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Vose Forge Event

  1. 1. UNDERSTANDING OUR TIMES LIVING AS MISSIONARIES Mark Sayers
  2. 2. MISSIONARY SUCCESS WHERE ARE WE DOING WELL?
  3. 3. ASPIRATIONALS
  4. 4. NON EURO MIGRANTS
  5. 5. RETURNERS CRISIS OF MEANING
  6. 6. MISSIONARY FAILURE EVERYWHERE ELSE
  7. 7. MISSIONARY MYTHS CHURCH SHAPE SAVED BY COOL BECOME LESS……… GO OUT
  8. 8. Happyworld = Friends > Family > Fun THE HAPPY EGG SUPERFLAT HappyWorld My Story
  9. 9. SUPERFLAT CULTURE 1) DISENCHANTED 2) POST-COVENANTAL 3) ME-ISM
  10. 10. SUPERFLAT CULTURE 1) DISENCHANTED 2) POST-COVENANTAL 3) ME-ISM
  11. 11. A DISENCHANTED WORLD
  12. 12. A PAGAN WORLD
  13. 13. “If you go back…in human history, you come to archaic societies in which the whole set of distinctions we make between the religious, political, economic, social, etc aspects of our society ceases to make sense. In these earlier societies, religion was “everywhere”, was interwoven with everything else, and in no sense constituted a separate “sphere” of its own.” A Secular Age. Charles Taylor
  14. 14. CHRISTENDOM’S COSMOS
  15. 15. REFORMATION
  16. 16. NATURAL SCIENCE
  17. 17. “The problem is…the separation of God from nature, a split that began in the late medieval and early modern period. This resulted in the (perceived) separation of God from everyday life that is so characteristic of contemporary secular societies. The main carrier of this has been modern natural science. Science came to understand nature as a mechanical system that operated more or less independently from God. God was thus gradually (over centuries) removed from the cosmos.” The Sacred Cosmos. Terence L. Nichols
  18. 18. TRUIMPH OF REASON
  19. 19. COMMODIFICATION OF EVERYTHING
  20. 20. MORALLY INSIGNIFICANT UNIVERSE
  21. 21. WHAT EXISENTIAL CRISIS?
  22. 22. SUPERFLAT 2 - DISTRACTION & DISTRACTION AND IDLE IDLE CHATTER CHATTER
  23. 23. SUBSTITUTIONARY TRANCENDENCE
  24. 24. SUBSTITUTIONARY TRANCENDENCE Consumerism, Sex, Travel, Sport, Home Improvement, Exercise, Food, Technology, The Environment, Education, Romantic Love, Experience, Music, Movies. “All Sins are attempts to fill voids.” Simone Weil
  25. 25. NO MARKETPLACE
  26. 26. SUPERFLAT CULTURE 1) DISENCHANTED 2) POST-COVENANTAL 3) ME-ISM
  27. 27. POST-BELIEF? Or…?
  28. 28. POST-COVENANTAL
  29. 29. TRADITIONAL STRUCTURE META STATE, NATION, EMPIRE COMMUNAL GUILD, CHURCH, VILLAGE, TRIBE, TRADE, LODGE, FAMILY, MARRIAGE, CLAN, CLUB, ASSOCIATION, LOCAL GOVERNMENT, MARKET, VOLUNTEERS, UNIONS, FRIENDLY SOCIETIES. INDIVIDUAL
  30. 30. TRADITIONAL STRUCTURE META STATE, NATION, EMPIRE COMMUNAL GUILD, CHURCH, VILLAGE, TRIBE, TRADE, LODGE, FAMILY, MARRIAGE, CLAN, CLUB, ASSOCIATION, LOCAL GOVERNMENT, MARKET, VOLUNTEERS, UNIONS, FRIENDLY SOCIETIES. COVENANTAL INDIVIDUAL
  31. 31. CONTEMPORARY STRUCTURE META STATE, NATION, CORPORATION, MASS MEDIA, TECHNOLOGY/INTERNET, UNIVERSITY, CITY. COMMUNAL/COVENANTAL INDIVIDUAL INDIVIDUAL RIGHTS, FREEDOM, CHOICE, PERSONAL HAPPINESS
  32. 32. SOLIDITY LIQUIDITY
  33. 33. ATOMISATION
  34. 34. SUPERFLAT CULTURE 1) DISENCHANTED 2) POST-COVENANTAL 3) ME-ISM
  35. 35. ME-ISM
  36. 36. QUANTAM CHANGE 1962-1970
  37. 37. RADICAL INDIVIDUALISM
  38. 38. FREEDOM MYTH
  39. 39. CHRISTIANITY’S PATHETIC COUSIN
  40. 40. ME-ISM (Moral Therapeutic Deism) IMPLICIT & PARASITIC HINDU ISLAM CHRISTIAN JEWISH ME-ISM
  41. 41. DEFACTO FAITH
  42. 42. ME-ISM (Moral Therapeutic Deism) WHAT IS HOT 1) Purpose of life is personal happiness 2) God is a cosmic butler 3) Morality is not hurting others 4) Everyone gets to heaven bar Hitler 5) Feelings are paramount WHAT IS NOT 1) Discipline 2) Sin & broader consequence 3) Submission of self 4) Interventionist God
  43. 43. WHAT DOES MISSION LOOK LIKE? In a dis-Enchanted Culture? In a post-Covenantal Culture? For a church infected by Me-Ism?

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