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White House God 4

posted by xscot mcknight

The Reagan and Bush era is called in Balmer’s book, God in the White House, “Listing Right.” I’m not sure about the personal faith of either GHW Bush or Ronald Reagan, but it appears to me that both of them […]

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Now Brewing: Zoka

posted by xscot mcknight

Out in the City of Rain (Seattle), our friend Eugene Cho at Q Cafe (and pastor at Quest Church), there is a coffee blend you just might want to try. It is called Zoka, 2008 Coffee Roaster of the Year. […]

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Keys of the Kingdom 19

posted by xscot mcknight

OK, now stepping up to the plate in the kingdom game is a notoriously disputed text. Here it is in context: 11 I tell you the truth: Among those born of women there has not risen anyone greater than John […]

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Surprised by Hope 4

posted by xscot mcknight

Tom Wright’s Surprised by Hope is the closest thing to C.S Lewis’ Mere Christianity I have seen. Sure, it’s a different kind of book, but it has the same level of immediacy and insight. Chp 4 is called “the strange […]

UCC Medfield

posted by xscot mcknight

At the invitation of Pastor Phil Bauman, pastor of United Church of Christ Medfield MA, Kris and I spent last weekend on Cape Cod — and loved it! I’d like to start mentioning names, but just can’t. Too many to […]

JesusCreed.org Blog Prayer

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From Bob Brague, posted last Saturday…

Keys of the Kingdom 18

posted by xscot mcknight

Here are the words of Jesus from Matthew 10, our next reference to kingdom in the Gospels: 5 These twelve Jesus sent out with the following instructions: ?Do not go among the Gentiles or enter any town of the Samaritans. […]

White House God 3

posted by xscot mcknight

One of the most interesting elections I remember was the 1976 campaign that led to the election of ?born again? candidate, Jimmy Carter. Randy Balmer, in his God in the White House, says this: ?Abetted by the political chicanery of […]

What is your caption? Incredible

posted by xscot mcknight

Can’t believe this one: watch it and give us a caption. (HT: GP)

Keys of the Kingdom 17

posted by xscot mcknight

Yet another “kingdom” reference (from Q) can be found in Matthew 8:11 (par. Lk 13:29). Again, the full account: When Jesus had entered Capernaum, a centurion came to him, asking for help. 6 ?Lord,? he said, ?my servant lies at […]

Let’s Pray

posted by xscot mcknight

Please pray for this family — one of our blog’s readers is the father of the mother. Good news update as of 8am Tuesday morning.

Surprised by Hope 3

posted by xscot mcknight

Tom Wright’s new book, Surprised by Hope:, has just about become required reading for my Jesus of Nazareth class. In twenty gentle pages Tom sums up his massive study on the resurrection: Resurrection of the Son of God.

Missional? Have I got a resource for you!

posted by xscot mcknight

The word “missional” is in the air, and I’ve taken a stab myself at defining it (Bloglossary). The word to use for many of those using this word is “muddle.” What to do? I believe every pastor and every church […]

St Thomas

posted by xscot mcknight

Most of those who read this blog have an interest in theology; many are students. One of the great students of theology and the Bible in the Church was St. Thomas Aquinas and this is the day, according to my […]

Keys of the Kingdom 16

posted by xscot mcknight

A favorite text for man is Matthew 6:33 (Q par. at Luke 12:31). Here it is in context: 25 ?Therefore I tell you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat or drink; or about your body, what […]

Prayer for the Week

posted by xscot mcknight

3d Sunday after Epiphany Give us grace, O Lord, to answer readily the call of our Savior Jesus Christ and proclaim to all people the Good News of his salvation, that we and the whole world may perceive the glory […]

Weekly Meanderings

posted by xscot mcknight

MarkO pointed me to this snow sculpting in China. Cool. You know it’s cold when pigeons are seeking the flame:

Friday is for Friends

posted by xscot mcknight

The first part of Edith Humphrey’s book, Ecstasy and Intimacy, is about Love and has three sections: the Holy Tryst and Story, Separation and Approach, and (today’s post’s topic) Word and Wisdom/Knowledge and Faith.

St. Paul Day

posted by xscot mcknight

O God, by the preaching of your apostle Paul you have caused the light of the Gospel to shine throughout the world: Grant, we pray, that we, having his wonderful conversion in remembrance, may show ourselves thankful to you by […]

Keys of the Kingdom 15

posted by xscot mcknight

We now come to a second “Q” text: Matthew 6:10. If Jesus ever defines kingdom of God it is here:

White House God 2

posted by xscot mcknight

Lyndon Johnson, Richard Nixon and Gerald Ford each opened the door to the influence of the Christian faith on their Presidencies though they did so in discreet enough of ways not to offend the public nor to offend the principles […]

Christian Biographies 4

posted by xscot mcknight

I haven’t known much about the Salvation Army though as a kid my parents had some friends were Salvationists, so it was with some anticipation of learning that I read Roger J. Green (a Salvationist himself) and his new book […]

Keys of the Kingdom 14

posted by xscot mcknight

We looked at the references to kingdom in Mark; we now turn to the passages found in both Matthew and Luke but not in Mark. Many Gospel scholars call these passages in Matthew and Luke (but not in Mark) “Q” […]

Surprised by Hope 2

posted by xscot mcknight

A key word for Tom Wright in his book Surprised by Hope: is “muddle.” That word best describes how so many Christians think about life after death and resurrection and the like. Wright aims to end the muddle. One of […]

Your caption?

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Keys of the Kingdom 13

posted by xscot mcknight

The final reference in kingdom in our earliest source, the Gospel of Mark, is found in Mark 15:43 and it ties back to Mark 12:34 (Monday’s post). Here is the reference in context: 42 It was Preparation Day (that is, […]

White House God 1

posted by xscot mcknight

We took a year or so ago at Randy Balmer’s Thy Kingdom Come and we want now to look at his newest book, God in the White House. The book studies a simple theme and traces the story — an […]

Democrats: Who will it be?

posted by xscot mcknight

Kris and I watched the debate on CNN last night — at least most of it — and I’m wondering what you are thinking now about who will win? What strengths does your favorite have? (Avoid saying anything negative about […]

Keys of the Kingdom 12

posted by xscot mcknight

While “kingdom” is found twice in Mark 13:8 — “kingdom will rise against kingdom” — and neither of those is about Jesus’ kingdom, the usage here is part and parcel of what the word “kingdom” means because they are what […]

ML King Jr

posted by xscot mcknight

I am happy to join with you today in what will go down in history as the greatest demonstration for freedom in the history of our nation. [My source and video of it.]

Surprised by Hope 1

posted by xscot mcknight

We begin a series today with N.T. Wright, Surprised by Hope::Rethinking Heaven, the Resurrection, and the Mission of the Church. For more than a decade or so Bishop Tom Wright has been making comments, dropping suggestions, and prompting the curiosity […]

Reading the Bible in a Postmodern Context

posted by xscot mcknight

Saturday I was up in bitterly cold Minneapolis where I addressed a gathering of Covenant pastors and lay folks on reading the Bible in a postmodern context. This was the first time I’ve spoken about the stuff I’ve been writing […]

Keys of the Kingdom 11

posted by xscot mcknight

Mark 12:34, in context, reads: “28 One of the teachers of the law came and heard them debating. Noticing that Jesus had given them a good answer, he asked him, ?Of all the commandments, which is the most important?? 29 […]

Prayer of the Week

posted by xscot mcknight

Almighty God, whose Son our Savior Jesus Christ is the light of the world: Grant that your people, illumined by your Word and Sacraments, may shine with the radiance of Christ’s glory, that he may be known, worshiped, and obeyed […]

Weekly Meanderings

posted by xscot mcknight

The polar bear baby video and a picture and now a name:

All You Need is …

posted by xscot mcknight

I’m not here quoting the Beatles, but setting up a sentence. If you are setting up a home, or going off to college, or you need to fix something, there are only two items you will need in your home: […]

Friday is for Friends

posted by xscot mcknight

One of the most rugged realities of human and Christian existence finds best expression in words like darkness and separation. Those who dispute the value of the word “sin” or the reality of a “fall” fail, so I think, to […]

God’s Secretaries

posted by xscot mcknight

There are better books on the King James Version, there are better books on the rise of English Bibles, and there are better books on the technique of translation, but there is no better book that tells the behind-the-scenes story […]

Church Day

posted by xscot mcknight

On January 18, the Church celebrates the day of her founding. She recalls with awe the assertion of a Galilean fisherman, ?You are the Christ,? and the response of the God-among-us, ?Upon this rock, I will found my church.?

Keys of the Kingdom 10

posted by xscot mcknight

Our 15th reference to kingdom is found in Mark 11:10 but we need the immediate context too: 4 They went and found a colt outside in the street, tied at a doorway. As they untied it, 5 some people standing […]

Sanctity of Life Sunday: An Exciting Update!

posted by xscot mcknight

I need not comment because I’ll leave that to you. Enjoy!

Switching Teams

posted by xscot mcknight

In 1919 Babe Ruth was sold from the Boston Red Sox to the New York Yankees, and it took 85 years for the Red Sox to win another World Series. It happened in 2004. Antony Flew tells us that it […]

Keys of the Kingdom 9

posted by xscot mcknight

Mark 10:23-25, three more references to kingdom, say about the rich young ruler’s response to Jesus: 23 Jesus looked around and said to his disciples, ?How hard it is for the rich to enter the kingdom of God!? 24 The […]

God’s Rivals 8

posted by xscot mcknight

One of the issues permeating the question of why there are world religions has to do with the massive diversity in the world and — to be blunt about it all — the “luck” or “chance” involved in some hearing […]

Women and Mary Class

posted by xscot mcknight

My Monday evening class, “Women, Mary and Jesus,” just started and I have to admit it may have been the best first class session I’ve ever had. To set the whole class into context, we focused last night on discussions […]

Thanks!

posted by xscot mcknight

The response to the cover post on Monday was not only fun and informative, but overwhelming. The feedback factored into our “vote” to the publisher, which in the end is Zondervan’s decision. We’ll not announce yet which cover it will […]

Keys of the Kingdom 8

posted by xscot mcknight

Our next text is actually two texts: Mark 10:14-15. Here it is: “13 People were bringing little children to Jesus to have him touch them, but the disciples rebuked them. 14 When Jesus saw this, he was indignant. He said […]

How cool is this?

posted by xscot mcknight

I will call it “AirBook.” Check it out here.

God’s Rivals 7

posted by xscot mcknight

The more I read Gerald McDermott’s God’s Rivals the more convinced I am that this is the kind of book churches need to be using and here are my reasons for saying this:

Kent Palmer Installation

posted by xscot mcknight

Ridgewood Baptist Church, in Brookfield WI, installed Kent Palmer Sunday as senior pastor. We will miss Kent and Phyllis, but we are so glad for Ridgewood. Here are some of our impressions:

Keys of the Kingdom 7

posted by xscot mcknight

Mark 9:47, our 9th reference to kingdom, reads as follows in context: “42 ?And if anyone causes one of these little ones who believe in me to sin, it would be better for him to be thrown into the sea […]

Sanctity of Life Sunday

posted by xscot mcknight

I’m using this letter with permission. The issue is the Sanctity of Human Life Sunday (next Sunday and how many are reducing it to an anti-abortion Sunday). What are your thoughts? (And I assume you’ll offer some wisdom for this […]

A, B, or C? [We

posted by xscot mcknight

A, B, or C? [We are picking covers now for the book; the book will be published next Fall.] A B C

Keys of the Kingdom 6

posted by xscot mcknight

Mark 9:1 is one of those texts that has baffled interpreters for centuries: And he said to them, ?I tell you the truth, some who are standing here will not taste death before they see the kingdom of God come […]

Prayer for the Week

posted by xscot mcknight

First Sunday after the Epiphany: The Baptism of our Lord Father in heaven, who at the baptism of Jesus in the River Jordan proclaimed him your beloved Son and anointed him with the Holy Spirit: Grant that all who are […]

Congrats to Mike Holmgren and the Seahawks

posted by xscot mcknight

Inspite of a Packer victory, we at North Park University again extend our appreciation to the fine work of Mike Holmgren at the Seattle Hawks and the support of Mike and Kathy of North Park:

What lessons can be derived from this?

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Weekly Meanderings

posted by xscot mcknight

Here’s how we play golf here in the Midwest in the winter:

Friday is for Friends

posted by xscot mcknight

I cannot count the number of times I have, in reading someone or listening to someone, thought to myself: that is a spirituality that is closer to gnosticism than it is to the biblical faith. That is one reason I […]

God’s Rivals 6

posted by xscot mcknight

What makes Gerald McDermott’s book God’s Rivals distinctive is that it explores how both the Bible and early Christians dealt with other religions. In chp 6 he explores how Irenaeus’ debates with Gnosticism shed light on why God has permitted […]

Keys of the Kingdom 5

posted by xscot mcknight

Mark 4:30, much like our parable from yesterday, deserves to be quoted as well in context:

For John Franke: On Infant Baptism 4

posted by xscot mcknight

We turn now to Calvin’s arguments from the early church (Institutes of the Christian Religion).

Conversion at Winebrenner

posted by xscot mcknight

I was at Winebrenner Theological Seminary in Findlay OH the last two days, so my access to the blog was limited to just a few minutes each day … got home Wednesday evening to see that there has been a […]

Keys of the Kingdom 4

posted by xscot mcknight

Our kingdom series now moves to Mark 4:26, the fifth reference to kingdom:

God’s Rivals 5

posted by xscot mcknight

A distinct contribution of Gerald McDermott’s God’s Rivals is his exposition of how the earliest Christians approached the question of other religions. Chp 5 deals with Justin Martyr’s ideal of “seeds of the Word in other religions.”

Christian Biographies 3

posted by xscot mcknight

Stephen Tomkins’ gift seems to be irony and the ability to prick the halo bubble around saints, which he did with John Wesley but does a little less directly in his book William Wilberforce: A Biography.

Keys of the Kingdom 3

posted by xscot mcknight

We turn today to two texts, Mark 3:24 and 4:11. Here are the texts:

For John Franke: On Infant Baptism 3

posted by xscot mcknight

John Franke, professor at Biblical Seminary in Hatfield, PA, has assigned my penitence to be reading Calvin’s treatment of infant baptism (Institutes of the Christian Religion). Today I turn to 4.16.21-22. The rumor is that John has escaped my critique […]

Christian Biographies 2

posted by xscot mcknight

“That sav’d a wretch like me!” These are words from the second line of America’s favorite hymn, a hymn written by John Newton and a central chapter in Jonathan Aitken’s fine, uplifting, and well-written biography called John Newton: From Disgrace […]

Keys of the Kingdom 2

posted by xscot mcknight

There are 85/eighty-five distinguishable references to “kingdom” in the Synoptic Gospels. There are more references, but there are overlaps between Matthew, Mark and Luke that permit us to narrow the references to 85. We’ll look at each one. Here is […]

God’s Rivals 4

posted by xscot mcknight

Gerald McDermott, in God’s Rivals, addresses an issue of major significance in the Church today, especially (so it seems to me) for the emerging crowd. The issue is the role of world religions and how Christians can explain them. In […]

Christian Biographies 1

posted by xscot mcknight

Over Christmas break I read six biographies, one of which I posted about already but which will come up again later this week. Today I want to focus on my favorite biography of the break: that of William Tyndale, by […]

Keys of the Kingdom 1

posted by xscot mcknight

We begin today a series on the relationship of the kingdom of God to the Church and I do so for several reasons:

Prayer for the Week

posted by xscot mcknight

Epiphany January 6 O God, by the leading of a star you manifested your only Son to the Peoples of the earth: Lead us, who know you now by faith, to your presence, where we may see your glory face […]

Weekly Meanderings

posted by xscot mcknight

Just north of Chicago folks take the polar bear plunge on New Year’s Day. These folks are hardy, I’ll give ‘em that:

Friday is for Friends

posted by xscot mcknight

“At some point in the past twenty years,” Edith Humphrey writes in her book Ecstasy and Intimacy, “North Americans crossed a Rubicon.” Which? “When I was an undergraduate, the emphasis in class was completely upon ‘objectivity,’ ‘neutral observation,’ proving one’s […]

The Iowa Caucuses

posted by xscot mcknight

What did you think of the results of the Iowa caucuses?

God’s Rivals 3

posted by xscot mcknight

I don’t know if you have observed this, but if you pay attention you will see something in the Old Testament: the authors and people of the OT at times seem to believe there are other gods. In chp 3 […]

God’s Rivals 2

posted by xscot mcknight

In chp 2 of Gerald McDermott’s God’s Rivals we are treated to a study of the surprising knowledge of God outside Israel and the Church. Again, the question here is the scandal of particularity and God’s rivals in world religions.

New Year’s Prayer

posted by xscot mcknight

January 1, The Holy Name Eternal Father, you gave to your incarnate Son the holy name of Jesus to be the sign of our salvation: Plant in every heart, we pray, the love of him who is the Savior of […]

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