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Montecito and Missional Living

posted by xscot mcknight

Tonight we were asked to challenge the Montecito Covenant Church to be a missional community of faith, and I’d like to share the outline of our talk. First, though, I’m impressed with this community of faith — its piety, its […]

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Prayer for the Week

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Almighty Father who gave your only Son to die for our sins and to rise for our justification: Give me grace so to put away the leaven of malice and wickedness, that I may always serve you in pureness of […]

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Mission at Santa Barbara

posted by xscot mcknight

Kris and I are in Santa Barbara where I’m speaking for a generous Montecito Covenant Church (up in the foothills and near Westmont). One of my striking impressions is that this place is filled with runners and walkers. We are […]

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Blogs of the Week

posted by xscot mcknight

The best advertisement I’ve seen in a long, long time is the Southwest Airlines commercial with a wife watching her husband via computer camera: he’s waddling around in his boxers and big gut hanging out and drinking from a big […]

Missional Teaching

posted by xscot mcknight

A student of mine asked me to lunch the other day because he wanted to tell me his story and what is going on in his life because of studying about Jesus. I cannot tell his story in detail here […]

Emerging Evangelism: What is it?

posted by xscot mcknight

Perhaps a nice place to re-address the question of what “evangelism” looks like and will look like in the emerging movement is to summarize the points made in Eddie Gibbs and Ryan Bolger, Emerging Churches, chp. 6: “Welcoming the Stranger.”

JKA Smith on Postmodernism

posted by xscot mcknight

Jamie KA Smith has a new, readable, useful book on postmodernity called Who’s Afraid of Postmodernism?. I want to recommend as the best interface of evangelical concerns and traditional theology with postmodernism. It is not as saucy or philosophical as […]

Emerging Evangelism

posted by xscot mcknight

The new “EE” will not be like the old one. The quotations yesterday are from an emerging leader indeed, but he died long ago: his name is Walter Rauschenbusch. I want to contend that the emerging form of evangelism is […]

Atonement: The Problem 6

posted by xscot mcknight

Here’s a thesis Mark Biddle, in his excellent new study on sin (Missing the Mark), defends in his last chapter: “Sin creates a real circumstance that lingers in the world until it comes to fruition — sometimes with the assistance […]

A Missional Seminary

posted by xscot mcknight

I don’t what the future holds for seminaries, but I do know this: Biblical Seminary in Hatfield, PA (just north of Philadelphia) is intentionally missional. I can’t possibly fill you in on the details here, but I do want to […]

An Emerging Seminary

posted by xscot mcknight

I’m in Philadelphia tonight and tomorrow speaking with various folks about seminary and church education in a missional and emerging context. Tonight I had dinner with my friend, and former colleage at TEDS, David Dunbar. He’s now President at Biblical […]

Which Emerging Leader Said this about Evangelism?

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I am in Philadelphia today at Biblical Theological Seminary, and we will be discussing the future of the seminary; I will begin one of my sessions with them with the following…. Which emerging leader do you think said these things […]

Atonement: The Problem 5

posted by xscot mcknight

One of the most pressing issues about “sin” for theologians is the issue of intention. Does it count for a sin only when we intend something to be harmful? According to Biddle, in his Missing the Mark, we make a […]

Another Wine Miracle

posted by xscot mcknight

We replaced our back porch carpeting a couple weeks back. ( “We” is a very generous use of “we.”) There’s a couple of stories in our carpets.

What I like most about Faculty Meetings?

posted by xscot mcknight

Cookies. I’m trying to figure out what’s next on my list but am having a hard time figuring what is next — ah, yes, the adjournment motion and the second and vote. Perhaps the best way of saying this is […]

Atonement: The Problem 4

posted by xscot mcknight

Biddle’s fourth chapter in Missing the Mark is concerned with what lies underneath the previous two themes of the problem of sin: the desire to strive to be more than we are (pride) and the fear to become what we […]

Atonement: The Problem 3

posted by xscot mcknight

Missing the Mark, chp. 3, by Mark Biddle. I began wondering where Biddle might lead us when he titles this chapter “Sin: Failure to Embrace Authentic Freedom,” but by the time he was done I thought it was a profound […]

You might be a squirreler if you…

posted by xscot mcknight

Squirrelers, whether they are rednecks or not, are those of us who gather things and store them up for future use, even if they never use them. Are you are squirreler? You might be a squirreler if you…

Prayer for the Week

posted by xscot mcknight

Praying with the Church is designed to provide a biblical basis for supplementing personal, spontaneous prayers by learning to use set prayers and to use them at set times. I call these prayers “sacred rhythms” of prayer. The book then […]

Just Dance

posted by xscot mcknight

At Willow last night Mike Breaux presented the talk. He called it “From Walker to Walker” and traced the life of humans — who begin in walkers and end up (often enough) in walkers. It was a spirited and sensitive […]

Second Thoughts

posted by xscot mcknight

After reading the comments over the last few days about women and ministry, I’m now thinking this topic is impossible to carry on through a blog. Others can choose to blog about this.

Singing at the Dame

posted by xscot mcknight

Thursday afternoon Kris and I drove through the obnoxious traffic of the south side of Chicago over to South Bend, where I was scheduled for a TV interview at LeSea for their Harvest Show. We got in about 7pm and […]

Blogs of the Week

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Bob’s back home again. I’ll stop raving about Jim Martin’s blog when he grows stale; no sign of that happening yet. Wise stuff, and a great post on a night he’d like to forget (except who cares about the Cowboys?).

Atonement: The Problem 2

posted by xscot mcknight

The second chapter of Mark Biddle’s book, Missing the Mark, discusses sin from a very important angle: sin as the desire to be more than human. He’s not keen on making this simply hubris or pride or arrogance, but the […]

Heads Up, but Eyes Down!

posted by xscot mcknight

For years Kris and I have walked every night around the lake in the middle of Libertyville. On weekends we walk at a forest preserve; during bad weather we walk at the local mall. But, we’ve made a sport of […]

Former Students

posted by xscot mcknight

Seems I’ve heard from students a lot lately, and there is only one question: What do you think of The DaVinci Code. In the last ten days I’ve gotten about six or seven phone calls about this, and this is […]

Study Breaks for Pastors: Yes!

posted by xscot mcknight

I had lunch Wednesday with a former student from TEDS and now a thriving pastor in Ann Arbor, Ken White. Ken was one of those students who had the gifts to be either a pastor or a professor, and I’m […]

Atonement: The Problem and What it is

posted by xscot mcknight

Mark Biddle’s book Missing the Mark, with a striking piece of art work on its cover, is the newest and one of the finer books on how the Bible describes sin. Should you ask, my favorite book on sin (if […]

Women in Ministry: Growing in Importance?

posted by xscot mcknight

A student of mine, sitting near me in a lobby between classes, began chatting with her friend about choosing a church in the area. A comment of hers interests me. She said she had gone to a local church, but […]

Atonement: The Problem is the Problem

posted by xscot mcknight

The problem for atonement theory is the problem it resolves. In other words, atonement theory is designed to “fix” the problem, and we often describe the problem as sin. But, what is sin? And with it comes the trailer: What […]

Prayer for the Week

posted by xscot mcknight

Here’s the prayer for the week in The Divine Hours, which is taken from The Book of Common Prayer:

Mainline Renewal

posted by xscot mcknight

I’ve been reading Thomas C. Oden for a few years, and his newest book, Turning around the Mainline, continues his theme of renewal within the mainline denominations in the USA and Canada and the return to classical orthodoxy. Some highlights […]

A Letter from Bob

posted by xscot mcknight

After a harrowing Easter weekend, I’m home tonight and doing well.

Another deal on Praying with the Church

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Because the number who wrote in was overwhelming to the publisher, about 100 per hour, Paraclete is offering another deal for the first two hundred and they will hear directly from Paraclete about that deal. The first fifty will be […]

50 Free Praying with the Church

posted by xscot mcknight

The first fifty who e-mail Carol Showalter will get a free copy of my new book, Praying with the Church. Just ask her for a free copy. I just got back to my office from classes, and am told by […]

More Thoughts on Penal Substitution 2

posted by xscot mcknight

I’ve suggested that the use of “penal substitution” is being used to carry too much weight in the atonement wars going on today. What I’m arguing for, and will in my book, is that we need a bigger and better […]

Easter Service

posted by xscot mcknight

Kris and I, with Laura and Mark, went to Willow’s Easter service last night. Splendid intergenerational music and remindings of the resurrection.

Special Deal on Book

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Tomorrow morning, at 6:00am, Paraclete will announce at this site a special deal on my new book, Praying with the Church (the “candle book”). “Deal” as in “free.”

News about Bob

posted by xscot mcknight

Because of chest pain and a very high blood pressure reading on Friday morning, Bob went to the emergency room at Mercy Medical in Canton. From there he was life-flighted to the Cleveland Clinic, where doctors determined that there was […]

Finally, a book that explains postmodernity

posted by xscot mcknight

If you are looking for a book that explains in clear and simple prose what postmodernity is all about, and how it intersects between theology and philosophy, I’ve got the book for you: John Caputo’s Philosophy and Theology caught me […]

More Thoughts on Penal Substitution 1

posted by xscot mcknight

In light of my work on a book on atonement and then, on top of that, the CT article I wandered into, it might be good to look at some terms. My big point in many of my comments over […]

Candle Book

posted by xscot mcknight

If truth be told, many of us are not happy about our prayer life — its intensity, its duration, its stimulation, its discipline, its effectiveness — and the list could go on. There are statistics out there even about how […]

Risen Indeed!

posted by xscot mcknight

The Lutheran church across the street from us has an annual Easter weekend custom: on Good Friday they station Roman soldiers outside the grave, they stay there all weekend, and then on Easter morning Jesus gets up from the grave […]

News on Bob: Keep Praying

posted by xscot mcknight

From Byron Harvey’s blog: The No Kool Aid Zone.

Another Fashion Faux pas

posted by xscot mcknight

Last week I got to class and one of my students, Julie, simply asked this question: “Did your wife see you before you left?” At that point I knew that I was wearing something totally unacceptable. “Yes,” I said. Well, […]

Immigration: Bryan’s Story

posted by xscot mcknight

My name is Bryan and I read your blog regularly (I’ve only commented a couple of times). I noticed you posting on the immigration situation (I read the one you posted today). I was wondering if you’ve read Bob Ekblad’s […]

Blogs of the Week

posted by xscot mcknight

On the news last night I heard that VP Cheney and his wife made 8.8 million last year, and gave away to charity almost 7 million. CNN Story. Congrats to the VP! Story of a young man as told by […]

Pray for Bob again

posted by xscot mcknight

URGENT: Please pray AGAIN for Bob; as I write this, he is being life-flighted to Cleveland. Blood has apparently built up around his heart; I’m no doctor, but it sounds as though some surgery is in store for this Good […]

Atonement Wars on Good Friday?

posted by xscot mcknight

Mark Dever, a Baptist pastor in Washington, DC, is the author of the featured article in Christianity Today and it appropriately deals with the atonement. But, instead of being a positive description of what the death (and resurrection) is, Dever […]

Immigration: What about Onesimus?

posted by xscot mcknight

On the immigration issue, there is a bit a stalemate on this blog, though there has been good discussion, and I thank each of you for your comments. But, I’d like us to consider it all from a different direction: […]

Emerging Peter: Emerging Good-Byes

posted by xscot mcknight

I’ve taken a stand in my life at over-interpreting the greetings and endings of NT letters. Just because “grace” or “peace” or “mercy” show up doesn’t mean we need to flop a big fat concorance on our desk and chase […]

The Gospel of Judas 5

posted by xscot mcknight

Here is what Irenaeus says about The Gospel of Judas in his Against Heresies, 1.31.1:

Job Rating: College Professors

posted by xscot mcknight

CNN published yesterday its new ranking of jobs. And, lo and behold!, they rank college professors at #2. The secret is now out, so I’m glad I got my teaching post before everyone and their offspring realized that teaching is […]

The Gospel of Judas 5

posted by xscot mcknight

Bart Ehrman, in his essay in the National Geographic presentation of the translation of The Gospel of Judas, once again raises his oft-argued point: by the time of Nicea (c. 325) there was a “winning” side and a “losing” side. […]

Traditional Mass Returning?

posted by xscot mcknight

There are rumors that the Pope Benedict XVI may declare a “universal indult” (permission) for local parishes to return to the 1962 Missal (Tridentine Mass) where the mass was said in Latin, the form prior to Vatican II. The political […]

Emerging Peter: Systemic Analysis

posted by xscot mcknight

Never has there been a day when it is easier than today to believe in the Devil of Peter. Why? Because Peter connects the Devil with systemic violence. And never have we faced what Walter Wink calls the “powers,” and […]

The Gospel of Judas 4

posted by xscot mcknight

Scene 3 has all the sensational and new stuff about Judas, and I will briefly summarize what this Scene tells us.

Immigration

posted by xscot mcknight

I think we can agree that crossing the border without proper documentation is illegal. And it seems reasonable to me that illegal immigrants in the USA who are employed are receving pay for work that could otherwise be done by […]

Emerging Peter: Emerging Humility

posted by xscot mcknight

1 Peter 5:5b-7 contains a thought that Peter found very useful for his pastoral exhortations: be humble. But, Peter is not a pragmatist about it. So much of ethics today is pragmatic, and lots of preaching gets so pragmatic: do […]

Should I just shave it?

posted by xscot mcknight

My hair has been, well, what’s the best way to put it? — how about uncooperative of late. It sticks up and flies around like its got a mind of its own. Knowing I have a TV interview tomorrow about […]

The Gospel of Judas 3

posted by xscot mcknight

As I indicated in the first post, the best way to deal with the news about the Gospel of Judas is to read it, reflect on it, and then evaluate the claims being made. Today we look at the second […]

Forgiveness and the Face 6

posted by xscot mcknight

Early in chp 5 of The Faces of Forgiveness, LeRon Shults states this: “believers are called to face one another in a way that manifests grace as they are faced by the gracious face of God” (169). And he sees […]

Emerging Peter: Intergenerational Vision

posted by xscot mcknight

What about the youth? Peter says this: “Young men, in the same way be submissive to those are older” (5:5a). Who are these youth? Here are some options:

One Year of Blogging

posted by xscot mcknight

When Bob Smietana, an editor at Covenant Companion, suggested I’d like blogging, I asked him what a “blog” was. No kidding, I had no idea. We were having coffee at Tre Kronor, and he explained how to get it going […]

The Gospel of Judas 2

posted by xscot mcknight

“The secret account of the revelation that Jesus spoke in conversation with Judas Iscariot…” — this is how The Gospel of Judas [GJ] begins. Jesus, GJ tells us, did great wonders and spoke about mysteries and was sometimes “appeared” to […]

Emerging Peter: Leadership

posted by xscot mcknight

We have never done a very good job of maintaing the proper balance between lay-level spiritual gifts and cleric-level pastoral leadership. Some fight pastors as having too much authority, while some pastors fight too much strength in the laity. Peter […]

Benedict: A Life worth Knowing

posted by xscot mcknight

Carmen Butcher, in her elegantly written little book on the life of St. Benedict, Man of Blessing, traces the life and beliefs of St. Benedict. Last summer Kris and I visited his birth church (in Nursia) and had a memorable […]

NCAA Reflections

posted by xscot mcknight

Congrats to Florida and Maryland, and they are both so young. Some thoughts:

Blogs of the Week

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Kris and I will be in the Cinque Terra (Italy) for a week at the turn of June, and wonder if any of you have been to Pisa and would recommend it as worth a day trip for us? Good […]

Dave Miller: Jesus and Justin

posted by xscot mcknight

Dave Miller writes and sings a song about Justin Delp, who had a degenerative disease that took Justin’s life as pre-teen. Justin and Jesus were alike. This song is worth the price of admission; it is called “Just Longing.”

NPU Students

posted by xscot mcknight

This year I’ve been eating lunch with students on most Tuesdays and Thursdays, and we invited a few of them over for pizza this evening. Here’s a pic of the crowd in our home at the end of the evening. […]

The Gospel of Judas 1

posted by xscot mcknight

CNN and a couple of publishers — HarperSanFrancisco and National Geographic — coordinated their efforts yesterday to inform us all of yet another newsworthy religious story: the true story of Judas. NG has published an official translation of The Gospel […]

Forgiveness and the Face 5

posted by xscot mcknight

LeRon Shults examines what salvation looks like after the “turn to relationality.” If life is inherently about relationships, what does salvation look like? If it is not about substance but about relationships, what about salvation? What happens to all our […]

Emerging Peter: Suffering and Judgment

posted by xscot mcknight

Suffering was inevitable for Peter’s powerless Christian parishes. Peter has one clear point of view: any suffering ought to be the result of being a Christian. It is summed up in bearing the “name.”

Cell Phones: Learning Curve

posted by xscot mcknight

First, keep the battery charged. I got to the airport last Friday, our flight was delayed for a good long while, and so I called the pastor of the church we were going to (Eastpoint Community Church), and realized it […]

Dave Miller: Singing about Work

posted by xscot mcknight

In Dave Miller’s new CD, Dave Miller, explores in song how we as Christians can look at our work and turn it from labor to vocation. What got me going about these songs was the confidence of the voice when […]

Forgiveness and the Face 4

posted by xscot mcknight

In the second part of Shults’ chapter on facing, forgiveness and salvation, Shults looks at what the Christian tradition means by forgiveness. Shults seeks here to liberate the idea of forgiveness from judicial metaphors and make room for the reality […]

Emerging Peter: Suffering in Christ

posted by xscot mcknight

Peter is working out a theology of how to live as a Christian in Roman Empire, as powerless Christians in a world that God loves, and he is no pie-eyed dreamer. “Dear friends, do not be surprised at the painful […]

The Impact of Blogs

posted by xscot mcknight

Some of you may recall that I griped about a commercial that Kraft Foods used for A1 sauce, and how Kraft used someone who switched his prisoner number with someone on death row in order to get to eat a […]

Dave and Donald Miller

posted by xscot mcknight

Donald Miller tells us, and I saw it in his new book To Own a Dragon, that he writes his books in coffee shops. But I want to talk about Dave Miller‘s new CD, for in it he’s got a […]

Emerging Peter: Eschatology and Ethics

posted by xscot mcknight

Whichever view of 1 Peter 4:7 you prefer, it is nonetheless clear that Peter’s motivation is to ground the need for the powerless churches of Asia Minor to live properly. As Peter’s theology for the powerless is worked out here, […]

Response to Carson in Criswell Theological Review 3?

posted by xscot mcknight

I wrote a third post, about the article of David Mills, on the Criswell Theological Journal‘s edition on the emergent church movement recently, then tossed out the paper copies and it rained on them. Today it is clear that I […]

Emerging Peter: Eschatology

posted by xscot mcknight

1 Peter 4:7: “The end of all things is near; therefore be …”. In technical studies, we call this “eschatological ethics.” That is, an ethic (“therefore be…”) that is rooted in and derives from a sense that history is about […]

Driscoll in Criswell Theological Review 2

posted by xscot mcknight

Driscoll’s piece in the Criswell Theological Review, “A Pastoral Perspective on the Emergent Church,” offers a nice little sketch of ministry in the modernist era, the transition to the postmodernist era, and then the postmodernist era. Then he uses Stetzer’s […]

Forgiveness and the Face 3

posted by xscot mcknight

In this 3d installment on Sandage & Shults, The Faces of Forgiveness, I want to look at the first third of LeRon Shults’ chapter “Facing, Forgiveness, and the Christian Doctrine of Salvation.” I’m on record as a fan of LeRon, […]

Bob’s Story

posted by xscot mcknight

Bob Robinson has begun writing about his experience of an aortic explosion and the prayers that saved his life. Make sure you read these reports.

Eastpoint Community Church

posted by xscot mcknight

Kris and I were invited to Eastpoint Community Church, in New-ARK Delaware, this weekend. Tom Ward has developed one of the finest church websites I’ve seen.

McLaren in Criswell Theological Review 1

posted by xscot mcknight

Denny Burk, a blogger and NT scholar, got Criswell Theological Review to send me some files of the Spring edition of the journal. It is devoted to the emergent movement, and they sent me the editor’s introduction, an interview with […]

Emerging Peter: Christ as Exemplar

posted by xscot mcknight

Some overdo Jesus’ being our example and end up converting all kinds of passages in the NT as examples — like going into a mountain anticipating a transfiguration, and others underdo it — like missing all sorts of opportunities to […]

UCLA

posted by xscot mcknight

I came of age as a basketball player in the Johnny Wooden era. All those banners with a peerless moral leader of the old school like Johnny Wooden simply put UCLA on another level for me. And they’ve been there […]

Is steroids the issue for Bonds?

posted by xscot mcknight

Most I talk with think Barry Bonds ingested steroids in one way or another. I want to suggest another issue that may have had more impact on his inflated home run numbers than the alleged steroid abuse: Barry Bonds is […]

Blogs of the Week

posted by xscot mcknight

Blog of the week: Hamo’s got a great one on a problem with youth ministry — front doors are busy but so also are the back doors! I don’t know the stats, but I’d like to hear from those who […]

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