatever the
“emerging church”
is … it begins by
seeking a fresh
vision of Jesus and
the kingdom of God.
It is radical - it goes
back to the root.
This vision gives us
a new sense of
mission and a new
sense of identity.
All of our traditions are
contributing to this fresh
vision of Jesus.




Eastern Orthodox   Roman Catholic   Protestant
All of our traditions have contributed to this fresh vision
of Jesus.
Catholic liberation theologians, missionaries, and biblical
scholars …
Mainline Protestant Jesus scholars …
Evangelical missionaries and Bible scholars …
Eastern Orthodox scholars and leaders who maintained
a non-Western approach…
                 And sincere Christians of all traditions …
 who listened to the Holy Spirit speaking of Jesus in their
                                                     hearts.



 Eastern Orthodox        Roman Catholic             Protestant
“‘…do not [leave them where they are],
and do not try to call them to where you
are, as beautiful as that place might seem
to you. You must have the courage to go
with them to a place that neither you nor
       they have ever been before.’
     - Fr. Vincent Donovan (Spiritan priest to Masai)




Eastern Orthodox       Roman Catholic               Protestant
Eastern Orthodox   Roman Catholic   Protestant
Eastern Orthodox   Roman Catholic   Protestant
“Follow
                                     me!”




Eastern Orthodox   Roman Catholic   Protestant
“Follow
                                         me!”




Eastern Orthodox   Roman Catholic   Protestant
“‘…do not [leave them where they are],
and do not try to call them to where you
are, as beautiful as that place might seem
to you. You must have the courage to go
with them to a place that neither you nor
       they have ever been before.’
     - Fr. Vincent Donovan (Spiritan priest to Masai)




Eastern Orthodox    Roman Catholic           Protestant
Jesus

 afresh
though Christ was in the
form of god,

 he did not cling to
 equality with god.

 but poured himself out,

 and became a servant in
 form

and a man indeed.
the very likeness of
humanity,

 he humbled himself,

 obedient to death -

 a merciless death -

on a cross!
so god raised him up to the
highest place

 and gave him the name above
 all.

so at his name

 every knee everywhere will
 bow


 and every tongue everywhere
 will confess
“Jesus, the Liberating king, is
lord,”
“Jesus, the Liberating king, is
lord,”
“Jesus, the Liberating king, is
lord,”

  to the glory of god our father!

Amen!

                   philippians 2:6-11
Jesus Afresh
Chant
         From “Songs For a Revolution of Hope, Vol. 1: everything must change.”
                             Adapted by Brian McLaren.


    This chant is from the hymn in Colossians 1
 Left margin lines - last word sung “down up.”
  Indented lines - last word sung “up down.”
(Don’t worry - they harmonize if you get mixed
                        up!)
Christ is the image of the God who can’t be seen.
Christ is the image of the God who can’t be seen.
     The firstborn of all creation.
In him all things were created.
Things in heaven and on earth
    Things visible and invisible
    Whether thrones or dominions,
          rulers or powers
All things have been created through him.
All things have been created for him.
And he is before all things.
All things hold together in him.
   And he is the head of the body, the
      church
   He is the beginning, the firstborn
                from the dead.
So he has the first place in everything.
    For in him all the fullness -
    The fullness of God -
    Was pleased to dwell.
In Him God was pleased to reconcile all things
     All things to himself,
     All things on earth,
     all things in heaven

By making peace through the blood of his cross.
By making peace through the blood of his cross.
Table Conversation:
What idea from this session was
most hopeful to you? Most troubling?
Most confusing? Most important to
take away? And why?
What emotion do you feel now?
  What does “the good news of the
   kingdom of God” mean to you?

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Jesus Afresh

  • 2. 6 Jesuses “on the market” today The tribal/nationalist/ ethnic/ religious US VERSUS THEM Jesus … backing colonizers and empire builders since the 4th century! The PERSONAL ENHANCEMENT Jesus … helping ME have a better time in this life and the next. Bringing you the exclusive Personal Savior … and the ever-popular Prosperity Gospel!
  • 3. The STAINED GLASS Jesus … the nicest man who set up nice places where nice people could honor him. Amen. The TICKET-TO-HEAVEN Jesus … solving the problems of original sin, total depravity, and eternal damnation, so you can be one of the chosen few! The INSTITUTIONAL Jesus … he may have proclaimed a radical kingdom, but we created a big, bureaucratic religion out of it!
  • 4. The SECOND COMING WARRIORJesus … He may have been peaceful the first time, but next time ... watch out!
  • 5. -Whatever the emerging church is and will be, it involves a fresh vision of Jesus
  • 6. A note on “the emerging church” Not a new “slice of the pie” competing for market share!
  • 7. A note on “the emerging church” But a new ring on the tree …
  • 8. A note on “the emerging church” The outermost ring represents life in current weather conditions.
  • 9. At the center and root of “the church that is emerging” is a fresh emerging vision of Jesus.
  • 10. A revolution in Jesus study: -Putting Jesus back in his native historical setting (various “quests”)
  • 11. A revolution in Jesus study: -Putting Jesus back in his native historical setting (various “quests”) -New insights into “second-temple Judean Judaism”
  • 12. A revolution in Jesus study: -Putting Jesus back in his native historical setting (various “quests”) -New insights into “second-temple Judean Judaism” -Seeing Jesus through the sight-line of his ancestors rather than his descendents only
  • 13. A revolution in Jesus study: -Putting Jesus back in his native historical setting (various “quests”) -New insights into “second-temple Judean Judaism” -Seeing Jesus through the sight-line of his ancestors rather than his descendents -Fresh perspective on Paul, Apocalypse
  • 14. A revolution in Jesus study: -Putting Jesus back in his native historical setting (various “quests”) -New insights into “second-temple Judean Judaism” -Seeing Jesus through the sight-line of his ancestors rather than his descendents -Fresh perspective on Paul, Apocalypse -New understandings of the formation of the gospels … starting with Mark (Q).
  • 15. Jesus as Ruler Jesus is Lord … The Son of God King of Kings, Lord of Lords Head of the Body (Politic)
  • 16. Jesus as Ruler Jesus is Lord … The Son of God King of Kings, Lord of Lords Head of the Body (Politic) Jesus as Liberator Jesus is Christ, Messiah Savior The Son of Man
  • 17. Jesus as Ruler Jesus as Leader Jesus is Lord … Jesus is Rabbi/Teacher The Son of God King of Kings, Lord of Lords Good Shepherd Head of the Body (Politic) Last Adam Firstborn Jesus as Liberator Jesus is Christ, Messiah Savior The Son of Man
  • 18. Jesus as Ruler Jesus as Leader Jesus is Lord … Jesus is Rabbi/Teacher The Son of God Good Shepherd King of Kings, Lord of Lords Last Adam Head of the Body (Politic) Firstborn Jesus as Revealer Jesus is Word of God Jesus as Liberator God with us Jesus is Christ, Messiah Savior Fullness of God The Son of Man Radiance of God
  • 19. Mark Matthew Jesus as Ruler Jesus as Leader Jesus is Lord … Jesus is Rabbi/Teacher The Son of God Good Shepherd King of Kings, Lord of Lords Last Adam Head of the Body (Politic) Firstborn Jesus as Revealer Jesus as Liberator Jesus is Word of God Jesus is Christ, Messiah God with us Savior Fullness of God The Son of Man Radiance of God John Luke
  • 20. Mark Matthew COMMUNITY OF PROCLAMATION DISCIPLE- FORMATION CONTEMPLATION SOCIAL JUSTICE John Luke
  • 21. Jesus as Ruler Jesus as Leader Jesus is Lord … Jesus is Rabbi/Teacher The Son of God Good Shepherd King of Kings, Lord of Lords Last Adam Head of the Body (Politic) Firstborn JESUS AND THE Jesus as Revealer Jesus as Liberator KINGDOM OF GOD Jesus is Word of God God with us Jesus is Christ, Messiah Savior Fullness of God The Son of Man Radiance of God
  • 22. After John was put in prison, Jesus went into Galilee, proclaiming the good news of God. The time has come, he said. The kingdom of God has come near. Repent and believe the good news! Mark 1:15
  • 23. What does “Kingdom of God” mean?
  • 24. Remember: Kingdoms (or Empires) were contemporary realities in Jesus’ day!
  • 25. There was Herod ruling over the Jewish people … and the Emperor Caesar ruling over the whole region.
  • 26. Jesus could have proclaimed a new religion. But he didn’t. He proclaimed a new kingdom.
  • 27. It was a dangerous time to proclaim a new kingdom. That kind of thing could get you killed!
  • 28. Too few people realize the radical nature of the message of the Kingdom of God. There are several reasons for this misunderstanding.
  • 29. • Many think “kingdom of God” means heaven (after you die)… especially because Matthew frequently uses “kingdom of heaven.”
  • 30. But it’s clear that “kingdom of heaven” does NOT mean “heaven after you die.” Consider the Lord’s prayer:
  • 31. It does NOT teach us to pray May we come to your kingdom when we die. May we all go to heaven where, unlike earth, your will is done. Instead, it teaches us to pray-
  • 32. Your kingdom come. Your will be done on earth as it is in heaven.
  • 33. Why do Mark and Luke say “Kingdom of God,” but Matthew, John, and Paul don’t (much)?
  • 34. As the most Jewish gospel … Matthew follows the Jewish reticence about using the name of God directly. “Heaven” substitutes for God.
  • 35. Why does John hardly ever say “kingdom” at all? John uses “kingdom” only in chapter 3 and 18. Elsewhere, he uses the phrase “life” - life to the full, or eternal life. But it is also clear that “eternal life” doesn’t simply mean “life in heaven after you die,” contrary to popular opinion.
  • 36. Zoein Aeonian means “Life of the ages” - not life limited by this present age. “Now this is eternal life: that they may know you, the only true God, and Jesus Christ, whom you have sent.”
  • 37. Paul actually does speak constantly about the kingdom of God - but he uses a variety of kingdom-related terms: Lord (supreme king), Christ (liberating king), church (ecclesia, assembly of citizens). Consider the Book of Acts …
  • 38. Paul (as Fr. Richard Rohr has helped us see) comes to see a universal, cosmic, and mystical dimension to the life of Jesus ... which he embodies in the phrase “in Christ.” The term might be rendered “in the messianic” or “in the new humanity”
  • 39. Whatever the “emerging church” is … it begins by seeking a fresh vision of Jesus and the kingdom of God. It is radical - it goes back to the root.
  • 40. This vision gives us a new sense of mission and a new sense of identity.
  • 41. All of our traditions are contributing to this fresh vision of Jesus. Eastern Orthodox Roman Catholic Protestant
  • 42. All of our traditions have contributed to this fresh vision of Jesus. Catholic liberation theologians, missionaries, and biblical scholars … Mainline Protestant Jesus scholars … Evangelical missionaries and Bible scholars … Eastern Orthodox scholars and leaders who maintained a non-Western approach… And sincere Christians of all traditions … who listened to the Holy Spirit speaking of Jesus in their hearts. Eastern Orthodox Roman Catholic Protestant
  • 43. “‘…do not [leave them where they are], and do not try to call them to where you are, as beautiful as that place might seem to you. You must have the courage to go with them to a place that neither you nor they have ever been before.’ - Fr. Vincent Donovan (Spiritan priest to Masai) Eastern Orthodox Roman Catholic Protestant
  • 44. Eastern Orthodox Roman Catholic Protestant
  • 45. Eastern Orthodox Roman Catholic Protestant
  • 46. “Follow me!” Eastern Orthodox Roman Catholic Protestant
  • 47. “Follow me!” Eastern Orthodox Roman Catholic Protestant
  • 48. “‘…do not [leave them where they are], and do not try to call them to where you are, as beautiful as that place might seem to you. You must have the courage to go with them to a place that neither you nor they have ever been before.’ - Fr. Vincent Donovan (Spiritan priest to Masai) Eastern Orthodox Roman Catholic Protestant
  • 50. though Christ was in the form of god, he did not cling to equality with god. but poured himself out, and became a servant in form and a man indeed.
  • 51. the very likeness of humanity, he humbled himself, obedient to death - a merciless death - on a cross!
  • 52. so god raised him up to the highest place and gave him the name above all. so at his name every knee everywhere will bow and every tongue everywhere will confess
  • 53. “Jesus, the Liberating king, is lord,” “Jesus, the Liberating king, is lord,” “Jesus, the Liberating king, is lord,” to the glory of god our father! Amen! philippians 2:6-11
  • 55. Chant From “Songs For a Revolution of Hope, Vol. 1: everything must change.” Adapted by Brian McLaren. This chant is from the hymn in Colossians 1 Left margin lines - last word sung “down up.” Indented lines - last word sung “up down.” (Don’t worry - they harmonize if you get mixed up!)
  • 56. Christ is the image of the God who can’t be seen. Christ is the image of the God who can’t be seen. The firstborn of all creation.
  • 57. In him all things were created. Things in heaven and on earth Things visible and invisible Whether thrones or dominions, rulers or powers All things have been created through him. All things have been created for him.
  • 58. And he is before all things. All things hold together in him. And he is the head of the body, the church He is the beginning, the firstborn from the dead.
  • 59. So he has the first place in everything. For in him all the fullness - The fullness of God - Was pleased to dwell.
  • 60. In Him God was pleased to reconcile all things All things to himself, All things on earth, all things in heaven By making peace through the blood of his cross. By making peace through the blood of his cross.
  • 61. Table Conversation: What idea from this session was most hopeful to you? Most troubling? Most confusing? Most important to take away? And why? What emotion do you feel now? What does “the good news of the kingdom of God” mean to you?