Kris and I stopped at this small deli on the Adriatic for a light lunch and a gelato. We’ve been married now for over 31 years and I love her.
Here I am reading Stan Grenz, The Social God and the Relational Self, in the garden at our villa. To the pictures left were hills and hills of olive trees. Every evening we sat out here, had our cup of […]
St Francis made a guest appearance for Kris and me, and he was willing to permit his picture to be taken. Whenever anyone tossed some euros in his little bucket, he bent over, and rang his little bell. He drew […]
I’m trying to download (or upload, don’t know the name) a picture from Rome. Directly behind my head is the Palatine hill. Below me is just off the Forum.
Al Mohler, President at Southern Seminary in Louisville, has now undertaken to write a series on the emergent movement. The piece shows awareness only of DA Carson’s book, about which I posted a number of things a while back, beginning […]
In 1907, Chief Justice Charles Evans Hughes, said, “We are under a Constitution, but the Constitution is what the judges say it is.” There you have a quintessentially view of a Pharisee, someone who both believes in the Torah and […]
Today I got in the mail the UK edition, published by Continuum, of The Jesus Creed: Loving God, Loving Others. I’ve not seen it yet on the UK Amazon site, but a spankin’ new copy was sent to me today. […]
In a previous post on Lesslie Newbigin, I reflected on his now out of print book, Foolishness to the Greeks. In this blog I’d like to put together the powerful influences that converge in his updating of Foolishness in his […]
Not that I think we need to use “Pharisee” for anyone. But, if some insist on finding contemporary counterparts to the 1st Century Pharisees, here are more suggestions: First, use it only for those who are committed to the Torah […]
Check out the review by Elissa Elliott of Sean Wilsey’s, Oh the Glory of it All, in Books & Culture.
This the fourth post on the Pharisees, provoked as it was by comments I’m hearing about so-and-so being a “Pharisee,” will look at the meaning of “hypocrite” in Matthew 23. Five observations, leading to a summary definition of what Matthew […]
In recent blogs I’ve read, and in some e-mails I’ve received, I’m hearing a theme, a subtle one but one that appears to have plenty of punch and power with plenty. It is this: “this is an issue for the […]
In this post we look at the Pharisees and Jesus. Our goal here is not to provide an exhaustive listing of everything, but to list some highlights of what Jesus says about the Pharisees. Tomorrow’s post will examine what the […]
In this post we want to look at what Josephus, a 1st Century AD Jewish chronicler, has to say about the Pharisees. Josephus takes two pictures of the Pharisees, one in Bellum Judaicum (=BJ) book 2 (162-4) and one in […]
In this first post on the Pharisees, I wish to remind us of what we have learned about the Pharisees and I wish to get us to thinking about the potential danger of our rhetoric about them. Before I go […]
Lesslie Newbigin is a leading thinker in the Emergent conversation, and his Foolishness to the Greeks: The Gospel and Western Culture, which I finished last night, is a book still worth reading (published 1986). [The link will take you to […]
Kim Lawton of PBS TV informs me now that the Emergent conversation TV show has been pushed back to the weekend of July 8 and 15, so keep your eye for the PBS interviews.
Brian McLaren’s Generous Orthodoxy, on my first read, created all kinds of dialogue in my own mind and I found very few to discuss it with because I was not yet a blogger nor had any of my colleagues read […]
In this the fifth in a five-part set of posts on the Four Spiritual Laws, I will look at the fourth spiritual law of Campus Crusade’s influential evangelistic tract. We must individually receive Christ; then we can know and experience […]
In this the fourth in a five-part set of posts on the Four Spiritual Laws, I will look at the 3d spiritual law: Jesus Christ is God’s ONLY provision for Man’s sin. Through Him you can know and experience God’s […]
Yesterday I was interviewed by a sharp religion columnist with Religion and Ethics Newsweekly for PBS. Kim Lawton has worked hard to learn what “emergent” means, and I was deeply appreciative of the questions she had the mind to ask. […]
A quote worth remembering: The light of Christ’s life reaches us through the Church as the community of those who, bound together in the love which Christ brought down, are “forever shedding that love abroad” in their own lives and […]
The 2d spiritual law of the classic Four Spiritual Laws is this: Man is sinful and separated from God. Therefore, he cannot know and experience God’s love and plan for his life. Here the law appeals to Romans 3:23 for […]
Here is the First Spiritual Law of Bill Bright’s famous Four Spiritual Laws tract, just in case you haven’t used it or heard it: Just as there are physical laws that govern the physical universe, so are there spiritual laws […]
In this and a few more posts, I want to enter with you into a conversation about how Jesus would evaluate the Four Spiritual Laws of Bill Bright and Campus Crusade for Christ. The conversation should be back and forth […]
In light of a previous post on Why is sin urbanized?, I thought I’d bring up its companion: if the deep sins of culture and the area of the biggest need is sometimes located in the inner city, then the […]
In one day I was asked to write two articles on the Emergent movement, give one TV interview, and then to lend a hand to something that was being written. All because of Tall Skinny Kiwi, I told myself, and […]
… is much more demanding and difficult than you might expect.In this the last in a series of blogs on Legalism, beginning here, I suggested we follow the lights of Tom Holmen’s book, Jesus and Jewish Covenant Thinking, and think […]
This is the last in our series of posts on legalism, which we have called covenant path marking because those who practice these acts see them as faithful embodiments of the covenant. The Incarnational tradition, more accurately the sacramental tradition, […]
This is our sixth in seven installments on legalism, or covenant path marking. According to Foster, the Evangelical tradition of the Christian life focuses on the Word. (Don’t equate this with the current raging debate about what an “evangelical” is; […]
Check this out by Mark Oestreicher.And this by Brad Bergfalk, called Wanting More — Part 2.
The following test is designed to work with my book, The Jesus Creed: Loving God, Loving Others. I am a bit of an assessment nut, so the test actually measures the degree to which readers begin to conform to what […]
This goes back to a series of posts about legalism, which I am calling covenant path marking so we can get it into our heads that humans have an inevitable tendency to turn specific behaviors into actions whereby we judge […]
This post builds on my previous posts, starting with the post on Legalism by any other name. Richard Foster sketches the Charismatic tradition, the third “theory” of the Christian life, by looking at St Francis, the Apostle Paul, and William […]
Here’s a test that attempts to help you figure it out.
Just in case you didn’t read this brief introduction yesterday, here it is again: No one has summarized the “theories” of the Christian life any more succinctly than Richard Foster, in his textbook quality Streams of Living Water. He charts […]
No one has summarized the “theories” of the Christian life any more succinctly than Richard Foster, in his textbook quality Streams of Living Water. He charts out six traditions, and I will look at each and how covenant path marking […]
David Klinghoffer, author of Why the Jews Rejected Jesus, belongs in a troika of authors. Michael Wyschogrod and Irving Greenberg are the other two. In Commentary magazine, the review of Klinghoffer by Hillel Halkin sets the record straight on the […]
Covenant path marking. In his recent, technical, and not always well-written monograph, Jesus and Jewish Covenant Thinking (break the bank!), Finnish scholar Tom Holmen offers a new category through which we can process our “theories of Christian behavior.” In essence, […]
A couple of posts and a couple of e-mails separate from the blogsite lead me to make some suggestions on what pastors should read. I’ve been asked what I think pastors should read, but I make these suggestions with some […]
The recent Barna report, forwarded to me by my colleague, Ginny Olson, publishes its findings about books pastors are reading and who their favorite authors are. The question seems to be this: “What are the three books that had been […]
For a long while Kris and I have been saying the prayers from Phyllis Tickle’s The Divine Hours. It is hard for us on most mornings, but we do them nearly every evening. We took photocopies to Italy with us […]
Bob Robinson, in his collection of pieces about Emergent theology, calls our attention to a piece by Vince Bacote, Professor of theology at Wheaton, on Kuyper’s sense of common grace and Bacote suggests this idea undergirds the Emergent concern with […]
The recent discussion about the rhetorical nature of language about heaven and hell leads me to reflect some on a classic, John Bunyan’s The Pilgrim’s Progess. Our BTS Dept at NPU is writing a monthly column in The Covenant Companion […]
In the most recent Commentary magazine, there is a fine article by Terry Teachout on culture and blogging. If you are not aware of this magazine, largely a conservative Jewish think-tank magazine, it has some of the finest expositions of […]
I had never heard of Orvieto, I confess, before Kris and I begain reading Rick Steves’ guide to Italy. It is one more of what Italy is full of: cities on the top of some hill, a city of stone […]
We couldn’t stay away from Assisi, the home of St Francis and St Clare. We planned to visit Assisi for one day, but found our way back two more times and, could we have justified not seeing other places (like […]