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Wouldn’t it be nice …

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… for the Cubs and the White Sox to play in the World Series?

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Our Missional God 19

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The last two chps of Chris Wright’s excellent book, The Mission of God, concern the most pressing topic of anyone who wants to examine the Old Testament through the lens of “mission.” I tend to think most either ignore what […]

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Ironic Faith

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I’d like to have a conversation here about this piece in CT on what I am calling “ironic faith.” [Added: Originally, this ironic faith article was a part of the McLaren piece; it was lifted out and became a separate […]

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Gospel 6

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Following John was Jesus, and he too was a gospeler, one who preached the gospel. Today I want to begin with some general summary passages that set up Jesus as a gospel preacher.

Home and the Posture of Grace

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A few years back a friend of mine, Jay Phelan, told me about a book about a pastor and a small town in Iowa and so I bought the book and was about 50 pages deep before I realized it […]

Prosperity Gospel: Does it help the poor?

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Peter Berger, well-known sociologist, goes against everyone’s grain and the fashionable, trendy screeds in this piece in Books and Culture. When I read Berger’s ideas on the train during my commute, my jaw dropped. By the way, I’m a huge […]

Gospel 5

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We live in an age that seems intent on narrowing the gospel to even singular issues. What I find in these discussions is not that the person who argues for a singular issue (as central or the most important element) […]

Cubs Schedule (vs. LA Dodgers)

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Wednesday: 5:30pm Thursday: 8:30pm Saturday @ LA: 9pm (All times Central) The Commish is out to get us; we are playing Thurs and Sat at ridiculously late times.

O God, you declare your

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O God, you declare your almighty power chiefly in showing mercy and pity: Grant us the fullness of your grace, that we, running to obtain your promises, may become partakers of your heavenly treasure; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who […]

Join us!

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Why they don’t have my mug in that set of photos is beyond me. 8) How in the world do they put up Skye’s bald melon and not mine?

Weekly Meanderings

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The City of Chicago… … home of the Cubs!

Compline

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Save us, Lord, while we are awake, guard us while we are asleep; that, awake, we may watch with Christ, and, asleep, may rest in His peace.

Our Missional God 18

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The most neglected books in the Old Testament are the Wisdom books, and so it is nice to see Chris Wright look at “mission” in light of what the Wisdom books teach (2d half of chp 13: The Mission of […]

Friday is for (Original Sin) Friends

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By the end of the 19th Century there was so much hope and optimism in the air, one could easily have concluded that the very notion of original sin was a relic of an ancient past. Within 30 years or […]

Books to Come

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We’ve got quite the line-up of books to come. First, I want to announce a major series on racism. I, along with four other professors — Vincent Bacote (Wheaton), Soong-Cha Rah (North Park Seminary), and two of my department colleagues […]

The Liturgical Turn: One More Time

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Recently we’ve had two good conversations about the liturgical turn of low church evangelical Christians. So today I ask: What can be done about it? One option is to ignore the turning folks and carry on with what we’ve got. […]

Jesus Creed — The DVD

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Paraclete has now completed, with professional expertise, our DVD presentation of the Jesus Creed project: Jesus Creed — DVD. I hope you consider it for Sunday School classes, adult Bible study groups, and a way to get a conversation started. […]

Gospel 4

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A second glorious text about “gospel” in the Lukan infancy stories is found in Luke 2, but this one concerns Yeshua (Jesus) and not Yohanan (John). It is found in Luke 2:8-14.

Emerging and Emergent: Our New Network

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For more than three years I have participated, actively, enthusiastically, and at times with consternation, in the emerging movement conversation. A recent Out of Ur post not only suggested that the word “emerging” was dead but also the emerging church […]

Doubt: RJS

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We have been having an ongoing, sporadic conversation on the issues of conversion, apostasy, and doubt on this blog over the last several years. A recent book simply entitled Doubtingby Alister McGrath deals with this issue in a useful and […]

Gospel 3

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Any searching of the meaning of “gospel” in the Bible will find rich fertile ground in the glorious infancy chapters of Luke 1–2. So, I begin with one such text in Luke 1 — this one about Gabriel, Zechariah, Elizabeth, […]

Our Missional God 17

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How does “who we are” impact mission in this world? This is the subject of the 13th chp of Chris Wright’s book The Mission of God. He addresses here subject I have addressed myself, so I was delighted both to […]

Chrysalis: Elizabeth Chapin

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This post is from Elizabeth Chapin. I’ve had this awhile but last week was occupied with other topics. Elizabeth’s post is serious and stands alone. While Leonard Sweet considers Alan Jamieson?s Chrysalis as ?destined to become a classic? I found […]

Gospel 2

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We turn today to Isaiah in our study of the word “gospel.”

More on the Liturgical Turn

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What is going on? There is a rise, a burgeoning rise, of young college students converting from low church evangelicalism, with its anemic, unhistorical ecclesiology, to the great liturgical traditions: Eastern Orthodoxy and Roman Catholicism. Three students this semester have […]

The Corinth Brethren

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This weekend Kris and I were in Twelve Mile Indiana at the kind invitation and warm hospitality of Mike and Joy Thompson. We did a Jesus Creed day with a group from Corinth Brethren Church and some pastors in the […]

Gospel 1

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We begin a new biblical study on the word “gospel” today. We will start with some references in the Psalms and then tomorrow in Isaiah before we turn to the New Testament.

Prayer for the Week

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Grant us, Lord, not to be anxious about earthly things, but to love things heavenly; and even now, while we are placed among things that are passing away, to hold fast to those that shall endure; through Jesus Christ our […]

Cubs!

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Give it up for the Cubs! They win the division and now are preparing to win the NLCS and the World Series.

TruthQuest

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Hauna Ondrey and I spoke at Willow Creek’s excellent TruthQuest forum last Friday night. A good size gathering of folks came out for nearly two hours — on a rainy night — for our session. (Hauna and I wrote Finding […]

Weekly Meanderings

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Chicago was inundated by rains and floods. Here’s a picture of the Eden’s Hwy, the main artery connecting the northern suburbs to the City of Chicago:

Peter Kreeft on God and Prayer

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I’ve been reading Peter Kreeft’s fine book about God (The God Who Loves You). One of the more interesting chps of the book deals with how the love of God and loving God resolves some theological issues. One of them: […]

Friday is for (Original Sin) Friends

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One of the claims of many in the USA is that slavery is America’s original sin, and that like the impact of original sin on the human race, so slavery has impacted all of American life. This is the subject […]

Faith and Fear 3

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Good writers have an honest, authentic, living voice, and that is one thing that is about as clear as it gets with Karen Spears Zacharias in her new book Where’s Your Jesus Now? Her father was killed in Viet Nam. […]

Our Missional God 16

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Is care for the world a part of the mission of God and, therefore, of our mission in this world? Chris Wright’s The Mission of God is one of the very few — and you might be able to count […]

Faith and Fear 2

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Karen Spears Zacharias, like other writers, can’t write without it becoming memoir-ish and personal and personally divulging. So, in Where’s Your Jesus Now?, she doesn’t just talk about fear; she reveals her own fears.

Heaven 36

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We come full circle. In our sketch of the NT evidence, there is enough evidence to conclude that heaven — at least for Peter and for John — is not the final place. The final place is the new heavens […]

Should we pronounce the Sacred Name?

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In a recent news item in Christianity Today we learn that the Vatican has decided to remove the word “Yahweh” from public pronunciation and liturgy and song. A professor from Reformed Western Theological Seminary in Hope MI agrees. Here are […]

The 5 E’s in Rob Be.e.e.e.e.ll

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The most important thing that will come of Rob Bell’s newest book, Jesus Wants to Save Christians, is that Christians will be given an approach to reading the Bible that both makes sense of the Bible and makes sense of […]

Heaven 35

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In Revelation, Heaven is a place where the ultimate drama is staged, and one gets the sense that the drama on earth is staged in Heaven prior to its being staged on earth. While that is one sense, I tend […]

Christology and Science 3 (RJS)

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The last case study in LeRon Shults’s book Christology and Scienceis parousia and physical cosmology. The first case study in this book on incarnation was interesting – but somewhat abstract. The second case study on atonement was fascinating and insightful. […]

The World’s Best Cheap Espresso Maker

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Hey: Karen will be on the radio in Seattle. (KGNW) A barista wrote me and asked if I heard of the AeroPress. I had not. He said, “We [at the coffee shop] can’t believe how good the coffee is from […]

Heaven 34

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In Revelation, Heaven is the place or world that is acknowledged by the true people of God:

Voting for President 4

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Last Monday (here) I posted a response to the reader who asked about how anabaptists think about this election. (I don’t speak for all or any other anabaptists.) I made my recurring point: I’m a Christian; my first assignment is […]

Faith and Fear

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Karen Spears Zacharias is a born storyteller, and that is why I want to commend to you her new book Where’s Your Jesus Now?. I became aware of Karen at our local Barnes & Noble when I happened one evening […]

Heaven 33

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The issue we have examined, assuming that explicit mentions of “heaven” can give us all we need for our decision, is what “heaven” refers to and whether or not “heaven” is the final “resting place.” We turn in this our […]

S.M. Lockridge

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Prayer for the Week

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O God, because without you we are not able to please you mercifully grant that your Holy Spirit may in all things direct and rule our hearts; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the […]

Weekly Meanderings

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John Kennedy and Maria Shriver in Chicago, and Reagan at Wrigley:

The Liturgical Turn

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Those who are watching trends among evangelicals know that many today are returning to the ancient ways, picking up prayer books, and finding ancient liturgy a source of spiritual strength. I myself have tapped into this in a book called […]

Gifted to Lead 3

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Another in our series from Alice. Nancy Beach writes one chapter in Gifted to Lead specifically for male pastors and leaders; she makes the assumption this might be the only chapter they’d be willing to read. In it, she makes […]

Friday is for (Original Sin) Friends

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Primitivism is the subject of Alan Jacobs’ fine study on the New Worlds that emerged in some folks’ heads in the 18th Century (in Original Sin). In essence, we ask today just how innocent children are. There’s a noble, yea […]

Influences in Spiritual Formation: A Letter

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Here is a letter from one of our readers, and I asked the person if it was OK to post and it is used with permission. I’ve done some reading and writing in spiritual formation; I have not read exhaustively, […]

Apostasy from Orthodoxy

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An informed reader of the blog has sent this letter into me and I want to post it and offer a response — a brief one — at the end. Scot, these are my thoughts on Chrysalis: The Hidden Transformation […]

Heaven 32

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2 Peter may finally clinch the matter for our question:

Our Missional God 15

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Chris Wright’s The Mission of God brings together his life of thinking, and chp 11 of this book ties together his thinking about election, redemption and covenant and how each gives rise to “mission.” In this chp he focuses on […]

Gifted to Lead 2

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This series is by Alice. In Nancy Beach’s chapter entitled, “Welcome to the Boys??? Club” (from Gifted to Lead) women leaders are encouraged to develop character first: humility, self-confidence, humor, integrity. She then explains “the freight of being iconic” – […]

Heaven 31

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Three texts in 1 Peter are about heaven:

Good Teachers 9

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This marks the end of our series on good teachers and the book by Ken Bain called What the Best College Teachers Do. The book comes to an end with one of my pet peeves about education: assessments and evaluations.

Christology and Science 2 (RJS)

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The second case study in LeRon Shults’s book Christology and Sciencedeals with atonement and cultural anthropology – a topic if anything more controversial than incarnation and evolutionary biology. How should we articulate an understanding of the atonement appropriate for our […]

Heaven 30

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The book of Hebrews has a strong dualism between the earth and the heavenly realm, so what it says about “heaven” is of concern to us. Notice these texts:

Voting for President 3

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A reader wrote me about how anabaptists are struggling with which candidate to vote for, and I offered a first response last Friday. Today I’d like to ponder one of our candidates: John McCain. What will it be like for […]

Gifted to Lead 1

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This series is by Alice Shirey, one of our regular commenters. She will lead a conversation about Nancy Beach’s new book, Gifted to Lead.

(Back to) Heaven 29

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We had an interlude on a book and now we are back to finish up our series on heaven. Is “heaven” the permanent eternal place or, like some are arguing today, is it an alternative world, perhaps only temporary, but […]

Prayer for the Week

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Grant us, O Lord, to trust in you with all our hearts; for, as you always resist the proud who confide in their own strength, so you never forsake those who make their boast of your mercy; through Jesus Christ […]

Weekly Meanderings

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My kind of town, Chicago is…

Elders: Only Male?

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Let me try to summarize an argument I’m hearing today. It goes like this: Since Paul’s statements about elders/bishops/overseers/deacons are clearly addressed to males, those “offices” or “roles” or “leadership positions” are designed by God to be for males only. […]

Voting for President? 2

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A recent reader of this blog wrote in and I posted the letter. Because there are several issues to be discussed, not the least of which are the different kind of advantages each candidate brings to the table, I thought […]

What did you think of ….

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Sarah Palin’s speech? Two principles we will adhere to on the comments: nothing nasty and nothing about her daughter.

GodViews

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I don’t like the image, but there’s something to it: Humans are groping in the dark, they reach out, touch an elephant, and report their findings. Some liken this image to how humans understand God and how much they know […]

Good Idea

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It’s a good idea when seasoned scholars produce a synthetic book that puts a life of study and writing into one big bundle, which is what I. Howard Marshall did when he wrote New Testament Theology. It’s an even better […]

Preaching: Notes or No Notes?

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What is the best way to preach? To use notes — even to the point of reading a sermon — or not to use notes? Fred Lybrand, a Southern Baptist preacher who seems to be cutting his own path, opts […]

Our Missional God 14

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Any reading of the Old Testament immediately confronts a significant “missional” problem: the OT is not “missional”. Chris Wright, however, argues that the great covenant moments of the OT have within them the missional theme. So today we look at […]

Voting for President?

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Here is a note from a sensitive reader, and one that feels the weight of the anabaptist tradition in approaching the election this year. I am posting the letter today and I will respond one or two times over the […]

Good Teachers 8

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How do the best college teachers relate to and with their students? There is a school of thought, and I will call it the authoritative/traditional model, that operates with the teacher as the authority and the primary mode of operation […]

Christology and Science 1 (RJS)

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As a working scientist, a professor, and a Christian, the coherence between scientific understanding and theological understanding is a subject of great interest. Most of the books dealing with the conflict between science and faith or reason and faith are […]

Chrysalis: John Frye

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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 John Frye.

Our Prayers

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For all the people, homes, neighborhoods, communities, businesses in the path of Gustav … our prayers are for you today.

Transitions and family news

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My sabbatical came to an end, the first draft of my commentary on James (for Eerdmans, NICNT) is coming to an end, and Lukas and Annika were here for 10 days and they are expecting a son in about a […]

Now Brewing: LavAzza

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Ah, a subtle return to Italy in a cup of coffee. While in Italy Kris and I often stopped mid-morning and mid-afternoon for a cup of coffee, usually a latte. As often as not we were served one of Italy’s […]

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