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Italy

posted by xscot mcknight

We have been to Rome for just a few hours, but I loved the Forum and could have spent days walking amongst the ruins. Today we are in Assisi, and must admit that Francis continues to impel a sense of […]

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Why is sin urbanized?

posted by xscot mcknight

The question comes to me as to why I think it is that we so often see sin most systemically in the urban context. Good question. Here are my thoughts: Because the operative word for defining systemic sin is “social […]

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McLaren: A Response to The Last Word and the Word After That

posted by xscot mcknight

McLaren’s The Last Word and the Word After That This is a slightly edited version of an earlier blog. In this blog I will interact with Brian McLaren’s helpful and provocative new book that seeks to deconstruct “hell” language as […]

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Pilgrim’s Progress or The Last Word?

posted by xscot mcknight

I’m not quite done with McLaren’s The Last Word and the Word After That but I’ve come to a point where I want to put some of his book in perspective. Two observations tonight. First, a smaller one but one […]

Hell as (at times) the Historical

posted by xscot mcknight

If you’ve followed these blogs about hell, you’ll know that I got them going before I started reading The Last Word and the Word After That. And of the blogs I had planned had to do with the role historical […]

Hell as a Warrant among postmodernists

posted by xscot mcknight

When my editor friend suggested that I blog, I balked. Mostly because I didn’t know what it really was all about, but also because I never anticipated it would be this much fun. Maybe I’ll burn out with this and […]

Hoping Dark Thoughts are not the Last Word

posted by xscot mcknight

In yesterday’s very active blog about Dark Thoughts some commented on what they “hoped” while some others thought such “hopes” were unbiblical and misplaced. I offer here not so much what I believe and what I will eventually state in […]

Thinking about Dark Thoughts

posted by xscot mcknight

As a college student, and over in Belgium on a mission trip where I learned so much about the bigness of the Church, I was fortunate enough to be able to sit daily and listen to John R.W. Stott preach. […]

Dark Thoughts

posted by xscot mcknight

Kevin Corcoran, from Calvin, writes in Books and Culture on a topic that many of my students have recently asked me about: hell. The questions came up well before McLaren’s book, which I’ll be working my way through shortly. Corcoran […]

Protestants, Individualism, and Emergent concerns with the Great Traditions

posted by xscot mcknight

Robert Bellah is not the only social historian who has observed that Protestantism and individualism are related — and some have contended that the former gave rise to the latter, making America a “Protestant nation.” Andrew Delbanco’s The Real American […]

Individualism

posted by xscot mcknight

Scholars and theologians alike today like to bang the drum of individualism, and I’ve done the same myself. It is a big drum, and it sounds loud, and most fear its power. Andrew Delbanco, for instance, in his happy little […]

Baby Seals on Pentecost Eve

posted by xscot mcknight

We were up in Oregon (practice saying “Or-ee-gun” and not “Or-ee-GON”), went to be with Trinity Covenant, which is an absolutely splendid church — and I can say that about a lot of churches, and also about this one. Lots […]

Spiritual Sweetness

posted by xscot mcknight

Up here in Oregon and last night had a session with high school students and then shifted to the “adult” body of the church for a Jesus Creed talk — and I spoke about what it is and how it […]

The annoying tendency of some to know what God is doing

posted by xscot mcknight

When I was teaching at TEDS one of my students showed up to class late, and then proceeded to tell me her “story”: she knew God wanted her to come to class on time, she knew Satan was against her […]

Weekend in Oregon

posted by xscot mcknight

Kris and I are off to Salem OR this weekend to speak to the good people at Trinity Covenant Church, pastored by Chris Haydon. I’ll try to get a blog or two in if we find access to the internet.

Via negativa and Emergent rhetoric

posted by xscot mcknight

Theologians at least since Luther, who was developing the rhetoric of Nicolas of Cusa, have often used what is called the via negativa. In essence, the via negativa is to describe something (say the Emergent movement) by saying what is […]

Emergent Reaction

posted by xscot mcknight

I have been asked maybe fifty times in the last month this question: “What is driving the Emergent movement?” “Who am I,” I come back at ‘em, “to answer that question?” But then like a truck in wet sand, I […]

Meet Pastor John Ames

posted by xscot mcknight

I suggested yesterday that Marilynne Robinson’s Gilead expresses deep themes that find expression also among the Emergent folk, and I’d like to record here one of those comments. It comes near the end of the book, when Pastor John Ames […]

The Emergent Novel

posted by xscot mcknight

No, I’m not talking about A New Kind of Christian or The Story We Find Ourselves In or The Last Word and After That. Instead, I’m talking about Marilynne Robinson’s Gilead and the theology of Pastor John Ames. Of course, […]

Never Alone

posted by xscot mcknight

This essay was previously blogged under “What to read” but I have now, at the helm of Bob Robinson, posted it as a link and a pdf file. Never Alone “…the truth that reading and its necessary twin, writing,constitute not […]

Wrestling with Jacobs: An Essayist to Know

posted by xscot mcknight

Essayists are humans who stick their nose out and sometimes their neck and, if truth be told about some of them, the entire body. Regardless, each sticks out her or his mind and scratches down some thoughts on paper. And, […]

Emergence: How so Ecumenical?

posted by xscot mcknight

If we define “ecumenical” in the classical sense, that is, as the attempt by a variety of major church denominations to become “one” in theology and, by that theological unity, to move steps closer toward structural unity with a goal […]

Emergence and the Sacraments

posted by xscot mcknight

I have no wish here to describe or evaluate what various Emergence churches are saying and doing and thinking about when it comes to the Sacraments, which for most Protestants has always been limited to Baptism and the Lord’s Supper […]

Making Things Right with Crossed Lines

posted by xscot mcknight

The Cross is the center of the Christian faith, though it takes the entire Weekend (Good Friday and Easter Morn) to accomplish the gospel work of God. But, the Cross is often truncated into an event that deals exclusively with […]

Emergent Style? The Essay Form

posted by xscot mcknight

An interesting discussion for me is whether or not to call this Emergent “thing” a “church” or a “movement” or a “conversation.” Let me weigh in with these thoughts, and then suggest what I think is the quintessential literary form […]

Emergent Epistemology

posted by xscot mcknight

To define a movement properly is to find not just what is unique to a movement, as adult baptism upon confession was to the Baptists or as the gift of prophecy was to the Vineyard, but to discover and elaborate […]

Missional

posted by xscot mcknight

No word is more used among the Emergent folk than the word “missional,” so I’ll use it too. Some of these churches will chuck an occasional Sunday gathering to “do something for others.” In so carrying its missional emphasis, a […]

Democratic and Dialogical

posted by xscot mcknight

No, this is not about American politics: the Emergent movement, in many of its local shapes and variations, often (though not uniform) will have a sense that the Church is a body and that it only functions best when it […]

Holism and Creativity

posted by xscot mcknight

This generation of Christians, for a vareity of reasons, including an awareness of the social and physical sciences, contends that the gospel addresses the “whole” of the human condition — heart, soul, mind, body, community, society, and environment. One of […]

Particular and Local

posted by xscot mcknight

One of the most important elements of the Emergent movement, an element that DA Carson unfortunately didn’t address, is that many of these folks think the gospel has to be worked out at a local level and in a particular […]

Biblical and Spiritual

posted by xscot mcknight

One of the biggest surprises I had in reading Doug Pagitt’s Reimagining Spiritual Formation was the emphasis at Solomon’s Porch on Scripture and on Spirit, even if for some there may be some blurry edges for those who come at […]

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