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Australian Consolation: Anxiety

posted by xscot mcknight

In the book The Consolations of Theology we are treated to a series of essays into various emotions and conditions, and Peter Bolt examines anxiety. Here’s how he defines anxiety: “that feeling of apprehension and dread that comes with the […]

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The Gods Aren’t Angry

posted by xscot mcknight

Kris and I sat down the other night to watch Rob Bell’s DVD called The Gods Aren’t Angry. My question: What do you think of it? Did any of you see this live and have a response?

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Heaven 20

posted by xscot mcknight

Paul can say he saw a light flash from “heaven” in Acts 9:3, and probably just mean “up” or “in the skies.” But, Peter’s observations about his vision open up the heavens for us:

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Our Missional God 6

posted by xscot mcknight

So how does a biblical view of monotheism — that YHWH is the one and only God — and this God’s mission to make himself known throughout the world, especially in Jesus Christ, lead to a missional understanding of the […]

Now Brewing: One Village Coffee

posted by xscot mcknight

The good folks at One Village Coffee, ahem Mike Manney, sent me a package of one of my favorite coffees in the world — and it is ecological, environmental and all that — Colombia. Colombia has a wonderful crema, a […]

Heaven 19

posted by xscot mcknight

Acts 7 also has a very interesting reference to “heaven.” Here are three texts in Acts 7:

Australian Consolation: Despair

posted by xscot mcknight

Many know the experience of despair, the sense that there is “nothing ahead but emptiness and ruin.” The third study of how theology can console in The Consolations of Theology takes on the theme of despair.

The Shack

posted by xscot mcknight

This is the most intelligent review of The Shack that I’ve seen: Derek Keefe really does get what this book is. The Shack

Heaven 18

posted by xscot mcknight

Acts 4 has two references to heaven, and neither opens up new vistas for us on the meaning of heaven.

Our Missional God 5

posted by xscot mcknight

One of the more interesting conversations in the Church is the one about the deity of Christ. Very few of these conversations, though, frame the conversation in such a way that it emerges out of the Story of God in […]

Finding Faith, Losing Faith

posted by xscot mcknight

Our book is now out! And this time “our” means “Scot McKnight and Hauna Ondrey.” A real plural. The title is Finding Faith, Losing Faith: Stories of Conversion and Apostasy and Baylor has produced a book that fits well in […]

Heaven 17

posted by xscot mcknight

We are in a series that seeks to examine what “heaven” refers to in the NT, and we are particularly searching to see if “heaven” is the eternal destiny. In other words, is heaven the intermediate state or the divine […]

Prayer for the Week

posted by xscot mcknight

O God, the protector of all who trust in you, without whom nothing is strong, nothing is holy: Increase and multiply upon us your mercy; that, with you as our ruler and guide, we may so pass through things temporal, […]

Weekly Meanderings

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Summer sports …

Friday is for (Original Sin) Friends

posted by xscot mcknight

In the 2d chp of Alan Jacobs, Original Sin, we learn about the contribution of Augustine to the idea of original sin. Here’s what we learn:

Livin’ Leviticus

posted by xscot mcknight

I wasn’t able to find it online (oops), but Christianity Today‘s most recent print edition has a piece that I’d like to talk about. Daniel Harrell, a pastor at Park Street Church in Boston (say, “bah-ston”), got 21 folks to […]

Beast Feasts at Church

posted by xscot mcknight

A church in Texas is shaped for “guys.” I don’t know if you’ve seen it, but the colors and appearance and events, guy things like hunting and fishing and golf, are emphasized. The church is called 121 Community Church, and […]

Australian Consolation: Obsession

posted by xscot mcknight

Andrew Cameron’s essay on obsession, our heart’s disordered desires, is worth the price of the book called The Consolations of Theology. I don’t know what comes to mind when you hear the word “obsession,” perhaps Howard Hughes, but here’s how […]

Sinaiticus Online!

posted by xscot mcknight

This is cool. Codex Sinaiticus, one of the most storied manuscripts of the entire New Testament and one of the earliest and best manuscripts as well, is now online at this site. When I was doing my PhD and our […]

Heaven 16

posted by xscot mcknight

Acts 2 has a number of interesting references and I will quote each one with a little context:

Our Missional God 4

posted by xscot mcknight

How does the theme of judgment … or, how does knowledge of God as judge open up the missional theme in the Bible? This is the question of the second half of chp 3 in Chris Wright’s The Mission of […]

Car Advice

posted by xscot mcknight

OK Jesus Creeders, I’m countin’ on ya. Last Saturday, on our way to a student’s wedding, we got rear-ended and our RAV4 got smashed up pretty good. (We didn’t make it to the wedding.) No one was hurt, though we […]

Heaven 15

posted by xscot mcknight

My little computer program boots up about 19 separable instances of “heaven” in the Book of the Acts of the Apostles. And we begin with a text that is at the center of a few debates today, in particular the […]

Australian Consolation: Anger

posted by xscot mcknight

In 2006 Moore Theological College in Sydney Australia held a conference on the consolations of theology and Brian Rosner edited the papers into a little book worthy of pastoral considerations. The title is The Consolations of Theology. Six studies of […]

Books about God

posted by xscot mcknight

I will begin reading soon some books about God, and I thought I’d give some of you a heads-up on what’s coming. I will be reading these two books for sure:

Heaven 14

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Two more texts in John, both of which inform us of nearly the same thing:

A Compline Prayer

posted by xscot mcknight

Our dear ones, O God, bless Thou and keep, in every place where they are.

Our Missional God 3

posted by xscot mcknight

To claim the Bible is shaped by a missional concern, as Chris Wright does in The Mission of God, is to give oneself a challenge. Namely, to show that the God of the Bible is a missional God. Here’s how […]

“And if you get the chance …”

posted by xscot mcknight

Go see Mamma Mia! The Movie. Kris and I loved it. Fun, happy, upbeat, motion-filled turning of the book and the Broadway hit into a Hollywood movie. Meryl Streep is in a world of her own … but maybe I […]

Heaven 13

posted by xscot mcknight

Yet another interesting text in John, which I have to quote more completely. We are asking what does “heaven” mean and whether or not it is the final place of the blessed.

Is this cool? (or what)

posted by xscot mcknight

Click on it to see it better. We live up at the top of that picture. HT:David Brush

Prayer for the Week

posted by xscot mcknight

Almighty God, the fountain of all wisdom, you know our necessities before we ask and our ignorance in asking: Have compassion on our weakness, and mercifully give us those things which for our unworthiness we dare not, and for our […]

Do you use a Study Bible?

posted by xscot mcknight

Our daughter, Laura, asked the other day about a study Bible and I recommended this one: TNIV Study Bible. What are your favorite study Bibles? OK, I messed up. I wasn’t thinking — I recommended to her the TNIV, not […]

Weekly Meanderings

posted by xscot mcknight

City lights of Chicago:

Mamma Mia! The Movie

posted by xscot mcknight

We saw it last night. Monday I’ll post a brief review of Mamma Mia! The Movie, but Saturday is for music. And I dare you to listen to the clips below … and not have the song on your mind […]

Friday is for (Original Sin) Friends

posted by xscot mcknight

We have turned to Alan Jacobs, Original Sin, and his essay-like approach to original sin. I want to begin today with a question:

Way to go Jonathan!

posted by xscot mcknight

I swiped this newspaper article about Jonathan Williams, whose camp we endorsed some time back. The camp was a success and kudos to Jonathan and Kari from Scot and Kris.

On Writing for a Blog

posted by xscot mcknight

If you’re interested in my take, this is an example of how not to write for a blog. I don’t know Chad Hall, and I’m sure if I met him in a different setting it would be different, but this […]

Help Question

posted by xscot mcknight

Does anyone know of a good video on how we got our Bible?

Lost in Transmission

posted by xscot mcknight

There are two things I really like about Nick Perrin’s new book, Lost in Transmission. The first is that Nick gets it when it comes to the level of books the church needs more of. Evangelicals, in the 70s and […]

Chrysalis: A Reminder

posted by xscot mcknight

I want to remind the Jesus Creed blog community of an offer I made to read a book and engage in a conversation here about it. We will begin on August 11th. The offer is for these kinds of people: […]

Heaven 12

posted by xscot mcknight

One special text in John about heaven:

Compline

posted by xscot mcknight

I will lie down this night with God, and God will lie down with me; I will lie down this night with Christ, and Christ will lie down with me; I will lie down this night with the Spirit, and […]

Our Missional God 2

posted by xscot mcknight

If chp 1 of Christopher Wright, The Mission of God, took issue with various ways Christians have tried to make sense of a missional calling, chp 2 explains his own big ideas … and, again, drink these in because they […]

I Believe in “Q”

posted by xscot mcknight

Nope, I’m not talking about Q, the hypothetical Gospel that Matthew and Luke used. Nor am I talking about the famous wine from Sonoma County in California. I’m talking about Motorola’s new phone: Moto Q. Many of you know that […]

Heaven 11

posted by xscot mcknight

We enter into the world of John’s Gospel today. This Gospel has a stronger vertical dualism than the Synoptics, but let’s look at a few texts:

A Tip for Writers

posted by xscot mcknight

Read good writers. This is perhaps not said enough: we write more like the people we read than we perhaps know. Those who read all academic textbooks and reference books, as both undergrads and grads tend to do, are influenced […]

Now Brewing … my, my

posted by xscot mcknight

Laura and Mark cashed in some miles, flew to Hawaii, and while there bought me a pound of NickyBeans Kona Coffee. My, my, is this stuff good. It’s some expensive stuff, but if you are in Hawaii drink a cup. […]

Heaven 10

posted by xscot mcknight

Four more references to “heaven” in Luke’s Gospel:

Compline, a prayer

posted by xscot mcknight

We are going now into the sleep: O be it in Thy dear arm’s keep, O God of grace, that we shall awake.

Our Missional God 1

posted by xscot mcknight

I begin this new series on Christopher Wright’s book, The Mission of God, with a view to helping us (1) understand the Bible better and (2) understand “missional” better. I’ve mentioned Wright’s book before, and I’ve mentioned that we will […]

Why Golf is Better than Soccer

posted by xscot mcknight

Years ago perhaps America’s finest sportswriter, Tom Boswell, wrote an essay on why baseball was better than football and, if I remember, the first reason was “Marching Bands” and the second reason was “Marching bands at halftime.” I loved the […]

Heaven 9

posted by xscot mcknight

One of the most common uses of the word “heaven” in the Gospels is to indicate “up-ness” or “sky” or “the beyond.” Hence, the following few references from Luke but there are other texts that seem to go to the […]

Prayer of the Week

posted by xscot mcknight

O Lord, mercifully receive the prayers of your people who call upon you, and grant that they may know and understand what things they ought to do, and also may have grace and power faithfully to accomplish them; through Jesus […]

Cubs Win: “W”

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A Promise and a Question

posted by xscot mcknight

My promise: The Cubs will win their division and the NLCS and will play in the World Series. And here’s the question:

Weekly Meanderings

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Chicago, on the 4th:

Compline

posted by xscot mcknight

Christ with me sleeping, Christ with me waking, Christ with me watching, each day and each night. Save us, Lord, while we are awake, guard us while we are asleep; that, awake, we may watch with Christ, and, asleep, may […]

Friday is for Friends

posted by xscot mcknight

Today marks the end of our discussions of Klyne Snodgrass, Stories with Intent. The reason we are ending this series is very simple: it is incredibly difficult to summarize a commentary and to generate a conversation about a commentary. So, […]

Announcement

posted by xscot mcknight

I would like to announce publicly, in front of God and the world, that if asked I will not accept an invitation to be Vice President. We have considered our rhythm of life and decided that, were we to be […]

Original Sin, really!

posted by xscot mcknight

Alan Jacobs is one of my favorite writers. Why? He’s an essayist. Which means he quotes everyone and doesn’t tell you where the quotation comes from — you’re supposed to know. Which is a clue to what kind of books […]

Do you journal?

posted by xscot mcknight

Last year a professor at North Park seminary, Helen Cepero, sent me the manuscript of her new book Journaling as a Spiritual Practice, asked me to take a look at it, and asked me to blurb it. I couldn’t even […]

Heaven 8

posted by xscot mcknight

We are marching through Luke’s use of “heaven” this week, and I’m not so sure we will finish. So here are a few more references:

Christian Realism 9

posted by xscot mcknight

So what is Christian realism? What are its central principles? The last chp in John Stackhouse, Making the Best of It, outlines the principles of Christian realism. I’m about to give you a quotation from this book and I’d like […]

A Little Exercise for Young Theologians

posted by xscot mcknight

Helmut Thielicke, in what has to be one of the finest little (absolutely must-have) books ever written for those in school and considering pastoring or a teaching ministry, A Little Exercise for Young Theologians, said something like this some where […]

Heaven 7

posted by xscot mcknight

A few more texts from Luke on heaven:

Our Reasonable Faith 16

posted by xscot mcknight

This series is by RJS This has been a long series looking at Tim Keller?s book The Reason for God. Perhaps too long some of you may think. Yet, a wrap-up now seems in order.

Our Daily Rhythm

posted by xscot mcknight

Dear Scot, Have you ever blogged about your daily rhythm? I love your blog, but I always wonder how you write so much (and keep your inbox clear)? How do you sleep very much, do housework, play with your son, […]

Heaven 6

posted by xscot mcknight

Many of the Gospel texts have parallels we have discussed last week when we looked at Mark. So, I begin with a text that, while it doesn’t say much new, emphasises something important about “heaven”:

Christian Realism 8

posted by xscot mcknight

Vocation — big issue that emerges directly from your theory of the relationship of the Christian faith and culture or State. The realist perspective of John Stackhouse, which I find stimulating (even if I disagree at times) and which I […]

The Bible and Politics

posted by xscot mcknight

Some thought Barack Obama’s comment about which passages we should choose if our country was to follow the Bible was messing with the authority of Scripture. What wasn’t clear in the criticisms of Obama was this: it was when Obama […]

Heaven 5

posted by xscot mcknight

We are looking into such issues as whether or not “heaven” is the eternal home, or whether it is better to speak of “new heavens and new earth” as the eternal place, and then we are looking into whether heaven/new […]

Compline from Celtic Prayer

posted by xscot mcknight

The Sacred Three to save to shield to surround the hearth the home this night and every night.

Prayer for the Week

posted by xscot mcknight

O God, you have taught us to keep all your commandments by loving you and our neighbor: Grant us the grace of your Holy Spirit, that we may be devoted to you with our whole heart, and united to one […]

Roberto and Nada

posted by xscot mcknight

One of the highlights of our trip to the Amalfi Coast was the owner and manager of our B & B, along with his wife, Roberto and Nada Lucibello. Here is a picture of Kris and me with Roberto one […]

Weekly Meanderings

posted by xscot mcknight

This is what we turn to in the heat of Chicago…

Saturday Morning Songs

posted by xscot mcknight

My favorite Christian musician … of all time … constantly playing for me: John Michael Talbot. Which is your favorite album or song? Amazon.com Widgets

4th of July, 2008

posted by xscot mcknight

Today is July 4th, the day the USA celebrates Independence Day and the concept of socio-political freedom. Today’s post contains a prayer and the Declaration of Independence. My own political views about justice and freedom have appeared here and there […]

Christian Realism 7

posted by xscot mcknight

As I begin to focus some attention toward the next school year and addressing 1st year students in our survey of the Bible class, where we inevitably have some good conversations about “vocation,” I realize that John Stackhouse’s 7th chp, […]

Do you own a gun?

posted by xscot mcknight

I did. I grew up with a father who hunted, with uncles who hunted, with friends who hunted, and in a community where hunting was common. Then when I was in seminary I came to more pacifist conclusions and to […]

Our Reasonable Faith 15

posted by xscot mcknight

This series is by RJS Orthodox Christianity as affirmed in the historic creeds is at its heart Trinitarian -there is one God existing in three persons. But what does this mean — and why is it important? Certainly the Trinity […]

Heaven 4

posted by xscot mcknight

Here are some texts from Mark 13 that muddy the clear waters of tradition when it comes to the meaning of “heaven.”

McCain’s Sermon

posted by xscot mcknight

I’ve clipped a little from a New York Times article. An interview with McCain in 2004 that flows into McCain’s description of a sermon he gave in Hanoi. What’s your response? (I begin with the NYT statement and then McCain’s […]

When Willow Creek last summer

posted by xscot mcknight

When Willow Creek last summer released its Reveal study, lots of folks took Bill Hybels and the seeker movement to task. Most were waiting for something to criticize; some took the time to read it; some really did study it […]

Heaven 3

posted by xscot mcknight

Four texts from Mark 11 and 12 bring us back to the big idea of what heaven refers to. Here they are:

Our Reasonable Faith 14

posted by xscot mcknight

This series is by RJS One of the biggest hurdles to orthodox Christian belief in our world today is affirmation of the bodily resurrection of Jesus as historical reality. After all we know better than this. Isn’t it a much […]

Though Dead, Yet Speaketh

posted by xscot mcknight

Robert Webber’s books keep coming out, almost like testaments of his commitment to educate the church on worship. I thought they were done and yet, here it is, another final one: Ancient-Future Worship. If you are trying to resurrect the […]

Heaven 2

posted by xscot mcknight

Mark 10:21 is informative about what to think about heaven, but it must be read in context and I’m asking you to read the whole text carefully — there’s a lot here and this passage directly addresses our concern. Is […]

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