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Monday, April 4, 2011

Remaking the World

M. Crow quote: “Technological innovation sustains a fundamental tension of civilization, the tension between humanity’s quests for more control over nature and the future, and our equally strong desire for stability and predictability in the present.”

After reading this statement all I could say was, “Wow!” The most important part of this equation is how “inevitable creative innovation” is going to affect our spirituality in the future. Creativity is thinking up new things.

Innovation is doing new things, the one thing that is for sure is what’s happening can’t be ignored forever. Technology is here to stay, the question is whether we can handle the exposure to it or not. I stumble across words that are common to those of higher education and haven’t got a clue as to what they mean. To read an article I must have a dictionary at hand.

For example; “Ideation is the creative process of generating, developing, and communicating new ideas, where an idea is understood as a basic element of thought that can be visual, concrete, or abstract. Ideation is all stages of a thought cycle, from innovation, to development, to actualization. As such, it is an essential part of the design process, both in education and practice.”

The direction that ideation is taken, is key to the result attained and can be manipulated for the philosophical bent purposes.

Sustainability within the church of tomorrow is totally dependent on the sustainability in the church today. Since there is no single definition of the body of Christ (the church) this fragmentation weakens the resolve of the body.

The sustainability of the church requires us to deny; exploitation of those within by pretenders who are without. Further the maintaining of “The old time religion” (starting at the cross) must reject the communication of a new Christ. The message cannot change only the method of presentation

The change wrought by technological advance continually remakes society, and this transformational process is on the one hand central to the dynamic that is commonly labeled “progress.  Yet on the other is a source of continual destabilization and dislocation as experienced by individuals, communities, institutions, nations, and cultures.

What is happening today may be defined, but few can grasped the effect it will have on tomorrow. It causes one to sense that much of the future is built on the sand and not on the rock.

My hope for the church is based upon fact and that fact is though all may change - - Jesus Christ is, the same yesterday, today, and forever. All may change but Jesus never and those who believe on Him will survive whatever may come.

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