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Finding Faith/Losing Faith 1

posted by xscot mcknight

I let the cat out of the bag Saturday in the Weekly Meanderings and the nice conversation that followed from it. I linked to the story of the reporter named Lobdell who, after a conversion to the faith and after […]

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Koreans in Afghanistan

posted by xscot mcknight

Eugene Cho is keeping us up to date. Pray.

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A Healthier Option?

posted by xscot mcknight

Kris, my dear wife, is a hawk when it comes to healthier foods. We gave up on red meat aeons ago and we have salmon filets twice a week now and maybe every other week we eat tuna steaks — […]

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Missional Jesus 27

posted by xscot mcknight

Missional Jesus sympathized with the poor and the marginalized and the powerless. As his mother was a widow and suffered, so Jesus was sensitive to widows. Here’s a story that opens a window on missional Jesus:

Augustine on the Protestant Sex Ethic

posted by xscot mcknight

Protestants today may be thoroughly surprised to learn that things weren’t always so permissive and open when it comes to sexuality — that is, between husbands and wives. Gilbert Meilaender, in The Way That Leads Home (chp. 4), puts Augustine […]

10 Reasons to Attend an Emerging Event

posted by xscot mcknight

I’ve been asked to host (emcee) an emerging event about what emerging Christians believe this October 19 and 20. Here’s a link to that event and then I have some nutty tongue-in-cheek humor for you about emerging events. Emerging Event […]

Missional Jesus 26

posted by xscot mcknight

Matthew is not only one who passes on information about Jesus, but also one who shapes what he passes on. And in this text Matthew “interprets” Jesus in a way that clarifies who the missional Jesus was. For Matthew, Jesus […]

Prayer for the Week

posted by xscot mcknight

O God, the protector of all that trust in thee, without whom nothing is strong, nothing is holy: Increase and multiply upon us thy mercy; that, thou being our ruler and guide, we may so pass through things temporal, that […]

Weekly Meanderings

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Chicago, it’s my kind of town!

Small Group and Church Attendance

posted by xscot mcknight

Tom Grosh, an IVCF leader, is speaking at a workshop in Pittsburgh and is seeking some data. I am providing the basic information he is seeking and his e-mail, so if you are willing to send him some data he […]

Friday is for Friends

posted by xscot mcknight

How have modernity and postmodernity distorted how we understand the gospel? Jon Wilson, in his Why Church Matters, asks this question in chp 7: “Discipleship as Human Flourishing.” And we start with a bang:

Coffee Galore!

posted by xscot mcknight

While in Denmark Kris and I tasted Baresso Coffee — the Danish Starbuck’s — and we also had some Ictus Fair Trade coffee. Indeed, we brought some home. And when we got home, my friend and former student, Bob Robinson, […]

Missional Jesus 25

posted by xscot mcknight

Not only is Jesus the “Sabbath rest” himself (Matthew 11:28-30), Jesus embodies what he means by being the Sabbath rest in 12:1-8 (where Torah expresses mercy and love of others) and in 12:9-14 (where he shows that showing mercy to […]

Are you a collector?

posted by xscot mcknight

Anne Fadiman is. In her collection of essays, At Large and At Small, she opens the door to her life of collecting butterflies and, as time moves forward, speaks of a Darwin-like obsession with finding, storing, and labeling all things […]

“Our” Book

posted by xscot mcknight

The other day I mentioned at the very end of my last post about Oase that “our” book, A Community called Atonement, was soon coming out. Tony Jones gave me the “bid-neth” for using the old-fashioned, formal, if not pretentious […]

Missional Jesus 24

posted by xscot mcknight

Missional Jesus, plain and simple, didn’t follow the rules. And here’s something to think about: there is very little difference at the phemenological level between the Torah and one’s interpretation of the Torah. So, even if we say, “Jesus didn’t […]

The Fragile Brilliance of Glass

posted by xscot mcknight

In the 3d chp of Gilbert Meilaender’s exquisite volume, The Way That Leads There, we are treated to a meandering through Augustine’s City of God in quest of a Christian perception of politics. After last night’s debate and as we […]

A Theology of Pets?

posted by xscot mcknight

Because of a recent letter, I have a few questions today: Do you have a theology of pets? Do you find some are so committed to their pets they are incapable of serving humans? What kind of theology of pet-care […]

Missional Jesus 23

posted by xscot mcknight

Missional Jesus is self-oriented. I once referred to this as the justifiable egocentrism of Jesus. Some don’t like the expression; I do. Here’s why:

Analogies to “church”

posted by xscot mcknight

What is the best analogy to “church”? In Kester Brewin’s newly-republished book, Signs of Emergence: A Vision for the Church that is Organic/Networked/Decentralized/Bottom-up/Communal/Flexible {Always Evolving} (Baker, 2007), the analogy of an organism that emerges is preferred. In this book — […]

Soul Care

posted by xscot mcknight

Mindy Caliguire, who is known in all spiritual formation circles as a result of her “soul care” ministries, public speaking, and national leadership, has just written two small books designed for concentrated retreats — whether at home over a week […]

Missional Jesus 22

posted by xscot mcknight

Missional Jesus implored his contemporaries to realize that there are final and earthly consequences for how they live now. He warned his contemporaries who saw his deeds — deeds that evoked the presence of God’s kingdom — and who were […]

Nothing left for the Church to do?

posted by xscot mcknight

While in Denmark I got an e-mail from a friend. I had explained to my friend that the tax system in Denmark had basically (not completely of course) eliminated poverty. The Danes pay 25% sales tax and anywhere from 50-67% […]

Oase Rocks!

posted by xscot mcknight

Our week at Oase in Odder, Denmark, rocked. Maybe because we can’t get the beat and words (we don’t often understand) out of our minds or maybe just because of the fellowship, worship, and enlargening of our sense of God’s […]

Missional Jesus 21

posted by xscot mcknight

We are now back from Denmark and will resume our summer-long series on Missional Jesus. Today we look at Luke 7:18-23, a passage that deserves far more attention in gospel preaching than most permit, and it deserves more attention because […]

Prayer for the Week

posted by xscot mcknight

Almighty God, the fountain of all wisdom, you know our necessities before we ask and our ignorance in asking: Have compassion on our weakness, and mercifully give us those things which for our unworthiness we dare not, and for our […]

The Emperor’s New Clothes

posted by xscot mcknight

A young man in Copenhagen, evidently out too late or who had recently had too much to drink, decided to imitate HC Andersen’s The Emperor’s New Clothes in the middle of Amagertorv. The Americans took pictures and the Danish ignored […]

Oase 5

posted by xscot mcknight

Another interesting yesterday at Danish Oase here in Odder, Denmark. Our Bible study this morning was a call to get us to consider again the robustness of the gospel and to avoid simplistic, reduced gospels — so I worked through […]

Oase 4

posted by xscot mcknight

Yesterday was our “off day” — no speaking and no seminars — but I have to confess I’m ready for my next talk (today) and it swarmed through me all day long. But, we took the day to visit a […]

Oase 3

posted by xscot mcknight

Yesterday I took a bit of a risk and addressed the large crowd of renewal-minded Lutherans (and others) on Mary and used the Mary texts of the Gospels as an avenue to show that “all biblical roads lead to the […]

The Whole Gospel

posted by xscot mcknight

Here’s a link to a podcast I gave on the whole gospel. Here’s a link to a radio interview through Elmbrook Church with Mel Lawrenz. Click on the Leadership button.

Oase 2

posted by xscot mcknight

We had another wonderful day here in Odder, not far from the sea between Jutland and Zealand — and south of Norway and north of Germany. We’ve been given blue skies and cool, lightly breezy evenings. The theme of the […]

Sparrows

posted by xscot mcknight

I wrote this some time ago, but thought posting it while we are in Denmark might be a godo time. House Sparrows, a member of the finch family, may be one of the more “evolved” bird species that exist, but […]

The Best Book Ever on the Bible

posted by xscot mcknight

Is Eat this Book by Eugene Peterson. How do you read the Bible?

Oase 1

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One day before we came to Denmark Kris asked me how much Danish I thought we might be able to understand. My comment was that we didn’t need to worry because my understanding was that most Danish knew English – […]

Kobenhavn 2

posted by xscot mcknight

We spent the entire day wandering from the south part of Copenhagen to the northern part yesterday. The weather began a little chilly and misty, so we dipped into a coffee shop, and then it turned out to be a […]

Prayer for the Week

posted by xscot mcknight

O Lord, mercifully receive the prayers of your people who call upon you, and grant that they may know and understand what things they ought to do, and also may have grace and power faithfully to accomplish them; through Jesus […]

Kobenhavn!

posted by xscot mcknight

A long plane flight — well long because it began at 10pm Thursday and we arrived in Copenhagen (Kobenhavn) at 1pm. 7.5 hours in flight and lots of hours buried in time change. Still, we are excited to be here […]

Weekly Meanderings

posted by xscot mcknight

We will be spending most of the week in Odder, Denmark, just south of Aarhus, but before we left I did what I could to get some links up for the week.

Friday is for Friends

posted by xscot mcknight

In Jon Wilson’s fine study, Why Church Matters, we turn this week from “Foundations” to “Renovations” and in his two chps on this topic he speaks first about “Witness.” And his way to put it all together is in this: […]

Wikiklesia

posted by xscot mcknight

John La Grou and Len Hjalmarson created the idea of a participatory book, and I confess that I’m not all that sure what happens but I confess that you probably do. Anyway, they asked me to write a piece and […]

Why … ?

posted by xscot mcknight

Why does pumpkin pie taste better at home than in a restaurant? Turkey on a holiday? Why does wine taste better in Italy? Why does a hot dog taste better at the ballpark? A hamburger at the football game? A […]

Missional Jesus 20

posted by xscot mcknight

Missional McKnights are landing and working their way to a hotel in Copenhagen as many of you look at this post this morning. We will be here (until next Saturday) to teach and fellowship with some like-minded missional Christians in […]

Is the chief end … missional?

posted by xscot mcknight

A letter and a response:

A one “t” kind of Scot

posted by xscot mcknight

There seems to be a rash of misspellers on my blog of late. My mom and dad, because my father’s father came from Scotland (one “t” kind of land), saddled me with a one “t” kind of first name and […]

Missional Jesus 19

posted by xscot mcknight

Missional Jesus was fearless; his missioners are exhorted to be fearless as well. Not reckless or foolish, but ones who do not fear what others say, who are not afraid to tell the truth, who are not afraid to live […]

The Pope on Protestant “churches”

posted by xscot mcknight

If anyone got their hopes high after Mark Noll’s book, Is the Reformation Over?, the answer is now officially “No!” Yesterday the Pope re-affirmed the RCC teaching that those who have lost connection with apostolic succession and authority have disconnected […]

Seven, ehem Eight, Wonders of the World

posted by xscot mcknight

Top Seven: 1. Great Wall of China 2. Petra in Jordan 3. Rio’s statute of Christ 4. Machu Picchu 5. Chichen Itza pyramid 6. Colosseum in Roma 7. Taj Mahal Drum roll….

Missional Jesus 18

posted by xscot mcknight

Missional Jesus was rejected; missioners of the missional Jesus will be rejected too. So Matthew 10:17-25. (Just make sure the rejection is due to being a missioner of Jesus.) Missioners of the missional Jesus, like Jesus, hang on until the […]

Vicarious Novel Reading

posted by xscot mcknight

Regular readers of this blog know that I read novels as often as most of us visit our friendly dentist: Not very often! I’ve admitted to all of you that I try, but it’s about like some TV commentator, after […]

The worst team to have to cheer for

posted by xscot mcknight

Sitting here reading and watching the Cubs play the Bucs in Pittsburgh, I got to thinking about how lucky we are to be Cubs fans. I began to feel sorry for everyone else, and then I got to thinking about […]

Missional Jesus 17

posted by xscot mcknight

Not only is the missioner’s mission the mission of Jesus, the missioner represents Jesus. One can say that the missioner is the presence of Jesus wherever the missioner is. Think about that.

Missional Youth Ministry? A Letter (added “and Response”)

posted by xscot mcknight

Here’s another letter used with permission. I’ll reply later, but what would you say — how do we make our ministries, including those with our youth, more missional?

Laura Running

posted by xscot mcknight

Laura, our daughter, ran a 10K recently. We watched her at two different places and had a great time — it was a hot day, way too hot, but she fought the whole way and beat her personal best time. […]

Missional Jesus 16

posted by xscot mcknight

Missional Jesus depended on God to provide daily necessities through those who were committed to the missional Jesus’ vision of the kingdom. There’s a lot there, but do take it in. The text for today is Matthew 10:9-10.

Coffee: Now Brewing and a Question

posted by xscot mcknight

We finished our Hawaiian Isles Kona Classic yesterday, and so I got out some Boyd’s Espresso Milano Coffee — very nice except one problem. So far as I can figure out, the grind was so fine that my Starbuck’s Espresso […]

Prayer for the Week

posted by xscot mcknight

O God, you have taught us to keep all your commandments by loving you and our neighbor: Grant us the grace of your Holy Spirit, that we may be devoted to you with our whole heart, and united to one […]

On “wearing” blue jeans

posted by xscot mcknight

Today I awakened a little nervous because on the schedule was that Kris and I were going to the mall for some “casual pants.” This made me wonder if Kris didn’t have in mind that I would be getting some […]

Weekly Meanderings

posted by xscot mcknight

Sorry for this: somehow the Weekly Meanderings were published “private” mode instead of public mode. So, here they are: Chicago’s finest is caring for some new penguin chicks:

My E.P. Sanders Principle

posted by xscot mcknight

E.P. Sanders, in 1977, published the most influential book of the last fifty years: Paul and Palestinian Judaism. There has been all kinds of scuttlebutt about what a decade later Jimmy Dunn began to call the “new perspective.” And now […]

Friday is for Friends

posted by xscot mcknight

We’re back to Jon Wilson’s Why Church Matters, and chp 5 is a fascinating chp. But Jon cheats here — in his section on worship he has included a chp on the pastor. It’s the adjustment of a nice article […]

A Letter to a Question-full Christian 2

posted by xscot mcknight

Yesterday I posted a letter from a reader of this blog and promised that today I’d finish my answer to him. So I begin with an excerpt of his letter and then a response. It’s a tough one we need […]

Missional Jesus 15

posted by xscot mcknight

Now we look a second time at the missional discourse of Jesus, the singularly most important text in the Gospels that clarify how Jesus understood missional activity. We’ll look at Matthew 10:5-8.

On Lying

posted by xscot mcknight

How’s that for a title to a post? Is it ever morally justifiable to lie? This is the question Gilbert Meilaender addresses in the 2d chp of his book The Way That Leads There. Augustine, his sparring partner, says “Never!” […]

A Letter to a Question-full Christian

posted by xscot mcknight

I have been corresponding with this person for most of this school year. This letter, however, seems destined for the Jesus Creed community and so I asked his permission — and he gave it. So here it is. I will […]

Missional Jesus 14

posted by xscot mcknight

Now we enter into a self-identified passage of missional intent and direction by Jesus, often called the “missionary discourse.” Matthew 9:35-11:1 is our passage, and we’ll break it down into manageable units for a few days. I begin with 9:35-10:4.

Now Brewing: Hawaiian Isles Kona Classic

posted by xscot mcknight

Hawaiian Isles Kona Coffee Co (Kona Classic) Thanks to Laura and Mark! Very good.

Fourth of July

posted by xscot mcknight

Today is July 4th, the day the USA celebrates Independence Day and the concept of socio-political freedom. Today’s post contains a prayer and the Declaration of Independence. My own political views about justice and freedom have appeared here and there […]

Missional Jesus 13

posted by xscot mcknight

One of my all-time favorite characteristics of missional Jesus emerges in our next passage, Matthew 9:32-34:

House churches, mission, and the Bible

posted by xscot mcknight

The most significant book ever written on house churches in the 1st Century is by Roger Gehring and is called House Church and Mission. I don’t very often write posts on this blog about published dissertations, but that is because […]

On the word “missional”

posted by xscot mcknight

I was thinking I would weigh in later yesterday to Matt Kronberg’s solid, sensitive question. But (besides playing golf and spending the rest of my day working — if one calls what a professor does “work”), the conversation level was […]

Missional Jesus 12

posted by xscot mcknight

Missional Jesus encounters two blind men in Matthew 9:27-31 and what Jesus does reveals the nature of his misison.

“Missional”: To use or not to use?

posted by xscot mcknight

Another letter with a very good question. I open it up to you today and I’ll weigh in later. I hope the missional leaders and emerging movement leaders will listen to this question. This pastor is suggesting that the term […]

First Day is Goldingay

posted by xscot mcknight

This is our fourth consecutive month where the first day of the month is devoted to a post on John Goldingay’s OT Theology: Israel’s Gospel. This OT theology is unlike any OT theology I’ve seen — it is theological reflection […]

Missional Jesus 11

posted by xscot mcknight

Missional Jesus series takes another step: in Mark 2:13-17, cited below, reveals new features of Missional Jesus. There is a dual feature here that reveals something significant:

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 us so to be joined together in unity of spirit by their teaching, that we may be […]

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