Awhile back I read Michael Frost and Alan Hirsch's new book ReJesus: a Wild Messiah for a Missional Church. I think it's a great read and has some good thought provoking thoughts in it. It's a great follow up to books like Shaping of Things to Come, Exiles, and The Forgotten Ways. Here are some great questions they ask as we think about comparing ourselves and our churches to the movement that Jesus began:
- What ongoing role does Jesus the Messia play in shaping the ethos and self-understanding of the movement that originated in him?
- How is the Christian religion, if we could legitimately call it that, informed and shaped by the Jesus that we meet in the Gospels?
- How do we assess the continuity required between the life and example of Jesus and the subsequent religion called Christianity?
- In how many ways do we domesticate the radical Revoluationay in order to sustain our religion and religiosity?
- And perhaps most important of all, how can a rediscovery of Jesus renew our discipleship, the Christian community, and the ongoing mission of the church?
These are good questions, or as they say, "not insignificant... because they take us to the core of what the church is all about."
I've posted in the past a bit about my own particular understanding of deconstruction, and maybe what I'll call "Christian deconstruction". These questions are good questions in this line of thinking. Christian deconstruction is really a form of being enlightened by the Word which leads to confession, repentance, and a reforming of our ways. We are constantly reforming our beliefs and actions by the Gospel, by Jesus, by the Word. Daily we attach our own versions to the gospel, our preferences, or our blindspots. God is constantly calling us to the humility of saying, "Not my will, but yours be done" believing that God is sovereign and that his mission is the right one.
One of the hardest things, though, is admitting that we've often gotten it wrong and need to revamp and retool to be more faithful to Jesus, his Gospel, and the missio Dei.
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