TGR-S6E7: Jubilee

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This Friday, 15 Jan 2021 (1PM Pacific) marks the Finale of The Great Reset, a quest for a more resilient Christianity that began six seasons (42 weeks) ago in the shadow of COVID-19. The Biastes and Biastas reflect on what God has done in, through, and among them, while Ernie holds out hope for Something Different in a potential Jubilee Season.

What if some of us aren’t ready to stop?

Truly, truly, I say to you, unless a grain of wheat falls into the earth and dies, it remains alone; but if it dies, it bears much fruit

John 12:24

Question: Why is it good that all earthly things die?

Perspective: Because every created thing is founded on a contradiction, which God must transcend in order for us to inherit the Kingdom of God

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TGR-S6E6: How to Cure Train Wrecks

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Join us on The Great Reset (via Zoom or YouTube Live at Tue Jan 5, 2020 at 1PM PST) as Ernie pitches a framework for tying together our recent themes of discipleship, reconciliation, and loving more like Jesus.

Question: Is there a single thing that both causes and sustains “train wrecks” (i.e., cascades of broken relationships)? If so, can it be inverted to provide a cure?

Perspective: Yes, abjection (i.e. dissociating self from what is toxic or outside our control). The tragedy is that abjection is essential for identity in both groups and individuals, yet ultimately destructive of the larger context. The cure is to follow Christ by incarnating into what was abjected, and overcome it by the power of the cross.

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Our Covenant with Cast Members

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Dear Participants:

Thank you for being part of The Great Reset. We want to honor your vulnerability at participating in this live stream, so please let us know if you are ever not comfortable with:

  1. Publishing the video,
  2. Answering a question, or
  3. Deviating from the published agenda.

In particular, everyone always has the freedom to acknowledge a line of discussion as important, yet choose (for whatever reason) to discuss it later, or in a different forum (aka “The Pause Protocol“).

We are committed to helping you feel safe enough to fully engage in the work God is doing among us. Please let us know how we can do better.

Sincerely,
The Great Reset Crew

TGR-S6E2: Loving the World as Jesus Does

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This week on The Great Reset, our Producer Ted Hahs shares his passion for loving the world (and each other) the way Jesus does.

How will we fertilize the potatoes necessary to nourish the Body of Christ to do His work in the world?

Q. How can we better recognize the awesomeness of the many people attempting great things for God?

P: Providing a platform for them to share their story and vision in order to garner support.

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TGR-S6E2d1: Family Time

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Q. How should we react when other people hurt us, or they claim that we hurt them?

P. Seek to Ground our identity and security in Christ, so we can respond with curiosity and compassion rather than fear or anger


When I feel threatened, my natural instinct is either fear (giving in) or anger (taking over). I am learning that neither of these is very effective at spreading the Kingdom of God; though both may be expedient in terms of protecting the self, at least in the short term.

Conversely, when the challenge is not in an area that threatens my identity, I find myself relaxed and eager to engage with understanding all sides of the issue. I am able to focus on ensuring that others feel heard, and become confident enough to explore creative ways of solving the underlying problems.

How do we build a community and practices where all of us can feel safer confronting the emotional issues that define both our identities and our differences?

TGR-S5E7: Jobs to Be Done

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For this week’s episode, we wrap up Season 5 of The Great Reset by attempting to address questions from last week using an updated Challenge Question, plus a more explicit leadership structure.

Questions

What must we do better for the Body of Christ to more effectively make disciples of our cities, and all nations?

And, how can we know we are on the right track?

Perspectives: Google Doc of Core Concerns

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TGR-S5E4: Abidience

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As followers of Jesus, we invite you to be transformed with us on The Great Reset (Tuesdays at 1pm) as we are led by His Word to love more like Jesus.

“David, can you explain that last back-channel comment?”

Question: Should we be focused on obeying Jesus or abiding in Him?

Perspective: That’s the wrong question. We need to learn the obedience that springs from abiding in Him, as well as the abiding that bears fruit in obedience.

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TGR Code of Conduct

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Draft 1, 29 Oct 2020, The Great Reset

  1. John 13:34 A new commandment I give you: Love one another. As I have loved you, so also you must love one another.
  2. Galatians 6:1 Brothers, if someone is caught in a trespass, you who are spiritual should restore him with a spirit of gentleness. But watch yourself, or you also may be tempted.
  3. Whenever you need help with (1) or (2), just ask.
  4. If you see someone struggling with (1) or (2), offer to help.

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TGR-S5E3: Shared Selah (DBS v2)

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As followers of Jesus, we invite you to learn along with us on The Great Reset (Tuesdays 1 PM Pacific) as we are discipled by scripture to love more like Jesus.

John 21:15-23

Question: How can we all get better at obeying Scripture, instead of just discussing it?

Perspective: By making time to listen to, document & review what our hearts, the Holy Spirit & each other are saying about His words and ours.

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TGR-S5E2: Discipled By Scripture

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This week on The Great Reset, we invite you to learn along with us as we try out a new practice of being cooperatively taught by God.

John 21:15-17 (study starts ~15 minutes in)

Question: How do we shift from intellectually studying God’s word to humbly obeying it?

Perspective: By submitting ourselves to be Discipled By Scripture together to Love More Like Jesus (“LMLJ”)

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TGR-S5E1: ValueStorming

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We begin Season 5 of The Great Reset by building on last week’s Retrospective as we explore the values we must share in order to Love More Like Jesus.

Things get really interesting 33 minutes in…

Question: How can we develop the trust needed to co-disciple each other’s hearts to follow Jesus?

Perspective: Via the practice of sharing, understanding, and refining one another’s most important values.

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TGR-S4E7: Loving More Like Jesus

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This week on The Great Reset the Biastes perform a retrospective on Season 4 by attempting to agree on a Purpose, and then evaluating their recent interactions in light of that Purpose.

We are followers of Jesus 
who invite you to join with us 
as we practice loving more like Jesus

Purpose of The Great Reset (Draft)

  • We are a community of Jesus-lovers who
  • Come together to learn how to
  • Love more like Jesus, and
  • Invite you to learn along with us

Retrospective Statements

  • I like… (what furthered that purpose)
  • I wonder… (what could help us do better)
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TGR-S4E6: FBD-1 “Empowering Disciples”

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This week on the Biastes we will be attempting a “FishBowl Dialogue” between Ernie P. and David J. This blog post is Ernie’s attempt to organize his thoughts in advance, based on his current best guess about David’s underlying Concern. Tune in next Tuesday 9/29/2020 to find out what actually happens!

What exactly are we talking about?

Question: What exactly is Ernie trying to accomplish with The Great Reset?

Perspective: Show the Body of Christ how to empower disciples of Jesus to keep growing closer to Him — rather than us.

See also: David and Ernie’s follow-up video.

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