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Prayer for the Week

posted by xscot mcknight

Lord of all power and might, the author and giver of all good things: Graft in our hearts the love of your Name; increase in us true religion; nourish us with all goodness; and bring forth in us the fruit […]

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IBC

posted by xscot mcknight

Irving Bible Church last Sunday had a woman — Jackie Roese — preaching in all three services. The first time in that church’s history. Here is a church that is courageous enough to permit women do what women did in […]

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Weekly Meanderings

posted by xscot mcknight

Come to Chicago’s friendly skies:

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Palin?

posted by xscot mcknight

What do you think of McCain’s VP choice? Sarah Palin, governor of Alaska.

Obama’s Speech

posted by xscot mcknight

I’m wondering what your thoughts are on Obama’s acceptance speech? What did you like and what did you not like? As always on the Jesus Creed, civil remarks (and they can be appropriately critical) will be accepted.

Our Missional God 13

posted by xscot mcknight

If the exodus is the primal act of redemption, the Jubilee of Leviticus 25 is the primal act of restoration. So Chris Wright in The Mission of God. One text that has played a big role in anabaptist thinking, and […]

Friday is for (Original Sin) Friends

posted by xscot mcknight

Alan Jacobs makes some potent claims in chp 7 of Original Sin, this one perhaps the most provocative, and I’m keen on whether you agree or not.

Stuart Briscoe’s Well Lived Life

posted by xscot mcknight

One thing I regret about our decades long life in Chicagoland is that we did not more often get up to Elmbrook Church to listen to Stuart Briscoe’s sermons, for surely he has been one of our generation’s most capable […]

Finding Faith, Losing Faith: RJS

posted by xscot mcknight

We have asked a few folks to respond to our recent book, Finding Faith, Losing Faith: Stories of Conversion and Apostasy. Today “RJS” responds to the chapter that is about apostasy and its reasons, and this chp comes from someone […]

Rickey on Rickey

posted by xscot mcknight

One of the most unusual players in Major League Baseball was Rickey Henderson. Not the least of his uniquenesses was “Rickey-Speak.” He once framed a million dollar check because he thought it was cool. (The organization had to call him […]

Good Teachers 7

posted by xscot mcknight

How do good teachers conduct a class? This is the central question for chp 5 of Ken Bain’s What the Best College Teachers Do, a book I consider the best book I’ve ever read on education. He gives seven principles […]

Finding Faith, Losing Faith: John Frye

posted by xscot mcknight

Today I have asked John Frye to respond to the chp on why Catholics are moving to Evangelicalism, a movement of dramatic numbers in South America. As a pastor, John knows the substance of this chapter in Finding Faith, Losing […]

Chrysalis: Nancy

posted by xscot mcknight

Conversion and conversions will be themes of this blog for the next couple of weeks. This series on Chrysalis is about Alan Jamieson’s book Chrysalis: The Hidden Transformation in the Journey of Faith. Today’s comes from Nancy.

Flying into our Future with the Wright Brothers

posted by xscot mcknight

Recently I was asked where theology was headed. I assured my reader that I wasn?t ?in the know? but that I would hazard a guess or two. First I thought we were likely to see a more robust Trinitarian theology, […]

Finding Faith, Losing Faith: Art Boulet

posted by xscot mcknight

In this series on our book, Finding Faith, Losing Faith, we have a chp on why Evangelicals become Catholics. Michael Spencer (iMonk) wrote one response. I also asked Art Boulet, who blogs at his excellent blog, and he has this […]

Peter Kreeft

posted by xscot mcknight

Peter Kreeft is a philosophy professor in Boston, which leads me to the unevidenced assumption that he’s a Boston Red Sox fan. Whether he is or not, though, this statement about the perichoretic relationship of humans with God is profound. […]

Monday is for (Original Sin) Friends

posted by xscot mcknight

I got behind in my posts last week and we’ve got a wonderful week ahead of us — so much so that I’d like to put each post at the top of each day! Well, last week’s busy-ness meant I […]

Chrysalis: Mark Farmer

posted by xscot mcknight

Conversion and conversions will be themes of this blog for the next couple of weeks. This series on Chrysalis is about Alan Jamieson’s book Chrysalis: The Hidden Transformation in the Journey of Faith. Today’s comes from Mark Farmer.

Biden?

posted by xscot mcknight

Democrat Presidential candidate, Barack Obama, announced Saturday that he was choosing Senator Joseph Biden as his VP. What do you think? The first response that came to my mind was this: The race just got even closer.

Prayer for the Week

posted by xscot mcknight

Grant, O merciful God, that your Church, being gathered together in unity by your Holy Spirit, may show forth your power among all peoples, to the glory of your Name; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with […]

Weekly Meanderings

posted by xscot mcknight

Here’s a true Cub fan:

Missional God 12

posted by xscot mcknight

There are two feisty parties in the church today. Let’s call them “spiritualizers” and “activists.” Chris Wright, in the second half of chp 8 (The Mission of God) says each emphasizes biblical truth but omits what the other emphasizes. He […]

Chrysalis: Andrew

posted by xscot mcknight

Conversion and conversions will be themes of this blog for the next couple of weeks. This series on Chrysalis is about Alan Jamieson’s book Chrysalis: The Hidden Transformation in the Journey of Faith. Today’s comes from Andrew.

Good Teachers 6

posted by xscot mcknight

In thinking about what good teachers expect from students, we come back once again to the important issue of what learning and education is all about. This is the theme of the second half of the 4th chp of Ken […]

Chrysalis: Scott Gay

posted by xscot mcknight

Conversion and conversions will be themes of this blog for the next couple of weeks. This series on Chrysalis is about Alan Jamieson’s book Chrysalis: The Hidden Transformation in the Journey of Faith. Today’s comes from Scott Gay.

Lower the Drinking Age?

posted by xscot mcknight

This CNN article reveals that many college and university presidents are in favor of lowering the drinking age to 18. Does the postponement of legal drinking make it more taboo? Why do so many young adults abuse alcohol?

Missional God 11

posted by xscot mcknight

How significant is the “exodus” in shaping the biblical idea of mission? Real significant would be the answer of Chris Wright in The Mission of God (chp. 8 ). Here’s how he begins the chp: “How big is our gospel?” […]

Chrysalis: Matt Staton

posted by xscot mcknight

Conversion and conversions will be themes of this blog for the next couple of weeks. This series on Chrysalis is about Alan Jamieson’s book Chrysalis: The Hidden Transformation in the Journey of Faith. Today’s comes from Matt Staton.

What Incoming First Yr College Students Believe

posted by xscot mcknight

This study, which comes out every year, maps what this incoming first year students have known their entire life. OK, what do you think about this?

Good Teachers 5

posted by xscot mcknight

Three educational stereotypes: Women don’t do well in college mathematics and science courses, African American students don’t do well in college and Mexican American students don’t do well in school. Three stereotypes that good teachers not only recognize but are […]

Go-go Lo-lo

posted by xscot mcknight

What about this story about Lolo Jones, one of our Olympians?

Chrysalis: Rachel

posted by xscot mcknight

Conversion and conversions will be themes of this blog for the next couple of weeks. We will suspend our “heaven” series, continue our books — Wright and Bain — but will also be having posts about our new book, Finding […]

Chrysalis: A Brief

posted by xscot mcknight

A book many of us are reading for this blog, and we will have a number of reviews from our readers, is by Alan Jamieson and is called Chrysalis: The Hidden Transformation in the Journey of Faith. I was reminded […]

Obama & McCain

posted by xscot mcknight

What did you think of the conversation Rick Warren had with Barack Obama and John McCain? (Question #1) Who do you think “won”? (#2) Why? (#3) Here at Jesus Creed we discuss politics with civility, and that means tell us […]

iMonk on Finding Faith, Losing Faith

posted by xscot mcknight

A couple weeks back I mentioned that I wrote a book with Hauna Ondrey called Finding Faith, Losing Faith: Stories of Conversion and Apostasy, and I have asked a few folks to “respond” to specific chapters. (These are not “reviews” […]

Chrysalis: Cindy

posted by xscot mcknight

Conversion and conversions will be themes of this blog for the next couple of weeks. We will suspend our “heaven” series, continue our books — Wright and Bain — but will also be having posts about our new book, Finding […]

Prayer for the Week

posted by xscot mcknight

Almighty God, you have given your only Son to be for us a sacrifice for sin, and also an example of godly life: Give us grace to receive thankfully the fruits of his redeeming work, and to follow daily in […]

Weekly Meanderings

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Friday is for (Original Sin) Friends

posted by xscot mcknight

Alan Jacobs knows that hovering around the topic of original sin is the devil, so he has a chp that explores a “few words about the devil” in his book Original Sin. He begins with a movie I had not […]

Australian Consolation: Pain

posted by xscot mcknight

I like books with important theologians addressing important emotions with insight. And that’s what we get with The Consolations of Theology, and the last chapter couldn’t be more inviting: C.S. Lewis on pain as discussed by Robert Banks.

Now Brewing: Great Lakes Coffee Roasting Co

posted by xscot mcknight

Last week I got two 8oz packs of coffees from The Great Lakes Coffee Roasting Company in Bloomfield Hills, Michigan. They sent me two kinds: Dark Horse Espresso and Zen (I don’t see it on their website). OK, I was […]

Urgent prayer for a Jesus Creeder

posted by xscot mcknight

From a regular reader and contributor to our Jesus Creed community…. about his wife. Dear Scot, I’d like to ask you a favor. I really need some prayer.

Good Teachers 4

posted by xscot mcknight

Good teachers teach in similar ways. One of the patterns of good teachers is how they prepare to teach — how they prepare to engage students. Ken Bain, in What the Best College Teachers Do, writes about the questions these […]

Those were the days, my friend …

posted by xscot mcknight

I thought they’d never end (and I’m glad they are over). The first kids baseball team I coached; John Raymond was the assistant and was at Trinity Seminary at the time (July 1986). He’s now with Zondervan. Lukas was about […]

Heaven 28

posted by xscot mcknight

Colossians has several references to heaven, one of which we need to pause with today:

Missional God 10

posted by xscot mcknight

Monday we looked at the big tough question about “missional” even being appropriate for the Old Testament. Today we look at chp 7 in Chris Wright, The Mission of God, to discover the number of texts that push the universal […]

Grace Boldly

posted by xscot mcknight

Cathleen Falsani, an award-winning religion writer for the Chicago Sun-Times, calls her new book Sin Boldly and finishes it off with this subtitle: A Field Guide for Grace. That title, “sin boldly,” comes from Luther, but this book is not […]

Heaven 27

posted by xscot mcknight

One of the most significant texts in this discussion of the “permanence” of heaven is Philippians 3:20. In context now:

Good Teachers 3

posted by xscot mcknight

How do good teachers prepare to teach? This is the second question asked by Ken Bain in his excellent new book on teaching: What the Best College Teachers Do.

Thanks Bill

posted by xscot mcknight

For a few years running now, one of my father’s former students, Bill Roberts, who is now a lawyer in Chicago and Springfield, invites my dad and mom and Kris and me to a Cubs-Cardinals game at Wrigley. As if […]

Heaven 26

posted by xscot mcknight

Many of Paul’s references to heaven repeat what we have seen elsehwere. Thus:

Missional God 9

posted by xscot mcknight

This week the tough question is this: Why, if God wanted to make his Name known throughout the world, did God choose to make that Name known only through one people? From a different angle, that tough question looks something […]

Unanswered Prayer: A Query

posted by xscot mcknight

I throw this letter open to you …

Heaven 25

posted by xscot mcknight

“I know a man in Christ,” Paul says in 2 Cor 12:2, “who who fourteen years ago was caught up to the third heaven. Whether it was in the body or out of the body I do not know?God knows. […]

Prayer for the Week

posted by xscot mcknight

Grant to us, Lord, we pray, the spirit to think and do always those things that are right, that we, who cannot exist without you, may by you be enabled to live according to your will; through Jesus Christ our […]

Alice (and Chuck)

posted by xscot mcknight

Many of you know one of our commenters is “Alice.” Well, Alice was a student of mine; she wrote recently to say she and her husband Chuck were coming to Chicago; they invited Kris and me down to the City; […]

Weekly Meanderings

posted by xscot mcknight

Last Saturday morning I opened up the Dell computer our school provides and it wouldn’t turn on, and hasn’t since that day. Well, that’s fine — as I’m a Mac man — except that my daily mail and internet routines […]

Brighter Day

posted by xscot mcknight

One of our favorite singers at Willow, Annie Sander, now has a new album: Brighter Day.

Friday is for (Original Sin) Friends

posted by xscot mcknight

Chapter four of Alan Jacobs’ book Original Sin wandered for me, and it didn’t wander in the directions I wanted it to so I found myself saying, “Why go there?” The images of the chapter, however, are captivating. It’s a […]

The Olympics

posted by xscot mcknight

I’ve been to one Olympics. The last night of Track and Field in Atlanta. We are a sports family and we have always watched the Olympics, especially Track and Field, gymnastics and swimming in the summer Olympics. (I will admit […]

Missional God 8

posted by xscot mcknight

The second half of chp 5 in Chris Wright, The Mission of God, explores how God’s confrontation with idolatry shapes mission. Some very good ideas here.

How Ironic!

posted by xscot mcknight

Some of you know that a couple weeks back Kris and I were rear-ended and our car was badly damaged. We thought for sure it would be totaled, but our insurance company thought it was salvageable — grunts and moans […]

Heaven 24

posted by xscot mcknight

2 Corinthians 5 fits in many ways with the concerns of the re-made spiritual body of 1 Corinthains 15. So here is our text for today:

Good Teachers 2

posted by xscot mcknight

The first question Ken Bain discusses in his book, What the Best College Teachers Do, is “what do good teachers know about how we learn?”

The Bible Experience

posted by xscot mcknight

I don’t know if you heard this, but The Bible Experience — the audio recording of the Bible by Hollywood African Americans — won a huge award. (It is on Audio DVD and MP3.) It has won the 2007 Audio […]

Heaven 23

posted by xscot mcknight

Paul’s next reference to heaven is 1 Cor 8:5, and it speaks of false gods whether in heaven or on earth, and it doesn’t do much for this discussion. But 1 Cor 15:47 does:

Australian Consolation: Disappointment

posted by xscot mcknight

Brian Rosner’s chp in The Consolations of Theology about disappointment and Dietrich Bonhoeffer is a model of showing how the theology of a given theologian consoles in the midst of emotional trauma.

Back to School Supplies

posted by xscot mcknight

I’ve got it made. All I have to get ready for school are my syllabi, fill my fountain pen with ink, put a few things in my book bag, and off to school I go. But, I was thinking about […]

Heaven 22

posted by xscot mcknight

Romans 10:6 is not an easy text to understand. Here it is in context:

Our Missional God 7

posted by xscot mcknight

Those who concentrate on the New Testament mostly ignore idolatry; those who concentrate on the Old Testament face it daily. Chris Wright’s 5th chp in his book The Mission of God faces idolatry as he maps the missional focus of […]

Good Teachers 1

posted by xscot mcknight

The beginning of August means I read a book on teaching, and my pick this year has been all and much more than I expected. It is by Ken Bain and is called What the Best College Teachers Do. This […]

Heaven 21

posted by xscot mcknight

The three remaining texts in Acts do not add to the picture but prop up what is already standing tall and clear: Acts 14:15 tells us that God made “heaven and earth and sea” and 17:24 that God is the […]

Prayer for the Week

posted by xscot mcknight

Let your continual mercy, O Lord, cleanse and defend your Church; and, because it cannot continue in safety without your help, protect and govern it always by your goodness; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you […]

Weekly Meanderings

posted by xscot mcknight

We walk at Independence Grove and here are some native flowers: Cardinal flower and Shooting star, and the third is Little bluestem, a wild, native prairie (ornamental) grass. We like it so much, we’ve got some growing from seeds (and […]

Friday is for (Original Sin) Friends

posted by xscot mcknight

Two major criticisms of the belief in original sin, according to Alan Jacobs’ essay in the history of the idea (Original Sin), can be summarized like this:

Back to School: Computers

posted by xscot mcknight

When I went to college, I had a manual typewriter. I think it was our family Royal typewriter. At some point in college my parents purchased for me an Adler electric typewriter. Then while in seminary I got an IBM […]

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