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Espresso Machine Help?

posted by Scot McKnight

I have a Rancilio Silvia espresso machine. I had a wonderful cup of latte this morning but forgot to turn the machine off. (I did not leave the steaming wand on.) When I got home this evening, I thought I’d […]

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How about you?

posted by Scot McKnight

How many e-mails are stored in your Inbox? As I type this, I’ve got three and one of those is no more than a reminder for tomorrow morning? I try to keep my Inbox to less than ten, and that […]

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A Brother’s Wisdom 26

posted by Scot McKnight

Knowledge of the “word” (logos) is not enough for James. Any listening that does not lead to doing is not proper listening and is not enough. So James says in 1:22-25: 22 Do not merely listen to the word, and so […]

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Education, Discipleship, and the Future 2 (RJS)

posted by Jesus Creed Admin

We started a discussion a while ago on University Ministry  – a discussion I would like to continue today. And I think the initial question to shape thinking is quite simple: What is the purpose or aim of a College […]

Our Collective Faith and Heresies 5

posted by Scot McKnight

 The first two heresies were about who Christ is/was. The next two are about how the divine and the human nature are related. The first concerned Nestorius and Theotokos, the God-bearer. The next heresy is from Eutyches and Eutychianism or […]

The Facebook Generation

posted by Scot McKnight

Here are the characteristics of the Facebook Generation (via Fr Rob). What do you think? 1. All ideas compete on an equal footing. 2. Contribution counts for more than credentials. 3. Hierarchies are natural, not prescribed. 4. Leaders serve rather […]

A Brother’s Wisdom 25

posted by Scot McKnight

We will look this week at James 1:22-25, and I want to begin by quoting these most important of verses: 22 Do not merely listen to the word, and so deceive yourselves. Do what it says. 23 Anyone who listens to the […]

Which gospel do you choose?

posted by Scot McKnight

The gospel is my focus in study and research these days, and the subject of most my extra lectures I’m giving at various places, and I want to post two definitions of the gospel I’ve recently seen. How do you […]

How do you introduce yourself? (by PW)

posted by Scot McKnight

Here is a good conversation starter; something I think should be asked of every ministry spouse.  How do you [as a ministry spouse] introduce yourself? When you are at church, do you introduce yourself as, “the pastor’s wife” or  as […]

Prayer of the Week: 5th Week of Lent

posted by Scot McKnight

Almighty God, you alone can bring into order the unruly wills and affections of sinners: Grant your people grace to love what you command and desire what you promise; that, among the swift and varied changes of the world, our […]

Weekly Meanderings

posted by Scot McKnight

Chicago’s Spring evokes hope! A friend of mine, Dana Del George, has a new book for children whose parents are divorced. Take a good look at it: The Queen of Fire and the King of Ice . A blog worth […]

What’s your favorite …

posted by Scot McKnight

Michael W. Smith song?  My favorite is Kentucky Rose.

A Brother’s Wisdom 24

posted by Scot McKnight

James reveals an early, if not the earliest, early Christian (post Jesus) understanding of “new birth” and “spiritual formation.” Notice how James thinks the community is to be formed spiritually: “humbly accept the word planted in you, which can save […]

Friday is for Friends: Matt Edwards

posted by Scot McKnight

This week’s Friday is for Friends comes from Matt Edwards, at Believers Fellowship in Gig Harbor. I have a question regarding loyalty and the third way. One of the prominent attributes of YHWH in the Old Testament is His hesed, […]

Pastors as Poets

posted by Scot McKnight

“What the congregation needs is not a strategist to help them form another plan for achieving a desired image of life, but a poet who looks beneath even the desperation to recover the mystery of what it means to be […]

Pastor’s Bookshelf: Mark

posted by Scot McKnight

We are doing a series on NT commentaries, and I have to confess that I forgot about it … so here is the Gospel of Mark. Our goals is to provide for pastors and students and serious Bible students a […]

American Idol

posted by Scot McKnight

Who’s going to be voted off American Idol tonight? Who do you think will win?

Youth Ministry and Community: Chris Folmsbee

posted by Scot McKnight

This is the 3d post by Chris Folmsbee, a leader in youth ministry theology. It wasn’t until I was nearly half a dozen years into vocational youth ministry that I began to discover that I couldn’t will a sense of […]

Our Collective Faith and Heresies 4

posted by Scot McKnight

 The first two heresies were about who Christ is/was. The next two are about how the divine and the human nature are related. The first concerns Nestorius and gave rise to the Councel of Ephesus at which council Mary was […]

One More Spiritual Question

posted by Scot McKnight

What if you think you are going in the right direction but don’t like it or feel empty about it?

A Brother’s Wisdom 23

posted by Scot McKnight

Community’s advance and progress and are formed when those communities put away things that destroy and work against community. If quick-to-listen and slow-to-speak are two major characteristics of community, then James 1:21 describes the things that need eradication: 19 My dear […]

Romance and Marriage Vows

posted by Scot McKnight

David Blankenhorn, in a column in 1997 (and anthologized in a book my class is reading —  Wing to Wing, Oar to Oar: Readings on Courting and Marrying (The Ethics of Everyday Life) ), discusses the potential symbolic value of marriage […]

Lenten Confession

posted by Scot McKnight

Most holy and merciful Father: We confess to you and to one another, and to the whole communion of saints in heaven and on earth, that we have sinned by our own fault in thought, word, and deed; by what […]

Where will we get our news?

posted by Scot McKnight

This question befuddles the newspaper industry right now, and newspapers are folding up (or we are seeing paper cuts) everywhere — so what’s the solution? Here’s a line from a recent CNN article: Competition naturally breeds better journalism is the […]

A Brother’s Wisdom 22

posted by Scot McKnight

How do humans accomplish God’s will? James tells us that human anger can never bring about God’s will, and he has to be speaking here into (at least) the zealot option of the 1st Century. The Zealots, if you remember, […]

Beginnings 2 (RJS)

posted by Jesus Creed Admin

In the second chapter of his book Beginnings: Ancient Christian Readings of the Biblical Creation Narratives Peter Bouteneff discusses the uses of the creation narrative in the New Testament. The most important New Testament references are in the Pauline literature […]

Our Collective Faith and Heresies 3

posted by Scot McKnight

The most significant error among populist evangelical Christians, one heard in almost any adult SS class or Bible study, is docetism. Never put quite that way, belief by many is that Jesus’ humanity is not quite what it seems. In […]

The Bible and Alcohol

posted by Scot McKnight

It seems every year someone brings up the Bible and alcohol (the drinking kind). My first response, kept to myself but now made public, is this “Yo, have you ever tasted Brunello or a South African wine or a good […]

A Brother’s Wisdom 21

posted by Scot McKnight

What are characteristics that form and sustain community? James, the brother of Jesus, has some powerful advice. Here are the words of James 1:19-21: 19 My dear brothers, take note of this: Everyone should be quick to listen, slow to speak […]

Behind the Scene: Economic Downturn and the Church Budget (by PW)

posted by Scot McKnight

This is a series about the spouses of pastors by a friend, who is a pastor’s wife. One of the things affected by the economy is church budgets. Have the realities of the world-wide economy reached your church budget?  Now […]

Do you need God to be moral?

posted by Scot McKnight

C.S. Lewis famously argued that morals need God, that one cannot have universal morals without a divine foundation for those morals. That is, apart from belief in God it is hard to maintain belief in morals. The question Lewis provokes […]

Can Someone Explain…

posted by Scot McKnight

Can someone explain why CNN includes “NASCAR” on the Sports page? What is required to consider something a “sport”? Isn’t a ball needed?

Do you know these players?

posted by Scot McKnight

Who can name the players in the famous game between UCLA and the University of Houston? I’ll give you two: Lew Alcindor (Kareem Abdul-Jabbar) and Elvin Hayes (Big E). Do you know who won?

Prayer of the Week: 4th Week of Lent

posted by Scot McKnight

Gracious Father, whose blessed Son Jesus Christ came down from heaven to be the true bread which gives life to the world: Evermore give us this bread, that he may live in us, and we in him; who lives and […]

The Grassy Knoll

posted by Scot McKnight

We just saw this in Dallas. I’m personally persuaded that the death of President Kennedy can’t simply be reduced to Lee Harvey Oswald.

Weekly Meanderings

posted by Scot McKnight

Chicago! Walter Brueggemann on the Bible’s view of economics. (HT: JD) A must-read blog by Owen Youngman.New blogs I’ve recently seen worth following: PreacherMike and Wade Hodges.And Eric Bryant’s blog is uber-cool. David Cramer has come out as a pacifist […]

What’s your favorite …

posted by Scot McKnight

Song by ze vurld’s greades zinger Celine Dion? Here’s some of mine… 

Another Spiritual Question

posted by Scot McKnight

Why is it so much easier (or seem to be) for folks to discern God’s will/plan for other people? It seems easier to see God’s involvement through “the rear view mirror.” How do we discern where God is moving ahead?

Friday is for Friends: Chrissi Wright

posted by Scot McKnight

This post is from Chrissy Wright, and I think she offers a serious counter to how one NT text is frequently used. (Next week from Matt Edwards.) How do you think this verse about avoiding the appearance of evil should […]

What would you do?

posted by Scot McKnight

Would you abort a fetus just because it wasn’t yours? The question sounds crazy. How could it not be yours? If it’s in your body, you must be the mom, right? Wrong. Through in vitro fertilization, you can get pregnant […]

A Spiritual Question

posted by Scot McKnight

What do you think is the most important tool or tools to carry with you on your journey through life toward discerning and doing God’s will? (Thanks to Brent Bill.)

A Brother’s Wisdom 20

posted by Scot McKnight

Why does God give humans the “new birth” or why does God “recreate” humans? Notice how James frames one of the earliest understandings of the doctrine of regeneration: “He chose to give us birth through the word of truth, that […]

Education, Discipleship, and the Future 1 (RJS)

posted by Jesus Creed Admin

Scot has been presenting a series of related posts pondering the future of evangelicalism and the importance of youth ministry – something that may cover anyone from 12 to 30 or so these days.  There are many aspects to this […]

Youth and Evangelism (Chris Folmsbee)

posted by Scot McKnight

Chris Folmsbee has already offered us two posts about youth ministry, and this is his third. Along with Marko’s new book we have two posts today about youth work. This post about evangelism is very important to me. I’m working […]

Youth Ministry 3.0 (3)

posted by Scot McKnight

So, what can we do? Marko, in his new book, Youth Ministry 3.0: A Manifesto of Where We’ve Been, Where We Are & Where We Need to Go , has a bundle of suggestions and I want to discuss a […]

Surprise-ness and Of course-ness: Eschatology and Metaphor

posted by Scot McKnight

A Brother’s Wisdom 19

posted by Scot McKnight

Here is one of the earliest Christian reflections on the new birth: 18 He chose to give us birth through the word of truth, that we might be a kind of firstfruits of all he created. There are a number of […]

Youth Ministry 3.0 (2)

posted by Scot McKnight

We need to develop an ongoing conversation about youth ministry. Marko’s book provides for us a virtual history of youth ministry in the last 50+ years and does so clearly and simply. We need this book. (By the way, “Marko” […]

Our Collective Faith and Heresies 2

posted by Scot McKnight

What about Arius, the prototypical heretic? The 1st chp in B. Quash and M. Ward, Heresies and How to Avoid Them: Why It Matters What Christians Believe , written by Michael B. Thompson (Anglican Vice-Principal of Ridley Hall in Cambridge […]

Lenten Love (Jeff Cook)

posted by Scot McKnight

Jeff Cook teaches philosophy at the University of Northern Colorado; he blogs and he’s the author of a book called Seven: The Deadly Sins and the Beatitudes . Jeff’s post today reflects the kind of love that Lent leads us […]

Our Governor

posted by Scot McKnight

Our governor in Illinois, Pat Quinn, is proposing to increase cigarette taxes over the next year to a dollar more. Good grief, Governor, keep this up and folks will quit smoking! And he wants to add State taxes 50%. Maybe […]

A Roast to Wade

posted by Scot McKnight

We met Wade in Nashville at the Zoe Conference last fall. Really liked him. He’s heading down to Austin TX now and this is what the good folks down there can look forward to. You might think this is a […]

Our Collective Faith and Heresies 1

posted by Scot McKnight

The word “heresy” appears on this blog every now and then, and I have long wanted to do a series on heresy and heresies and have now found a perfect reason: B. Quash and M. Ward, Heresies and How to […]

A Brother’s Wisdom 18

posted by Scot McKnight

Does James suggest that the trails of life are to be seen as “gifts” from God? That they are to be converted from trial into “catacombs” of conversion? Notice these words and read them in the context of James 1:2-4: […]

Youth Ministry 3.0

posted by Scot McKnight

I sat down the other day with a youth pastor and asked a direct question that I’ve asked a number of youth leaders: “What percentage of your youth become adult, mature Christians?” His response: “You want the truth?” I said, […]

Beginnings 1 (RJS)

posted by Jesus Creed Admin

I am currently reading a book by Peter Bouteneff, a theology professor at St. Vladimir’s Orthodox Theological Seminary, entitled Beginnings: Ancient Christian Readings of the Biblical Creation Narratives. This book explores the use of the creation narratives in Second Temple […]

Aidan Compline

posted by Scot McKnight

May no dreams disturb our rest and no nightmares darken our dreams. May no fears or worries delay our willing, prompt repose. May the virtue of our daily work hallow our nightly prayers. May our sleep be deep and soft […]

Zoe in Lubbock

posted by Scot McKnight

Kris and I had never been to Lubbock TX, and one friend wrote to me that it resembles lunar landscape. We did see tumbleweed and we heard reports of a dust storm, but overall we thought Lubbock was a delightful […]

A Brother’s Wisdom 17

posted by Scot McKnight

James 1: 16 Don’t be deceived, my dear brothers. 17 Every good and perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of the heavenly lights, who does not change like shifting shadows. 18 He chose to give us birth through the […]

Behind the Scenes (by PW)

posted by Scot McKnight

I recently read an article about trust and took The Trust Test. This article raised all sorts of flags of recognition for me as a ministry spouse. The article points to many common pitfalls of not listening to our inner […]

Will Evangelicalism Survive?

posted by Scot McKnight

Mark Galli, senior managing editor at Christianity Today, has just responded to Michael Spencer’s (iMonk) colossal prediction of the imminent collapse of evangelicalism. I’d like to shift this conversation a bit to two other questions to see if we might […]

NCAA Men’s Basketball Tournament 2009

posted by Scot McKnight

What did you think of the pairings? Who will win?

The New Perspective on Facebook

posted by Scot McKnight

What do you think of the new changes at Facebook?

One Cool Grandson

posted by Scot McKnight

Aksel sends his greetings from Florida.

Third Sunday in Lent

posted by Scot McKnight

Almighty God, you know that we have no power in ourselves to help ourselves: Keep us both outwardly in our bodies and inwardly in our souls, that we may be defended from all adversities which may happen to the body, […]

iGen Post Election Blues

posted by Scot McKnight

What do you think?

Weekly Meanderings

posted by Scot McKnight

Thomas Jefferson’s Monticello . Trends among young evangelicals (HT: GO).Trends among evangelicals (Barna’s newest report).Trends among Americans and Christianity.Trends in internet thinking about universalism.Trends in tweeting. Motives matter.Weeds matter.Marko matters! I don’t know what the 10 most influential ideas are […]

The Future of Christian Eschatology 5

posted by Scot McKnight

This post wraps up our series for this week. Conclusions Let me now try to draw together some threads. The temporal indicators of Mark 13 and parallels suggest that Jesus envisioned everything therein described as occurring within one generation. Roughly […]

What’s your favorite …

posted by Scot McKnight

Elton John song? I like this with Kiki Dee (here’s the original version):

Friday is for Friends: Kevin Sweeney

posted by Scot McKnight

Kevin Sweeney accepted our invitation to submit material for the Jesus Creed blog and I think you’ll like this one. (Next week we’ve got a provocative post by Chrissi Wright.) What do you think of his proposal? We Can’t Get […]

Is Eternal Punishment Just?

posted by Scot McKnight

A letter from a reader, to which I responded in private. Permission was granted for publication of this letter. Scot, I hope this email finds you healthy and well.  I am looking for some guidance or help working through a […]

The Future of Christian Eschatology 4

posted by Scot McKnight

Continued from yesterday. Our second point: Jesus said that all these things would occur before that time. Let me set this comment in context. In Matt 23:36 Jesus said to his followers this: “Amen, I say to you, all these […]

A Brother’s Wisdom 16

posted by Scot McKnight

James looks into the eyes and hearts of the oppressed and poor messianists, now scattered from home and facing oppression at the hands of the rich — the odds are against them. He looks at them and tells the to […]

Youth Ministry and Narrative Intelligence: Chris Folmsbee

posted by Scot McKnight

As announced last week, Chris Folmsbee will blog at Jesus Creed about youth ministry. I’m keen that we develop more sensitivity to youth ministries and ministers, and Chris is at the cutting edge of what is going on. The more […]

Behind the Scenes (by PW)

posted by Scot McKnight

In the HBO series “John Adams,” Adams calls Abigail, his wife, My Friend. He says she was his number one ballast; she was his advisor; and friend. What one word best describes your relationship to your ministry spouse? What one […]

The Least of These

posted by Scot McKnight

These words are in red in most of our Bibles because they are from Jesus: 37 “Then the righteous will answer him, ‘Lord, when did we see you hungry and feed you, or thirsty and give you something to drink? 38 When […]

The Future of Christian Eschatology 3

posted by Scot McKnight

This is the third in our brief (and much more needs to be said about all kinds of terms and verses — like “prophetic” vs. “apocalyptic”) sketch of a partial preterist view of Mark 13. This view, I’d like folks […]

A Brother’s Wisdom 15

posted by Scot McKnight

We can’t analyze these three verses in James 1 all at once, but I want to provide the text today and offer a couple of comments: 13 When tempted, no one should say, “God is tempting me.” For God cannot be […]

The Right to Bear Arms

posted by Scot McKnight

We saw a bumper sticker the other day that, however much of a sound byte approach to a profound issue, said: “Guns cause murder the way gnats cause garbage.” OK, that’s clever. But we can read on most any web […]

Lenten Confession

posted by Scot McKnight

Most holy and merciful Father: We confess to you and to one another, and to the whole communion of saints in heaven and on earth, that we have sinned by our own fault in thought, word, and deed; by what […]

iGens 15

posted by Scot McKnight

We finish today the book by Jean Twenge, a book that provides powerful statistics about generation trends. Her book is called  Generation Me: Why Today’s Young Americans Are More Confident, Assertive, Entitled–and More Miserable Than Ever Before). What do you […]

The Future of Christian Eschatology 2

posted by Scot McKnight

Part two in our series on the eschatology of Jesus. A word about this so-called “third” quest for the historical Jesus. In the wake of WWII Christian scholars awoke to the view that their understandings of Judaism were skewed and […]

A Brother’s Wisdom 14

posted by Scot McKnight

There is reciprocity between God’s blessing and human living. Notice these words in James 1:12: “Blessed is the man who perseveres under trial, because when he has stood the test, he will receive the crown of life that God has […]

Romans 8: Creation Groans (RJS)

posted by Jesus Creed Admin

We have spent several posts looking at Gen 1-3 and at Paul’s understanding of Genesis and its role in his atonement theology in Romans 5. In the course of this discussion several different people have brought up Romans 8, especially […]

Stem Cell Research: What do you think?

posted by Scot McKnight

The news media are all reporting a significant shift from Bush to Obama on stem cell research. How do you think about this issue? What studies do you consider important on this one? Do you think there is too much […]

iGens 14

posted by Scot McKnight

What about women? Do the iGens show higher levels of equality and integration? Jean Twenge studies this in her 7th chp (Generation Me: Why Today’s Young Americans Are More Confident, Assertive, Entitled–and More Miserable Than Ever Before). What are the […]

Salutations and Signatures (by PW)

posted by Scot McKnight

One of the things that my international coworkers insist on is a signature in any of their correspondence. They are from all over the world: England, Canada, Australia, Japan, India, and Germany. We Americans have lost the civil art or […]

The Future of Christian Eschatology 1

posted by Scot McKnight

This is a 5-part series we will post this entire week at about this time. It will unpack a “partial preterist” view of Jesus’ eschatology. Oddly enough, I was interviewed last week by CBS TV in Chicago about 2012. Evidently, […]

A Brother’s Wisdom 13

posted by Scot McKnight

Once again James gets a look-alike award for what he has to say in James 1:12. Blessed is the man who perseveres under trial, because when he has stood the test, he will receive the crown of life that God […]

Enough

posted by Scot McKnight

What are the causes of our economic crisis? Deregulation of financial institutions? Subprime mortgages? Housing bubble? Fraud? Adam Hamilton, in his little wise book called Enough: Discovering Joy through Simplicity and Generosity , gets this right. And it takes a […]

iGens 13

posted by Scot McKnight

What about equality? Do the iGens show higher levels of equality and integration? Jean Twenge studies this in her 7th chp (Generation Me: Why Today’s Young Americans Are More Confident, Assertive, Entitled–and More Miserable Than Ever Before). Her studies involved […]

A Woman in the Footnotes

posted by Scot McKnight

If you’ve got a Bible close at hand, open it up to Romans 16:7. Herein lies a tale I want to tell you. And I begin by quoting the NIV, then the NASB and then the NLT: Greet Andronicus and […]

Second Sunday in Lent

posted by Scot McKnight

O God, whose glory it is always to have mercy: Be gracious to all who have gone astray from your ways, and bring them again with penitent hearts and steadfast faith to embrace and hold fast the unchangeable truth of […]

iGens 12

posted by Scot McKnight

What about sex? In her study, Generation Me: Why Today’s Young Americans Are More Confident, Assertive, Entitled–and More Miserable Than Ever Before), Jean Twenge examines generational shifts about sexual activity and attitudes. What to do? What do you think really […]

Weekly Meanderings

posted by Scot McKnight

We may not have the same kind of Weekly Meanderings next week, unless something goofy happens and keeps me near a computer. We’ll be on Spring Break in North Carolina, beginning in Asheville, and then meandering up to southwest Virginia, […]

What’s your favorite…

posted by Scot McKnight

… song by Abba? Mine: Dancing Queen. You can’t listen to Abba’s Dancing Queen without wanting to do some dancin’. I hear that even Mike Bird, when he remembers Abba in Australia, can really cut a rug on this one. 

The Inner Apologetic

posted by Scot McKnight

St. Augustine famously said, “for You have formed us for Yourself, and our hearts are restless till they find rest in You” (Confessions 1.1.1). Though I’ve never seen a full-scale discussion of the Bible’s presentation of the “inner apologetic,” how […]

Friday is for Friends: Mark Swallow

posted by Scot McKnight

Mark Swallow blogs at The Swallow’s Nest. Next week we will hear from Kevin Sweeney. Today’s post is a powerful reflection, if not grief, about church by one who loves the church and seeks for conversation. Mark Swallow is from […]

Impostor Syndrome

posted by Scot McKnight

Last week a group of us were sitting over lunch when a female colleague asked if we had heard of the “impostor syndrome.” I hadn’t, so she explained it. Here’s the essence, drawn from Wikipedia (with their links remaining). What […]

A Brother’s Wisdom 12

posted by Scot McKnight

We aren’t quite done with James 1:9-11. 9 The brother in humble circumstances ought to take pride in his high position. 10 But the one who is rich should take pride in his low position, because he will pass away like a […]

Re-Thinking Mission in Youth Ministry

posted by Scot McKnight

Through a variety of influences I have renewed my own commitment to the utter significance of youth ministry today — and I mean by that from junior high until adulthood (and that might mean 12 to 30!). Our future churches […]

The Garden of Eden? (RJS)

posted by Jesus Creed Admin

Michael Kruse brought these articles to my attention earlier this week. An ancient temple at Gobekli Tepe in Turkey revolutionizes thinking about ancient human culture and thought. A prehistoric construction, a “temple” dating from some 8000-12000 years ago.  This is […]

Quotable Quotes

posted by Scot McKnight

From Erwin McManus: “Most of us want God to fix every wrong choice we make without taking from us our right to choose wrongly. We want to make God into our own pooper-scooper following right behind us, cleaning up our […]

A Brother’s Wisdom 11

posted by Scot McKnight

Here are the words of James 1:9-11:  9 The brother in humble circumstances ought to take pride in his high position. 10 But the one who is rich should take pride in his low position, because he will pass away like a […]

Do they have good coffee shops …

posted by Scot McKnight

in the area from Asheville, NC, to Roanoke, VA? Got some suggestions? Kris and I will be tooling around that area next week and wonder if there are some “must-stops” for coffee.

iGens 11

posted by Scot McKnight

One of the themes that emerges from generational studies about iGens, those who are 18-35, is cynicism. Typified by two expressions: “Yeah, right” and “Whatever.” Jean Twenge discusses the presence and increase of cynicism among iGens in the 5th chp […]

Sinister Presences?

posted by Scot McKnight

A letter from a pastor friend … We’ve not had a conversation about demons, Satan, and sinister presence on this blog that I remember. I’m wondering how you approach such texts in the Bible? Hi Scot We are in Lent, […]

Lenten Prayer

posted by Scot McKnight

Almighty and everlasting God, you hate nothing you have made and forgive the sins of all who are penitent: Create and make in us a new and contrite heart, that we, worthily lamenting our sins and acknowledging our wretchedness, may […]

An Announcement: Want to Write for the Jesus Creed?

posted by Scot McKnight

Kris and I have been talking about this one and we are making a shift that I think will make this blog even better. I’ve been doing a series for a couple of years called “Friday is for Friends” and […]

A Brother’s Wisdom 10

posted by Scot McKnight

The theme of James 1:9-11, as we tried to show yesterday, is reversal. The current oppressive conditions of the poor will be overturned by an act of God and the oppressors will be brought before the bar of the Lord […]

Romans 5: Part 3 – Sin and its Solution (RJS)

posted by Jesus Creed Admin

Romans 5:12-21 is a great passage – and at the center of the passage is the achievement of Jesus through his death and resurrection. In his commentary on Romans NT Wright notes: Though the word “cross” is not mentioned, and […]

Shane Hipps on Community (and below it my response)

posted by Scot McKnight

Scott thanks for all your comments and push back. Always appreciated. Clearly we’re playing with semantics here. I don’t say that dismissively. Semantics matter–some times more than other times. I’ll let others judge whether it matters here. It may be […]

Internet as “Community”? One More Time

posted by Scot McKnight

Shane Hipps got this ball rolling, then I weighed in, and now Anne Jackson has weighed in. (And she’s pulled the plug on internetting during Lent so she might not weigh back in until April 13 or later.) And Shane […]

OK, Who likes Rush? Let’s hear why

posted by Scot McKnight

Abisomeone has asked us to re-shape this discussion. If you listen to him and like him, tell us what you like about Rush. 

Tell me…

posted by Scot McKnight

Can someone explain why so many listen to and follow Rush Limbaugh? Kris and I were listening to his speech (“address to the nation”) a bit last night and … well… I thought I’d see what you folks are thinking. […]

Would you serve Sebelius?

posted by Scot McKnight

The Catholic authorities say no. What about you? Is support of abortion grounds not to permit the eucharist? Q. When should a Catholic refrain from receiving holy Communion? A. In November 2006, the bishops of the United States issued a […]

A Brother’s Wisdom 9

posted by Scot McKnight

Reversal is one of James’ convictions. He’s looking at and like his brother on this one too. What is reversal? That the present conditions are unjust; that the conditions are contrary to God’s design; that God will (soon?) step in […]

Behind the Scenes (PW)

posted by Scot McKnight

We begin today a new series. For now, we are calling it “Behind the Scenes.” We will have all kinds of discussions about this topic (below) and I won’t give any more away so here goes … a new series […]

Open Communion or Closed Communion?

posted by Scot McKnight

In a recent Out of Ur Blog, JI Packer weighed in on whether communion is open or not. Here are the first bits and I’m curious as to what you think. (The rest of his piece is at that link.) […]

A Stunning Statistic

posted by Scot McKnight

Many of us know about the high correlation between the faith of parents and the faith of teenagers. This was all sorted out and described by Christian Smith, in his book Soul Searching: The Religious and Spiritual Lives of American […]

First Sunday in Lent

posted by Scot McKnight

Almighty God, whose blessed Son was led by the Spirit to be tempted by Satan: Come quickly to help us who are assaulted by many temptations; and, as you know the weaknesses of each of us, let each one find […]

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posted 11:15:58am Aug. 16, 2012 | read full post »

Our Common Prayerbook 30 - 3
Psalm 30 thanks God (vv. 1-3, 11-12) and exhorts others to thank God (vv. 4-5). Both emerge from the concrete reality of David's own experience. Here is what that experience looks like:Step one: David was set on high and was flourishing at the ...

posted 12:15:30pm Aug. 31, 2010 | read full post »

Theology After Darwin 1 (RJS)
One of the more important and more difficult pieces of the puzzle as we feel our way forward at the interface of science and faith is the theological implications of discoveries in modern science. A comment on my post Evolution in the Key of D: ...

posted 6:01:52am Aug. 31, 2010 | read full post »

Almost Christian 4
Who does well when it comes to passing on the faith to the youth? Studies show two groups do really well: conservative Protestants and Mormons; two groups that don't do well are mainline Protestants and Roman Catholics. Kenda Dean's ...

posted 12:01:53am Aug. 31, 2010 | read full post »

Let's Get Neanderthal!
The Cave Man Diet, or Paleo Diet, is getting attention. (Nothing is said about Culver's at all.) The big omission, I have to admit, is that those folks were hunters -- using spears or smacking some rabbit upside the conk or grabbing a fish or ...

posted 2:05:48pm Aug. 30, 2010 | read full post »

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