The Powers That Be by Walter Wink
Beginning September 12, we will explore Wink’s book a chapter at a time. Wink’s focus is on the systems and principalities that shape our living. What is Jesus’ response when these cease to be a part of God’s good creation and become idolatrously self-serving and dominating of humans? Each week there will be a page of provocative quotes from the book posted on this site for us to consider, agree, disagree, and ultimately understand more completely through our Sunday school discussions.
Prior to each Sunday, click on the underlined, blue text to link to the document containing the quotes for the week.
|Sept. 12||Rally Day Breakfast with an Introduction (Intro: All creation is God’s. – Bringing it back into right relationship, but not using violence)|
|Sept. 19||What are the Powers – Our understanding of God’s relationship to the Powers|
Redeeming the Powers
|Sept. 26||Systems of Domination – The Myth of Redemptive Violence (that violence can make|
|Oct. 3||Jesus’ Answer to Domination … what does the reign of God look like?|
|Oct. 10||Jesus’ death on the cross: freeing humanity from sin and death, or ransom payment to evil for humanity’s sin,|
or Jesus’ taking on the punishment that was due to humanity.
Was it the final sacrifice for atonement with God or the rejection of sacrificing?
|Oct. 17||Jesus’ teaching of how we are to respond to violence and injustice – If possible, please prepare to discuss chapters 5 & 6. The quotes for chapter 6 are linked to the October 24 entry.|
|Oct. 24||Practical application of Jesus’ teaching about nonviolence|
|Oct. 31||Jesus’ teachings in the affairs of nations|
|Nov. 7||What happens when your loved one or nation is attacked|
|Nov. 14||“…loving enemies is a way of living in expectation of miracles.”|
|Nov. 21||The importance of prayer in transformation|
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Preparing for this class has been a rich spiritual journey for me, and I expect your participation will also be deep and rich. Many of the lessons from the Bible were probably things I’d been told before…but this time I connected and felt understanding and that was very exciting and gratifying.Harold Houghton, Principal Facilitator