Recovering the Lord's "first" supper prepares people for the "last" supper.
A 1st supper with seekers
Acts 15 (or is that 13?)
Eating with sinners...cleanliness can be caught too!
Needed: A full recovery of sharing a meal together with believers (new/old, etc) (Alpha now does this)
Justice is important, but supper is essential.
Practicing the priesthood of all believers
(everyone gets to play)
(are you sure this guy isn't Baptist)
Largely a lay ministry
Roles in class meetings -- preacher, assistent, leader
Wesley's 3 General Rules
-do no harm
-practice the ordinances (sacraments)
Belonging precedes belief
Behaving precedes belonging
(Act your way into a new way of thinking rather than think your way into a new way of acting)
Flannery O'Conner's advice to a young doubter: "Give alms"
Goal of class: detox and resocialize
(like alcoholics anonymous)
Friendship with God, in the context of other seekers' friendship with God is ultimate value. (?)
Catechetical evangelism is a pedagogy.....implied anthropology--->what kind?
Wesleyan Catechesis Applied, Tory Baucum, Part 2 (Handout)
"We know the catholics are famous for their kitsch....we evangelicals do everything we can to keep up." -Phil Harrold (in ref to picture of several bobble head dolls of various religious figures)
Where everybody knows your name....& they're always glad you came....(in my head)
Catechesis through song...(another workshop)
...charmed by what we hear, we pluck the fruit of the words without realizing it." -Basil
"Divine and moral songs, attempted in easy languages for the use of children." -by I.Watts, D.D
The hymns we have, have stood the test of time. There were a lot of bad hymns, too.
A lot of old hymns were written as take-away versions of the sermon. We are in a different time (today, people have books and information coming out of our ears).
(arrow down from "a lot of old hymns...")---->songs to the tune of existing songs of the time, so people didn't have to learn lyrics & a tune.
The difference between hymns and praise songs :) Cows in the corn.
"It never was the way it used to be. People just don't like change." -Andy Piercy
How can we get the benefits of using music without actually enjoying it? (ha, ha)
*Book rec: "Unchristian"
England is a secular society....States are not far behind.
3 Different kinds of songs we sing in church:
1. Songs we sing to each other about God.
2. Songs we sing to others about God.
3. Songs we sing to God.
Nowadays, young people don't want to be sung at (or even talked at) anymore.
Being provocative vs being formative
(doodle of a leaf)
What about singing liturgy?
Catechetical Theology at the heart of the church, Dr Graham Tomlin
Paul was responding to a particular issue...occasional theology vs systematic theology
Age of expansion:
1st-5th century...bishops were responsible for teaching (among other things) (local teachers and catechetical schools)
The age of settlement:
5th-12th century....monasteries and schools
The age of confidence (or of crisis!):
12th-17th centuries...Christian universities
The age of reason:
18th-19th centuries...theology faculties in secular universities
The age of revival and doubt
19th century....Theological seminaries
Age of mission...
Theological learning and sustaining church renewal
Early church---->catechetical schools
Medieval renaissance---->christian universities
Reformation---->universities and academics
18c revivals----->class system and seminaries
Forces shaping change
-church planting----->showing to be much more effective that existing churches in attracting non-churched people.
----->so then, how do we train people to plant churches? Do church plants also attract "churched" people? (Asking as one who prefers to join an established church)
***Never assume everyone knows your acronyms
St Paul's theological center, London
-St Mellitus College
-A theological resource for HTB(?) and Alpha
-lay training in theology
-full-time, church-based ordination training
What have we learned?
-facing the challenges
-the church needs all three models (universities, etc)
-"Doing" ---> being missional not just missiological
-drawing on the energy of local church life
-the hunger of churches for theology
(what happened? Certainly other seminarians in the past have wanted to change or improve things...in another 50-100 years, will there be seminars talking about improving the things we've set out to improve??)
(several doodles of pinwheels/ferris wheels/trivial pursuit pie piece holders)
Teaching Virtue at the heart of the church by Graham Tomlin
How do you teach Christian character?
"catechesis, character formation & discipleship in the local church"
Factors in contemporary culture:
-the irrelevance of religion
-the pervasiveness of consumerism
-the crisis of character
The most interesting thing is what kind of people shall we be? Not, what type of technology we shall be using. (Brian Appleyard)
Factors in contemporary culture:
-social mobility (people change careers etc so much more now---->less faithfulness and loyalty to place)
(three doodles: a leaf that says tired, an oval that says alpha, a rectangle that says laura)
Gilbert Meilander -- importance of teaching virtue to the young
More factors of cont. culture:
An ascetic culture?
"If the world has a future, it has an ascetic future." - Bruce Chatwin
The perfect body...
Body and soul...
1 Timothy 4:7-8
Train yourself to be godly
1 Cor. 9:24-27
Run to get the prize
"Students have powerful images of what a perfect body is and pursue it incessantly...but...they no longer have any image of a perfect soul, and hence do not long to have one."
Gyms are places where you can try to get the "perfect" body....should not churches be where one can pursue the "perfect" soul?----> 1 Tim 6:11, Col 3:12-13
Church as a school of character
-transformed by Christ's words into something divine. Gregory of Nyssa
-Josef Pieper....real perfect virtue...(a generous act vs a generous person)
Putting it into practice:
-inspiration (what is yours?)
--The difference between spiritual and physical fitness is that spiritual fitness starts with inspiration, not activity.
--a changing of out desires....transformation
Dallas Willard, The Christian Disciplines
Workshop: Christian Catechesis and Formation -- Lutheran and Anglican parish perspectives
-need to keep a discipline of keeping up theologically
-Lutheran catechism came out of a need for correcting ignorance
(the rest was on handouts)
An African Perspective, Grant LeMarquand
The harvest is plentiful, but the workers are few.
But...good things are possible...they are not living up to all the white man stereotypes. (huh?)
"Let your memories be your books." -Augustine
...hear a sermon, and then write a song about the sermon...then repeat the song/sermon over and over to others...
Why do Africans convert? Because they are joining a world that is bigger than themselves....a world that is bigger than the world they were in.
(Doodle of a strand of DNA)
Alpha - the importance of eating together
"Inviting someone to dinner is an American thing. If you went to an African's house at dinner time and knocked on their door, then you would be invited to dinner...and you would likely be greatly welcomed in."
(doodle of a cornucopia with Africa written in the opening)
Africans already knew about God...hearing about Jesus completed the story.
African traditional religion sets up perfectly for the story (account) of Jesus.
African culture is good soul for the gospel.
(Doodle of the sun, a desk lamp, and a flower)
Battle between Islam and Christianity...in Africa...some wonder if Africa needs(?) a secular society to balance(?) it all out.
Africans pray A LOT.
What does it mean to be the church in Africa today? What does it mean to teach the gospel?
The question asked at the end of the African presentation was what I thought or expected would be answered in the presentation!!
Any good and practical help has to come out of deep friendship.
Ashley Null, Part 3
The Notebook as an illustration of a lady within her own story but how quickly she forgets...points to the human condition.
(doodle of a flower)....I don't get Anglican jokes
Literal vs Figurative understanding/interpretation of Scripture, especially when Jesus says "this is my body.."
(doodle of a silhouette of a girl running on stilts, and several other scribbles...including what is either a fashionable boot/Italy and an Ugg boot/Morrison County)
Where does one turn when they don't know how to interpret Scripture? You go to the (early church) fathers.
The writings of any man must be ready for discrimination.
Me: (not sure why I am thinking of this) What is your favorite noun to photograph?
Person, Place, Thing. (place is circled)
(several doodles, lots of shading....a cube, a hand, two diamonds, what appears to be a rolling pin in a triangle..or a candle in a triangle?, and an empty boat in the water)
What does it all mean? What do we do with this information?
Cranmer wanted to use Scripture and doctrine and liturgy to change lives.