World Communion Sunday is October 7, 2018

Reposted from ChristiaNet September, 2018 Issue 175

What does “global communing” bring to your mind? A long distance phone conversation between friends in Adelaide, South Australia and Nashville, Tennessee? A table at a 1955 luncheon in Toronto, Canada where women are creating a unique fellowship? Our sisters, strong in faith and ability building homes for families in Mexico or South Africa? Maybe you imagine the smile of women finally leaving the brothel in India on the arms of their mentors and friends. Or a lunch after Sunday worship with folk new to your community.

October 7, 2018 is World Communion Sunday, a celebration that encourages Christian unity and ecumenical cooperation. One might describe it as a faith community building event. World Convention founder, Jesse Bader, promoted World Communion Sunday among the Stone-Campbell family as early as 1940, and the tradition continues today.

How do we build God’s community?

James 2:8-9 says the conduct of the faithful should be unbiased. “You do well when you complete the Royal Rule of the Scriptures: “Love others as you love yourself.” But if you play up to so-called important people, you go against the Rule and stand convicted by it.” Then James asks pointedly in verse 17, “Isn’t it obvious that God-talk without God-acts is outrageous nonsense?” (The Message)

Whether individually or with a group, you are invited to dialogue with other ChristiaNet readers through your stories, ideas and pictures where active faith is building God’s community. We’d love to share the ways you and yours share the hospitality of Jesus’ open table in your part of the world. Not just on October 7, but throughout the year. Not just in your church, but in your neighborhood, your city or town, the country you call home.

Here’s how. Tag your “faith-in-action” posts and photos on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, blogs, etc. with #ChristiaNetCommunity. Search for #ChristiaNetCommunity entries in your browser or social media platform to see one another’s offerings. Together let’s expand our knowing of God at work around the world.

Faith and works, works and faith, fit together hand in glove. May God be ever present in this experience of our global communing!

Julia Keith

Van Rheenen Thoughts on Church Growth Movement

@litabny: Gailyn Van Rheenen sees Biblical Theology as NOT forming the basic questions of Church Growth research.*

@GailynVanRheen: No, you have not rightly read me! In Missions: Biblical Foundations and Contemporary Strategies (Zondervan, 2016), I provide what I call the Missional Helix in which I show a move from Theology to Strategy Formation within the context of Cultural Analysis/Historical Perspective

This process is done within the context of Spiritual Formation.

The beginning point of ministry is Theological Formation and intertwined throughout the process of Spiritual Discernment.

Ch. 1 is “The Biblical Narrative of Mission: Entering God’s Story,” Ch. 2 “Spiritual Awakenings for Mission.” Ch. 3 “Theological Foundations of Missions,” Ch. 4 “The Church: The Embodiment of Missions.”

My problem with the Church Growth Movement is the primary focus on “growth” rather than disciple-making reflecting the ministries of Jesus and Paul leading to theologically formed disciples who by their passion and God-focus can only speak for God!

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Placeholder | Reconstructing the Gospel Review

Reconstructing the Gospel – Finding Freedom from Slaveholder Religion by Jonathan Wilson-Hartgrove Foreword by The Reverend Dr. William J. Barber II

At Google Books

At a library

5 minute MP3 audio book preview

Every book reviewer lives in a context.

Mine is peppered with influences:

ADRIS Newsletter back in the day (Thank you, David Moberg).

Gailyn Van Rheenen (et. al. from ACU and some professors from FHU) Van Rheenen Thoughts on Church Growth Movement.

Global Church, localized manifestations / incarnations through this lens.

I’m a long-time fanboy of OMSC. Was looking at Thomas John Hastings, What Is This New Thing God Is Doing? in International Bulletin of Mission Research

Saw this in their audio lecture archives this a.m.
Faith and Life: Theological Formation off the Grid – Ruth Padilla DeBorst

While Thomas John Hastings didn’t mention the Spirit’s current emphasis on bi-vocational missioning (Clergy perks, y’all #500thAnniversaryProtestantReformation), Ruth Padilla DeBorst did.

Cybermissiology in global “interdenominational” (church universal / global beloved community / ekklesia)

Also seen recently The Archbishop Romero Trust 

Stephen R. Haynes: The battle for Bonhoeffer

Martin Luther King: Remaining Awake Through a Great Revolution

John Pavlovitz: The Sins of Christians Choosing The Economy Over Morality

Max Keiser interviews Dr. Michael Hudson re: “…and forgive them their debts: Lending, Foreclosure and Redemption — From Bronze Age Finance to the Jubilee Year.” #PoorPeoplesCampaign

Eric Toussaint: Debt Cancellation in Mesopotamia and Egypt from 3000 to 1000 BC

Michael Hudson: The Land Belongs to God

The Benefits of Debt Relief December 19, 2013

National Park Data

Data-driven decisions for national parks
https://gcn.com/articles/2017/08/10/nps-visitors-data.aspx

National Park Service Geographic Information Systems (GIS)
https://www.nps.gov/gis/

the Data Store – NPS IRMA Portal – National Park Service
https://irma.nps.gov/DataStore/

STATS – Welcome to Visitor Use Statistics – NPS IRMA Portal
https://irma.nps.gov/stats/

National Park Service – Data.gov
https://catalog.data.gov/dataset?publisher=National+Park+Service

National Parks – Data.gov
https://catalog.data.gov/dataset/national-parks

National Park Boundaries – Data.gov
https://catalog.data.gov/dataset/national-park-boundariesf0a4c

DOI Data | U.S. Department of the Interior – DOI.gov
https://www.doi.gov/data

Future of Conservation in America
Jonathan Jarvis, former director of the National Park Service, offered his thoughts on the current state of the National Park Service and provided a path forward. He was joined in conversation by E.O. Wilson and Terry Tempest Williams. https://www.c-span.org/video/?443013-1/future-conservation-america

LinkedIn posted about Tennessee as Sexist

Sexism shows regional disparities https://www.linkedin.com/feed/news/sexism-shows-regional-disparities-2255347/

On NashDev Slack Women-in-Tech channel Beth Downey wrote:

#longsigh 29 people interviewed about tech workers: TWO are women and the story is authored by a woman [Geeky male introverts: Nashville execs on how you shouldn’t describe tech workers – Nashville Business Journal] https://www.bizjournals.com/nashville/news/2018/08/23/geeky-introverts-nashville-tech-execs-on-the-top.html

What I’ve noticed (globally) is women in networking and as networkers: Cat Stover, GEANT; Ana Hunsinger, Vice President, Community Engagement, Internet2; Wendy Huntoon, KINBER /PennREN; Jen Leasure, President and CEO at The Quilt; Sandi Mays, EVP, CIO at Zayo Group; Florence (DiStefano) Hudson, Experienced SVP & Chief Innovation Officer, Innovation/IOT/Blockchain/Inclusion Speaker & consultant, Advisor for EU-US Collaboration; Dr. Melissa Z. Y. Woo, Vice President for Information Technology and Chief Information Officer (CIO) at Stony Brook University; etc.

2018 2nd National Research Platform Presentations here

2nd National Research Platform Workshop Videos Playlist here

Bridled Capitalism

Stephanie Ruhle and Scott Galloway had a focused discussion on CSuites and workers compensation this a.m. for which I am profoundly grateful. If the National Dems don’t focus on this issue they will go the way of the dinosaur — unless civil anarchy is launched by Trump before the 2018 elections (see Brownshirts) as he declares *martial war* on Mexico or Venezuela. National Dems are just as beholden to CSuite-backed Dark Money and Super PACS (see Citizens United v. Federal Election Commission) as are the Republicans (see opensecrets.org).

Minimum wage laws alone are a red herring; while they may be “necessary but not sufficient”, a minimum wage will always be eaten up by healthcare insurance premium hikes. The law must be made to require fiduciary responsibility to stakeholders not just shareholders, over the long term not just the short. There is a “life cycle of nations” and over the long view, (now globalized) capitalism doesn’t give a tinker’s dam about individual nations.

Unless “Say on Pay” is legalized in the US (with legal teeth, not just “suggestions”), Preferred Stock/Restricted Stock Units are eliminated or modified, Stock Buybacks are reined in so that they benefit stakeholders as well as “shareholders” (CSuites), Pre-IPO stock grants to frienemies with associated pump and dumps are regulated in a meaningful fashion, there will be no reinvestment into workers, social safety nets, enterprises. #DiabolicalGreed

Joseph Malgeri is looking for some stories about the lack of internet

Joseph Malgeri posted the following in the Facebook Public Group “Internet Seekers: Citizens Striving for Fiber in TN”:

YOUR ATTENTION PLEASE! I’m looking for some stories about how the lack of internet is impacting your and your family’s lives. They don’t have to be long but they should be clear and complete. Post them here or email them to fibreopticconsultant@gmail.com. Thanks in advance for your help.

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ATTENTION READERS. Please note message at the end.

I wonder if they get it…

I wonder if our elected officials realize the damage they do to their state, in so many ways:

Lawmakers know how much high speed internet is needed across the state, yet they continue to block efforts to expand it, even when it will cost taxpayers nothing.

I wonder how many of our citizens realize that the governor’s initiative, the recently passed Broadband Accessibility Act is mostly smoke and mirrors; that the $45 million he budgeted over three years will barely cover 200 miles – when we can cover the state for free. How many people realize that the way the law is structured, the definition of high-speed is like legislating rotary phones for all?

Since 2004, when some select communities took up the challenge to bring broadband to their areas. Even though they were limited by laws authored by AT&T, some 350,000 residents and almost 13,000 businesses have taken high speed internet, while millions of Tennesseans, both urban and rural have been denied access.

In the face of overwhelming evidence that these brave communities have prospered while others have wilted;

In the face of compelling evidence that a lack of access to high speed internet drives existing businesses away and causes prospective new businesses to look elsewhere;

In view of the facts that young innovators are swarming to connected communities where opportunities are aplenty while our young people around the state leave home for opportunities they cannot find locally; and,

In view of the fact that the municipal electric utilities providing internet in those connected communities pay millions of dollars per year combined in Payments in Lieu of Taxes to their respective communities’ general funds;

In view of all the good going on around us, don’t you think it’s high time to oust legislators who openly deny our rights to have what they have.

Don’t continue to re-elect lawmakers who hide behind false concepts about free markets when what they’re really doing is protecting their donor’s turf.

I wonder, dear readers, if…. if, over the Thanksgiving break you will think about the successes mounting in connected cities and ask, why not us?

I wonder, politicians across the state, how you can stand in the way of your constituents’ rights to self determination – and then ask for their votes in November.

Are you getting this, Beth Harwell?

Dear Readers,
I’ve been working on this for years now. I know how important this issue is for all of us but mostly you. My time here is limited while yours may be decades longer. I am eager to take this message across the state, NOW, so we can shake up the 2018 election and get the bills passes that free us to take charge of our own destinies.
I want your help. Set up town halls and interviews in your back yards and I’ll be there. Make video and Podcasts, and I’ll share the truth that you can then speak to power.
I’ve got the roadmaps, all we need now are the road warriors.
Thank you for reading. Happy Thanksgiving. JM

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Here are some related resources:

Connected Nashville 2 (October 12, 2017)

Connected Nashville: A Vision for a Smarter City (May 11, 2016)

Washington Journal Phil Bredesen Discusses Health Care Policy Tennessee

Washington Journal Governor Bill Haslam Discusses Priorities Tennessee

From Craig Settles:

Telehealth is extremely popular in healthcare, particularly in low-income urban and rural areas. However, without quality broadband high-speed Internet access telehealth doesn’t happen.

My latest report makes a business case for using community broadband to advance healthcare because that’s how we drive both broadband and telehealth adoption. Telehealth users and vendors, community broadband owners, and local broadband providers share compelling interests and benefits.

Using real-world cases, this report lays out a strategy for boosting telemedicine and broadband adoption. Uniting healthcare providers, schools and libraries in healthcare hubs has fundraising, infrastructure development and political advantages your community should evaluate.

The FCC majority, some members in Congress and a number of state legislators are not our friends. If you want highspeed Internet access, it falls squarely on communities’ collective shoulders!

Community Broadband Snapshot Report ™ November 2017

How some evangelical Christians are complicit in the cruelty of politics

The other day when I twote: Those carrying water for #GeneralissimoStrongman warn “don’t leak!” #FascistDemonology #ALittleBonhoefferInYourHeilsgeschichte Mark had already published the following. I only add the requisite Ezekiel 34 to the list of prophets he recounts.

Written by Mark W. Hamilton, Contributor, The Dallas Morning News

Late in 1945, amid ruin-choked, refugee-filled cities, church leaders of Germany issued the Stuttgart Declaration of Guilt. This short, yet controversial confession acknowledged the church’s partial responsibility for National Socialism. By their acquiescence in the gradual degradation of civil society, the persecution of all who did not “fit,” and their embrace of the national mission of domination, many Christians had failed to stand for the Gospel. Some had pulled the trigger while most had sat by consoling themselves with patriotism and personal morality.

As the “Declaration” put it, however, “Founded on Holy Scripture, with entire seriousness before the Church’s only Lord, we are undertaking to purify ourselves from influences alien to the faith and bring ourselves into order.” The church had to do better.

I have been thinking lately about all those Europeans who had to reckon with their own complicity with fascism and hyper-nationalism in its various forms. Were they different from us, less enlightened, more blind to what was slowly unfolding around them? Maybe not, for the monstrosities of the 1940s grew slowly, as the powerful gradually stigmatized the “other” until their humanity vanished beneath the reckless appeals to renewed greatness and venting of age-old fears. Truths and lies became entangled in the ceaseless propaganda. The European church has still not recovered.

I think of that era because I wonder what faces the church in America after this one. Many evangelical Christians have embraced “influences alien to the faith:” nationalism without self-restraint, fear of immigrants, a readiness to make social warfare upon the young, stern opposition to science and knowledge in all its forms. The list goes on.

Certainly there are noble exceptions such as the objections from ethicists in the Southern Baptist Convention, and of course the call to moral clarity from Catholic bishops. But much of the church pretends to be focused on the gospel while supporting political leaders who promise to make us great again. No meek inheriting the earth for us.

Above all others, however, the most pernicious “alien idea” is the cult of the strong leader. Some evangelical Christians tell us, with all seriousness, that we must turn a blind eye to the character of the leader or the consequences of the policies under consideration and simply fall into line. “Support” means “obey.” Such a person might be a fulfillment of prophecy, after all.

Yet for Christians, such an unquestioning attitude, which reeks of the 1930s, flies in the face of the Bible’s understanding of leadership. While Christians must pray for leaders — all of them, not just those of one party or viewpoint — we also point out abuses of power. How funding for the humanities helps public college students become better Texans

Ever read Amos or Isaiah or any of the prophets? It would be hard to imagine them taking such a supine view of political authority. Think of 1 Samuel 8’s critique of power, which lays out an immediate ancestor of the idea of checks and balances so central to the American system.

Or take Jesus, who insisted not only that his kingdom was not of this world, but that his followers must pursue its commitments with their whole lives, not just on Sunday mornings. Or St. Paul, whose suspicions of authority as a source of violence have been turned around into praise for the state. We badly misread the Bible if we see in it support for the cruelty now celebrated in the public sphere.

Someday soon, then, much of the church will be writing its own declaration of repentance for our complicity in the hate-filled, dishonest, vulgar, rhetoric filling our land. Perhaps we should begin now while there is still time.

Mark W. Hamilton is a professor of Old Testament at Abilene Christian University. He wrote this column for The Dallas Morning News.
Email: mwh00c@acu.edu

References:

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Stuttgart_Declaration_of_Guilt

The Stuttgart Declaration of Guilt by the Council of the Protestant Church of Germany October 19, 1945

Project Net-Work Alert

Tennesseans: Contact your elected officials today and ask them to speak with subcommittee members to allow co-ops to partner with municipal utilities to offer fiber optic internet.

Pat Marsh rep.pat.marsh@capitol.tn.gov Chair
Kent Calfee rep.kent.calfee@capitol.tn.gov Vice Chair

Committee Members
Karen D. Camper rep.karen.camper@capitol.tn.gov
John Ray Clemmons rep.john.ray.clemmons@capitol.tn.gov
Barry Doss rep.barry.doss@capitol.tn.gov
JoAnne Favors rep.joanne.favors@capitol.tn.gov
Brenda Gilmore rep.brenda.gilmore@capitol.tn.gov
Tilman Goins rep.tilman.goins@capitol.tn.gov
Marc Gravitt rep.marc.gravitt@capitol.tn.gov
Patsy Hazlewood rep.patsy.hazlewood@capitol.tn.gov
John B. Holsclaw, Jr. rep.john.holsclaw@capitol.tn.gov
Curtis G. Johnson rep.curtis.johnson@capitol.tn.gov
Gerald McCormick rep.gerald.mccormick@capitol.tn.gov
Jason Powell rep.jason.powell@capitol.tn.gov
Dennis Powers rep.dennis.powers@capitol.tn.gov
Mike Sparks rep.mike.sparks@capitol.tn.gov
Art Swann rep.art.swann@capitol.tn.gov
Rick Tillis rep.rick.tillis@capitol.tn.gov
Dawn White rep.dawn.white@capitol.tn.gov

House Standing Committee – Business and Utilities

See also

Tennessee House Bill HB 1410 http://www.capitol.tn.gov/Bills/110/Bill/HB1410.pdf

Telecommunications – As introduced, authorizes municipal electrics and electrical cooperatives to provide telecommunication service, including broadband service either on its own or by joint venture or other business relationship with one or more third parties and in geographical areas that are inside and outside the electric plant’s service area. – Amends TCA Title 4; Title 6; Title 7; Title 10; Title 65; Title 67 and Title 68.

Assigned to s/c Business and Utilities Subcommittee 02/15/2017
http://wapp.capitol.tn.gov/apps/BillInfo/default.aspx?BillNumber=SB1045&GA=110

https://openstates.org/tn/bills/110/HB1410/

SENATE BILL 1045 www.capitol.tn.gov/Bills/110/Bill/SB1045.pdf

Telecommunications – As introduced, authorizes municipal electrics and electrical cooperatives to provide telecommunication service, including broadband service either on its own or by joint venture or other business relationship with one or more third parties and in geographical areas that are inside and outside the electric plant’s service area. – Amends TCA Title 4; Title 6; Title 7; Title 10; Title 65; Title 67 and Title 68.

Gardens and Cities and Nations

From Genesis

The whole earth had a common language and a common vocabulary. When the people moved eastward, they found a plain in Shinar and settled there. Then they said to one another, “Come, let’s make bricks and bake them thoroughly.” (They had brick instead of stone and tar instead of mortar.) Then they said, “Come, let’s build ourselves a city and a tower with its top in the heavens so that we may make a name for ourselves. Otherwise we will be scattered across the face of the entire earth.” But the Lord came down to see the city and the tower that the people had started building. And the Lord said, “If as one people all sharing a common language they have begun to do this, then nothing they plan to do will be beyond them. Come, let’s go down and confuse their language so they won’t be able to understand each other.” So the Lord scattered them from there across the face of the entire earth, and they stopped building the city. That is why its name was called Babel – because there the Lord confused the language of the entire world, and from there the Lord scattered them across the face of the entire earth.

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Peter’s Testimony

When the day of Pentecost arrived, they were all together in one place. And suddenly there came from heaven a sound like a mighty rushing wind, and hit filled the entire house where they were sitting. And divided tongues as of fire appeared to them and rested on each one of them. And they were all filled with the Holy Spirit and began to speak in other tongues as the Spirit gave them utterance.

Now there were dwelling in Jerusalem Jews, devout men from every nation under heaven. And at this sound the multitude came together, and they were bewildered, because each one was hearing them speak in his own language. And they were amazed and astonished, saying, “Are not all these who are speaking Galileans? And how is it that we hear, each of us in his own native language? Parthians and Medes and Elamites and residents of Mesopotamia, Judea and Cappadocia, Pontus and Asia, Phrygia and Pamphylia, Egypt and the parts of Libya belonging to Cyrene, and visitors from Rome, both Jews and proselytes, Cretans and Arabians—we hear them telling in our own tongues the mighty works of God.” And all were amazed and perplexed, saying to one another, “What does this mean?” But others mocking said, “They are filled with new wine.”

But Peter, standing with the eleven, lifted up his voice and addressed them: “Men of Judea and all who dwell in Jerusalem, let this be known to you, and give ear to my words. For these people are not drunk, as you suppose, since it is only the third hour of the day. But this is what was uttered through the prophet Yoel:

“‘And in the last days it shall be, God declares,
that I will pour out my Spirit on all flesh,
and your sons and your daughters shall prophesy,
and your young men shall see visions,
and your old men shall dream dreams;
even on my male servants and female servants
in those days I will pour out my Spirit, and they shall prophesy.
And I will show wonders in the heavens above
and signs on the earth below,
blood, and fire, and vapor of smoke;
the sun shall be turned to darkness
and the moon to blood,
before the day of the Lord comes, the great and magnificent day.
And it shall come to pass that everyone who calls upon the name of the Lord shall be saved.’

“Men of Israel, hear these words: Yeshua of Nazareth, a man attested to you by God with mighty works and wonders and signs that God did through him in your midst, as you yourselves know —  this Yeshua, delivered up according to the definite plan and foreknowledge of God, you crucified and killed by the hands of lawless men. God raised him up, loosing the pangs of death, because it was not possible for him to be held by it. For David says concerning him,

“‘I saw the Lord always before me,
for he is at my right hand that I may not be shaken;
therefore my heart was glad, and my tongue rejoiced;
my flesh also will dwell in hope.
For you will not abandon my soul to Hades,
or let your Holy One see corruption.
You have made known to me the paths of life;
you will make me full of gladness with your presence.’

“Brothers, I may say to you with confidence about the patriarch David that he both died and was buried, and his tomb is with us to this day. Being therefore a prophet, and knowing that God had sworn with an oath to him that he would set one of his descendants on his throne, he foresaw and spoke about the resurrection of the Christ, that he was not abandoned to Hades, nor did his flesh see corruption. This Jesus God raised up, and of that we all are witnesses. Being therefore exalted at the right hand of God, and having received from the Father the promise of the Holy Spirit, he has poured out this that you yourselves are seeing and hearing. For David did not ascend into the heavens, but he himself says,

“‘The Lord said to my Lord,
“Sit at my right hand,
until I make your enemies your footstool.”’

Let all the house of Israel therefore know for certain that God has made him both Lord and Christ, this Jesus whom you crucified.”

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Paul of Tarsus on the Purpose of “Nations”

So Paul, standing in the midst of the Areopagus, said:

“Men of Athens, I perceive that in every way you are very religious. For as I passed along and observed the objects of your worship, I found also an altar with this inscription: ‘To the unknown god.’ What therefore you worship as unknown, this I proclaim to you. The God who made the world and everything in it, being Lord of heaven and earth, does not live in temples made by man, nor is he served by human hands, as though he needed anything, since he himself gives to all mankind life and breath and everything. And he made from one man every nation of mankind to live on all the face of the earth, having determined allotted periods and the boundaries of their dwelling place, that they should seek God, and perhaps feel their way toward him and find him. Yet he is actually not far from each one of us, for
“‘In him we live and move and have our being’;
as even some of your own poets have said,
“‘For we are indeed his offspring.’
Being then God’s offspring, we ought not to think that the divine being is like gold or silver or stone, an image formed by the art and imagination of man. The times of ignorance God overlooked, but know he commands all people everywhere to repent, because he has fixed a day on which he will judge the world in righteousness by a man whom he has appointed; and of this he has given assurance to all by raising him from the dead.”