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A Compline Prayer

posted by xscot mcknight

From Aidan, the compline prayer for Monday in the Celtic Book of Prayer: May the virtue of our daily work hallow our nightly prayers. May our sleep be deep and soft so our work be fresh and hard.

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RSS Feed?

posted by xscot mcknight

OK, someone wrote and said the RSS feed is not working. Well, I don’t even know what this is, but this blog community is big enough both to figure it out and fix it. Please advise.

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Dobson and “Conservative” Politicians

posted by xscot mcknight

Our discussion of the Dobson and Obama dust-up raised one point, that of misrepresentation of Obama by Dobson, but there was something else in Dobson’s discussion that day that deserves a conversation. Dobson, who speaks for many in the religious […]

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The Gospel of Ruth

posted by xscot mcknight

Kris read Carolyn Custis James’ new book, The Gospel of Ruth , recently, gave it to our daughter, Laura, and both loved it. It is an imaginative Bible study of the book of Ruth and it can serve well for […]

Heaven 1

posted by xscot mcknight

There are two good reasons to do a focused Bible study on heaven. First, because the history of how Christians have understood heaven has been written by several and this history reveals that Christians have both invented plenty and have […]

Prayer for the Week

posted by xscot mcknight

Almighty God, you have built your Church upon the foundation of the apostles and prophets, Jesus Christ himself being the chief cornerstone: Grant us so to be joined together in unity of spirit by their teaching, that we may be […]

What Fungus is Among-us?

posted by xscot mcknight

In our backyard, in the mulch, we’ve got this stuff. Anyone know what it is? I took those pictures Thursday evening; Friday morning, early, the first one looked like this:

Weekly Meanderings

posted by xscot mcknight

The Mississippi flooded its banks and broke down some levees.

Third Day

posted by xscot mcknight

I’m trying this out today … I have listened to some of Third Day. What is your favorite song by Third Day? Amazon.com Widgets

Friday is for Friends

posted by xscot mcknight

The radical kingdom vision of Jesus emerges constantly in the parables, and Klyne Snodgrass, in his exceptional sourcebook for anyone who wants to study the parables, in Stories with Intent, clears away the accumulation of cleverness that somehow manages to […]

I don’t care if it is law, it just seems so wrong

posted by xscot mcknight

Perhaps you heard that the Supreme Court struck down the decision of lower courts to permit local cities to ban handguns. The Supreme Court says, rightfully, that this violates the Second Amendment that gives US citizens the right to bear […]

Jesus Creed goes to China

posted by xscot mcknight

This week we got a nicely wrapped package from Paraclete, and inside the package was two copies of Jesus Creed … in Chinese. Here’s a picture and then a calculation:

Our Reasonable Faith 13

posted by xscot mcknight

This series is by RJS We have taken a hiatus in the series on Tim Kellers’ book The Reason for God, not out of lack of interest, but out of pressing time constraints and travel. The last several chapters are […]

Dictionaries, You gotta love ’em

posted by xscot mcknight

The IVP dictionaries are one of the finest gifts to the church of this generation. Whenever a new one comes out, I like to spend the evening dipping into it here and there. The newest one is edited by Tremper […]

Stuffy Inbox?

posted by xscot mcknight

Is your e-mail inbox stuffed to the max? Here’s my theory:

Dobson on Obama

posted by xscot mcknight

Kris and I listened last night to James Dobson’s criticisms of Barack Obama’s 2006 speech. I found it on the “Listen to Daily Broadcast”. I don’t know if it is archived, but I did my best to listen carefully and […]

Evangelizing Postmoderns

posted by xscot mcknight

A regular question I get asked goes something like this: “If you believe in a robust gospel, how then do you evangelize?” I’ve got two books to recommend to you:

Ostia (antica)

posted by xscot mcknight

One of the most significant ports in all of Italy was Rome’s port at Ostia, now called Ostia antica. The port was on the Tiber and on the coast, though the growing problem with silt accumulation made it less than […]

Christian Humanism

posted by xscot mcknight

I read John de Gruchy’s Confessions of a Christian Humanist for a variety of reasons, not the least of which were that he is a South African liberation theologian and because I think his expression for himself, a Christian humanist, […]

Praying during July

posted by xscot mcknight

I have a recommendation for you. It is a recommendation to use a prayer book during July. Kris and I will be using Mark Van Steenwyk’s new The Missio Dei Breviary. As some of you know, I have myself written […]

Pompei

posted by xscot mcknight

The ruins at Pompei are enormous and breathtaking. We tromped through the place for about 4 hours … with the specter of Vesuvius in the background, one could not avoid imagining what it was like in 79 AD when Vesuvius […]

Christian Realism 6

posted by xscot mcknight

If step one in Stackhouse’s theory of Christian realism is to sketch his method, step two is to provide the big themes that put all of Christian realism and ethics in context. This is all found in chp 6 of […]

Advent Christians

posted by xscot mcknight

Sam Warren, a former pastor and now the national director of Christian nurture in the Advent Christian Church invited me to give two workshops and be a plenary speaker at the Triennial meetings of the denomination. So, Saturday morning I […]

Amalfi: The Coast

posted by xscot mcknight

We stayed in Ravello, a small town sitting atop a mountainous region above the Amalfi coastline. Today I want to post some pictures of the various places on the coastline we visited on our vacation.

Going to Church in the 4th Century

posted by xscot mcknight

Here is a picture of the Christian basilica in Ostia antica from about the 4th Century. Perhaps this is one attended by Augustine. If you have eyes to see, Kris is at the back.

Prayer for the Week

posted by xscot mcknight

O Lord, make us have perpetual love and reverence for your holy Name, for you never fail to help and govern those whom you have set upon the sure foundation of your loving?kindness; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives […]

Amalfi

posted by xscot mcknight

It was a long, long day … from the time we got up in Ostia antica and went to bed at home in Libertyville was about 24 hours. But we’re up bright and early this morning and here are some […]

The Cover to our “Fasting”

posted by xscot mcknight

I [or We] have a book coming out this winter in a series with Thomas Nelson. The series is about returning to ancient practices and my [or our] book is on Fasting. Here is a pdf of the cover … […]

Introducing Jesus of Nazareth

posted by xscot mcknight

This is the time of the year when many professors are thinking about textbooks for next year, and I’ve come across one for Jesus of Nazareth classes. I’m wondering, in particular, if anyone out there has used this book in […]

Depth of Spirit

posted by xscot mcknight

Gordon Macdonald, upon a trip to South Africa to speak, was met by Trevor Hudson. Gordon said this of Trevor: “I quickly learned I was teaming up with a man younger in years but older in spiritual maturity.” I, too, […]

One more day

posted by xscot mcknight

This is our last day on the Amalfi Coast. Tomorrow we get up early and head up to Ostia Antica, an ancient village near the coast and Rome’s port in the ancient days. Anyone know what happened here in the […]

The Church’s Future through its Ancient Faith

posted by xscot mcknight

The Wheaton Theology conference from 2007 now has its papers published in Ancient Faith for the Church’s Future. There are two ways to look at this book — either chp by chp in a series of posts or by sketching […]

South African Cross

posted by xscot mcknight

Just before the worship service one evening in Rustenburg South Africa, at NG Bergsig, Attie Nel said a man had a gift for me. Indeed, he did! A cross. God had spoken to this young man in the services, one […]

Salvation and Community

posted by xscot mcknight

When someone brings together salvation and community (Israel, Church), I’m listening. Chris Wright does just that in a new book, but before I get to it, a brief note. When I first began teaching our survey of the Bible course […]

Tony Jones and Campbell Brown

posted by xscot mcknight

Campbell Brown, a newscaster for CNN, says 2008 feels a lot like 1968. But Tony Jones says 2008 feels more, and looks more like 1908, and hence he, Doug Pagitt and Mark Scandrette are on the Road Show. You can […]

Amalfi Coast

posted by xscot mcknight

Kris and I have’t had much access to a computer here, and we didn’t bring our laptop. So we rely on “Internet Points” — and right now we are sitting in Sorrento, just off the Piazza Tasso. We’ve been to […]

A Slowed-down Spirituality

posted by xscot mcknight

Ian Stackhouse, a Baptist pastor in England, points us in the direction we want to go but are either too busy or afraid. His proposal: slow down. He gives us a slow spirituality in a fast moving world in The […]

Wrath 17

posted by xscot mcknight

Every reference to “wrath” in the book of Revelation refers to God’s act of judgment against sin and sinners on the plane of history. Here are the verses:

Prayer for the Week

posted by xscot mcknight

Keep, O Lord, your household the Church in your steadfast faith and love, that through your grace we may proclaim your truth with boldness, and minister your justice with compassion; for the sake of our Savior Jesus Christ, who lives […]

Taste of Chicago in South Africa

posted by xscot mcknight

I’m biased. Mugg and Bean coffee, a South African coffee, got is idea in Chicago. Which explains why I like this coffee so much. My first cup here had a rich crema, an aroma that filled the room, and a […]

Weekly Meanderings

posted by xscot mcknight

Sorry to wake you up, dear, but I thought you might like to watch this tornado! (from CNN)

Sermons and Plagiarism

posted by xscot mcknight

There is a very good piece here from the CT gallery of websites that many of us would do well to read and print out and keep near us. It’s about the value and dangers — plagiarism — of using […]

Who Will Tell the Story?

posted by xscot mcknight

Robert Webber, in what I think will be his last book — I thought his previous one was!, applies his classic narrative understanding of Christian theology to two crises before us: the threat of radical Islam and Christian accommodation to […]

40 Days for Fathers

posted by xscot mcknight

Paraclete has just released my new book, 40 Days Living the Jesus Creed in the format of a daily email. Beginning on Sunday, June 15th (Father’s Day) and continuing for forty days, you can receive all of 40 Days Living […]

When Church History becomes Global

posted by xscot mcknight

The insight that the Church is not just the movement from the creeds up into Europe and into England and then across to the USA and then, through missions, to Africa and the Far East and South America, is on […]

Wrath 16

posted by xscot mcknight

Hebrews uses the term “wrath” twice and both times it is a quotation from Psalm 95:11:

The Greatest American Novel

posted by xscot mcknight

Every summer, or almost every summer, I read Ernest Hemingway, The Old Man and the Sea. Whether it is his prose or the subject of the chase or the struggle that blends the human and the natural world, I don’t […]

Tools for Students

posted by xscot mcknight

Roger Omanson’s excellent A Textual Guide to the GNT does something that many of us have known we need. For years those who are curious about the apparatus — the footnotes to the Greek NT — have had only two […]

Wrath 15

posted by xscot mcknight

A text that reveals how important “historical” wrath is for the earliest Christians, and this use is characteristic of the OT and Judaism, is found in 1 Thessalonians 1:10:

Christian Realism 5

posted by xscot mcknight

Christian realism steers a course between the Anabaptist vision of the kingdom being achieved, more rather than less, in the church and the Constantinian vision of the kingdom joining hips with the State. Now, of course, there is a spectrum […]

The First Unofficial Vote-off

posted by xscot mcknight

OK, who will you vote for? Here are our rules: You can say anything you want about the person you want to win or the person you think will win or the person you will vote for, but you can’t […]

Wrath 14

posted by xscot mcknight

Two texts today, one from Ephesians 5:6 and the other from Colossians 3:6, are considered:

Emerging vs. Emergent

posted by xscot mcknight

What do you think? Should the two terms be used for two different and differing segments of the larger emerging movement? Dan Kimball says so; and now Dave Dunbar, who is the President at Biblical Seminary and one completely on […]

In Constant Prayer

posted by xscot mcknight

Some of you may know that I’ve written a book on fasting in a series from Thomas Nelson. The first volume in the series was by Brian McLaren, Finding Our Way Again, and now the second volume is out. It […]

Wrath 13

posted by xscot mcknight

We are testing a hypothesis, namely, this one: Does “wrath” refer only to “historical” events in history, the negative implications of doing things contrary to God’s will, or does it also refer to “evangelistic” wrath (threatening with wrath when evangelizing) […]

Now Brewing: RedBerry’s Limu Arabica

posted by xscot mcknight

We bought some coffees in South Africa, and the first batch I have brewed is Limu Arabica, from Ethiopia. Limu is a region in Ethiopia — some consider Ethiopia to be the original birthplace for coffee beans and drinking coffee. […]

Prayer for the Week

posted by xscot mcknight

O God, from whom all good proceeds: Grant that by your inspiration we may think those things that are right, and by your merciful guiding may do them; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and […]

My Picks for VP

posted by xscot mcknight

If I were McCain, I would pick Condi Rice. If I were Obama, I would pick Lou Dobbs. Forget choosing governors of States; find someone with instant name recognition. Who would you pick?

Weekly Meanderings

posted by xscot mcknight

Chicago as we turn from Spring toward Summer:

A Letter from the Depths of the Soul

posted by xscot mcknight

Hello Scot, I am a reader of your blog and very much respect your opinion on spiritual matters. Over 10 years ago I had cancer. The treatments I went through were very difficult, but effective as I am cancer free […]

Christian Realism 4

posted by xscot mcknight

Ag man (as they say in South Africa), Stackhouse (Making the Best of It) writes about some seminal thinkers … CS Lewis, Reinhold Niebuhr, and Dietrich Bonhoeffer. I began reading Bonhoeffer in college, read three more of his books the […]

New Monasticism

posted by xscot mcknight

I begin with a confession: I’m not a new monastic, nor am I “tempted” to join. In the late 70s and early 80s, yes, we were a bit interested and did some things with a few folks in an inner-city […]

Our Reasonable Faith 12 (RJS)

posted by xscot mcknight

If the problem is Sin — and Sin is failure to love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, with all your mind, and with all your strength — what is the solution?

Drafted

posted by xscot mcknight

Just in case you don’t know, our son Lukas is a scout for the Chicago Cubs. Which means, besides getting paid to sit at baseball games and evaluate amateur talent, today is the biggest day of the baseball year. Today […]

A Bird’s Eye View of Paul

posted by xscot mcknight

Michael Bird, an excellent young professor, gives us something we really need: a readable, up-to-date, avoid-the-fads approach to the apostle Paul. The book is for students, college and seminary and adult classes. Cleverly, Mike Bird calls his book A Bird’s […]

Wrath 12

posted by xscot mcknight

Yesterday I suggested the wrath of Romans 12:19 (“but leave room for the wrath of God … vengeance…”) was historical wrath, and here’s why — from Romans 13:

Christian Realism 3

posted by xscot mcknight

John Stackhouse has a goal: to construct a Christian realism when it comes to how we should relate to and participate in culture. He sketches this view in his excellent book, Making the Best of It. After sketching the famous […]

Good News for Rochester (NY)

posted by xscot mcknight

If you live in Rochester, NY, I’ve got some good news for you. Our niece is dating Jonathan Williams, and he is running a camp — a sports camp — and I can vouch for this young man. Not only […]

Wrath 11

posted by xscot mcknight

Paul connects God to wrath, and he does so quite demonstrably in Romans 12:19:

Our Reasonable Faith 11

posted by xscot mcknight

This post is by RJS Here is the big question facing us today? What is the problem? We do not live in the Garden of Eden (Utopia, Shangri La, Paradise — you name it). Most of us would agree that […]

An Offer

posted by xscot mcknight

I want to make an offer to some of you to read a book and engage in a conversation here about that book. I’d like the conversation to take place near July 1; so about a month from now. The […]

Wrath 10

posted by xscot mcknight

Today we come to a text that, on its own, probably says all that needs to be said. Romans 9:22 in context:

First Day is Goldingay

posted by xscot mcknight

We are working through John Goldingay’s multi-volumed “First Testament” theology, and we are in volume 2 — Israel’s Faith. The first theme in Israel’s faith is God, and this chp — 151 pages long! — is worth the price of […]

Family news

posted by xscot mcknight

Well, it all comes down to one word: grandparents! Kris and I are slotted for the grandparent role come this October. Lukas gave us a call a couple months back to say that Annika was pregnant and that we would […]

Wrath 9

posted by xscot mcknight

We are looking at the meaning of wrath (orge) and anger (thumos) in the NT — and we are looking at these texts to see if they tip off a consistent pattern. The pattern we are looking for is one […]

Prayer for the Week

posted by xscot mcknight

O God, your never-failing providence sets in order all things both in heaven and earth: Put away from us, we entreat you, all hurtful things, and give us those things which are profitable for us; through Jesus Christ our Lord, […]

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Let's Get Neanderthal!
The Cave Man Diet, or Paleo Diet, is getting attention. (Nothing is said about Culver's at all.) The big omission, I have to admit, is that those folks were hunters -- using spears or smacking some rabbit upside the conk or grabbing a fish or ...

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