Here’s an interview I did with my colleague, Brad Nassif, on Eastern Orthodoxy and the gospel.
O God, you declare your almighty power chiefly in showing mercy and pity: Grant us the fullness of your grace, that we, running to obtain your promises, may become partakers of your heavenly treasure; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who […]
This is poetry; this is poetry about the “image”. And Walsh and Keesmaat, in their Colossians Remixed, argue this is subversive poetry, poetry about an image that undermines empire and Rome and Caesar.
I will try an experiment today because this blog community has been so versatile and spirited. Today in our chp from Tracy Balzer, Thin Places, I want to post two items and get your reflections.
I am grateful to Willow’s Ancient-Future Community conference leaders, like Bill Donahue and Dave Treat … and I’ll stop there, for inviting me to speak yesterday. Great great hosts … from the moment I arrived until I left they were […]
Here’s one of the little female hummingbirds that visit our feeders throughout the day. When the days are cooler, they aren’t around much; on warmer days they visit us all day long. Some of their aerial combats have been awesome.
In Colossians Remixed, Walsh-Keesmaat argue that there are three important rules for interpreting a text: context, context, context. Which is what the first four chapters did. What surprises, of course, many today is that they would choose “empire” as the […]
If you are sitting in my session at the Willow Ancient-Future Communities conference on group life, and you are also reading this blog as I am speaking (or instead of listening), hello to you and pray for me! Go ahead, […]
Most of us have read enough Bible to know texts that make us uncomfortable, texts like ignoring Hagar or sacrificing Jephthah’s daughter or patriarchs behaving badly. But most of us do the same thing: ignore them and hope no one […]
Next week we will begin a series on Brian McLaren’s new book, Everything Must Change. If Brian’s Generous Orthodoxy muddied the waters and his Secret Message of Jesus showed the path he was traveling, this new book makes it abundantly […]
What does Paul mean when he speaks of “fruitfulness” on the part of the church at Colosse? Here is Col. 1:5-6: “Of this you have heard before in the word of the truth, the gospel which has come to you, […]
At a dinner with some friends last evening we had a question, which we didn’t chase down, but which has been one that I have thought about over the years: Which is worse for the kingdom — the generous, kind […]
If you had your choice, would you rather watch a professional game — say baseball or football or basketball or hockey [soccer doesn’t count, not a sport] — at home or at the stadium?
How do we tell the story of the Bible? Let’s keep it simple: the Reformed focus on covenant, the Lutherans on Gospel and Law, low church evangelicals on personal redemption … and we could go on. What Walsh and Keesmaat […]
In Irenaeus’ great studyDemonstration of the Apostolic Preaching we are treated in paragraph six to one of the earliest summaries of the principle articles of the Christian faith. Here they are:
Sunday morning I flew up to Minneapolis-St Paul to speak to the Meal Groups at the Sanctuary, a ministry of Crossroads Church. They are in Cottage Grove, MN. It was a great time. Here are some highlights for me:
The second half of chp 3 of Walsh-Keesmaat’s commentary on Colossians, called Colossians Remixed, explains how “empire” works — and their whole commentary reads Colossians as a response to empire.
How were you converted? Readers of this blog will know of my interest in conversion and mapping conversion stories. In a recent conversation I was confronted once again with this reality: local churches tend to “institutionalize” conversion to fit one […]
Take a deep breath and promise to be reasonable and to converse according to the Jesus Creed because we will be doing a series, beginning next Tuesday, on the new book by Stanton L. Jones and Mark A. Yarhouse called […]
Brian Walsh and Sylvia Keesmaat’s commentary, Colossians Remixed, blends three elements: a postmodern approach, a socio-economic critique of empire in the West, and a creative attempt to get into the realities of the Colossian letter and its recipients. Chp 3 […]
Here are the twins of our colleagues, Joel and Karla Willitts. We prayed for those little kids and here they are — doing well.
Our next two books for Friday is for Friends will be … Marko Ivan Rupnik, In the Fire of the Burning Bush Telford Work, Ain’t Too Proud to Beg
Grant us, Lord, not to be anxious about earthly things, but to love things heavenly; and even now, while we are placed among things that are passing away, to hold fast to those that shall endure; through Jesus Christ our […]
Robert Webber left a legacy, a legacy of Christians who want to embrace the whole Church and its whole history. One of his enduring legacies will be the AEF Call and the AEF Call Conference to be held this year […]
The Joy in Chicago Returns…
“We miss the meaning to be found in our lives because we ignore a principle that is as old as Creation itself: the intentional back and forth rhythm of work and rest.” So says Tracy Balzer in Thin Places,.
One of my students brought to me for the first day of class a pound of that fine, wonderful, flavorful and aromatic blend: Chestnut Hill Coffee Company‘s espresso blend. If you ever get to Philly, try it — they make […]
What is perhaps most interesting to me about W-K’s “commentary” (Colossians Remixed) is their explanation of three terms [make that four]: peace, grace, truth, and spiritual wisdom.
Anyone who follows this blog knows we have have a number of conversations about atonement and the various theories associated with it, leading as it did to a recent book of mine called Community called Atonement. But a few new […]
There is a national discussion of the nation’s best sandwich. So, throw out for one time health concerns. What is your favorite sandwich? My answer: Pastrami with swiss; mustard; on rye — at Burt’s Deli in Libertyville.
The targum of Walsh and Keesmaat, Colossians Remixed, continues:
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Irenaeus’ theology sets up shop in what is now considered customary; it was probably not an innovation on his part but it is the earliest consolidation of the Christian faith that we now possess. It begins with “God and Man” […]
Ever since I was in college and took a line-by-line course on Romans with Dr. John Wilson — from whom I learned how to diagram sentences and who has shaped my life ever since — I have loved Romans. Whenever […]
Just in case you are wondering what Walsh and Keesmaat’s understanding of Colossians and postmodernity might look like, they have “updated” Colossians 1:1-14, what the ancient Jews called a “targum.” This is from:Colossians Remixed.
Last night I was sitting in front of our college with my colleague and friend, Brad Nassif, nibbling away on our dinners and we struck up a conversation about Irenaeus’ great book,Demonstration of the Apostolic Preaching. Brad said something I […]
Kris and I drove down to Pekin, a community of nearly 33,000, Saturday — listening attentively to a Cubs win over the Cards. We were scheduled to speak at Pekin Baptist, a salt of the earth church community led by […]
We are reading through Colossians along with Brian Walsh and Sylvia Keesmaat (W-K), with their Colossians Remixed, and today we will look further at the first chapter.
In this last post on Mother Teresa, I’d like to put together how I understand her “darkness.” I have been asked about this wherever I’ve been and so, after reading the new book, Come Be My Light, I’d like to […]
Some have created a “fake D.A. Carson site,” which I won’t link to here. A few comments: Yes, this can be funny stuff. Yes, Carson’s big enough to handle it. Yes, we all need a little humor and satire can […]
We begin today a series on Colossians and to do this I will be reading my way through a book many of you have perhaps read: Brian Walsh and Sylvia Keesmat, a husband and wife team, wrote Colossians Remixed.
Col. 1:1 Paul, an apostle of Christ Jesus by the will of God, and Timothy our brother, Col. 1:2 To God’s holy people in Colossae, the faithful brothers and sisters in Christ: Grace and peace to you from God our […]
Christ with us sleeping, Christ with us waking, Christ with us watching, each day and each night. Celtic Daily Prayer
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 […]
This will no doubt be the longest post I’ve ever had, but I’ve had enough requests so here it is … all 60 posts of the Missional Jesus series.
Have you seen Chicago’s bean in Millennium Park?
Have you ever taken a pilgrimage or a retreat? Tracy’s Balzer’s book, Thin Places,, has a chp on how the ancient Celtic Christians took pilgrimages. She joins Tom Wrightin encouraging us to reconsider the value of retreats and pilgrimages.
This for a magazine for Cornerstone University and also posted here; the theme was called “breathe.”
This is it. We finish off with Acts 1:8. First the text:
In 1953, M. Teresa wrote to the Archbishop these words: “Please pray specially for me that I may not spoil His work and that Our Lord may show Himself — for there is such terrible darkness within me, as if […]
Our daughter, Laura, ran a half-marathon last Sunday downtown in Chicago and also exceeded her expectations for her time. Great going Laura!
Two more texts to look at in this series on Missional Jesus. Today we look at Luke 24:36-49.
Mother Teresa’s launching of the apostolate called the Missionaries of Charity was an immediate success, in all the right ways. The story is found in chp 7 of Come Be My Light..
Here is my review of Joseph Epstein, In a Cardboard Belt!, which the subtitle calls Essays Personal, Literary, and Savage (Boston: Houghton Mifflin, 2007). Epstein is my favorite essayist and I commend this book to you as vintage Epstein.
The Great Commission (Matt. 28:16-20) is one of the last things Jesus says that shapes our perception of Missional Jesus.
M. Teresa had the determination of a terrier, and chps 4-6 illustrate this over and over in the book Come Be My Light.
I don’t know how you are, and I really don’t know how important this is, but when it comes to a day and I’ve got a few errands or chores to do, the question becomes this one: Do I do […]
From the sublime to the obscure. The text today (Luke 22:35-38) is not clear.
We will look this week at the darkness of Mother Teresa. To do this I will be reflecting on her book Come Be My Light, and hope you will join along in reading and reflecting on this influential witness to […]
Kris and I were invited to King of Glory Lutheran Church, sitting next to Hwy 635 in North Dallas and not far from Valley View Mall, Saturday evening and Sunday morning. Saturday night was a public event on the Jesus […]
We come to the last week of this lengthy series on missional Jesus, which was begun for one reason: because I wanted to sort out for my own thinking what a full sweep of the Gospels would reveal if we […]
Grant us, O Lord, to trust in you with all our hearts; for, as you always resist the proud who confide in their own strength, so you never forsake those who make their boast of your mercy; through Jesus Christ […]
My kind of town, Chicago is… (No idea who that man is with the Cubby Bear.)
When the word “prayer” is said to you what comes to mind? This is a question Tracy Balzer asks in her book Thin Places. Guilt? Longing? Confusion? Consolation? Desolation? Prayer is important and her chp on prayer provides a way […]
Yesterday’s mail included, much to my delight, the letters of Mother Teresa called Mother Teresa: Come Be My Light. Last week the book stirred controversy because the depth and duration of her darkness became public. I’d like to spend some […]
Now, how does one talk about Matthew 24 in one day? By keeping it short and to the point. I’ll do my best.
The following is a chapter from our forthcoming 40 Days Living the Jesus Creed. It is as yet unedited; we have forty chapters that explore dimensions of the Jesus Creed in the Gospels and the early Christian leaders.
Sometimes the news, particularly the items judged newsworthy, can be depressing. So, I thought this might be a good prayer for us today:
The harshest words Jesus ever uttered can be found in Matthew 23. It is not possible to do a full study here, so I will make a few points. In essence, his point is this: “hypocrisy” transcends the common contradiction […]
Some people lose their faith and then find it again. In Timothy Larsen’s new book Crisis of Doubt, we are treated to seven such figures in 19th Century England. They had a secularist crisis of (their) doubt. This way of […]
Kris and I will be at King of Glory Lutheran Church in Dallas, TX, this Saturday (7:30pm). I will be talking about the Jesus Creed in this public event and will also be bringing in some new material from my […]
Missional Jesus points his own way. Here we find a story, in Mark 12, that perfectly illustrates the first beatitude: Blessed are the poor. The way to the kingdom, the way to peace in the Land, is not the way […]
I continue to plug away in the late evenings by reading stories of those who have abandoned orthodox Christian theology as I try to map what losing faith looks like. In the last week I read two books. Howard Teeple’s […]
We had four gorgeous, write-it-all-down-in-a-journal days here in Chicago for our Labor Day weekend. Cloudless, sunny, temperate, and relaxing. We spent every minute we could on our screen porch reading, talking, eating, editing, and spending time with family.
Next, missional Jesus is emplotted by the Pharisees who want to get Jesus to say something that will get him in trouble — which is still a preferred technique by lots of Christians today. As they refuse to sing the […]
On the first day of each month we dip into another chapter of John Goldingay’s magnificent . We are in chapter six, “OT Theology: Israel’s Gospel.“God Sealed” is the theme and it deals with the sealing of the Covenant in […]
As you may have guessed, I get lots of books from publishers hoping I will give them some attention on this blog. What has happened, of course, is that this blog has become media and I have become an editor […]
Missional Jesus, facing the evidence of rejection by the seat of power in Jerusalem, tells a parable that reveals once again the potency of judgment in the theme of Jesus. In essence the point is simple: Jersualem is about to […]
For those of you who participated in the humorous conversation about our attempt to rid our house of crickets, we want to give a hearty thanks. Late Friday night someone passed on the Dallas Times news article about how to […]
Lord of all power and might, the author and giver of all good things: Graft in our hearts the love of your Name; increase in us true religion; nourish us with all goodness; and bring forth in us the fruit […]
Kris got new glasses today, and they have graduated lenses. She’s adjusting to them, but the odd thing is that she’s seeing a little hue — purplish and yellowish — outlining some objects in her distance. She’s not in the […]
We escaped any serious flooding in our area, but Chicago was drenched with rains and flooding for a week. Many in our area will spend weeks cleaning up and drying out. [For some reason, some of my Chicago Tribune links […]