Any time someone brings up the petitions in the Lord’s prayer that concern God’s kingdom coming and God’s will being realized faces the inevitable: What does the Lord’s Prayer say about political power and global issues? In chp 4 of […]
The crisis Christian spirituality faces is how it came to pass that spirituality became separated from the divine embrace. This is discussed by Robert Webber in chp 2 of The Divine Embrace.
Lukas and Annika are with us this weekend as they have come for their annual “Festivus: For the Best of Us and the Rest of Us.” (I wrote about this in Jesus Creed.) Last year it had grown to over […]
Union with Christ, Andrew Purves argues in his book, The Crucifixion of Ministry, is “a key doctrine for practical theology and the faithful practice of ministry” (100). How does union with Christ work out for ministry?
If this letter becomes as controversial as the letter on Monday then I’ll have to rethink my strategies!
What is Christian spirituality? If the popular meaning of spirituality is “experience of the Beyond or the transcendent or of God,” Robert Webber, in The Divine Embrace, contends Christian spirituality is about “God’s embrace.”
2007 may become Emerging’s banner year in books. 2008 will see Tony Jones‘ The New Christians but that book is being set up by three significant books this year: Pagitt and Jones, The Emergent Manifesto, Dan Kimball’s They Love Jesus […]
Which is one of the major ideas of Robert Webber’s Ancient Future series. So it is a good time to remind once again of the conference this weekend in the Chicagoland. Nov 30 and Dec 1, at Northern Seminary here […]
At the heart of Andrew Purves’ fine book, The Crucifixion of Ministry, is a profound christology: the vicarious humanity of Jesus. I wish more pastoral theologians worked this way.
The response yesterday surprised me. I thought all I was asking for was some pastoral advice for a pastor struggling with what he perceived to be overly aggressive Calvinists. What we got was some serious expressions of differences. Here’s the […]
Robert Webber for more than thirty years called evangelicalism to its historical roots. It is a fact that far too many evangelicals simply don’t know their church history but Bob educated an entire generation of Wheaton students in what many […]
A letter to which I’d like to hear your reasonable answer and I ask for your pastoral sensitivity. Dear Scot, We met a few years ago when I was youth pastor. Now I am at a church plant in Minnesota. […]
We are now brewing, after a kind gift from the good folks at Doubleshot, Colombia Narino Reserva del Patron (without the tildas). And what a cool website they have! The brew is bold yet not too much so for my […]
No, not with Cedric Benson going down. The Bears lost half their offense when the Broncos made it clear that, had they not kicked to Devon Hester, they’d have won the game. Who will kick to him now? I’ll give […]
Almighty and everlasting God, whose will it is to restore all things in your well-beloved Son, the King of kings and Lord of lords: Mercifully grant that the peoples of the earth, divided and enslaved by sin, may be freed […]
In my research for a book on fasting I read a shelf full of books and a stacks of journal articles, and without question the finest thing I read was by Kent Berghuis, called Christian Fasting: A Theological Approach. He […]
Is this official e-mail lingo? How many times have you received a note, complete in itself, but somehow felt you should acknowledge the note or say “thanks”? Is there anything that tells those to whom we write that they don’t […]
For thirty years or so, on every day off, I have put on either sweat pants or shorts. It is Friday, Black Friday to be exact, and this morning I got up and said to myself, “I’m wondering what it […]
The question Telford Work poses in chp 3 of his book Ain’t Too Proud to Beg is the question of how Christians are to understand this prayer request: “May your kingdom come!” And his chp admirably sketches how Christians have […]
How then can we turn from a consumerist church to become a race-less and class-less church? This practical question drives chp 6 of Paul Metzger’s Consuming Jesus. There has been lots of theology and lots of abstraction so far, and […]
Not all the turkeys of this world have been pardoned … and we will be eating one that hasn’t been pardoned.
“Who are you, Lord, and what are you up to?” is the question Andrew Purves, in the 2d chp of his book The Crucifixion of Ministry, asks. The minister, to avoid thinking it is all dependent upon him or her […]
How then do evangelical Christians begin to take steps to reorder the church so that it becomes less a consumeristic society and more of a race-less and class-less community around Jesus? This is the question he seeks to answer in […]
Nov 30 and Dec 1, at Northern Seminary here in the suburbs of Chicago, The Ancient Evangelical Future Conference and the Grow Center are hosting an event dedicated to the primacy of the biblical narrative. There will be some papers […]
Andrew Purves, in The Crucifixion of Ministry, contends there are two crucifixions in ministry: the first one about seven years in and the next one a long, steady dying to self and to Christ so that “our” ministry becomes “his” […]
Attending the Society of Biblical Literature in San Diego isn’t the worst of gigs, but it was surely no vacation. A brief rundown and then some thoughts on the books.
My daily Bible study, which has been chugging along non-stop for a long, long time, will be on hold until Advent. I’ll do an Advent series this year and hope to prepare us all for the birth of Christ.
How best to transform the evangelical church so it will gain sight to eliminate its blindness to such things as racism and classism and consumerism? Here Paul Metzger, in Consuming Jesus, reveals his evangelicalism.
A pastor who suddenly discovered 99% of the words in the Bible had mysteriously vanished, said this to his wife: “I don’t know what I’m going to do. What’s going to happen to our ministry? With no Bible to teach […]
Final thoughts on Brian Walsh and Sylvia Keesmaat’s study, Colossians Remixed.
Blessed Lord, who caused all holy Scriptures to be written for our learning: Grant us so to hear them, read, mark, learn, and inwardly digest them, that we may embrace and ever hold fast the blessed hope of everlasting life, […]
Save the bonobos in the Congo:
This weekend I’m in San Diego at the annual meeting of the Society of Biblical Literature and the American Academy of Religion. Last year Kris went with me and it was a revelation. She couldn’t believe how “nerdy” the professors […]
The second expression in the Lord’s Prayer concerns hallowing God’s very name. Telford Work approaches this petition, in his book Ain’t Too Proud to Beg, from a singular and interesting angle: How can God put up with the slander, with […]
What kind of gospel, or what kind of atonement theory, must be articulated in order to lead evangelicals out of their blindness into a life that pursues both reconciliation with God and with others? This is the question asked by […]
We now close off Colossians Remixed with the final section in Walsh and Keesmaat’s book.
It is almost Advent so that means it is time to think about the Good Friday. An odd statement, you might say to yourself, especially if you are a pastor. But in Andrew Purves’s new book, The Crucifixion of Ministry, […]
Very rare is the one in ministry who can “keep up” with what is going on. Some work like dogs to keep up while others hope and then try and then realize they can’t keep up so they give up. […]
The second to last section in Colossians Remixed concerns the story of Jesus as a story of suffering — and this, they suggest, provides a foundation for the Colossian Christians to understand their own suffering.
What is the contemporary church blinded to? The fun of this question is that the one who asks it nearly always assumes he or she knows the answer and is privy to something most aren’t. I don’t think it is […]
We’re thinking of going to Italy again. This time we want to visit the Amalfi Coast (Vesuvius, etc). Our big question is transportation: How do we travel? Do we rent a car and drive through Naples? Or … Anyone out […]
Scott Hackman and the good folks at One Village Coffee have shaped a missional business of fair trade coffee. Here are their words: “One Village Coffee has partnered with Opportunity International to support micro finance projects in Indonesia. 10% of […]
From the fictional story of Nympha’s trial to a justification of the theology behind that story, Walsh and Keesmaat now turn in Colossians Remixed.
Romans seems to have two kinds of responses today: either it is the book of all books, the book that brought Luther back to life and therefore the book for us, or it is the book to end all books […]
Our friends, Kent and Phyllis Palmer, have just accepted a call to a church in Milwaukee. Kent was a student of mine way back in my early days at Trinity, took a course of mine on discipleship and he and […]
Nympha is on trial, an imaginary trial, as Walsh and Keesmaat dramatically close off their book: Colossians Remixed. She’s been confronted with the “image” of God poem of Colossians 1:15-20, which the magistrates think is subversion of Caesar.
We begin a series today on a book by Paul Louis Metzger called Consuming Jesus. This will be a fitting complement to Brian McLaren’s Everything Must Change since this book calls evangelicals to explore the the consumerist origins of racism […]
I had a birthday in the last couple of weeks and Kris surprised me with this statement. “After dinner tonight, we’re going to the mall to get something you don’t want.” This, of course, got me to thinking about what […]
We come now to the closing chapter of Walsh and Keesmaat’s Colossians Remixed. The last chp is about a “suffering ethic” and it concerns the imaginary trial of Nympha.
O God, whose blessed Son came into the world that he might destroy the works of the devil and make us children of God and heirs of eternal life: Grant that, having this hope, we may purify ourselves as he […]
Being green preserves nature:
We have an old desk top iMac on which Lukas set up for us the iTunes player. One of the very few things I can do is find “Scot’s Favorites” and click it as I begin my day of study. […]
We begin a series today on Telford Work’s new book, Ain’t Too Proud to Beg, a book on the Lord’s Prayer unlike any book on either prayer or the Lord’s prayer I’ve seen. Here’s why:
I grew up among dispensationalists and the first Bible I bought, with my newspaper money, was a KJV Scofield Bible. The singular feature of dispensationalism that has bothered more than a few of us is the graphic realization that dispensationalism […]
Here are some of my own responses to Brian McLaren, Everything Must Change.
What about women?, so asks Nympha in Walsh and Keesmaat’s imaginary dialogue in the church at Colosse (in Colossians Remixed).
“Christians talk about hating sin and loving sinners, but the way they go about things, they might as well call it what it is. They hate the sin and the sinner” — from Jeff in unChristian.
We have to put someone’s IP address or e-mail address on a list that recognizes that address and holds the comment for approval. (The same filter sometimes catches some of our regular commenters unintentionally.) However, this post is not about […]
The following comment opens up chp 11 in Walsh and Keesmaat, Colossians Remixed, and it’s a good one.
This will close our summary of Brian McLaren’s new book, Everything Must Change, and I will post a “review” of the book Friday. My next series will be on Paul Louis Metzger, Consuming Jesus: Beyond Race and Class Divisions in […]
Here’s a recent letter and it has taken me a few weeks to get it posted here:
You knew this would be next: does Colossians 3 have an “ecological” ethic or does it have implications for ecology? Yes — so say Walsh and Keesmaat in Colossians Remixed.
I have a PowerBook G4 with a password problem. Every time I try to update the computer or, as I’m doing now, trying to use a new WD hard drive on which to back up everything, it asks for a […]
In Kinnaman and Lyons, in unChristian, another issue folks have with the church is that it too political. Frankly, I see this today so much from both the right and left I am discouraged. So, let’s see what K-L find.
Kris and I had a restful weekend in Bellingham, Washington, as we were hosted by The Firs for a weekend retreat on the Jesus Creed. Gorgeous trees — tall Douglas Firs everywhere — and both the culture and climate of […]
Let’s get practical — so say Walsh and Keesmaat in Colossians Remixed.
We finish up our series of Brian McLaren’s book, Everything Must Change. The last section of this book sums up the whole book and makes an appeal.
One of the advantages of flying, as we did this weekend (to Seattle), is some extra time for reading and on the flight out and back I read a book I consider a must-read for all church leaders: Robert Wuthnow, […]
How then is the postmodern dilemma resolved ethically? If there is anxious paralysis or nihilism or simply the resolution in personal experience, is there any way to render moral judgment when one suspects something is wrong? Walsh and Keesmaat, in […]
Almighty and merciful God, it is only by your gift that your faithful people offer you true and laudable service: Grant that we may run without stumbling to obtain your heavenly promises; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and […]
Ah, the taste and aroma … of Aloha Island Diamond. A friend encouraged me to branch out, and so recently I decided to try some of the coffees with reputations of excellence. Exquisite.
One of the sad realities of the California fires:
Lord God Almighty, you have made all the peoples of the earth for your glory, to serve you in freedom and in peace: Give to the people of our country a zeal for justice and the strength of forbearance, that […]
We finish up today Marko Rupnik’s In the Fire of the Burning Bush. The last sections we cover deal with a number of topics and I thought I’d just lay out a few potent statements he makes:
Brian McLaren, in chp. 29 of his Everything Must Change, argues we need to ask a new kind of question or a new set of questions if we are to work for a greater sense of equity as we seek […]
Biblical Seminary now has an online certificate in missional studies.
Colossians 3:5-8 (see below) partakes in the discourse of violence according to Walsh and Keesmaat in their Colossians Remixed.Today we look at this passage.
I’ve chosen to skip the chp in unChristian about Christians being antihomosexuality mostly because I’ve blogged about the issue enough of late. Instead, I’m skipping to chp 6 contends that nonChristians think Christians are sheltered.
We are participating in an Emergent Church Forum at the same time professors are gathered for the American Academy of Religion and Society of Biblical Literature in San Diego. The date is Saturday, November 17, from 9am to 11:30am. The […]
We begin the month with a look at John Goldingay’s Israel’s Gospel (OT Theology), chp. 8, focusing on the period from Joshua to Solomon and the theme of God’s accomodating himself to Israel and life on planet earth.
Most importantly, the ethic of relationship and the ethic of narrative leads to an ethic of secession (from the empire) in Walsh and Keesmaat’s study of Colossians, Colossians Remixed.