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Weekly Meanderings

posted by xscot mcknight

I’ll be adding to this Weekly Meanderings, at the request of others, a brief on speaking engagements for the week. This week (Oct 2 and 3) we have Phyllis Tickle at North Park giving the Zarley Lectures. The lectures are […]

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Praying with the Church

posted by xscot mcknight

I want to begin a new tradition for our Saturday blog. I encourage you to post your prayer requests, speak up of your answers to prayers, or simply record some prayers for others. So many have written about such matters […]

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Friday is for Friends

posted by xscot mcknight

There was a day when maintaining friendships meant typing a letter, sealing it in an envelope, stamping it, and dropping it in the mail. It took some time, and such “snail mail” has become a lost art for most of […]

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Do Calvinists understand Arminianism? 3

posted by xscot mcknight

Myth #2: a hybrid of Calvinism and Arminianism is possible. Instead, Olson argues, the two systems are incommensurable systems of theology.

Romans 13 and Government 5

posted by xscot mcknight

Romans 13:5 is a near echo of a saying of Jesus: “Therefore, it is necessary to submit [live within the order] to the authorities … because of conscience.” Here’s what Jesus said in Matthew 17:26-27: “Then the sons are exempt […]

Good news about Bob

posted by xscot mcknight

Linda : UNBELIEVABLE!!!!! Bob was taken off the ventilator at 1 this am (yes, that is now 17 hours ago, about 8 hours after the surgery finished! He is awake and SOOOOO happy!!

Women and Ministry: Hermeneutics

posted by xscot mcknight

In 1992, on the 11th of November, the General Synod of the Church of England voted by a majority of more than 2 to 1 to ordain women to the priesthood in the Church of England. That vote raised considerable […]

Romans 13 and Government 4

posted by xscot mcknight

Rebelling against authorities is rebellion against God — so Paul at Romans 13:2-4. Tom Wright contends that Paul is looking at the authorities as part of “God’s intended order” and “not its corruputions.” Paul, of course, would learn the rough […]

Do Calvinists understand Arminianism? 2

posted by xscot mcknight

Myth #1: Arminian theology is the opposite of Calvinist/Reformed theology. This is not true: Arminius and most of his followers are part of the broad Reformation movement and there is common ground.

Speaking on condition of anonymity

posted by xscot mcknight

We read this frequently in our newspapers: “speaking on condition of anonymity.” What does it mean? I suggest the following, but wonder what you think when you hear this expression in a newspaper or TV report:

Romans 13 and Government 3

posted by xscot mcknight

How, Tom Wright asks, can Paul ask his readers to submit to the authorities if the authorities have now been defeated by Christ’s death and resurrection? A few points:

Pray for Bob

posted by xscot mcknight

Bob Robinson is having surgery. Let’s pray for him and Linda and his children. May God’s healing grace rest on them.

Gospel and church

posted by xscot mcknight

In my two lectures (MP3) at Grand Rapids Theological Seminary, I addressed the gospel and the church. But I must say this: GRTS, under the careful eyes of both President Doug Fagerstrom and Peter Osborn, know how to do things […]

Women in Ministry: Phyllis Tickle

posted by xscot mcknight

One of the themes I will try to develop in this haphazard series on Women and ministry is that “minstry” can’t be limited to ordination and serving as a senior pastor in a local church. In fact, I want to […]

Romans 13 and Government 2

posted by xscot mcknight

In our two-day introduction to Romans 13:1-7, we now turn to Wright’s taxonomy of how folks read this passage. The questions are easy, if doubly hard to answer: Which is your view? Why?

Do Calvinists understand Arminianism? 1

posted by xscot mcknight

The answer, in general, is no. (I need to say that gently as I am in Grand Rapids today to give some lectures.) So argues Roger Olson is his brand-new must-read Arminian Theology. I’ll do a series on this book. […]

Scriptures and Scripture: African American

posted by xscot mcknight

Social context shapes how we read the Bible, and the 16th chp in J. Holcomb’s Christian Theologies of Scripture is written by L.B. Baldwin and S.W. Murphy on how Scripture works in the African American tradition. I’ve posted on this […]

Romans 13 and Government

posted by xscot mcknight

Wright’s introductory comments about Romans 13:1-7 are so suggestive, I want to take two days to ponder them. I begin today by quoting the passage and then offering an introductory point by Wright that I think we simply have to […]

Pray for Steve’s mom

posted by xscot mcknight

Steve McCoy, in our family of bloggers, posts a picture of his mother who has been diagnosed with cancer. Please pray for her and for Steve and all around them.

Prayer for the Week

posted by xscot mcknight

Lord, You have always given bread for the coming day; and though I am poor, today I believe.

Weekly Meanderings

posted by xscot mcknight

The best blog not enough are reading: Michael Kruse and the Kruse Kronicle. He’s got good, thoughtful stuff, and he keeps blogging away. Bob Robinson on the prosperity gospel.

Crossroads in Minnesota

posted by xscot mcknight

I am at Crossroads College in Rochester, MN, and am honored to have been chosen to give the Earl Grice Lectures, and my subject is atonement. I have been hosted by Mark Weedman and Mike Benson, and they have been […]

Friday is for Friends

posted by xscot mcknight

The conversation of friends, the great Samuel Johnson once said, is nothing more than a “calm interchange of sentiments.” And Joseph Epstein, in his Friendship: An Expose, devotes an entire chp to the talk of friends. Here’s how he defines […]

Regarding your enemies

posted by xscot mcknight

Wright agrees with the majority: Romans 12:14-21 shifts to a concern with outsiders, and evidently to a kind of outsider that has an impact inside. He now addresses how the community of faith should respond to its opponents and persecutors.

20somethings and “Sustainable Faith”

posted by xscot mcknight

A new study by The Barna Group (Ventura, California) shows that despite strong levels of spiritual activity during the teen years, most twentysomethings disengage from active participation in the Christian faith during their young adult years – and often beyond […]

Women in Ministry: Scripture and Feminism

posted by xscot mcknight

A nice convergence: our series on Women in Ministry and on Scriptures and Scripture converge in the chapter by Pamela Cochran on “Scripture, Feminism, and Sexuality.”

Random Commands

posted by xscot mcknight

In Romans 12:9-13 Paul provides what NT Wright calls a “more general list of ways in which individual Christians and groups or churches are to behave” (711). He observes they are connected to building one another up.

To me or for me?

posted by xscot mcknight

Some see education solely in terms of professional training. College, so they think, will prepare them for a job — and the more money the better. There’s another element, far more important, behind and beyond the professional nature of college […]

Spiritual Gifts: A List?

posted by xscot mcknight

I have a question for you today about the various lists of spiritual gifts in the NT. I will give here the list in Romans, but we can then look to 1 Cor 12, Eph 4 and 1 Peter, and […]

Women in Ministry: Feminization of the Church?

posted by xscot mcknight

One of the challenges women face in ministry today is the accusation of the feminization of the church. There are a variety of platforms on which this accusation is hurled, but each of the platforms works against women in ministry.

Scriptures and Scripture: Balthasar

posted by xscot mcknight

A theologian with an enormous impact but whom I’ve barely read is Hans Urs van Balthasar. In Justin Holcomb’s Christian Theologies of Scripture, the essay on Balthasar is written by a specialist, W.T. Dickens. The question he provokes is this […]

Disciplined Thinking

posted by xscot mcknight

Romans 12:3 “stresses,” according to N.T. Wright, “the role of disciplined thinking as being at the very root of basic Christian living.” I can’t detail it here, but it would not be hard for us to think of how many […]

To Single or Not to Single?

posted by xscot mcknight

I had a fantastic conversation recently with Steve Burdan about singles, singles again, and the single lifestyle. He heads up a ministry with singles of all ages called Full Life Chicago.

Scriptures and Scripture: Karl Barth

posted by xscot mcknight

Here is a question that occurs to anyone sensitive to interpreting the Bible: Is the event itself — say the crossing of the Red Sea or the exile/return or the incarnation or the death or the resurrection of Jesus — […]

Non-conformity

posted by xscot mcknight

According to N.T. Wright, Romans 12:2 “stands alongside [12:1] as the head of the whole section [12-15].” Paul’s point: those who are in Christ are to live in this world as if they were in the New World. Just as […]

Give me some kind of “Lovie”

posted by xscot mcknight

Da Bears! An awesome display on both sides of the ball this week. Rex Grossman is showing he’s figured out the QB spot.

Michigan!

posted by xscot mcknight

As many of you know, a major sports rivalry was had in the Midwest yesterday. Notre Dame vs. Michigan, at ND — and here’s a memento.

Prayer for the Week

posted by xscot mcknight

O God, because without you we are not able to please you, mercifully grant that your Holy Spirit may in all things direct and rule our hearts; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the […]

Weekly Meanderings

posted by xscot mcknight

The conservationists and farmers in Colorado are at odds again over prairie dogs. The “rodenator” is the newest device designed to exterminate prairie dogs. There’s got to be a better solution than blowing up those cute little dogs, and I’m […]

Yum

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Friday is for Friends

posted by xscot mcknight

Are your friendship within a “clique,” a “clan,” or a “community”? Joseph Epstein’s 13th chapter in Friendship: An Expose, explores friendship through these three categories. Where are yours?

Transforming Sacrifice

posted by xscot mcknight

At least once a semester, often more than that, I am asked if the earliest Christians continued to sacrifice animals at the Temple. I guess that probably some did, but the “redemptive trend” (if I might borrow from a book […]

When Familes Fall Apart

posted by xscot mcknight

Once or twice a year a student in my office informs me that his or her parents are getting divorced or going through serious marital issues. One student was overwhelmed by the gravity of her situation: After explaining that she […]

The Real Mary: Sample Chapter

posted by xscot mcknight

Extended Offer! There is now a sample chapter available and a special sale discount. Paraclete has had such a good response that they are extending the offer to join the Street Team for The Real Mary until September 18th.

Scriptures and Scripture 3

posted by xscot mcknight

What is the proper order? Do we believe in Scripture because we believe in Christ — as a result of preaching and the illumination of the Spirit? Or, do we believe in Christ because we believe in the Scriptures? Did […]

Inscrutable

posted by xscot mcknight

Paul knows God’s ways are unsearchable and inscrutable, and it behooves each one of us to bow before the ways of God in this world. About the time we think we’ve got God’s ways figured out, we discover that there […]

Women in Ministry: Ruth Tucker

posted by xscot mcknight

Ruth Tucker is a former colleague of mine from my days at Trinity and she is the co-author of the very influential Daughters of the Church (with Walt Liefeld). Ruth is an excellent teacher, writer about women’s issues, a columnist, […]

In-God, Un-God 3

posted by xscot mcknight

In LeRon Shults’ book, Reforming the Doctrine of God, the 4th chp takes on “God as First Cause,” and once again puts the way this has been understood to the test of whether it measures up to the biblical concept […]

Irrevocable

posted by xscot mcknight

God’s promise to Israel — that covenant promise that begins at Genesis 12 — is, according to Paul, “irrevocable” (Rom. 11:29). What is now will not be the way things always will be. As Gentiles have now been moved into […]

Woman in Ministry

posted by xscot mcknight

This will be the first in a series of posts on women in ministry — as long as everyone behaves. Some of these will pertain to specific issues women face who are in ministries, some will be about biblical texts […]

Scriptures and Scripture 2

posted by xscot mcknight

In this series on how Scripture has been understood in the history of the Church, we will be reading through J.S. Holcomb’s Christian Theologies of Scripture. Today’s post will make brief remarks about Aquinas, Luther, Calvin, the Catholic Reform (Counter […]

All Israel 2

posted by xscot mcknight

Who is Israel in the “all Israel” will be saved (Rom. 11:26)? There are three basic options: 1. Spiritual Israel: the Church and all (elected) Jews who believe in Jesus as Messiah. 2. Ethnic Jews: either those at the time […]

Robert Webber and the AEF Call

posted by xscot mcknight

Sad news about Robert Webber: Bob needs your prayers! Recently he has been diagnosed with pancreatic cancer. There is a service of healing and prayer scheduled for Monday Sept 11, 2006 at Bob’s church: Harbert Community Church, Harbert, MI at […]

Growing Pains: The Purpose-Driven Church Model

posted by xscot mcknight

Now comes a newspaper article.… that discusses church splits over the adaptation of the Purpose-Driven model of Rick Warren. Read the article if you haven’t.

In-God, Un-God 2

posted by xscot mcknight

We rightly call God “person,” but what is meant by calling God “person”? In LeRon Shults, Reforming the Doctrine of God, the history of how theologians have understood “person” is sketched. Revealingly. Ponder this statement: “… the question is not […]

All Israel

posted by xscot mcknight

“And so all Israel will be saved.” Romans 11:26 has created more than its share of debates, so let’s just solve it today and tomorrow! 8)

Prayer for the Week

posted by xscot mcknight

Many of us — and I wish even more than that — will recite the Lord’s Prayer today as a community of faith. Here’s a liturgical shaping of that prayer so that it reflects the Jesus Creed:

Pieces of Glass

posted by xscot mcknight

This is Kris, a guest blogger for the day. My favorite type of book is a memoir, and I recently read a new book by Sarah Kay called Pieces of Glass. This is a young woman’s story of tragedy who […]

Weekly Meanderings

posted by xscot mcknight

News that Steve Irwin, famous Croc man, has died saddens us. The story grew all week. While in Oz … Andrew Hamilton has a 4-part series of his interaction with D.A. Carson on things emerging. Carson says what is “emerging” […]

Friday is for Friends

posted by xscot mcknight

A person begins a conversation, a letter, an introduction, or an e-mail with a “I know you’re busy” or “I know lots of people would like to have your time” or, with what is really at the bottom of it, […]

Take the Opportunity: The Real Mary

posted by xscot mcknight

This Christmas Hollywood is handing us an opportunity we simply have to seize: for the better part of at least 200 years most Protestants have ignored Mary as if she were an exotic aunt who shows up for the entire […]

Be Careful!

posted by xscot mcknight

Paul has a concern that his Gentile readers will become proud of their inclusion in the family of God, in the covenant God made with Israel — as he said of Jews/Israel, and he is also concerned that this arrogance […]

Special Offer on The Real Mary

posted by xscot mcknight

Five years ago, standing at the blackboard in my Jesus of Nazareth class, I read the Magnificat –the song of Mary, mother of Jesus — aloud with as much force as I could. I then asked this question: “What kind […]

Vocational Angst 2

posted by xscot mcknight

Our conversation yesterday about vocation enlightened me and made me thankful for this blog. For me especially was the realization that I could insert into conversations with students the reality that many will change their minds over their lifetime about […]

Paul’s Missionary Strategy

posted by xscot mcknight

Paul’s missionary strategy amazes us at this juncture: his mission to the Gentiles is designed to provoke jealousy among Israel so that it, too, will turn to faith in the Messiah. And his theology shapes it all: his Gentile readers […]

Vocational Angst

posted by xscot mcknight

I routinely have students in my office who are puzzled — or lots more than that — about “what they should do” when they graduate. They wonder about vocation, about God’s will, about “the plan,” and about what they are […]

Scriptures and Scripture 1

posted by xscot mcknight

I’m doing some reading for a short piece on the doctrine of Scripture. One of the issues pressing many revolves around the unity of the Bible — is it Scripture or is it scriptures? — which provokes the question also […]

The Point of Israel’s Stumbling

posted by xscot mcknight

Paul interprets Israel’s “stumbling” as not completely permanent. Israel’s present stumbling over the stumbling-stone (Christ) benefits the Gentiles. Thus: “through their stumbling salvation has now come to the Gentiles” (Rom. 11:11).

Women in Ministry

posted by xscot mcknight

For a long time I’ve wanted to do a series on women in ministry, but not only is a blog not the ideal place for such a series, many of us get so riled up that conversation slips all too […]

In-God, Un-God 1

posted by xscot mcknight

“In”-God and “Un”-God is my expression for the transcendence of God, the God who is so unlike the absorption of so many with an “immanent” God-who-is-alot-like-us- but just-a-little-bit-more-than-us but before whom very few sense awe. To help us forward with […]

Hardening

posted by xscot mcknight

Wright explains what Paul means by “hardening” in Romans 11:7: “What then? Israel failed to obtain what it was seeking. The elect obtained it, but the rest were hardened…” citing then Deut 29:4; Isa 29:10 and then Psalm 69:22-23. What […]

On Camps

posted by xscot mcknight

Camps and camping have been special to many of us for a long, long time. My theory about what makes camps tick — and I’d like to know your thoughts — is that they “encapsulate” people. That is, people get […]

Mission Meadows

posted by xscot mcknight

Kris and I had a wondrous time at Mission Meadows camp in Dewittville NY (on Chautauqua Lake). Family and Fellowship.

Remnant of Israel

posted by xscot mcknight

“Has God rejected his people? By no means! I myself am an Israelite…” (Rom. 11:1). The fundamental question driving Rom 9–11 is the faithfulness of God as expressed in Israel remaining within the covenant promise.

Prayer for the Week

posted by xscot mcknight

From The Celtic Daily Prayer: Christ, as a light illumine and guide me. Christ, as a shield overshadow me.

New York, New York

posted by xscot mcknight

I’m speaking at a camp this weekend on Chautauqua Lake: Mission Meadows,. Jay Baehr, the camp administrator who invited us, and his wife, Betsy (former student) are here and it has been fun to see them. Of course, we are […]

Weekly Meanderings

posted by xscot mcknight

Website: C.S. Lewis Society of California. I think lots of pastors struggle with relaxing on vacation: see Fr. Rob. Pray for him.

Friday is for Friends

posted by xscot mcknight

The 11th chapter of Epstein’s Friendship: An Expose concerns friendships with the opposite sex. He writes eloquently — why even mention his habit? — of Samuel Johnson and Hester Thrale as well as of Evelyn Waugh and Nancy Mitford. Then […]

Biblical Model for Seeker Churches

posted by xscot mcknight

The question is asked: Is there a biblical model for seeker “services”? Indeed, one could say there is. Paul’s address to the Athenians on the Areopagus (Acts 17:16-33). Let us see what we can learn about a “seeker sensitive” and […]

So if the gospel is for all…

posted by xscot mcknight

Then we need preachers of the gospel! That’s how I read Romans 10:11-17. What is more, in the context of 10:18-21, this gospel preaching about Jesus Christ is to designed to provoke “Israel” — who is Israel? — to faith. […]

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