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O Mexico! 2

posted by xscot mcknight

Kris and I, along with Laura and Mark and Lukas and Annika, got to Ixtapa after a long delay at O’Hare, a smooth flight, and a long delay here at the airport with our bus (some passengers didn’t get their […]

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At the top of my

posted by xscot mcknight

At the top of my list is Allan Bevere’s wonderful post about Harold, who passed away recently, but who is missed. Hark the Harold! His post on the top ten stories is worth weighing in on. Next to Allan’s blog […]

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On ending a letter with “Blessings”

posted by xscot mcknight

Some years ago I was writing a letter to my good student-friend, Akiva Cohen. He had written to me and closed off with something in Hebrew, so I thought I’d sign off to him in Hebrew. I used the word […]

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My Year in Blogging

posted by xscot mcknight

Last April, Bob Smietana, a fine editor for Covenant Companion and someone with exceptional instincts for what is going on in the American church, and I were having coffee at Tre Kronor (a local, Swedish restaurant) when he simply suggested […]

O Mexico!

posted by xscot mcknight

Kris and I, with the whole family in tow, will be in Mexico next week (Ixtapa), leaving Friday (tomorrow). I’ll be posting daily, but not sure when I’ll be able to put the posts up. I get up early, especially […]

Review: I.R. Kitzberger’s Transformative Encounters

posted by xscot mcknight

The following is a review of Ingrid Rosa Kitzberger’s important book, Transformative Encounters, and was not published. It was written to be read at an SBL meeting, and then the session fell through and I was left with this review. […]

Women in the World of Jesus 9

posted by xscot mcknight

So, we are now ready to ask, What did Jesus think of women and How did Jesus treat women? I provide a series of questions for your consideration. A good place to begin here is with D.M. Scholer, “Women,” or […]

High School Nicknames

posted by xscot mcknight

In the good ol’ USA, high schools and sports are combined. Which means, every high school has a “nickname.” Most recent debates about nicknames have bee about political correctness, especially with respect to Native Americans. (I’ll avoid that one for […]

Walking the Sacred Way

posted by xscot mcknight

I’ve gone on record at not being a big fan of envisioning the Christian life through the spiritual disciplines, though I’m all for them. I just don’t think the way to approach the Christian life is through a means but […]

Women in the World of Jesus 8

posted by xscot mcknight

What about “other” women? Those who were not the “norm”? Those who lived on the margins?

Clock-setting

posted by xscot mcknight

Kris and I have for years set our clocks ahead — usually about 4 minutes. The wristwatch I wear is four minutes ahead. All the clocks in our home, and we have plenty of them, are at least four minutes […]

Women in the World of Jesus 7

posted by xscot mcknight

What could women in the Jewish world do in public? This is often overstated in order to dramatize the difference with Jesus and the early churches. So a good look at some of the evidence may help all of us.

Should the Cubs trade Prior?

posted by xscot mcknight

The newspaper reports have it that the Cubs are working on a deal with Baltimore to bring Tejada to the Cubs. What we read in the paper is that the Cubs have talked about trading either Zambrano (a Knight-Ridder report) […]

Witherington’s Problems with Evangelicalism

posted by xscot mcknight

Ben Witherington has recently published a useful, biblical analysis of three segments of Evangelicalism: Calvinism (which neither he nor I are), Dispensationalism (the same), and Wesleyanism (which he is, I’m not). The book is called The Problem with Evangelical Theology: […]

Women in the World of Jesus 6

posted by xscot mcknight

Today’s post will examine what the ancient Jewish sources tell us about how women and the legal system. First, what about Punishments and Judgments? Women were treated absolutely equally in matters pertaining to punishment. Because of Numbers 5:6 (where men […]

Peace on Earth!

posted by xscot mcknight

Luke 2:1-20 1 In those days a decree went out from Emperor Augustus that all the world should be registered. 2 This was the first registration and was taken while Quirinius was governor of Syria. 3 All went to their […]

Blogs of the Week

posted by xscot mcknight

This blogs of the week has been getting some attention of late, and I can’t possibly read everyone’s blog every day or week, so if you find something particularly worthy of note, let me know — and even if you […]

Emerging-Jewish Conversation: Round 2

posted by xscot mcknight

There was a stir recently when Emergent leaders announced they were meeting with some Jewish leaders. Here is the latest form of the press release for S3K, including names of those invited: LOS ANGELES, MINNEAPOLIS — Synagogue 3000 (S3K) and […]

The Jesus of Q

posted by xscot mcknight

James M. Robinson is perhaps the leading scholar in the world on the hypothetical source of the canonical Gospels called “Q.” He’s also a leading voice in the Jesus Seminar, which Seminar is not hypothetical but is instead the source […]

A Christmas Carol

posted by xscot mcknight

Every Christmas I read Charles Dickens’, A Christmas Carol, and am in Stave 4 now. It is the story of a conversion from miserliness to generosity, from self-preoccupation to other-directedness. One assignment I give when I teach about conversion is […]

Women in the World of Jesus 5

posted by xscot mcknight

Today’s post will look at the crises of a woman in a married life, including adultery, divorce, widowhood, and the issues surrounding levirate marriage First, we look at adultery: a Jewish man could only commit adultery by sexual intercourse with […]

A Red Tux for a Christmas Wedding

posted by xscot mcknight

I’ve been asked to post a picture. Yep, that’s Kris and I. Don’t ask our ages when we got married.

32 —> and counting

posted by xscot mcknight

32 years ago today, wearing a bright red tuxedo and decked out with a full head of hair, I waited at the front of our church’s sanctuary while my beautiful bride, Kris, marched down the middle aisle and there we […]

Women in the World of Jesus 4

posted by xscot mcknight

Today’s post will continue our series of summing up what Tal Ilan has described in her book and today we will examine what the ancient Jewish sources tell us about preserving a woman’s chastisty, another major concern in a patriarchal […]

Christmas 3: God with us

posted by xscot mcknight

This is the last post in my Advent and Christmas series. Today’s post will move from Matthew’s Gospel to John’s Gospel. John has his grip around an idea that Matthew just mentions: Matthew tells us that they are to name […]

Women in the World of Jesus 3

posted by xscot mcknight

Today’s post will look at what the sources tell us about a woman’s biology. Jewish sources, because of the laws about purity in Leviticus, dwell on such topics. I find this topic to be simultaneously off-putting for some but it […]

Women in the World of Jesus 2

posted by xscot mcknight

We are looking at women’s place in the world of Jesus in order to comprehend a more historically-informed understanding of women and ministry. Today’s post will look at two subjects in the ancient Jewish world: what does the evidence tell […]

National Pastors Convention: Invitation

posted by xscot mcknight

Zondervan has asked me to offer you this invitation: Dear friend: In just a few weeks I’ll be part of the 2006 National Pastors Convention in San Diego on February 22-25, 2006. I thought you might be interested in what […]

Christmas 2: Hunted and Heralded Savior

posted by xscot mcknight

If Luke’s emphasis of Jesus’ birth can be seen through the lens of the “great contrast,” Matthew’s can be viewed in the hunted and heralded Savior. In Matthew, Joseph and Mary co-habit, Joseph names the baby boy (“Yeshua” or Jesus […]

Women in the World of Jesus 1

posted by xscot mcknight

In this series of posts on Jesus and women, there will be a comprehensive survey of what we know about women at the time of Jesus. Our big question is this: What did Jesus and the early churches think of […]

Christmas 1: The Great Contrast

posted by xscot mcknight

Nothing can be set in greater contrast: Mary wraps the Messiah, the One destined to wipe the slate clean and restore Israel and bring good news to the whole world, in swaddling cloths and places him in a manger. Messiah’s […]

Translation and Context

posted by xscot mcknight

I am baffled by our translations of the Lord’s Prayer passage in Luke, and maybe you join me here. Luke 11:2, in the NIV, RSV, NRSV, and many others: “When you pray, say.” Even the ESV, which prides itself on […]

One Needful Thing 3: Friendship

posted by xscot mcknight

To continue with our series on friendship as the foundation for genuine conversation, friendship that engulfs utility and pleasure into a larger, and more enduring, whole: the friendship of virtue. This letter of Seneca to Lucilius unveils the heart of […]

Daily Prayers

posted by xscot mcknight

Some, maybe more, of us wonder about the prayer lives of the Beatles, or have wondered or have not wondered, but at least in this one they are watching me do my morning prayers during Advent in my North Park […]

Vote for Pedro!

posted by xscot mcknight

One day, a student of mine, Eric Landin, did the Napoleon Dynamite dance in class. It was a hit with everyone. To support him, I wore the “Vote for Pedro” hat to class on the last day. It was much […]

The Cougar Beat

posted by xscot mcknight

My brother-in-law, Pete Norman, is the athletic director and basketball coach at Highland Community College, in Freeport, Illinois. He has simply amassed one of the best coaching records in the nation for Junior College (JC) basketball, and this year he’s […]

How about this for a book deal?

posted by xscot mcknight

Sorry, nothing to stir the pot today. I don’t know if you buy used books, but, like a microbrew, it’s a good habit to acquire. When I was a seminary student, my professor, Murray Harris, gave us all a list […]

Blogs of the Week

posted by xscot mcknight

Rusty Peterman’s link to Ten Paradigm Shifts for impacting your community is my top blog discovery of the week. A .pdf link is provided. Or is it Stephen Shields‘ wise post about interfaith dialogue? Or is it Kerry Doyal’s story […]

Simeon and Anna 5

posted by xscot mcknight

For Anna, Christmas meant a moment to prophesy liberation/redemption for God’s people (2:36-38). There was a Mary and Joseph, an Elizabeth and Zechariah, and now an Anna and Simeon. Anna was a widow. Widows — they are more prominent in […]

On the Sign of the Cross

posted by xscot mcknight

Do you ever make the sign of the Cross on yourself? I do. Roman Catholics have always done this, and so also have the Orthodox. But, (esp. evangelical) Protestants have not done this almost entirely because it would be an […]

One Thing Needful 2: Friendship

posted by xscot mcknight

Friendship: what are the purposes and duration of friendships? In light of what I described yesterday, we can now ask this question: if Aristotle was accurate in describing the three kinds of friendships (utility, pleasure, and virtue), what are their […]

Simeon and Anna 4

posted by xscot mcknight

Christmas, for Simeon, meant the beginning of the Cross (2:33-35). I continue to marvel at the infancy narratives and the way the Christmas characters are depicted. Joseph bore the cross by adopting Jesus and marrying Mary (a woman with a […]

On Reading the Bible with our Ears

posted by xscot mcknight

Why do we read the Bible? I’ll venture to guess here. Our tendency is to go to the Bible for something new, to read it in the hope and expectation of a fresh discovery of something we did not know […]

Death Penalty, Short comment

posted by xscot mcknight

The blogworld got pretty serious about my post on the death penalty, and we saw some areas of disagreement. The poll (to your right) surprised me, but then again I’m not always sure of the demographics of my readers. I […]

The Emerging-Evangelical Discussion: The One Needful Thing 1

posted by xscot mcknight

Friendship, that is the one needful thing for this conversation. What I mean mostly is that no matter where we stand, when we are done discussing something, we still should be friends. We remain friends because we love one another, […]

Simeon and Anna 3

posted by xscot mcknight

For Simeon, Christmas meant “salvation (Luke 1:30). What does “salvation” mean for Simeon? This could be answered by asking how Luke uses this term, which is a big, big term for him and which refers to the fullness of God’s […]

Christ Plays (on Sabbath) 4

posted by xscot mcknight

This post summarizes Christ Plays in Ten Thousand Places, pp. 108-118. I’m hoping a short section, focused as it is on only one issue (Sabbath), might draw more into the conversation. Peterson contends to “play with Christ” in creation we […]

The Death Penalty and Purple Theology

posted by xscot mcknight

Tookie Williams was executed last night, at the stroke of midnight. I do not know enough of the facts to judge whether or not California was just, nor do I want to comment on the Tookie Williams case. My view […]

Simeon and Anna 2

posted by xscot mcknight

For Simeon, Christmas meant death (Luke 2:27-32). Simeon was told that he would not “see” death before he “saw” the Messiah, and when he “saw” the Messiah he was also “seeing” the end of his own life. The aged Simeon […]

The Gospel and the Next-Wave

posted by xscot mcknight

Charlie Wear has posted my thoughts about the gospel at Next-Wave. And very, very nice graphics along the way.

Simeon and Anna 1

posted by xscot mcknight

This week of posts on Advent will look at Simeon and Anna, two charming seniors who gathered at the Temple to pray and long for God’s justice and Kingdom because they knew Israel’s condition was not what God planned. No […]

A Good Example: Emergent and S3K

posted by xscot mcknight

Here we go. Here’s an example of my previous posts about learning how to talk with one another, and I’m not so sure it is happening as it ought. Emergent leaders Brian McLaren and Tony Jones are quoted in an […]

How to Talk to an Evangelical (If I May)

posted by xscot mcknight

My post, Seven Habits of Successful Emerging Discussions, generated enough suggestions that I thought it would be good to post today on how Emerging Movement folk (EMers) might better converse with evangelicals. Just as I don’t assume to speak for […]

I Love Lucy!

posted by xscot mcknight

Kris and I, along with my colleague Boaz Johnson and his wife Sarita, went tonight to a theatre to see Narnia. By common consent, we fell in love with Lucy and Mr. and Mrs. Beaver, and of course Aslan was […]

Blogs of the Week

posted by xscot mcknight

Lots of blogs in my blogs of the week. The very top of my blog list this week is Karen Spears Zacharias’ funny stories on her blog, Sit and Spit. Her experience with the friend who calls it “E-Rac” and […]

Sportsman of the Year

posted by xscot mcknight

Time to vote. Who do you think was the most outstanding athlete/sportsperson of the year? This poll is for the male athletes, my next one will be for female. Too hard to mix them up.

Mary and Elizabeth 5

posted by xscot mcknight

Christmas for Mary meant learning what to teach her kids (Luke 1:46-55). Those of you who have read my Jesus Creed will know that I think Mary had a hand in teaching Jesus a thing or two about kingdom mission. […]

Seven Habits of Successful Emerging Discussions

posted by xscot mcknight

Why talk about this again? One simple reason: too many continue to use the terms inaccurately, so I thought I’d post a little blog on how to use these terms a little more accurately. I’ve tired of hearing us talk […]

Can your body bend like this?

posted by xscot mcknight

This must be the best dancer ever, or there is some funky stuff going on with a video camera, but as my son reminds me, watch the tape long enough to see the guy in orange.

When Christmas falls on Sunday

posted by xscot mcknight

There has been a flurry of blogging about (mostly) mega-churches that have opted not to have a Sunday service in light of their attention to Christmas Eve services. Most of the blogging has been negative, some of it sharply so. […]

Mary and Elizabeth 4

posted by xscot mcknight

For Mary, Christmas end the beginning of the end for systemic violence (1:51-55). A student told me the other day that Christians don’t believe James 1:26-27 (pure religion is taking care of widows and orphans). In my mind, I went […]

Christ Plays 3

posted by xscot mcknight

This post will summarize Eugene Peterson’s Christ Plays in Ten Thousand Places, chp. 1 pp. 85-108. This is a short section, but it is better than biting off too big of a chunk that extends to nearly 50 pages and […]

Mary and Elizabeth 3

posted by xscot mcknight

Christmas meant justice for a poor woman (Luke 1:46-50) When Mary hears the words of Elizabeth, when she hears that Elizabeth’s little baby leaped in her womb at the very sound of Mary’s voice, when she hears Elizabeth’s blessing on […]

Russ Moore on McAuthenticity

posted by xscot mcknight

After I posted yesterday on a parabolic comparison between the way the SBC treated Johnny Cash (and now backs down some) and now treats Brian McLaren, Russell Moore writes this column:

“Hello, I’m Johnny Cash!”

posted by xscot mcknight

The man in black is physically gone, but his legacy remains: the image of a man dressed in black, that deep talking-singing voice, that one string that sustains the beat, and the story of a man who learned the hard […]

Mary and Elizabeth 2

posted by xscot mcknight

Christmas meant role reversal for Mary and Elizabeth (1:39-45). Mary comes from a hamlet; Elizabeth is from a hill town in Judah, where her husband, a priest, had a house so he could manage his way to the Temple when […]

Scripture: Authority and N.T. Wright

posted by xscot mcknight

Tom Wright’s newest book, The Last Word: Beyond the Bible Wars to a New Understanding of the Authority of Scripture, arrived on my desk at just the right time. I posted last week on the authority of Scripture, and asked […]

Mary and Elizabeth 1

posted by xscot mcknight

This week, as we prepare for Advent 3, we will look at Mary and Elizabeth. Christmas for them meant the favor of God (1:23-25, 26-38) Elizabeth, an old woman, is barren — a sign of the lack of God’s blessing. […]

Apple Macintosh for me

posted by xscot mcknight

In 1984, when teaching a course in Greek exegesis, a student asked me if I had a computer. I said, “I couldn’t afford one.” (At the time, I was finishing my dissertation on an IBM Selectric, with three elements — […]

Right now, the best sport to watch is…

posted by xscot mcknight

Some might suggest that football is the best thing going right now. If so, they’d probably point to: 1. Indianapolis Colts and Peyton Manning or 2. Chicago Bears with the best defense and the lumpiest offense ever.

Prayer Books?

posted by xscot mcknight

Back to the post on set prayers at set times — some good experiences there. I’m wondering if you have used The Liturgy of the Hours, any other Roman Catholic prayer book, an Orthodox prayer book, or the Book of […]

Blogs of the Week

posted by xscot mcknight

1. How to be a blogger: here’s a good set of rules. 2. Andrew Jones, Tall Skinny Kiwi, is back at it with a nice series about those who constructively criticizing the Emerging Movement. 3. Want to know what Advent […]

Ever hear Steve McCoy preach?

posted by xscot mcknight

We happened upon Steve McCoy’s church on a Sunday morning, came in late, they ushered me to the back pew, and I took in the sermon — Actually, post-turkey nap at my son’s house.

Advent: Joseph 5

posted by xscot mcknight

Christmas, for Joseph, meant obedience and restraint (1:24-25) Roman Catholics and Protestants have been fighting for far too long about what Joseph and Mary “did” after the birth of Jesus. Does “had no union with her until…” mean that he […]

Scripture: Authority and Inerrancy

posted by xscot mcknight

Well, in light of my last post about Scripture and authority we might as well put this term on the table too: “inerrancy.” If I suggested in a hotly-commented post that “authority” does not tell us enough about our relationship […]

Fixed Hour Prayer: Set prayers at set times

posted by xscot mcknight

I’m wondering if any would like to “tell their story” of the value they’ve found in learning to pray “with” the Church by using set prayers at set times — that is, the formative influence of fixed hour prayers.

Advent: Joseph 4

posted by xscot mcknight

Christmas, for Joseph, meant that God was at work on earth (1:20-21). It strains my mental abilities to think that Joseph could knowingly become the (adopted) father of a baby who was “Immanuel” — God with us. I’m not sure […]

Praying with the Church

posted by xscot mcknight

Here’s the cover to a little book I’ve written that will come out early next summer. It is written with the hope that more of us will join the millions who pray at set hours with set prayers — as […]

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Let's Get Neanderthal!
The Cave Man Diet, or Paleo Diet, is getting attention. (Nothing is said about Culver's at all.) The big omission, I have to admit, is that those folks were hunters -- using spears or smacking some rabbit upside the conk or grabbing a fish or ...

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