Catching Up


Catching Up
No time to write lately

Life has been a tad bit crazy this month. I’m speaking at church every week in August. I’m going to try and get a link to the mp3′s going as soon as they are up on the website – Hopefully we can get some good discussion going. We’ve also been in the final stages of the 4th Satellite Soul record. It’s mastered and we’re working on design stuff right now. It should be finished and ready for shipping within a couple of weeks. Classes have started again at the seminary and I’ve read the Gospel of Mark seven times in 5 different translations and three really good books. I’ve been writing a little bit as well, I may share some of that in the future. Here’s something interesting I’m reading in N.T. Wright’s The Challenge of Jesus:

“Modernity told an implicit narrative about the way the world was. It was essentialy an eschatological story. World history had been steadily moving toward or at least eagerly awaiting the point where the industrial revolution and the philosophical Enlightenment would burst upon the world, bringing a new era of blessing for all. This huge overarching story – overarching stories are known in this world as metanarratives – has now been conclusively shown to be an oppressive, imperialist and self-serving story; it has brought untold misery to millions in the industrialized West and to billions in the rest of the world, where cheap labor and raw materials have been ruthlessly exploited. It is a story that serves the interests of the Western world. Modernity stands condemned of building a new tower of Babel. Postmodernity has claimed, primarily with this great metanarrative as the example, that all metanarrative are suspect; they are all power games.”

I just thought this was a really good explanation of the reason the most basic definition of post-modernity remains to be incredulity toward metanarratives. Wright has been baking my beans lately.

More to come later

About Tim Suttle

Find out more about Tim at TimSuttle.com

Tim Suttle is the senior pastor of RedemptionChurchkc.com. He is the author of several books including his most recent - Shrink: Faithful Ministry in a Church Growth Culture (Zondervan 2014), Public Jesus (The House Studio, 2012), & An Evangelical Social Gospel? (Cascade, 2011). Tim's work has been featured at The Huffington Post, The Washington Post, Sojourners, and other magazines and journals.

Tim is also the founder and front-man of the popular Christian band Satellite Soul, with whom he toured for nearly a decade. The band's most recent album is "Straight Back to Kansas." He helped to plant three thriving churches over the past 13 years and is the Senior Pastor of Redemption Church in Olathe, Kan. Tim's blog, Paperback Theology, is hosted at Patheos.

  • Casey T’s friend

    Going to church at Heartland, I’ve discovered that they talk a lot about these worldviews–modernity, post-modernism, etc. I definitely agree with Heartland’s opinion about post-modernism, but I also understand why so many people our age are wrapped into that. They are wanting to doubt everything because so many structures/powerful people/etc. have been shown to be corrupt. No wonder books like “The DaVinci Code” are such a hit. If everyone else is lying/using/stealing, why not the Church? Why not Jesus? But that’s what so beautiful about Jesus….He’s not lying. He tells the truth, and He IS the truth. Anyway. Thanks for that quote, it sparked some thought.

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/10974397437648079481 Tim Suttle

    yeah, the thing that I am trying to process and think through is that a shift in the prevailing philosophy of the day (like a shift from medieval philosphy to the enlightenment or from modernity to post-modernity) is really nothing to fear. Shifts like this can be really helpful for us as we are trying to live out lives which are faithful to the story of God. Postmodern critiques of organized religion and Christianity in general can really help us to begin to separate out what was more Western, American or modern in our approach to our faith. I think realizing that Christianity is much bigger than democracy or capitalism is important. I think there is something to the idea that it’s sort of absurd to profess to be followers of Christ yet be unaffected by the reality that 2/3′s of the world lives in utter poverty.

    I think you hit DIRECTLY on the point of the conversation, and if you were reading the chapter by N.T. Wright he goes on to make the point you make. This is what is beautiful about Jesus, his way is true. But the way the church has used Jesus has been, in far to many cases, not really true to Christ. The tension for me is trying to figure out which is which. The extent to which the gospel is ineffective in the world has little to do with whether or not it is true and surprisingly less to do with people’s openness to it. The extent to which it is ineffective is a direct correlate of the church universal’s inablility to live the story out faithfully.


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