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Can church be satellited?

posted by xscot mcknight

A question for you and I hope a brisk, informed conversation. But first a brief explanation. I have been hearing of late, from a variety of quarters, that more and more churches are starting “satellite campuses” and, in effect, “satelliting” […]

Follower or Fraud?

posted by xscot mcknight

How can you tell if a prophet is true or false? Jesus has a very simple solution: “By their fruits you can recognize them” (Matthew 7:15-20). False prophets deceive in appearance but inwardly are ferocious wolves. Fruit, Jesus says, is […]

Jesus and Homosexuality 2

posted by xscot mcknight

This, our second post on Jesus and homosexuality, begins our survey of the central themes of Jesus’ ethical/moral teachings, and asks how such a theme might shed light on our discussion. I think we can agree that there is no […]

Becky’s Story

posted by xscot mcknight

The following story is from Becky. She sent this in on a previous post and I’ve asked her permission to re-use her story of God’s embracing grace that has the power and force to help each of us with our […]

How narrow is that gate?

posted by xscot mcknight

There are, the famous opening lines of the Didache state, “two paths: one of life and one of death, and the difference between the two is great.” These were some of the lines I was asked to translate when I […]

NorthBridge Rocks!

posted by xscot mcknight

Kris and I were at NorthBridge Church this morning, a wondrous new church in Antioch, IL. Mark and Michelle Albrecht are the pastoral leaders, and they have adopted a genuinely missional approach to gospel work. This was the first Sunday […]

Blogs of the Week

posted by xscot mcknight

Mark Roberts’ series in response to Bart Ehrman is very good, and anticipate a series I plan to do myself. I’ve linked to only one post in the series. 1. I really like my son’s post on Airports. I’ve been […]

The Pope and I

posted by xscot mcknight

I’m not saying Benedict XVI has read Jesus Creed, but his first encyclical is a very nice and clear presentation of a theological and biblical understanding of love and he gets it going with Jesus’ modification of the Shema. (HT: […]

Emergent-Jewish Conversation

posted by xscot mcknight

There was a blog-fight about the Emergent S3K discussion, and here are some reports about what was said and responses: Ryan Bolger begins here. http://synagogue3000.org/synablog/?p=14 http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2006/01/18/AR2006011801311.html http://www.jewishjournal.com/home/preview.php?id=15322 Any responses?

On sleeping through the night

posted by xscot mcknight

Some people, so I’m told, sleep soundly all night long. Others, and I know not the statistics for they do not change my life one bit, do not sleep soundly all night long. For about 45 years I slept soundly […]

The Jesus Creed Lite

posted by xscot mcknight

All of the Torah and all of the Prophets, Jesus says, are summed up in this simple golden rule: “do to others what you want them to do to you.” Allison says no one called this the “golden rule” before […]

Politics and the Apocalypse

posted by xscot mcknight

Some time ago I blogged on “covenant path marking,” which is the use of a specific practice as a litmust test for covenant faithfulness. Politics, especially when it comes to the Supreme Court hearings for Alito, has succumbed to the […]

Jesus and Homosexuality 1

posted by xscot mcknight

Life is not law. For Jesus at least. The place to begin a constructive understanding of how Christians should relate to persons with same-sex orientation and think about homosexuality is with Jesus’ practice of table fellowship. Why? Because it represents […]

Does persistence pay in prayer?

posted by xscot mcknight

The famous “ask-seek-knock” (ASK) passage — is it teaching persistence or not? And is it saying that persistence will pay off with answered prayer? I doubt it and I doubt it. Instead, I think this passage (Matthew 7:7-11) teaches simplicity: […]

Spam filter

posted by xscot mcknight

We are using a new spam filter, so some of you could get blocked until we get our list accurate. Sorry.

Context: Defining homosexuality 2

posted by xscot mcknight

This is our second post on defining homosexuality. One of the issues that we have to face is how we think about same-sex orientation and choice. Is same-sex orientation a choice or not? My own view of the matter is […]

Tell me your story (second time)

posted by xscot mcknight

Many of you know that I have published a book on conversion, Turning to Jesus, and that I have also done two studies of conversion of a more particular nature: one on why Evangelicals convert to Roman Catholicism (see sidebar […]

Hogs and Dogs

posted by xscot mcknight

The little parable of Jesus’ about the hogs and dogs, in Matthew 7:6, can be read as a context-less saying or a context-ual saying. “Do not give what is holy to the dogs; do not throw your margaritas [Greek word […]

Context: Defining homosexuality 1

posted by xscot mcknight

Because of the heated emotions that rise to the surface even in genuine discussions of this topic, I want to begin by saying that in many ways I’m struggling both to discuss homosexuality on a blog and I continue to […]

Sharp eyes, dulled awareness

posted by xscot mcknight

Humans, Dale Allison observes, have an “inbred proclivity to mix ignorance of themselves with arrogance toward others.” Jesus spoke of this with the image of the “speck” and the “log.” Jesus intends to be funny and serious, to jab at […]

Homosexuality: Context 3 and 4

posted by xscot mcknight

In any discussion of homosexuality we need to set what the Bible says in context. Those statements come from contexts about covenant behaviors and sexuality in general, and the also come in the context of understanding what it means to […]

Are you judgmental?

posted by xscot mcknight

Fewer texts have been used more than Matt 7:1: “do not judge, or you too will be judged.” Sometimes this text is used properly; other times it seems that Christian folks use the text to encourage all of us not […]

Roseville Minnesota

posted by xscot mcknight

Kris and I were at the Covenant Church in Roseville, MN, Saturday and Sunday. We had two sessions on Jesus Creed on Saturday, and they straddled a wonderful home-made lasagna dinner for all of us. The pastors, Rick Carlson and […]

Congratulations Mike Holmgren!

posted by xscot mcknight

Mike and Kathy Holmgren are huge supporters of North Park University, but it was especially difficult for me to be happy for them when Mike was the coach of the Green Bay Packers. But, now that he is in Seattle, […]

Your view of End-times?

posted by xscot mcknight

Well, I begin with a story from my life. When I taught at TEDS, I regularly polled my students by reading essays and exams, and came to the conviction that the vast majority of the students were not pre-tribulationists. They […]

Ever hear the Irish Joke about…

posted by xscot mcknight

In the first class I ever taught I had a Scottish student named Peter Grant (God bless him). One day I told him that I grew up with a family friend, an Englishman, who, when he got stubborn, my parents […]

Blogs of the Week

posted by xscot mcknight

Top billing this week goes to some good blogs I found this week dealing with themes surrounding the pursuit of social justice with respect to racism. Maurice Broaddus has some ongoing reflections on ontological blackness: part 1, part 2, part […]

Emerging at Firkin’s

posted by xscot mcknight

Kris and I had a wonderful dinner last night with some local students who are definitely interested in things emerging. We gathered at Firkin’s in Libertyville. We got to know one another some and had a nice dinner. I could […]

Medieval Education

posted by xscot mcknight

Here is a paper I gave at North Park last year, in which I explore an implication or two of the Italian Renaissance writings on education, in which I offer a mild case for their being a good canon of […]

Birdwatching Spirituality

posted by xscot mcknight

What Jesus taught from watching birds has troubled me for some time. I wonder how you explain it. Before I say anything, let this question be asked because this is what troubles me: in what sense is it true that […]

Homosexuality: Context 1 and 2

posted by xscot mcknight

Besides the hideous treatment that many Christians inflict upon those who openly express their homosexuality — which I simply cannot understand and which I cannot tolerate as Christian behavior, perhaps the next “baddest” thing is that Christians treat the Bible […]

You and Jesus

posted by xscot mcknight

A test I give to my Jesus of Nazareth students at the beginning and end of the semester, which I may have put on this blog before, derives from the North England Institute for Christian Education. This test asks questions […]

Master Mammon

posted by xscot mcknight

It ought to be fairly easy to see that one cannot serve two masters, as Jesus states in Matthew 6:24. It ought to be, but it isn’t because the human worship-system contain an ever-ready capacity to steer off course. Parents […]

Making Moral Decisions: Homosexuality

posted by xscot mcknight

I watched some of Larry King’s program tonight, and observed the discussion between the straight seminary president, the gay movie star and the gay (former) mayor in Wyoming. What struck me most was the way each made moral judgments and […]

On Mormonism and its Growth

posted by xscot mcknight

Rodney Stark, noted sociologist of religion, has contended in a series of publications that Mormonism is well on its way to becoming a world religion. (Stark, The Rise of Mormonism, Columbia University Press.) Stark predicts their numbers will rival other […]

The Eye of Generosity

posted by xscot mcknight

It is pretty easy for Christians to skip along reading “the eye is the lamp of the body” and not give one ounce of consideration to what is being said: How, we should be asking, can an eye be seen […]

Tell me your story

posted by xscot mcknight

Many of you know that I have published a book on conversion, Turning to Jesus, and that I have also done two studies of conversion of a more particular nature: one on why Evangelicals convert to Roman Catholicism (see sidebar […]

On a Christian College

posted by xscot mcknight

I gave a paper some five or six years ago at North Park on the nature of a Christian college, especially as it applies at my school. The exploration of a Christian education through the categories of monotheism, polytheism, and […]

Treasures: Here or There?

posted by xscot mcknight

Jesus is both pragmatic and utopian in Matt 6:19-21. In a day when wealth and riches meant oppression of the poor and a day when poverty, if handled properly, meant piety, Jesus summons people to follow him who will trans-evaluate […]

The First Ordained Black Woman

posted by xscot mcknight

I recently read Rebecca’s Revival by Jon F. Sensbach, a professor of history at the University of Florida. Rebecca Freundlich Protten was the first ordained black woman in Western Christianity (she was ordained in Europe). Born in Africa, enslaved in […]

Embracing Grace: Thinking of Lent?

posted by xscot mcknight

Here is our press release for Embracing Grace: A gospel for all of us , by “all” I mean for all Christians and for each part of us (heart, soul, mind, strength).

Hastening the Kingdom

posted by xscot mcknight

Fasting at the time of Jesus had nothing to do with health, and everything to do with hastening the Kingdom of God by physically embodying one’s intense yearning for God to establish his will. Fasting also had to do with […]

Where do you get your news?

posted by xscot mcknight

A good piece by Joseph Epstein, America’s finest essayist, in Commentary magazine, discusses the fate of newspapers. As you may know, the most sophisticated newspapers — who did try to do things objectively and discriminately — are nearly all, like […]

Reading words and letters

posted by xscot mcknight

From Michael Russell, who hails from College Station, TX:

Can you believe this one?

posted by xscot mcknight

Allan Bevere, a professor friend, publishes this AP story: stranger than fiction he suggests. Town May Make Carrying Condoms Mandatory

Blogs of the Week

posted by xscot mcknight

I have lots of catching up to do, since I missed an entire week of readng other blogs while we were in Mexico (where my son learned to walk on water). But, here’s some stuff I found this week that […]

On Memoirs and Autobiographies

posted by xscot mcknight

I don’t blog much on Saturdays and Sundays. But, I’ve been away and now it is all spilling out. So… here’s a bit to read on defining memoirs.

Age-Specific Formation? I need your help

posted by xscot mcknight

I wrote this in a Comment box back on David Fitch’s last chp. But, what I’m wondering is what resources there are for this sort of thing: David’s last chp has sent my mind reeling a few times in the […]

Fitch Responds

posted by xscot mcknight

David Fitch’s book, The Great Giveaway, as been featured and discussed in many ways on this blog for two weeks, and David has been a “good guy” in listening. Now he responds, and I think you can say this is […]

Short Prayers

posted by xscot mcknight

Contextually, in the Sermon on the Mount the Lord’s Prayer illustrates “short prayer” in contrast to Gentile verbosity. In this sense, Matt 6:7-15 interrupts the flow of the principle established in 6:1: doing things to be seen by others shifts […]

A Million Little Pieces and Frankfurt

posted by xscot mcknight

Well, I’ve had a chat with my literary critic with whom I had spoken about memoirs, and I wish to back down from my genre definition and say that, from what I understand of Frey’s memoir, he is too fancy-free […]

Conspicuous Prayer

posted by xscot mcknight

Matt 6:5-6 is the second example of the principle of “no footprints” found in 6:1. It concerns prayer and its central idea is simple and profound: let not our prayer lives be “conspicuous prayer.” We all know what “conspicuous consumerism” […]

The Evangelical Giveaway 9

posted by xscot mcknight

Yesterday a blogger commented that Fitch got him to recall, in his chps 4-5, that IH Marshall had written an article back in 1985 that argued that the NT evidence does not suggest the Christians got together for “worship” (as […]

Purple Politics and George Bush

posted by xscot mcknight

Let me risk venturing into the realm of politics. There has been a call for more Christians, especially those of us who are smitten with the idea of a generous orthodoxy, to engage in a “purple” politics — and by […]

Tooting your Giving Horn

posted by xscot mcknight

The principle of 6:1 is now fleshed out for “almsgiving” — the Jewish practice of compassion on the poor and needy. After the Temple was destroyed, almsgiving was sometimes depicted as a replacement for sacrifices. The word for “almsgiving” in […]

The Evangelical Giveaway 8

posted by xscot mcknight

The seventh chp in David Fitch’s The Great Giveaway concerns spiritual formation. The primary direction of the chp is to return counseling to the church and to get more church in the psychologist’s office. [Now he’s meddling with my wife’s […]

Wheaton and Roman Catholic Professors

posted by xscot mcknight

Perhaps you are unaware, but The Wall Street Journal, in its Jan 8-9 weekend edition, had a story about Prof Joshua Hochschild, a philosophy professor at Wheaton who converted to Roman Catholicism and then was released by Wheaton because his […]

The Evangelical Giveaway 7

posted by xscot mcknight

So far David Fitch, in his provocative book, The Great Giveaway, has taken on the pillars of evangelical church life: success, evangelism, leadership, experience, and preaching. He will also address spiritual formation and moral education. But, I’m particularly happy he […]

No Footprints

posted by xscot mcknight

Matthew 6:1 is the theme verse for Matthew 6:2-18. In fact, 6:1 is the principle and 6:2-18 contains three examples. What we find in 6:1 pertains to giving, to praying, and to fasting. The theme or the principle of 6:1 […]

The Story of the Christ

posted by xscot mcknight

Some of you may know that I wrote an introduction to a reader’s digest and friendly version of the four Gospels called The Story of the Christ. How would a 1st Century Roman reporter have described Jesus? The book could […]

The Evangelical Giveaway 6

posted by xscot mcknight

David Fitch’s The Great Giveaway turns in chp 5 to the “Preaching of the Word” and he sub-titles his chp “the myth of expository preaching.” What do you see as the primary function of preaching? To be an exposition of […]

Loving the Other-ed One

posted by xscot mcknight

Way back in November, I shut down a series on the Sermon on the Mount to get ready for Advent and Christmas. Today I want to resume that series. Today we look at Matthew 5:43-48. Most know this passage as […]

Ixtapa Pictures

posted by xscot mcknight

Here is what we saw every evening. Taken by Laura and Mark.

The Micah Call

posted by xscot mcknight

World poverty — how do we respond? There are many ways, but one surely to consider is the Micah Call of the Micah Challenge.

Mexico and Blogs

posted by xscot mcknight

We had a wonderful relaxing warm week in Ixtapa, and are now back “in the saddle.” School begins in a week and with it some speaking engagements, but I’ll do my best to keep the blog up to date. Here’s […]

The Evangelical Giveaway 5

posted by xscot mcknight

Chapter four of David Fitch’s The Great Giveaway takes on a troubled and troubling dimension of corporate worship: the production of experience. Because of Fitch’s personal study of the history of liturgy and worship, and because of his experimentation and […]

O Mexico!7

posted by xscot mcknight

Our days in Mexico are about over now. Kari, our niece, the track runner from U New Hampshire, left this morning. We take off tomorrow morning. My early-morning little heron got within about 10 feet of me today. He was […]

The Evangelical Giveaway 4

posted by xscot mcknight

We are in the third chapter of David Fitch’s provocative, if not accusatory, study called The Great Giveaway. This chapter deals with pastoral leadership and the thesis of this chapter is very simple, and it is one that should be […]

O Mexico! 6

posted by xscot mcknight

My early time on the beach, with that little Pacific heron and a few stragglers, makes me aware of the utter sameness of the course of weather and the days here. Same every day: about the same temp and I […]

The Evangelical Giveaway 3

posted by xscot mcknight

The second chp in David Fitch’s book, The Great Giveaway, concerns how to evangelize in postmodernity, and for those of you who have read this blog or are conversant with the discussion about evangelism in the emerging movement, this chapter […]

The Evangelical Giveaway 2

posted by xscot mcknight

David Fitch, in his Great Giveaway, first studies how evangelicalism defines “success.” This is, in my estimation, a great place to start a book. Evangelicals, he contends, too often define success by numbers: attendance and baptisms. He contends this is […]

O Mexico! 5

posted by xscot mcknight

Another sunny day on the beach. Kris and I had our customary three walks, spending half of our time looking out into the ocean and the other half gawking at the things folks do on the beach — like parasailing […]

The Evangelical Giveaway 1

posted by xscot mcknight

David Fitch, in his new book, The Great Giveaway: Reclaiming the Mission of the Church from Big Business, Parachurch Organizations, Psychotherapy, Consumer Capitalism, and Other Modern Maladies (Baker, 2005), weighs in in a modern genre of literature: evangelicals vs. evangelicalism. […]

Established for a purpose

posted by xscot mcknight

The psalmist, in 119:73 knows that God’s hands have “firmed him up” — the way the sun is “fixed” in the sky at midday, the way pillars hold up the building, and the way a king has been established on […]

O Mexico! 4

posted by xscot mcknight

We’ve had one other New Year’s Eve in Ixtapa, but last night’s was the best. Somehow, someway, and not at all to my credit but all to Kris’, my kids learned to dance. So, when at 10pm the band, Los […]

Feliz Año Nuevo! 3

posted by xscot mcknight

Pamplona has the running of the bulls, and Ixtapa has the running of the turtles. No one gets hurt because what they do at one of the hotels is release hundreds of baby turtles who, upon release, act on an […]

Shofar Day

posted by xscot mcknight

Here is the official description of the Jewish (agricultural) New Year (Rosh HaShanah), a day that became centrally significant only over time:

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Theology After Darwin 1 (RJS)
One of the more important and more difficult pieces of the puzzle as we feel our way forward at the interface of science and faith is the theological implications of discoveries in modern science. A comment on my post Evolution in the Key of D: Deity or Deism noted: ...this reminds me of why I get a

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Almost Christian 4
Who does well when it comes to passing on the faith to the youth? Studies show two groups do really well: conservative Protestants and Mormons; two groups that don't do well are mainline Protestants and Roman Catholics. Kenda Dean's new book is called Almost Christian: What the Faith of Ou

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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 two with their hands ... but that's what makes this diet

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