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Library Time

posted by Scot McKnight

I don’t know about you, but I like to study in my own library, which happens to be in the basement. Here is Kris working on the computer in my library … books galore and quiet in abundance and homemade […]

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Acts and Mission 17

posted by Scot McKnight

We turn now to Acts 4 in our quest to read the Book of Acts together as we probe the missional theology of this early Christian witness to what God was doing — through the apostles — and through the […]

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Self in a Castle

posted by Scot McKnight

Leszek Kolakowski, a Polish philosopher who weakened Marxism’s grip on Eastern Europe, recently died. Few, I suspect, knew who he was. I consider myself fortunate to have read some of Kolakowski, one book being his scintillating sketch of the history […]

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Genesis One 13

posted by Scot McKnight

In John Walton’s (professor at Wheaton) new book, The Lost World of Genesis One: Ancient Cosmology and the Origins Debate, we have yet another proposition to discuss: The difference between origin accounts in science and Scripture is metaphysical in nature. […]

Coming Conversations

posted by Scot McKnight

We are concerned about 20somethings, or iGens, and this blog is devoted to discussions that can help with ministry to 20somethings. I am excited about two recent books I’ve read. So, in about a week we will begin discussions about […]

Mowing Grass

posted by Scot McKnight

Here’s Aksel inside watching the grass being mown … I was told he was much more interested in the lawn mower than the one pushing the lawn mower. The mower was his grandpa.

Prayer for the Week

posted by Scot McKnight

Lord of all power and might, the author and giver of all good things: Graft in our hearts the love of your Name; increase in us true religion; nourish us with all goodness; and bring forth in us the fruit […]

Weekly Meanderings

posted by Scot McKnight

The Origins Project update: Festival in July 2010 and our Listening Tour. The lesson here is that you’ve got to make your order very clear before you get in the chair. The lesson here is don’t believe in that view […]

Snow Leopard for Macs

posted by Scot McKnight

The new Mac OS X version 10.6 Snow Leopard is now available. What do you think of Snow Leopard? We’ll be getting a few of these for the family.

Dietrich Bonhoeffer and Life Together

posted by Scot McKnight

I’ve been reading Dietrich Bonhoeffer’s magisterial, moving Life Together and Prayerbook of the Bible (Dietrich Bonhoeffer Works). It is, so I think, his best book. No need, however, to debate what is neither provable nor non-falsifiable. What is worth discussing […]

Genesis One 12

posted by Scot McKnight

We are in a conversation and discussion about John Walton’s (professor at Wheaton) new book, The Lost World of Genesis One: Ancient Cosmology and the Origins Debate. We have been waiting for this day, or at least some of our […]

Pastor’s Bookshelf: James

posted by Scot McKnight

Commentaries on James are now available from a variety of angles, and the book is no longer dominated by how and why or why not the letter comports with the theology of grace in Paul. Instead, there is a powerful […]

Acts and Mission 16

posted by Scot McKnight

The Book of Acts records the missional work of God in various cities in the Roman Empire. Acts 3 is the story of a healing, the people praising God, and Peter’s clarification of what God is doing. As we read […]

Evolution’s Place? 3 (RJS)

posted by Jesus Creed Admin

Chapters 2-5 of Simon Conway Morris’s book Life’s Solution: Inevitable Humans in a Lonely Universe ramble through a description of the rather tight constraints required for the formation of life and the lack of current understanding as to how life […]

Atheist Delusions 8

posted by Scot McKnight

David Bentley Hart, a historian of ideas, Atheist Delusions: The Christian Revolution and Its Fashionable Enemies , puts the New Atheists — Dawkins, Hitchens, Harris — to the test in the theories that are at work to prop up their […]

SanFranciscoCare: Is this the best option?

posted by Scot McKnight

SanFrancisco has a public health care plan that will surely come to play in the current health care debates and proposals. Here is a clip of the beginning of the Op-Ed piece in the NYTimes: TWO burning questions are at […]

Acts and Mission 15

posted by Scot McKnight

The Book of Acts records the missional work of God in various cities in the Roman Empire. Acts 3 is the story of a healing, the people praising God, and Peter’s clarification of what God is doing. As we read […]

What is Consumerist Christianity?

posted by Scot McKnight

Skye Jethani, at Leadership magazine and Out of Ur blog, has created a bit of a dust-up about “consumerist” Christianity with his new, very good book: The Divine Commodity: Discovering a Faith Beyond Consumer Christianity . His book does three […]

Genesis One 11

posted by Scot McKnight

We are in a conversation and discussion about John Walton’s (professor at Wheaton) new book, The Lost World of Genesis One: Ancient Cosmology and the Origins Debate. Proposition 11: “Functional cosmic temple” offers face-value exegesis. In John Walton’s view, his […]

That Annual Bonus

posted by Scot McKnight

The little flap this weekend about the VA and its bonuses got Kris and me to thinking about bonuses. I once got 50 dollars, if my memory serves me right. Kris once got a turkey for a bonus. Obviously, we’ve […]

Acts and Mission 14

posted by Scot McKnight

The Book of Acts records the missional work of God in various cities in the Roman Empire. Acts 3 is the story of a healing, the people praising God, and Peter’s clarification of what God is doing. As we read […]

Missional Campus Ministry 3 (RJS)

posted by Jesus Creed Admin

The church I attend has an outstanding youth ministry. No question. And intentionally inter-generational worship. The staff is intent on building relationships. The church is thriving, even growing. The number of families with young children is increasing. And yet … […]

Atheist Delusions 7

posted by Scot McKnight

David Bentley Hart, a historian of ideas, Atheist Delusions: The Christian Revolution and Its Fashionable Enemies , examines how “faith and reason” were related in the Medieval Age in order to provide historical context for what has happened with New […]

Health Care Reform: DemoCare?

posted by Scot McKnight

I’ve gotten enough pushback on using “Obamacare” for the health care proposals that I’m changing this to the more cumbersome “health care reform,” but for me “Obamacare” is not about a top-down heavy-handed left-wing attempt to socialize our country, but […]

Class of 2013

posted by Scot McKnight

The Beloit College Mindset List for the Class of 2013. Most students entering college for the first time this fall were born in 1991. For these students, Martha Graham, Pan American Airways, Michael Landon, Dr. Seuss, Miles Davis, The Dallas Times […]

Acts and Mission 13

posted by Scot McKnight

The Book of Acts records the missional work of God in various cities in the Roman Empire. Acts 2 reveals that the missional work of God begins when God’s Spirit swoops down, gives voice to the first followers of Jesus, […]

Genesis One 10

posted by Scot McKnight

We are in a conversation and discussion about John Walton’s (professor at Wheaton) new book, The Lost World of Genesis One: Ancient Cosmology and the Origins Debate. Proposition 10: The seven days of Genesis 1 do not concern material origins. […]

The New Pastor’s Schedule: by PW

posted by Scot McKnight

I was talking to another staff member’s wife and they had only been in ministry a few months. They were exhausted. Spent. She said to me: I remember your husband saying something to mine about how we need to whittle […]

You and the Liturgical Year

posted by Scot McKnight

Lots of folks write to me about the use of liturgical prayer, and my book on prayer (Praying with the Church: Following Jesus Daily, Hourly, Today ) has been of help to some. But many want more than just to […]

Apple Airport — Advice?

posted by Scot McKnight

Kris and I have an Apple Air Port as our form of a wifi network at home, but we’re noticing these days that we often have to unplug the thing and then plug it back in to get it going […]

How Do You Describe This Song? 2

posted by Scot McKnight

Prayer for the Week

posted by Scot McKnight

Grant, O merciful God, that your Church, being gathered together in unity by your Holy Spirit, may show forth your power among all peoples, to the glory of your Name; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with […]

Obamacare: An American Concern

posted by Scot McKnight

I’m sorry, but many Americans simply do not trust the Federal use of funds. I have clipped a few lines from the CNN.com report about the fiasco with funds — bonuses — at the VA and this report is tapping […]

How Do You Describe This Song?

posted by Scot McKnight

Weekly Meanderings

posted by Scot McKnight

Kris and I have never intentionally gone to the City to see the Air and Water Show, but we’ve been there four times when it was happening. Cool stuff. Dave Diller, at Renovate, is doing a series on Philemon (1, […]

Is RomneyCare the Best Option?

posted by Scot McKnight

Just in case you didn’t see this CNN.com piece, Mitt Romney (R), as governor of the Democratic State of Massachusetts, designed a mandatory insurance for all folks in Massachusetts. I hear about 97% are insured etc. (Just in case you […]

Genesis One 9

posted by Scot McKnight

We are in a conversation and discussion about John Walton’s (professor at Wheaton) new book, The Lost World of Genesis One: Ancient Cosmology and the Origins Debate. Proposition 9 is another big one: The seven days of Genesis 1 relate […]

Friday is for Friends

posted by Scot McKnight

Scot, Most days, as I leave my job at the community college, these people are standing at the intersection holding up very large posters of aborted fetuses. Yesterday, there was only one poster holder, but several students were holding up […]

The Minneapolis Tornado and John Piper

posted by Scot McKnight

John Piper has connected the Minneapolis tornado to God’s judgment on the Evangelical Lutheran Church’s very public debate about homosexuality. I have clipped some of his post which you can read at the link at his name in the previous […]

Obamacare: The Big Question

posted by Scot McKnight

Here’s my question for you, and I ask you to look inside and tell us what you think really do think: Do you think every American citizen is entitled to basic health care as a human rights issue? If not, […]

Acts and Mission 12

posted by Scot McKnight

What happens when Pentecost happens? That’s our week’s question. What happens is that community happens? That’s our week’s answer. How does community happen? We’ll look at a fourth characteristic today. Again, the passage: They devoted themselves to the apostles’ teaching […]

Evolution’s Place? 2 (RJS)

posted by Jesus Creed Admin

Today I start in earnest a series focused on Simon Conway Morris’s book Life’s Solution: Inevitable Humans in a Lonely Universe. This book is an exploration of the evidence for evolutionary convergence – the idea that there are islands of […]

Atheist Delusions 6

posted by Scot McKnight

David Bentley Hart, a historian of ideas, Atheist Delusions: The Christian Revolution and Its Fashionable Enemies , examines “faith and reason” to provide historical context for what has happened with New Atheists. The New Atheists, he contends, propagate a myth […]

Obamacare: The Co-op Proposal

posted by Scot McKnight

Let’s say the analysis is accurate: that insurance premiums are too high, that drug prices are too high, that medical expenses in general are too high. Let’s also agree that these costs are hurting our country’s health care plans and […]

Acts and Mission 11

posted by Scot McKnight

What happens when Pentecost happens? That’s our week’s question. What happens is that community happens? That’s our week’s answer. How does community happen? We’ll look at a third characteristic today. Again, the passage: They devoted themselves to the apostles’ teaching […]

Obamacare: Political Rhetoric

posted by Scot McKnight

The recent inflagration in rhetoric, comparing Obama to socialism or Hitler and the like, is a lazy, morally inexcusable way of getting an emotional response and often carried off in the absence of concrete evidence or knowledge of actual policy. […]

Genesis One 8

posted by Scot McKnight

We are in a conversation and discussion about John Walton’s (professor at Wheaton) new book, The Lost World of Genesis One: Ancient Cosmology and the Origins Debate. Proposition 8 of Walton’s book, and one that can reorient everything one sees […]

Obamacare: Big Options

posted by Scot McKnight

This from this morning’s NY Times by Paul Krugman. Are these the big options for Obamacare? Let’s talk about health care around the advanced world. Every wealthy country other than the United States guarantees essential care to all its citizens. […]

A Blue Parakeet Study Guide (Free)

posted by Scot McKnight

This study guide, as noted at the bottom of the study, is from Barb Murphy, and I’m grateful for her efforts. Maybe this can be of use to you in using The Blue Parakeet: Rethinking How You Read the Bible […]

Acts and Mission 10

posted by Scot McKnight

What happens when Pentecost happens? That’s our week’s question. What happens is that community happens? That’s our week’s answer. How does community happen? We’ll begin to look at that today. Again, the passage: They devoted themselves to the apostles’ teaching […]

Missional Campus Ministry 2 (RJS)

posted by Jesus Creed Admin

We opened this series with a look as Campus ministry as mission.  This is a theme that is repeated and elaborated by Benson Hines in his blog and book. Hines spent a year touring College and University campuses and talking […]

Atheist Delusions 5

posted by Scot McKnight

David Bentley Hart, a historian of ideas, Atheist Delusions: The Christian Revolution and Its Fashionable Enemies , examines “faith and reason” to provide historical context for what has happened with New Atheists. Did history move from the Age of Faith […]

Saturday Mail: Would you miss it?

posted by Scot McKnight

Did you see this piece on CNN.com? There’s a movement to end Saturday mail. But, would you miss it? On this sultry weekend in the middle of August, take a look at what’s on your kitchen counter. Or maybe you’ve […]

Acts and Mission 9

posted by Scot McKnight

What happens when Pentecost happens? Let us take Pentecost as a paradigm of what happens when the Spirit comes down, when God’s Spirit sways God’s People to be and do as they are supposed to, and I can’t see that […]

Obamacare: The Problems

posted by Scot McKnight

Let’s do what not all of the Town Hall meetings are not accomplishing. Let’s discuss with civility Obamacare, by which I mean President Obama’s very serious proposals for health care reform, and let’s discuss today this question: What are the […]

Genesis One 7

posted by Scot McKnight

We are in a conversation and discussion about John Walton’s (professor at Wheaton) new book, The Lost World of Genesis One: Ancient Cosmology and the Origins Debate. Each chp in Walton’s book is a “proposition” and today we look at […]

What Every American Needs to Read

posted by Scot McKnight

President Obama’s Op-Ed piece on his heath care reforms. Here’s an excerpt: There are four main ways the reform we’re proposing will provide more stability and security to every American. First, if you don’t have health insurance, you will have […]

Prayer for the Week

posted by Scot McKnight

Almighty God, you have given your only Son to be for us a sacrifice for sin, and also an example of godly life: Give us grace to receive thankfully the fruits of his redeeming work, and to follow daily in […]

Your Best Deal Ever?

posted by Scot McKnight

Just saw this… What’s the best crazy deal you’ve ever found? (You can read the rest of the article at the link, which generates another story: Ever seen that much integrity?) ROME — You had to be quick, but what […]

Weekly Meanderings

posted by Scot McKnight

Steve McCoy, pastor at Doxa Fellowship, is also a great photographer — and this one of summer lightning is amazing: This NYTimes article, which I missed when it came out, really helped me understand the pragmatics of Obamacare. (HT: K) […]

An American Civil Conversation

posted by Scot McKnight

Beginning Monday we will begin a series on President Barack Obama’s health care proposals (Obamacare). We want to exhibit to the American public that a civil conversation can happen, that it can happen over serious issues, and that it can […]

Genesis One 6

posted by Scot McKnight

We are in a conversation and discussion about John Walton’s (professor at Wheaton) new book, The Lost World of Genesis One: Ancient Cosmology and the Origins Debate. Proposition 6: Days 4 to 6 install functionaries. “… in most cases the […]

What do teachers make?

posted by Scot McKnight

The dinner guests were sitting around the table discussing life. One man, a CEO, decided to explain the problem with education.   He argued, ‘What’s a kid going to learn from someone who decided his best option in life was […]

Compline Prayer

posted by Scot McKnight

Sleep, O sleep in the calm of each calm. Sleep, O sleep in the guidance of all guidance. Sleep, O sleep in the love of all loves. Sleep, O beloved, in the Lord of life. Sleep, O beloved, in the […]

Julia and Julia Anyone?

posted by Scot McKnight

We’re wondering who has seen the new Meryl Streep movie, Julia and Julia? Any recommendations, etc? What did you think? Come to think of it, I think the last movie we saw was with Meryl Streep in Mama Mia!

Gift Book of the Year (so far)

posted by Scot McKnight

Wow, the lavishly illustrated The Inklings of Oxford: C. S. Lewis, J. R. R. Tolkien, and Their Friends has occupied too much of my time. I couldn’t put the thing down. What this book is a sumptuous, color collection of […]

Acts and Mission 8

posted by Scot McKnight

Peter’s sermon moves from Jesus’ miracles to Jesus’ death to Jesus’ resurrection. This is where many of us stop — in fact, many of us stop with the death and don’t include God’s raising Jesus in our gospeling. But for […]

Evolution’s Place? 1 (RJS)

posted by Jesus Creed Admin

What place can evolution have in a world created by a personal God? The Darwinian paradigm of random mutation and natural selection seems to suggest that the development of life in the universe and sentient beings on our planet is […]

Atheist Delusions 4

posted by Scot McKnight

David Bentley Hart, a historian of ideas, Atheist Delusions: The Christian Revolution and Its Fashionable Enemies , examines “faith and reason” to provide historical context for what has happened with New Atheists. Hart begins by quoting the famous medievalist, Jacques […]

Which American City is…

posted by Scot McKnight

the furthest from a Major League (Baseball) stadium? Before you click, can you guess approximately or at least get the State?

Acts and Mission 7

posted by Scot McKnight

Peter’s “sermon” — which is more interpretation of event than anything else — explains that the tongue-speaking community, of which he is a part, is not some lunatic fringe but the very embodiment of God’s promises through the prophet Joel. […]

Genesis One 5

posted by Scot McKnight

We are in a conversation and discussion about John Walton’s (professor at Wheaton) new book, The Lost World of Genesis One: Ancient Cosmology and the Origins Debate. What about Day 1 to Day 3 in Genesis 1? Is this about […]

The Bigger, the More Conservative (theologically)

posted by Scot McKnight

Here is a fascinating new Barna study. How true is this to your experience? (Any suggestions about how to measure “orthodox biblical response”?) “On all 9 of the belief statements tested, attenders of large churches were more likely than those […]

Chevy Volt? Is it our future car?

posted by Scot McKnight

In a year or two Kris and I will be purchasing a car, and this new Chevy Volt, which is now rated at 230 MPG (!), might just be the ticket. Anyone know anything about it? What do you think?

Pastor’s Bookshelf: Hebrews

posted by Scot McKnight

We don’t know who wrote Hebrews, but it surely wasn’t Paul even though some still contend he did. Anyway, no major commentary today argues that Paul wrote it, and these are the major ones I turn to … and, once […]

Acts and Mission 6

posted by Scot McKnight

The earliest followers of Jesus are empowered by God’s Spirit — we dare not forget that “Pentecost” is an act of God — to declare the wonders of God in languages they did not know (Acts 2:1-13). Event is followed […]

Missional Campus Ministry 1 (RJS)

posted by Jesus Creed Admin

Yet another academic year approaches – yet another set of fresh new faces on campus. As we approach a the start of term I would like to renew the conversation on campus ministry we began last spring (You can find […]

Atheist Delusions 3

posted by Scot McKnight

David Bentley Hart, a historian of ideas, Atheist Delusions: The Christian Revolution and Its Fashionable Enemies , examines the foundation upon which the new atheism rests its case. In a word, new atheism stands on modernity. Hart throws sharp punches: […]

Another Plass-ism

posted by Scot McKnight

Yet one more witty definition from Adrian Plass, Bacon Sandwiches and Salvation: A Humorous Antidote for the Pharisee in All of Us : King James Version: form in which the Bible was originally written in seventeenth-century English. Later translated into […]

Breakfast Can Wait

posted by Scot McKnight

My morning routine on days we are home: wake up around 5:30am, shower etc, stroll into the kitchen, turn on the coffee machine and put coffee in the portafilter, put some yogurt and oats in a small bowl, pick up […]

Plass-isms

posted by Scot McKnight

In our first post of the day I mentioned a few of Adrian Plass’s funny definitions in Bacon Sandwiches and Salvation: A Humorous Antidote for the Pharisee in All of Us and here’s another: My Bible says … : oddly […]

Acts and Mission 5

posted by Scot McKnight

We are looking at the Book of Acts, and we are looking at Acts through the lens of “mission,” and we are looking at the Book of Acts with the help of Beverly Gaventa’s commentary on Acts (The Acts of […]

Genesis One 4

posted by Scot McKnight

We are in a conversation and discussion about John Walton’s (professor at Wheaton) new book, The Lost World of Genesis One: Ancient Cosmology and the Origins Debate. One reason why this book will be read, digested, and influential is because […]

Christian Humor

posted by Scot McKnight

Adrian Plass, the book cover says, is a “bemused Anglican.” I can’t imagine any other kind today, except for the fuming sort who toss down their BCP and say, “I’ve had enough.” Anyway, Adrian’s not that second kind, as can […]

Tiger #70

posted by Scot McKnight

Tiger Woods wins again, his 70th career victory. Astonishing accomplishment. I have to admit I felt bad for Padraig Harrington, who was winning until one hole — and one bad shot just sunk his chances. We’ll be in Ireland next […]

Thinking of a PhD? Think Edinburgh

posted by Scot McKnight

One can’t do much better than studying with Larry Hurtado in New Testament. Edinburgh, New College, is a good place to study. This is a wonderful video about the doctoral program(me) in Bible and Theology. Who has some stories to […]

Blue Parakeet — A Video Review

posted by Scot McKnight

Thanks to Andrew Rogers, here’s a video review of The Blue Parakeet: Rethinking How You Read the Bible .

Prayer for the Week

posted by Scot McKnight

Grant to us, Lord, we pray, the spirit to think and do always those things that are right, that we, who cannot exist without you, may by you be enabled to live according to your will; through Jesus Christ our […]

New Cover for Jesus Creed

posted by Scot McKnight

Our book, The Jesus Creed: Loving God, Loving Others , is getting a new cover. What do you think?

The Best Analysis of …

posted by Scot McKnight

What is the best Christian, theological analysis of President Obama’s new health care proposals and plan?

Weekly Meanderings

posted by Scot McKnight

Buckingham Fountain, Chicago!!!! Good one from Mrs. Neff. The future car is an iCar! Lots of future education in the church will be from sites like this — and the series by Hurtado looks incredibly interesting to me. Do you […]

Michael F. Bird on Books of Influence

posted by Scot McKnight

Have fun with this one….  

Genesis One 3

posted by Scot McKnight

We are in a conversation and discussion about John Walton’s (professor at Wheaton) new book, The Lost World of Genesis One: Ancient Cosmology and the Origins Debate. (By the way, if you’d like a wonderful and God-shaped exposition of Genesis […]

Friday is for Friends: Patrick Mitchel

posted by Scot McKnight

A huge issue has arisen amongst evangelicals: social justice and social action have become front, left and center — in shaping our behaviors and in understanding the gospel … and Patrick Mitchel, from Ireland, we get a pushback that can […]

Should We Marry Younger?

posted by Scot McKnight

Wow, did you see this piece in CT? It’s by Mark Regnerus. Indeed, over 90 percent of American adults experience sexual intercourse before marrying. The percentage of evangelicals who do so is not much lower. In a nationally representative study […]

A Surprising Delight (with an offer of a prize)

posted by Scot McKnight

I had a riot reading Ammon Shea’s Reading the OED: One Man, One Year, 21,730 Pages . There are two parts to this book — there is the personal story of the experience of reading 8-10 hours a day, holed […]

Acts and Mission 4

posted by Scot McKnight

This is the most important “mission” text in the history of the Church: When the day of Pentecost came, they were all together in one place. Suddenly a sound like the blowing of a violent wind came from heaven and […]

Twitter impact

posted by Scot McKnight

Twitter was down this morning for quite awhile. (I just saw this on the news.) Did it impact you at all? Has Twitter become part of your job or your connections so that it an outage like this disrupts you? […]

A Fine Tuned Universe? 10 (RJS)

posted by Jesus Creed Admin

We finish off this series on Alister McGrath’s book A Fine-Tuned Universe: The Quest for God in Science and Theology with a brief look at his conclusions, tying his major themes together. First a reiteration of what a robust natural […]

Atheist Delusions 2

posted by Scot McKnight

Strident critics of “religion” today would like us to imagine a society without religion and to begin constructing a society without religion.  David Bentley Hart, in chapter one of his new book, Atheist Delusions: The Christian Revolution and Its Fashionable […]

Leaf by Niggle: Tolkien on Work

posted by Scot McKnight

I recently published an essay inspired by JRR Tolkien’s marvelous short story called “Leaf by Niggle.” I hope you can read it … and you can comment here.

Clunker: Do I have one?

posted by Scot McKnight

How do you know if your car counts as a clunker?

Acts and Mission 3

posted by Scot McKnight

The word “apostle,” by and large, isn’t all that important to low church evangelicals. It is far more important to the liturgical and creedal traditions, and it was very important to the earliest Christians. So important that Judas’ falling out […]

Genesis One 2

posted by Scot McKnight

We are in a conversation and discussion about John Walton’s (professor at Wheaton) new book, The Lost World of Genesis One: Ancient Cosmology and the Origins Debate. What does it mean when we say “create”? John Walton argues that the […]

Churches and Politics (by PW)

posted by Scot McKnight

I’ve seen a phenomenon in the church. I think it happens often enough to just about anyone in the church, not just pastor’s spouses. What happens to our unity in Christ when politics are inserted into the relationship? Scenario 1: […]

Do you haggle?

posted by Scot McKnight

From Time.com…. Think you should haggle only when buying a car or shopping in the streets of Morocco? In this recession, if you’re not bargaining for everything everywhere, you’re needlessly draining your wallet. According to the consulting firm America’s Research […]

Acts and Mission 2

posted by Scot McKnight

That opening sketch in Acts (1:1-11) is wide-ranging and cosmic in its theology. We return to earth with the next scene: the earliest followers of Jesus are gathered for prayer (1:12-14): Then the apostles returned to Jerusalem from the hill […]

A Fine Tuned Universe? 9 (RJS)

posted by Jesus Creed Admin

Chapter 15 of Alister McGrath’s book A Fine-Tuned Universe: The Quest for God in Science and Theology is entitled “An Emergent Creation and Natural Theology.” This chapter presents some rather interesting ideas. First McGrath returns to Augustine – not to […]

Atheist Delusions 1

posted by Scot McKnight

The worst society I can imagine is one where Richard Dawkins, Christopher Hitchens and Sam Harris get to determine what is good and what is bad and where they get to determine who is good and who is bad. They […]

Universities Turn to Kindle? (RJS)

posted by Jesus Creed Admin

A NY Times Blog Green Inc. reported last week that six universities will test a Kindle text book plan this fall.  The development was also reported in the Wall Street Journal last May: Amazon to Launch Kindle for Textbooks. From […]

Acts and Mission 1

posted by Scot McKnight

We begin our series today on the book of Acts, a march right through this book from 1:1 to 28:31, and I anticipate it will take us months. As we march through this book, our emphasis will be on the […]

Genesis One 1

posted by Scot McKnight

We at the Jesus Creed blog, both Scot and RJS, have already invited one and all to enter into a conversation and discussion about John Walton’s (professor at Wheaton) new book, The Lost World of Genesis One: Ancient Cosmology and […]

Those Pesky Calvinists Again

posted by Scot McKnight

Two years ago I posted this letter about some pesky Calvinists but for some reason it has drawn a new series of responses on the blog so I’m reposting it. The question this letter raises is pastoral: How are pastors […]

Racism and the White House

posted by Scot McKnight

When Martin Luther King dreamed of the day when our children would not be known by the color of their skin but by the content of their character, he was re-expressing the brilliant but unrealized dreams of Genesis 1 — […]

Prayer for the Week

posted by Scot McKnight

Let your continual mercy, O Lord, cleanse and defend your Church; and, because it cannot continue in safety without your help, protect and govern it always by your goodness; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you […]

iPhone Apps

posted by Scot McKnight

Kris and I got iPhones and now are wondering if you folks have suggestions for us for “Apps.” What are your suggestions and why?

Weekly Meanderings

posted by Scot McKnight

Kris found this B&B on a hill overlooking Siena. It is called Castello della Quattro Torra, and our bedroom — no kidding — was the front left tower (very top). . There will be a conference on the Church and […]

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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: Deity or Deism noted: ...this reminds me of why I get a

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 new book is called Almost Christian: What the Faith of Ou

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 two with their hands ... but that's what makes this diet

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

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