Post of the week — no question. Maybe this is the post of the week too: Br. Maynard. Nope, this might be the post of the week: T. Freeman.
We’re back with Jon Wilson’s fine book, Why Church Matters: Worship, Ministry, and Mission in Practice — and this week we look at another chp on worship and it is about the significance of the Trinity for worship. Good topic.
Every now and then I get bogged up in my reading enough that I post some short notices about books that have crossed my desk that I think Jesus Creeders might like to know about but which I can’t blog […]
Missional Jesus attracts crowds, summons folks to follow him in order to participate in the kingdom mission, invites all sorts of folks to trust him, and both names and engages the powers of evil. And, as has been indicated a […]
When Augustine said his heart was not at rest until it came to rest in God, was he simply saying that we are selfish and coming to God makes us happy? That we use God for our own ends? Is […]
At one point in the history of writing this blog, I thought I’d do a series on my favorite essayists. I think the series got off the ground with my favorite essayist and then fizzled: Joseph Epstein. I suppose it […]
Missional Jesus attracts crowds, summons people to follow him, extends mercy and healing to anyone with faith — sometimes when that faith is second-hand — and now manifests that his missional is loaded with power.
Here’s a new letter that crossed our desk. The young person has a beef with the Church, or should I say he fears what God thinks of the American Church. I’ll open this up for discussion, and give my thoughts […]
I’m reading on table fellowship of late and today I wish to call to your attention three books on hospitality. The first is more for the general reader, the second and third for the more academic setting. Still, each is […]
Missional Jesus attracted crowds and from that crowd summoned people to follow him by becoming doers of God’s will. What is God’s will? You can say it a number of ways, but the two most succinct summaries of Jesus are […]
Anyone who has the cleverness to write a book on hospitality called Making Room gets my vote for a good title, and also gets my attention. And, because I’m working a bit right now on table fellowship, I read through […]
If you don’t know Jarrod McKenna, of whom I had not heard until recently, his blog and his efforts to extend peace in all directions — including this 22 minute interview — through the way of Jesus are each worth […]
Missional Jesus not only drew a crowd, he summoned people to get with the kingdom mission and vision. In other words, he called people to “make a decision” or, what is better, to come to him and with him work […]
The problem with this as a moral strategy, which is a routine refrain for the traditionalist view of homosexuality, is that it is nearly indistinguishable from hate the sin and the sinner. If we have to reduce moral views into […]
I rummaged around the books on my desk recently and discovered I had a week of posts sitting here about books written by women. I want to begin today with Pamela J. Smith, Nine Ways Women Sabotage Their Careers.
Saturday Kris and I drove down to the City to give Joel and Karla Willitts some relief. Their twins are non-stop feeders and are keeping both of them up at night and busy during the day. So, Kris and I […]
What was Jesus’ ministry? It is a safe bet to infer from what Jesus did to what his intent and what his vision were. I suggest that Matthew 4:23-25, which has a near parallel in 9:35, is a great place […]
Lord, make us have perpetual love and reverence for your holy Name, for you never fail to help and govern those whom you have set upon the sure foundation of your loving-kindness; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and […]
Blog of the week: JR Briggs’ post on reading habits. And do you read Dawn? Check out this post.
Here’s the article and listing. What is your greatest movie ever? The top two movies ever for me are: The Flight of the Phoenix Grease …. “You’re the one that I love, oo, oo, oo-oo.”
Today we look at the 3d chp in Jon Wilson’s book, Why Church Matters. This chp concerns how we know when our worship is pleasing to God. Both pastors and lay leaders, along with any Christian who wonders about “good” […]
Here is another letter, an encouraging one, from a pastor whose vision has shifted in a missional direction. Used with permission, with slight editing. He’s got a great question, too:
Missional Jesus summons others to attach themselves to himself and doesn’t care what ties they have to break in order to be attached to him and the mission of God he has come to preach and enact.
Last week Krista wrote to me and then I began last week’s post with this: Your question is a good one, and it is one that has haunted my own academic career for more than twenty years. Here’s your question: […]
One of my former students, Kent Palmer, was once asked, “What is your relationship with Scot?” “It’s rather complicated, actually.” So, let me explain:
The missional Jesus enlists others in his mission — and one can see this as an evangelistic summons into the work of the kingdom by attachment to Jesus. A good place to see this is the fuller story of Peter’s […]
I’m getting more of these letters and can’t possibly put all of them on the blog, but this letter — used with permission with a few minor changes (name, where “Karen” went to school, where she did her internship) — […]
Static, that’s the title of Ron Martoia’s new book. Ron is a former student of mine and now is a “transformational architect”. I’m not quite sure what that is, but it sounds cool. As Ron’s former teacher, I must admit […]
With Mary and John Baptist now watching from the sideline (as it were), Jesus becomes the center stage as we work our way through the themes connected to Missional Jesus.
We are all for churches and Christians extending mercy to the divorced, but we are also all for advocating the permanency and richness of marriage and I sometimes think an emphasis on this is too often assumed and not taught […]
Intelligentsia. Just in case you haven’t heard, Chicago has a coffee that many are now saying ranks up there as one of the finest coffees in the world. Very happily, Laura and Mark bought me a bag of espresso ground […]
Yesterday we looked at Mary. Today we look at John the Baptist’s understanding of the mission of God. The principle text, of course, is Luke 3:1-18. How did J-B understand the mission of God?
My post last week on thinking about going to seminary unleashed a bag full of suggestions and, in particular, the questions about “to go or not to go” to seminary (its necessity) and “what do you really get out of […]
Yesterday we got up early and I called my father to wish him a happy father’s day. Kris and I enjoyed a cool hour or so on our screen porch with the birds flitting everywhere, said our prayers, and went […]
I begin a new series today — and it could last a good, long while. The series is on Missional Jesus. Our question: How did Jesus understand the missional life? This, of course, involves two “missions” — his mission and […]
Keep, O Lord, your household the Church in your steadfast faith and love, that through your grace each of us may proclaim your truth with boldness, and minister your justice with compassion; for the sake of our Savior Jesus Christ, […]
God our Father, in your wisdom and love you made all things. Bless these men, that they may be strengthened as Christian fathers. Let the example of their faith and love shine forth. Grant that we, their sons and daughters, […]
Ah, I have to give pride of place this week to Don Johnson’s rumination on parenting. Pray with Trevin. While there, say a prayer for the Grahams. Tribune story of her death. Cynthia Lambert writes a nice piece on “it’s […]
In Jon Wilson’s Why Church Matters, which explores Christian practices that make the Church what is (supposed to be), the first major practice is worship. He’s got three interesting themes to give us a nice topic for discussion:
I had lunch with one of my former students, one who graduated one month ago, because he wanted to talk about going to seminary. I don’t know why — maybe because I’m accessible through e-mail and this blog or maybe […]
Soul of Christ, sanctify me; Body of Christ, save me; Blood of Christ, refresh me; Water from the side of Christ, wash me; Passion of Christ, strengthen me.
As I mentioned a couple of days ago, I’m doing some reading on table fellowship, and so I read my friend’s, Craig Blomberg’s, book called Contagious Holiness. This maybe the most complete display of what the Bible says on meals.
Last Thursday, the 7th of June (Kris’ birthday), a dying tree with a nest of woodpeckers fell on my neighbor’s home. The next day the tree cutters, at our request, saved the shank of the tree that was housing those […]
If you use Phyllis Tickle’s The Divine Hours, here is how you begin every day: I’ve done it for years and its recitation has become increasingly important to me.
Dear Krista, Your question is a good one, and it is one that has haunted my own academic career for more than twenty years. Here’s your question: “how one should react to those preaching the traditional Romans road– especially at […]
“Hostile to the church, friendly to Jesus Christ.” These words describe large numbers of people, especially young people, today. They are opposed to anything which savors of institutionalism. They detest the establishment and its entrenched privileges. And they reject the […]
As you know, Kris and I are practitioners of fixed-hour prayer, what I call “sacred rhythms.” And you may recall that we practice mostly with Phyllis Tickle’s The Divine Hours. Which, owing to the weight and size of the volumes, […]
If I were a seminary President, the first person I’d appoint as professor-pastor- sage would be John Koenig. John Koenig, built like Abe Lincoln, is a rare combination of Episcopal priest, New Testament scholar, anabaptist character, and gentle spirit — […]
Printers Row is a historic neighborhood on the south side of Chicago’s Loop. It is also now the name of a marvelous book fair, which is held early in June each year. Last Saturday Owen Youngman, VP at the Chicago […]
God be in my head and in my understanding. God be in mine eyes and in my looking. God be in my mouth and in my speaking. God be in my heart and in my thinking. God be at mine […]
The following outline was used for my talk at the Spiritual Formation Forum in Milwaukee last week. My week was more hectic than I wanted — owing to about five things happening at once, not the least of which was […]
Now we come to the third model of worship in James B. Torrance, Worship, Community & The Triune God of Grace. We looked at the Unitarian and the Existentialist, and today we look at the Trinitarian model.
I’m considering where to go next with our Bible studies … either a short series on Missional Jesus or a longer one on Colossians. But, instead of a Bible study (I’ll get it going next Monday), I’d like to ask […]
O God, from whom all good proceeds: Grant that by your inspiration we may think those things that are right, and by your merciful guiding may do them; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and […]
After a week off, here’s a new start to a year of Weekly Meanderings:
Thursday, on my way home from speaking at the Spiritual Formation Forum in Milwaukee (more about that later), I got a frantic call from our home from a man who is working on our windows. Cliff Peterson informed me of […]
We now turn to a new book for our Friday is for Friends series: Why Church Matters by Jonathan Wilson. Those in low church traditions need this book, and those in stodgy high church traditions need this book,and those in […]
In James B. Torrance’s book, Worship, Community & The Triune God of Grace, we discover three models of worship: Unitarian, Existential, and Trinitarian. Today we look at the Existential model.
We finish the Song of Solomon today. The Song ends with the woman summoning her man to the bed:
Basing my reflections here on James B. Torrance, Worship, Community & the Triune God of Grace, I want to open up for conversation the topic of worship — and ask “What is it?”
Joel and Karla brought home Mary and Zion. Five weeks later, bundles and bundles of concerns and prayers, and lots of friends inquiring “How are the twins?” But, they’re home and Joel and Karla now begin a new phase of […]
And now her shepherd lover responds back:
Laura Barringer, our daughter, finished her school year of teaching yesterday. She’s a first grade teacher in the area. Public school teachers go at it, more or less, from the middle of August to the middle of June. We owe […]
A perennial issue about the teachings of Jesus is his relationship to the Law, and it comes up in ordinary church life today: What is our relationship to the Law? Some say, “God’s Word. We follow it.” But it’s not […]
Suddenly the woman turns to her (“their”) sister, who is young. She describes her sister’s body and then compares herself to her sister (vv. 8-10). He does the same — compares himself to another — in vv. 11-12. Here are […]
Scot, If you’ve discussed this elsewhere, then please accept my apologies. In light of recent heated discussions on issues such as (but not limited to) homosexuality in the church, much has been said about respecting the authority of Scripture.
Our last day in Tuscany was a trip through the wine community of Montalcino and then a wondrous afternoon atop Pienza, a Renaissance community built by Pius II. Here are some pictures:
The woman, after declaring where it was that their love was first aroused, now suddenly teaches what love is all about. Here are her words:
In the 4th chp, Joseph Ratzinger, Pope Benedict XVI, discusses at length the Sermon on the Mount by focusing on two themes: the Beatitudes (today) and Jesus and the Law — the Torah of the Messiah. Once again, the Pope […]
Because we lost access to posting pictures on the blog when we got to San Gimignano, a delightful Tuscan town south and west of Florence, we thought a few pictures from “San Gimi” might interest some of you:
The woman speaks in 8:5b through 8:10, and then her shepherd love speaks in 8:11-13 and the woman closes off this potent and totally delightful exploration of love in 8:14. Here is how she begins the finale:
O God, whose never-failing providence ordereth all things both in heaven and earth: We humbly beseech thee to put away from us all hurtful things, and give us those things which are profitable for us; through Jesus Christ our Lord, […]
As we meander through the air on our way back to Chicago and after meandering this week through northern Italy, I confess to having had no opportunity for doing Weekly Meanderings this week … my first “miss” since last year […]
No traffic to speak of and mostly beautiful weather, Kris and I left San Gimignano this morning by 8:30am and got to Stresa, on Lago Maggiore (just south of Switzerland, on a lake, and near Malpensa airport for an early […]
On the first day of the month, unless it falls on a weekend, we dip into a chapter of John Goldingay’s Old Testament Theology: Israel’s Gospel. This month we look at chp 3, “God Started Over: From Eden to Babel.”