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Good news about Bob Robinson

posted by xscot mcknight

2/28 update on Bob Robinson, and a call to prayer and fasting: Linda Robinson reports that the ICU nurses had Bob sitting up in a chair this morning!

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Another Catholic Fired

posted by xscot mcknight

I weighed in some time back when Wheaton fired a philosophy professor who converted to Roman Catholicism but who said, in spite of what the President of Wheaton thought, that he could sign the doctrinal statement in all good faith. […]

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Emerging Peter: Are We Saved?

posted by xscot mcknight

Peter’s readers are exhorted to put behind them their previous lifestyles — and the sins of that lifestyle are communal-distortions: malice, deceit, hypocrisy, envy, and slander. Getting rid of sins is not the whole story: growth in grace is both […]

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Emerging Reconciliation

posted by xscot mcknight

Some folks, most of them with noble intentions, are vocal and vehement critics of Emergent. Their targets have especially been Brian McLaren, Doug Pagitt, and Tony Jones. What should the leaders of Emergent do about their critics?

Emerging Peter: A Community Gospel

posted by xscot mcknight

As Peter invites his Asia Minor readers, who are resident aliens and temporary residents, to live the Christian life surrounded by non-believers, how does he define the gospel? One place to begin to answer that question is with 1:22-25. His […]

Emergent Theology

posted by xscot mcknight

This is the second in a week-long series of observations about the Emergent event at the National Pastor’s Convention. I wish I could talk about the rest of the sessions, but other than speaking in my own sessions and participating […]

N.T. Wright’s Fresh Perspective 5

posted by xscot mcknight

In chapter 5, “Rethinking God,” Wright works through the discussion of Paul’s monotheism. This is perhaps what H. Richard Niebuhr would have called radical monotheism, but no doubt with a much different twist. Summary by Allan Bevere

Emergent Dress

posted by xscot mcknight

Rarely do I think about what I “should” wear, and I like it when local churches tell me that I don’t even need to wear a tie for the Sunday morning sermon. (My kind of place.) But, I did think […]

Grace Grinding and Settler Theology

posted by xscot mcknight

Duane Young sent me this from Brennan Manning. It touches upon an old set of posts I did on “grace grinding”: the use of grace to grind folks down rather than to heal them. Where do you place yourself: settler […]

Blogs of the Week

posted by xscot mcknight

Good story of the week: HT to Bob Smietana. New blog of the week I’ve found: Donn Johnson, formerly a Covenant pastor up in Minneapolis and now (feel sorry for him) in Santa Barbara, has a blog called “Jibstay.” Check […]

National Pastor’s Convention, Day 3

posted by xscot mcknight

After an 11pm flight on a full plane, a red-eye that arrived at O’Hare at 4:25am, and a short drive home, and not any where near being rested, I want to pause (before a nap) to record my last day […]

Emerging Peter: Abusing Holiness

posted by xscot mcknight

Both Heaven Hope and Holiness are misunderstood — for neither permits or encourages escape from this world. I’m willing to say that the emerging movement today is a holiness movement, and by saying that you might accuse me of nonsense. […]

Christ Plays: Mark as History

posted by xscot mcknight

How important is history, real stuff on earth by real people with God empowering such stuff with salvific power, for Christian spirituality? This is at the heart of this part of Eugene Peterson’s em>Christ Plays in Ten Thousand Places. To […]

National Pastor’s Convention, Day 2

posted by xscot mcknight

John Burke, of No Perfect People Allowed, made the first presentation today and dealt with two issues facing postmodernists today: struggle with trust and a struggle with truth. He believes the way to deal with trust is to construct a […]

Emerging Peter: Heaven Hope

posted by xscot mcknight

The Heaven Hope of Christians has been called into question by the emerging movement. Why? Two reasons, at least: first, because it sometimes leads to an other-wordliness on the part of Christians, which is little more than a form of […]

NT. Wright’s Fresh Perspective 4

posted by xscot mcknight

N.T. Wright’s Paul in Fresh Perspective is “fresh” because on top of the older “new” perspective is added a pervasive Pauline rhetoric against Rome. Wright paves his own path here, he charts a different casting of Paul’s theology and letters, […]

Emergent at the National Pastor’s Convention

posted by xscot mcknight

Some of you may be interested in the Critical Concerns Course that Zondervan sponsored for pastors who wanted to come a day early to learn about the emerging church movement. First off, I’m grateful to Zondervan, John Raymond, and to […]

Pray for Bob again

posted by xscot mcknight

I keep asking you to pray for Bob and Linda and the kids because they need our prayers; here’s an update from Matt Robinson last night. Hi, all. Today is Tuesday, Feb. 21. Thank you all for your love and […]

Emerging Peter: Redemptive Grid

posted by xscot mcknight

Peter is writing his letter to resident aliens and migrant workers in Asia Minor, and they want to know how to live in the Roman Empire. Why do they ask such a question? Because they are now living in the […]

Atonement and Postmodernity

posted by xscot mcknight

An excellent brief on how postmodernity intersects with how we understand atonement can be found in Michael Alsford’s essay, “The Atonement and the Post-Modern Deconstruction of the Self,” in J. Goldingay, Atonement Today (pp. 203-221). Essentially, Alsford contends that postmodernity […]

Emerging Peter: Yes, Social

posted by xscot mcknight

Yesterday we looked at 1 Peter’s readers: “aliens and strangers.” We laid out the two major options, and in this post I want to provide an argument for why I think these two terms describe the social location of Peter’s […]

Christ Plays: Exodus

posted by xscot mcknight

Here’s a brisk and evocative claim: “Salvation is not a one-night stand. It cannot be isolated from the thick texture of history; it is all-encompassing, pulling everything that has happened and happens, and every person named and unnamed, into relationship […]

Humility and How to Get it

posted by xscot mcknight

A former student called and asked me about humility. Which in itself surprised me because I don’t think he called me because he thought I was particularly humble. Its lack in my life, however, didn’t stop me from ruminating with […]

Emerging Peter: Spiritual or Social?

posted by xscot mcknight

In this series of posts, I will focus on 1 Peter as reflective of a theology and a set of churches in an emerging situation. That is, I will examine 1 Peter from front to back as an attempt by […]

N.T. Wright’s Fresh Perspective 3

posted by xscot mcknight

Allan Bevere and I continue today our series on Tom Wright’s new book, Paul in Fresh Perspective. Bevere’s Summary:

Anti-Semitism and Atonement

posted by xscot mcknight

I’ve not read it put any better than this when it comes to how Jews respond to the cross and how Christians depict it: “There is a glaring contradiction between a theological tradition [of anti-Semitism] which sets the cross against […]

News about Bob Robinson

posted by xscot mcknight

Matt Robinson writes: Good evening! Today is Sunday, Feb. 19. I’m sorry for the delay in updates. Linda just called and said Bob is progressing, only in very small steps. The trach is helping. Now they hope tomorrow to insert […]

Happy Birthday Luke!

posted by xscot mcknight

Our son, Lukas, is 26 today. He’s on the road watching a pitcher at the University of Tennessee, and then on his way home. Here are some pics, one from Mexico’s New Year’s party and the other from Thanksgiving we […]

The First Emerging Church

posted by xscot mcknight

I will begin a series this week on 1 Peter and contend that 1 Peter is a good example of what theology looks like in an emerging environment.

Blogs of the Week

posted by xscot mcknight

This justified rant by TSK is exactly what a rant out to be. Top of the list for me. And, finally, a missionally-shaped, emerging-focused, technologically-alert, monastically-inspired, internationally-influenced Christian who will read academically-oriented bloggers.

Dick Cheney and Buckshot

posted by xscot mcknight

Well, I’m with Dick Cheney on this one, and I can’t believe the media can’t find something more significant to talk about. Why do I say this? Because I grew up hunting.

Bill’s Pub

posted by xscot mcknight

Jim Wallis, some of you may know, when a student at Trinity, used to hang out at Bill’s Pub in Mundelein, IL, where he and his radical buddies mapped out the future of where the evangelical movement ought to go. […]

Bob Robinson 2.17.06

posted by xscot mcknight

Bob had the trach put in today. He was sedated yet again for that procedure, but responded well. They will begin weaning his medications as needed to help him be able to wake up when his body is ready, which […]

Who tells the best atonement story?

posted by xscot mcknight

This is from Embracing Grace in an earlier version. I jumped into the atonement theory conversation yesterday, and thought I’d put this on the blog today: which theory of the atonement do you believe? I have posted a new poll […]

Christ Plays: Atonement and Moralism

posted by xscot mcknight

The second section of Peterson’s Christ Plays in Ten Thousand Places deals with Christ playing in history (the first was on creation). And in this section he explores the significance of the atonement, Jesus’ death as an act in history, […]

Feminism and Atonement

posted by xscot mcknight

I will lay it down as a premise for theological thinking about the atonement that one’s theory of sin shapes (even to the point of determining) one’s theory of the atonement. I will also agree with many scholars who point […]

National Pastor’s Convention

posted by xscot mcknight

I’ll be in San Diego next Tuesday through Thursday, speaking at the National Pastor’s Convention. Hope to see some of you. We are in a two-day emerging church event called Critical Concerns (Tony Jones, Dan Kimball, Doug Pagitt, John Burke, […]

N.T. Wright’s Fresh Perspective 2

posted by xscot mcknight

The reason everyone reads Wright is because Wright writes to be read by everyone. This Chestertonian imitation of mine is something that I find true everytime I read Tom Wright: he’s delightful to read. Today Allan and I continue our […]

Bob Robinson 2.15.06

posted by xscot mcknight

Wednesday afternoon Update: Please pray for Bob, Linda and the kids. Today is Wednesday, Feb. 15. Linda Robinson just gave this update on Bob’s condition:

Mark Noll Leaving Wheaton

posted by xscot mcknight

Sad day. Mark Noll, one of America’s finest church historians, is leaving his post at Wheaton College to follow George Marsden at the University of Notre Dame. Kris brought home today The Wheaton Record.

Christ Plays: Wondering about Wonder

posted by xscot mcknight

Eugene Peterson, in his Christ Plays in Ten Thousand Places, pp. 119-129, sets out a second element of cultivating fear of the Lord in creation. The first was Sabbath, upon which I posted some time in December, and the second […]

Muslim Jesus 5

posted by xscot mcknight

Once again, we return to some more of Khalidi’s The Muslim Jesus, which sorts out the sayings and stories about Jesus from the Muslim tradition. The earliest traditions about Jesus in the so-called Muslim gospel is that Jesus was a […]

Bob Robinson 2.14.06

posted by xscot mcknight

Today is February 14. Linda called earlier today. The latest news is that they are reducing Bob’s medications to waken him slowly, while continuing to watch his blood pressure. He is responding to his name and moving a bit, but […]

Jesus and Homosexuality: The End

posted by xscot mcknight

Let me suggest at this point that there are five elements in moral decisions, and each interacts with one another rather than being a simplistic conveyor belt series of elements. Some will give more emphasis to one than another; some […]

What is the Emerging Church?

posted by xscot mcknight

Here is my article that surveys the emerging movement/church. It was ready to a few months back, but Katrina was more important and then we had Christmas. I’m grateful to Bob Smietana and the fine staff at Covenant Companion. I’m […]

Gracious Christianity 9

posted by xscot mcknight

This marks the end of our series on Douglas Jacobsen’s and Rodney Sawatsky’s fine book, Gracious Christianity, and tomorrow I’ll resume looking at Peterson’s Christ Plays in Ten Thousand Places — one day later than I hoped. Overall, Gracious Christianity […]

Bob Robinson: Monday Morning News

posted by xscot mcknight

Hello! Today is Sunday, Feb. 12. I spoke to Linda [Bob’s wife] this evening. Bob is still very critical. His oxygen levels seem to be improving, but there are other things they are measuring that are still higher than they’d […]

Jesus and Homosexuality 9

posted by xscot mcknight

Rock-bottom motivations for moral decisions tend to revolve around these views. First, altruism: I help my neighbor, regardless of what I think of the person, because helping others is a good. Second, the alternative to altruism is ethical egoism: I […]

N.T. Wright’s Fresh Perspective 1

posted by xscot mcknight

Allan Bevere, a rare combination of pastor and professor, and I will now begin a series of looking at N.T. (Tom) Wright’s new book, Paul, In Fresh Perspective. We will do two chps per week, Monday and Thursday, if our […]

Wanna play golf?

posted by xscot mcknight

Here’s the deal. My school has asked me to post this auction to support missions work for our students. If you win the bid at NPU [#11], which funds go for missions work, I’ll take you and a friend out […]

Bob Robinson: News

posted by xscot mcknight

Tonight was a little scary, but things are great now. Bob’s heart rate shot way up and they had everyone leave who was in the room with him. Nobody knew what was going on for a couple hours, and it […]

Blogs of the Week

posted by xscot mcknight

The blog of the week is the story about Bob Robinson, former student, fellow blogger, and energetic, enthusiastic emerging voice who is now ministering to college students. Bob had emergency heart surgery (see here) and we are still asking for […]

Let’s Read … Together

posted by xscot mcknight

I know about 1000 Christian leaders who were given free copies of Eugene Peterson’s Christ Plays in Ten Thousand Places, and I’m willing to resume our previous posts about the book. We began before Christmas, and it was a bit […]

Update on Bob Robinson

posted by xscot mcknight

Got this tonight from Matt Robinson: I did see Bob at 4:30 and the oxygen was down to 75% (Good sign.) A few people have said he has opened his eyes while they were in the room with him. As […]

Jesus and Homosexuality 8

posted by xscot mcknight

Failure is an element of Jesus’ moral logic: when it comes to discussing what Jesus has to say and what he taught about following him, what he said about loving God and loving others, then failure looms large in the […]

Muslim Jesus 4

posted by xscot mcknight

Here is a parable (I will summarize it) about Jesus (not by him). It is not titled, but I’ll call it the Parable of the Repentant Bird (#21 in The Muslim Jesus):

Gracious Christianity 8

posted by xscot mcknight

Gracious Christianity follows many today by not making Scripture the prolegomena to a theology, this one a gracious theology, but letting it flow out of Spirit and Bible. I have many times said that I think the order is Christ/Spirit/Church […]

Jesus and Homosexuality 7

posted by xscot mcknight

The question we asked recently, and to which so many responded, is an important one: What to do about the Lord’s Supper? To answer a question like this involves decisions on a variety of issues, including whether or not one […]

Muslim Jesus 3

posted by xscot mcknight

A few more sayings about Jesus in the Muslim tradition reveal once again how Jesus was appropriated for specific concerns as Islam developed. A politically quietist attitude on Jesus’ part can be seen in this saying: “Just as kings left […]

Gracious Christianity 7

posted by xscot mcknight

Any Christianity worthy of the name is gracious. Here’s an opening definition from Jacobsen/Sawatsky: “Being church is being Christian together” (89). What do you think of this definition?

Jesus and Homosexuality 6

posted by xscot mcknight

If those who are summoned to the table of transformation by Jesus are to love God, they are also to love others, and this has significant implications for the issues that swirl around homosexuality and the Church. It works in […]

Gracious Christianity 6

posted by xscot mcknight

Chp 5 of Gracious Christianity by Douglas Jacobsen and Ben Sawatsky is called “The Spirit and Life.” The reality and power of the Holy Spirit cuts like a knife through a Christian faith that transforms and a Christian faith that […]

Muslim Jesus 2

posted by xscot mcknight

In Tarif Khalidi’s new translation of the “Muslim gospel,” he provides 303 sayings and stories about Jesus in the Muslim tradition. I’m finding them fascinating. I’ll comment on a few to give us a taste of how Muslims appropriated Jesus […]

Update: Pray for Bob Robinson

posted by xscot mcknight

This is from Matt Robinson. Bob has taken a turn to the worse, and we need to pray now more than ever. Please pray for Bob and Linda and the kids.

Muslim Jesus 1

posted by xscot mcknight

Tarif Khalidi, in his ground-breaking The Muslim Jesus: Sayings and Stories in Islamic Literature, introduces the “Muslim gospel” and then provides translation and brief commentary on 303 sayings/stories about Jesus in Muslim literature. It is just the sort of book […]

Welcomed at the Table?

posted by xscot mcknight

Not long ago a pastor-friend told me a story. At his church were two known lesbians with whom he had met a few times, and with whom he had developed a pleasant relationship. They liked the church. Then the Lord’s […]

Gracious Christianity 5

posted by xscot mcknight

Chp 4 of Gracious Christianity deals with the “Fullness of Salvation.” The authors, Douglas Jacobsen and Ben Sawatsky, open with a grand vision of what salvation is, and they begin with Ephesians 1:3-23: salvation is God’s redemption of the entire […]

Commuters and the Bible

posted by xscot mcknight

Because my responsibilities at North Park now include some administration, for the past two years my train-bus commute has instead become an early morning drive in my own car so I can stay later and leave when I need to. […]

Jesus and Homosexuality 5

posted by xscot mcknight

At the deepest level, Jesus summoned his followers to love God and to love others. The God they were summoned to love was the God of Israel, and the God of Israel spoke in Scripture and Jesus’ followers were therefore […]

Gracious Christianity 4

posted by xscot mcknight

Chp 3 in Jacobsen and Sawatsky, Gracious Christianity, is about “hearing God’s voice.” God’s voice comes to us as summons, as a call. Here’s a great quotation: “God does not compete for our attention by trying to outyell everyone else” […]

Pray for Bob Robinson

posted by xscot mcknight

Many readers of this blog will know Bob Robinson, a former student of mine who is now in a college student ministry. Bob had emergency heart surgery last night, about which you can read more here, and I’m asking for […]

Boston is Chowda!

posted by xscot mcknight

Kris and I were in Boston this weekend, where I gave two worshops on Embracing Grace to the wonderful folks who attend Vision New England in downtown Boston. This is our second invitation, and both experiences were splendid. I do […]

Solomon’s Head of Christ

posted by xscot mcknight

When I was a child, our church, First Baptist Church in Freeport, IL, had the famous picture of Jesus. The popular pronunciation for the art was “Solomon’s Head of Christ.” Which of course was, and still is, wrong. The painting […]

Your view of Scripture

posted by xscot mcknight

I’d like to see where my readers are on their view of Scripture. So I’ve set up a typology; no need to split hairs. Which category best fits what you think? I’ll mix them up here and not run across […]

Blogs of the Week

posted by xscot mcknight

1. Perhaps the “blog of the week” is the non-blogging about the Emergent-Jewish conversation. After mega-flapping about what would happen, now that it has happened, I’ve hardly seen a comment. Maybe I missed it — and do point it out, […]

Jesus and Homosexuality 4

posted by xscot mcknight

“What would Jesus say?,” or “What would Jesus do?,” are the questions we are asking. We know “what Jesus would say” would be embodied in “how he lived” and how he treated those who were same-sex in practice. So, the […]

When the Church’s Doors Close

posted by xscot mcknight

Recently I was speaking with a man, when he informed me that a church I knew once as a vibrant place, and then as a solid place, had now closed its doors. I knew a former pastor, and I knew […]

Gracious Christianity 3

posted by xscot mcknight

The next chapter in Douglas Jacobsen and Rodney Sawatsky’s small study in theology, Gracious Christianity, turns next to “Human Nature.” The chp deals with Image of God (something dear to my heart), and then with a few topics around the […]

Vision New England

posted by xscot mcknight

Kris and I are in Boston this weekend. I’ll be giving two workshops to the Vision New England conference at the Hynes Convention Center. Embracing Grace will be the topic, but I’ll also float an idea or two that will […]

What is wisdom?

posted by xscot mcknight

As a child in Sunday School we lustily sang the always boisterous song, “The Wise Man Built His House on the Rock and the Foolish Man …”. The song was acted out, and our favorite part was falling onto the […]

Gracious Christianity 2

posted by xscot mcknight

In the first chp in their primer on theology from the angle of grace, Jacobsen and Sawatsky look at God and Creation. They look at God as Creator, as One and as Trinity. God, so they say, did not create […]

Jesus and Homosexuality 3

posted by xscot mcknight

A second theme in the ethical teaching of Jesus that sheds some light on this debated controversy about homosexuality is that of conversion, which is the transformation of cracked Eikons by grace into living out that grace. I rely here […]

Gracious Christianity 1

posted by xscot mcknight

Douglas Jacobsen and (now deceased) Rodney J. Sawatsky have co-published a wondrous little book called Gracious Christianity: Living the Love We Profess (Baker, 2006). The book is short, but that won’t stop me from savoring each chapter with separate posts. […]

Talk about closing a sermon

posted by xscot mcknight

Very few sermons close off as forcibly as the Sermon on the Mount. Jesus summons people to follow him, and the way he does this is to clarify the sort of followers he has in mind (beatitudes), the salt and […]

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