Today @ Healingsprings fellowship

A metanarrative or grandnarrative is a narrative about narratives of historical meaning, experience, or knowledge, which offers a society legitimation through the anticipated completion of a (as yet unrealized) master idea.

For instance, scholars argue that there is more in terms of social and spiritual value from the humanity of Jesus than the idea of his divinity. When we take out doctrines like ‘original sin’, virgin birth, atonement, and resurrection; in fact we see a Jewish Rabbi who was totally committed to the global welfare of humanity – hence his charge, “your kingdom come, your will be done on earth as it is in heaven”.

To this end his call to repentance was a bid for a change in our perspectives. When he responded to Nicodemus’ question with the advice, be ‘born again’ or ‘born from above’; he was encouraging an unlearning of bad scripts. His teaching about being like ‘little children’ was with a view that we put on what John Rawls will much later refer to as ‘the Veil of ignorance’ in his seminal piece: The Theory of Justice.

The fruits of the humanity and teachings of Jesus is evident in some institutions and cross cutting themes in the West. These include the welfare state, education, healthcare, social justice, and stewardship. However, even these institutions are now creaking under the pressures of efficiency savings and value for money as capitalism becomes the new global religion.

Back to the subject of metanarratives, one could argue then that the metanarrative of Christianity as a phenomena, institution, or religion; differs in regions around the World.

For example, Christianity in Africa is still in its infancy. The faith has not been subjected to the various tests it has endured in the West, as such the focus lies heavily on the ‘supernatural’ elements of Jesus. As such, using John’s language, the ‘Word’ is not yet flesh, and not ‘dwelling’. As a result, the Church is not a true reflection of who Jesus was. Thus we are not seeing the fruits of his charge creating and transforming institutions or even the masses in any wider sense.

Even in the West we still have a long way to go. The question still remains, who was Jesus? What was his vision for humanity?

Dear friends when we apprehend this reality then we can understand and take our place in the work of revitalisation and co-creation with God.

Join us for Operative Narratives, when I will be moving into the different areas of personal transformation. As we stay on these questions and allow them to permeate every facet of our lives, there is hope for redemption.

3:00-4:30pm, coffee afterwards.

St John’s Hall

Church Rd,

Sidcup DA14 6BX

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Thought Leaders Series: 2018

Like most people that made positive impact and left a legacy in this world, Jesus spent 30years preparing himself for a public ministry which most theologians argue spans between 2-3years.

During those years of his public ministry he was hugely unpopular, so much so that the people demanded the release of Barabbas (a man thrown in prison for insurrection against the Roman authorities and murder) when presented a choice.

Even after his death it will take centuries before his thoughts and ideas gained any form of mainstream traction.

However those 30years to me are more vital than the years of his public ministry. Those years were years of ugly hard work. The sort of effort and perspiration that eventually makes you an ‘overnight success’. This hard work the world never gets to know, see, or even talk about.

Therefore, in order to produce work that the world sees and celebrates, we have to first be willing to consistently produce work that no one might see or even notice.

Dear friends, our effort must be consistent, deliberate, and regularly improved through personal or external feedback process in order for them to yield any sort of dividends. This is particularly important in our season of obscurity.

Sometimes, this even involves working for free with a view to learn and master our craft. We can only make demands when we are in demand.

Let’s go to work!

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Thought Leaders Series: 2018

In order to understand a phenomenon, first seek to grasp the concept. Until you achieve this all your toil is futile.

Once you grasp the concept, then you will be able to spot the patterns and trends from the facts or data.

With regards to Christianity for instance, it is not about memorising facts or data (Scriptures), and forcing it into our lives by faith (living by faith), but about understanding the various Jewish concepts of the Divine in the Old Testament, and how they translate into Jesus’ teaching as captured in the New Testament. Then we begin the tedious exercise of trying to work out what that thought or idea means in today’s World.

It is not about ‘Bible believing’, more about understanding what the contributors of the library we know as ‘The Bible’, were trying to convey based on their understanding of the Divine and how the World operates.

Therefore be wary of people who take the Bible literally. We know through history that their interpretations of the Bible often cost lives, and create negative operative narratives in the minds of people. These operative narratives become deep seated in their psyche, preventing them from unlocking and harnessing the fullness of their God-given potentials.

They often miss the Big Picture of what the Text is trying to convey, and what that means in their time.

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