Before answering the discussion questions, please first review the Leonard Sweet Presentationportion of the course syllabus and then view Dr. Leonard Sweet’s webcast from the Church of the Nazarene’s M3 Conference on a high speed connection by clicking here .
<ul><li>Sweet warns, “We want to be the light of the church, not the world.” Why do we tend to view the church as a “mighty fortress?” What ramifications does this mindset have on our spiritual formation? </li></ul><ul><li>Sweet’s address was to the Church of the Nazarene in particular. Where did his comments strike a resonant chord in you personally, regardless of your church affiliation? </li></ul>PLEASE ANSWER THREE OF THESE FIVE QUESTIONS IN THE DISCUSSION BOARD, THEN INTERACT WITH YOUR COLLEAGUES:
<ul><li>Do you agree with Sweet’s assertion that the twenty-first century has more in common with the first century than the twentieth? Why or why not? </li></ul><ul><li>At one point, Sweet emphasizes the move from rational to experiential, saying that secular marketing is transitioning from commodities to experiences (e.g., Nike). Given what you know already about spiritual disciplines, what potential does Christian formation have for connecting with postmoderns? </li></ul>
<ul><li>5. Why do you think Avril Lavigne’s transparency is so attractive to her fans? What must happen in our own spiritual formation to foster this kind of openness in us? What would it cost? What could it bring? </li></ul>
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