Kathleen Norris tells her story, inAcedia & Me: Marriage, Monks and the Writer’s Life, of how she became a poet during her college days at Bennington. It was a teacher who told her she had what it takes.
Our post today is written by Mary Veeneman, a member of our BTS department here at North Park. Her chp focuses on the 3d chp of Race: A Theological Account. She’s got some good questions at the end.
I’m holding in my hands at this very moment the original German edition of Gerhard Kittel’s famous Theological Dictionary of the New Testament. I’ve got volume 4. The foreword, written by Kittel himself, is preceded by a page of German […]
How many times have you asked or been asked this question: How can I learn about the Dead Sea Scrolls in a way that I can understand what is going on? Books about the DSS tend to be very academic […]
Gospeling, gospeling, gospeling … that’s what Paul does. And today we look at his great address on the Areopagus in Athens:
Dear Emerging, The number of folks who surrounded you with advice and wisdom continues to draw our admiration, but I do want to put some of this together from my angle.
I’ve got a big question today, but first let me sketch two items quickly. First, think about it, we’ve seen the following as prophets of doom: the puritans with their weekly jeremiads, Thomas Jefferson, and Ralph Waldo Emerson. Add someone […]
Paul keeps on gospeling and we turn today to Acts 16 and 17.
Chapter 3 of Henri Blocher’s book Original Sindeals with discerning the mind of Paul on the issue of Adam and the Fall. Any Christian discussion of the evolution life, the evolution of homo sapiens, and the doctrine of Original Sin […]
I have asked two of my fine students, Brittany Bennett and Nick Johnson — who are getting married this summer — and who have a ministry passion for issues of justice and the church, to take a look at Shane […]
The issue of whether or not to circumcise Gentile believers led to the first church council, establishing as I think it did a precedent for leaders to gather to discern the mind of God, and a ruling that Gentile converts […]
I got a letter from a young high school pastor in the southeast and he’s happy to share it with our blog community. This young pastor leans in some emerging directions but his pastor is now criticizing emergent. I’d like […]
This weekend Kris and I flew out to see Lukas, Annika and our new grandson, Aksel. We always enjoy their quaint village, filled as it is with unique Victorian homes and the aroma of Concord grapes hanging in the air. […]
Acts is a rich source for “gospel” and we turn today to Acts 14:
Almighty and everlasting God, increase in us the gifts of faith, hope, and charity; and, that we may obtain what you promise, make us love what you command; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and […]
It’s not Chicago, but it is the Great Midwest…
It’s easier to talk about depression and acedia than it is to live with either; and it’s a whole lot easier to talk about both than to free oneself from either. At the heart of dealing with acedia is to […]
The scenario sketched in our previous post leads to a deep question for Christians. How should we understand the Fall and Original Sin? Is the Adamic fall history or myth ??? albeit myth conveying theological truth? Is Adam everyman or […]
Pastor (Park Street Church Boston) Daniel Harrell’s new book, Nature’s Witness: How Evolution Can Inspire Faith (Living Theology), is the book we need. Here is someone who can translate science into theology and theology into science, and do so in […]
We had a good series of Friday posts on Alan Jacobs’ excellent book “Original Sin.” The essays in his book are outstanding and explore many facets of Original Sin in history and in contemporary thought. But Jacobs is an English […]
If Acts 11 records the gospel preaching of Peter, Acts 13 records the gospel preaching of Paul. So here’s the long text:
For about six months we have been in communication with a large website that has expressed an interest in hosting the Jesus Creed conversation. At first I had no interest, but I want to lay out for you today why […]
The following post is very important for this series. This is our fifth post in the series on Race: A Theological Account. This post is by my colleague and good friend, Boaz Johnson. He covers chp 2 and shows that […]
Acts 10 is one of the most important gospel texts in the New Testament. That text is followed by Acts 11:20 where, after rehearing the Acts 10 episode with Cornelius, Peter says:
Yesterday I posted a letter that drew a good response, so today I’m posting my own response to “Passionate.”
I read this piece about parents (!) sandbagging the applications of others [other kids who apply to schools] in our local paper this week. Have you heard of this? And what do you think?
Part two of Acts 10:34-48:
In my new book, The Blue Parakeet: Rethinking How You Read the Bible, one of the major points is that the Church has learned to read the Bible by discernment instead of treating everything as law. I got a letter […]
In this fourth post in our series on J. Kameron Carter’s Race: A Theological Account, Vince Bacote — professor at Wheaton College — weighs in.
Our next text in our survey of “gospel” texts is a long one, but it needs to be read in its entirety. So here is Acts 10:34-48:
Almighty and everlasting God, in Christ you have revealed your glory among the nations: Preserve the works of your mercy, that your Church throughout the world may persevere with steadfast faith in the confession of your Name; through Jesus Christ […]
Kathleen Norris combines ancient classical writers on spirituality with the modern search for God. She thinks for herself and yet her memoirs seem to tell the story of others. Her newest book, Acedia & Me: Marriage, Monks and the Writer’s […]
One of the questions I used to ask students in a Jesus class was “Do you think Jesus made mistakes learning Hebrew or mathematics or Israelite history?” This question, so I learned, was a good way to get students to […]
Thomas Jefferson anchored the entire good of Christianity in the morals of Jesus. Ralph Waldo Emerson, ever striving for the universal to be found in nature, anchored it all in “moral sentiment.” Both Jefferson and Emerson, though, thought the days […]
When we were in Franklin Tennessee, we grabbed a cup of coffee at the Curious Gourmet Cupcake Cafe where we were introduced to Stone Cup Roasting Co. Very tasty, even if I’d prefer a barista plying her craft with a […]
The gospel that went from Jerusalem to Samaria had the same “content,” as we saw yesterday: it was about Israel’s history, about Jesus as Messiah, and about the kingdom of God. We might then say it is about a Person […]
We are doing a series on J. Kameron Carter’s book, Race: A Theological Account. When I say “we” I mean a number of folks, and today’s post is written by Soong-Chan Rah, professor at North Park Theological Seminary.
America’s history with prophetic pronouncements includes not only apocalyptic doom. Think Thomas Jefferson. Two of my favorite places in the DC area are the Jefferson Memorial, which perhaps could be called the temple of liberal, enlightened reason, and Monticello, Jefferson’s […]
The gospel moved from Jerusalem and a gospel-shaped message for Jews to the Samaritans. When it did, this is what we read in Acts 8:
Evidently our tax system is broken. If it weren’t, there’d be no reason for both McCain and Obama to propose what “their tax plan” will be. Obama says there will be no new taxes for folks who make under 250 […]
No one writes like Eugene Peterson and, because he has translated the Bible (The Message) in its entirety, there is probably no one who can plumb the depths of the spirituality of biblical language like Peterson. That he has chosen […]
From the Gospels we move today to the Acts of the Apostles on the meaning of the word “gospel” or “preach the gospel.” The first text is Acts says it all:
Bob Smietana and Charles North have written a book I need and perhaps you do to: some good old fashioned common sense about economics. Some people have Good Intentions but not enough economic sense. I’ve asked Bob to converse with […]
Last Friday morning I flew out to Philadelphia to speak at Biblical Seminary. John Franke was installed as the Lester and Kay Clemens Professor of Missional Theology. It may have been the most satisfying and stimulating theological conference I’ve ever […]
Some of the texts in the Gospels about the “gospel” don’t tell us enough to help us define what how the NT authors understand the “gospel.” So, I’ll gather together three texts (and their parallels) because each assumes we know […]
Here’s grandma Kris with Aksel. (She’s no doubt teaching him the Jesus Creed.)
Lord, we pray that your grace may always precede and follow us, that we may continually be given to good works; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and […]
“What happened to the Cubs?,” I ask Lou Piniella. His answer?
I’m happy to announce that that our new book, Blue Parakeet, has “landed” at Amazon and local bookstores.
Ideas don’t always transform behavior. Another way of saying this is that orthodoxy doesn’t necessarily lead to orthopraxy. Perhaps one of the most obvious examples of the disconnect emerges with racism for it is a sad, sad fact that some […]
Indeed, on the Wrigley Field ticker today you could see a welcoming of our new grandson, Aksel Donovan Nelson McKnight… Kris thinks his name is very kingly! 5 minutes or so old… Congratulations to Annika and Lukas and Aksel. More […]
In 1620 John Winthrop, leader of Massachusetts Bay, transported the covenant God made with Israel to the covenant God was making with the New World. En route to Massachusetts, Winthrop preached a now-famous sermon: “A Model of Christian Charity.” He […]
One final text for this week on gospel, and it is potent one:
As I announced recently, we will be doing a series on the brilliant, provocative, and challenging new book by J. Kameron Carter, Race: A Theological Account. The book is about racism — in particular, it is about how racialized theology […]
Every Sunday morning I post a prayer drawn (almost always) from The Book of Common Prayer and we use the weekly collect (set prayer). Many of you have written me to say how much you appreciate the wording or the […]
The gospel of the kingdom can take on “happy” tones if we are not careful. Notice this “gospel” text:
One of the more interesting books that have come my way of late is Prophesies of Godlessness: Predictions of America’s Imminent Secularization, a book edited by C. Mathewes and C. McKnight Nichols (no relation). If the title doesn’t interest you, […]
I’ve been looking for this book: Gordon Isaac, Left Behind or Left Befuddled. I will recommend this book to every Bible student who gets into prophecy and who along the way wants to figure out what in the world is […]
In Luke 7 the following events are reported: Jesus heals the centurion’s son, he raises the widow’s son, he has words for John the Baptist about who he is and who John is, and Jesus is anointed by a sinful […]
How do you understand verse 23 of John 20? How is it that we forgive? 21 Again Jesus said, ?Peace be with you! As the Father has sent me, I am sending you.? 22 And with that he breathed on […]
Kris and I were invited by the good folks connected to the Zoe Conference to come to Nashville last week (Woodmont Hills, Family of God Church): Thursday, Friday and Saturday. We loved it — and there are so many things […]
The passage about the gospel in Luke 4 is breathtaking; in some ways it sums up and carries through everything Jesus says about “gospel.” But there are other texts that need to be discussed as we ponder the meaning of […]
The Cubs had one of the best baseball teams in the Major League this summer — if you count the long haul. They had excellent pitchers and hitters, and were more than respectable in the field. But, the medals and […]
Almighty and everlasting God, you are always more ready to hear than we to pray, and to give more than we either desire or deserve: Pour upon us the abundance of your mercy, forgiving us those things of which our […]
This was published in my monthly column on the Out of Ur blog. Somewhere between 6pm and 8pm, Central Time, on November 4th, 2008, the eschatology of American evangelicals will become clear. If John McCain wins and the evangelical becomes […]
Scot, I am working along with another leader in my church in developing a course which will provide an introduction to the Bible, and some devotional tools for diving deeper. There will be a separate basic theology class as followup, […]
The last chp of Alan Jacobs’ Original Sin sallies from Pope Pius’ famous 19th century papal bull Ineffabilis Deus to Stephen Pinker’s evolutionary explanation of the mind in his book The Blank Slate.
We come to the end of Chris Wright’s exceptional book, The Mission of God. The mission of God to make his name know to the whole world finds its end in Jesus, in the early Christian preaching to the nations, […]
Teachers are always looking for textbooks, and good textbooks are hard to find. Those two points come from 25 years of teaching. Textbooks have to complement lectures and class sessions, and most of us don’t want to use a textbook […]
We come to the end of this week’s series on gospel with a potent passage, one dearly loved by liberation theologians and justice workers and one of which many reducers of the gospel today are fearful. Here’s my opinion on […]
Mr. McKnight, I would like to echo a question that someone asked above, and I don’t think you replied to it (unless I missed the answer, in which case I apologize.) The question is: why are you still an evangelical, […]
We look today and tomorrow at two formative texts for seeing what Jesus means by “gospel”. Today we begin with Mark 1:14-15, a text that is comprehensive.