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Pyrophobia - Dog River Theology


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Sermon slides for Sunday, May 31st, 2009.



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Pyrophobia - Dog River Theology

  1. 2. Welcome to Dog River! Home of CORNER GAS! "40 kilometers from NOWHERE and way BEYOND NORMAL..."
  2. 3. RISK You cannot discover new oceans unless you have the courage to lose sight of the shore
  3. 4. Go ahead – take risks. It gives the rest of us something to laugh at!
  4. 5. Pyrophobia When “Dog River” Defines our Theology of the Spirit!
  5. 6. Pentecost One of three annual Jewish high holidays Celebrated 50 days after Passover Designated the “Feast of Weeks” Time to reaffirm commitment to the Covenant Word of Instruction – “Wait in Jerusalem” Word of Comfort – “Wait for the promised gift”
  6. 7. Three Supernatural Signs The noise was not a wind, but sounded like it The sight was not fire, but looked like it The speech was languages which were not ordinary but were in some way "other“ EVERYTHING CHANGED THAT DAY!
  7. 8. Varied Responses to what God was Doing 120 appeared to be open Bewilderment and amazement Inquisitive – “What does this mean?” Resistance – “They’re Drunk!” Responsive – “What should we do?”
  8. 9. 21 st Century Implications What if God decided to change the rules? Hip 2B Holy – Kevin Newman/Global National A church that maintains the status quo never gets attacked or criticized Jesus was critiqued to death – LITERALLY The temptation is to resort to Dog River theology – protecting what’s comfortable and familiar, shunning those who come into town and point out our blind spots or try to introduce change
  9. 10. A Mystic’s Prayer “ Lord give me the grace to change myself. If I had prayed for this right from the start, I would not have wasted my life."
  10. 11. Welcome to Dog River! Home of CORNER GAS! "40 kilometers from NOWHERE and way BEYOND NORMAL..." Dog River too can be transformed!