What moves us? What images cause us to look outside and maneuver beyond our own self interest? And as the church, what images do we embody and transmit to the world around us? Last Sunday, we chatted about 3 images in particular that we are ‘delivering intact to both our current and to succeeding generations’ with which to pursue the Mystery. They were/are: The Authentic Pursuit (deliberately keeping Christ the center of our individual lives and as a community); The Big Fat Risk (betting it all on the next move for God’s glory and the benefit of others); The Irresistible Revolution (the overpowering redemptive force that begins in us and spills over to all those we come into contact with).
theStory is in the image business: Affirming, creating, connecting images to tell the story of Jesus anew.
Are you in?
“The purpose of orthodoxy is not to tell you the whole truth but to deliver intact to every succeeding generation a set of images with which to pursue the truth. Theology, therefore, is a hunt for the Mystery…” (Robert Capon)
“Ministry that costs nothing accomplishes nothing.” (Hudson Taylor)
“Churches should strive to create an alternative community, deeply placed in risk, summoned in baptism to a world in which God is a pivotal player.” (Walter Brueggemann)
“Wherever you are, whoever you are with, you are called – we are called – to hold on to Christ firmly with one hand and to hold on to those around with the other, in prayer, discussion, generosity, gratitude, teaching or learning, caring or being cared for.” (NT Wright)
“God raised Jesus from death and set him on a throne in deep heaven, in charge of running the universe, everything from galaxies to governments, no name and no power exempt from his rule. And not just for the time being, but forever. He is in charge of it all, has the final word on everything. At the center of all this, Christ rules the church. The church, you see, is not peripheral to the world; the world is peripheral to the church. The church is Christ’s body, in which he speaks and acts, by which he fills everything with his presence.” (Ephesians 1:20-23)
“After he said this, he showed them his hands and side. The disciples were overjoyed when they saw the Lord. Again Jesus said, “Peace be with you! As the Father has sent me, I am sending you.” And with that he breathed on them and said, “Receive the Holy Spirit.” (John 20:20-22)