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Back to my pacifism post

posted by xscot mcknight

On a previous post I gave an outline of why I think the pacifist case deserves more hearing; it was hard to read, as some of you commented, because it was an outline and a series of questions. Someday I’ll […]

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Christ Plays 2

posted by xscot mcknight

Christ Plays 2 (pp. 49-84) This mega-blog with pastors and friends, and anyone else who wants to speak up, is about E. Peterson’s new book, Christ Plays in Ten Thousand Places, and we are doing about 30 pages a week. […]

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Advent: Joseph 3

posted by xscot mcknight

Christmas meant that Joseph learned that sometimes God surprises (1:20-21) I doubt that many think of Joseph when, this Christmas, they give to their loved ones a “good surprise” at Christmas. We’ve all had our share of presents that were […]

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Fountain Pens: Christmas Suggestions

posted by xscot mcknight

If you are going to spend some money on a Christmas present, I reason to myself, you might as well spend it on something that will last. So, I suggest a fountain pen if you are so inclined:

Advent: Joseph 2

posted by xscot mcknight

Christmas meant that Joseph practiced a rare combination: both righteousness and mercifulness (1:19) The text says Joseph was “righteous.” Now this translates a Greek term (dikaios) which translates a Hebrew term (tsadiq) – and all these terms point to one […]

Advent: Joseph 1

posted by xscot mcknight

This series is my own preparation for Advent, and it will look at the First Christmas and how various characters encountered the First Christmas. “What was Christmas like for….?” is the question we are asking. We will look at Zechariah […]

Books: Christmas Suggestions

posted by xscot mcknight

I thought I’d offer some book suggestions at the beginning of December for those of you who are wondering about books to buy someone (or yourself) for Christmas. Again, buy something for yourself for I have often bought myself a […]

Day with DaVinci

posted by xscot mcknight

I’ve been asked to be interviewed by Lee Strobel for a Zondervan response to the upcoming movie, The DaVinci Code (I really don’t know the name of the movie). Many of you know I’m not a fan of novels and […]

Flag it again!

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Please go to www.jesuscreed.blogspot.com and flag it again. The porn group got it again. Thanks.

Blogs of the Week

posted by xscot mcknight

Good reminder from Bob Robinson, whose site is always worth reading. The struggle in the South is far from over. 1. John Frye’s series on Jesus as an Emerging Pastor. Good stuff to think about. 2. Jeff intersects theology and […]

Scripture: Replacing “Authority”

posted by xscot mcknight

Some of you will remember a previous post when I suggested that a “purple” theology probably will not find the word “authority” as the appropriate word for Scripture. Now, I have no truck with the word “authority” apart from the […]

Advent: Zechariah and Elizabeth 5

posted by xscot mcknight

Christmas meant Missional Transformation: Luke 1:76-79 John (Yohanan)’s task is clear: Zechariah tells him, at his birth, that he is to be a prophet who will prepare the way for Someone Else – the Messiah. John’s life is a life […]

Thanksgiving Prayer

posted by xscot mcknight

This, from the BCP, and in The Divine Hours today: Almighty and gracious Father, we give you thanks for the fruits of the earth in their season and for the labors of those who harvest them. Make us, we pray, […]

Advent: Zechariah and Elizabeth 4

posted by xscot mcknight

Christmas meant Liberation Praise: Luke 1:68-75 Like many of his day, no one perhaps more than the pious priests, Zechariah longed for the day when the Roman occupation of the Land of Israel would end. Some scholars today are nervous […]

On defining a praxis

posted by xscot mcknight

Evangelicals define different parts of the Church by theology. The Emerging Movement is not cooperating, and hence Evangelicals are doing what they can to get it to — and the tug of war will continue until one of two things […]

Telemarketing: What to say?

posted by xscot mcknight

Along with most of you, I am occasionally — perhaps three times per week — interrupted in my reading and writing by someone who calls our number to sell me something I haven’t expressed interest in or to ask me […]

Advent: Zechariah and Elizabeth 3

posted by xscot mcknight

Christmas meant a New Name for a baby: Luke 1:57-66 The neighbors were thrilled for Elizabeth (they do not mention Zechariah), and they understood her pregnancy and birth as the “great mercy” of the Lord. On the day of circumcision, […]

Why I am a pacifist

posted by xscot mcknight

The following is a slightly-adapted set of questions I used for a discussion with two others at Willow Creek Community Church’s TruthQuest event last spring. My responsibility was to take the pacifist side. I took the tack of asking questions, […]

Advent: Zechariah and Elizabeth 2

posted by xscot mcknight

Christmas meant Silence and Speech: Luke 1:18-25 Zechariah yearned for the day when God would step in and redeem Israel from its problems. But, when that day was announced, Zechariah, like Abraham (Gen 15:8), asked this question: “How can I […]

Aicha: Here’s a video!

posted by xscot mcknight

This is a video of a young man’s attempt to tell his love in song. Some, they say, have it all. This might become a hit.

Advent: Zechariah and Elizabeth 1

posted by xscot mcknight

This series is my own preparation for Advent, and it will look at the First Christmas and how various characters encountered the First Christmas. “What was Christmas like for….?” is the question we are asking. We will look at Zechariah […]

Christ Plays 1

posted by xscot mcknight

This post is the first in a series of a review of Eugene Peterson’s new book, Christ Plays in Ten Thousand Places: A Conversation in Spiritual Theology. There will be a gaggle of speakers in this series, including me (I’ll […]

Russian Orthodox

posted by xscot mcknight

Our NPU Biblical and Theological Studies Dept was invited to attend the book launch for Frederica Mathewes-Green’s new book, First Fruits of Prayer. We were shuttled over to St. Michael’s Russian Orthodox Church where we were given some finger foods […]

Roommates

posted by xscot mcknight

We were joined yesterday by another colleague, BN, and without asking permission, he simply joined the chorus of snorning last night. Right now, behind me, he lies — arm over his head and snoring plentifully. His distinctive contribution is the […]

Blogs of the Week

posted by xscot mcknight

The blog of the week goes to Steve McCoy who, unknown to me, sitting in my office when Don Hagner and I were talking about divorce and remarriage, videotaped us and has now posted a video of it — with […]

The Big Snore (contest)

posted by xscot mcknight

One of the advantages of spending a weekend with my friends in Philadelphia is experiencing how others sleep. Both of my roommates, sometime past midnight, decided to begin snoring — as I waited for the slumbers of sleep to wash […]

Pacifism instead of Revenge

posted by xscot mcknight

Here it is: in Matt 5:38-42 Jesus summons those who want to follow him to a radical way of life. They are to avoid, at all costs, seeking revenge. Jesus sets it up by quoting Exod 21:24 (or its other […]

Off to Philadelphia

posted by xscot mcknight

Our entire Dept is attending the SBL/AAR meetings this weekend in Philadelphia. I’ll be giving a paper in response to James D.G. Dunn’s Jesus Remembered on Friday morning at the ETS meetings, and then Saturday morning I’ll respond to John […]

Being honest

posted by xscot mcknight

One of my children was in the habit, as a child, of saying this: “I mean it.” When challenged a little more: “I really mean it.” And when a little more: “I really, really mean it.” Which means, when saying […]

Happy Birthday, Lex!

posted by xscot mcknight

How about that? It is the 16th and it just dawned on me that you are still three years older!

Opening at NPU

posted by xscot mcknight

We have now received over 150 applications for our advertised opening in the Biblical and Theological Studies Department. We will not be interviewing at the SBL/AAR meetings in Philadelphia this weekend, but are hoping to contact in mid-December those who […]

Zarley lectures

posted by xscot mcknight

This week we had Professor Donald A. Hagner on campus for the Zarley Lectures in biblical theology. Some local pastors stopped in, but mostly it was a chapel filled with students. Professor Hagner spoke on Jewish-Christian relations in light of […]

Taking a stand for marriage

posted by xscot mcknight

For me, the most important thing about a happy marriage is that husbands and wives be best friends — with no serious rival to that friendship. Kris and I have been married for 32 years; we were grade school sweethearts […]

Pastor’s Circle

posted by xscot mcknight

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

Taking a stand for fidelity

posted by xscot mcknight

As Jesus revealed that murder begins with anger, and that murder is expressed in anger, labeling, and damning, so Jesus contends in his summons for others to follow him that adultery, too, is a matter of the heart. The physical […]

When the body prays

posted by xscot mcknight

Doug Pagitt’s new book, Body Prayer: The Posture of Intimacy with God, just came out, I was sent a copy, and I wish to record some brief thoughts.

The Gospel acc. to John (Piper)

posted by xscot mcknight

My first encounter with John Piper was memorable. I now recall it was the first faculty retreat I was at Trinity, and we were for the day at a hotel in Mundelein. John Piper addressed the faculty on the trivialization […]

Redefining Murder, Advocating Reconciliation

posted by xscot mcknight

Jesus redefined murder: if murder was defined in the Torah as we do most of the time (taking another person’s life), Jesus boosted it. For Jesus, “murder” includes anger and labeling and damning others. But, this text cannot be applied […]

Real men cook

posted by xscot mcknight

It took me 28 years to figure out I could help Kris in the kitchen. I am now the cook in our home, and I have plenty of years of work ahead of me to even the score. I admit, […]

On Coffee

posted by xscot mcknight

While I was a seminary student I began to drink coffee; soon I was drinking too much of it, and my doctor told me to knock it off. During my PhD days in Nottingham England, Kris and I began to […]

Blogs of the Week

posted by xscot mcknight

Blog of the week: iMonk’s confession of his spat with his wife, and how this leads to a long reflection on his loathing of his pastoral career. And Kerry Doyal’s gentle reminder that it is not about us.

Napoleon Dynamite at NPU

posted by xscot mcknight

Whoever said an Introduction to the Bible class couldn’t be hilarious? Well, yesterday, one of our sharp-minded students took it upon himself to dance the Napoleon Dynamite song. That’s right. Eric (last name omitted to keep his parents happy) wore […]

Surpassing whom? or what? and when?

posted by xscot mcknight

An alarming statement by Jesus: “Unless your righteousness/justice greatly surpasses the righteousness/justice of the Scribes and Pharisees, you will never ever enter into the Kingdom of heaven” (Matt 5:20). Does Jesus really think his followers are to be “better” than […]

Jesus and His Death Review

posted by xscot mcknight

Here’s a new review of Jesus and His Death by Loren Rosson. I’ve posted the review at my Jesus and His Death blog, but the comments from his site are at his site.

Reviews of Embracing Grace

posted by xscot mcknight

The little book is barely out and here is a nice review by Trevin Wax: good summary and fair points. And John Frye has one too: not a McGospel.

Do we follow the Torah?

posted by xscot mcknight

Not according to Jesus, but this all hangs on what “follow” means. In the passage we need to look at today, Matthew 5:17-20, Jesus makes an astounding claim. He did not come to abolish the Law and the Prophets, but […]

An Emerging Day

posted by xscot mcknight

Some stuff for Emerging Movement today: First, I drove down to Wheaton to speak to the staff and interns at College Church of Wheaton about the Emerging Movement. I sense more and the more the need to have a clear […]

On Birthdays and Aging

posted by xscot mcknight

I’ve never been able to keep birthdays straight — not even my own. For years I thought I knew how old I was, but one morning, after criticizing an athlete (whom I knew to be my own age) for claiming […]

Flag again

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Please, if you are using my old www.jesuscreed.blogspot.com site, “flag” it (top right) and so warn blogger that a porn site is trying to use my old site. Thanks again.

Being a story

posted by xscot mcknight

It is pretty easy to get trapped into wondering in what way the followers of Jesus, who are in part listed in the Beatitudes (Matt 5:3-12), are to be like salt and like light. Perhaps like salt we are to […]

Sporty thoughts

posted by xscot mcknight

Just in case you don’t follow soccer, and I’m happy to say that I’ve never played the game nor do I understand how people can stand around and watch 1-o games … well, just in case, the fierce North Park […]

Good Kingdom People

posted by xscot mcknight

It is common to ask if the Beatitudes are “entry requirements” or “kingdom blessings”. Are they what we need to do and be or are they sudden revelations of who it is that God is favoring? I see the Beatitudes […]

A Summons called Sermon on the Mount

posted by xscot mcknight

I’ve spent my academic life teaching the Sermon on the Mount in one way or another. Most of those who read the Sermon the Mount (=SoM) see it as the Ethics (or Morals) of Jesus or they classify it as […]

An Emerging Challenge

posted by xscot mcknight

There never has been a time, to my knowledge, when the Church has been really good at being genuinely boundaryless and borderless and unprejudiced. The mandate of the Apostle Paul in Galatians 3:28 — that in Christ there should be […]

All Saints Day

posted by xscot mcknight

Our Sunday morning service at Mercer Island Covenant Church was eventful. It was All Saints’ Day and Pastor Greg Asimakoupolos wrote a wonderful Litany about All Saints in preparation for the eucharist. And the highlight for both Kris and me […]

Book Launch

posted by xscot mcknight

Paraclete Press and Mercer Island Covenant Church combined to orchestrate a wonderful day for Kris and me in launching Embracing Grace. It rained like an English winter, but we had about 40 people. A nice light lunch, plenty of good […]

Blogs of the Week

posted by xscot mcknight

First, and foremost, a blogger put me on to this site: Kari and Aaron are going through very difficult times. The whole story can be found here. We need to pray for them. And for Kyle Lake’s family and loved […]

Blogs to come

posted by xscot mcknight

On Monday I will offer a challenge to the Emerging Movement, a challenge that will also be for all Christians. Also, I will begin a series on the Summons to the Kingdom we call the Sermon on the Mount. We […]

Seattle’s Best

posted by xscot mcknight

Kris and I are in Seattle this weekend for the launch of Embracing Grace: A gospel for all of us. We had never been here until last Spring, and loved it so much, we wanted a day to wander around […]

The TNIV, Wayne Grudem, and Stan Gundry

posted by xscot mcknight

I am a friend of Wayne Grudem (and Stan Gundry), but I find the recent radio interview in which Wayne Grudem sallied forth against the TNIV to be indiscriminately unfair and would like to throw my hat in with Stan […]

What is the Emerging Church? Pro-Aplenty

posted by xscot mcknight

The first three promised posts on the Emerging Movement, on Praxis, Protest, and Postmodernity, evoke a final post on the positives. There has been some justifiable criticism of the Emerging Movement for its constant criticism, though I think from the […]

The Mentored Life 6

posted by xscot mcknight

Brad Bergfalk and I are both tiring with the prose of James Houston, and one of us thinks the book better than the other. But, here is our fifth part (on chp 6). Summary (Brad Bergfalk) After reviewing the meaning […]

Embracing Grace is now out

posted by xscot mcknight

Embracing Grace, I am happy to say, is now out and you should be seeing it in your local bookstores. I have had my copies about two weeks, and it takes about that long to get to the warehouses and […]

What is the Emerging Church? Postmodernity

posted by xscot mcknight

This series on “What is the Emerging Church?” is designed to help the many who are constantly asking about the identity and definition of the movement or conversation. But, let me be a bit cranky first: Emergent Village has a […]

The White Sox

posted by xscot mcknight

I’ve been asked what I think of the White Sox winning the last series of games this year. My comment: why is Kerry Doyal living for last year’s results? That season is over and gone. It is time to focus […]

Thanks

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Thanks to all who visited the old blogsite and “flagged” it — it is now blank. What do I do next?

What is the Emerging Church? Protest

posted by xscot mcknight

Whatever the Emerging Movement is, it is clearly a protest movement. Sometimes it can appear to be cranky, but there is substance and there is focus in what the Emerging Movement is protesting. And, though sometimes the resolutions fall flat […]

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