A few more thoughts from Sunday at Jacob’s Well:
“The greatest UnLearner of all time is God. Face it, God had a problem. God created us with so much hope and promise and it wasn’t panning out. We turned away and kept walking. So God decided that to learn how to truly be what God wanted to be for us, God would need to unlearn what it meant to be God. We call that unlearning event, ‘Jesus.’ And it was hard. It is always hard when we leave the competence of what we know how to do – even if it wasn’t working – and we have to learn a new way. It was about 30 years of the toughest unlearning and relearning that could be imagined, so that God could come out of that experience and provide 3 years of the greatest leadership that this world will ever see. It changed the world forever.
If God had to UnLearn being God to offer the true relationship God sought to have with us, who are we to think we don’t have to UnLearn what it means for us to be followers of Jesus?”
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“Why do we need to UnLearn? To be ready for a world that has seen too much, gotten too big and too interconnected to swallow ‘Christianity’s’ certainties – which are really an illusion of knowledge, a disguise of ignorance, a refusal to unlearn and relearn – so that we can touch humanity as God wants us to.”
Both of the quotes above from my message on Sunday (they are approximate, I don’t use a script) are inspired (and maybe partly created?) by Ron Heifetz of the Harvard/Kennedy School of Govt. I heard him speak at a Leadership Network event in Dallas some years ago. He, along with Jim Collins, Neil Cole and others really drove the unlearning concept home. I heard him speak again at the Carlson School (part of the U of M) last week which made me pull out my old notes. Good stuff. Smart man.