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  • 1. We are increasingly faced with a choice , I believe, notbetween kindness and hostility, but between kindness and nonexistence. (p. 12)

2. Us.Them. 3. Neighbor?Us.Them. Enemy? 4. Neighbor?Us. Hostility? Hospitality? Different? Same?Them.Enemy? 5. Can there be peace amongpassionately faithful people? 6. Starting Point: 7. We already know how to do 2 things quite well: 8. We already know how to do 2 things quite well:1. how to have a strong Christianidentity that is hostile towardpeople of other religions. 9. We have the only way. STRONG-You are going to hell.HOSTILEWe are Gods chosen.You worship false gods.resistance is futile.you will be assimilated - or 10. We already know how to do 2 things quite well:1. how to have a strong Christianidentity that is hostile towardpeople of other religions.2. how to have a weak Christianidentity that is tolerant (benign)toward people of other religions. 11. it doesnt matter what you believe.all religions are the same.all roads lead to god.only sincerity matters.doctrines divide. weak-benignkeep religion private. 12. We havent yet learned ...to have a strong Christian identitythat is benevolent toward other religions. 13. Because I Follow Jesus, I love you.I move toward the other.I break down walls of hostility.i stand with you in solidarity.you are made in Gods image. strong-i am your servant.benevolentI practice human-kindness. 14. A Popular Misconception:Our religious differences keep us apart. 15. Actuality:It is not our religiousdifferences that keep us apart,but rather one thing we allhold in common: 16. Actuality:We build strong religious identities through hostility toward the other. 17. Give people a common enemy, and you willgive them a common identity. Deprive themof an enemy and you will deprive them ofthe crutch by which they know who they are. - James Alison 18. "Historically, the amity, or goodwill, within thegroup has often depended on enmity, or hatred,between groups. But when you get to the globallevel, that wont work... That cannot be thedynamic that holds the planet together... Butwhat would be unprecedented is to have thiskind of solidarity and moral cohesion at a globallevel that did not depend on the hatred of othergroups of people." (Robert Wright, Nonzero: The Logic Of HumanDestiny, quoted in Evolutionaries: Unlocking The Spiritual And Cultural Potential In SciencesGreatest Idea, by Carter Phipps) 19. Can Christians today build a new kind of identity ... based on hospitality and solidarity, not hostility, to the other?strong- benevolent 20. But how? 21. Four Challenges1. Historical3. Liturgical 4. Missional 22. Four Challenges1. Historical 2. Doctrinal3. Liturgical 4. Missional 23. Must doctrinal differences always divide us? 24. Doctrine can mean loyalty test - our tribal paint, tattoos,feathers, and accent thatdistinguish safe us fromdangerous them. 25. But doctrine can have another meaning ...another purpose: Doctrine can meana healing teaching. 26. What might happen if we took a second look at our coredoctrines - not as hostile identity markers, but ashealing teachings? 27. healing teachingsintended to bind together whathas been torn and broken(re-ligion)? 28. The Healing Teaching of Creation 29. We are all connected. 30. The Healing Teaching ofOriginal Sin 31. Tree of Life (good) - life as creaturesTree of Knowledge (good andevil) - life as gods 32. The Healing Teaching of Election(or chosen-ness) 33. uniquely blessedto be a blessing: us for all of us 34. The Healing Teaching ofIncarnation 35. God joined with human flesh ...all humanity taken up intoGod insolidarity 36. The Healing Teaching of the Deity of Christ 37. NotJesus is like GodbutGod is like Jesus 38. The Healing Teaching of the Holy Spirit 39. Pentecost Sermon (Paul Nuechterlein)For me, another clear sign of hope comes through theirony of God raising up a faithful disciple of JesusChrist who was a Hindu and remained a Hindu. Imtalking about Mahatma Gandhi, who said this, amongmany other things, about Jesus:Jesus expressed, as no other could, the spirit and willof God. It is in this sense that I see him and recognizehim as the Son of God. And because the life of Jesushas the significance and the transcendency to which Ihave alluded, I believe that he belongs not solely toChristianity, but to the entire world, to all races andpeople... 40. We might ask, So why didnt Gandhi simply convert to Christianity?But I think the better Pentecost question would be, Why should hehave to convert? Why should he have to change religions? Whyshould he have to play into religion into the negative ways thatbring division? Did Jesus come to offer us a new religion to add toour ways of dividing into differing cultures and languages -- theTower of Babel reality? Or did he come to help each of us withinour own religions and cultures to find the one true God of unity? Ithink that Pentecost shows us the latter. We can welcome, as manyChristians are coming to do, the diversity of religious practices thathelp lead to the experience of our oneness in God. Christians arelearning from Hindus and Buddhists and Muslims and indigenousreligions the effective religious practices of how to become closer tothe God of Jesus Christ. Thats the Pentecost pouring out of theHoly Spirit on all peoples, so that their experience of onenesstranscends their many languages and cultures. 41. Finally, the greatest sign of hope to me is how Gandhi helpeddeepen our understanding of the Spirit of Truth, the Advocate. Hehad his own name for it in Sanskrit: Satyagraha, he called it, whichtranslates as Truth Force. Satyagraha moved him and many millionsof people over the last century to learn Jesus way to peace throughloving, nonviolent resistance to evil. Like Jesus on the cross, in thisway to peace we risk taking that old way of sin, righteousness, andjudgment on ourselves in order to reveal its futility, its wrongness,and offering instead Gods way of grace and forgiveness. Pentecostis Satyagraha poured out on us so that we may bring peace to ourlives as family members, co-workers, neighbors, citizens, and, yes,as both Jesus and Gandhi compelled us to do, as children of God --all of humanity, children of God. AmenRev. Paul J. NuechterleinDelivered at Prince of Peace Lutheran, Portage, MI, May 27, 2012 42. The Healing Teaching of the Trinity 43. diversity without dominationplurality without subordinationFatherness that honors son-ness in equality (& ends patriarchy)Son-ness that honors fatherness without rivalry (& ends patricide)Fatherness and son-ness that uphold Spiritness without homogeneity (ending absolutism)A God who generates the next generation of God! 44. The Healing Teaching of Inspiration of Scripture 45. Manifold witnessThe plurality of truthUnity around key questions -arguments over best answers 46. Expanding the DialogueDifferences within and amongIncommensurability ComplementarityPoint-CounterpointScholars & Mystics 47. Four Challenges1. Historical 2. Doctrinal3. Liturgical 4. Missional 48. 65