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Letters to Emerging Christians

posted by xscot mcknight

Dear Holly, What you tell me about your older brother doesn’t surprise me, but I agree with you that it is really sad. It’s not very often that things like this are so clear — your brother is working in […]

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North Point Speaking Event

posted by xscot mcknight

On March 17, I’ll be speaking at North Point Community Church in Atlanta, primarily to their Starting Point leaders. I’ll be speaking about the nature of the gospel and how we can best engage our culture. North Point has made […]

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Right God, Right Love

posted by xscot mcknight

The psalmist believes God is righteous and has spoken words in Torah that are right and that can guide God’s people. But those two convictions are at odds with others: they evidently don’t believe either of his convictions. How does […]

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Are Catastrophes God’s judgments?

posted by xscot mcknight

Here’s my simple contention: if you believe God is in control of all, then you are driven to think either (1) that catastrophes are divine judgments or (2) that God has surrendered “control” to cosmic or human forces. When 9/11 […]

Science, Faith, and Vern Poythress 2

posted by xscot mcknight

This is part two of RJS’s review of Vern Poythress, Redeeming Science. Vern Poythress in his book Redeeming Science begins with a thoroughly Christian worldview. God is the creator of the world. Everything came into being by Him and through […]

Right God, Right Trust

posted by xscot mcknight

Not only are the mishpatim — commands, rulings, judgments — of God right, but also the adot — statutes — are righteous. God is right — he is a righteous God. Therefore, what God says is right — what God […]

Was Jesus Married? One More Time

posted by xscot mcknight

The news story coming out today that they have found the tomb of Jesus, that Jesus was married to a woman named Mary (presumed then to be Mary Magdalene), and that they had a son named Judah, will surely raise […]

Lent: On the Way to the Cross 2

posted by xscot mcknight

Expectations. We all have them. Expectations can control us; they usually shape us. What are our expectations? Lent can transform our expectations. Consider Mary and Peter as their expectations were transformed.

New Monasticism

posted by xscot mcknight

There is a movement underway, in some places quite significant and in others not yet significant, but it seems to be growing. It can threaten, it can transform, and it can provoke. It is called “new monasticism.” I’m wondering if […]

Greensboro with Tony Jones

posted by xscot mcknight

Tripp Fuller and Zach Roberts, two leaders for the campus ministries at University of North Carolina-Greensboro, invited Tony Jones and me to the campus this weekend for a “conversation” on Keeping Jesus Revolutionary. Here are some random thoughts and happenings:

Right God, Right Laws

posted by xscot mcknight

Psalm 119:137-144, each verse beginning with the Hebrew letter tsade, revolves around familiar themes for those who read Psalm 119: the Law of God is right, the psalmist is committed to observing the Law of God, his enemies are a […]

Nice Event

posted by xscot mcknight

Kris and I are in Greensboro, NC. I’ll post about our event at UNC Greensboro early this week, but I must mention this. Our flight Saturday night back to Chicago was cancelled — bad weather in Chicago. So, we called […]

Prayer for the Week

posted by xscot mcknight

First Sunday in Lent Almighty God, whose blessed Son was led by the Spirit to be tempted by Satan; Come quickly to help us who are assaulted by many temptations; and, as you know the weaknesses of each of us, […]

Weekly Meanderings

posted by xscot mcknight

On March 1st I speak at the Shift Conference at Willow, and then we fly that night to Portland for a nice event called Crossing Borders on developing missional churches.

Dugout Wisdom

posted by xscot mcknight

Dale Berra, son of the famous Yogi Berra, was regularly compared to his father. Once he observed, “Our similarities our different.” (And who was on the AFLAC commercial?) Sounds like his dad’s famous “A nickel ain’t worth a dime anymore.” […]

Friday is for Friends

posted by xscot mcknight

Spiritual disciplines, normally taken to be individualistic disciplines, are given a new boost by Darryl Tippens in his new book, Pilgrim Heart. How so? Disciplines are also needed to promote an ecclesial spirituality — disciplines that create community. It is […]

Book Notes

posted by xscot mcknight

1. Beate Epp, one of our readers and occasional commenter (and artist), has a nice book for kids on horses: I gave the book to a friend whose daughter loves horses. Here is her comment: “A charming story, perfect for […]

Bible words: Decrees

posted by xscot mcknight

The sixth word for Torah in this section of Psalm 119 is “decrees” (huqqim), words of binding force and permanence — inscribed forever now that they are written in the Torah. Commitment to such permanence brings the psalmist the sense […]

Letters to Emerging Christians

posted by xscot mcknight

Dear Matt, I agree with you. The Church is sometimes too critical, too judgmental, and sometimes known too much for what it is against than what is for. And I agree that sometimes perfectly wonderful people — friends and family […]

Jesus Creed, the Movie Star

posted by xscot mcknight

Scot, Not sure if you are much of a movie goer, but a friend and I just went to see the movie Breach and there is a section in the movie where the main characters are in a catholic bookstore. […]

Bible words: Promise and Precept

posted by xscot mcknight

Psalm 119:133-134 uses two more words for the Torah: promises (imra) and precepts (piqud). Imra can mean “word” but “promissory word” is a little better. Implications are obvious: Torah is promissory word and preceptual word in order to guide the […]

Women in Ministry: Are you Biblical?

posted by xscot mcknight

In teaching this course on Women, Mary, and Jesus, I have been working my way through some crucial texts as the biblical and historical context for what we read about Mary and about women in the earliest churches. Here’s a […]

On the Way to the Cross

posted by xscot mcknight

I want to spend some time this Lenten season reflecting how we naturally walk with Mary and Peter to the Cross, to Easter and then on to Pentecost. When I wrote The Real Mary, the one theme that came home […]

Credit, Debit, PIN, Oh My!

posted by xscot mcknight

When I got back from New Orleans, I saw that Kris had laid out a new credit card for me to use. On our walk Friday morning, I asked if that card was a new credit card — to which […]

Bible words: Commandments

posted by xscot mcknight

The third word used for Torah in Psalm 119:129-136 is “commandments” (mitzvot; v. 131). Attached to v. 131 is v. 132: because the psalmist longs for God’s mitzvot and because that longing expresses the psalmist’s love (v. 132b), he implores […]

Science, Faith, and Vern Poythress

posted by xscot mcknight

I received a copy of a book that I could not review intelligently. It is by Vern Poythress and it is on science and faith, so I asked my friend, RJS (a science professor at a research institution), if she’d […]

Church at East 91st Street

posted by xscot mcknight

Kris and I drove down to Indianapolis (home of the Colts) from Chicago (da Bears) Saturday afternoon because I was invited to speak at East 91st Street Church. Quite a set up and we had a wonderful time — the […]

Portland (OR) Speaking Event

posted by xscot mcknight

I will be speaking at an event in Portland on Saturday, March 3. The event is called Crossing Borders, and I will be speaking twice — once in the afternoon to the youth and then in the evening to everyone […]

Bible words: Word

posted by xscot mcknight

In Psalm 119:129-136 the psalmist uses seven different words to describe the Torah: today we look at the second word. It is “word/s” (devar). Psalm 119:130: “The unfolding of your words gives light; it gives understanding to the simple.”

Forgotten Missional Ways 4

posted by xscot mcknight

Anyone who begins a chp with this quotation from TS Eliot has my attention: “The greatest proof of Christianity for others is not how far a man can logically analyze his reasons for believing, but how far in practice he […]

Happy Birthday Luke!

posted by xscot mcknight

Luke turns 27 today, and if you have a yen for it, visit his site and wish him a Happy Birthday! We don’t always know where he’ll be on birthdays anymore — I think he might be in North Carolina […]

On Reading habits

posted by xscot mcknight

I got a letter from a pastor up in Seattle, and in it he had these questions: –how many book do you usually have going at a time? –how do you mark-up/make notes in your books? –how do you file/make […]

Bible words: Statutes

posted by xscot mcknight

Psalm 119:129-136 (letter pe) expresses two things: various words of the Bible (seven different ones) and the wonderful delight the psalmist finds in them. The first word mentioned is “statutes” (‘edot). He finds the edot of God wonderful and therefore […]

Prayer for the Week

posted by xscot mcknight

Lent begins Wednesday. Here is Ephrem’s Lenten prayer, one we can use throughout this Lenten season: O Lord and Master of my life, take from me the spirit of sloth, despair, lust of power, and idle talk. But give rather […]

Weekly Meanderings

posted by xscot mcknight

We’ll be down in North Carolina speaking at an emerging event with Tony Jones late next week; the event is called Keeping Jesus Revolutionary. And, as I said last week, we are in Indianapolis Sunday at East 91st Street Church.

Dugout Wisdom

posted by xscot mcknight

Jimmy Piersall, famous broadcaster with the White Sox and well-known for saying that he was “sane and had paper to prove it,” on hitting his 100th home run and running the bases backward: “That way I can see where I […]

Friday is for Friends

posted by xscot mcknight

Emptying – not a word often heard these days — is the first “discipline” Darryl Tippens discusses in his excellent study of the sorts of spiritual disciplines that we need to develop in community. Remember, this is a book about […]

Is Emergence the 60s all over again?

posted by xscot mcknight

This question has been asked more than once, but a colleague of mine at the seminary wrote me and said this:

Integrity as Self-identity

posted by xscot mcknight

Christian conversion is the transformation of one’s own identity in relationship to Jesus Christ. One “self-identifies” in relationship to Jesus Christ. The psalmist self-identifies as:

Redemptive Trend: Response to Grudem

posted by xscot mcknight

Last week I posted a basic summary of Grudem’s response to the redemptive trend hermeneutic or the redemptive movement hermeneutic (RMH). This week I want to offer a response to Grudem, and I welcome your comments.

I love the Baptists of New Orleans

posted by xscot mcknight

Not that I know them all, but I had a splendid time at New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary. Here’s my account:

Integrity as Demand

posted by xscot mcknight

In Psalm 119:126, the psalmist informs God that “It is time for you to act, YHWH.” Why? “Your law is being broken.” We are back to the integrity of vv. 121-122 and the appeal he made there: now his appeal […]

What do Emergents Believe?

posted by xscot mcknight

Bob Webber has now edited a volume called Listening to the Beliefs of Emerging Churches (Zondervan). If you’d like to enter into the muck and rake of emerging theology, this is one place to do so — a good example […]

First Class Fun

posted by xscot mcknight

When I got to O’Hare Monday morning for my flight to New Orleans — knowing there was snow and some bad weather — I tried to change my flight to an earlier time but the earlier plane was already completely […]

Happy Valentine’s Day

posted by xscot mcknight

From Webster, who got cut and Shear Paradise “scarfed” him with a Valentine’s scarf:

Integrity as Service

posted by xscot mcknight

The psalmist’s integrity comes from God because his disposition before God is that of a “servant” (ebed; see vv. 122, 124, 125): 124 Deal with your servant according to your love and teach me your decrees. 125 I am your […]

What can you learn from the Emerging Church?

posted by xscot mcknight

Don’t ask me, ask Bob Whitesel. Why? His new book, Inside the Organic Church, is a journey into the emerging church movement, which he calls the “organic” church, and the singular highlight — part from a pleasing and fair style […]

A Lenten Series

posted by xscot mcknight

For Lent this year, I want to do a series that weaves together the “story” of Peter with the “story” of Mary. The two of them, so I hope to show, struggle with the Cross and it is that “story” […]

Integrity as Yearning

posted by xscot mcknight

Psalm 119:123 is a little tricky: “My eyes fail, looking for your salvation, looking for your righteous promise.” Is the psalmist despairing and at the end of his hope or is he yearning intensively? The Hebrew word here (qalah) can […]

Forgotten Missional Ways 3

posted by xscot mcknight

We had a friend who used to be a major sales rep for Encyclopedia Brittanica. Alas, the invasion of the internet “shelved” the old Brittanica ways and his job — to survive Brittanica went online. Alan Hirsch, in The Forgotten […]

Jesus Creed Letter

posted by xscot mcknight

At times I open letters I get from readers. Some time back I got a note from Lori with this statement in it: “Anyway, Jesus somehow put my dad, my husband, you and Oprah in a mix to help me […]

Seattle Emerging Event

posted by xscot mcknight

Here’s a really good opportunity: we are participating in an emerging event in Seattle along with Todd Hunter, and the website is asking those who attend to suggest topics for discussion. It will be hosted by Jim Henderson and Rose […]

Integrity as Appeal

posted by xscot mcknight

In the next paragraph of Psalm 119 (vv. 121-128, each beginning with the Hebrew letter Ayin), the psalmist considers his own integrity before God from a variety of angles. He appeals to God on the basis of his own integrity, […]

Prayer for the Week

posted by xscot mcknight

From the Celtic Book of Prayer:

For Ben and Lisa

posted by xscot mcknight

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

Dugout Wisdom

posted by xscot mcknight

Dizzy Dean, a great pitcher for the Cardinals in the glory days, was known for his southern drawl and his poor grammar. Branch Rickey was the opposite and after hearing Branch wax eloquent, the ole Diz said this: “He must […]

Weekly Meanderings

posted by xscot mcknight

I’ll be in New Orleans this week lecturing at New Orleans Baptist Seminary on conversion and giving a few other less formal talks. Then next Sunday I’ll be in Indianapolis at East 91st Street for the Sunday services.

Friday is for Friends

posted by xscot mcknight

When English teachers turn to writing — turn away that is from their mounds of grading — I tend to find something to read. Why? Because they know what they are doing when putting pen to paper (or finger to […]

To whom do we pray?

posted by xscot mcknight

In my Wednesday session at the Covenant Church’s Midwinter meetings, I spoke about Praying with the Church. As I was sketching Jesus’ own prayer life, I mentioned that I thought we should address God as “Father” in prayer because of […]

God Awes

posted by xscot mcknight

“My flesh,” the psalmist admits, “trembles in fear of You; I stand in awe of your laws.” So Psalm 119:120. I could have said God “intimidates” but that normally means intent to scare. What the psalmist has in mind is […]

Redemptive Trend: Criticisms

posted by xscot mcknight

Last week I said I’d post on Wayne Grudem’s response to William Webb’s proposal of the redemptive trend. So, today I will summarize Wayne Grudem’s response and next week I’ll respond to this summary of Grudem’s strong criticisms of the […]

A spot of distinction

posted by xscot mcknight

Recently I was filling up my Visconti Van Gogh fountain pen, drawing ink through the converter from a bottle of Parker black ink, when I somehow got a little ink on my finger. I wondered if anyone would notice, not […]

God Rejects

posted by xscot mcknight

Some may have been tempted to skip this post by because of the title. Others may have become slightly infuriated by the title. Others may think it is politically incorrect. If you read Goldingay’s summary that I posted on Sunday, […]

A missional pastor

posted by xscot mcknight

Dan Kimball’s new book, They Like Jesus But Not the Church, is a must-read for pastors for one big reason: what Dan learned can be a spur for a more effective ministry. What did he learn?

On Denver

posted by xscot mcknight

A faithful reader of the blog, John Nordlander, gave me a shout, asked me to dinner for a chat, and we went to the Hard Rock Cafe just two blocks down the charm known as 16th Avenue. He shared with […]

God Supports

posted by xscot mcknight

God supports us. Notice the psalmists words from which we can receive instruction for our day:

Forgotten Missional Ways 3

posted by xscot mcknight

The core of the problem for Alan Hirsch, in his The Forgotten Ways, is Christendom. That is, the Church created by Constantine and whose ways simply haven’t changed all that much since the 4th Century. The solution, Hirsch thinks, is […]

Interested in a PhD?

posted by xscot mcknight

The following program of study could become a center for the next generation of theologians with an interest in society. LeRon Shults announces a new PhD under his supervision. Here is his announcement but you should ask comments at his […]

On Brewing Coffee

posted by xscot mcknight

I’ve now learned how to make French press coffee — thanks to Jennifer’s kind gift. I can compare it to my morning standard latte from our St—–ks Barista machine (I use Caribou Daybreak coffee). I’m wondering which coffee is better? […]

God Protects

posted by xscot mcknight

Not only is God revealed as “teacher” in Psalm 119:113-120, but God is also the protector in v. 114. The psalmist uses two concrete images for God’s protections:

Letters to Emerging Christians

posted by xscot mcknight

Dear Emily, Your questions are so well put I thought I’d just enter them into this letter back to you. You write:

Podcast

posted by xscot mcknight

Here’s a podcast interview I had at Pepperdine with Jerry Rushford. Thanks to Rick Gibson for his fine work on this. I’m told it is on iTunes — and those who know what that means will know what that means […]

God Teaches

posted by xscot mcknight

This week we turn to Psalm 119:113-120 (samek), where every verse begins with the letter samek. This paragraph in our psalm will be opened through the window of what it says about God. And the first thing it tells us […]

Da Colts

posted by xscot mcknight

It was fun while it lasted — this run of winning games by the Bears — but they met more than their match. It sure seemed to us the Colts deserved about 60 points. Congrats to Dungy, the Colts, and […]

A Prayer for Ben and Lisa

posted by xscot mcknight

Two of our readers and parts of the Jesus Creed blogfamily, Ben and Lisa Pennington, need our urgent prayers. I met Ben in Rochester last fall when I was speaking at Crossroads. He coordinated an event at his bookstore, and […]

Praying like a psalmist

posted by xscot mcknight

I’ve spent a fair amount of time in the Psalms, as have many of you. One thing I find so incredibly penetrating for me is the utter honesty and raw emotions in those prayers. My favorite OT theologian these days […]

From Linda Robinson (Bob’s wife)

posted by xscot mcknight

Well, I am embarassed to write this but…Feb 2 was the “anniversary” of Bob’s aortic dissection…hard to believe it’s been a year. I spent a long time reflecting and reading my journal of those days and weeks, and then months […]

Dugout Wisdom

posted by xscot mcknight

It’s time to begin some Saturday fun: we’ll call it Dugout Wisdom. The pitchers and catchers are now starting to pack their bags for Spring Training; our son is about to begin his season of scouting. The weather here is […]

Weekly Meanderings

posted by xscot mcknight

I’ll be in Denver Colorado at the Adam’s Mark for the Covenant Midwinter meetings Tuesday and Wednesday — one day on atonement and another day on prayer. The next week I’ll be down in New Orleans.

Friday is for Friends

posted by xscot mcknight

This marks the end of our time together with Miroslav Volf’s The End of Memory, and it ends on a breath-taking note. Let me give the big picture, ask our question(s), and then summarize his final chapter. (Next week we […]

Happy Birthday Bob

posted by xscot mcknight

One year ago, our friend Bob Robinson had a massive heart aneurysm. It was touch and go for a long, long time — and some surgeries. And very tough times on Linda and ambiguity for the kids. We prayed for […]

A Community called Atonement

posted by xscot mcknight

What do you think? Here is the cover for a book of mine coming out next Fall with Abingdon. It is entitled A Community called Atonement. Not to let the cat out of the bag, but one point (that explains […]

Heart of the Foot

posted by xscot mcknight

Some people put their foot in their mouth; this psalmist puts his foot in his heart — or does he have his heart in his foot? Notice these words:

Thoughts on Redemptive Trend

posted by xscot mcknight

This post will put together William Webb’s 18 criteria but will begin with a few of my conclusions about the redemptive trend. You might want to print this out for future use. My suggestion is that you use a set […]

I don’t know how this works, but…

posted by xscot mcknight

For years I had a stapler (I’ll avoid the name) that was a mess. I had to redo about 75% of my hits. Then I found Paper Pro. I don’t know how it works, but I’ll say this: it worked […]

Foot Joy

posted by xscot mcknight

I wear golf shoes made by FootJoy — and I like them. They are firm; they shed water well (for early morning golf); they have lasted. The psalmist has another kind of foot joy: “Your statutes (adot) are my heritage […]

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