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the Word
became flesh
The Word -
logos
When the writer of John’s Gospel uses the term “logos,” he is
not seeking to define Jesus and his message by assumptions
inherent in the Greek term - whether as used by Plato or
Heraclitus or any other Greek philosopher. Rather, he is
presenting Jesus as an alternative logos. The pattern, logic, or
meaning of the universe proclaimed by Jesus, in other words,
confronts rather than conforms to Greek assumptions. For
example, Heraclitus says:
War [or violence] is the father of all and the king of all; and
some he has made gods and some men, some bond and some
free.... We must know that war is common to all and strife is
justice, and that all things come into being and pass away
through strife.
POLEMOS - war, strife, conflict, violence, battle
No, John claims: the “logos” is not strife but
life, not war but love, not fighting but
friendship, not enslaving but servanthood, not
stealing but self-giving, not exclusion but
embrace.
(adapted from We Make the Road by Walking,
online commentary)
The Word
- with God
-was God
- in the beginning
- creation through the Word
- Life
- Life the light for all people
The Word -
became
flesh ...
Flesh versus stone (temple)
Flesh versus spirit
Flesh versus power
Fulness in flesh
Glory in flesh
Grace in flesh
Truth in flesh
Cana ...
Stone jars
Wine
Temple ...
Stone building
Blood
the Word
became flesh
the Word
became flesh
"The Word became
flesh — and then
through theologians it
became words again."
— Karl Barth
the Word
became flesh
and made his home among us
the Word
became flesh
and made his home among us
Downward mobility!
downward ministry ...
Word into flesh ...
yours
your leaders
your members
your community
Minneapolis lutheran synod
the Word
became flesh
you are
the body of Christ ...
you are
the embodiment of
Christ ...
the Word
became flesh
Minneapolis lutheran synod
the Word
became flesh
the Word
became flesh
and moved into
the neighborhood
made his
home among
usand moved into
the neighborhood
neighborhood
neighborhood
neighborhood
Publics
Communities
Individuals
neighborhood
PublicsCommunities
Individuals
neighborhood
Publics
Communities
Individuals
“missional”
29
The mission of presence
31
After Indira Gandhi was shot [by a Sikh extremist], two or three
thousand people were killed in twenty-four hours in the riots that
followed. Mobs rampaged through streets looking for Sikhs to murder.
Dave convinced Tony, a friend , that it was their job to go out and save
these Sikhs. Finding a besieged house, they put themselves between
an armed mob and a Sikh family and saved them from certain death.
He is ordinary, yet believes ordinary people should take extraordinary
risks to confront the cruelty in our world."
Drug addicts in India
Mentally handicapped in Brisbane
Solar energy cooperative
Interfaith networks
Sent to advocate ...
and model another way of life
“As the Father sent
me, so I send you.”
Francisco Sanchez Roso
Peralta, Azua, DR
Minneapolis lutheran synod
“I used to be the pastor of the
Pentecostal Church in Peralta.
Now I am the pastor from the
Pentecostal Church for the city of
Peralta.”
Hermana Katalina ...
“You killed my husband ... you won’t
kill me too!”
Roy Soto
Fraijanes, Alajuela, Costa Rica
Minneapolis lutheran synod
Minneapolis lutheran synod
“What would Fraijanes look
like if the kingdom of God
were more fully realized?”
Rob Bell
formerly of Grand Rapids, MI
Don Golden
former pastor with Rob
Church Mission:
“To join the God of the oppressed.”
To Mayor: “This is our mission. How
can we help you make Grand
Rapids a better city?”
words from vincent
donovan
“‘…do not try to call them back to where
they were, 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.’ Good missionary advice, and a
beautiful description of the unpredictable
process of evangelization, a process
leading to that new place where none of us
has ever been before.” - Vincent Donovan
Can the word
“mission” be
“saved?”
“…invade, search out, capture, vanquish, and
subdue all Saracens and pagans whatsoever, and
other enemies of Christ wheresoever placed, and
the kingdoms, dukedoms, principalities, dominions,
possessions, and all movable and immovable goods
whatsoever held and possessed by them and to
reduce their persons to perpetual slavery, and to
apply and appropriate to himself and his successors
the kingdoms, dukedoms, counties, principalities,
dominions, possessions, and goods, and to convert
them to his and their use and profit.”
“…invade, search out, capture, vanquish, and
subdue all Saracens and pagans whatsoever, and
other enemies of Christ wheresoever placed, and
the kingdoms, dukedoms, principalities, dominions,
possessions, and all movable and immovable goods
whatsoever held and possessed by them and to
reduce their persons to perpetual slavery, and to
apply and appropriate to himself and his successors
the kingdoms, dukedoms, counties, principalities,
dominions, possessions, and goods, and to convert
them to his and their use and profit.”
- Pope Nicholas V
Papal Bull Dum Diversas –
Doctrine of Discovery (1452)
Doctrine of Discovery (1452)
Minneapolis lutheran synod
1495
2nd Voyage Return Cargo: 1600
male and female Taino slaves for
Spain
“It is possible, with the name of the
Holy Trinity, to sell all the slaves which
it is possible to sell … Here there are
so many of these slaves … although
they are living things they are as good
as gold.”
The Spaniards who remained in Hispaniola were
encouraged to take Taino slaves “in the amount
desired.” Columbus himself gave a teenage girl to
one of his crew, Miguel Cuneo, for his personal
“use.” Cuneo wrote that she “resisted with all her
strength” when he attempted to have sex with her,
so he “thrashed her mercilessly and raped her.”
Being given a Taino woman to rape was, in fact, a
popular “company perk” for Columbus’s men.
Columbus himself wrote to a friend, “There are
plenty of dealers who go about looking for girls;
those from nine to ten [years old] are now in
demand.”
- An eyewitness in the early 1500’s
As a result of the sufferings and hard labor they
endured, the Indians choose and have chosen
suicide. Occasionally a hundred have committed
mass suicide. The women, exhausted by labor, have
shunned conception and childbirth…. Many, when
pregnant, have taken something to abort and have
aborted. Others after delivery have killed their
children with their own hands, so as not to leave
them in such oppressive slavery.
Of the estimated 300,000 Taino alive when
Columbus “discovered” them in 1492, about 12,000
remained in 1516, fewer than 200 in 1546, and zero in
1555. What our history calls “the discovery of America,”
Taino history might call “the arrival of the Christian
genociders,” if, that is, any Taino survived to tell an
alternate history. None did.
The 16th-Century conquests of the Conquistadors
The 4th-Century conquests of Constantine
From Eusebius’ “Ecclesiastical History”:
“[Constantine] said that about noon,
when the day was already beginning
to decline, he saw with his own eyes
the trophy of a cross of light in the
heavens, above the sun, and bearing
the inscription, CONQUER BY THIS.
58
“In hoc signo vinces”
IN THIS SIGN CONQUER?
CONVERT BY THE SWORD?
DOMINATE?
COLONIZE?
ASSIMILATE?
INVADE AND OCCUPY?
KILL?
TERRORIZE?
“…invade, search out, capture, vanquish, and
subdue all Saracens and pagans whatsoever, and
other enemies of Christ wheresoever placed, and
the kingdoms, dukedoms, principalities, dominions,
possessions, and all movable and immovable goods
whatsoever held and possessed by them and to
reduce their persons to perpetual slavery, and to
apply and appropriate to himself and his successors
the kingdoms, dukedoms, counties, principalities,
dominions, possessions, and goods, and to convert
them to his and their use and profit.”
- Pope Nicholas V
Papal Bull Dum Diversas –
Doctrine of Discovery (1452)
Doctrine of Discovery (1452)
Minneapolis lutheran synod
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From this vantage point, Christianity has nothing –
absolutely nothing – to teach Indigenous people about how
to live in a good way on this land. In fact, Christians have
only demonstrated that there is something profoundly wrong
with the cosmology and worldview behind more than five
centuries of carnage—carnage that has yet to even slow
down. Christians have so much negative history and dogma
to overcome within their own tradition, I do not believe the
religion is even salvageable. The world is deep in the throes
of an ecological crisis based in Western economies of
hyper-exploitation. The planet will not survive another 500
years of Christian domination.
- Waziyatawin, PhD, 2012
From this vantage point, Christianity has nothing –
absolutely nothing – to teach Indigenous people about how
to live in a good way on this land. In fact, Christians have
only demonstrated that there is something profoundly wrong
with the cosmology and worldview behind more than five
centuries of carnage—carnage that has yet to even slow
down. Christians have so much negative history and dogma
to overcome within their own tradition, I do not believe the
religion is even salvageable. The world is deep in the throes
of an ecological crisis based in Western economies of
hyper-exploitation. The planet will not survive another 500
years of Christian domination.
- Waziyatawin, PhD, 2012
Must mission mean competition?
Domination? Assimilation?
Conquest? Elimination of
otherness?
Minneapolis lutheran synod
Indonesian tea, rubber, and
peanuts
Minneapolis lutheran synod
Minneapolis lutheran synod
“Clean energy” mission ...
Mission with a new vision ...
the Word became
flesh and moved into
the neighborhood
you are the
embodiment of
Christ ...
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  • 3. When the writer of John’s Gospel uses the term “logos,” he is not seeking to define Jesus and his message by assumptions inherent in the Greek term - whether as used by Plato or Heraclitus or any other Greek philosopher. Rather, he is presenting Jesus as an alternative logos. The pattern, logic, or meaning of the universe proclaimed by Jesus, in other words, confronts rather than conforms to Greek assumptions. For example, Heraclitus says: War [or violence] is the father of all and the king of all; and some he has made gods and some men, some bond and some free.... We must know that war is common to all and strife is justice, and that all things come into being and pass away through strife. POLEMOS - war, strife, conflict, violence, battle
  • 4. No, John claims: the “logos” is not strife but life, not war but love, not fighting but friendship, not enslaving but servanthood, not stealing but self-giving, not exclusion but embrace. (adapted from We Make the Road by Walking, online commentary)
  • 5. The Word - with God -was God - in the beginning - creation through the Word - Life - Life the light for all people
  • 7. Flesh versus stone (temple) Flesh versus spirit Flesh versus power Fulness in flesh Glory in flesh Grace in flesh Truth in flesh
  • 8. Cana ... Stone jars Wine Temple ... Stone building Blood
  • 10. the Word became flesh "The Word became flesh — and then through theologians it became words again." — Karl Barth
  • 11. the Word became flesh and made his home among us
  • 12. the Word became flesh and made his home among us Downward mobility!
  • 13. downward ministry ... Word into flesh ... yours your leaders your members your community
  • 16. you are the body of Christ ...
  • 17. you are the embodiment of Christ ...
  • 21. the Word became flesh and moved into the neighborhood
  • 22. made his home among usand moved into the neighborhood
  • 29. 29
  • 30. The mission of presence
  • 31. 31 After Indira Gandhi was shot [by a Sikh extremist], two or three thousand people were killed in twenty-four hours in the riots that followed. Mobs rampaged through streets looking for Sikhs to murder. Dave convinced Tony, a friend , that it was their job to go out and save these Sikhs. Finding a besieged house, they put themselves between an armed mob and a Sikh family and saved them from certain death. He is ordinary, yet believes ordinary people should take extraordinary risks to confront the cruelty in our world." Drug addicts in India Mentally handicapped in Brisbane Solar energy cooperative Interfaith networks
  • 32. Sent to advocate ... and model another way of life
  • 33. “As the Father sent me, so I send you.”
  • 36. “I used to be the pastor of the Pentecostal Church in Peralta. Now I am the pastor from the Pentecostal Church for the city of Peralta.”
  • 37. Hermana Katalina ... “You killed my husband ... you won’t kill me too!”
  • 41. “What would Fraijanes look like if the kingdom of God were more fully realized?”
  • 42. Rob Bell formerly of Grand Rapids, MI
  • 44. Church Mission: “To join the God of the oppressed.”
  • 45. To Mayor: “This is our mission. How can we help you make Grand Rapids a better city?”
  • 47. “‘…do not try to call them back to where they were, 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.’ Good missionary advice, and a beautiful description of the unpredictable process of evangelization, a process leading to that new place where none of us has ever been before.” - Vincent Donovan
  • 48. Can the word “mission” be “saved?”
  • 49. “…invade, search out, capture, vanquish, and subdue all Saracens and pagans whatsoever, and other enemies of Christ wheresoever placed, and the kingdoms, dukedoms, principalities, dominions, possessions, and all movable and immovable goods whatsoever held and possessed by them and to reduce their persons to perpetual slavery, and to apply and appropriate to himself and his successors the kingdoms, dukedoms, counties, principalities, dominions, possessions, and goods, and to convert them to his and their use and profit.”
  • 50. “…invade, search out, capture, vanquish, and subdue all Saracens and pagans whatsoever, and other enemies of Christ wheresoever placed, and the kingdoms, dukedoms, principalities, dominions, possessions, and all movable and immovable goods whatsoever held and possessed by them and to reduce their persons to perpetual slavery, and to apply and appropriate to himself and his successors the kingdoms, dukedoms, counties, principalities, dominions, possessions, and goods, and to convert them to his and their use and profit.” - Pope Nicholas V Papal Bull Dum Diversas – Doctrine of Discovery (1452) Doctrine of Discovery (1452)
  • 52. 1495 2nd Voyage Return Cargo: 1600 male and female Taino slaves for Spain “It is possible, with the name of the Holy Trinity, to sell all the slaves which it is possible to sell … Here there are so many of these slaves … although they are living things they are as good as gold.”
  • 53. The Spaniards who remained in Hispaniola were encouraged to take Taino slaves “in the amount desired.” Columbus himself gave a teenage girl to one of his crew, Miguel Cuneo, for his personal “use.” Cuneo wrote that she “resisted with all her strength” when he attempted to have sex with her, so he “thrashed her mercilessly and raped her.” Being given a Taino woman to rape was, in fact, a popular “company perk” for Columbus’s men. Columbus himself wrote to a friend, “There are plenty of dealers who go about looking for girls; those from nine to ten [years old] are now in demand.”
  • 54. - An eyewitness in the early 1500’s As a result of the sufferings and hard labor they endured, the Indians choose and have chosen suicide. Occasionally a hundred have committed mass suicide. The women, exhausted by labor, have shunned conception and childbirth…. Many, when pregnant, have taken something to abort and have aborted. Others after delivery have killed their children with their own hands, so as not to leave them in such oppressive slavery.
  • 55. Of the estimated 300,000 Taino alive when Columbus “discovered” them in 1492, about 12,000 remained in 1516, fewer than 200 in 1546, and zero in 1555. What our history calls “the discovery of America,” Taino history might call “the arrival of the Christian genociders,” if, that is, any Taino survived to tell an alternate history. None did.
  • 56. The 16th-Century conquests of the Conquistadors The 4th-Century conquests of Constantine
  • 57. From Eusebius’ “Ecclesiastical History”: “[Constantine] said that about noon, when the day was already beginning to decline, he saw with his own eyes the trophy of a cross of light in the heavens, above the sun, and bearing the inscription, CONQUER BY THIS.
  • 58. 58 “In hoc signo vinces” IN THIS SIGN CONQUER? CONVERT BY THE SWORD? DOMINATE? COLONIZE? ASSIMILATE? INVADE AND OCCUPY? KILL? TERRORIZE?
  • 59. “…invade, search out, capture, vanquish, and subdue all Saracens and pagans whatsoever, and other enemies of Christ wheresoever placed, and the kingdoms, dukedoms, principalities, dominions, possessions, and all movable and immovable goods whatsoever held and possessed by them and to reduce their persons to perpetual slavery, and to apply and appropriate to himself and his successors the kingdoms, dukedoms, counties, principalities, dominions, possessions, and goods, and to convert them to his and their use and profit.” - Pope Nicholas V Papal Bull Dum Diversas – Doctrine of Discovery (1452) Doctrine of Discovery (1452)
  • 61. QuickTime™ and a TIFF (Uncompressed) decompressor are needed to see this picture.
  • 62. From this vantage point, Christianity has nothing – absolutely nothing – to teach Indigenous people about how to live in a good way on this land. In fact, Christians have only demonstrated that there is something profoundly wrong with the cosmology and worldview behind more than five centuries of carnage—carnage that has yet to even slow down. Christians have so much negative history and dogma to overcome within their own tradition, I do not believe the religion is even salvageable. The world is deep in the throes of an ecological crisis based in Western economies of hyper-exploitation. The planet will not survive another 500 years of Christian domination. - Waziyatawin, PhD, 2012
  • 63. From this vantage point, Christianity has nothing – absolutely nothing – to teach Indigenous people about how to live in a good way on this land. In fact, Christians have only demonstrated that there is something profoundly wrong with the cosmology and worldview behind more than five centuries of carnage—carnage that has yet to even slow down. Christians have so much negative history and dogma to overcome within their own tradition, I do not believe the religion is even salvageable. The world is deep in the throes of an ecological crisis based in Western economies of hyper-exploitation. The planet will not survive another 500 years of Christian domination. - Waziyatawin, PhD, 2012
  • 64. Must mission mean competition? Domination? Assimilation? Conquest? Elimination of otherness?
  • 66. Indonesian tea, rubber, and peanuts
  • 69. “Clean energy” mission ... Mission with a new vision ...
  • 70. the Word became flesh and moved into the neighborhood you are the embodiment of Christ ...