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posted by Scot McKnight

Some of you know we were at North Point Community Church last weekend for the Sunday services. I was asked by the lead pastor, Andy Stanley, and the good folks there to speak about the Jesus Creed — and I […]

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A Brother’s Wisdom 78

posted by Scot McKnight

The words of James 5:1-6 are strong words, some of the strongest criticism of the rich in the entire Bible, and they are addressed at the rich for their oppression of the poor. Now listen, you rich people, weep and […]

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CS Lewis: Outside the Pale? (RJS)

posted by Jesus Creed Admin

For those who don’t know this, this post is written by our friend “RJS,” a professor in the sciences at a leading American university. She regularly posts here about issues intersecting science and faith. Last week in A Fine Tuned […]

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Science and the Sacred

posted by Scot McKnight

This a brief excerpt from another Beliefnet.com blog, called Science and the Sacred, by Darrel Falk. OK, we’re all really proud that Falk begins by giving kudos to RJS for her posts on science and faith on Jesus Creed. I […]

Let’s give it up for …

posted by Scot McKnight

Let’s give it up for our local worship bands and leaders. Followers of Jesus love to sing and love to bring both their worship and their message into song … and our worship bands are often the leaders in guiding […]

A Brother’s Wisdom 77

posted by Scot McKnight

A case can be made that the two most socially revolutionary passages in the New Testament are (1) Mary’s Magnificat in Luke 1:69-75 and (2) James’ potent criticism of the rich farmers in James 5:1-6. I quote James 5 in […]

Hooking Up Culture

posted by Scot McKnight

There are four major reasons given to teenagers at the time of their sexual awakening, for not engaging in sex. 1. It’s wrong — and some just say “Because it’s wrong!” while others reach into their sacred texts, like the […]

The Pope, Justification, the New Perspective and Paul

posted by Scot McKnight

A couple year’s back Mark Noll and Carolyn Nystrom co-authored a book with a spiffy little question for a title: Is the Reformation Over?: An Evangelical Assessment of Contemporary Roman Catholicism . They marshalled evidence to suggest the Reformation had […]

Prayer for the Week

posted by Scot McKnight

Almighty God, you have built your Church upon the foundation of the apostles and prophets, Jesus Christ himself being the chief cornerstone: Grant us so to be joined together in unity of spirit by their teaching, that we may be […]

The Origins Project

posted by Scot McKnight

Yesterday I spoke with a local missional pastor and he asked me about The Origins Project, a new organization that will focus on missional work in the 21st Century. I hope you take a good long look at the site. […]

Weekly Meanderings

posted by Scot McKnight

Hey, Scot, other than chipmunks, what did you find this week? Here are some things I found: Karen has a wonderful reflection on death and heaven and being here. Weekly wisdom from Jim Martin: say the appropriate thing. Brief reflection […]

Your favorite Michael Jackson video?

posted by Scot McKnight

I have to admit I prefer his dancing (and leaning) in Smooth Criminal. When Kris and I were teenagers the Jackson Five songs were hits. When our kids were young we watched the video of “We are the World” with […]

Dopderbeck on Gleaning

posted by Scot McKnight

One of our most faithful readers and commenters, dopderbeck, blogs and this is from his site today: In Missional Theology I, we were required to write  contemporary paraphrase of the gleanings laws in Lev. 19:9-10 and Deut. 24: 19-22. Here […]

Friday is for Friends: Joey Spiegel

posted by Scot McKnight

…that Christ has set you free Call it the misguided passion of a young church worker, but I’ve always been both challenged and excited by scripture’s seemingly unconditional claims about our freedom.  I have yet to hear a good exegetical […]

What do you tell your son if he asks…

posted by Scot McKnight

What do you tell your son if he asks for discernment about what to do for a vocation? Michael Jenkins, in Called to Be Human: Letters to My Children on Living a Christian Life ,advises his son through a life […]

iGens, Google, and the Future of Universities

posted by Scot McKnight

I found this article by Don Tapscott at Edge: The Third Culture through a tweet by Brad Boydston, and want to throw it out here for a conversation. Essentially, he argues the idea that the current generations learning style, absorbed […]

A Brother’s Wisdom 76

posted by Scot McKnight

James doesn’t mince his words into small bits that can be digested easy; he’s on the prowl here because he finds the sin of presumption as arrogance. Here are the words from James 4:13-17: Now listen, you who say, “Today […]

A Fine Tuned Universe? 3 (RJS)

posted by Jesus Creed Admin

Chapter eight of Alister McGrath’s new book A Fine-Tuned Universe: The Quest for God in Science and Theology deals with the views of Augustine of Hippo on creation.  Augustine and the relationship of Augustinian thought to evolution and Darwinian natural […]

What do you tell your daughter if she says…

posted by Scot McKnight

What do you say to your adult daughter if she tells you she’s not convinced of God or that she’s at least not on good terms with God? Pastor-theologian Michael Jinkins, in his new book Called to Be Human: Letters […]

Aldersgate UMC 2

posted by Scot McKnight

Sunday evening in our last session Dr. Dennis Perry, the lead pastor at Aldersgate UMC in Alexandria VA, asked me a question that went like this: what are your impressions and what would be your advice to Aldersgate? My response […]

A Brother’s Wisdom 75

posted by Scot McKnight

Instead of presuming on the future James advocates a providential approach to our future. Here are his words: Now listen, you who say, “Today or tomorrow we will go to this or that city, spend a year there, carry on […]

Youth Ministry and the Economy: Chris Folmsbee

posted by Scot McKnight

This post, by Chris Folmsbee about Youth Ministry and the Challenging Economy, is suggestive and we’d love to generate a conversation about his suggestions and questions. Chris sent me this post last week and, because of our travel to the […]

The Church Matter: Does it matter? 2 Mary Veeneman

posted by Scot McKnight

This is Mary Veeneman’s second post about Harper and Metzger’s new book: Exploring Ecclesiology: An Evangelical and Ecumenical Introduction . This sketch by Mary of the book asks one of the most profound questions that must be asked in the […]

For all those who want to become professors

posted by Scot McKnight

HT: :mic

Aldersgate UMC

posted by Scot McKnight

I was invited by the good folks at Aldersgate United Methodist in Alexandria, VA, to be the Scholar in Residence last weekend — and it was everything we hoped for and more. Though I joked with them about preaching a […]

A Brother’s Wisdom 74

posted by Scot McKnight

James assaults the hybris of the traveling merchants for their presumption, and his response to them is to consider the brevity of life (James 4:13-17). Now listen, you who say, “Today or tomorrow we will go to this or that […]

A Fine Tuned Universe? 2 (RJS)

posted by Jesus Creed Admin

The first section of Alister McGrath’s new book A Fine-Tuned Universe: The Quest for God in Science and Theology deals with his vision of a Trinitarian natural theology. As is typical in almost anything by McGrath the section rambles and […]

Paying the Parson: by PW

posted by Scot McKnight

Our weekly contribution from “PW” about life as a minister’s spouse. Historically, protestant ministry families have been paid in various ways for the work the pastor does in the local parish. Two to three centuries ago, some ministry families were […]

A Brother’s Wisdom 73

posted by Scot McKnight

The sin of presumption, the sin of thinking our future is in our hands and within our grasp, irks James. Here are the words of James 4:13-17 again:  Now listen, you who say, “Today or tomorrow we will go to […]

Women into Leadership: Where to start?

posted by Scot McKnight

This is a most interesting letter, and one I’d like to hear your response to… This young woman is a gifted preacher and pastor. Churches who are in the search process are figuring out how their congregation responds to a […]

World Christianity and America 5

posted by Scot McKnight

Mark Noll, in his new and paradigm-challenging book, The New Shape of World Christianity: How American Experience Reflects Global Faith, argues that American Christianity’s influence in world Christianity cannot be explained adequately by the colonialism theory. Instead, he argues that […]

Prayer for the Week

posted by Scot McKnight

O Lord, make us have perpetual love and reverence for your holy Name, for you never fail to help and govern those whom you have set upon the sure foundation of your loving?kindness; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives […]

Yesterday’s Music

posted by Scot McKnight

Weekly Meanderings

posted by Scot McKnight

You can pick your friends,you can pick your nose,and now you can pick your friends’…. Kris and I are in Arlington Virginia at Aldersgate Methodist Church with Jason Michelli. But Weekly Meanderings go on! My three virgins. Andy’s post isn’t […]

I miss this group … 3

posted by Scot McKnight

OK, this is the last one… but you have to admit…One fine group!

I miss this group … 2

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One is just not enough…

I miss this group …

posted by Scot McKnight

It’s been too long since I listened to ABBA, clearly one of the great groups of rock history.Are you tapping your feet or dancing? Tell the truth.Mike Bird, how about you?Do I have a witness?  

Christians for Biblical Equality: St Louis

posted by Scot McKnight

This summer, July 24th-26th, the annual meeting for Christians for Biblical Equality will be meeting in St. Louis — and there are scholarships for those who are  full-time students and in financial need. Let’s hear from those who have attended […]

Friday is for Friends: Rick Evans

posted by Scot McKnight

Introverts, Extroverts, and the Jesus Creed. On at least a couple of occasions, I have been asked whether I get energized (or re-energized) when I am alone, or when with others. It is a classic, yet simplistic indicator used to […]

Justification and New Perspective 20

posted by Scot McKnight

We finish this series on Tom Wright, in Justification: God’s Plan & Paul’s Vision . We will look into his treatment of Romans 6 and then offer his summary of what is being said: “Paul does not, ‘I am in […]

Struggling to Pray?

posted by Scot McKnight

Here’s a letter from a former student in response to one of the prayers we posted on Sunday as Prayer for the Week, which come from The Book of Common Prayer… Dr. McKnight, Why is that prayer is often called […]

A Brother’s Wisdom 72

posted by Scot McKnight

We turn now to a new section in James, to James 4:13–5:6. There are two paragraphs: 4:13-17 and 5:1-6. Each addresses a slightly different audience, the first one rich merchants and the second one rich farmers. The first is guilty […]

A Fine Tuned Universe? 1 (RJS)

posted by Jesus Creed Admin

Today we begin a series of posts looking at Alister McGrath’s new book A Fine-Tuned Universe: The Quest for God in Science and Theology. This book is an enlarged version of his 2009 Gifford Lectures in which McGrath examines the […]

World Christianity and America 4

posted by Scot McKnight

I don’t know if you have heard this, but many have charged missionaries with colonialism and with connecting the gospel to consumerism, mass communication, materiaism, individualism, and capitalism that damages native cultures.  In Mark Noll’s new book, The New Shape […]

Aksel’s worried about …

posted by Scot McKnight

The Cubs!

“Twinterview” on Fasting

posted by Scot McKnight

The good folks at Englewood Review of Books and I tried something: an interview on Twitter. The “twinterview” was about our Fasting: The Ancient Practices book, and Josh has an amazingly clever post of the tweets.  John Frye has just […]

Solidarity

posted by Scot McKnight

Is this the API/Twitter revolution?

A Brother’s Wisdom 71

posted by Scot McKnight

Preachers and teachers (and writers and bloggers) need this reminder from James 4:12: There is only one Lawgiver and Judge, the one who is able to save and destroy. But you–who are you to judge your neighbor? Several things come […]

The Church: Does it Matter? 1 (MV)

posted by Scot McKnight

This series is by my colleague in theology, Dr. Mary Veeneman, and she’s guiding us through a brand new book by Brad Harper and Paul Metzger. The book is called: Exploring Ecclesiology: An Evangelical and Ecumenical Introduction . The question […]

Justification and New Perspective 19

posted by Scot McKnight

Another debate in the new vs. old perspective on Paul debate is how to understand Romans 4 and Abraham. Is he an example of faith? Or, as  Tom Wright, in Justification: God’s Plan & Paul’s Vision , puts it: “Pull out […]

On Megachurches ….

posted by Scot McKnight

The Hartford Institute for Religion Research has a new study, available as a PDF, about megachurches. Here is the opening suggestive conclusions, and I’m wondering what you see here (or in the article itself)(HT: AR): A FEW OF THE MOST […]

A Brother’s Wisdom 70

posted by Scot McKnight

James says something in James 4:11 that can be confusing: Brothers, do not slander one another. Anyone who speaks against his brother or judges him speaks against the law and judges it. When you judge the law, you are not […]

Tiktaalik roseae and Friends (RJS)

posted by Jesus Creed Admin

Nay, fly to Altars; there they’ll talk you dead; For Fools rush in where Angels fear to tread. The Fool referred to by Alexander Pope was the literary critic of his day.  Fear not – I intend no literary criticism. […]

Confidentiality and the Ministry Spouse: by PW

posted by Scot McKnight

One of our constant readers and commenters is “PW”, who is helping us think about the issues surrounding the spouse of a minister — not always a female, we add. Do you tell your spouse everything? What do you keep […]

World Christianity and America 3

posted by Scot McKnight

Does counting missionaries help? In Mark Noll’s new book, The New Shape of World Christianity: How American Experience Reflects Global Faith, the implication is that counting tells us some important things: the prominence of Protestant missionaries and the especially high […]

Images from Tehran

posted by Scot McKnight

Here is a link to images of protest in Iran.

Why don’t we …

posted by Scot McKnight

From the Morrisey column in the Chicago Tribune… The way Lou Piniella saw it Sunday morning, the media were paying entirely too much attention to the Cubs‘ unfortunate lack of hitting. Why don’t we focus on the positive thing, which […]

A Brother’s Wisdom 69

posted by Scot McKnight

James at times narrows his focus on the teachers, the tongue of a teacher, and the need for teachers to be conscious and intentional about what the say and how they say it. I believe James 3:1 all the way […]

Women Leaders: Question?

posted by Scot McKnight

Here is a letter, published with permission, about the “spiritual leadership” of husbands and women in spiritual leadership at a church. What are your thoughts? What would you say to the person? Dr. McKnight, I am in the process of rethinking […]

Justification and New Perspective 18

posted by Scot McKnight

One of the fiercest debates about the new perspective, from the old perspective angle, is the issue of double imputation and whether there are “two principles” at work in the human soul: the principle of works (self-merit) and the principle […]

Scenes from a Bookstore near you

posted by Scot McKnight

No kidding. One of our kind readers found my Fasting book on top of The American Patriot’s Bible and rescued it (my book). Surely there are some parables or illustrations of deep truths here. Anyone have one? 

Prayer for the Week

posted by Scot McKnight

Keep, O Lord, your household the Church in your steadfast faith and love, that through your grace we may proclaim your truth with boldness, and minister your justice with compassion; for the sake of our Savior Jesus Christ, who lives […]

Inexcusable

posted by Scot McKnight

David Letterman, who will do most anything to get a laugh, especially if he can do so at the expense of a public (and conservative) figure, spoke of Sarah Palin’s daughter, who attended a Yankees game with her mother, being […]

Weekly Meanderings

posted by Scot McKnight

Chicago’s summer skyline! A confession by an Afrikaner. Molly has a story to tell. KSZ’s favorite.  Stephan Joubert and our global footprinting. Do you know about IBMR? (By the way, take that quiz on the page and see how you […]

What is the greatest…

posted by Scot McKnight

What is the greatest, best, etc, movie ever? Let’s make this fun: What are your top five movies of all time? It’s Friday. When Kris and I go to movies it’s always on Friday nights…  This is my favorite.

Christianity vs. Following Jesus

posted by Scot McKnight

I see that many today do not want to call themselves “Christians” and are nervous about “Christianity.” Instead, they want to call themselves “followers of Jesus.” What are the major differences between “Christianity” and “following Jesus”?

Friday is for Friends: Rachel Evans

posted by Scot McKnight

The following post is one of our “Friday is for Friends” posts written by friends of the Jesus Creed blog. Today’s post is by Rachel Held Evans, and you can read more about her at her blog. Growing up in […]

Justification and New Perspective 17

posted by Scot McKnight

We are looking at the new perspective debate and to do that we are working our way through Tom Wright’s Justification: God’s Plan & Paul’s Vision.  Wright’s argument is that one can’t simply read 1:18 and then 3:19-20 and conclude […]

Pastor’s Bookshelf: Ephesians

posted by Scot McKnight

When it comes to commentaries on Ephesians, I still turn first to the Ephesians commentary that I first learned from so much… Markus Barth, but I’m getting ahead of myself. This series is intended to help pastors who are preparing […]

When Athens and Jerusalem “Meet”: John Mark Reynolds

posted by Scot McKnight

The problem with John Mark Reynolds‘ new book, When Athens Met Jerusalem: An Introduction to Classical and Christian Thought , is that neither the title nor the subtitle is fulfilled in the book. The book is about Athens with hardly […]

A Brother’s Wisdom 68

posted by Scot McKnight

Today, a word for leaders, and it goes with the book I mentioned by Ruth Haley Barton. Spiritually formed leaders don’t crave power, aren’t envious of the successes of others, and desire to be in friendship with God. Here are […]

What About Miracles? (RJS)

posted by Jesus Creed Admin

SMcK foreword: RJS’s question below stunned me this morning. Did God create in such a way that the laws of nature were how he created, so that expecting something outside the laws of nature is looking for the wrong thing? […]

World Christianity and America 2

posted by Scot McKnight

We don’t get the issues (behind the book) on the table with descriptive clarity until chp 4 in Mark Noll’s new book, The New Shape of World Christianity: How American Experience Reflects Global Faith, and in my estimation Noll is […]

What to do with …

posted by Scot McKnight

Our chipmunks? We’ve got them everywhere. I wonder at times if we don’t have the ideal conditions for a chipmunk breeding ground: a porch under which they can burrow, birds who knock gobs of bird seed onto the ground, and […]

A Brother’s Wisdom 67

posted by Scot McKnight

James 4:7-10 contains a list of commands and prohibitions, with an occasional promise. Here is the text, and you can read it and see if you think here is a discernible structure: Submit yourselves, then, to God. Resist the devil, […]

The Pastor and Spirituality

posted by Scot McKnight

“Someone has said that we are not human beings trying to become spiritual but spiritual beings trying to become human.” I’m not quite sure what that set of options means, but it pushes against the tendency for Christian leaders to […]

The Church in Europe: Imminent Demise?

posted by Scot McKnight

It is common to make two claims today: 1. That the Church in Europe is in a steady decline and heading toward distinction extinction. The dearth of births to Christians — Italy’s birth rate is at 1.28 while 2.1 is […]

Helping Rochester

posted by Scot McKnight

Kris and I know Jonathan Williams well, and we are huge supporters of his efforts to give back to Rochester what he received from Rochester — and he is giving back by helping kids develop better life skills. His focus […]

A Brother’s Wisdom 66

posted by Scot McKnight

The following words, however clear they might be in an English translation like the TNIV, are much disputed: Or do you think Scripture says without reason that the spirit he caused to live in us envies intensely? But he gives […]

Darwin and the Bible 3 (RJS)

posted by Jesus Creed Admin

A couple of months ago we had two posts based on a book Darwin and the Bible: The Cultural Confrontation – (first, second). This book was designed (with only modest success) to “help readers understand the nature, history, and passions […]

World Christianity and America 1

posted by Scot McKnight

Mark Noll, professor at Notre Dame and America’s foremost church historian (or at least close), has a new book called The New Shape of World Christianity: How American Experience Reflects Global Faith, and the book explores how American Christianity has […]

Is Anyone Using Ecto?

posted by Scot McKnight

I’ve recently heard about Ecto, but I’m wondering who knows what about it? Beliefnet.com uses MovableType, but I understand I can compose in Ecto and publish at Beliefnet? Anyone?

Awkward Questions from Children

posted by Scot McKnight

A Brother’s Wisdom 65

posted by Scot McKnight

James finds evidence of a problem in the messianic community, especially among the teachers, and he finds the source of the problem to be the yearning, desiring, and craving for power. He must tell them so (James 4:1-3). Next he […]

Role and Relationship: by PW

posted by Scot McKnight

I wonder about this myself quite often: Do pastors struggle dropping their “role” as pastor when they come home? When they are talking to their children and neighbors and spouse? Are pastors, as it were, always “wearing the collar”? Did […]

Justification and New Perspective 16

posted by Scot McKnight

Reading Paul in the context of the Bible’s Story, with the result that Paul sounds like he fits into the concerns of the Bible, has been the intent of both the new and old perspective. Reading Paul’s version of the […]

Eagleton on Dawkins

posted by Scot McKnight

Terry Eagleton, on Richard Dawkins: “Without God, Dawkins would be out of a job. It is thus particularly churlish of him to call the existence of his employer into question.”

Victor Davis Hanson, Neo-Con, on Obama’s Speech

posted by Scot McKnight

Victor Davis Hanson is one of the most articulate historians of war and the military and, whether you like this neo-con perspective or not, his voice is one to be heard. Moral equivalence seems to be the new label for […]

Is the Problem the Wages?

posted by Scot McKnight

The NYTimes published a piece this week reporting a new school in Washington Hts (from the Equity Project) that has assembled a dream team of teachers, paid them 125 grand a piece with promises of as much as 25 grand […]

Prayer for the Week

posted by Scot McKnight

Almighty and everlasting God, you have given to us your servants grace, by the confession of a true faith, to acknowledge the glory of the eternal Trinity, and in the power of your divine Majesty to worship the Unity: Keep […]

Muscle Cars: A Thing of the Past?

posted by Scot McKnight

Did you own a muscle car? Did you envy those who did? Muscle cars could be a thing of the past — check out this display of muscle cars. Grease is the word.

Twitter in the Classroom

posted by Scot McKnight

Is anyone using Twitter for a class? Using it to connect students and professor? Using it for questions and quick answers? Brief note on an assignment? One would need to require students to have an @twitter.com account, but I’m wondering […]

Beautiful Rhododendra

posted by Scot McKnight

We are seeing rhododendra yard by yard … beautiful. And we’re wondering why there aren’t more of them in our neighborhoods. Anyone know much about them for the Midwest?

Weekly Meanderings

posted by Scot McKnight

Hout Bay near Cape Town.Memories: little Lucca, Theo and Wilma, three young African womenemerging from the waters singing from the depth of their hearts,and a good Sauvignon Blanc with our fish. Must read and must see. And with it: Redefining […]

Now Brewing: Red Barn Coffee

posted by Scot McKnight

Good stuff, this Red Barn coffee. We are drinking Red Barn Espresso, dark roast, and it has a nice taste and great aroma. It’s bold and zesty with just a hint of a smoky taste. It leans toward the burnt […]

Youth Ministry and the Task of Culture Shaping: Chris Folmsbee

posted by Scot McKnight

I am so grateful Chris Folmsbee is writing this weekly column for us about youth ministry. We need more focus on the next generation… so here goes… Let’s hear your response. I’ve found a new hobby.  I have found absolute […]

Friday is for Friends: Logan Paul Gage

posted by Scot McKnight

This is a two-part series by Logan Paul Gage, of the Discovery Institute, about Intelligent Design. We posted part one last week — this is part two, and today’s post covers two themes: God and beauty. Intelligent design and the […]

Justification and New Perspective 15

posted by Scot McKnight

One of the stickiest points in all of this new perspective vs. old perspective discussion is what to make of Romans 2:1-16, and Wright makes it clear that he thinks Paul means exactly what he says (Justification: God’s Plan & […]

A Graphic in Need of a Caption

posted by Scot McKnight

HT: MC

A Brother’s Wisdom 64

posted by Scot McKnight

I don’t think prayer is mechanical. That is, I don’t think if we “do” things right — as the right way, use the right formulae, etc — that we will get what we want. But James makes a mechanical point […]

Obama’s Speech in Cairo: A Link and a Question

posted by Scot McKnight

Here’s the transcript of Obama’s wide-ranging and peace-seeking speech in Cairo about tensions in the world. The Obama theme is clear: yes, we disagree on many important items; but let us build a better future on the basis of our […]

The Primacy of Scripture and The Fall (RJS)

posted by Jesus Creed Admin

In volume one of Essentials of Evangelical Theology (2 Volumes in 1), Donald Bloesch has a chapter entitled The Primacy of Scripture and a section in his chapter on Total Depravity dealing with The Story of the Fall. We have […]

Adoption as Missional

posted by Scot McKnight

Russell Moore is the dean of the School of Theology and senior VP at Southern Baptist Theological Seminary. He tells his story, personal and theological, of adopting two Russian children in his new book, Adopted for Life: The Priority of […]

North Park University and Social Media: A Question for you

posted by Scot McKnight

The good folks at North Park University are drafting a list of values behind our @npu social-media presence and I’m hoping those who have experienced North Park (and the Covenant) can weigh in for us. What attributes do you think […]

A Brother’s Wisdom 63

posted by Scot McKnight

What is it that leads Christians — those who say they are following Jesus — to go at one another, to being at one another’s throats, to schism and division? Here are the words of James: What causes fights and […]

Sotomayor Heats Up

posted by Scot McKnight

The news media is obsessed now with Sonia Sotomayor. The newsfolks, ever out to gain some attention, are interviewing, or trying to set up, Republicans who will be involved in the process of approving her for the Supreme Court. Many […]

Children who grow up “Scared”

posted by Scot McKnight

If you could give someone one item to learn about poverty in Africa, what would it be? What is the best way to teach about poverty and the global crises we face? What impacted you the most in learning about […]

Justification and New Perspective 14

posted by Scot McKnight

Tom Wright devotes no less than 70 pages to Romans in Justification: God’s Plan & Paul’s Vision, and… well … it is hard to sum up the denseness of this stuff without doing disservice to you, our readers, and to […]

Faith and Politics Re-Mixed: The Patriot’s Bible

posted by Scot McKnight

I’m irritated with Thomas Nelson because they: (1) Chose to publish The Patriot’s Bible, a Bible that draws the Bible’s message and American nationalism as close as possible, and(2) Chose as the General Editor Richard Lee, a Southern Baptist pastor […]

A Brother’s Wisdom 62

posted by Scot McKnight

We need now to turn to the sadness of how the church appears to many, and to how the messianic community connected to James was behaving (James 4:1-3): What causes fights and quarrels among you? Don’t they come from your […]

Evolution, the Image of God, and Speech (RJS)

posted by Jesus Creed Admin

SMcK comments up front: This is one of the most interesting posts we’ve seen from RJS, and I hope you read it, take it in, and offer your observations. Anyone who talks about evolution needs to talk about these sorts […]

The Power of “With” 8

posted by Scot McKnight

Andrew Marin’s life is devoted to ministry with and to the GLBT community, and his approach to them is one of love, and his hope is to elevate the conversation. We conclude this series on his book, Love Is an […]

Do we need to bring back shop classes?

posted by Scot McKnight

I coached high school basketball during the 90s. During that time I had many conversations with high school teachers, one of them had to do with the gradual elimination of shop classes. The big reason I heard was that, by […]

A Brother’s Wisdom 61

posted by Scot McKnight

We didn’t finish this verse last week, so let’s look at it again: Peacemakers who sow in peace reap a harvest of righteousness. A few translations, including the NASB and ESV, are wooden and clumsy, but this TNIV captures the […]

20K+ Churches and Counting

posted by Scot McKnight

A letter from a reader, used with permission, and I’m wondering how you would respond…. Dear Scot,I have a hard time reconciling in my mind that if God is an authorof peace and not confusion that he would allow 20k […]

Justification and New Perspective 13

posted by Scot McKnight

In a remarkable piece of insight, Tom Wright once asked what Pauline theology would look like if we began with Ephesians and Colossians instead of Romans, and in just a few pages (168-175) in Justification: God’s Plan & Paul’s Vision, […]

Galatians Chart: Patrick Mitchel

posted by Scot McKnight

Here is a nice chart, by Patrick Mitchel, about Pauline theology that belongs in our new perspective discussion.

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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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