Monday, July 18, 2011

Discipling Communities by Commissioning

Psalm 19:14, coda to all Psalms of Book One.

Dear ____:

You have helped. I thank you. Something good has emerged.

Remember that memory place town square (GoForth+!) creation where events were paralleled by parts of the Heidelberg Catechism? It has, after years, been glorified into a tool for discipling communities.

We add things. Because we thanked, we thought. Thinking is thanking.

The series of additions begins. What we add is Wayne Larson's 'Everything is liturgy' and JBJ's/ERH's covenant sequence of history.

Then we add 3 things from Pastor Nolder's sermons. 1--The consummation must be greater than the creation. 2--You are given gifts, in order to give them. 3--Christianity is the only religion in which you are to become more and more what you are.

This also uses the great tool that we have of the tourists, both in normal times and during Tulip Time.

We would hand them out a small booklet that explains the above, and applies it, and offers our services in helping do the same for their community.

We start west of the southwest corner of the square in Holland, and move to the southeast corner, 1847. This is the Call and Cleanse segment of the liturgy of history.

Moving North, we get to 1922, when The Souvenir History of Pella was written. Consecration. Or, as JBJ calls it in Crisis, Opportunity..., Lyric. ERH calls this subjective, new persons, new speech. [A side note: The Libertarian Party candidate for President, John Hospers, born in Pella in 1918, spoke Dutch at home.]

Then, moving west, we get to 2011. Tulip Time started in 1936. This is the Evaluation section for JBJ, the narrative/new institutions for ERH. Communion, a sharing, for the 5Cs.

It is now 2011, and what are we going to give (part 2 of Pastor Nolder, above). The greater gift (parts 1 and 3).

And now, how are we to be more and more our name, the consummation being greater than the creation?
What is our name? ‘Pella’ means ‘refuge’.
In all the areas in which we commission, how are we, who have been given refuge, to offer refuge to others?

Here we work in 4 areas, corresponding to types of social order. In the tribal/community, the covenant structure outlined, and the offer to help would be an addressing of the pain of many, who lack community. We teach them by our example how to have community through these covenant rhymes. This is the community holidays calendar. REFUGE offered: How to be a community, gathering up all a community’s history unto the new (imperative, commission, torah, instruction, authority)?

In the empire/business area, the crying need today seems to be the ability to navigate the economic stresses. We have transitioned in Pella from self-employed workers, to big companies, but have kept some fine features. Also, the internet offers ways to sell one's self-employed wares. That kind of thing. This is the work schedule calendar--each of these 4 is …

---I lost my message, I had saved this part. I continue.—

…represented by a calendar. REFUGE: How to live in service, loving one’s customers, making new helping, helping one’s neighbors with the fruit of one’s work, hospitality evangelism?

In the religion/Israel area, we have the covenant applied here, and the history of Pella and the Heidelberg, and Central College as originally Baptist, then reformed, and now gone to what it is. We have the missionary movement having planted native churches in each and every land, Africa from 10% to 46% from 1900 to 2000, Sunday Adelaja, ‘Sustained Revival’—search, televangelists, etc. Pella less than half churched? REFUGE: How to bring more and more into the household of God?

Education/Greece overlaps a lot here. Khan Academy and on-line tutoring, Open Culture, MIT’s courses free on web. Home schooling (compare Grandma Covault graduating from pre-1900 high school, taking a 2-week course, and teaching a dozen + farm kids in country school, grades 1-8. REFUGE: How to teach, morally, more and more.

These categories from ERH’s Multiformity of Man.

This would be put in a pamphlet for tourists, with supporting websites, webcasts of Tulip Time, social media, offers to help, iPhone apps—whatever works. Partial hints. Boulder, CO: The D. C. governance the ‘liberals’ idolized is not now the rock upon which they can base the helping they do through local government, but has become sand in the gears. St. Louis: He was a Crusader, a saint of the Roman Catholic Church. What is the crusade now (crusades recover lost territory, evangelists go into new territory)? How do we understand the separated out ones, differently, and more appropriately?

This would be a great ministry—even for a small church--, for with the unprecedented new technology, we have a corresponding breakdown of the old communities –they need to be transformed through Pastor Nolder’s 3, above – as our spatial reach increases, and the time taken to do things decreases.

Love in King Jesus,

PS: Also, Clint Gardner’s ‘Beyond Belief’ 5th Chapter, traces the national revolutions of the West in these categories: imperative, subjective—new persons, new speech, narrative—new institutions, objective—planetary service. (Trauma makes epoch: ERH. “@DailyKeller: The essence of forgiveness is absorbing pain instead of giving it.” And/Or making new institutions, as Jesus did the church. And/or giving joy from pain. -- This is written the week/sheba after the conference, #5 of M’aidezMaydayMaeDay80). JBJ: Law, Lyric, Evaluation, Fact. Called, Cleansed, Consecrated, Communed, Commissioned.

WE are the commissioners, having understood and applied the covenant. We die and live with the community as it is transformed by technology (check the Greek, please!)

North has 5s of THEOS in ‘Crossed Fingers’. Guilt, Grace, Gratitude, and the other alphabet sequences we did with fun and fervor, after Eric Van Ee added another. GoForth+!

"The history of the human race is written on a single theme: How does love become stronger than death? The composition is recomposed in each generation by those whose love overcomes murdering or dying. So history becomes a great song, Augustine's Carmen Humanum. As often as the lines rhyme, love has once again become stronger than death. This rhyming, this connecting, is men's function on earth. But that this is our function we have only known since the birth of Christ." - Sociology II, p. 759

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