(Say the Jesus Creed morning and evening during Lent.) I didn’t get home early enough to post our usual Friday is for Friends, so instead…
I wasn’t invited to the National Pastors Convention in order to meet with old friends or even to meet new ones. Nope, Zondervan asked me to speak and I was involved in not a little speaking … Monday evening and […]
20 Then the mother of Zebedee’s sons came to Jesus with her sons and, kneeling down, asked a favor of him. 21 ?What is it you want?? he asked. She said, ?Grant that one of these two sons of mine […]
I’ve been at the National Pastor’s Convention in San Diego — wow, beautiful weather — and one thing that makes the whole event vibrate for me is seeing old friends and meeting new ones.
(Say the Jesus Creed morning and evening during Lent.) Here’s the offer. I will send a copy of Donald McKim, Dictionary of Major Biblical Interpreters, to the first person who can stump the professor. At what? Here’s the deal:
Our 50th kingdom text is found in Matthew 20:1: 1 ?For the kingdom of heaven is like a landowner who went out early in the morning to hire men to work in his vineyard. 2 He agreed to pay them […]
No kidding. On Valentine’s Day I got a package from a publisher, which evidently uses some kind of automated lettering system, and it just so happens that the letters showed up as “G-O-D.” Check it out by clicking on the […]
(Say the Jesus Creed morning and evening during Lent.) Anthony Thiselton’s new book, Hermeneutics of Doctrine, written for experts, continues a list of seminal, profound, penetrating, if not esoteric at times, writings on hermeneutics. In this book, Thiselton applies his […]
This is the second of Chris Ridgeway’s reviews of Don Everts’ new series from IVP.
Matthew 19:10 The disciples said to him, ?If this is the situation between a husband and wife, it is better not to marry.? 11 Jesus replied, ?Not everyone can accept this word, but only those to whom it has been […]
Congratulations to the women’s basketball team at Freeport IL for winning the supersectional to qualify for State. Our niece, Katie Norman, made the winning basket and at the link her picture can be seen. (Yes, the Freeport high school nickname […]
One of our seminary students has become a friend, Chris Ridgeway. I gave him a new four-set series from IVP by Don Everts and he’s reviewing them for us.
(Say the Jesus Creed morning and evening during Lent.) OK, I don’t normally get so corny for the titles of posts, but “B3″ is how I often refer in my notes to Ben Witherington. B3 writes commentaries 4U. Ben is […]
A parable describing kingdom: Matthew 18:21 Then Peter came to Jesus and asked, ?Lord, how many times shall I forgive my brother when he sins against me? Up to seven times??22 Jesus answered, ?I tell you, not seven times, but […]
(Say the Jesus Creed morning and evening during Lent.) Last week we posted Michael Patton’s “map.” His was an attempt to create a map that revealed where specific emergent folks were to be placed theologically with respect to orthodoxy. Michael’s […]
Kris and I were in Fort Myers and Naples FL this weekend. We flew down early Friday and spent the day and next morning with our good friends, Jim and Bonnie Panther. The last time we visited them Jim and […]
Matthew 18:1 At that time the disciples came to Jesus and asked, ?Who is the greatest in the kingdom of heaven?? 2 He called a little child and had him stand among them. 3 And he said: ?I tell you […]
Almighty God, you know that we have no power in ourselves to help ourselves: Keep us both outwardly in our bodies and inwardly in our souls, that we may be defended from all adversities which may happen to the body, […]
(Say the Jesus Creed morning and evening during Lent.)
My heartfelt thanks for the response yesterday to the young man who was inquiring about preaching and pastoring. A very kind reader asked for his address and will send him a few books and a publisher contacted me to send […]
We begin a lengthy series today: the parables of Jesus. Our guide will be Klyne Snodgrass and his book, Stories with Intent.
(Say the Jesus Creed morning and evening during Lent.) We now come to the end of Tom Wright’s book, Surprised by Hope. Today I want only to summarize very briefly the last two chps because we have already come to […]
Another kingdom text can be found at Matthew 16:24-28: 24 Then Jesus said to his disciples, ?If anyone would come after me, he must deny himself and take up his cross and follow me. 25 For whoever wants to save […]
(Say the Jesus Creed morning and evening during Lent.) Here is a letter from a reader from a post a week or so ago; the letter is used with permission. Read it to the end because he is asking a […]
I am now brewing Drew’s Brew, a hand roasted coffee from Nashville, TN, and the particular kind is the Zappia Family Espresso. I’m on official record for saying the benchmark for me is Intelligentsia (Chicago) and the second best is […]
Today we enter a text that has been a source of controversy. So, let me quote it in full and offer just a few brief remarks:
When I saw the news that Cedarville chose to uninvite Shane Claiborne, I was saddened. Not only because some watch bloggers were behind the event, but most especially because of educational theory and for its impact on students. So, I […]
All at once, gathering on my desk of books, is a four-volume collection about public issues — and I could call this post the four evangelical horsemen riding into the American scene with ideas about how Jesus can help our […]
(Say the Jesus Creed morning and evening during Lent.) Chp 13 in Tom Wright’s Surprised by Hope explores building the kingdom and does so by showing that his view of resurrection reshapes justice, beauty, and evangelism.
Our next kingdom text (#49 if you are counting) is found in Matthew 13:52. In context: 51 ?Have you understood all these things?? Jesus asked.?Yes,? they replied. 52 He said to them, ?Therefore every teacher of the law who has […]
(Say the Jesus Creed morning and evening during Lent.) As some of you may know, Shane Claiborne was invited and then uninvited to speak at Cedarville University, a Christian college in Cedarville OH. Here is Shane’s comment at God’s Politics. […]
Did you see this chart by Michael Patton here? What are your comments? Where would you put these folks? (Yes, we all have our opinions about charts, and Patton has already revised his. He also has a newer post on […]
The next parable about the kingdom of God is found in Matthew 13:47-50: 47 ?Once again, the kingdom of heaven is like a net that was let down into the lake and caught all kinds of fish. 48 When it […]
(Say the Jesus Creed morning and evening during Lent.) Chp 12 in Tom Wright’s Surprised by Hope is a major change: we move from “what it said” to “what it says,” from text to mission. Is this only about tidying […]
I was invited last week to give the Faith Forum lectures at Eastern University in Philadelphia. It was a wonderful time and the generosity and hospitality of Joe Modica, a long time friend, will remain with me. I could say […]
Another parable opens up kingdom discussion: 45 ?Again, the kingdom of heaven is like a merchant looking for fine pearls. 46 When he found one of great value, he went away and sold everything he had and bought it. What […]
O God, whose glory it is always to have mercy: Be gracious to all who have gone astray from your ways, and bring them again with penitent hearts and steadfast faith to embrace and hold fast the unchangeable truth of […]
Here is an upcoming conference in Philadelphia, and I want to endorse the importance of the conference and hope you can consider attending.
(Say the Jesus Creed morning and evening during Lent.) Chicago winter means Chicago potholes:
A tragic shooting at NIU draws our support and our prayers, and we ask you to join us today.
(Say the Jesus Creed morning and evening during Lent.) I like this book by Tom Wright: Surprised by Hope. And here’s a chp (#11) you don’t hear many Protestants talk about these days: purgatory, paradise, hell.
A short one: 44 ?The kingdom of heaven is like treasure hidden in a field. When a man found it, he hid it again, and then in his joy went and sold all he had and bought that field..
(Say the Jesus Creed morning and evening during Lent.) I’m old enough to remember a story you may not know. When the Anchor Bible commentary series got off the ground, it was designed to be a new, ecumenical translation with […]
Here’s yet another interesting parable about Jesus’ teaching on the kingdom: Matthew 13:36 Then he left the crowd and went into the house. His disciples came to him and said, ?Explain to us the parable of the weeds in the […]
(Say the Jesus Creed morning and evening during Lent.) What is the future hope for the individual? What does Tom Wright, in Surprised by Hope, mean by the “redemption of our bodies”? (chp 10)
We’re interested in how you are doing on your Lenten disciplines, but most especially we are hoping to hear some examples of how saying the Jesus Creed is helping in your ordinary life. What it does for me is to […]
Our next text, #41, is from a parable of Jesus: 18 ?Listen then to what the parable of the sower means: 19 When anyone hears the message about the kingdom and does not understand it, the evil one comes and […]
I saw this at Erika Haub’s site, moved over to the Out of Ur site and am now posting the Out of Ur post itself here. [I did not write this post.] The issue here for me is Christian participation […]
(Say the Jesus Creed morning and evening during Lent.) One of the most mind-numbing as well as frustrating things about biblical studies is learning the “names” and “ideas” of the major interpreters. So, for instance, Augustine or Aquinas or Luther […]
Here is a most interesting text in our consideration of what Jesus means by “kingdom.” It is interesting because, though it is not strictly a Jesus/kingdom text, it sheds light: Matt 8: 10 When Jesus heard this, he was astonished […]
(Say the Jesus Creed morning and evening during Lent.) What does Tom Wright, in Surprised by Hope, think the NT teaches about Jesus as the Coming Judge?
Yesterday Kris and I sat down with two leaders with CRM: Melinda (Wigton) Cathey and Alex Krutov. They are involved with a ministry to orphans in St. Petersburg, Russia. Kris and I were reeling all afternoon after listening to Alex […]
The following text puts the kingdom into the future: Matt 7:21 ?Not everyone who says to me, ?Lord, Lord,? will enter the kingdom of heaven, but only he who does the will of my Father who is in heaven. 22 […]
Milwaukee’s equivalent coffee, and I can’t say this lightly, to Chicago’s Intelligentsia must be Alterra Coffee. Mild, deep good coffee; nice aroma and a tasteful crema. No sign of oils that make the taste bitter (or make it hard to […]
(Say the Jesus Creed morning and evening during Lent.) Almighty God, whose blessed Son was led by the Spirit to be tempted by Satan: Come quickly to help us who are assaulted by many temptations; and, as you know the […]
(Say the Jesus Creed daily during Lent.) Yougottabekiddinme! I look like that? (So asks the little bear.)
(Say the Jesus Creed daily during Lent.) Does Tom Wright believe in the Second Coming? That question has been asked since Tom wrote his exceptional book on Jesus called Jesus and the Victory of God. I recall a conversation I […]
… a book comes along and you make a decision about its importance. This book, you decide, ends the need for a dozen or so other books on your shelves. You go to your shelf, pick up those books, put […]
One of the most noteworthy references to kingdom can be found in context at Matthew 5:19: 17 ?Do not think that I have come to abolish the Law or the Prophets; I have not come to abolish them but to […]
Pray for those who suffered in the tornadoes Tuesday night, among whom are students at Union University where some of my former students are now professors. The clean up will take a long time and it will means lots of […]
(Say the Jesus Creed daily during Lent.) The last chp in Randy Balmer’s God in the White House is called “Cheap Grace.” I’m a fan of Balmer’s angles on political agendas as well as of his prose. I don’t always […]
From CNN.com. … Listening to the irrational and hysterical response of conservatives to the presidential candidacy of Sen. John McCain would be laughable if it wasn’t so serious. Roland S. Martin says some conservatives are opposed to Sen. John McCain’s […]
The beatitudes, Jesus’ blessing of specific kinds of people, twice promise the kingdom: I include them all, since the first and last beatitude are kingdom:
(Say the Jesus Creed daily during Lent.) The ascension. So what? That’s really behind chp 6 of Tom Wright’s Surprised by Hope. Maybe the best chp yet. When I wrote both Embracing Grace and A Community called Atonement, I was […]
Our next reference, the 33d separable reference to kingdom, is Matthew 4:23 (and I’ll tie this with #40, 9:35). Very important little sketch of Jesus’ ministry by Matthew: Jesus went throughout Galilee, teaching in their synagogues, preaching the good news […]
Paraclete was kind enough to give away 100 advance copies of 40 Days Living the Jesus Creed. They can’t give away any more but they are now making available a 10 day offer of buying 40 Days at $9.99 plus […]
Try this for a downloadable copy of the Jesus Creed itself. (HT Peggy Brown) Paraclete Press is willing to give away 100 advance copies of 40 Days Living the Jesus Creed. [This order is now over but you are welcome […]
With the new Barna report finding that born again voters are not supporting Republicans as they once did, a book like Randy Balmer’s God in the White House becomes all the more pertinent. On top of this observation I also […]
We have now finished the references to kingdom in Mark (and parallels) and Q. Now we turn to references to kingdom found only in Matthew. We begin with Matthew 3:2: In those days John the Baptist came, preaching in the […]
I am asking my blog’s readers to consider a challenge for Lent. No, it is not giving up anything. Instead, it helps move Lent into 40 days of living out the gospel: I am asking you to begin and end […]
Tom Wright’s Surprised by Hope keeps getting better and better for me. In chp 6 he sketches a view of the future that avoids the disastrous inability of evolution to deal with sin and the mistaken notion that we need […]
If you are considering pastoring, I’ve got a question I’d like you to think about and then read through the comments that our readers will be offering. Recently we posted a series on Andrew Purves, The Crucifixion of Ministry, but […]
Here is a word of Jesus from Matthew 13: “33 He told them still another parable: ?The kingdom of heaven is like yeast that a woman took and mixed into a large amount of flour until it worked all through […]
In Dubai, with a brilliant 65 and several holes ahead of Ernie Els, Tiger turns the pressure up and wins the Dubai classic. He’s won both tourneys he’s entered this year — and in this one he struggled on days […]
The Last Sunday after Epiphany O God, who before the passion of your only ?begotten Son revealed his glory upon the holy mountain: Grant to us that we, beholding by faith the light of his countenance, may be strengthened to […]
Phil Bauman, pastor at UCC Medfield, gave Kris and me a gift as we left. A reader of this blog, Phil knew we liked coffee so, sure enough, he gave us 12 oz of Blue Moon’s Microroasted Coffee, Brazil Santos […]
I missed doing the 10th chp of John Goldingay’s Israel’s Gospel (OT Theology) in the month of January. I have to admit it: his chps are well-nigh endless and their lack of coherence a bit annoying to me. Still, Goldingay’s […]
Hear O Israel, the Lord our God, the Lord is One. Love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, with all your mind, and with all your strength. The second is this: Love your neighbor […]
Before Tom Wright discusses the future for the individual he goes where the Bible goes: first the corporate and then the individual. In chp 5 of Surprised by Hope he examines two ideas that shape how even many Christians think […]
It is often said, fairly or not, that we all “pick and choose” when it comes to living out the Bible. In your opinion, what is the most obvious example of “picking and choosing”? (For instance, picking head coverings for […]
The second section of Edith Humphrey, Ecstasy and Intimacy, is about Light. She chooses to root her reflections in the Transfiguration, a text/event rarely discussed.
Matthew 12:26 is yet one more non-Jesus kingdom. “If Satan drives out Satan, he is divided against himself. How then can his kingdom stand?” So we move to Matthew 12:28, one of the most popularly quoted statements of Jesus: 25 […]