Yesterday on our blog we had an interchange that I want to toss into the pot today for a discussion. I referred to 1 Peter as by Peter. Here’s what one person said … and let me add that the […]
We finish up today our series on Darrell Cosden’s fine book, The Heavenly Good of Earthly Work. If you are looking for a book that “justifies” work, this is it — and I think we need more of us thinking […]
OK, I posted the Ictus Fair Trade coffee near the end of my supply of their beans, and I’ve already got a new coffee brewing — and it is one good brew. Metropolis. We are brewing some Samba … roasty, […]
We might not realize it today, but the most intense challenge the first followers of Jesus met was including Gentiles into the people of God, the ecclesia. No, even more challenging was loving those Gentiles. Peter points the way.
Theo Geyser, a pastor in Stellenbosch, recommended that I read J.M. Coetzee, Disgrace. It tells a story of South Africa, as one critic put it, a story that “brutal tyranny has been replaced by brutal anarchy.” I don’t know how […]
Kris and I walk at Independence Grove on weekends, and the playground there has “rubber mulch.” (It’s cool to walk on.) We’ve also learned that many are using Rubber Mulch around their trees and bushes and plants. Rubber mulch is […]
The apostle Paul was a Jesus Creeder, and so in chp 27 of 40 Days Living the Jesus Creed, I look at the Jesus Creed in the hands of the apostle Peter when he ventured to establish churches in Asia […]
This post is from Peggy Brown. She gets to the very heart of what this blog is all about and we are grateful to her for this. The Parable of The Jesus Creeders By Peggy Brown (4/25/08)
Magnolia Pictures sent me a pre-release DVD of “The Life Before Her Eyes,” starring Evan Rachel Wood and Uma Thurman, and I feel obligated to offer my readers a review of this haunting, Flannery O’Connor-like movie. Each actress plays — […]
Somewhere in high school both Kris and I read Alan Paton’s famous Cry, the Beloved Country, but it was so long ago that I had to read it again in preparation for our time in South Africa. Yes, it was […]
This is our last week in our Preparing for Pentecost series. We are looking at themes/chps in 40 Days Living the Jesus Creed and this week we’ll look at people and authors in the NT who expanded the Jesus Creed […]
I have to admit; I love what Paraclete did with this.
O God, you have prepared for those who love you such good things as surpass our understanding: Pour into our hearts such love towards you, that we, loving you in all things and above all things, may obtain your promises, […]
What’s the best of Rob Bell’s Noomavideos? Why?
We are now brewing a wonderful tasting and richly aromatic coffee, a fair trade coffe, called Ictus Fair Trade Kaffe, Cafe de Chiapas.
We look today at the parable of the mustard seed and we are looking at Klyne Snodgrass’ new big book on parables: Stories with Intent. First, a greeting to Klyne … in the old days! 8)
Thomas Oden, in his enthusiasm for the unity of the faith in Africa — both North and sub Saharan, got me to thinking the other day about what color Augustine was. We can’t be sure, but the ethnic judgments made […]
The best blog post I have ever read was by Dawn Husnick. I link to it here because the 25th chp of 40 Days Living the Jesus Creed tells her story all over again. Please read the story. If this […]
One of our regular commenters, Bob Smallman, was a classmate of mine when we were seminary students and this blog reunited us. Bob has a brother who pastored for 40 years and is now teaching students about evangelism. Stephen Smallman […]
A case can be made, and in fact has been made, that the Christian faith most Christians profess today — its creedal affirmations — comes from Africa. From one of two major locations in Africa: Alexandria (Egypt) and Carthage (the […]
As we look forward to Pentecost, to the Day when God’s Spirit filled that little bundle of followers of Jesus with the Spirit and gave them the “power to”, we are led to see that at the core of that […]
The major contention of Darrell Cosden is that what we do — our work — is being redeemed and will be finally redeemed (saved) and will figure into Eternity, the Eternal City, the new heavens and the new earth. So, […]
Dan de Roulet now finishes up with an insightful interpretation of this story, and I have to say … wow, I didn’t see most of this at work; if I did, it was so inchoate I needed to see it […]
Paul didn’t quote the Jesus Creed just once; I believe that he not only recited it along with Shema daily but also taught it as a foundational principle for Christian living. So, in chp 23 of 40 Days Living the […]
I’ve done my best to avoid bringing back my class, “Women, Mary and Jesus,” onto this blog but I’ve read a book recently — and we discussed it in class — that I think you should know about: John Stackhouse, […]
As many of you know, we’re doing a series with Dan de Roulet, an English professor, about reading fiction and we’re using “Revelation” by Flannery O’Connor to get to some of the issues in reading fiction. So, here’s Dan response […]
I sometimes am told that the Jesus Creed is simple, or soft-headed and mushy, or light. I know whereof such persons speak because I once thought that way. But, the more I study the New Testament and the more I […]
A reader writes me this set of questions and I’ve cobbled together two exchanges with him about this issue… but the words are his:
The fundamental problem in discerning how we look at “work” is dualism — the one that contends what really matters is the spiritual while the material is not as important. Darrell Cosden, in The Heavenly Good of Earthly Work, turns […]
We are looking forward to Pentecost in this series, and to do that we are blogging through 40 Days Living the Jesus Creed as a form of preparation. Today I want to suggest four principles of a person who practices […]
We’ve seen some old (bird) friends, some new ones … we’ve seen lots of birds this Spring:
Almighty God, whom truly to know is everlasting life: Grant us so perfectly to know your Son Jesus Christ to be the way, the truth, and the life, that we may steadfastly follow his steps in the way that leads […]
44 years ago in Chicago, the Beatles:
We continue our series on Klyne Snodgrass, Stories with Intent, and today we look at the parable of the wheat and weeds.
Roger Olson’s next chp in Reformed and Always Reforming takes on yet another crucial theme: tradition and orthodoxy in postconservative evangelical theology.
What is at the center of our life? For many, as I suggest in 40 Days Living the Jesus Creed, it is work. Abe Lincoln said this: “My father taught me to work, but not to love it. I never […]
The fundamental problem in Christian thinking about work is dualism. That dualism leads to a hierarchy of what matters most. These two statements are at the heart of chp 1 of Darrell Cosden, The Heavenly Good of Earthly Work, and […]
Dan deRoulet is my instructor in this series on how to read fiction. We are looking at Flannery O’Connor’s “Revelation.” He’s asked me two questions — which parables do the exposition and crisis evoke, and where was Mrs. Turpin when […]
One year ago our Dept was scrambling to cover Joel Willitts’ classes. Karla and Joel had twins, premature, and they were wrapped up in the hospital for a long, long time. So, we taught Joel’s classes. There were times when […]
Spiritual disciplines are a waste of time if they are not living out or toward the first element of the Jesus Creed: loving God. So, in 40 Days Living the Jesus Creed, I suggest the spiritual disciplines are actually the […]
I’m doing a series with Dan deRoulet, author of Finding Your Plot in a Plotless World, on how to read fiction, a lesson I needed long ago. We are using Flannery O’Connor’s “Revelation” (Collected Works) as our example, and this […]
Well, a real bug-bear of a term now comes up in Roger Olson’s Reformed and Always Reforming, chp. 5: Propositionalism. What is it? And what are the alternatives when it comes to understanding revelation and Scripture?
Only a genuine baptism of the Spirit, the Pentecostal Spirit, empowers us to be what the Sermon on the Mount calls us to be. In 40 Days Living the Jesus Creed I state that loving your enemies — an important […]
Last Saturday night Kris and I were at Willow with Laura and Mark. The band, led by North Park’s own Matt Lundgren, started to play a good song and then another song. Then I looked up at the big screen […]
Perhaps because I teach college students who frequently bring up what they will do for work when they leave college, perhaps because of some of my Anabaptist convictions, or perhaps because I love what “work” I do — and probably […]
One of my friends and a former colleague, Dan de Roulet, used to urge me to read some piece of fiction. He just knew I needed to do this, but deep inside I had to admit that I simply didn’t […]
“Whoever does these commandments [of Jesus’] and teaches them will be called great in the kingdom of heaven” (Matt. 5:19). The word “great” is here redefined by Jesus and it is defined by the Jesus Creed.
As some of you may know, we will be in Rustenburg South Africa for Pentecost with the Dutch Reformed Church. I will be speaking on Sunday morning and then each evening through Thursday (May 4-8) in a series on Pentecost. […]
The 4th chp in Roger Olson, Reformed and Always Reforming, is about the influence of postmodernity and postfoundationalism on postconservatives. The chps sweeps through many ideas with names and quotations, but I can only give a sampling here and I […]
If the Jesus Creed of loving God and loving others expresses the heart of Jesus’ ethic and God’s design for Eikons, then the Sermon on the Mount somehow expresses what loving God and loving others is all about. This is […]
O God, whose Son Jesus is the good shepherd of your people: Grant that when we hear his voice we may know him who calls us each by name, and follow where he leads; who, with you and the Holy […]
Praise God! ?and many thanks for the prayers for my son, his girlfriend, and the many other students at this conference. The kids returned this afternoon and we have found out that my son and his girlfriend have made a […]
On our iBook G4, when on the internet with Firefox, sometimes the down scroll arrow at the bottom right of the screen appears but more often it does not appear. All that appears most of the time is the upscroll […]
My friend and one of our seminary students, Chris Ridgeway, gave me a pound of a new coffee: Espresso Royale. I ground it just right on the first try — which is not common for me with a new bean […]
We, and this cardinal, are ready for Spring:
You may remember our post about a father and a son and some doubt. Good things are happening so if you could read this and then pray for them.
We look today at the parable of the growing seed from Mark 4:26-29. We are looking at the parable by reading through Klyne Snodgrass, Stories with Intent, and here is the text:
Yesterday I was at Willow’s youth leadership conference called Shift. A full day but lots of fun. I’m not a youth minister, obviously — nor was I a very good one when I gave it a whirl, but if I […]
In the coming month we will turn to two new books, one by Darrell Cosden called The Heavenly Good of Earthly Work. I met Darrell on a flight, got his book, and think this book is a nice change of […]
I don’t think many think of this, so let me make it clear right away: if love of God and love others is the foundation and final expression of what we are designed to be, if Pentecost empowers us to […]
Our mortgage company sent us a report that for some reason skipped a couple of months. To keep our records complete (and straight), I called the company to request a complete activity report. (The term they use is “activity.”) Here’s […]
Apologetics is changing in the 21st Century, changing from arguments that rationally prove the truth of Christianity to a gospel that, as Mel Lawrenz calls it, summons humans because of the “divine allure.” In his book, I Want to Believe, […]
The Pentecost community is one that loves God and loves others — and it loves the self properly and it loves the real people of God — and this love of God that loves the self and others reaches out […]
I wish I could tell you that I have been a long-time reader of Thomas Howard. I can’t. Discovering his absolutely splendid The Night is Far Spent filled my Easter weekend and occasional moments with joy, insight, ruminations, and pleasure […]
Olson admits that his characterization of conservative evangelicalism’s conservative emphasis is “impressionistic” but he puts it like this: “A habit of the conservative theological mind is to specialize in reiterating traditional doctrinal formulations and criticizing reconstruction and reformulations of doctrine” […]
There is a mood today at work in the church — the mood of open season on the church. Fundamentalists are attacking what they think are signs of drifting away from the stalwarts of the faith; liberals are attacking the […]
This post came as a comment last week on the parable of the prodigal son … and I know many of you would like to see it if you haven’t already. This came from Attie over in South Africa and […]
The apostle Paul, so it seems to me, believed in the Jesus Creed and in the significance of self-love (40 Days Living the Jesus Creed, 60-64). In fact, Paul thought marriage flourished when self-love was the standard for loving others […]
A letter which the young candidate would like discussed: Dear Scot, I am 34 (10 years part time youth ministry experience) and currently in discussion with a local congregation about joining their staff as FT Youth Pastor. During my first […]
What are the tasks of theology? This question, asked by Roger Olson in the 3d chp of Reformed and Always Reforming, is a question I wish more would ask. Here are his four points:
No matter how altrustic we may not want to sound, no matter how much we might want to avoid sounding like a pop-psychologist, and no matter how much we might think it is selfish, Jesus in two very important statements […]
3-3 record; Kerry Wood looks good — Derrek Lee is awesome. 2008 looks great.
O God, whose blessed Son made himself known to his disciples in the breaking of bread: Open the eyes of our faith, that we may behold him in all his redeeming work; who lives and reigns with you, in the […]
Here is a link to the whole our series on the keys to the kingdom. Thanks to Jim Baker for doing this and to Bob Robinson for hosting the link at his site. And below is the full text. KEYS […]
Vote for Steve McCoy — he helped me learn to blog and will give his winnings to help others hear the gospel through Tim Keller’s new book. Scroll down and click on “Reformissionary.”
From yesterday’s post about blogging for 3 years…
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From Kris and me, for all the wonderful comments yesterday, which are as much a tribute to this Blog Community as to us. Many, many thanks. They gave us some heart-warming moments yesterday completely beyond anything we expected.
April 5 marks my third year of blogging, so I want to reflect on what has happened because of this blog. Well, lots … and nothing like we expected.
Perhaps the most significant parable in the Gospel arsenal is the parable of the sower (Mark 4:3-20 and parallels). Why? Because it is the kingdom parable and a parable that ultimately explains what parables are all about! So says Klyne […]
This is a good week to discuss the lasting and important proposal of Os Guinness in his new book, The Case for Civility. He advocates instead of a “naked” public square (no religion) or a “sacred” public square (coercion of […]
Pentecost, the Day God sends the Spirit afresh on God’s people, makes them the kind of people God wants them to be. Pentecost, as we turn to chp 10 of 40 Days Living the Jesus Creed is a promise. The […]
So, how do postconservatives articulate the order of first experience with theology a second-order articulation of that gospel experience? According to Roger Olson (Reformed and Always Reforming) this can be found in the following theologians:
I probably get asked this question more than any other. Which means quite often. Again, used with permission and only slightly edited. Hi Scot. First, let me say that I appreciate your writing and your heart. I have used some […]
“God’s mercy lurks in the shadows of your life.” This is from p. 44 in 40 Days Living the Jesus Creed. One of the most revealing words in the Bible is the word “mercy.”
Pete Enns, professor at Westminster Theological Seminary, has been suspended and Christianity Today has a long article. The comments there are mostly uncharitable and accusatory, and we will have to guard the comments here carefully. So, please be charitable.
A letter from a pastor; permission granted to publish here; we are seeking your wisdom.. Scot, Hello. We met when you visited the area and I have appreciated your blog for a while now. I came to this church as […]
Roger Olson, in Reformed and Always Reforming, argues that conservative evangelicalism has a one-sided emphasis on doctrinal content as the essence of Christianity and a corresponding neglect of experience. Postconservatism, accordingly, has an experiential impulse.
Where do you find God? In chp 8 of 40 Days Living the Jesus Creed I look at where Abraham found God and where we can find God anew this day.
From a reader who asks you, Jesus Creed reader, for some advice: So, I???ve been kicking around the question: What is most necessary and essential to Christian community?
John Goldingay ends the preface to volume 2 of his OT Theology (OT Theology: Israel’s Faith) with a zinger that I find to be so, so true: he gives credit to readers who have saved him “from some of my […]
If preparing for Pentecost means being prepared to become the people of God, then it is good for us to remind ourselves of what kind of God we have. It is this God who acted for us on Pentecost, and […]
Drumroll please. This is our last kingdom text: Luke 23:42. It comes with evocative connections: