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Belief-O-Matic Quiz to take

posted by Scot McKnight

Have you seen this test that seeks to determine what your religion really is.

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Weekly Meanderings

posted by Scot McKnight

Some of you may be surprised by that opening image, but I’m following the apostle Paul today: “When in Canada, do as the Canadians.” Kris and I are up in Edmonton at Break Forth, where that one famous hockey player […]

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Your Favorite Movie Line

posted by Scot McKnight

OK, I saw this the other day: three lines from movies — “Frankly, my dear, I don’t give a damn.” “Here’s looking at you, kid.” “You can’t handle the truth!” What’s your favorite movie line?

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Midday Bible Study: Gospel 65

posted by Scot McKnight

We shift now for a while from the word “gospel/gospeling” to “heralding/herald” (Greek word is kerusso/kerygma/kerux). We back up to the Gospels again, and we begin with John (Matt 3:1-2) and Jesus (4:: 1 In those days John the Baptist came, […]

Preparing for Lent

posted by Scot McKnight

As with Advent and even our Holy Week, ideas for a major seasonal shift like Lent can be difficult to come by. This year I want to focus on something simple. I’m going to focus on fasting one day each […]

Friday is for Friends

posted by Scot McKnight

Friends think about, talk about, and enjoy happiness with one another. David Naugle’s new book, Reordered Love, Reordered Lives: Learning the Deep Meaning of Happiness, is a good book to read and a good book to discuss — and I […]

1955 Was a Very Good Year

posted by Scot McKnight

Comments  made in the year 1955!  ‘I’ll  tell you one thing, if things keep going the way  they are, it’s going to be impossible to  buy a week’s groceries for  $20.00. ‘Have  you seen the new cars coming out next  […]

Midday Bible Study: Gospel 64

posted by Scot McKnight

We finish our series on “gospel” today, and we do so by looking briefly at three references to “gospel” in Revelation: 10: 5 Then the angel I had seen standing on the sea and on the land raised his right hand […]

Is Facebook the Future Blog?

posted by Scot McKnight

Some of you — like us — have both a blog and a Facebook account. Some suggest the future blog will be on Facebook while others say Facebook is so much more for networking and interpersonal stuff and e-mailing that […]

Artists Struggling with Evangelicalism 4

posted by Scot McKnight

One of the more interesting artists in the history of the West is Vincent Van Gogh.  One of the more fascinating dimensions of Van Gogh’s art was his expression of hope in bright yellow colors, and the absence of such […]

Wednesday Compline Prayer

posted by Scot McKnight

The peace of God be over me to shelter me, under me to uphold me, about me to protect me, behind me to direct me, ever with me to save me. The peace of all peace be mine this night […]

Wisconsin Winter Habits

posted by Scot McKnight

60 above zero:  Wisconsinites plant gardens. 50 above zero:  People are sunbathing in Green Bay . 40 above zero:  Wisconsinites drive with the sunroof open. 32 above zero:  The water in  Hayward gets thicker. 20 above zero:  Wisconsinites throw on […]

Midday Bible Study: Gospel 63

posted by Scot McKnight

Does gospel preaching matter? This is a question that Peter answers. Here are his words, from 1 Peter 4:17: 16 However, if you suffer as a Christian, do not be ashamed, but praise God that you bear that name. 17 For it […]

Inauguration Experience and Reflection

posted by Scot McKnight

This post is written by my friend and graduate assistant, Chris Ridgeway, a student at North Park Theological Seminary, and an active worker in the Great Commission Ministries. He was at the Inauguration; I asked him if he’d think of […]

Preserving the Old

posted by Scot McKnight

Kris and I received from her grandmother a great chair. We eventually had it re-upholstered but it wore down, too. So, we took it to my basement study and it has been my reading chair for more than a decade. […]

Churches and Justice Ministries

posted by Scot McKnight

A friend writes to ask about how missional and emerging churches and gatherings and groups are doing when it comes to justice ministries. She is doing some work on this theme and I’d like to know some reports out there […]

Midday Bible Study: Gospel 62

posted by Scot McKnight

Peter says something in chp 4 about the gospel that has perplexed many for centuries: 6 For this is the reason the gospel was preached even to those who are now dead, so that they might be judged according to men […]

Intellectual Integrity and Faith? 1 (RJS)

posted by Jesus Creed Admin

One of the serious challenges facing many in our church today – in fact our church for the last couple centuries – is the interaction between reason and faith.  How can we reconcile our increasingly sophisticated knowledge of history, of […]

Fasting

posted by Scot McKnight

Our book on fasting is now available. We worked on this book for about a year; it is one of the volumes in Nelson’s The Ancient Practices Series. Phyllis Tickle is the General Editor and other volumes now available are […]

Mexico City Policy: My Opinion

posted by Scot McKnight

Where am I wrong? If the monies that were designated for non-abortion access NGOs are now being shifted (because of President Obama’s rescinding of the Mexico City Policy) to abortion-access NGOs, then we have a major issue: The rescinding of […]

The Mexico City Policy: The Question

posted by Scot McKnight

Here is what I know: (1) Reagan, Bush, and Bush pulled funding to any international NGO (non-government organization) clinics that provided access, through referrals, to abortions; (2) Clinton and now Obama have undone the Reagan-Bush-Bush decisions. (The pulling of support […]

Midday Bible Study: Gospel 61

posted by Scot McKnight

We continue in our series of the meaning of the word “gospel” in the New Testament with how Peter uses “gospel.” Today we look 1 Peter 1:25. 22 Now that you have purified yourselves by obeying the truth so that you […]

Bible Readers: Lawbook

posted by Scot McKnight

In our series on Bible readers, based on our book The Blue Parakeet: Rethinking How You Read the Bible , we have taken some brief looks at the bad habits or exaggerations in our reading of the Bible. I want […]

Inaugural Prayers

posted by Scot McKnight

There was quite a dust-up about the prayers at the Inauguration. Analysis of the prayers of others is not something I’m fond of, so I stayed back but this week’s prayer in The Book of Common Prayer — to be […]

Prayer for the Week

posted by Scot McKnight

Give us grace, O Lord, to answer readily the call of our Savior Jesus Christ and proclaim to all people the Good News of his salvation, that we and the whole world may perceive the glory of his marvelous works; […]

Evolution

posted by Scot McKnight

Yes here’s the final results of evolution: Manual typewriter … then Electric typewriter … then PC … then Apple. We bought one in 1984 and have not looked back! What’s your favorite Mac story?

Aksel’s Talking

posted by Scot McKnight

Here is our 3 month old grandson with his father learning to “talk.” We love it. 

Weekly Meanderings

posted by Scot McKnight

We’ve got a new President and a new first lady (and a new website). Jonathan Williams has an excellent set of suggestions on learning to turn “them” into “us.” One of our students at North Park doing good. Art Boulet […]

Big ol’ lobster

posted by Scot McKnight

A man is holding here a 20 lb lobster. How many lobster rolls would this make? Or how much “chowda”?

Midday Bible Study: Gospel 60

posted by Scot McKnight

Peter, too, talks about the gospel in his first letter. We begin in chapter one: 10 Concerning this salvation, the prophets, who spoke of the grace that was to come to you, searched intently and with the greatest care, 11 trying to […]

Google Reader, Feeds, and Jesus Creed

posted by Scot McKnight

I don’t know why but Google Reader evidently is not working. I have talked with the folks at Beliefnet and the problem evidently is not theirs. BUT … if you subscribe to this it will work on google reader.  Google […]

Friday is for Friends

posted by Scot McKnight

We begin a new “friday is for friends” series next week, but today we introduce the theme: happiness. I encourage you to purchase and read David Naugle‘s newest book, Reordered Love, Reordered Lives: Learning the Deep Meaning of Happiness , […]

Obama and Abortion

posted by Scot McKnight

Barack Obama, as far as I’m concerned, is not off to a good start when it comes to “change” and ending the “politics as usual” he claimed in his campaign. First, on the anniversary of Roe v. Wade he has […]

A Compline Prayer

posted by Scot McKnight

This dwelling, O God, by Thee be blest; and each one who here this night does rest.

Best Blogs in Biblical Studies?

posted by Scot McKnight

I’ve been asked what are the best blogs in biblical studies. What do you think? Provide links if you can.

Midday Bible Study: Gospel 59

posted by Scot McKnight

We are studying on this blog the meaning of the word “gospel” in the Bible. This is actually the 59th post in this series as we “blog” our way through the references. I am doing some writing on the “gospel,” […]

A Statement Worth Pondering

posted by Scot McKnight

What do you think of this statement? It was said by someone named Basil Willey about Francis Newman (John Henry Newman’s brother) and I found it in the Hempton book in the post we had earlier today. What “story” is […]

Artists Struggling with Evangelicalism 3

posted by Scot McKnight

One of the most famous converts from evangelicalism to Roman Catholicism, someone I write about in Finding Faith, Losing Faith: Stories of Conversion and Apostasy , was John Henry Newman. Today we look at his brother, Francis, who also was […]

Now Brewing

posted by Scot McKnight

Recently Kris and were in a coffee shopped owned by an Italian family and they served one fine cup of LavAzza. So, we bought a big bag of what makes LavAzza’s family proud. Great crema and taste and the aromas […]

Midday Bible Study: Gospel 58

posted by Scot McKnight

Paul offers us a near-summary of the gospel in poetic terms in 2 Timothy 2: 8 Remember Jesus Christ, raised from the dead, descended from David. This is my gospel, 9 for which I am suffering even to the point of being […]

Can Darwin be Saved? 3 (RJS)

posted by Jesus Creed Admin

In this last post on Karl Giberson’s excellent book Saving Darwin: How to Be a Christian and Believe in Evolution I would like to concentrate on two questions. This is probably one too many, but we will give it a […]

Catholics and Women’s Ordination 4

posted by Scot McKnight

The last chap of Gary Macy’sThe Hidden History of Women’s Ordination: Female Clergy in the Medieval West demonstrates that the 12th Century saw a new definition of “ordain” and a completely contrary (and historic) view of Abelard (and Heloise). The […]

Meetings, Schmeetings!

posted by Scot McKnight

Don Johnson, erstwhile pastor in Minneapolis and now in Santa Barbara, connects us to this NY Times article on meetings. How about you, what do you think of meetings? Part of the problem at such meetings is that the leader […]

Midday Bible Study: Gospel 57

posted by Scot McKnight

It may be Inauguration Day, but it’s also gospel/Bible study day! IIn Paul’s second letter to Timothy, chapter one, he says this: 8 So do not be ashamed to testify about our Lord, or ashamed of me his prisoner. But join […]

A Prayer for our New President, Barack Obama

posted by Scot McKnight

Our prayer today, Our Father, is for our President Barack Obama and Vice President Joe Biden. Our prayers include [Please add your prayers as well]: That You, the infinite font of wisdom, might grant him wisdom daily, for our country […]

Illinois is Proud, America is Proud

posted by Scot McKnight

We in Illinois are proud today; we in the USA are proud today. The Emancipation Proclamation of Abraham Lincolon, an Illinoisan, has taken a new step forward that Lincoln never imagined. Our attention today is on another Illinoisan, someone upon […]

Would Jesus Cancel Class for the Inauguration?

posted by Scot McKnight

What do you think? Would Jesus cancel class for the Inauguration?

Our President’s Letter to his Daughters

posted by Scot McKnight

Perhaps you’ve already seen this now public letter from our President-Elect to his daughters. Dear Malia and Sasha, I know that you’ve both had a lot of fun these last two years on the campaign trail, going to picnics and […]

Midday Bible Study: Gospel 56

posted by Scot McKnight

Paul’s Pastoral letters, those written to Timothy and Titus, contain references to the word “gospel” and we want to dip into 1 Timothy 1 today: 8 We know that the law is good if one uses it properly. 9 We also know […]

Providential Accident?

posted by Scot McKnight

Is it perhaps a providential accident that today is Martin Luther King Jr Day, the man who decades ago dreamed of the day that will happen tomorrow? My favorite collection of Martin Luther Kings wriitngs is A Testament of Hope: […]

Loosening the Grip 10

posted by Scot McKnight

This post is by Mary Veeneman, professor of theology at North Park University. In the speech he gave the night before he was assassinated, Martin Luther King, Jr. said these words: “Well, I don’t know what will happen now. We’ve […]

Obamas attend church today

posted by Scot McKnight

Willow and Racial Reconciliation

posted by Scot McKnight

Bill Hybels is committed to racial reconcilation. Not only are we seeing this commitment in the rise of the so-called minority population at Willow (up to 20%), but we are seeing it in his annual dedication of Martin Luther King […]

Prayer for the Week

posted by Scot McKnight

Almighty God, whose Son our Savior Jesus Christ is the light of the world: Grant that your people, illumined by your Word and Sacraments, may shine with the radiance of Christ?s glory, that he may be known, worshipped, and obeyed […]

Weekly Meanderings

posted by Scot McKnight

My favorite blog-photographer is Steve McCoy, a pastor in our area. I hope you visit his photography stream. Great stuff and I picked this one for a winter scene. I’m hoping the road of this winter is coming to an […]

Inauguration Day

posted by Scot McKnight

What will you be doing during the Inauguration of our next President, Barack Obama? Here’s a link to WP’s Inauguration Central.

Midday Bible Study: Gospel 55

posted by Scot McKnight

We need to string together a few texts from Paul’s letter to the Philippians. 2: 22 But you know that Timothy has proved himself, because as a son with his father he has served with me in the work of the […]

Bible Readers: “Red Letter” Maestros

posted by Scot McKnight

Recently at Out of Ur blog I posted something about “maestro” Bible readers and I received a letter from a “Red Letter Christian.” Here is a clipped paragraph: I understand completely when you say that when Jesus is made Maestro […]

Andy Crouch’s Favorite Letter

posted by Scot McKnight

I recently read Andy Crouch’s new book, Culture-Making, a winding book on culture and how Christians can be cultivators of culture. Andy’s favorite letter is “C” — and he’s got more C’s in this book than any book I’ve seen. […]

What can we do?

posted by Scot McKnight

We ask this question: If it is the case that American military personnel tortured those in GTMO, and this piece from The Washington Post shows that torture occurred, what can we do? To whom do we write? The Obama Administration […]

Midday Bible Study: Gospel 54

posted by Scot McKnight

Take your lunch break with us today and contemplate the meaning of the word gospel. If Ephesians emphasized the word “peace,” Philippians emphasizes “Christ.” These are not alternatives but different ways of saying the same thing: the “peace” of Ephesians […]

Can Darwin be Saved? 2 (RJS)

posted by Jesus Creed Admin

Karl Giberson in his recent book Saving Darwin: How to Be a Christian and Believe in Evolution has devoted several chapters to discussion of Darwin’s dark companions and to the history that has led to the culture war we find […]

Artists Struggling with Evangelicalism 2

posted by Scot McKnight

George Eliot was Mary Ann Evans (1819-1880), and a famous novelist. She is the subject of David Hempton’s first study in how artists struggle with the evangelical faith ( Evangelical Disenchantment: Nine Portraits of Faith and Doubt ). Eliot’s most […]

Babies and Economy

posted by Scot McKnight

Just saw this … what do you think? Any responses? Forget about cutting back on cable and pricey cappuccinos. For some couples, a shaky economy means putting plans to grow or start a family on hold. The economy is a […]

Midday Bible Study: Gospel 53

posted by Scot McKnight

Our next two references to “gospel” in Philippians are found at 1:12 and 1:16. Here they are in context: 12 Now I want you to know, brothers, that what has happened to me has really served to advance the gospel. 13 As […]

Sacred Attunement

posted by Scot McKnight

 I have a number of favorite Jewish writers, including may favorite essayist Joseph Epstein. When it comes to the depths of spirituality, very few plumb the depths in their own way like Abraham Joshua Heschel and his two-volume set The […]

Watching 24?

posted by Scot McKnight

Are there any good reasons, and what might they be, for a 55 year old like me to begin watching 24? What is the big idea of 24? What are your favorite features of 24? What kinds of conversations does […]

Obama and Foreign Relations

posted by Scot McKnight

Victor Davis Hanson, a philosopher of international relations from a neoconservative viewpoints, queries if the optimism about Obama and international relations is more hooplah and than reality. Here is an excerpt of his piece: There is great hope that President-elect […]

Midday Bible Study: Gospel 52

posted by Scot McKnight

Of the prison epistles Paul writes, Philippians has the most references to “gospel.” It is one of the central themes that hold this letter together. 1:3 I thank my God every time I remember you. 4 In all my prayers for all […]

Catholics and Women’s Ordination 3

posted by Scot McKnight

In the major chapter of Gary Macy’s The Hidden History of Women’s Ordination: Female Clergy in the Medieval West, Macy sketches what it is that women were doing in the early Medieval Age. What he sketches clearly demonstrates that women […]

Artists Struggling with Evangelicalism 1

posted by Scot McKnight

On this blog we have given lots of attention to faith and science and the struggle scientists have with the orthodox Christian faith. What about artists? I read this statement not long ago and want to have a conversation about […]

What do you think?

posted by Scot McKnight

Recently a senior Vatican official compared Gaza to a concentration camp? Two questions: (1) What are the conditions of Palestinians in the Gaza strip? (2) How appropriate is this kind of language? JERUSALEM — Israel said Saturday it was shocked […]

Midday Bible Study: Gospel 51

posted by Scot McKnight

Our next “gospel” text in the New Testament comes from the closing to Ephesians, in chapter six. It’s part of a longer text and I want to quote all of it: 10 Finally, be strong in the Lord and in his […]

Bible Readers: Smileys

posted by Scot McKnight

This is what some folks want when they read the Bible: they open their Bible looking for a good word, but by “good word” they mean a daily habit of reading the Bible in search of a blessing (a quiet […]

Third Way Thinkers Writers

posted by Scot McKnight

Who then are the Third Way thinkers and writers? The other day I accidentally posted this and then took it down when I realized it, but Andy Rowell (see below) caught it first and contributed a wonderful set of links […]

Not what the Psalmist had in mind…

posted by Scot McKnight

Ps 104:32: “May the glory of the LORD endure for ever;* may the LORD rejoice in all his works. He looks at the earth and it trembles;* he touches the mountains and they smoke.” A picture of a strike in […]

Prayer for the Week

posted by Scot McKnight

Father in heaven, who at the baptism of Jesus in the River Jordan proclaimed him your beloved Son and anointed him with the Holy Spirit: Grant that all who are baptized into his Name may keep the covenant they have […]

The Origins Project

posted by Scot McKnight

I’m part of the new Origins Project. Take a look and think about participating.

Weekly Meanderings (Back in action)

posted by Scot McKnight

The Hockey players of this world, being huge Cubs fans, couldn’t wait until April and decided to play a game … of hockey (I forgive ‘em) … at Wrigley. I know someone from O! Canada! who came down to watch […]

On Making a Salad Better

posted by Scot McKnight

About 4pm on days I’m home I make our salad for dinner, and I like making salads … lots of folks, I suspect, are bored with making salads so they buy bags of pre-made salads and toss a handful or […]

Midday Bible Study: Gospel 50

posted by Scot McKnight

We’re experimenting with something for a couple of weeks: spreading our posts throughout the day instead of loading them up all at once. It was a little cleaner before but it tended to attract all the conversation to one post […]

Third Way as the Radical Center

posted by Scot McKnight

Adam Hamilton’s Seeing Gray in a World of Black and White: Thoughts on Religion, Morality, and Politics is a perfect blog book. I would love to see a host of evangelical churches using this book for group studies and discussions. […]

Corporations and Ethics: A luxury good?

posted by Scot McKnight

Found this here and thought we could have a conversation. In brief, should we expect big business to do good and to make money? Does this make a difference when you choose your vocation or your job or your employer? […]

Fr. Neuhaus dies

posted by Scot McKnight

Fr. Richard John Neuhaus, a leading voice of Catholic conservatism in America, and one of those rare theologians and spiritual leaders whose influence vastly exceeded the boundaries of their religious community, has died at 72. Neuhaus slipped away Jan. 8, […]

Protesting RC Church Closings

posted by Scot McKnight

Sitting a some prime real estate, a church was chosen by the Boston diocese to be sold … but the locals said, “No!,” and they have now guarded the place for more than 1500 days. From NYT. SCITUATE, Mass. — […]

Bible Readers: Puzzlers

posted by Scot McKnight

A letter from a reader of this blog: I suppose my first question has to do with systematic theology.  Until recently, I would consider myself broadly reformed.  At the moment, I just don’t know.  Recently I’ve grown so tired of […]

Catholics and Women’s Ordination 2

posted by Scot McKnight

What happens to women in ministry when the ground on which they are standing suddenly shifts? That is, what happens to women who are “ordained” when the word “ordain” suddenly changes? That is the impact of the first chp in […]

Gospel 49

posted by Scot McKnight

Paul adds a “wrinkle” to the word “gospel” in Ephesians and it strikes me as very close to how Jesus used his favorite expression, “the gospel of the kingdom.” It is found first in Ephesians 2:17 and is also seen […]

Mark Twain and Blago

posted by Scot McKnight

Mark Twain, looking over the shoulders of Burris and Reid, says cynically (and I quote him), “We have the best congress money can buy.” What do you think Burris is saying to Reid?

Future Catcher

posted by Scot McKnight

Here’s our grandson Aksel, listening to his dad telling him how to give the pitcher the sign for a curve ball.  

Third Way and the American Image

posted by Scot McKnight

What is America like? Are we generous or are we the spoiled brat in the global village? How Christian are the Christians in politics? Third Way thinking addresses these issues, and Adam Hamilton’s book sketches ideas for us to think […]

Can Darwin be Saved? (RJS)

posted by Jesus Creed Admin

It is common in some circles to extol Darwin as one who makes it possible to be a fulfilled atheist and in others to vilify him as the servant of Satan who set out to destroy the faith.  The truth, […]

Gospel 48

posted by Scot McKnight

We turn now to Ephesians, a 3d letter of Paul’s from prison (accepting the Pauline authorship of the traditional letters). Eph uses “gospel” six times: 1:13; 2:17; 3:6, 8; 6:15, 19. We begin with … 11 In him we were also […]

Israel and Hamas

posted by Scot McKnight

I read this piece by Saul Singer in the Washington Post. I wonder if Obama’s silence is support for Israel, support for taking out Hamas, or an indicator that he’s not sure what to think about this international crisis. Any […]

Catholics and Women’s Ordination 1

posted by Scot McKnight

Books that even breathe the air of conspiracy theories rarely attract my interest, but I have been gathering for some time a variety of facts about women in ministry that are both unknown to the average Christian and, in my […]

10 Reasons Why Baseball is Better than Hockey

posted by Scot McKnight

1. Green: baseball is played on a green field; hockey on white ice.2. Wrigley, Fenway, Yankee Stadium: name one interesting hockey place.3. Names: Babe Ruth, Pee Wee Reese, Ernie Banks vs. Wayne Gretzky, Gordie Howe, Bobby Orr.4. Scoring: single, double, […]

Gospel 47

posted by Scot McKnight

Paul uses the word “gospel” one more time in Colossians (1:23) and once in Philiemon 13. Here is the context for Col 1:23: 21 Once you were alienated from God and were enemies in your minds because of your evil behavior. […]

Burris takes on DC: “It’s all theater!”

posted by Scot McKnight

Roland Burris has been good for Illinois, but he’s been sipping too much of Blago’s juices of late and took on DC today. Even as Senate leaders continued to challenge his appointment to the seat vacated by President-elect Barack Obama, […]

Third Way and Politics

posted by Scot McKnight

Adam Hamilton, in his book, Seeing Gray in a World of Black and White: Thoughts on Religion, Morality, and Politics, has a few chps on political or hot-button issues, including situation ethics, abortion, homosexuality and war. I don’t want to […]

Pastor Pages on Church websites

posted by Scot McKnight

We live in an era of the informal, an impact of the 1960s. Friday is casual for many businesses; pastors go by first names; professors don’t have to wear ties or coats and some wear blue jeans; kids “hang out” […]

Gospel 46

posted by Scot McKnight

We continue in our series on “gospel” and what it means by turning to the prison letters of Paul, and we begin with Colossians (1:5). 3 We always thank God, the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, when we pray for […]

Prayer for the Week

posted by Scot McKnight

O God, who wonderfully created, and yet more wonderfully restored, the dignity of human nature: Grant that we may share the divine life of him who humbled himself to share our humanity, your Son Jesus Christ; who lives and reigns […]

Debunking by Ignoring

posted by Jesus Creed Admin

It is fashionable today to see the Christian religion as a massive cover up and the real story is supposed to have gone something like this: Jesus was a pious, Torah-observant Jew whom Paul got hold of and cranked up […]

Weekly Meanderings (resumes next week)

posted by Scot McKnight

Kris and I have been gone and almost completely out of (internet) action for a week. I got the posts done for last week before we left and, with RJS’s help (thanks RJS), we got through the week. But, being […]

January and Sports

posted by Scot McKnight

What makes January such a good month for sports? 1. Nope, not because we have hour to hour college bowl games between teams I don’t follow.2. Nope, not because the Bears are out of the playoffs and that means we […]

Third Way and Abortion

posted by Scot McKnight

Adam Hamilton, author of Seeing Gray in a World of Black and White: Thoughts on Religion, Morality, and Politics, stands with — I trust — everyone: if we can’t undo Roe v. Wade then at least we can work hard […]

On Blurbing Books

posted by Scot McKnight

Blurbing is a delicate art. Publishers seek recognizable names that will raise the credibility of the book and its author; publishers also seek diverse blurbs in order to widen the readership. Blurbs, so it seems to me, are there to […]

Gospel 45

posted by Scot McKnight

Our last reference in Romans is found in Romans 16:25. Fittingly it is part of a prayer, a doxology: 25 Now to him who is able to establish you by my gospel and the proclamation of Jesus Christ, according to […]

Happy New Year

posted by Jesus Creed Admin

And when eight days had passed, before His circumcision, His name was then called Jesus, the name given by the angel before He was conceived in the womb. Lk 2:21 The Holy Name: Eternal Father, you gave to your incarnate […]

Gospel 44

posted by Scot McKnight

We continue our series on the meaning of the word “gospel,” a word I think has been so reduced in meaning that it will take serious efforts to recover a fully biblical perspective. Romans 15:14-20 reads:

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