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Dear Kork,

This is a post from Scot McKnight’s Blog, “Jesus Creed.”

If you can tape this show, or find the time to watch it, I would like to spend a little time, ourselves, discussing it, since our church model, is that of trying to leap the enlightenment wall, as we rediscover what Jesus really meant, and how the early church followed His “Way.”

Here is what Dr. McKnight posted this morning...

If you have a chance, I recommend each of you carve out tonight, from 7-9pm, to watch CNN. The show is called After Jesus: The First Christians, and it is an excellent and stimulating presentation of the first four centuries of the Christian faith.

CNN kindly sent me an advanced copy and I have watched it in its entirety.

It will also be replayed Friday Dec 22 at 10pm and 1am; Saturday Dec 23 and Sunday Dec 24 at 8pm and 12am.

Here are some highlights and an indication of the shape and content of the program:

Isaiah 12:2-6, Zephaniah 3:14-20, Luke 3:7-18, & Philippians 4:4-7
“You brood of vipers! Who warned you to flee from the wrath to come? Bear fruits worthy of repentance. Do not begin to say to yourselves, 'We have Abraham as our ancestor';... So, with many other exhortations, he proclaimed the good news to the people. lk. 3 .7b-8a, & 18
Repentance is not just saying you're sorry, nor is it merely a change in your head or even your heart. Gospel repentance involves a change in your behavior, in the way you live your life. Most people likely see John's call to a transformed life as an indictment, and his mandate for treating the poor justly as, at best, an unpleasant chore.

But John's call to repentance should be seen for what it is: an invitation to salvation, the fruit of relationship with the Holy One coming into our midst. (Of course, I don’t mean doing something to earn heaven--or saying a prayer so that I can go there when I die.) I do mean that when we embrace Jesus' "WAY" - when we respond to this invitation, by "keeping in step with the Spirit," and in a joyful spirit, we may very well help to contribute ,not only to a transformed world but to our own liberation.
Have we missed our own liberation? Lets discuss your/our common gift of salvation.

How do you view it; as a past event; a future event; or a communal witness, that transcends time and space. Do you see grace at its center, freeing us from works, false piety, and guiding us toward JOY and a fulfilling journey in community? Might this still be the calling of God’s prophetic voice through His people today to a weary world? Is there still JOY in this GOOD NEWS?
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Kork Moyer, Pastor
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