Did you know that when the NT mentions teaching and preaching that the way it was done is very different than what most of us in the west have experienced in our churches? The original way (that the NT has in mind) is dialectical.
scout: explore, often with the goal of finding something or somebody. To make a preliminary inspection of, especially in order to gather military information.To examine or survey (land, enemy troops, etc), especially with a view to military operations etc. Often shortened to recce.Thesaurus: investigate, examine, scrutinize, explore, probe, survey, inspect, patrol, scout.
Did you know that some of the first buildings for church meetings were octagonal? That's
an eight sided building. The seating was in the round. The minister is below the congregation and people could look at other people's faces. This style of architecture continued into modern times and many of these church buildings are still functioning today. Pictured are the interior of a building in Denmark, the exterior of one in Canada, replicating one in Georgia, and these are the ruins of an octagonal church in Macedonia.
Go out and train everyone you meet, far and near, in this way of life, marking them by baptism in the threefold name: Father, Son, and Holy Spirit.
Then instruct them in the practice of all I have commanded you.
I'll be with you as you do this, day after day after day, right up to the end of the age."
This is the great commission passage from Matthew, in Eugene Petersen's translation. What I am struck by is that Jesus is saying that followers gather followers. We train others in what we already know to do, to follow Jesus. We instruct people to practice life in the ways that Jesus taught us. So this is a prescription from Jesus of church. There seems to be a lot of latitude.
A time to build and a time to tear down. EcclesiastesI believe that if we are going participate in something new or different, like new ways of being the church; or new dimensions of functioning and following Jesus, then the old ways have to go or be radically modified to accommodate and assimilate the new. Deconstruction is not demoltion, but it means to take something apart and examine it and then to change it or change how you use it. Deconstruction is difficult to define, but this is the essence of it.
What if we are the message? Not just truth-sayers or messengers, like post people; but what if our lives are supposed to be the message that people read that points them to God? What if we are supposed to not just read it, listen to it, hear it, talk about it, and write about it..... but BE it and do it?
We must partake of Jesus into the depths of our beings and be accesable to God and people, if we want to be Christian.
The real Christian experience is not entertainment or "spectation", but doing it yourself and with others; under, before and with the help of God.
The messege must change us, we have to allow it to, or we aren't real, but are just acting.
Jesus said to them, "I tell you the truth, unless you eat the flesh
of the Son of Man and drink his blood, you have no life in you.
John 6:53 And no one pours new wine into old wineskins. If he does, the wine will burst the skins, and both the wine and the wineskins will be ruined. No, he pours new wine into new wineskins. Mark 2:22
Anno Domini is Latin for "The year of our Lord". What if this is the year of our Lord? What if there is something peculiarly special that makes this time "the Lord's year"? Could it be that in a year from now, we will look back and say that the Lord did something remarkable?
I used to think that AD stood for "After Death", refering to Jesus Christ death on the cross. So when I first thought of AD today, this is what I thought of, but I forgot about Christ. So, pondering death, I thought of my death. Not my whole, total death, leaving this world; but death to self life and death to ideas and things.
So there's a time after death. A time of grief, a time of reflection, and I time in between things. After death, then what? It can be a starting over time or a new beginning.
In Christ, we can always choose death and let that stuff go to the cross, and then let Him nurture the life in us. That's good news.
God said to Moses, "Climb higher up the mountain and wait there for me" Exodus 24:12a
Excelsior means more lofty, still higher, and ever upward. It also means wood shavings used in packing or stuffing.
The true meaning of excellence is being godly, one with God, in God, God centered. To go up, you must also go down. There is always a calling to go higher and go lower.
Jesus is risen from the dead to the highest place and releases authority to his followers. Jesus lived as a man, demonstrating how to humbly exercise God's authority on earth.
Update: 11-2-09 I found this from Mary Clark in Marriana Florida today, and I thought it was good.
ExcelsiorNovember 2, 2009 excelsior – higher, always upward I want you to come up higher, beloved. I want you to see things from My perspective. Do not look at the world through the eyes of the world. Look at things through My eyes; get My perspective, the proper perspective. I am eager for My beloved to come up higher. I am ea…
July 1, 2006 Estendendo: Portuguese Extendere: Latin
To widen, to unfold,to develop, to open, to uncurl, to extend. To spread or stretch forth, to stretch out to the fullest length.
Enlarge the place of your tent, stretch your tent curtains wide,
do not hold back; lengthen your cords, strengthen your stakes. For you will spread out to the right and to the left; your descendants will dispossess nations and settle in their desolate cities.