On Sunday we'll be meeting at 3:00 at Global Gallery 188 E Whittier St in German Village.
I'd like to talk about the topic of atonement that I brought up a few weeks ago in this post.
I talked with Jesse a bit last night as he was going to help prepare some discussion points, but he has been really busy with school this week.
He gave me the book Fifty Reasons Jesus Came to Die which I found is available online. This goes over a lot of the traditional views of atonement which we had talked about trying to go into a bit deeper to try to understand better. I'll print out a chapter or two from this that should be a good starting point for discussion.
For me this is a very large idea to grasp about God, and largely shapes my relationship to Him. Depending on the position of this it makes me feel either angry, indebted, inlove, or indifferent to God.
It seems to me the Emergent stand on this has usually been: It's none of our business who goes to heaven and who doesn't. The Kingdom of God is now and we should be more concerned with furthering God's Kingdom on earth now and less concerned with life after death and the end of the world. Is this what we really believe? How did we get to this point?
I also agree with Kristen that it would be good to continue to look at our vision for this group and how we are living that out.