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09
Mar
08

Update on Paper Outline

For part one, we need to focus our paper from Barker.  As such and that I am focusing on economic issues, I will focus on an idea that has come from a Fordist paradigm of mass-production.  Looking at the issue of mass produced beverages like Coca-Cola and bottled waters, I will explore how we can turn an economic monster into a resource for our community.

This is especially important because I must look at the praxis model two-fold.  The first is locating an issue external of my congregation and the second is finding one internally.  Externally there are issues of class and economic need plus the issue of the environment.  Internally, the church struggles to find itself in terms of seeing and responding to needs.  This combines the two issues from a Fordist machine into a tool for God.  The practicality will center on recycling for rebuilding.

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05
Mar
08

Reflection Week 9 – Wednesday Lecture

I think the discussion spoke for itself today. The big question I have is that if we as the church understand and can, in a way, deconstruct culture, production, texts, etc., how do we respond to it. Do we, to reach an audience, copy this idea by responding to everyday life? Do we understand the audience to reach them? Or do we deconstruct their world and help them understand the insidious interplay of culture and marketing. Should the church mobilize on a political or marketing level? I think about “not of this world,” a “cool” but Christian clothing company that sort of straddles the line. But should there even be a line? The church really has focused on being countercultural, but should we instead have our foot in the door?

03
Mar
08

Week 9 – Reflection – Lecture Monday

I think the discussion on knowing rules was particularly applicable to my life.  It is hard for adults to learn things.  This weekend I went snowboarding for the second time.  I would say the first, it took me 3 hours to NOT learn the basics.  This time around, I got a little better, but not too much.  A youth in the group learned after his second run and was going down the mountain just like that.  My own body just would not learn it as fast (or I am just terrible…).  I think the same goes in the church.  We grow up with certain things or believing certain things and then we find out we must unlearn some of what we know…

03
Mar
08

Week 7 – Reflection – Cobb 8 – Salvation

I really enjoyed the section in the beginning when Cobb disects the Western similar to what we did in class.  The kind of redemptive violence is something we crave.  In stories, good and bad is often fairly well defined and we usually know who to root for.  Thus, the violence seems justified.  Though probably a select few of us would ever find ourselves in a similar situation, it is easy to identify with the hero.  But perhaps we are drawn to this because of a lack of redemptive celebration in church that Cobb points out.  Not that the movies themselves are bad, but maybe the church needs to change to get to that point

03
Mar
08

Week 7 – Response to Chris’ blog

Re: http://chrissikorowski.blogspot.com/2008/02/week-7-barker-chapter-14.html

I think Chris has a great point here about needing to understand church theology intellectualism.  While I’m not certain that its just intellectuals in the church that have done the oppressing, it is obvious we need to identify ourselves with the anti-hegemonic movements (sticking to Gramscian’s model as reference).  However, not only must we seek ways of bridging the gap, but perhaps there’s a certain amount of crossover needed.  We should become Organic in our thinking and I think classes like ours and schools like Fuller will make that effort to adapt ourselves to the changing social environment.

03
Mar
08

Paper Outline (1st draft)

The topic I am choosing is economics.  I live in a suburban community that is diverse in its economic standings.  My parents (and I half the time) live in an upper-middle class gated community where all the houses are two stories.  But to the direct north and a few miles to the south, the houses slowly diminish in size and stature.  For my church, we are mostly middle class with a few wealthier and a fair number of lower-middle or working class (labels do not correspond to a set number as this is just general observation).  However, I do not believe there are more than a couple people living in poverty.  As this has been the case, my church has not looked on economically making a difference in our community.

I will use the praxis model of solving 2 issues.  Poverty in the surrounding community and mobilizing a church to do so.  This actually ties question 2 and 3 together as the problem is both external and internal.

01
Mar
08

Reflection Week 8 – Bevans – Trancendental Model

The transcendental model sounds to me like something we all do, in a way.  Our culture is very introspective, looking at motives and reasons, and the mind in the hopes of unlocking the truth.  This is good to a point and one must constantly refine oneself.  The problem, however, is that there is little accountability in thought.  One must depend on other believers to make sure that the great danger of the transcendental model (complete heresy, like universalism) does not happen.




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