Wednesday, February 1, 2017
Jesus was the stone that the builders rejected. He was ideal for the building, but they would not take him for the role he was to play in the foundation of Judaism. As such, he is the chief cornerstone of a new church. This church was crucified in the flesh. This is now a resurrected church: the church of his body. We accept his crucifixion over ours. We accept his resurrection over ours, because we are fallen.
Now if I said Jesus was Chief Cornerstone, you might think he was a chief of the First Nations people. Yet if Jesus had not died on their behalf he could not be given that honour. He is the cornerstone of his church, the church of every nation.
The reason God chose Israel as his chosen nation is that when she was nurtured correctly would give him an invitation. There is the theology that God was an invasion to us, or a husband an invasion to his wife. I have constructed a framework for which it was always an invitation. Israel in a sense invited Jesus Christ to earth, to be born into the Virgin Mother's womb. What impeded him was the Roman Empire and Judaism, which would have stoned his mother.
This is what makes us a safe church. Now whenever there is a power imbalance in the church authority, it causes a potential for abuse. This is why the Anglicans have instituted a "Safe Church." When we respect people's invitations there is less potential for a power imbalance. Christ does not invade anyone, and in that he does not abuse anyone. When the voice of Christ is subtle, we usually think we thought of that ourselves. That is how the Holy Spirit works, to be so subtle we didn't notice it.
Friday, December 2, 2016
Today I wanted to talk to you about the difference between holistic leadership and orthodox leadership.
When a leader changes his style and way of relating with every person he interacts with, this is holistic behavior. Holistic practitioners also believe that each person is different and that our approach to healthcare will be different for every person. When we relate to everyone based on their backgrounds, style and needs differently, this is not a fault, but rather accepting that everyone is different. This is a flexible form of leadership that resists labels and categories for people.
When a leader acts the same with every person, and his smile never wavers, his approach is always the same, this is orthodox leadership. An orthodox society believes that the rules should be the same for everyone, and it is only fair if everyone get the same treatment. Orthodox practitioners, such as medical doctors have the same approach for every person. It is a standardized approach, that they are taught to use, so no one gets missed.
Has Jesus' ministry on earth changed at all in the last two thousand years? Does his approach to us change in modern times? If I told you that Jesus in the new millennium has more freedom to practice holistic leadership, this might be a step forward. Jesus is able to vary his way of relating so that it is emotionally relevant to you personally. This is what makes a prophetic moment so special.
An orthodox response to humanity would be to tell them simply that they are going to heaven or hell. This orthodox response is something many people react to. It's time to think like a modern Jesus and see what would meet an individual's need for a connection with God in a modern culture. It is different for every person. What Jesus will say to connect with them personally will surprise you every time.
Wednesday, November 23, 2016
A prophetic moment is like asking for 'Raspberries in January'. It is something decidedly out of the ordinary. We notice because we were not expecting God to meet us in this way. He speaks and suddenly we are quiet: we listen to that still small voice that Elijah heard once in a cave.
It was Murray Dueck, the director of Samuel's Mantle, a prophetic school in Abbotsford, who said that when Jesus passed by the fig tree and cursed it, it wasn't even the right season for figs. That would be like us in Abbotsford expecting raspberries in January. As such, I have named my prophetic blog.
I want to discuss going beyond religion for awhile with you.
This life goes on and we seldom have time to talk, I mean really discuss what religion is and what character comes of it. What is beyond religion . . . if religion affects us in a positive way, we will eventually go beyond it to discover our spiritual nature.
Our spiritual nature looks for a god to fill its spiritual vessel.
This is like being a vase, and hoping to be filled with flowers. Flowers might represent God's blessings. Let God's special touch fill you with flowers today!