Monday, June 6, 2011

Theology Pub 6-5-11--Power

Theology Pub
Theme: Power

So when they had come together, they asked Jesus, "Lord, is this the time when you will restore the kingdom to Israel?" He replied, "It is not for you to know the times or periods that the Father has set by his own authority. But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you; and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem, in all Judea and Samaria, and to the ends of the earth." (Acts 1:6-8)

This is an open time for conversation around this topic (and any others that seem important). Please allow everyone in your group to participate in the conversation (or not to if they so choose).  Conversation starters are on the back if you want to make use of them. There are no right answers. Just don’t be jerks. And tip your servers.

Some conversation starters:
What does the word power stir up in you?
What images of power do you see in the media/art/music/etc?
Where do you see power used well?
Where do you see power abused?
Do you consider yourself powerful?
 Do you want to be powerful?
How does a person gain power?
How does a person loose power?
(if there is a Lutheran theologian in the group) Explain the “theology of the cross”. How does that affect how we see power?
Is it possible to share power? To give power to others?  To take power from others?

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