Song We Almost Forgot

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Presented at Moravian Seminary, Bethlehem, PA, March 2010.

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  • Song We Almost Forgot

    1. 1. the song we almost forgot
    2. 2. recovering the gospel melody
    3. 3. 5. Now, here on earth may your commonwealth come. 4. Here on earth may your dreams come true. 3. Hallelujah 2. Hallelujah 1. Amen.
    4. 4. From the place where we But doubts and loves are right Flowers will never grow Dig up the world In the spring. Like a mole, a plow. The place where we are And a whisper will be right heard in the place Is hard and trampled Where the ruined Like a yard. House once stood. Israeli poet Yehuda Amichai
    5. 5. Look what they've done to But maybe it'll all be all right, my song, Ma Ma Look what they've done to my Maybe it'll all be OK song Well, if the people are buying Well it's the only thing I could do half right tears And it's turning out all I'll be rich some day, Ma wrong, Ma Look what they've done to my song Look what they've done to my song Look what they've done to my Look what they've done to my song, brain, Ma Ma Look what they've done to my Look what they've done to my song brain Well they picked it like a Well it's the only thing I could chicken bone do half right And I think I'm half insane, And it's turning out all wrong, Ma Ma Look what they've done to my song Look what they've done to my song Melanie Safka
    6. 6. Statements ! ? Questions
    7. 7. Statements (or theses) create debates that bring us to new a state (or status). ! ? Questions create conversations that launch us on new quests.
    8. 8. Systems ! ? Stories
    9. 9. Modern & postmodern systems & stories
    10. 10. Big stories episodes The Bible story Bible stories
    11. 11. Question 1: What is the shape of the biblical narrative? (A pre-critical question)
    12. 12. Eden Heaven Fall Salvation History/ The world Hell
    13. 13. Platonic Ideal Platonic Ideal Fall Atonement, purification Into Aristotelian Aristotelian Real Real Hades
    14. 14. Pax Romana Pax Romana Civilization, Rebellion development, into colonialism barbarism Barbarian/ assimilation pagan world Destruction, defeat
    15. 15. Is there an alternative understanding?
    16. 16. sdrawkcab gnidaer Rick Warren, Billy Graham, Charles Finney, John Wesley (or Calvin), Luther, Aquinas, Augustine, Paul, Jesus reading forwards Adam, Abraham, Moses, David, Isaiah, John the Baptist, Jesus
    17. 17. Exodus: Liberation & Formation
    18. 18. Exodus: Liberation & Formation Genesis: Creation and Reconciliation
    19. 19. Isaiah: Peaceable Kingdom - Justice and Mercy Exodus: Liberation & Formation Genesis: Creation and Reconciliation
    20. 20. G e Isaiah: Peaceable Kingdom - Justice and n Mercy e s i s Exodus: Liberation & Formation
    21. 21. HUMAN DESTRUCTION G e Isaiah: Peaceable Kingdom - Justice and n Mercy e HUMAN VIOLENCE s i s HUMAN EXPLOITATION Exodus: Liberation & Formation
    22. 22. HUMAN DESTRUCTION G e Isaiah: Peaceable Kingdom - Justice and n Mercy e HUMAN VIOLENCE s i s HUMAN EXPLOITATION Exodus: Liberation & Formation
    23. 23. Reading Paul in light of Jesus: Acts 28:23 ff: “the kingdom of God ... and Jesus.” “the kingdom of God and the Lord Jesus Christ.” Romans: “to the Jew first and also to the Greek ...” Galatians 3:7 ff Understand, then, that those who believe are children of Abraham. The Scripture foresaw that God would justify the Gentiles by faith, and announced the gospel in advance to Abraham: “All nations will be blessed through you.” So those who have faith are blessed along with Abraham, the man of faith.
    24. 24. Ivan Illich (Austrian former priest, philosopher, social critic, 1926-2002)
    25. 25. 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 …
    26. 26. one so inclusive that it gathers all the of our past and our present into a erent whole, one that even shines e light into the future so that we can the next step…. If you want to nge a society, then you have to tell an rnative story. ttributed to Ivan Illich (Austrian former priest, philosopher, social critic, 1926-2002)
    27. 27. the song we almost forgot
    28. 28. recovering the gospel melody
    29. 29. Question 2: The Bible Question What is the Bible? Or: What is it for?
    30. 30. What do we mean when we say the Bible is authoritative? What do we mean by authority?
    31. 31. The Bible as Constitution • What purposes do constitutions (or social contracts) fulfill? • What problems arise with this approach?
    32. 32. Bible as Conversation • The Bible as a cultural library • Artifacts from stories within stories
    33. 33. LEGAL CONSTITUTION COMMUNITY LIBRARY Uniformity Diversity Preserve order Preserve diversity agreement argument enforcement encouragement
    34. 34. LEGAL CONSTITUTION COMMUNITY LIBRARY Rules to live by Stories to live by Conformity Creativity Analyze, interpret, argue Enter, inhabit, practice amendments? new acquisitions
    35. 35. Inspiration • what would an inspired constitution look like? • what would an inspired community library look like?

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