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Lucca

posted by xscot mcknight

Yesterday afternoon we visited the Rodeo Drive of the area — Portofino. All we could afford was a cup of Cafe Latte, which to be honest was about as good as they can be made. Dinner last night in Camogli […]

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The Destiny of Seekers

posted by xscot mcknight

You can’t find one final judgment scene in the Bible that is not a judgment by works. Salvation, we are told often, is not by works, but final judgment sure is. Here are Paul’s words, and we could back them […]

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The Gospel of Niggle 3

posted by xscot mcknight

3.0 The Orthodoxy of Orthodoxy 3.1 Defining “Orthodoxy” Perhaps the best place to begin is with a two-line, inelegant poem I wrote some time ago when I was reading Dante: He who fashions the story, assigns to each a glory.

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Santa Margherita

posted by xscot mcknight

We’ve never seen vacation plans that weren’t capable of adjustment. Our walking yesterday wore us out, so we got up a little later and decided to visit a historic (aren’t all villages in Italy that?) village called Santa Margherita just […]

The Truth of Wrath

posted by xscot mcknight

God’s judgment, Paul says in Romans 2:2, is based on truth, and that truth is God’s standard for judgment. Those who do not respond to that truth, Paul says, are storing up for themselves wrath. But, these two points sandwich […]

The Gospel of Niggle 2

posted by xscot mcknight

2.0 The Orthodoxy of Heresy Ehrman, who relentlessly tries to unveil the truth about earliest Christianity in order to demonstrate that it was a suppressive machine of power-mongers, commits the very sin he castigates. If the “sin” of the proto-orthodoxy […]

Rio, Rio!

posted by xscot mcknight

Yesterday we messed up on the trains. Today we found out that one of our mess-ups was to our advantage. We bought yesterday what we thought was a “transfer” ticket; we discovered today, in fact, it was an “upgrade” ticket. […]

Postmodern Evangelism

posted by xscot mcknight

I will be participating at a local seminary, St. Mary of the Lake, in a conference on postmodernism and evangelization. I will be speaking on Thursday evening. There are some very good scholars at this event, and it might be […]

The Gospel of Niggle 1

posted by xscot mcknight

I gave this paper sometime ago, but it pertains to The DaVinci Code movie. What I do is deal witih the proposals of heresy and orthodoxy behind the book, and the two major proponents of these theories today: Elaine Pagels […]

Finger Pointing Stops with Paul’s Gospel

posted by xscot mcknight

I don’t know how many of you felt fairly comfortable reading Romans 1 last week, but at times I confess I did. I’d like to think I don’t suppress the truth and worship idols; I’d like to think that nasty […]

Italian Trains

posted by xscot mcknight

Kris and I have rented a small villa looking over the Ligurian Sea (on the Mediterranean Sea) just west of Genoa, and we took the trip last night down the steep roads into Camogli for a dinner on the coast. […]

A Sunday Prayer

posted by xscot mcknight

Let nothing disturb thee, nothing affright thee; all things are passing, God never changeth! Patient endurance attaineth to all things; who God possesseth in nothing is wanting; alone God sufficeth. [Sign of the cross] In the name of the Father, […]

Blogs to Come

posted by xscot mcknight

This summer we will work through Romans — keeping before us the importance of knowing the Bible and understanding this most important of Paul’s letters. I will also blog through some books, and I’m behind on them right now, but […]

Blogs of the Week

posted by xscot mcknight

I’ve raved about Jim Martin enough on this Blogs of the Week that most of you probably visit him regularly and don’t need my encouragement. With a new appearance, Jim’s got another great set of posts and this one on […]

Bellagio

posted by xscot mcknight

We’ve found another “favorite place” in Italy, but this just might be the best of the favorite places. It is called Bellagio, it is on the northern tip of a mountainous region and penetrates right into the middle of Lake […]

Clean before you leave?

posted by xscot mcknight

The night or day before we leave for a weekend or a vacation Kris gets herself into a cleaning snit — at least that is what I call it. (Part of it, I’m sure, has to do with having the […]

Eikonic Tragedy

posted by xscot mcknight

One of the saddest descriptions of Eikons can be found in Romans 1:28-32. Make sure you read it. And since they did not see fit to acknowledge God, God gave them up to a debased mind and to things that […]

For God So Loved

posted by xscot mcknight

Jonathan Wilson’s For God So Loved the World: A Christology of Disciples came across my desk recently because it has a nice section on atonement theories, arguing as many of us are arguing today, that atonement is a multi-splendored work […]

What to do with dogs…

posted by xscot mcknight

We leave today (Thursday) for a trip to Italy. Webster, our 13-year old, deaf but very cheery and happy Bichon, was scheduled for the Bichon Bed and Breakfast in our community. Kris, in her desire to make sure he was […]

More on Sin

posted by xscot mcknight

My friend Joel Green recommended that I read Ted Peters’ Sin: Radical Evil in Soul and Society and I’m glad for Joel’s suggestion. This is a really fine theological and soul-ish analysis of sin. There is a pastoral element to […]

Distorting Sexual Eikons

posted by xscot mcknight

Well, we are back to a text that gave rise to a 14-part series I did some time back on homosexuality. We need today to pause to look at the context for this text: it has to do with those […]

Finally, a clean desk!

posted by xscot mcknight

Ah! What a relief, the desk is now clean. All the atonement books off the desk, back on the shelves — and I found I had outgrown those portions of my library. But, still, it feels so good to clean […]

Heads Up, but Eyes Down! Update

posted by xscot mcknight

It’s been a good week. This week Kris found a ten dollar bill, a one dollar bill, several dimes, a brand new nickel, and a bundle of pennies. Any competitors?

Emerging Evangelism: Wondering?

posted by xscot mcknight

A brother from South Africa sent me this, and if you haven’t seen it (which I hadn’t), it is worth the read. I have the first third of it or so here. Many evangelistic efforts often close hearts rather than […]

World as Eikon

posted by xscot mcknight

As Tom Wright observes, natural theology has attached itself to Romans 1:19-21 and gotten all it can out of these verses. For what can be known about God is plain to them, because God has shown it to them. 20 […]

Good Writers in Various Disciplines

posted by xscot mcknight

Someone has asked me about good writers. In particular, I mentioned C.H. Dodd, and N.T. Wright, and also C.F.D. Moule. But this person has asked about similar examples in Old Testament studies, Church History, Theology, Sciences, Sociology … you understand. […]

Suppressing Truth, Suppressing Grace

posted by xscot mcknight

In college I read Francis Schaeffer, about everything he had written. I remember his talking about “suppressing the truth” from Romans 1:18, and I remember grieving over such a condition on the part of fellow Eikons. What does it mean, […]

Prayer for the Week

posted by xscot mcknight

Grant, O Lord, that the course of this world may be peaceably governed by your providence; and that your Church may joyfully serve you in confidence and serenity; through Jesus Christ our Lord who lives and reigns with you and […]

Wrath

posted by xscot mcknight

Romans 1:18-32 is a long section on the wrath of God. What is the wrath of God? There are two views, and I’d like to propose that the two views are not as “two-fold” as a lot of folks think.

A DaVinci Kind of Day

posted by xscot mcknight

Kris and I began the day in Louisville, Kentucky, at Springdale Community Church, where I spoke about The DaVinci Code (and the bad version of the book in the new movie). My talk went a full hour, but the audience […]

Fountain Pens on the Transit

posted by xscot mcknight

On the transit train the other day from the terminal out to the remote parking at O’Hare Airport, I was jammed into a completely packed train. I was standing next to a middle-aged woman who I thought was looking at […]

Sunday Night Prayers

posted by xscot mcknight

Here is Compline prayer from the Celtic tradition: Sunday – The Ita Compline: Ita, who died in about 570, was abbess of a women’s community in Killeedy, County Limerick in Ireland. She ran a school for boys where she taught:

Poll: What are you?

posted by xscot mcknight

My new poll is an attempt to figure out where our readers are. Let’s try to figure out where we are right now. Furthermore, while I love the generic-brand comment that “I’m just a Christian,” most of us participate in […]

DaVinci Code: The Movie

posted by xscot mcknight

Kris and I went to the movie of the DaVinci Code tonight. I’m not a movie critic, nor do I understand all the stuff that movie critics think about, but the story plot was just OK for me. We both […]

Blogs of the Week

posted by xscot mcknight

Here is a reality so profoundly deep to adoptive parents that we can hardly take it in. Thanks to Dawn Husnick. A time most of us simply cannot even imagine.

What I would do differently?

posted by xscot mcknight

If I were to go back to the beginning of my academic career, say when I began teaching and writing, what would I do differently that would help my reading and writing? That’s an easy one, because I know exactly […]

The Gospel that makes things right

posted by xscot mcknight

Paul wants to preach the gospel in Rome; his calling to do that makes him a debtor both to Jews and to Gentiles. But, he knows what is there awaiting him: he knows the might of Rome. Still, Paul says, […]

Prayer for Guidance

posted by xscot mcknight

A Prayer by Thomas Merton – Thoughts in Solitude My Lord God, I have no idea where I am going. I do not see the road ahead of me. I cannot know for certain where it will end. Nor do […]

Spamalot

posted by xscot mcknight

I got spammed today big time: by ph——. So, because of spam issues, we would encourage you to register if you haven’t already as we intend to make posting comments more difficult for unregistered guests… I don’t know what else […]

Party Evangelism: A Churched Perspective

posted by xscot mcknight

One of my students, Renee Dinges, did this project on party evangelism and she is working this out with another of my students, who must have one of the coolest names in history, “Lightning.” He, too, is prayerfully considering becoming […]

Paul’s Prayers for Rome

posted by xscot mcknight

Paul yearns to get to Rome — probably because he knew how important Rome was. His yearning manifests itself in his unceasing, constant prayers for the church at Rome.

Youth Pastors and the Gospel

posted by xscot mcknight

I had a delightful time with the youth pastors up above Estes Park Tuesday morning. My assignment was to talk about the gospel and how we evangelize in this era when we are trying to get a bigger grip around […]

Fiction or Non-Fiction?

posted by xscot mcknight

Kris and I are not big fans of fiction, even though I generally try to read a new piece of fiction every year. Last year I read Gilead and liked about 80% of it. I’ll try to read Saint Maybe […]

Party Evangelism: An Unchurched Perspective

posted by xscot mcknight

This is the second in a three-part series on what is now being called “party evangelism.” It presents an interview with a young man who attended one of the parties.

The Gospel of Grace

posted by xscot mcknight

In 1:1 of Romans Paul tells us he is devoted to, or set apart unto, the “gospel of God.” What is the gospel? It might be good today for us to look at this term in Romans. We’ll look at […]

Youth Pastors, make that Middle School Pastors

posted by xscot mcknight

Mark Oestreicher invited me to come to Estes Park: Need we ask “Why?” before you know I said “Yes!”? Well, I got there about 8pm or so Monday evening to a lovely place tucked away in the mountains at about […]

The Apostle of Grace

posted by xscot mcknight

It is ordinary for academic types to begin anything they are discussing with a lengthy introduction. I am reminded of a theology that is three volumes with the first volume entirely prolegomena. I’ll avoid that here except to put on […]

What is Party Evangelism?

posted by xscot mcknight

In the next few days I’m publishing here a student project by Renee Dinges, who is preparing herself for church-planting in the Vineyard. She, along with some young folk at the Vineyard Church in Evanston, have initiated a new “party […]

Prayer for the Week

posted by xscot mcknight

Again, from The Book of Common Prayer as found in Phyllis Tickle, Dvine Hours, but adjusted to “we/us”: Almighty and merciful God, in your goodness keep us, we pray, from all things that may hurt us, that we, being ready […]

Been to a Movie lately?

posted by xscot mcknight

Kris and I haven’t been to a theater in months. Are there any good movies out right now? Have you been to a movie theater in the last two months? We haven’t. (Home movies don’t count.)

How Important is Romans?

posted by xscot mcknight

Just how important is Romans? Let me try to express it with a few choice theologians whose lives and thinking were deeply shaped by Romans. This will set the stage for a series this summer on Romans where I will […]

Willow’s Dangerous Women

posted by xscot mcknight

Gene Appel’s sermon at Willow last night was a thorough defense of women in ministry and I thought it was fantastic. The talk combined three themes: Mother’s Day, The DaVinci Code’s theory that women threaten the Church, and the ministry […]

Happy Mother’s Day!

posted by xscot mcknight

Kris and I drove over to Freeport, IL, where we grew up (together) and where our moms live. My mom recently broke her ankle in more than one place, had screws, pins and wires at work to mend the foot, […]

To Kris, Happy Mother’s Day!

posted by xscot mcknight

Kris, you are a wonderful mother and I can think of many reasons, not the least of which is that you are always insightful as a mother and therefore wisely loving and caring. But, how about this as the first […]

The Goodness of Graduation Gowns

posted by xscot mcknight

I have to admit it, I think the gown from the University of Nottingham is one of the more notable graduation gowns to be seen. Some of my colleagues rent a gown from a rental company, but most have purchased […]

Vacation Reading

posted by xscot mcknight

Kris and I saved our shekels so we could go back to Italy, and in about two weeks we will be off to Milan. A day in Bellagio in the Lake Cuomo district; then a week in the Cinque Terra. […]

Blogs of the Week

posted by xscot mcknight

For an early preview of the cover of a book I haven’t written, see Purgatorio. Thanks Marc. Church and State: Read this speech by the President at Cornell. (HT: Duane Young)

DaVinci Code at TLN

posted by xscot mcknight

Last night I was on a panel on a nationally-televised program with Total Living Network. Jerry Rose, the omnicompetent and tireless President, interviewed art historian, Doug Adams, and a near complete endorser of Dan Brown’s theory, Vincent Bridges. Included were […]

On Marking Books

posted by xscot mcknight

The blog yesterday about my desk and what I thought was clutter, but which I’ve now learned was quite tidy, generated a question: How to mark the books I read? Well, that’s a good one because I’ve given it more […]

McLaren’s Secret 5

posted by xscot mcknight

In this last post on Brian McLaren’s The Secret Message of Jesus we will look at his last four chapters. Essentially our conversation today begins by asking if the kingdom is all-inclusive or are there borders? “Can any meaningful kingdom, […]

McLaren’s Secret 4

posted by xscot mcknight

“How do you get on the side of Jesus and his secret kingdom?” Or, what if a modern person wants to follow Jesus, “What do you do?” How do you move from “egotism, racism, consumerism, hedonism, and its associated –isms […]

On finishing a book

posted by xscot mcknight

I speak for myself, but by the time I have finished a writing project my desk has gotten so cluttered it embarrasses me. The first thing I do after I print out the manuscript or send off the electronic versions […]

A Prayer of Dedication

posted by xscot mcknight

What a marvelous prayer from The Book of Common Prayer. The sort of prayer I hope Praying with the Church can lead us into. As always, read slowly and aloud and it takes us into God’s presence:

Goodbye Students!

posted by xscot mcknight

Amidst the whorl and whirl of grading, examining, reading papers, dealing with excuses, preparing for graduation, and turning in grades, this is also the week we say our goodbyes to students. At several levels:

McLaren’s Secret 3

posted by xscot mcknight

The 9th chp in Brian McLaren’s The Secret Message of Jesus concerns global mission. He properly sets the Christian mission in the Jewish context where there was no active mission. McLaren ties the global mission of Jesus to the blessing […]

You Converted Me!

posted by xscot mcknight

I have been interested in conversion for a long time, so I am thrilled that Paraclete has now come out with an updated version of one of my all-time classics, the original Christian conversion story, Augustine’s Confessions.

American Idol

posted by xscot mcknight

Kris and I got into American Idol tonight. Four wonderful singers. Hope you vote, both on the phone and on this blog.

McLaren’s Secret 2

posted by xscot mcknight

The second section of Brian McLaren’s The Secret Message of Jesus is called “Engagement” and Brian investigates the meaning of kingdom. Today we look at what he says about Jesus’ communicative style via parables, miracles, and exorcisms. While the book […]

TLN and DaVinci Code

posted by xscot mcknight

Wednesday night, 8pm CDT, I will be at TLN studio for a 1.5 hour live interview about The DaVinci Code. I’m not sure who will be in the studio, but I know they will also be talking to Josh McDowell, […]

Best Excuse Ever Survey

posted by xscot mcknight

What is the best (story-wise) excuse you’ve had from a student for why he or she can’t turn something in on time or come to class?

McLaren’s Secret

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Brian McLaren’s new book, The Secret Message of Jesus, seems somehow to have escaped the sort of reviews that his other more recent books have — Generous Orthodoxy and The Last Word and the Word After That. I’d like to […]

Conspiracy comes to Willow Creek

posted by xscot mcknight

In the form of Dan Brown’s The DaVinci Code. Tuesday afternoon, fast at work grading student papers and journals, I got a phone call from Garry Poole. Garry is a friend, a former student of mine at TEDS and now […]

Praying with the Church Arriving

posted by xscot mcknight

As some of you may know, my publisher (Paraclete) went over the top by giving away 50 copies of my new book Praying with the Church. We blogged the offer some time back. Kris and I now call this book […]

My Favorite Nighttime Prayer

posted by xscot mcknight

From The Book of Common Prayer: Protect us, Lord, as we stay awake; watch over us as we sleep, that awake we may watch with Christ, and asleep, rest in his peace. Amen. Try this every night for a week […]

Praying while Sailing

posted by xscot mcknight

About prayer, from The American Scholar: Dressed and came on deck — the morning was brilliant. I amused myself with finding the lessons and collects and psalms for the whole ship’s company. After lunch, they spread our tent, a chair […]

How (Not) to Speak of God

posted by xscot mcknight

Peter Rollins has written what I predict will be a firestorm of a book — no one will agree with all of it, most will find challenging insights, and everyone will be brought to the table for a passionate discussion. […]

Blogs of the Week

posted by xscot mcknight

This has been a heavy week for this blog, with more than the norm for comments, and I’m grateful to the many of you who contribute to this blog by encouraging remarks and by your comments. I’m proud of this […]

Students who want to leave class

posted by xscot mcknight

In the last two weeks of my class, Jesus of Nazareth, we take brief stops in each of the Gospels to give a perspective on the overall theology and style of each Evangelist. Recently we were looking at John. It […]

Emergent and Doctrinal Statements

posted by xscot mcknight

Yesterday Tony Jones published a statement by LeRon Shults about whether or not Emergent should have a doctrinal statement. LeRon says “No, Emergent shouldn’t have a statement of faith.” I stand with those who think Emergent should not have a […]

Speaking of Doctrinal Statements

posted by xscot mcknight

I’ve said this before, but I sense (I’m not a prophet) that the future of conservative evangelicalism in the USA can be charted in the leading voices found at Southern Seminary in Louisville, though I would not want to be […]

Emerging Evangelism: Which term to use?

posted by xscot mcknight

Will it be “kingdom” or will it be “soteriology”? This, in my estimation, is more central to the emerging movement than many think. Traditional evangelicalism is stuck in the Pauline theology of salvation (soteriology) and many of us in the […]

Heaven and Hell

posted by xscot mcknight

I read R. Swinburne’s Responsibility and Atonement and he had lots of ideas about heaven and hell, so I thought I’d see where you are on this one. The options were not easy to spell out. Purgatory, for instance, is […]

What’s a “heretic” anyway?

posted by xscot mcknight

From time to time I read a blog or hear someone call another person a “heretic.” Recently a blogfriend asked me how I would define “heretic” or “heresy.” I’ve been asked this about two people, and I won’t use names […]

Emerging Evangelism: The earliest churches

posted by xscot mcknight

Anyone who takes the Story of the New Testament seriously will include the earliest chapters of Acts in any serious discussion of the missional life of the first Christians. What was a missional life like for them? Any thoughts? You […]

Echoes of N.T. Wright 3

posted by xscot mcknight

In N.T. Wright’s third section to his book Simply Christian, he deals with the following themes about the Christian life: worship, prayer, Bible, interpretation, believing/belonging, and new creation/starting now. It is a bit of a short manual on Christian living […]

Emerging Evangelism: Begin with Jesus 2

posted by xscot mcknight

Another way at looking at emerging evangelism, or what we might better call a missional preoccupation in life, is to examine how Jesus related to others. So today we will simply sample Matthew 8–9, two chapters that record Jesus’ interactions […]

A Typical Lunch with Students

posted by xscot mcknight

Today at lunch two students pushed me for funds, one of whom needs funds for a trip and the other her advocate. One student is going to Africa this summer for a most worthy opportunity to help some missionaries. This […]

Echoes of N.T. Wright 2

posted by xscot mcknight

The second section of Tom Wright’s new book, Simply Christian, is called Staring at the Sun — an evocative and insightful metaphor for what it is like to stare at God — blinded by the light, never quite able to […]

Room with a View

posted by xscot mcknight

A generous family at Montecito Covenant wanted Kris and me to have a room with a view of the beach, which we surely did. And we remain grateful for their kindness. The beachfront was constant activity, from walkers and joggers […]

Emerging Evangelism: Begin with Jesus 1

posted by xscot mcknight

The central term for what would be called in another generation “evangelism” is “missional” for the emerging movement. This week I will focus on the New EE, the sense of evangelism for the emerging movement, and to do so I […]

Echoes of N.T. Wright 1

posted by xscot mcknight

N.T. Wright’s new book, Simply Christian: Why Christianity Makes Sense, is Tom’s adventure into a new kind of apologetic — not by way of disproving but by way of expounding three dimensions of the Christian faith: the inner echoes of […]

Montecito: Two Words

posted by xscot mcknight

We were blessed to be with the good folks at Montecito Covenant this weekend. Their generosity gave Kris and me the freedom to wander for most of two days in Santa Barbara and Montecito. I have two words for the […]

Emerging Evangelism: Critical Beginnings

posted by xscot mcknight

Perhaps the word “missional” is more appropriate to the emerging sense of evangelism, and I suggest the following are some of the major complaints against traditional evangelism. We can all give some bad examples of evangelism, and the best way […]

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