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Jay Baehr and the Bo-daggits

posted by xscot mcknight

Two of the highlights of our weekend were seeing Napoleon Dynamite with Luke and Annika, and then during the worship service the worship band, led by Jay Baehr, was outstanding. And the band, whom I’ve named Jay Baehr and the […]

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Nice sermon

posted by xscot mcknight

Yesterday we were at Zion Covenant in Jamestown, NY. Brad Bergfalk, the pastor, gave what was for me a memorable sermon on the classic text from Exodus 17 on Moses raising his arms while Israel battled. His points are worth […]

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What is the Emerging Church?

posted by xscot mcknight

My conversation last week with a pastor of a mega-church, with my contention that a caricature was being used and his and others’ justifiable question, “Well, then, what is it?” leads me to a few posts this week that will […]

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Old Blog site

posted by xscot mcknight

Just in case you know how this operates: I used to have www.jesuscreed.blogspot.com, but moved over to www.jesuscreed.org. I recently deleted my old account. Now some porn site is using that address. Suggestion: go to that site and “flag” it […]

Blog-debating

posted by xscot mcknight

The recent blog debate about what the emerging movement is and what it isn’t brings home to me what can be and can’t be accomplished in the blog world. I learn from many of the individual posts, and I learn […]

Blogs of the Week

posted by xscot mcknight

Pride of place goes this week to Jamie Arpin-Ricci’s post about the ministry they offer with YWAM to minister in an urban setting and the need for more missionally minded folks. Help him spread the word about this opportunity. 1. […]

Blue Like Plan B

posted by xscot mcknight

That’s an attempt at a clever title for a short post on Donald Miller’s Blue Like Jazz and Anne Lamott’s Plan B. I’ve read both recently and discovered that many of my students were either reading or had read Blue […]

The Mentored Life 5

posted by xscot mcknight

In this fifth installment on James Houston’s The Mentored Life we (Scot McKnight and Brad Bergfalk), we will look at his first “positive” chapter, chp 5: Mentored and Discipled Christian Living. Summary The chapter is largely a statement of Kierkegaard’s […]

Salvation vs. Discipleship

posted by xscot mcknight

For a long time in my teaching career I have worked with these two terms (salvation vs. discipleship), especially when it came to the teachings of Jesus on ethics. It permits good discussion about both the gospel and “the bottom […]

Advent blogs

posted by xscot mcknight

I’ll be daily blogging (starting one week before Advent) about Advent to record some thoughts about Gospel texts and how they can be used to foster our readiness for Christmas. It would be fun to get some involved in this […]

James Macdonald and Emergent

posted by xscot mcknight

Pastors have a nearly impossible task. Especially pastors of mega-churches. Because they are asked to do so many things, speak at so many other functions, and render judgment on nearly everything that comes along, pastors can develop one of two […]

Methodist Cross

posted by xscot mcknight

Of all the crosses I see on churches, I like the Methodist cross the best: a cross, an empty cross, with the sign of the Spirit surrounding it. Can it get more complete? You computer folk could do better than […]

I promise not to blog

posted by xscot mcknight

I promise not to blog (much) about the gospel in the immediate future, but it is a topic so central to what we do (and believe) that it deserved some attention. On top of its importance, I’m trying to give […]

The Mentored Life 4

posted by xscot mcknight

Summary (Brad Bergfalk) Houston moves from describing the “Heroic Mentor” and the “Stoic Mentor” to what he calls the “Secular Psychotherapeutic Mentor.” Houston asserts that the “therapeutic mentor” is the most pervasive of the three in American culture. The “therapeutic […]

Source of Spiritual Formation: Barna

posted by xscot mcknight

George Barna, in his new book Revolution, claims the primary source for the new generation’s spiritual formation is shifting away from the local congregation model to a more fragmented model. That is, we get what we need from the sources […]

Revolution? George Barna’s new theory

posted by xscot mcknight

Because I was hearing so much chat about Barna’s new book, Revolution, I thought I’d read it. Here’s the nub of the book: there is a revolution going on in the Church (big “c” not little “c”), and it concerns […]

What is the gospel? The Elements of the gospel

posted by xscot mcknight

We’ve been visiting family in New Hampshire this weekend where we had a wonderful time. My niece attends the University of New Hampshire, and we went with her parents; we stayed in a B&B in York Village near the coast. […]

Blogs of the Week

posted by xscot mcknight

1. Jason Clark’s explanation of “Emergent-UK” — nice read for those of us who need to realize what this is all about. 2. Eddie Gibbs offers a balanced and fair review of Carson’s book, noting its strengths and its weaknesses. […]

What is the gospel? No Logo and Packaging

posted by xscot mcknight

On my way to my doctor for an annual physical this morning I got to thinking about this “No Logo” gospel, and that some have commented back that “No Logo” is as much about “branding” as anything, and that the […]

Where God Happens

posted by xscot mcknight

Rowan Williams, Archbishop of Canterbury and an author of many books about Christian spirituality, has recently published Where God Happens: Discovering Christ in One Another, and I want to jot down a few notes about what I think is a […]

What is the gospel? Where do we end?

posted by xscot mcknight

I have also been impressed of late with the thought that the final state of humans shapes what the gospel is all about. That is, the various mosaics of the final state of humans tells us a lot about what […]

Kermit Zarley Lectures

posted by xscot mcknight

The Kermit Zarley Lectures at North Park University, November 14 and 15, from 3:30-5:00pm, will feature Professor D.A. Hagner of Fuller Theological Seminary. Professor Hagner will lecture on Jesus, Paul, and Judaism. The public is invited. They are held in […]

What is the gospel? Where do we start?

posted by xscot mcknight

I have been impressed of late with this thought: how people define the gospel is determined by where they start or, even more interesting, where they end up. Put slightly differently, what is the problem being resolved by the gospel? […]

What is the gospel? A No Logo gospel

posted by xscot mcknight

Recently a fellow blogger put me on to the No Logo site, and it made my head spin with implications for understanding the gospel. Far too many of us advocate a gospel that favors our brand of the Church: Protestant, […]

The Mentored Life 3

posted by xscot mcknight

Chapter 3 of James Houston’s The Mentored Life is opening up to me what this book is all about, and in this post Brad Bergfalk and I will interact with this chapter on Stoicism. The Mentored Life is about “world […]

Embracing Grace: Reviews

posted by xscot mcknight

I will provide links here to reviews, whether good or bad, and direct discussions of Embracing Grace, and I will update this post. Review by Jamie Arpin-Ricci.

No Wonder White Sox

posted by xscot mcknight

It is no wonder the White Sox walked away with the American League Championship Series: they played, as the game is meant to be played, like a National League team. They moved runners over, they played for runs and not […]

What is the gospel? A Story

posted by xscot mcknight

In resuming our discussion of what the gospel is, I thought I’d record how my own mind has developed on the meaning of the gospel. First, my childhood gospel was a personal forgiveness for eternity gospel. I was taught by […]

Lake Wobegon’s Vikings

posted by xscot mcknight

That football game between the Bears and the Minnesota Vikings, a true purple team… how do you describe what is going on with the Vikings, both on and off the field? (I’d rather they wear advertisements.) Like Saul, they began […]

The Society for Simple Sports

posted by xscot mcknight

The Amish and Old order Mennonites are known for their simple clothing and their simple homes and their simple life-style. Professional athletes need to learn from them. Why? I saw it again last weekend when John Daly was battling Tiger […]

Blogs of the Week

posted by xscot mcknight

Maybe one of the best weeks ever for me in reading other blogs. (It didn’t hurt that I got my book on prayer done and feel less pressured to keep grinding away.) 1. I want to suggest you look at […]

What is the gospel? 5

posted by xscot mcknight

This last post this week on “what is the gospel?” will look at the gospel as God’s work in the world for us vs. the gospel as what God has done for me. The latter I will call hyper-individualism, because […]

Churches and the Jesus Creed

posted by xscot mcknight

For Pastors and churches that used the Jesus Creed for a Bible study or more in your church. (This announcement is not for individuals who used this, but for churches.) If you would like to be in the “Pastor’s Circle” […]

The Mentored Life 2

posted by xscot mcknight

Summary of Chapter Two Houston begins his argument for a return to the “mentored life” by examining the “Heroic Myth of Odysseus.” In this myth, Houston suggests we see all the characteristics of individualism and narcissism that stand as obstacles […]

What is the gospel? 4

posted by xscot mcknight

I’ve been asked this enough times that I’ll turn it into a post on its own — if the gospel is what I am claiming it is, then how does one evangelize? And I’ve been asked this one several times […]

Book Launch in Seattle

posted by xscot mcknight

Kris and I will be in Seattle Nov 4-6 for the launch of Embracing Grace. We’ll get in late Thurs night and be there Friday, Saturday and Sunday. On Saturday, at about noon, we’ll be at Mercer Island Covenant for […]

What is the gospel? 3

posted by xscot mcknight

This is as good a spot as any to say something about Tom Wright’s view of the gospel, and I’ll take this from his fine small book, What Saint Paul Really Said. First, Tom trots out how “gospel” is understood […]

The Mentored Life 1

posted by xscot mcknight

This is a series of blogs, over a couple of weeks, about James Houston, The Mentored Life. It is being written by both of us, Scot McKnight (at North Park University) and Brad Bergfalk (pastor of Zion Covenant in Jamestown, […]

What is the gospel? 2

posted by xscot mcknight

Ask your average Christian, all across the map — and I mean from the Eastern Orthodox and the Roman Catholic to the Protestant low-church evangelical, what is the gospel and you will get one of three sorts of answers? First, […]

Abe Lincoln and the Jesus Creed

posted by xscot mcknight

From Carl Sandburg: Henry C. Deming, Congressman from Connecticut, reported that when Lincoln was asked why, with his obvious interest in religious matters and his familiarity with the Bible, he did not join a church, Lincoln replied: When any church […]

A student writes back

posted by xscot mcknight

Here is a (slightly edited) letter from a former student. This is why I like teaching. What’s up Mr. McKnight, how have you been? how’s life? I see you got another book out, I’ll probably read it. Anyways life after […]

What is the gospel? 1

posted by xscot mcknight

One would think a question like that would be easy to answer. What is the gospel itself? How do tracts present the gospel? How do churches present the gospel? How do you understand the gospel? Over the next week or […]

Never in the AL

posted by xscot mcknight

Just in case you missed it, that baseball game between the Braves and the Astros was a National League beauty, the likes of which the American League would never know. And that, my friends, is the argument for why the […]

Blogs of the Week

posted by xscot mcknight

I didn’t get to this yesterday, and Marko has already given me a heads-up on my behavior, so here it is:

Blogs to Come

posted by xscot mcknight

I will begin tomorrow a series of blogs with Brad Bergfalk on James Houston, The Mentored Life: From Individualism to Personhood. We’ll post something a few times each week until we are done. In addition, I’ll begin blogging now on […]

Doctrinal Statements and the Emerging Movement 6

posted by xscot mcknight

If there is anything clear about the emerging movement, it is this: the gospel is proclaimed by performance. So, it should not surprise that these articulations, which are themselves laced together with “action” type statements, are now tied together with […]

How I see the Rainout today

posted by xscot mcknight

I haven’t heard any official rain information about the Yankees deciding to cancel their game today, a game which could have seen the Yankees taking the deep bow in front of millions. But, knowing such fatalities, they up and cancelled […]

Boom Goes the Dynamite!

posted by xscot mcknight

If you’ve never seen this hilarious clip of Brian Collins suddenly finding himself incapable of presenting the news while he was learning to do the news at Ball State University’s TV station, you’ll love it.

Freakonomics

posted by xscot mcknight

I have seen the title Freakonomics mentioned, haven’t looked at it all, but Fr. Rob Merola, of St. Matthew’s in Sterling Virginia, has pointed me to a link that is worth reading and discussing. It is by columnist named Orson […]

Doctrinal Statements and the Emerging Movement 5

posted by xscot mcknight

So far we have looked at the first three “articles” of Emergent Village. Today I’ll take a look at the fourth, and then tomorrow, after looking at the “actions” section at the end of Emergent Village’s charter, make some suggestions […]

Those Embarrassing Yankees

posted by xscot mcknight

Randy Johnson, who throws fire at the plate, threw cool fire tonight. The Angels were getting hits on high fastballs, and the Yankee fans were booing. Cub fans would be glad to be there and would support their pitchers. Another […]

Doctrinal Statements and the Emerging Movement 4

posted by xscot mcknight

In this series on whether or not it is wise for local churches to cobble together a doctrinal statement on the basis of creeds and confessions, we have also been looking at how Emergent Village has fashioned a “belong to […]

Jesus and His Death arrives

posted by xscot mcknight

I got my first copy of Jesus and His Death today from Baylor University Press. I thank its fine editorial folk, Carey Newman and Diane Smith, for their exceptional work. It is hard for me to compare editorial staffs, but […]

Doctrinal Statements and the Emerging Movement 3

posted by xscot mcknight

Notice the second “affirmation” of Emergent Village: 2. Commitment to the Church in all its Forms: We are committed to honor and serve the church in all its forms – Orthodox, Roman Catholic, Protestant, Pentecostal. We practice “deep ecclesiology” – […]

Emerging Movement and the Saints

posted by xscot mcknight

You’ve perhaps already read, but in the case that you haven’t, it is worth looking at CT’s piece by Chris Armstrong on how the saints can be of use to what he calls the Emergents. Chris has a blog on […]

Doctrinal Statements and the Emerging Movement 2

posted by xscot mcknight

It’s been a long day. I got up early, went to a prayer meeting with some wonderful pastors and leaders, had a breakfast, spoke my heart out to these same pastors and leaders, had lunch, two hours of driving and […]

Doctrinal Statements and the Emerging Movement

posted by xscot mcknight

I’ve done this more than most. When I see a church with no denominational affilation (say, the Rock of Wonders Community of Jesus Christ now dwelling at this corner), I wonder “what do they believe?” When I see a Lutheran […]

The Church, Embracing Grace, and Racism 7

posted by xscot mcknight

A purple theology and a purple politics spring from the Kingdom vision of Jesus and a theology of the earliest Christian faith. Purple theology transcends both the liberal and conservative impasse; purple politics transcends both the “red” and “blue” partisan […]

Who will win the World Series? A poll

posted by xscot mcknight

Who will it be? Let’s see how many can guess this one right.

Blogs to Come

posted by xscot mcknight

Later today I will finish this series on the the Church and racism with a quick look at United by Faith, and then this week I will delve into whether or not it is wise for local churches to shape […]

Blogs of the Week

posted by xscot mcknight

1. Dan Clendenin’s weekly commentary on the Lectionary is worth reading each week, so I’ll mention it here and ask you to consider linking. 2. John Frye’s back from his trip to Turkey and the Holy Land, and has all […]

The Church, Embracing Grace, and Racism 6

posted by xscot mcknight

So, we are led to ask, “What can we do about it? What can we do about racism in our culture? What can we do as Christians?” [I had a comment here that I deleted because I thought it would […]

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