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To, With, and As: Emergent types

posted by xscot mcknight

Stephen Shields has a lucid and useful post on Mark Driscoll‘s use of Ed Stetzer’s categories of emerging. That set of categories was relevants, reconstructionists, and revisionists — those who are ministering to, those who are ministering with, and those […]

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How to Read the Bible 5 Horton responds

posted by xscot mcknight

We come now to our last post on Michael Horton’s book on covenant theology, God of Promise. Many of us generic-brand Bible readers can benefit from being exposed to this covenant approach, even if we disagree. I offer a critique […]

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“Brings life for all”

posted by xscot mcknight

There is a translation issue here in Romans 5:18, but the translation issue is not the real issue. A woodenly literal translation is offered by Wright: “so also through the righteous act of the one unto all people unto acquittal […]

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Cell Phones: Advanced Stuff

posted by xscot mcknight

From a fellow blogger (HT: Hal). This, I guess, is why my students can actually communicate with students in other classes without having to say a word or write something that is knowable to professors who don’t know cell phone […]

Blogging: How Influential?

posted by xscot mcknight

Evidently very. Time magazine has an article on how influential the bloggers of the SBC were in the recent voting for leadership. Mark Roberts, who links to the Time article itself, has made some observations and I’ll make some here.

World Cup: Reflections

posted by xscot mcknight

Here’s the problem with the World Cup. The problem is that they are playing soccer. And a good case in point were the games on Monday. 180 minutes of play, with another 10 or so for stoppage time, and then […]

How to Read the Bible 4

posted by xscot mcknight

Michael Horton, in God of Promise, provides what is surely the most recent and complete defense of a covenantal theology reading of the Bible. And chp 5 sketches the fullness of this approach to the Bible. He calls it “From […]

Life overcomes Death

posted by xscot mcknight

“But the gift is not like the trespass.” So Paul says in Romans 5:15. Paul can’t find enough things to compare between Adam and Christ, and the ideas are just tumbling from his tongue. Here’s a brief list:

“Drive by Highland”

posted by xscot mcknight

As I said yesterday, Luke was home some this weekend while he was scouting a minor league team. He was with us during the day and at the games in the evening. At home he visited his favorite places. Here’s […]

How to Read the Bible 3

posted by xscot mcknight

Michael Horton’s God of Promise, chps. 3-4, puts the big blocks of his thesis in place, and the big blocks are not hard to understand, and they go a long way to explain how his understanding of covenant theology works.

Two Kinds of Persons in this World

posted by xscot mcknight

It is sometimes that the simple-minded reduce the world to two groups — those who care and those who are apathetic, those who love and those who are selfish, etc. The rabbis often reduced the world to three elements: Torah, […]

A Pro Game with a Scout

posted by xscot mcknight

Our son, Lukas, is a scout for the Chicago Cubs, and he was here this weekend to watch the Beloit Snappers. He went to games Thursday, Friday, Saturday, Sunday, and Monday. His task is to watch baseball games: it’s hard […]

How to Read the Bible 2

posted by xscot mcknight

How do we read the Bible? In Michael Horton’s eyes, we read it “covenantally” for it alone ties us to the God who is covenanted within three persons and whose hyper-relationality extends to creation. This is one big idea in […]

Beyond Justificationism

posted by xscot mcknight

The title of my post could get some of you riled up, and maybe you need to be. For Paul teaches both at Romans 4:25 and here in Romans 5:9-11 that justification — that act whereby God makes us right […]

Wheaton and Roman Catholics: Proposal

posted by xscot mcknight

In a recent Books & Culture, Thomas Albert Howard weighs in on how evangelical colleges might prepare themselves for the likelihood that one or more of their (somtimes quite treasured) professors might convert to another of the Great Traditions of […]

How to Read the Bible 1

posted by xscot mcknight

At some point in many of our conversations someone steps up to the plate and says “that’s not, or that is, how to read the Bible.” For years I have thought one of the most important sorts of books to […]

God is not like us

posted by xscot mcknight

God is not like us — and we tend to forget it. We tend to measure things by fairness and what another person deserves or has earned. We, for instance, can understand why (even if very rare) someone would sacrifice […]

Prayer for the Week

posted by xscot mcknight

Almighty God, You have built your Church upon the foundation of the apostles and prophets, Jesus Christ himself being the chief cornerstone: Grant that all of us may be joined together in unity of spirit by their teaching, that we […]

Weekly Meanderings

posted by xscot mcknight

A young pastor’s rant before another Christian is followed by an open and frank and exemplary confession: Purple Pastor, thanks. For those who use a lectionary at all, this site by Bruce Sweet is worth looking at. It provides social […]

Cell phones: Summer pattern

posted by xscot mcknight

Some of you followed my steep, but bumptious, learning curve in learning how to use my cell phone. Laura taught us how to do the automatic dial, so now I just hold down #2 and it calls Kris. I get […]

Midday Prayer

posted by xscot mcknight

A prayer to kickstart the rest of our Friday. God of mercy, this midday moment of rest is your welcome gift. Bless the work we have begun, and make good its defects and let us finish it in a way […]

Summer evenings and ice cream

posted by xscot mcknight

There’s something fitting about a warm summer evening, some ice cream (or custard in our case), and a lazy drive through a local neighborhood. Both Kris and I grew up in families that often did this. My family usually went […]

Least Known, Best Emerging Book

posted by xscot mcknight

This convoluted title to my post today means that I’ve found a book that no one seems to talk much about but which is a very fine book — and when I was wandering around trying to find the best […]

Suffering as an origami

posted by xscot mcknight

Suffering, Paul says (so does James), unfolds like an origami: Not only so, but we also glory in our sufferings, because we know that suffering produces perseverance; perseverance, character; and character, hope. And hope does not put us to shame, […]

Lord’s Prayer as Pattern Prayer

posted by xscot mcknight

Andii Bowsher has recently written a book that might be of some use to you, especially if you’d like to combine structure with spontaneity in your prayer life. His book is called Praying the Pattern, and there is a website […]

Your view of the kingdom

posted by xscot mcknight

I had a long conversation recently with someone who is thinking about writing a book about the kingdom. The intent of this young scholar was to define kingdom, which is an altogether good idea since most write about the kingdom […]

Faith, Peace, Hope

posted by xscot mcknight

One of the most famous lines of Paul’s letter to the Romans comes from Romans 5:1: Therefore, since we have been justified through faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ, through whom we have gained access […]

Evening Prayer

posted by xscot mcknight

Spirit of God, promise of Jesus, come to our help at the close of this day. Come with forgiveness and healing love. Come with life and hope. Come with all that we need to continue in the way of your […]

Holyghost

posted by xscot mcknight

In Jason Boyett’s Pocket Guide to the Bible: A Little Book about the Big Book I came across his entry on the Holy Spirit, and it got me to thinking about my grandma, bless her heart.

Was Mary sinless?

posted by xscot mcknight

Dennis Martin has suggested a few times in previous posts that I am pushing the original sin factor too hard, and he could be right. He suggests we look to the question of Mary’s sinlessness. Was she sinless? The Evangelist […]

Justification and Resurrection

posted by xscot mcknight

If Abraham’s faith was a concrete, real-life faith that God could and would enliven his and Sarah’s bodies so they could have children, so NT faith is a concrete, real-life faith that God raised Jesus from the dead. Now Paul […]

A Book to Brighten Every Day

posted by xscot mcknight

If I were you, and I’m assuming you have days when you’re a bit down, when being a Christian is not what you thought it would be, and when you wonder if you should be doing what you’re doing … […]

Immaculate Conception 2

posted by xscot mcknight

Who believed in the immaculate conception? How early was it? Who didn’t believe in Mary’s immaculate conception and sinlessness? Again, some of this surprises many of us reared theologically in Protestantism. After this listing, I’ll draw my conclusions. No need […]

J. Frye’s Jesus the Pastor 8

posted by xscot mcknight

This is my last post on J. Frye’s wonderful book, Jesus the Pastor. I will do the final three chps today, and hope I’ve not said more than I should about this fine book. Chps 10 and 11 deal with […]

Real Life Faith

posted by xscot mcknight

God, Paul said in Romans 4:17, brought life out of the dead. What does this look like in real life? While the focus of 4:17 seems to be on Gentiles, that life-giving-faith is at the heart of the Jewish family […]

Father’s Day

posted by xscot mcknight

Kris and I drove to Freeport to see my father and both of our mothers on Saturday. My father recently had back surgery, my mother ankle surgery, and we were glad to see them moving around better. We went out […]

Immaculate Conception 1

posted by xscot mcknight

Last week we looked at the perpetual virginity. While we didn’t agree on each point, we did behave ourselves and, speaking for myself, worked our way through some issues that we might not think of very often. The immaculate conception, […]

J. Frye’s Jesus the Pastor 7

posted by xscot mcknight

In chps. 8 and 9 of J. Frye’s book we encounter one central theme — that of teaching. What is it? I suggest that if we believed what J. Frye says about what teaching is most of us would adjust […]

How Big is that Family? How Big is God?

posted by xscot mcknight

Paul ties words together, and the bundle of words he creates exclude others. The words in his bundle are promise, faith, grace, and “all” and these words are tied together by “God” and “family.” God’s promise to Abraham, to make […]

Prayer for the Week

posted by xscot mcknight

The BCP does not have a Father’s Day Prayer. So, our prayer this week is the Collect for this week. Lord, make me have perpetual love and reverence for your holy Name, for you never fail to help and govern […]

Emerging Pastoral Openings

posted by xscot mcknight

I don’t do this as a rule, but I will post advertisements of pastoral openings that come my way.

Weekly Meanderings

posted by xscot mcknight

About blogging… I saw a post with TSK last week, and it worried me. It stated that too much posting is not good. Well, I’m guilty. Here’s what I try to do when I can keep it up: first, I […]

Piemonte

posted by xscot mcknight

Here are two pictures from the Piemonte region. The first is the grocer who took care of us in every way, telling us which shops to visit and what kind of wines to purchase. On top of that, her two […]

Risotto al Basilico

posted by xscot mcknight

While in the Ligurian area of Italy, we learned how good basil (basilico) pestos can be. So, it was my intent when we returned to learn how to make a pesto properly, to good taste, and to learn how to […]

This has been a stimulating

posted by xscot mcknight

This has been a stimulating week for me in looking at this age-old question: Was Mary perpetually virginal? Today I want to look at three pieces of biblical evidence on this question, sorting out what can be known from what […]

Ira’s Sauce

posted by xscot mcknight

Kris and I have had three meals with Ira Rounsaville‘s sauce, and we have to give it our heartiest recommendation, and I want to pass it on to you. Ira, if you remember, was at The Emmaus Community church where […]

Through the Law?

posted by xscot mcknight

Romans 4:9-12 showed that circumcision came along after faith. Now Paul equates the circumcision of those verses with the “Law” (4:13). Law creates its own world as can be seen in this:

J. Frye’s Jesus the Pastor 6

posted by xscot mcknight

When I opened J. Frye’s Jesus the Pastor Wednesday evening for the next reading, I sighed because it was about “spiritual disciplines.” I remember the days when no one, and I mean no one I knew of, had ever heard […]

Do you believe in Mary’s perpetual virginity? 4

posted by xscot mcknight

Tomorrow I’ll post my own view of Mary’s perpetual virginity. But today we need to look at Jerome, who is perhaps the first major theologian to deal with our question — was Mary perpetually virgin? He does so in polemics […]

J. Frye’s Jesus the Pastor 5

posted by xscot mcknight

One of the reasons I’m blogging through this book is that it was written by a pastor, and it is important for me to understand more deeply what pastors think and do. Chp. 6 deals with the heart of pastoral […]

A Cut Above?

posted by xscot mcknight

Sorry, the title to this post is some old humor about circumcision. While 4:4-8 could be seen as the show-stopper for the New Perspective, 4:9 actually turns the lights on for its show. How so? Because, after positing a “faith” […]

My Theology

posted by xscot mcknight

I took that test I linked to in the Weekly Meanderings last Saturday, and this is what showed up. I’d not characterize myself this way, but maybe you took it too. At any rate, I have purchased Finney’s 2-volume theology, […]

Do you believe in Mary’s perpetual virginity? 3

posted by xscot mcknight

Two days ago I observed that there is an early and widespread belief in Mary’s perpetual virginity in the Church. Today I want to begin to begin looking more particularly at the debates and actual comments by the early theologians. […]

J. Frye’s Jesus the Pastor 4

posted by xscot mcknight

Do you think Jesus depended on the Spirit? That is the subject of Frye’s fifth chapter, and it is a good chapter. Once again, very good stories in this chapter envelop the basic biblical discussion of whether or not Jesus […]

Will it be Reckoning, or will it be Gift?

posted by xscot mcknight

Paul speaks in Romans 4:4-8 theoretically about “works” and he does so in such a way that “faith” becomes theoretically opposed to “works.” This is important for understanding the New Perspective, and what Paul does here is compare a “reckoning” […]

Who Deserves the Summer off?

posted by xscot mcknight

Public school teachers, that’s who. Laura Barringer, our daughter, finished her school year of teaching last week. She’s a first grade teacher in the area. Public school teachers go at it, more or less, from the middle of August to […]

J. Frye’s Jesus the Pastor 3

posted by xscot mcknight

Where does the pastor, and nearly every one I’ve met has struggles with this one, find his or her identity? John Frye, in Jesus the Pastor, weaves together one big biblical idea with personal realities to frame a solid answer […]

Do you believe in Mary’s perpetual virginity? 2

posted by xscot mcknight

Yesterday’s post provided a smattering of evidence, and drew some good response (especially from Dennis Martin and Jim Martin — no relations!) that anticipates where we have to go in this series, but the evidence is clear: there was an […]

Starting with Abraham

posted by xscot mcknight

More often than we may realize, the argument Paul had with others was about how to read the Bible best. Where to start?, was a major question. It sure seems to me that Paul faced many who thought the Bible […]

The Best Singing Emerging Church

posted by xscot mcknight

I write out of ignorance, but The Emmaus Community may well be the best singing emerging church in the world. How do I know? I don’t except to say this: if singing gets better than this it would be world-known! […]

Do you believe in the perpetual virginity of Mary? 1

posted by xscot mcknight

Now before you click to the next blog, give this question some thought. The traditional viewpoint of the Roman Catholics and the Eastern Orthodox is that Mary was a virgin when she conceived (called the virginal conception) and, after her […]

J. Frye’s Jesus the Pastor 2

posted by xscot mcknight

John Frye’s excellent, Jesus the Pastor, raises two major issues, the value and role of seminary education and the meaning of “pastoring.” Here’s the question John provoked for me: If you could make one change in a seminary education, what […]

Roasting the Boasting

posted by xscot mcknight

“Where, then, is boasting?” N.T. Wright is forthright in this section of his commentary on the value of letting Paul be Paul (to use an expression from Jimmy Dunn). In particular, here are the things Wright thinks Paul denies: that […]

Prayer for the Week

posted by xscot mcknight

From the BCP as printed this week in Phyillis Tickle, The Divine Hours. We need to pray more for the Church. Keep, O Lord, your household the Church in your steadfast faith and love, that through your grace each of […]

Reading in Italy

posted by xscot mcknight

Somehow, Kris always manages to take a picture when I’m reading. The first is an early morning shot from our villa high up into the hills of Comogli and the second in Santa Margherita. I was reading Jaroslav Pelikan’s Mary […]

Weekly Meanderings

posted by xscot mcknight

I’ve changed the name from our weekly “Blogs of the Week” to “Weekly Meanderings” because we don’t restrict the post to blogs. After a week off while we were away, we start up again. Enjoy. Along with a change in […]

J. Frye’s Jesus the Pastor 1

posted by xscot mcknight

I will be looking at John Frye’s 2000 book Jesus the Pastor: Leading Others in the Character and Power of Christ for a while. John challenges pastors in this book to look to Jesus, not just to pastoral theories and […]

Manarola

posted by xscot mcknight

The Cinque Terra villages, to one degree or the other, rise from the shore onto the steep slopes. They are each a port city, but their claim is their unique culture and cuisine along with their near inaccessibility by car. […]

Paul’s Pregnant Text

posted by xscot mcknight

Romans 3:21-26 is the most significant text in the history of Christian theology, for it shaped Augustine, Luther and Calvin, Barth, and nearly every major theologian in history. It is true that today there is a significant questioning going on […]

The Debate about Mary, Mother of Jesus

posted by xscot mcknight

What do you really think of Mary? Most Protestants know far too little about Mary, and often don’t even know that the Immaculate Conception (Mary’s) is not the same as the virginal conception (Jesus’). I expect to be posting occasionally […]

Evening on the Porch

posted by xscot mcknight

It was Kris’ birthday yesterday, and Laura and Mark came up for dinner on the porch. I made mushroom caps filled with basil, a salad, and I cooked up Chinese in the wok. Then we went for a long walk […]

Works of the Law

posted by xscot mcknight

Here’s an expression that has the Pauline scholarly world in a stir: “works of the Law.” Let me break the options into two groups, with all sorts of variations overlooked, and suggest that how you understand this expression shapes how […]

Santa Margherita and Portofino

posted by xscot mcknight

Here are some pictures from two lovely cities we visited. We began the day, after a 4 minute train ride (which was better than a 45 minute drive to the same location), with a nice cup of latte in the […]

MLB Draft

posted by xscot mcknight

As many of you know, our son (Lukas) is a scout for the Chicago Cubs. What do they do? Let me tell ya:

Monterosso

posted by xscot mcknight

The first village of the Cinque Terra (five cities/places) that we visited was the farthest west, Monterosso. It was the largest, and had the only real beach. Here’s a few pics. (If you click on the thumbnail, it will open […]

No One

posted by xscot mcknight

Paul returns to his previous question: “Do we [Jews] have any advantage?” Previously, in 3:2, he said “Much in every way!” Now Paul says, “Not at all!” The advantage is that the Jews were entrusted with the oracles of God. […]

R.D. Moore’s Kingdom of Christ 5

posted by xscot mcknight

In this last post on Russell Moore’s book on the kingdom, I want to look at the heart of his last chp and then offer some concluding observations.

What I like most about Summer

posted by xscot mcknight

Some of you live in a part of this good world of ours where the weather doesn’t change that much, so you have great weather all the time. Others of us know what the change of seasons means to our […]

Camogli

posted by xscot mcknight

Our villa was up that mountain about 75% of the way; in other words, off the top of this picture. The village is Camogli and it is pronounced “cu-mol-yi.” The second picture is of Kris having dinner at one of […]

R.D. Moore’s Kingdom of Christ 4

posted by xscot mcknight

The next chp of Russell Moore’s study of kingdom concerns ecclesiology: With the new unity being achieved beyond traditional dispensationalism and covenant theology, there arises the issue of what the church should look like. Once again, Moore has landed on […]

So why be a Jew?

posted by xscot mcknight

Anyone who hears with the ears of a 1st Century Jew, regardless of what that person thought of Paul, would ask the question that opens up Romans 3: “What advantage, then, is there in being a Jew, or what value […]

Bellagio

posted by xscot mcknight

Here are pictures of Bellagio, a village on Lake Como. The first is from our hotel room, the second at the edge of the peninsula. The third was our favorite walking promenade along the lake.

R.D. Moore’s Kingdom of Christ 3

posted by xscot mcknight

Let me begin by provoking with a question: Is Russell Moore’s proposal in chp 3 an emerging proposal? Is his proposal that there is a way beyond traditionist dispensationalism and traditionist covenant theologians a “purple” theology? Is it post-dispensational and […]

The Inward Jew

posted by xscot mcknight

So, if Paul contends that it is not about possessing the Torah but doing the Torah, who then is the “true Jew”? Paul’s words in Romans 2:25-29, so I think, would have been heard as nothing short of shocking:

Shoes tell the tale

posted by xscot mcknight

Some time back I suggested you could tell which males were emerging and which weren’t by whether or not you see a belt. If there was a belt visible, shirt tucked in, etc., emerging was a stretch. We found another […]

To Tattoo or not to Tattoo?

posted by xscot mcknight

I confess I am of a certain age, and that age was certain that tattoos were not to be had. Well, that prohibition of tattoos no longer obtains either for those of my “certain age” or for the newer generation. […]

New Opportunity

posted by xscot mcknight

While Kris and I were in Italy, Alise Barrymore, the former campus minister at North Park and who is starting up a new community church with James King, wrote and asked us to come down to speak about The DaVinci […]

Back home

posted by xscot mcknight

We got up Saturday morning at 4:15am for a 5am drive up to Milano from our place in Camogli. (5am Sat morning in Camogli is 10pm Friday night in Chicago time.) We had heard it would take as much as […]

Blog Tour

posted by xscot mcknight

Paraclete Press is announcing a “blog tour” where each day a review will appear about Praying with the Church. Let’s make this a conversation about learning about prayer. (You can get a free Jesus Creed if you buy a Praying […]

Vernazza

posted by xscot mcknight

We drove yesterday (Thurs) through the hilly wine country south of Alba, got to Monteforte di’ Alba, stopped in a cafe to have a cafe latte, and then lolled our way down to the Autostrade to head to our place […]

R.D. Moore’s Kingdom of Christ 2

posted by xscot mcknight

I would say the second chp of Russell Moore’s The Kingdom of the Christ is the finest survey of how eschatology and kingdom have been studied by evangelicals, both dispensational and covenant, in the 20th Century. I lived through most […]

“The Jew” and the Law

posted by xscot mcknight

Paul has words for fellow Jews — and strong words they are. Romans 2:17-29 is hard-hitting moral indictment against Jews who (1) have the Torah, (2) know the privilege of having that Torah, but (3) who do not live the […]

Alba

posted by xscot mcknight

Kris and I had a great afternoon yesterday in Lucca, walking the wall and visiting the churches. And today we are in Alba, much farther inland and our trip here this morning involved a glorious trip up A6 with the […]

The Law within

posted by xscot mcknight

One of Paul’s goals, as we know if we’ve spent much time in Romans, is to contend that everyone, whether Jew or Gentile, falls short, comes up empty, is sinful. But Romans 2:12-16 goes beyond that to argue that the […]

R.D. Moore’s Kingdom of Christ 1

posted by xscot mcknight

What do Russell D. Moore, a professor at Southern Seminary, and Brian McLaren, a major voice in the emerging church movement, have in common? A lot I will suggest today — and it that “a lot” has to do with […]

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