Was going to post something brilliant…but…

Was going to do that…but I have to send my computer into the University for a "refresh"…that means, I get a new computer!  One of the best reasons to be a faculty member at a major university…anyway, I'll be back in a couple of days…so, Please Stand By!

Len sweet Notes continue…

Jesus didn’t tell us to use the Word but to LIVE the Word – Jesus is an experience NOT a book – a new understanding of “the Word” is needed

Jesus preached by metaphor – and story (two to three minutes) – looping technology and looping teaching/preaching

It is past time that we begin to Exegete images – we have been trained to exegete words – but this is an image driven culture…more so as the future continues to unfold

Len Sweet Notes continue…

We are raising “Vidiots” not Bookworms – not a zero sum game – they are still learning to read but influenced more by the cultural delivery system that is the screen

How do we come to terms with that?

Internet the new delivery system – the connection with the culture

New interface has come into existence

Modern world – began with a 95 point sermon – linear thinking, performance based worldview, words were cultural currency, “the power of the Word” (words were the gods of modernity)

“Here I stand” – Here (existential statement), I (individuality was born in 16th century), stand (taking stand on something – principles, etc.)

The most anti-social invention on the planet was the book – brought you out of community – the book was about you and yourself and your own imagination

Modern world was so individualistic – postmodernity has moved us into narcissism

Experiential and non-linear, interactive, image rich, and connected (EPIC) – anything that is working is getting more EPIC.

The only institution in the world still communicating in words is the church – we love mission “statements”…how about a mission image, in many ways there is "no logos without a logo"

Communication within a new culture image based.

More from Len Sweet

Over the next few days, I’ll be posting some of my notes from Len Sweet’s presentation to a conference of Lutheran Church leaders and teachers on the Oregon Coast.  Enjoy!

If you are over 35 or 40 years of age, here is your mantra, “I am a member of the Gutenberg world…I am not a digital native (Google world is inhabited by “googlies”). 

You are either born BC (before computers) or AC (after computers).

Question – How can we incarnate the Gospel?  Can we do it in a digital world?

One quick quote from Len Sweet

Postmodern Pedagogy – "the Google generation does not need authority figures to access information – it is no longer, “me big jar and you little mug” ; “I will give you whatever I decide to give you – you catch my droppings”.   It is a NEW WORLD NOW – young people don’t need authority figures – there is no more lecture drill – a “guide/mentor” organizes journeys – the ultimate syllabus are the students – it is about leading a course not a class – a course is a journey that will end someplace surprising.  Students need need to process/assess/discern NOT assimilate previously unknown information."

Good words…good man…hate his hair but that’s another story!  See for yourself!

Spending the day with Len Sweet…

ImagesWell, not really but Len is speaking and teaching at the conference I am attending in Seaside Oregon.  Of course, if you know the Oregon coast during the winter months, you know that you might never get a chance to see the sea.  Truth is, it is 7:30 am now and it is still as rainy and dreary as it was yesterday…can’t see a thing.  But in the conference center, I’ll be ready to engage in some of Dr. Sweet’s teachings and reflections on culture and faith.  I’ve been a fan of Len’s for years…in fact, many of his books have been used by the Spirit of God to reshape my mind about faith and discipleship.  I’ll blog about it later today…so, as I’ve said before, more to come.  Oh, by the way, this is a LC-MS conference for the Northwest District.  This district has pioneered the planting of over 40 churches this past year…impressive (all with a missional mindset).

Prayer for help!

One of the prayers that is universal is the prayer for help.  Our community has been studying the Psalms of Ascent, specifically Psalm 124 last week.  We all cry out for help at times in our lives…this very moment, one of my closest friends in the world needs help and he is searching his heart and laying his life before the Lord.  We all need to remember the help God has brought to our lives in the past…God is faithful but as we face the crises of daily life, our help is in and only in the Lord.  Here’s a great prayer for help…would you pray it with me?

St. Brendan’s Prayer

Shall I abandon, O King of mysteries, the soft comforts of home? Shall I turn my back on my native land, and turn my face towards the sea?

Shall I put myself wholly at your mercy, without silver, without a horse, without frame, without honour? Shall I through myself wholly food and drink, without a bed to lie on? Shall I say farewell to my beautiful land, placing myself under Your yoke?

Shall I pour out my heart to You, confessing my manifold sins and begging forgiveness, tears streaming down my cheeks? Shall I leave the prints of my knees on the sandy beach, a record of my final prayer in my native land?

Shall I then suffer every kind of wound that the sea can inflict? Shall I take my tiny boat across the wide sparkling ocean? O King of the Glorious Heaven, shall I go of my own choice upon the sea?

O Christ, will You help on the wild waves?