Wednesday, February 27, 2008

God vs. Empire: Then and Now

Go to and check out the latest DVD discussion series called "Eclipsing Empire' by John Dominic Crossan and Marcus Borg. It is 12 episodes looking at Jesus and Paul, especially Paul, and the struggle for God's values and reality against the Roman Empire values and reality, and extrapolate to today. It is pricey for individuals but good for small groups, churches, and I think a good historical theological background that could underpin starting a new church, new mission group, in today's world. We are going to do that here in Turley with our Living Room Church group. It would be great to counter-balance the historical focus with a DVD series that looks at new organic and mission communities, in the early church mode, like Simple Way in Philadelphia (see posts on The Irresistible Revolution which we did study on last year). I will do my best to blog on how we move through the DVD series here in Turley as we are beginning our 12-week group on it on Sundays for one hour 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. from Mar. 2 to May 18 (all are welcome if you are a reader who happens to be in or know of someone in the Tulsa and surrounding area). The Book of Acts and the Letters of Paul have been favorites for church planters seeking to instill mission-mindset in those joining with them, but too often the authentic Paul has been overlooked in this approach. This series with the latest of biblical scholarship can correct that. End.

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