Story 10 :: Sean Gladding

Posted by | September 24, 2010 | Story 10 | 2 Comments
  • 10 years ago he read the book “The Challenge of Jesus” by NT Wright.
  • It was a life-changing moment for him.
  • The challenge of Jesus is to understand that He is not the beginning of the story of Christianity; He is the climax of the story of Israel.
  • If we don’t understand the story of Israel we won’t understand Jesus.
  • If we don’t understand Jesus we end up with messy forms of Christianity.
  • He spent a majority of his time with people on the fringes of society.
  • The Good Book has not been Good News for many people.
  • It has not been received as the Gospel; it’s been used as a weapon.
  • It’s been used to make them feel like they are outsiders.
  • Almost everyone is in recovery from a bad experience with the church or with Christians.
  • The experience of God’s people in exile is asking the ongoing question, “How in the hell did we end up here?”
  • How did we get here?
  • There people who live their lives in exile; far from home.
  • They have yet to hear the story of God that the Bible tells.
  • As we listen to the story together and hear things that we have never heard or experienced before.
  • Everyone has a different story and experience… as we listen together we see the majesty and the glory of our story… the story of God, the story of us.
  • We can always hear something we’ve never heard before.


  • It’s easy to forget where we’ve come from, especially when we find ourselves in difficult circumstances.
  • We often live in the pain of exile.
  • We are still Go’d people
  • We a re part of a story that did not begin in exile.
  • We are a far way from home.
  • Eden is where the story begins.
  • We have so many questions and long for answers, but what we have is a story.
  • The world has other stories and sings other songs, but that is why we tell our story and sing our songs.
  • The first words of the story of God are, “In the beginning God created the Heavens and the earth…”
  • God spoke creation into existence.
  • God looked at it all and said it was good.
  • This is the beginning of our story.
  • This story is very different than other stories we’ve heard.
  • Those stories are not our story.
  • We are not God’s slaves, we are God’s partners in the work of creation.
  • We were made to be God’s friend.
  • We can trust God.
  • Our God is not like the strange gods that are far off.
  • Our God is a God of order, we can trust Him.
  • We are indeed exiled, far from home… life is hard.
  • That is why we must keep telling each other the story.
  • Remember.
  • Don’t just remember during hard times; remember during the good times when we are most apt to forget who and whose we are.
  • When we forget our story we will find other stories to live by.
  • God said, “let US make man in OUR image…”
  • Why did God create anything?
  • We believe God is one.
  • We were created to partner with God in creation by caring for it.
  • Relationships are so important.
  • Relationships are so important that’s why God couldn’t NOT create.
  • When God completed the work of creation He rested.
  • He created the Sabbath as a day of rest and made it holy.
  • God does not spend the 7th day exhausted; God spends it at peace, in shalom.
  • Shalom means all is well with God’s world.
  • We are called to do the same.
  • The Sabbath day is an invitation to cease our feverish our activity of self-security and realize life comes to us as a sheer gift, not as a result of our own efforts.
  • OUr lives will not fall apart if we take a day of rest.
  • To take a day of rest is to resist the internal forces that drive us.
  • It’s to refuse to confirm ourselves to the restlessness of our culture.
  • it to resist the temptation to form the world in our image.
  • We trust God to give us peace and wholeness.
  • God has given the sabbath day as a gift for all, regardless of wealth or position in society.
  • It’s a call to the dehumanizing exploitation happening.

We have a story other than creation

  • Our story focuses on almighty God; the second creation story is about the God who is near.
  • God is transcendent and eminent.
  • The story continues beyond creation.
  • God formed man in his image
  • We were created for community and relationship and not with just God, but with each other.
  • It’s central to our humanity.
  • It’s what it means to be human.
  • Community is an essential part of being made in God’s image.
  • Marriage was the first picture of community.
  • It’s also a picture of our union with Christ.
  • God created men and women, both made in the image of God.
  • We have not embraced the notion that man and woman were made with equality.
  • God gave us the gifts of vocation… to partner with God in caring for creation and to serve in God’s creative act by having children.
  • God gave freedom… free to explore creation and free will to make significant decisions.
  • God gave a boundary… the boundary is what we tend to remember the most about the God that creates.
  • We focus on the prohibition; not on the freedom our vocation.
  • It’s only in the “no” that our freedom finds its meaning.
  • Man and woman were both naked… vulnerable, naked, and unashamed.
  • We were made for community with God and for each other.
  • Put your trust in the God of our story… the God who created… the God who provides for us, even in exile.

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  • timschraeder

    #Story10 notes from Sean Gladding ::

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  • GBrenna

    RT @timschraeder: #Story10 notes from Sean Gladding :: // Tim types fast!

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