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Riding on Garrison Keillor’s Pontoon

posted by xscot mcknight

My own definition of what counts as a “novel” fluctuates. You might say I fudge. If it is a classic, like Homer’s stuff, it’s not fiction. If it is theological, it’s theology. Otherwise, I don’t read novels. Unless it’s the […]

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Prayer for the Week

posted by xscot mcknight

Almighty God, you have poured upon us the new light of your incarnate Word: Grant that this light, enkindled in our hearts, may shine forth in our lives; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you, in […]

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Weekly Meanderings

posted by xscot mcknight

My Weekly Meanderings will be sparse this week with so much of our time spent traveling and with family. You thinking of blogging? (HT: Henriet)

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Friday is for Friends

posted by xscot mcknight

Telford Work closes this book,Ain’t Too Proud to Beg, a series of ruminations leading to themes in the Lord’s Prayer, with three sermons under the chp title “Amen.”

God’s Rivals 1

posted by xscot mcknight

Our day needs its best theologians, historians, biblical scholars, missiologists and pastors to sit down at table to discuss world religions. The issues pressing for answers are enormous in significance, and that is why I’d like to open a series […]

Risotto! Risotto!

posted by xscot mcknight

Some of you may know I like to cook, and my favorite dish is risotto. For a few years I’ve been using a nice pan but it was wearing out. Very kindly, Lukas and Annika (probably mostly Annika) bought me […]

To Kris from Kris

posted by xscot mcknight

Kris bought herself something, wrapped it up, and opened it for Christmas (well sort of since she opened it a few days before Christmas). Kris likes to know what time it is at night, our eyes are such that we […]

Divine Embrace 14

posted by xscot mcknight

John Piper and Robert Webber (The Divine Embrace) have one big, central idea in common: Christian spirituality is not about the self but about God. Whereas Piper focuses on a Calvinist vision of God, Webber focuses on a liturgical vision […]

It Happened Again … a major annoyance

posted by xscot mcknight

This may have happened to you, but it has happened to us too often – as in 2 times in the last 3 months. We check into a hotel, sometimes as the guest of someone else but even when not, […]

Christmas 2007

posted by xscot mcknight

It’s not easy to decide when the Christmas season begins, perhaps when Thanksgiving is over or at the lighting of the First Advent candle or when grading is over and the grades are submitted or when … it’s all a […]

Bible series resumes …

posted by xscot mcknight

… on January 7 when I will begin a lengthy series on the meaning of Kingdom of God. I will examine every reference to “kingdom” in the Gospels to examine this question: Is the kingdom bigger than the Church?

Too much Christmas

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For Webster … What do you expect for a 15 year old Bichon …

Christmas Words: Gifts

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“On coming to the house, they saw the child with his mother Mary, and they bowed down and worshiped him. Then they opened their treasures and presented him with gifts of gold and of incense and of myrrh” (Matthew 2:10-11). […]

Christmas Prayer

posted by xscot mcknight

The Nativity of Our Lord: Christmas Day December 25 O God, you make us glad by the yearly festival of the birth of your only Son Jesus Christ: Grant that we, who joyfully receive him as our Redeemer, may with […]

Christmas Eve Candle

posted by xscot mcknight

On the eve of our Christmas celebration, Jesus? birthday, we light all of the candles of the Advent wreath.

Divine Embrace 13

posted by xscot mcknight

Do you have a “rule of life”? What have you learned from adapting or forming a rule of life? In the 9th chp of Robert Webber’s The Divine Embrace we are treated to three groups of three teachings, each of […]

The Three Bears of Reliability

posted by xscot mcknight

Every generation needs to examine for itself the reliability of the Gospels. Is the depiction of Jesus accurate? Can they be trusted? Are they reliable enough for us to anchor our faith in Jesus? There are now “three bears” in […]

Christmas Words: Worship

posted by xscot mcknight

“We saw his star in the east and have come to worship him.? So said the Magi according to Matthew (2:2). Herod, a filthy deceitful tyrant, wants to know where Jesus is born so he, too, can worship the newborn […]

Prayer of the Week

posted by xscot mcknight

Purify our conscience, Almighty God, by your daily visitation, that your Son Jesus Christ, at his coming, may find in us a mansion prepared for himself; who lives and reigns with you, in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one […]

Advent Candle Prayer

posted by xscot mcknight

Today we relight the first three candles of the Advent Wreath — the candles of HOPE, PEACE and JOY. Now we light the fourth candle of Advent. This is the candle of LOVE.

Experiencing the Bible

posted by xscot mcknight

I mentioned this once, but I have to mention it again. Just in case you haven’t listened to The Bible Experience, I think it is a must. As I am driving I often listen to this recording of the Bible […]

Weekly Meanderings

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Chicago Skylilne … can’t beat it:

Divine Embrace 12

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If any one chp summarizes Robert Webber’s take on spirituality, chp 8 of The Divine Embrace is it.

Friday is for Friends

posted by xscot mcknight

Telford Work’s style in Ain’t Too Proud to Beg is to begin somewhere, not always one might think, and meander his way to the principle idea in one of the petitions in the Lord’s Prayer. This week he begins here:

Christmas Words: Magi

posted by xscot mcknight

“We three kings of orient are” is another Christmas song that combines a rich legend (like names: Caspar, Melchior and Balthasar) about the magi and some nice theology. Here it is. Go ahead, Steph, tell us something about it…

For John Franke: On Infant Baptism 2

posted by xscot mcknight

“Now let us examine,” John Calvin says with a scorching pen, “the arguments by which certain mad beasts ceaselessly assail this holy institution” [infant baptism]. This is found in Calvin’s Institutes of the Christian Religion, 4.16.10. So, we enter today […]

What’s your caption for this picture?

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Christmas Words: Herod

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You can’t have a good story with a protagonist as highly exalted as Jesus, not the least in his birth story, without having a solid antagonist — and we’ve got one: Herod the Great who populates Matthew’s second chapter like […]

Divine Embrace 11

posted by xscot mcknight

In chp 7 of The Divine Embrace Robert Webber tells “My Story” of God’s embrace. This is not what you think it might be, and for me it reveals the genius of the Ancient Future approach of Webber. “My story” […]

Learning our Story, Teaching our Story

posted by xscot mcknight

It is customary for many today — and I’m a big fan of this — to speak of the Bible as Story. There is another story we need to know, and it is the story of the Church. Why? I […]

For John Franke: On Infant Baptism 1

posted by xscot mcknight

My penitence for the Bears losing to the Vikings is to read John Calvin, Institutes of the Christian Religion, Book 4, chp 16, on infant baptism. Calvin doesn’t begin on a good note for me when he refers to Anabaptists, […]

Christmas Words: Star

posted by xscot mcknight

Nearly every piece of Christmas art work I have scence has a bright, shiny star, the Star of Bethlehem, the star that guided the Magi from the East to Jesus, he was born to be King of the Jews. What […]

The Wisdom of the Anglicans 2

posted by xscot mcknight

I tire, as many of you no doubt do too, of the word Episcopalian meaning “debate about gays and lesbians.” There is much more to the Episcopal church and the Anglican Communion worldwide than this debate, but it has garnered […]

John, This One’s For You!

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Christmas Words: Immanuel

posted by xscot mcknight

One of the richest Advent texts is this one: All of this happened to fulfill the Lord’s message through his prophet: “Look! The virgin will conceive a child! She will give birth to a son, and he will be called […]

Divine Embrace 10

posted by xscot mcknight

“God’s story,” Robert Webber argues in chp 6 of The Divine Embrace, “is the brief interpretation of everything” (142).

Emerging Football, Emerging Theology

posted by xscot mcknight

Tonight’s game between the Bears and the Vikings pits McKnight against John Franke.

To T from Scot

posted by xscot mcknight

As many of you know who follow this blog, T won the “To Scot from Scot” challenge. We ordered his choice of crocs (Sobek, chocolate/khaki) and they should be on their way (no shipping cost, can’t beat that). And he […]

Christmas Words: Save

posted by xscot mcknight

“She will give birth to a son, and you are to give him the name Jesus [Yeshua — YHWH saves], because he will save his people from their sins? (Matthew 1:21). Christmas is about salvation and God saves at Advent. […]

Praying with the Church

posted by xscot mcknight

Stir up your power, O Lord, and with great might come among us; and, because we are sorely hindered by our sins, let your bountiful grace and mercy speedily help and deliver us; through Jesus Christ our Lord, to whom, […]

3d Sunday of Advent

posted by xscot mcknight

Today we relight the first two candles of the Advent wreath. The candle of HOPE and the candle of PEACE.

Prayerbooks and the Church

posted by xscot mcknight

There is a steady supply of prayer books, but the new one by Thomas Oden and Cindy Crosby, Ancient Christian Devotional, is unique. If you’d like to draw deeply on Orthodoxy’s rich heritage, this is the book for you. Here’s […]

Now Brewing

posted by xscot mcknight

We are now brewing one of the finest coffees one can find — and winner of all kinds of awards — Intelligentsia, Chicago’s own and best coffee. We are drinking Black Cat Espresso. It has that hint of chocolate and […]

Kindle

posted by xscot mcknight

I’m wondering how many out there have purchased Kindle: Amazon’s New Wireless Reading Device and what they think of it? I’m not the most advanced of technology of folks but this one is getting quite the buzz and two publishers […]

Weekly Meanderings

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Good morning to you!

To Scot from Scot: Unwrapped

posted by xscot mcknight

The response yesterday was delightful. What fun we had laughing and last night in our small group we laughed and laughed about some of the responses. Originally I thought I’d reveal the gift on December 26, but Kris insisted that […]

Friday is for Friends

posted by xscot mcknight

“I believe in the forgiveness of sins,” a famous line in the Apostles’ Creed, means “I believe in the rebirth of relationships” according to Telford Work in Ain’t Too Proud to Beg (166). To help himself discuss the Lord’s prayer […]

Divine Embrace 9

posted by xscot mcknight

Chp 5 is one of the more important chps in Robert Webber, The Divine Embrace. Here’s why: it addresses the postmodern provocation in spirituality noted by neo-Gnosticism.

Christmas Words: Son

posted by xscot mcknight

“She will give birth to a son,” the angel tells Joseph, “and you are to give him the name Jesus, because he will save his people from their sins” (Matthew 1:21).

The Wisdom of Anglicans 1

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I will be the first to admit that I’m a fan of the great Anglican pastor, writer and apostle to the university student, John R.W. Stott. When I was in college I began reading his books, listening to him speak […]

To Scot from Scot: Can you guess it?

posted by xscot mcknight

For many years now at Christmastime I buy something for myself, wrap it up, and write on it “To Scot from Scot.” This has become a bit of a tradition around our house. In the past, I’ve bought myself and […]

Christmas Words: Angel

posted by xscot mcknight

Mary’s untimely premature pregnancy was bad enough. That Joseph, her fiance was about to divorce her would have perhaps made the situation unbearable for Mary. So, God sends an “angel.”

Divine Embrace 8

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Robert Webber, in The Divine Embrace, points six negative influences shaping contemporary evangelical spirituality. Here they are and what are your thoughts?

Jesus Creed does Politics — Republicans

posted by xscot mcknight

Today I’m asking those who are voting Republican to announce who they are voting for and provide the positive reasons why they are making their choice. We behaved yesterday admirably, so I’m asking the same today. Democrats need to sit […]

Christmas Words: End of “Exile”

posted by xscot mcknight

My favorite Christmas hymn is “O Come, O Come Immanuel,” a 12th Century Christian hymn originally written in Latin. Here are the words and I wish Stephanie Seefeldt would make the ivories of her piano sing this song for us:

EGens

posted by xscot mcknight

Three convergences go into this post. The first was Willow Creek’s decision to end Axis, something that I both understood and worried about. The second is Robert Wuthnow’s fact-filled and nearly undeniable claim that the generation of 18-30 year olds […]

Jesus Creed does Politics — Democrats

posted by xscot mcknight

At the inspiration of Eugene Cho, I’m trying something perhaps risky. We’ve addressed other controversial topics on this blog in a civil manner and now I’m trying something new: the elections. So, today, I’m asking those who are voting Democrat […]

Christmas Words: David

posted by xscot mcknight

Jesus is, Matthew 1:1 tells us, the son of Abraham and the son of David. David is another Christmas word. An important one.

Divine Embrace 7

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A third danger developing in modern evangelicalism’s understanding of spirituality, according to Robert Webber in The Divine Embrace is experiential spirituality. Here are some of his thoughts:

Jesus Creed Books of the Year Awards

posted by xscot mcknight

I have given plenty of attention to books on this blog, and want to call special attention to some pastor-type books that have not been blogged much, but which I would judge to be some of my favorites of the […]

Willow’s Reveal Study

posted by xscot mcknight

Thursday morning David Fitch and I will be on WMBI radio, a little after 7:30am (Central Time), on The Morning Show to discuss Willow’s now controversial “Reveal” study. In my listening and reading of the responses to this study, I’m […]

Christmas Words: Abraham

posted by xscot mcknight

Matthew opens up his Gospel with these words: A record of the genealogy of Jesus Christ the son of David, the son of Abraham: Abraham was the father of Isaac, Isaac the father of Jacob, Jacob the father of Judah […]

Pray for Colorado

posted by xscot mcknight

We are shocked today by the two shootings in Colorado, one at a YWAM location and the other at a church. We mourn with those who are suffering as a result of these tragic shootings.

2d Week of Advent

posted by xscot mcknight

Second Sunday of Advent Today we relight the candle of HOPE. Now we light the candle for the second Sunday in Advent. This is the candle of PEACE. As we prepare for the coming of Jesus, we remember that Jesus […]

Prayer for the Week

posted by xscot mcknight

Merciful God, who sent your messengers the prophets to preach repentance and prepare the way for our salvation: Give us grace to heed their warnings and forsake our sins, that we may greet with joy the coming of Jesus Christ […]

Weekly Meanderings

posted by xscot mcknight

It’s that time of the year again … and Kris and I enjoy our walks in the flurries.

Friday is for Friends

posted by xscot mcknight

What is wealth? How would you define it? Why is wealth such a hot topic for Jesus but, by and large, ignored today? And even when we do push the topic we know deep inside that our sacrifices don’t mean […]

Divine Embrace 6

posted by xscot mcknight

Not only is legalism a problem for evangelicals, but so is what Robert Webber calls “intellectual spirituality” (84-87 in The Divine Embrace). How does this manifest itself?

Christmas Words: “Glory”

posted by xscot mcknight

“The Word became flesh and made his dwelling among us. We have seen his glory, the glory of the One and Only, who came from the Father, full of grace and truth” (John 1:14). Flesh and Glory — an odd […]

Bears-Skins Game Notes

posted by xscot mcknight

First, these two teams don’t deserve to be on national TV. I’m glad I’ve got something to read. Second, the game has now become interesting … 3:23 left in 3d quarter.

Pray for Matt and Nicole

posted by xscot mcknight

Please pray for Matt and Nicole and Evie.

The Advent of Crucifixion: Interaction

posted by xscot mcknight

Overall, Andrew Purves,The Crucifixion of Ministry , is a profound theological exploration of the significance of the vicarious humanity of Christ and our union with Christ for pastoral ministry. There is much that I like about this; very much. But, […]

Let’s Shift!

posted by xscot mcknight

Willow Creek’s annual youth ministry conference, April 9-11, is called “Shift.” I will participating in several ways and hope you can find your way to this event if you are involved in youth ministry. We’ve been given the chance to […]

Christmas Words: “Flesh”

posted by xscot mcknight

“The Word became flesh and made his dwelling among us” (John 1:14). The Word who is Life, the Word who is Light, has become “flesh.”

Pray for Uganda

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Pray for the fresh outbreaks of a new strain of ebola in Uganda.

Divine Embrace 5

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Legalism, both ethical and doctrinal, distorts spirituality. So, the first four pages of chp 4 of Robert Webber’s The Divine Embrace is all we’ll look at today.

First Day is Goldingay

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John Goldingay closes chp 9 of Israel’s Gospel (OT Theology) with this statement, a summing up insight into how First Testament writers understood history and how we might understand our own:

Christmas Words: “Light”

posted by xscot mcknight

Our third word for Advent is “light.” Here is John 1:4-5: “In him was life, and that life was the light of men.The light shines in the darkness, but the darkness has not understood it.” How is the Word also […]

The Crucifixion of Ministry 6

posted by xscot mcknight

We close our survey of Andrew Purves, The Crucifixion of Ministry, with today’s post … but on Thursday I’ll offer a brief critical interaction with the book. This chp gets down to brass tacks with what ministry, when conceived as […]

Pierre is Back!

posted by xscot mcknight

In my book Embracing Grace I tell the story of a little “eikon” I had in my office for many, many years. We called him Pierre because he was a French-looking man with a beret. Now for the rest of […]

Christmas Words: “Life”

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“In him,” John says of Jesus Christ, the Word, “was life” (1:4). The second Christmas word in our series is “life.” What does this mean?

Divine Embrace 4

posted by xscot mcknight

The essence of chp 3 of Robert Webber’s The Divine Embrace makes a simple contention: no matter how we turn the dice, the numbers of the earliest spirituality are not turning up in contemporary evangelicalism’s understanding of spirituality. He believes […]

Ancient-Evangelical Future Conference

posted by xscot mcknight

Friday and Saturday, along with Kevin Vanhoozer and Edith Humphrey, as well as Howard Snyder, Vince Bacote, David Fitch, and David Neff, I participated in the Ancient-Evangelical Future Call conference at Northern Baptist’s Seminary‘s pleasant surroundings.

Christmas Words: “Word”

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“In the beginning,” the Gospel of John tells us, “was the Word.” He furthers this with this: “The Word was with God and the Word was God” (John 1:1). The first Christmas word we will look at in our Advent […]

Prayer for the Week

posted by xscot mcknight

1st Sunday of Advent Almighty God, give us grace to cast away the works of darkness, and put on the armor of light, now in the time of this mortal life in which your Son Jesus Christ came to visit […]

Weekly Meanderings

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Chicago’s Offense is up in the air now that Hester’s just too good to kick to…

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