Paul writes – Brian Walsh and others share the benediction they used at the conclusion of the March 09 conference – Evolving Church::Amidst the Powers - this link will take you to the PPT presentation and the full text of the liturgy. For more reflection on a biblical understanding of “the powers” (cf. Ephesians 6:12) you might want to try these books (see below). All help introduce the themes, and introduce more technical thinking and writing by the authors (thinking in particular of Walter Wink), easily found on Amazon.com or other online bookshops.
Here’s part of what Walsh etc say in their post:
“On Saturday, we all participated in the Evolving Church: Amidst the Powers conference ...The keynote addresses from Walter Wink, Stanley Hauerwas and Marva Dawn all challenged us to live our faith personally and corporately in the midst of a world where the powers are simultaneously good, fallen, and being redeemed…”
You can read the rest of their post here.
Want more on the theme?
- William Stringfellow – An Ethic for Christians & Other Aliens in a Strange Land. Start with this one. It’s a classic. Stringellow can be a little dense and quite verbose in the way he writes, but you’d be encouraged to persevere. Though dead, his thinking on this theme still speaks with a freshness and liveliness. It is still relevant, even if some of the historical examples are not. Stringfellow was very incarnational in that he did theology in the midst of the ordinary and every day happenings of the context(s) in which he found himself
- Walter Wink – The Powers that Be: Theology for a New Millennium (Based on Wink’s award-winning “Powers” trilogy).
- Marva J. Dawn – Powers, Weakness, and the Tabernacling of God.
- Stanley P. Saunders and Charles L. Campbell - The Word on the Street: Performing the Scriptures in the Urban Context (Situated very much in a range of US urban contexts, but still very helpful in listening to, embodying, and enacting the Biblical narrative (a liberating text) in conversation with history, culture(s) and context). Campbell's book on preaching and the powers is brilliant.
- Stanley Hauerwas – While Hauerwas hasn’t written “one” text on the subject, the themes, more explicitly addressed in the books noted above, are woven implicitly and explicitly through his considerable number of essays. For example, his essay (co-written with Jeff Powell, “Creation as Apocalyptic: A Tribute to William Stringfellow” in Dispatches from the Front: Theological Engagements with the Secular. That said, I think that if I wanted to engage with Hauerwas in an affordable and relatively accessible way, I’d start with Better Hope: Resources for a Church Confronting Capitalism, Democracy, and Postmodernity (a collection of essays) or Resident Aliens: Life in the Christian Colony…