Tuesday, September 13, 2005

food for thought

today i had the opportunity to connect with kurt fredrickson the director of fuller's doctor of ministry program, which happens to be the world's largest. we met for the first time about a month ago. my time with kurt was both rich and encouraging. he asked me about myself and my ministry, and i learned more about what makes his heart beat. we have a lot in common. i had read half of a hundred page paper he wrote recently and was throughly encouraged by his paper.

he has read most all of the published works of dietrich bonhoeffer and some of the unpublished works as well. his paper is entitled "an ecclesiology for late modernity: the missio-ecclesiology of dietrich bonhoeffer. let me share just a few of the many nugets from this paper.

"The church can never be isolated from the world as God is not isolated from the world. Bonhoeffer notes: “God is the beyond in the midst of our life. The church stands, not at the boundaries where human powers give out, but it the middle of the village”

"For Bonhoeffer saw Christ is the one who present in the world and for the world, calling the church to follow him, and to be the church for others. Bonhoeffer presses for a new understanding of church of a changing time. This emphasis stresses four primary themes. First, the church for others is understood in light of Christ as the suffering God in this world. Christ on the cross was pushed out from the world and forsaken into the world by the Father. This paradox is resolved only by God’s love for the world. The church in the world in weakness, is, in small part, a realization of the longings of the Christ.

Second, in Bonhoeffer’s missio-ecclesiology transcendence is redefined. God is one who is beyond and in the midst of the world. So transcendence must be understood as the one who is beyond our reach and revealed only through points of contact, in our neighbor in daily life.

Third, the orientation of the church must change. The church must no longer function in a survival mode, but rather is renewed so that it might preach reconciliation and redemption to humankind and the world.

Fourth, the church for others means participating in God’s sufferings. The church encounters Jesus on his cross. The church shares in God’s sufferings at the hands of a godless world."

“The church moves forward not upon the enthusiasms and rapid successes of pragmatism, but rather upon emerging theological convictions that do not have a predetermined end in sight.”

i trust that is some food for your thoughts.


At 6:51 PM, Blogger 'Thought & Humor' said...

We work like a horse.
We eat like a pig.
We like to play chicken.
You can get someone's goat.
We can be as slippery as a snake.
We get dog tired.
We can be as quiet as a mouse.
We can be as quick as a cat.
Some of us are as strong as an ox.
People try to buffalo others.
Some are as ugly as a toad.
We can be as gentle as a lamb.
Sometimes we are as happy as a lark.
Some of us drink like a fish.
We can be as proud as a peacock.
A few of us are as hairy as a gorilla.
You can get a frog in your throat.
We can be a lone wolf.
But I'm having a whale of a time!

You have a riveting web log
and undoubtedly must have
atypical & quiescent potential
for your intended readership.
May I suggest that you do
everything in your power to
honor your encyclopedic/omniscient
Designer/Architect as well
as your revering audience.
As soon as we acknowledge
this Supreme Designer/Architect,
Who has erected the beauteous
fabric of the universe, our minds
must necessarily be ravished with
wonder at this infinate goodness,
wisdom and power.

Please remember to never
restrict anyone's opportunities
for ascertaining uninterrupted
existence for their quintessence.

There is a time for everything,
a season for every activity
under heaven. A time to be
born and a time to die. A
time to plant and a time to
harvest. A time to kill and
a time to heal. A time to
tear down and a time to
rebuild. A time to cry and
a time to laugh. A time to
grieve and a time to dance.
A time to scatter stones
and a time to gather stones.
A time to embrace and a
time to turn away. A time to
search and a time to lose.
A time to keep and a time to
throw away. A time to tear
and a time to mend. A time
to be quiet and a time to
speak up. A time to love
and a time to hate. A time
for war and a time for peace.

Best wishes for continued ascendancy,
Dr. Howdy

'Thought & Humor'

P.S. One thing of which I am sure is
that the common culture of my youth
is gone for good. It was hollowed out
by the rise of ethnic "identity politics,"
then splintered beyond hope of repair
by the emergence of the web-based
technologies that so maximized and
facilitated cultural choice as to make
the broad-based offerings of the old
mass media look bland and unchallenging
by comparison."


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