Chp 2 of Roger Olson, Reformed and Always Reforming, is about “Christianity’s Essence” and his concern is “transformation over information.”
What are we here for? As we continue our journey toward Pentecost to discover the Spirit empowering God’s people to live as God’s people should, this question can help shape our preparation. We using our 40 Days Living the Jesus […]
There are 85 separable instances of “kingdom” in the Synoptic Gospels; we have three left and two of them are in our text today:
A very kind reader of Jesus Creed sent Kris and me a package of Waialua Coffee from Hawaii (north shore), and we are now brewing and drinking it. [I couldn’t find the home site; this site sells Waialua.]
OK, it’s not the first day of the month but I want you to know that April 1 (no fooling) I will post the first in an 8-part [maybe 10-part] series — once a month, on the first day of […]
Almighty and everlasting God, who in the Paschal mystery established the new covenant of reconciliation: Grant that all who have been reborn into the fellowship of Christ’s Body may show forth in their lives what they profess by their faith; […]
Kris and I both think blogs that are cluttered with ads are unattractive. So, we’ve done our dead-level best to avoid putting up ads. But, recently we read problogger.com’s stuff about AdSense, a Google Ad program, and thought it was […]
Too much snow this winter in the Land of Lincoln:’
The so-called parable of the prodigal son, Luke 15:11-32, is the 3d in Klyne Snodgrass’ treatment of the parables of lostness (Stories with Intent).
KJ. (If you could e-mail me, we’ll work out a book and your address.) Here are the votes, and it is stunningly clear (I tallied this up at about 8:30pm CT).
“At the center of the Jesus Creed is the Shema, and at the center of the Shema is the God of love, and at the center of the God of love is the word ‘one.” (From 40 Days Living the […]
Talk about a hornet’s nest of issues … our 82d kingdom text (Luke 21:31) is surrounded with them. Here is the text:
So much for global warming. Here we sit, March 27th … where are we, Australia? The worst part? I got a new driver yesterday, Nike Sumo 2. [I have to add this: I’m on the side of those who think […]
Yesterday I was in Grand Rapids — speaking twice at GR Theological Seminary. First, in chapel (more below) and then later to the Faculty (about future seminary education — I’ll keep this under wraps for now). It was good to […]
Here’s the deal. I’ve chosen the top 5 Vintage Rock and Roll songs from our nominations yesterday. So, today you can vote. The song with the most votes will reward the one who first recommended it with a free copy […]
We turn our faces today toward Pentecost — and we prepare for that Day when God’s Spirit floods us with God’s gracious, loving, holy presence. To prepare ourselves we daily recite the Jesus Creed — to love God and to […]
A sense of imminent arrival of the kingdom loomed over Jesus’ ministry, and we are not fair to the Gospel texts if we ignore that looming. Here is a text (Luke 19:11) that illustrates the sense of anticipation:
What then is postconservatism? What is the postconservative evangelical impulse? Roger Olson, in Reformed and Always Reforming, sees six features. Friends, this is the singular contribution of this book and it will be discussed for years to come, and this […]
Let’s say pre-1975 (definitely not that prog-rock stuff Bob Robinson is into), what is the best song ever? Give us a YouTube if you can. Nothing kooky; no “Ayisha” stuff either. Here’s a genuine option:I will post the winner tomorrow.
The first half of the Jesus Creed is to love God with everything we are and we’ve got. The second half is to love others [probably also with with everything we are and we’ve got]. “Loving others is a great […]
At the end of the rich young ruler episode, after Jesus had explained to the man that he was to give up his wealth in order to enter the kingdom, we get this passage in Luke 18:26-30:
This is the last of a series of posts [by RJS] looking at the book The Language of God by Francis S. Collins, Director, National Human Genome Research Institute (NHGRI), National Institutes of Health (NIH). Today we will turn to […]
Tonight I fly up to Grand Rapids and tomorrow I speak at chapel to the seminarians; in the afternoon we will have a conversation with the seminary faculty about the next generation of students. I look forward to seeing my […]
When God’s mighty Spirit comes upon us we will be awakened in our love for God. In many ways, then, the ancient Shema of Israel, found in Deut 6:4-5, points us toward Pentecost. The summons God gave Israel was to […]
We look today at three kingdom references (Luke 17:20, 20, 21) that are, in my estimation, some of the most misconstrued texts in Jesus’ kingdom message. Here they are in context:
Two streams flow into Evangelicalism today according to Roger Olson in his fine new study, Reformed and Always Reforming. Here are the two streams, and they derive also from the fine studies of Mark Noll, the Dean of American Church […]
There is a tension in many of us — I call it the “Willo-palian” problem. What is it? The yearning for many of us low church types to experience a liturgical life. Many of us are not willing to go […]
We now enter into Easter season as we prepare for Pentecost. To prepare us for Pentecost, I want to devote a spot on this blog each day on weekdays to 40 Days Living the Jesus Creed.
We are now heading around the corner into the homestretch in this series on kingdom. There are 85 discrete references to kingdom in the Synoptics and we have examined 73 of them. We are now at #74 and I anticipate […]
O God, who for our redemption gave your only-begotten Son to the death of the cross, and by his glorious resurrection delivered us from the power of our enemy: Grant us so to die daily to sin, that we may […]
I am now brewing, as a gift from Billy Kangas (one of our readers), from the Ugly Mug Cafe, a coffee called Ill Dorado. Fantastic stuff. I now have it up there with Intelligentsia, Chestnut Hill Coffee Company, and Doubleshot. […]
St Patrick’s Day in Chicago, NCAA tournament, and pastoral ministry:
O God, Creator of heaven and earth: Grant that, as the crucified body of your dear Son was laid in the tomb and rested on this holy Sabbath, so we may await with him the coming of the third day, […]
Almighty God, we pray you graciously to behold this your family, for whom our Lord Jesus Christ was willing to be betrayed, and given into the hands of sinners, and to suffer death upon the cross; who now lives and […]
Luke 15 records three parables about lostness; the second of these is about the lost coin. We are attending to Klyne Snodgrass, Stories with Intent, and his study of these parables.
If Os Guinness, in his attempt to call the nation to public civility, can call the Religious Right to task for its rhetoric, he can do the same to the Left. In The Case for Civility, chp 5, Guinness says […]
Luke 13:22 Then Jesus went through the towns and villages, teaching as he made his way to Jerusalem. 23 Someone asked him, ?Lord, are only a few people going to be saved?? He said to them, 24 ?Make every effort […]
This series is from RJS… This is the fifth in a series of posts looking at the book The Language of God by Francis S. Collins, Director, National Human Genome Research Institute (NHGRI), National Institutes of Health (NIH). Part Three […]
(Say the Jesus Creed morning and evening during Lent.) Chp 4 of Os Guinness, The Case for Civility, could be called a “civil screed” against the Religious Right. It is not too harsh; it never falls for the uncivil, but […]
The 72d separable kingdom text is found at Luke 12: 32 ?Do not be afraid, little flock, for your Father has been pleased to give you the kingdom. 33 Sell your possessions and give to the poor. Provide purses for […]
(Say the Jesus Creed morning and evening during Lent.) Roger Olson, in his Reformed and Always Reforming, lists four features, yea five, that characterize evangelicalism and that are common between conservatives and postconservatives. In other words, he defines who is […]
Nancy Ortberg has just published a book that Kris and I both enjoyed, and now our daughter, Laura, is reading it (Nancy was one of Laura’s leaders in the days of Axis at Willow Creek). There’s a depth as well […]
Here these words of Jesus about the kingdom from Luke 10: 8 ?When you enter a town and are welcomed, eat what is set before you. 9 Heal the sick who are there and tell them, ?The kingdom of God […]
This series is from RJS… This is the fourth in a series of posts looking at the book The Language of God by Francis S. Collins, Director, National Human Genome Research Institute (NHGRI), National Institutes of Health (NIH). Two lectures […]
(Say the Jesus Creed morning and evening during Lent.) I include today a letter from a pastor who solicits your response. Hi Scot, I continue to enjoy the blog each day. Thanks for the daily encouragement and stimulation. I have […]
Here are some of Jesus’ most demanding kingdom-words: 57 As they were walking along the road, a man said to him, ?I will follow you wherever you go.? 58 Jesus replied, ?Foxes have holes and birds of the air have […]
(Say the Jesus Creed morning and evening during Lent.) Sometimes it is necessary to describe and classify and map in order to understand both who we are and what we think and who others are and what they believe. This […]
I’m happy to announce that 40 Days Living the Jesus Creed is now being shipped, and I’ve heard from some of you that your copies have already arrived.
10 When the apostles returned, they reported to Jesus what they had done. Then he took them with him and they withdrew by themselves to a town called Bethsaida, 11 but the crowds learned about it and followed him. He […]
Almighty and everliving God, in your tender love for the human race you sent your Son our Savior Jesus Christ to take upon him our nature, and to suffer death upon the cross, giving us the example of his great […]
Monday we begin a series on Roger Olson’s new book, Reformed and Always Reforming. I promise to interact with this book a little more, not because I disagree but because he’s sketching stuff I am seeing too. When I was […]
Chicago runner last Friday: We’ve been gone for the week; we got home late last night; not as many links as I’d like. Sorry.
Klyne Snodgrass, in Stories with Intent, turns to a chp on “parables of lostness” and it begins with the parable of the lost sheep.
Dear Scot, Thank you for your support and insight?and thank you for sharing your blog with me/us. While I am not a stranger to the blog community, my wife has never quite recognized the value that the blogosphere offers until […]
Luke 8: 1 After this, Jesus traveled about from one town and village to another, proclaiming the good news of the kingdom of God. The Twelve were with him, 2 and also some women who had been cured of evil […]
This series is from RJS and she is an expert in this topic and way beyond what I could do. I, Scot, think this is a very significant post in this series; read it carefully. This is the third in […]
This series on Don Everts is by Chris Ridgeway, a friend and seminary student. His review is more of a critical interaction with the book and I want to thank him for these reviews. We’re both wondering what you think […]
(Say the Jesus Creed morning and evening during Lent.) Luke 4:42 At daybreak Jesus went out to a solitary place. The people were looking for him and when they came to where he was, they tried to keep him from […]
The “true remedy” of James Madison, the one that sought for an amiable relationship between religion and government, has recently been nearly demolished. That problem Os Guinness, in The Case for Civility, calls “the broken settlement.” A fascinating chp, one […]
We had a great empathizing and praying for a father; so many good responses. And “Dad’s” response yesterday showed what a blog community can do for folks. Here is the response I wrote to him, now just a little fleshed […]
We now turn to Luke’s Gospel’s special uses of “kingdom.” Technically, this is the 64th reference to kingdom in the Gospels and it comes at Luke 1:33. This one is from Mary: 29 Mary was greatly troubled at his words […]
This series is from RJS and she is an expert in this topic and way beyond what I could do. We continue today with a series of posts looking at the book The Language of God by Francis S. Collins, […]
I got permission from this father who wrote to me about the eroding faith of his son. The presenting issue is moral relativism. I wrote him back and will share of that tomorrow, but wonder what you’d say to the […]
(Say the Jesus Creed morning and evening during Lent.) Matthew 25:31 ?When the Son of Man comes in his glory, and all the angels with him, he will sit on his throne in heavenly glory. 32 All the nations will […]
(Say the Jesus Creed morning and evening during Lent.) What is the “true remedy”, an expression from founder James Madison, for the relationship of religion and the state? Os Guinness, in The Case for Civility, explores this question — and […]
I got to clean off my desk. The Blue Parakeet lasted a long time and my desk kept getting messier and messier. Here are some pre- and post- pictures…
This series on Don Everts is by Chris Ridgeway, a friend and seminary student. His review is more of a critical interaction with the book. Everts, Don. The Dirty Beggar Living in My Head: One Guy?s Musings About Evil & […]
(Say the Jesus Creed morning and evening during Lent.) Matt 25:1 ?At that time the kingdom of heaven will be like ten virgins who took their lamps and went out to meet the bridegroom. 2 Five of them were foolish […]
Almighty God, you alone can bring into order the unruly wills and affections of sinners: Grant your people grace to love what you command and desire what you promise; that, among the swift and varied changes of the world, our […]
Hello from Aruba … you can find us under a tiki hut reading. I’ve got a bundle of things to read for a piece on “happiness.” And how appropriate; we’re at a place called “The Happy Island.” Our housesitters are […]
(Say the Jesus Creed morning and evening during Lent.) Our Friday series is special: not only are we gathered together as blog friends, but the author of our book, Stories with Intent, is a personal friend. Klyne Snodgrass is one […]
There’s lots of storm brewing in ChicagoLand about the Cubs announcing they could be remodeling Wrigley Field. Here’s a good site fighting off the move.
When I began working on The Blue Parakeet, I had in mind a book that would show the extremes in evangelicalism on four or five topics and show how a third way, the way of moderation, is both more accurate […]
14 And this gospel of the kingdom will be preached in the whole world as a testimony to all nations, and then the end will come..
(Say the Jesus Creed morning and evening during Lent.) This series is from RJS and she is an expert in this topic and way beyond what I could do. I’m honored to have her leading this discussion. Almost two years […]
One of my best friends and a colleague is Rajkumar Boaz Johnson. I call him the “Rajah” which means “king”, “Raj” means “prince” and “Kumar” means “son.” Boaz is from India and we talk almost every day about our academic […]
Matthew 23: 13 ?Woe to you, teachers of the law and Pharisees, you hypocrites! You shut the kingdom of heaven in men’s faces. You yourselves do not enter, nor will you let those enter who are trying to..
(Say the Jesus Creed morning and evening during Lent.) Some of my finest moments of exhilaration in study have emerged out of visions for what public discourse has been and could be. But we are presently mired, largely in the […]
Many of you will remember the fun we had when we posted the three possible covers for our book with Zondervan called “The Blue Parakeet: Rethinking how you read the Bible.” Well, here’s a link to a Zondervan page where […]
We now look at another kingdom text, this from Matthew 22:1ff: 1 Jesus spoke to them again in parables, saying: 2 ?The kingdom of heaven is like a king who prepared a wedding banquet for his son. 3 He sent […]
(Say the Jesus Creed morning and evening during Lent.) We need a new book on the basics of the orthodox faith; a readable study that anyone can read. I’ve read a few such books in my life, but the challenge […]
Just in case you didn’t see this back on the posts on Tom Wright’s book: here is Tom Wright’s letter to us.
Our next text is in the middle of a parable, found at Matthew 21:31-45: 43 ?Therefore I tell you that the kingdom of God will be taken away from you and given to a people who will produce its fruit. […]
(Say the Jesus Creed morning and evening during Lent.) Greetings Scot, I was one of your students at Trinity Evang Div School… Although my leanings are not emerging/emergent, I want to be fair, honest, and even-handed as I share on […]
We come to the 11th and final chapter of John Goldingay’s Old Testament theology — OT Theology: Israel’s Gospel. Goldingay takes cuts through the First Testament rather than building a synthetic theology; his books provide an excellent example of narrative […]
Our next text is Matthew 21:31. In context: 28 ?What do you think? There was a man who had two sons. He went to the first and said, ?Son, go and work today in the vineyard.? 29 ? ?I will […]
Gracious Father, whose blessed Son Jesus Christ came down from heaven to be the true bread which gives life to the world: Evermore give us this bread, that he may live in us, and we in him; who lives and […]
The Lady Pretz won yesterday and are about to begin to play for the State Championship. Basketball runs in Kris’ family very deep. Her brother, Pete, is the head coach of a legendary junior college program and he was interviewed […]
I mentioned this before, but just in case you haven’t heard, there is a wonderful reading of the Bible — with some background effects — in The Bible Experience. I’ve enjoyed it while driving, and it is now with mp3 […]
Doubleshot 2 coffee company, out of Tulsa [Oklahoma], has a splendid company. I’m brewing Ambergris Espresso Blend. Good stuff.