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A Brother’s Wisdom 44

posted by Scot McKnight

What do you think these words mean from James 2:13? “judgment without mercy will be shown to anyone who has not been merciful. Mercy triumphs over judgment!” I think it sounds like Jesus in Matt 6:14-15: “14 For if you forgive […]

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Science and the Sacred (RJS)

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At the Following Christ Conference this last December Francis Collins announced his coming BioLogos website and foundation.  I was not at the conference, but several who were  mentioned it in comments on various posts on this blog, so I’ve been […]

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Our Collective Faith 14

posted by Scot McKnight

The editors of  Heresies and How to Avoid Them: Why It Matters What Christians Believe finish the book off with an epilogue that reflects on heresy and orthodoxy, and it’s worth a good read. It will do well to finish […]

Coming Conversations

posted by Scot McKnight

We will begin this Friday and then next week two new conversations. One will be about Andrew Marin’s new book about homosexuality and the Church, called Love Is an Orientation: Elevating the Conversation With the Gay Community . And the […]

A Brother’s Wisdom 43

posted by Scot McKnight

James 2:12-13 reads: “Speak and act as those who are going to be judged by the law that gives freedom, because judgment without mercy will be shown to anyone who has not been merciful. Mercy triumphs over judgment!” Sailors, so […]

Kay Warren’s Controversy (now at Jesus Creed)

posted by Scot McKnight

Over at the CT site called Her.meneutics, Kay Warren stirred some folks up about the distinction between humans and animals. Here is her decisive paragraph (and what do you think?): Please don’t misunderstand me: God put animals under the care […]

Heresy and Our Collective Faith: Some Pragmatics

posted by Scot McKnight

I got this set of questions from a reader at the end of our series on “Our Collective Faith,” a series that discussed a book about heresies and how to avoid them. Here is the set of questions, and I’ve […]

Sacred Space in Texas: Laity Lodge

posted by Scot McKnight

If I were a pastor or a youth pastor, if I were a small group in Texas, and if I lived within 500 miles of Laity Lodge — I’d do everything I could to get folks to spend a weekend […]

A Brother’s Wisdom 42

posted by Scot McKnight

To love your neighbor as yourself is the foundation of the Torah.To show favortism toward the rich and against the poor, you are not acting in love.Not to love is to break the law.Therefore, those who break the law (of […]

Darwin and the Bible 2 (RJS)

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The fourth chapter of Darwin and the Bible: The Cultural Confrontation is a contribution by Martinez Hewlett and Ted Peters entitled The Science of Evolution and the Theology of Creation. Peters is a Lutheran theologian who has written on science […]

Our Collective Faith 13

posted by Scot McKnight

The final chp of  Heresies and How to Avoid Them: Why It Matters What Christians Believe is an odd one, but all the better for its oddity. The chp is written by Janet Martin Soskice, a Roman Catholic and Fellow […]

The Gospel and Jazz

posted by Scot McKnight

Do you know about Robert Gelinas and his new book Finding the Groove: Composing a Jazz-Shaped Faith ? There are very few books like this one — in fact, there is none. I really liked this book, and I will […]

A Brother’s Wisdom 41

posted by Scot McKnight

The next passage we deal with in James is 2:8-13, and it reveals that James — like his brother and then also like Paul and John — made direct use of the Shema + Lev 19:18, which I call the […]

Illustrations from the Family: by PW

posted by Scot McKnight

One topic of conversation in our ministry household has been the subject of sermon illustrations and where they come from. Both my spouse and I find that people love it when you use real situations from your life to connect […]

Anabaptism: Where to go?

posted by Scot McKnight

I’ve mentioned on this blog the word “anabaptist” and that I consider myself an anabaptist in theological orientation. Usually someone writes me and asks this question: What’s an anabaptist? Well, I say, they are the third wave of the Reformation […]

Prayer for the Week: Third Sunday of Easter

posted by Scot McKnight

O God, whose blessed Son made himself known to his disciples in the breaking of bread: Open the eyes of our faith, that we may behold him in all his redeeming work; who lives and reigns with you, in the […]

Weekly Meanderings

posted by Scot McKnight

Chicago is for Spring Bikers: David Opderbeck weighs in on faith and missional theology. Erika’s suggestive post is worth your reading. And Jason Clark announces a new missional D.Min. effort he will direct. David Dunbar’s new piece in Missional Journal […]

What’s your favorite…

posted by Scot McKnight

song by James Taylor?  I have a story to tell. When Luke was 13 we were playing a baseball tournament in St Louis. On one of our many trips in the elevator we got out on our floor and a […]

Youth Ministry and the Church: by Chris Folmsbee

posted by Scot McKnight

Our friend Chris Folmsbee, a leader in youth ministry, offers us one more reflection on youth ministry today, and his topic — youth ministry and church — is as timely as it gets. Let’s think together today about the issue […]

Friday is for Friends: Derek Leman

posted by Scot McKnight

This week’s Friday is for Friends comes from Derek Leman, a messianic rabbi (or a messianic pastor for some of us). I am finding that his questions are haunting more and more of us these days, and I hope we […]

Once in a Lifetime Book

posted by Scot McKnight

Every now and then, but not very often, someone writes a book that is a once-in-a-lifetime publication. Wow! Everett Ferguson has just given us an exhaustive study of baptism in the first five centuries: Baptism in the Early Church: History, […]

Compline

posted by Scot McKnight

May God be in our sleep; may Christ be in our dreams. May the Spirit be in our repose, in our thoughts, in our heart. In our soul always may the Sacred Three dwell.

The Origins Project

posted by Scot McKnight

We now have a website for The Origins Project and we are keeping the name “The Origins Project.” Tool around our site and, if so moved, sign up for participation in what we believe can be a significant movement of […]

A Brother’s Wisdom 40

posted by Scot McKnight

We come to the last argument James uses with the messianic community. It is wrong to exploit the poor because it is against Jesus’ teaching, because it is contrary to election, because it is stupid, and finally because there is […]

Enns, Sparks, Arnold, and Chapman on the OT: Part 2 (RJS)

posted by Jesus Creed Admin

A couple of months ago Peter Enns posted on his blog part one of a review and discussion of Kenton Sparks’ recent book God’s Word in Human Words (GWHW).  Although in writing part one Enns expressed hoped that part two […]

Our Collective Faith 12

posted by Scot McKnight

The 11th chp of  Heresies and How to Avoid Them: Why It Matters What Christians Believe introduced me to a heresy I had never heard of: the heresy of the Free Spirit. The author of the chp is Denys Turner, […]

Language Levels in Theological Debate

posted by Scot McKnight

A book we’ve been discussing about heresies brings to the surface how Christians have debated heresies and heretics. There is a subtle theme in this book that heresies can be discussed rationally, even when one believes deeply that a given […]

A Brother’s Wisdom 39

posted by Scot McKnight

James has now argued from Jesus and from theology. He now argues from sheer pragmatics that despising the poor is stupid: Is it not the rich who are exploiting you? Are they not the ones who are dragging you into […]

In Her Memory: by Bradley Nassif

posted by Scot McKnight

This is from a colleague of mine, Bradley Nassif, who teaches theology at North Park University. Brad is an Eastern Orthodox theologian. My mother, Lydia, only had an 8th grade education and waited tables for a living.  She was poor […]

A Book That Cannot Be Ignored: T. Scott Womble

posted by Scot McKnight

Some books don’t get to the top shelf or to the front of the table because they’re not very good. Other books don’t get to the top or the front for no good reasons, and I’ve recently been through a […]

Aksel Sends His Greetings to the Jesus Creed Blog

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A Brother’s Wisdom 38

posted by Scot McKnight

Snobbery is a major problem at work among the messianists. Notice these words from James 2: 5 Listen, my dear brothers: Has not God chosen those who are poor in the eyes of the world to be rich in faith and […]

Darwin and the Bible (RJS)

posted by Jesus Creed Admin

Science and faith – Darwin and the Bible; these topics have excited a great deal of interest in our culture of late – and the spate of books on the topic shows little sign of abating. Several resources have appeared […]

Our Collective Faith 11

posted by Scot McKnight

The two most common heretical slurs tossed around today are “Pelagianism” (or is little friend, semi-Pelagian, which is more slur than substance) and Gnosticism (or neo-Gnosticism). The most formidable early threat to orthodox Christian faith was Genosticism, and the 10th […]

Didn’t Jesus Say ….

posted by Scot McKnight

“love your enemies, and pray for those who persecute you, that you may be sons of your Father in heaven”? “And if you greet only your brothers, what are you doing more than others?” I don’t know the ins and […]

Young Life

posted by Scot McKnight

Last Saturday I got up early and drove down to Naperville to speak at a Young Life event. I had prepared myself for a variety of talks since I wasn’t quite sure how Young Life leaders would respond to a […]

A Brother’s Wisdom 37

posted by Scot McKnight

For James, who once again sounds like his older brother, kow-towing to the rich is not what they learned from Jesus, it is not theologically sound, and furthermore it simply doesn’t make sense. 2:5 Listen, my dear brothers: Has not God […]

Pastors and Vacations: by PW

posted by Scot McKnight

By PW: It’s that time of year when we as a family usually realize we haven’t made a plan for vacation yet this year! Sometimes we make vacation plans at the last minute due to the lack of discretionary funds, […]

The New Perspective and Resurrection

posted by Scot McKnight

I get asked this about once a week, often in an e-mail: “What is the New Perspective on Paul?” Let me answer that question with three brief lines, but first I provide what inspired me to think through the NPP […]

Picture in Need of a Caption

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A Reflection on the Good Samaritan

posted by Scot McKnight

When the priest and Levite saw the body on the ground, they chose to pass him by. When the Samaritan saw the body, he took the pains to help the man. If your goal is being right, you can wash […]

Prayer for the Week: Second Sunday of Easter

posted by Scot McKnight

Almighty and everlasting God, who in the Paschal mystery established the new covenant of reconciliation: Grant that all who have been reborn into the fellowship of Christ’s Body may show forth in their lives what they profess by their faith; […]

How Busy of a Parent are you?

posted by Scot McKnight

Check this out. Now our questions: What have you learned that balances your busy schedule with kids? What are the mistakes to avoid? What are the best things about the flourish of activities when the kids are on the go […]

Viva la Caffe Vita!

posted by Scot McKnight

Tim Soerens, a missional follower of Christ in Seattle, stopped by recently and we shared lunch. To my delight, he gave me a batch of Caffe Vita coffee, an exquisite coffee from Seattle. We’re drinking Organic Peru Chaupe, and this […]

Weekly Meanderings

posted by Scot McKnight

Chicago’s own! Does NYC have this? Does LA? Chicago does! (HT: PK-C) Blog by one of our students. Worth your reading. A story about another of our students. A very good reminder: know before you tweet. Tweet humor with Tamara.On […]

Who makes the best …

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Pizza?

Pastor’s Bookshelf: Acts of the Apostles

posted by Scot McKnight

There was a time, and not that long ago, that more than one good commentary on Acts was hard to find. There were some old ones, and FF Bruce’s two (very different) commentaries were consulted, but it ended there. But […]

A Brother’s Wisdom 36

posted by Scot McKnight

We finish off the sketch of how the messianic community was kow-towing to the rich and despising the shabbily-dressed. In this letter, the rich are the oppressors and the poor are the oppressed. As we will see next week, the […]

Youth Ministry and Mentoring: Chris Folmsbee

posted by Scot McKnight

We want more attention to be given to youth ministry, and so Chris Folmsbee joins us weekly to offer a post. Today’s post is about mentoring. We welcome, as always, your feedback and conversation. This post today deserves responses from […]

Friday is for Friends: Travis Mamone

posted by Scot McKnight

Here is another in our series of guest bloggers who send stuff in to us. We always welcome your ideas or your own posts. Our first wave of submissions is now about complete, so we are hoping for another batch. […]

Philip Vickers Fithian

posted by Scot McKnight

To prepare for his ordination examination, Philip Fithian (1746-1776) was asked to prepare a sermon on the “Nature of Regeneration” and an exegetical study “that shall prove by plain & full Arguments that the Torments of the Damned will be […]

The “in order to” Problem

posted by Scot McKnight

What is fasting? Try defining it, and I’ll make a suggestion. Go ahead — in your mind define it. Here’s my suggestion: If, in defining fasting, we are tempted to define fasting as something we do “in order to” get […]

Those Apostolic Fathers: Where to go?

posted by Scot McKnight

During my early graduate years in seminary I began to use the Loeb edition of the apostolic fathers, and then when Bart Ehrman brought out a whole new Loeb edition of the apostolic fathers, I bought that one. I enjoy […]

Beginnings 4 (RJS)

posted by Jesus Creed Admin

With the fourth chapter of Peter Bouteneff’s book Beginnings: Ancient Christian Readings of the Biblical Creation Narratives we come to a rather controversial character, Origen of Alexandria, (ca.185-254) Origen was a prolific Christian writer, thinker, and scholar.  He is purported […]

Our Collective Faith 10

posted by Scot McKnight

Pelagianism is the favorite term thrown around by many today when the intent is to label a theologian as heretical. In the 9th chp of  Heresies and How to Avoid Them: Why It Matters What Christians Believe we are treated […]

Did you see this? AN Wilson is a believer

posted by Scot McKnight

AN Wilson, known to many as a religious skeptic and critic of the Christian faith, tells his story of faith in public. I hadn’t heard this before, and maybe I’m woefully outdated, but here it is. A week ago, there […]

A Brother’s Wisdom 35

posted by Scot McKnight

How we treat the poor is a barometer of our faith in the Glorious Jesus Christ. That’s what James says in James 2:1 and then he sketches a scene before our eyes: 2 Suppose a man comes into your meeting wearing […]

Deep Shift: Hell?

posted by Scot McKnight

Here is a question from a reader… Scot (and the Jesus Creed Blog), What happens to our view of hell if we shift our understanding of “heaven” to the “new heavens and new earth” to the transformed earth? There’s been […]

Pastoral Theology: Where to go?

posted by Scot McKnight

When it comes to pastoral theology, and to the local church kind of spiritual leadership, I look to others. Perhaps every denomination has its own favorite pastor-mentors, but a wise mentor and pastor who transcends denominations is Lynn Anderson. His […]

Christian Devotion: Where to go?

posted by Scot McKnight

We get asked about books often, and it is not always easy to know where to begin. I once was asked about books on spiritual formation, and I just couldn’t keep it to one and before long I had mentioned […]

A Brother’s Wisdom 34

posted by Scot McKnight

Faith in Jesus Christ implicates a person in his way of life. Here is a sketch, a caricature that delves at the same time in the depths of the ordinary: James 2:2 Suppose a man comes into your meeting wearing a […]

Genesis 4-5 – Biblical Genealogies (RJS)

posted by Jesus Creed Admin

We discussed the creation narratives in Genesis 1-3 in a series of posts earlier this year.  The questions on the proper interpretation of Genesis don’t stop with Genesis 3 however, and I received an e-mail last week with the following […]

Our Collective Faith 9

posted by Scot McKnight

I find Donatism to be one of the most unknown and yet most pervasive of heresies at work in the church today, and yet we need to be careful once again. Why? In dismissing Donatism we may fall into a […]

Rhythms of (a writing) Life

posted by Scot McKnight

At Messiah College last week I was asked three different times this question: “How do you manage to get all the teaching, speaking and writing done?” OK, I’ve talked about this before, but I’d like to have a conversation about […]

A Brother’s Wisdom 33

posted by Scot McKnight

We enter into a self-contained new section of James (James 2:1-13). This passage prompts James to to speak of the relationship of faith and works, and that section (2:14-26) is James’ most cited passage in the history of theological debates. […]

“I Believe!” (by PW)

posted by Scot McKnight

Some days a pastor’s spouse is given privileged access to the faith of God’s people. I take seriously the mystery of walking among God’s people. One Easter, during the commotion of people entering and leaving the church, picking up their children, […]

Image and Spiritual Formation at Messiah College

posted by Scot McKnight

Last week I was invited to Messiah College to speak to the 1st Year students at chapel time, and I was asked to do deal with The Jesus Creed: Loving God, Loving Others . While there is only so much […]

Easter

posted by Scot McKnight

After the sabbath, as the first day of the week was dawning, Mary Magdalene and the other Mary went to see the tomb. And suddenly there was a great earthquake; for an angel of the Lord, descending from heaven, came […]

Prayer for the Week: Easter

posted by Scot McKnight

O God, who for our redemption gave your only-begotten Son to the death of the cross, and by his glorious resurrection delivered us from the power of our enemy: Grant us so to die daily to sin, that we may […]

Holy Saturday

posted by Scot McKnight

O God, Creator of heaven and earth: Grant that, as the crucified body of your dear Son was laid in the tomb and rested on this holy Sabbath, so we may await with him the coming of the third day, […]

Weekly Meanderings

posted by Scot McKnight

Summer time… what are these geese fighting about? Steve Mook’s update on his time in Fiji. Thanks Mooker. Dan Kimball‘s thoughts on the Newsweek article. On resurrection weekend, Russell Moore reflects some on resurrection from the empty grave and the […]

Pastor’s Bookshelf: John

posted by Scot McKnight

We continue our series of commentaries on the New Testament: today we look at the Fourth Gospel. I always look to RE Brown first; it’s getting old, but I’ve learned so much from him I start with his 2-volume commentary: […]

Friday is for Friends: Jeremy Berg

posted by Scot McKnight

Jeremy Berg is a pastor in Burnsville MN and this post is one that has crossed my own mind a number of times. Do you pick up hitchhikers?  Why or why not?  I passed one by again today as I […]

Good Friday

posted by Scot McKnight

Almighty God, we pray you graciously to behold this your family, for whom our Lord Jesus Christ was willing to be betrayed, and given into the hands of sinners, and to suffer death upon the cross; who now lives and […]

A Brother’s Wisdom 32

posted by Scot McKnight

James’ words from James 1:27 continue to ring in our ears: Religion that God our Father accepts as pure and faultless is this: to look after orphans and widows in their distress and to keep oneself from being polluted by […]

Twitter Anyone?

posted by Scot McKnight

I’ve been twittering a little while and my own jury is still out. Here’s some thoughts, and I’d be glad to hear yours (but don’t be a curmudgeon about it unless you’ve given a shot): 1. The best twitter-er I […]

Maundy Thursday

posted by Scot McKnight

When the hour came, Jesus took his place at the table, and the apostles with him. He said to them, “I have eagerly desired to eat this Passover with you before I suffer; for I tell you, I will not […]

Youth Ministry and Learning the Bible’s Story: Chris Folmsbee

posted by Scot McKnight

Here is a pressing issue — something Christianity Today recently discussed: the level of familiarity with the Bible’s story. Chris Folmsbee is asking us today to weigh in on what’s going on in our churches and homes. Help us out […]

Beginnings 3 (RJS)

posted by Jesus Creed Admin

For many Christians the creation narratives in Genesis 1-2 and the fall in Genesis 3 are key passages in conversations concerning science and faith. The significance of our knowledge of the age of the earth and the theory of evolution […]

Our Collective Faith 8

posted by Scot McKnight

The next heresy in B. Quash and M. Ward, Heresies and How to Avoid Them: Why It Matters What Christians Believe  concerns Marcion and asks this question: Can Christians dispense with the God of the Old Testament? I hear this […]

Excellent Church Study Guides

posted by Scot McKnight

Have you seen the new series from Christianity Today International? There are a number of volumes in this series, and I’m privileged to be in two of them. These books take CT articles and turn them into study sessions for […]

A Brother’s Wisdom 31

posted by Scot McKnight

Clearly some of the most memorable words James ever uttered are in 1:26-27: 26 If anyone considers himself religious and yet does not keep a tight rein on his tongue, he deceives himself and his religion is worthless. 27 Religion that God […]

Four Educational Myths

posted by Scot McKnight

Charles Murray famously spends time deconstructing the myths of public education. He’s not always right, he’s usually politically incorrect, but he’s always worth listening to — especially if you are a public educator. With civility, what do you think (honestly) […]

Earliest Christianity: Where to go?

posted by Scot McKnight

Let’s say you want to know what the earliest churches and Christians were like. Is there a book that puts it all together? that sorts out all the scholarship? one that is up-to-date? When I was a student, we turned […]

What have you been reading?

posted by Scot McKnight

I’m wondering if anyone who reads memoirs or autobiographies has come across anything of late that is a “must read”? Kris and I are both memoir readers and are looking for good, new reads. (By the way, I’ve read Ben […]

A Brother’s Wisdom 30

posted by Scot McKnight

Some people think they are especially religious but don’t control their tongue. Here’s how James puts it in James 1:26: If anyone considers himself religious and yet does not keep a tight rein on his tongue, he deceives himself and […]

Back to Darwin? (RJS)

posted by Jesus Creed Admin

Several years ago  John B. Cobb Jr. Professor Emeritus of the Claremont School of Theology organized a conference on evolution and religion. This conference eventually gave rise to a book of essays exploring various scientific and philosophical questions: Back to […]

Our Collective Faith 7

posted by Scot McKnight

The next heresy in B. Quash and M. Ward, Heresies and How to Avoid Them: Why It Matters What Christians Believe  concerns “theopaschitism.” The chp is by Michael Ward, an Anglican priest and an expert on C.S. Lewis. What is […]

Canada’s Finest Coffee?

posted by Scot McKnight

Nope, forget Tim Horton’s. The finest Canadian coffee I’ve had is Second Cup. We first tasted this coffee in Edmonton, we’ve got a bag or two of the beans, and I have to say that this stuff rivals some of […]

A Brother’s Wisdom 29

posted by Scot McKnight

I wonder how many Christians, especially since the Reformation, genuinely believe what James — in powerful adaptation of his brother — says in James 1:26-27. If anyone considers himself religious and yet does not keep a tight rein on his […]

A Letter: A Third Way Response

posted by Scot McKnight

Every discussion about homosexuality is fraught with a singular challenge. It is the challenge of civility. I believe civility is the Third Way in this moral debate. On this blog last week we published “A Letter” and then Andrew Marin, […]

To whom can they go? (by PW)

posted by Scot McKnight

This is a series by a pastor’s wife (spouse) who cares deeply about the particular struggle that many pastor’s spouses feel and experience. His her reflection from a recent pastor’s wives retreat. I was with a number of pastors wives […]

The First-ever “Big Lips” Kiss Award

posted by Scot McKnight

Goes to the British Royalty decorum management group that decides, somehow, that America’s First Lady, Michelle Obama, acted outside the boundaries in warmly touching the Queen. For this, we give the first-ever “Big Lips” kiss award. The “Big Lips” kiss […]

Culture vs. Principles

posted by Scot McKnight

A critical statement made by our President, Barack Obama, is worth conversation today. Afghanistan under Karzai has recently made shifts toward more sharia law, and the implications for women are nothing short of enormous. I’m glad Obama speaks out here […]

Palm Sunday Reading

posted by Scot McKnight

When they were approaching Jerusalem, at Bethphage and Bethany, near the Mount of Olives, Jesus sent two of his disciples and said to them, “Go into the village ahead of you, and immediately as you enter it, you will find […]

Prayer for the Week: Palm Sunday

posted by Scot McKnight

Almighty and everliving God, in your tender love for the human race you sent your Son our Savior Jesus Christ to take upon him our nature, and to suffer death upon the cross, giving us the example of his great […]

Congrats to MSU Spartans!

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Good day!

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Weekly Meanderings

posted by Scot McKnight

Saskatchewan is the home of the (big) living sky, and I saw it. Here’s a picture of Briercrest where I gave lectures last weekend. Briercrest is a wonderful exhibition of generous evangelicalism with wonderful students and professors (and the big […]

Your Favorite Ad on this Site?

posted by Scot McKnight

Here’s one’s that definitely a possiblility! (Gross.)What’s your favorite?

Her.meneutics: Check out this new blog

posted by Scot McKnight

Christianity Today has a new women’s blog: Her.meneutics. Check it out. A good list of potential authors.

Friday is for Friends: Jeremy Berg and Birth Control

posted by Scot McKnight

This is a guest post from Jeremy Berg. You have heard the Christian slogan: “Christ is Lord of all or not at all.”  Right?  National Public Radio had a featured story tonight on the Quiverfull movement.  If you’re unfamiliar with […]

Friday is for Friends: Michelle Van Loon

posted by Scot McKnight

This entry in our Friday is (for and from) Friends is by Michelle Van Loon who blogs at The Parable Life. Michelle’s written two fine books on the parables, and I think you’ll find this post of hers is worth […]

A Brother’s Wisdom 28

posted by Scot McKnight

The Torah, properly understood, leads to a life of freedom. So James 1:25: But the man who looks intently into the perfect law that gives freedom, and continues to do this, not forgetting what he has heard, but doing it-he […]

Pastor’s Bookshelf: Luke

posted by Scot McKnight

We continue our series on serious commentaries on the New Testament. Today we look at the Gospel of Luke, but before I do that I must announce that volume two of Jimmy Dunn’s magisterial work on the beginnigs of Christianity […]

Youth Ministry and Transformative Environments: Chris Folmsbee

posted by Scot McKnight

Once again, we welcome Chris Folmsbee to our blog to post about youth ministry (and transformative environments). I can’t help but chime in: this is one of the soundest education strategies I’ve seen. Creating opportunities to learn is at the […]

Education, Discipleship, and the Future 3 (RJS)

posted by Jesus Creed Admin

One of the topics Scot has emphasized of late has been the future of our church and the importance of youth ministry – defined to cover anyone from 12 to 30 or so.  We have been discussing an aspect of […]

Andrew Marin Responds

posted by Scot McKnight

Andrew Marin is a friend; Andrew has spent the last decade in pastoral work among gays and lesbians. I asked Andrew how he’d respond to the letter I posted yesterday and here is his response. Allowing the student to rejoin […]

The Cubs and Time

posted by Scot McKnight

20 Things that have happened since the Cubs won the World Series (HT: JRB, JC) 1. Radio was invented; Cub fans got to hear their team lose.2. TV was invented; Cub fans got to see their team lose.3. Baseball added […]

A Brother’s Wisdom 27

posted by Scot McKnight

James has a goal in mind when he begins this section: he wants his readers to be those who listen and do. What he wants them to listen to is what he mentions next, and it is a source of […]

A Letter

posted by Scot McKnight

Here is a letter about a subject that we believe will become much more of an issue in evangelical churches in the next decade. I am soliciting your responses today (civility must obtain) and tomorrow I have a guest response […]

Our Collective Faith and Heresies 6

posted by Scot McKnight

The next heresy in B. Quash and M. Ward, Heresies and How to Avoid Them: Why It Matters What Christians Believe  concerns adoptionism: the view that believes in a double sonship for Christ. The chp is by Rachel Muers, a […]

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