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A Brilliant Classic

posted by Scot McKnight

I don’t consider Nathaniel Hawthorne’s The Scarlet Letter “fiction” because I’d prefer to maintain my impish, indefensible line: I don’t read fiction. So, having read the book lately, my line needs commentary: “I don’t consider classic fiction to be fiction; it’s a […]

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Christmas Words 1: Word

posted by Scot McKnight

“In the beginning,” the Gospel of John tells us, “was the Word.” He furthers this with this: “The Word was with God and the Word was God” (John 1:1). The first Christmas word we will look at in our Advent […]

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A Barnabas Moment

posted by Scot McKnight

Barnabas, the Book of Acts tells us, was called a “son of encouragement.” Many of us have Barnabas moments in life where we can draw from our own experiences to help others, and I had one recently. At one of […]

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Interview: Hala Jaber’s Magic Carpet

posted by Scot McKnight

Late summer I read Hala Jaber’s gripping memoir of life in Iraq called: The Flying Carpet of Small Miracles: A Woman’s Fight to Save Two Orphans . If you can read this without tearing up, well, you can’t. Hala weaves […]

Black Friday Morphs into CyberMonday

posted by Scot McKnight

Amazon’s idea — let Black Friday morph into a shopping day on Monday called CyberMonday.

Book Comments: Historical Jesus

posted by Scot McKnight

Two new books on the historical Jesus might be worth your careful consideration. The first one provides the spectrum of views, the second one is a historical Jesus book by one scholar.  James Beilby and Paul Rhodes Eddy have produced […]

Words from the Unemployed to the Unemployed

posted by Scot McKnight

I want to open the comments on this post to those who are unemployed, or who were unemployed and who have recently found employment, to speak into the lives of others who are unemployed.  We’d like to hear your advice, […]

First Advent Candle

posted by Scot McKnight

Advent is a word that means “coming” or “visit”.  In the Christian season of Advent we prepare for the “advent” of Christ at Christmas.  Our preparation includes many things: ? We remember Israel’s hope for the coming of God’s Messiah […]

Advent

posted by Scot McKnight

Advent is a season of waiting, expecting, and hoping.  Beginning four Sundays prior to Christmas and ending on Christmas Eve, Advent helps us to prepare for the coming, or “advent” of the Christ child at Christmas.  (The word “advent” comes […]

Prayer of the Week

posted by Scot McKnight

Almighty God, give us grace to cast away the works of darkness, and put on the armor of light, now in the time of this mortal life in which your Son Jesus Christ came to visit us in great humility; […]

“Let’s Go to Church!” (a joke)

posted by Scot McKnight

One Sunday morning, a mother went in to wake her son and tell him it was time to get ready for church, to which he replied, “I’m not going.”  “Why not?” she asked.”I’ll give you two good reasons,” he said. […]

What are my chances?

posted by Scot McKnight

Tomorrow Da (once mighty) Bears play Minnesota’s (uberconfident) Vikings, and I’ve made a friendly wager with Tony Jones. If the Vikings win, I send him a Chicago style deep dish uberpizza and if Da Bears win, he sends me a […]

On Book Reviews

posted by Scot McKnight

Last week I mentioned that we want to begin doing book reviews on this blog on Saturday afternoons. Our vision for this is for “you” to write these. We hope enough folks write reviews that we can post one weekly.  […]

Did you get educated by Bruce Springsteen?

posted by Scot McKnight

David Brooks, in the NYTimes, on being emotionally educated by Bruce Springsteen: By DAVID BROOKS Like many of you, I went to elementary school, high school and college. I took such and such classes, earned such and such grades, and […]

Weekly Meanderings

posted by Scot McKnight

Now is the time to give thanks. O merciful Creator, your hand is open wide to satisfy the needs of every living creature:  Make us always thankful for your loving providence;  and grant that we, remembering the account that we […]

Tiger Woods Story

posted by Scot McKnight

If you know more, let us know … this is what we have heard: Professional golfer Tiger Woods was seriously injured in a car accident early this morning, the Florida Highway Patrol just reported. Woods, 33, pulled out of his driveway in […]

Books to Come…

posted by Scot McKnight

In the month of December we will examine several new books, including three books across the spectrum of thinking and interest: The Reformed theologian’s critical examination of the evangelical church, Michael Horton’s book, Gospel-Driven Life, The: Being Good News People in […]

Acts and Mission 68

posted by Scot McKnight

From Philippi, Paul and Silas head to Thessalonica (agora to the left) where the same story unfolds. Sabbath, three weeks in a row. Explaining from Scripture the Story of Jesus: “explaining and demonstrating that the Christ had to suffer and […]

Going Beyond the Bible Biblically 4

posted by Scot McKnight

Let’s begin today with a question: How do we justify abolition of slavery when the Bible contains it and in some ways justifies it? How do you deal with that question? The big questions in this series of posts have been […]

Black Friday Online Shopping

posted by Scot McKnight

I’m no fan of shopping, especially on Black Friday, so when Amazon sent me this banner, I thought there might some of you who would rather begin your Christmas shopping online.   

A Theology of Celebration (RJS)

posted by Jesus Creed Admin

The Biologos Foundation ran an invitation only workshop earlier this month on the issues of science and faith – evangelical faith. They are posting a number of the papers considered over the next several weeks both on the Biologos site […]

Your Favorite Christmas CD

posted by Scot McKnight

Coming home from classes Tuesday, I put in my CD player a brand new CD by Andrea Bocelli called My Christmas . I enjoyed it immensely — a mix of some genuine Christmas songs, including a wonderful rendition of The Lord’s […]

Happy Thanksgiving!

posted by Scot McKnight

Kris and I wish you a Happy Thanksgiving! We will be traveling this morning to spend the day with family from hither and yon, and we are grateful that everyone will be together. Blessings on your day.

To Look after Orphans 2

posted by Scot McKnight

In a week or two we will be making an announcement about an exciting opportunity for the Jesus Creed blog community. Today I want to quote some Bible and remind us that whether we take this verse in a more […]

The Woodpeckers have got to go! — said (Mrs.) Noah

posted by Scot McKnight

(HT: CP)

Internet Journalism and the Future of News

posted by Scot McKnight

Just a thought and a question: I don’t read newspapers anymore; we no longer subscribe; we no longer have blackened fingers; we no longer have stacks of papers in our recycle bin.  We read the news online and we watch […]

Acts and Mission 67

posted by Scot McKnight

Missional work leads at times to prison work, but not by choice. Instead of Paul feeling sorry for himself or fearing for his life, Paul and Silas praise God. I don’t think this is about the power of positive thinking […]

Law at the Jesus Creed: David Opderbeck 2

posted by Scot McKnight

I announced two weeks back that we are beginning a new series with David Opderbeck, a professor of law. He will educate us on law — should be fun. Christians and “Judicial Activism”:  Viva la Revoluc?on? There are few hotter flashpoints […]

The Therapeutic Gospel

posted by Scot McKnight

Why do we have so many thereapeutic specialists? And — here’s a big one — why have so many pastors become therapeuts?  Perhaps a different angle on this question: Why do so many take their “spiritual” or “psychological” problems to […]

What do you think?

posted by Scot McKnight

Acts and Mission 66

posted by Scot McKnight

Lydia responds to the gospel and offers hospitality. In strong contrast, the next woman — a demonized woman — ironically declares Paul has the gospel of salvation but her annoying declarations lead to an exorcism that shuts down her ability […]

Science, Body, and Soul 2 (RJS)

posted by Jesus Creed Admin

We began last Thursday to look at Kevin Corcoran’s book Rethinking Human Nature: A Christian Materialist Alternative to the Soul where he develops a constitution view of human persons.  Professor  Corcoran is a philosopher teaching at Calvin College specializing in […]

Going Beyond the Bible Biblically 3

posted by Scot McKnight

Here are our big questions in this series of posts: How do we move beyond the Bible? Should we? Better yet: Since we have to, how do we move beyond the Bible into our world but do this biblically? This […]

Barring Kennedy from the Sacrament

posted by Scot McKnight

Because he supports abortion rights, a view in conflict with Roman Catholic teaching, Patrick Kennedy is now being banned from taking communion. What is your take on this? Do you believe in such “church discipline”? Will this complicate other parishes? […]

Missional Mondays: Tony Stiff 4

posted by Scot McKnight

The ecclesiological shift is found in the church renewing its missional identity in practice as well as in theory. Moving from merely a sending church that sends a few professional missionaries to a imaginatively exploring and living as a sent people who […]

Acts and Mission 65

posted by Scot McKnight

We come in the Book of Acts to Paul’s sailing across the Aegean to Greece, where he sets up missional shop in Philippi, and we found a picture from a 6th Century church there. Anyway, because they knew that synagogues […]

Going Tribal? Are you into “Tribes”? Should you be?

posted by Scot McKnight

I know many folks are into this new-fangled “find your tribe” stuff, but it deeply concerns me. It is postmodern; it denies the “communion of the saints” and it’s yet another one of those “church growth” theories that prevents genuine […]

The Problem with the Book of Job

posted by Scot McKnight

Simply put, the problem with the Book of Job is that it is too long for most folks, too long for most preachers to preach all the way through, and too long for Bible study groups. (I’m not excusing our […]

Book Comments: Zondervan’s Encyclopedia Revised

posted by Scot McKnight

Every Bible reader, especially every teacher and pastor, needs a solid Bible encyclopedia that does its best to tell us what we need to know about history and theology and archaeology as well as sketch each book of the Bible. […]

Our New Commentary Series

posted by Scot McKnight

I’m very excited (as the General Editor) of our new commentary series (Regula Fidei Commentaries) that will focus on explaining the New Testament books in the context of the Bible’s Story and discerning how to “live the Story” in our […]

To Look after Orphans 1

posted by Scot McKnight

Nicholas Kristof, in a brilliant story about Tererai Trent, reminds us of what we can do through the simple gifts of charity to parts of the world where both money and opportunity are scarce beyond our comprehension. This is the […]

Prayer of the Week

posted by Scot McKnight

Almighty and everlasting God, whose will it is to restore all things in your well-beloved Son, the King of kings and Lord of lords: Mercifully grant that the peoples of the earth, divided and enslaved by sin, may be freed […]

Announcement: Book Reviews, too!

posted by Scot McKnight

We will soon begin Saturday Afternoon Book Reviews, a new section at the Jesus Creed blog where we will have 3000 word reviews (1500 word summary; 1500 word interaction). Most of these will be written by you or by solicited […]

Evangelicals and Fundamentalists

posted by Scot McKnight

I’d like to announce a conference in London for all our European readers — and for those who have the funds to fly off to London for what looks like a fantastic conference. It’s called Christian Fundamentalism and British Evangelicalism: […]

Weekly Meanderings

posted by Scot McKnight

Every now and then I wander over to Steve McCoy’s photographs, and I just love this one:   Kris and I are in New Orleans at my annual academic meetings, but we found some links this week before we left […]

Rob Bell on Sermon Length — Shortening?

posted by Scot McKnight

Rob Bell, in an interview with Burnside Writers, suggests sermons could get better if they got shorter… Any response? BWC: You’ve already explored the “high content, low word count” concept with your book Drops Like Stars, and it’s clearly a […]

Third Way Preaching and Education 3

posted by Scot McKnight

In this series on a Third Way approach to preaching and the teaching ministry of the local church, I have suggested that we need to de-focus from the sermon being the be-all and end-all of education, and I have also […]

8 Little Foxes that Spoil the Church’s Vines 6

posted by Scot McKnight

I apologize that the comments were turned off on this post this morning … not sure how that happened, but it did. On the plane yesterday the man sitting with us told us he was “raised Jewish” but that he […]

Thou Shalt Not Steal

posted by Scot McKnight

Nightline’s series on the Ten Commandments moves to the 8th Commandment: “Thou shalt not steal.” The commandment, or more properly prohibition, is general enough in Exodus 20:15 to include both kidnapping and swiping what belongs to others. According to the […]

Acts and Mission 64

posted by Scot McKnight

Paul now gets a vision to enter into Greece for missional work, and this means he enters into what we today call Europe. While it is popular to make a big deal of this, it was all the Roman Empire […]

Science, Body, and Soul 1 (RJS)

posted by Jesus Creed Admin

Over the next couple of weeks or so I would like to look at two books, not new but fairly recent, that think through some ideas on body and soul. The first is by Kevin Corcoran, Rethinking Human Nature: A […]

Going Beyond the Bible Biblically 2

posted by Scot McKnight

Here are our big questions in this series of posts: How do we move beyond the Bible? Should we? Better yet: Since we have to, how do we move beyond the Bible into our world but do this biblically? This […]

Mammogram Testing Changes

posted by Scot McKnight

All is well, but Kris recently went through her annual mammogram, the discovery of a change from last year with development of a cluster of microcalcifications, another mammogram and a consultation, and then a biopsy and a consultation with the […]

Acts and Mission 63

posted by Scot McKnight

What a fascinating set of issues arise in Derbe and Lystra. Jerusalem looms large on the horizon of church building in the Diaspora. 16:1 He also came to Derbe and to Lystra. A disciple named Timothy was there, the son […]

Law at the Jesus Creed: David Opderbeck 1

posted by Scot McKnight

I announced last week that we are beginning a new series this week with David Opderbeck, a professor of law. He will educate us on law — should be fun. What is “Law”? My question for the opening post in […]

8 Little Foxes that Spoil the Church’s Vines 5

posted by Scot McKnight

In their new book, Hidden Worldviews: Eight Cultural Stories That Shape Our Lives , Steve Wilkens and Mark Sanford examine cultural scripts that work against the gospel work in the Church.  Our theme today: scientific naturalism. The motto: “Only matter […]

Forgiveness for Groups

posted by Scot McKnight

Everett Worthington, Jr., a well-known expert on the emotional and psychological dimensions of forgiveness, has given us a book so many need: forgiveness applied to more than just interpersonal dimensions. His new book is called A Just Forgiveness: Responsible Healing […]

Acts and Mission 62

posted by Scot McKnight

Jerusalem remained at that time the center of God’s people and that meant also the central city for the Church, the people of Messiah Jesus. This is the context for the next passage, a passage for which we need to give […]

The Age of the Spirit – Sacrament and Mission (RJS)

posted by Jesus Creed Admin

We are moving from an age of belief to an age of the Spirit. We are open to the Spirit and pray for the work and power of the Spirit.  An Age of the Spirit doesn’t mean laissez faire anything […]

Going Beyond the Bible Biblically 1

posted by Scot McKnight

Brand new book on an important topic: How do we move beyond the Bible? Should we? Better yet: Since we have to, how do we move beyond the Bible into our world but do this biblically? This is the concern […]

Missional Mondays: Tony Stiff 3

posted by Scot McKnight

The missiological shift like the situational shift of the missional church is filled with stark contrasts between how mission was conceived in the traditional church a hundred or so years ago and how it ought to be conceived today in the Post-Christian West. Michael Goheen […]

Acts and Mission 61

posted by Scot McKnight

Let’s back up again to see what is going on if we look at the Book of Acts in its presentation of God’s mission. The more strict Pharisaic believers contend that Gentile converts have to “go all the way” to […]

Help for the Doubting

posted by Scot McKnight

Two of my students, in the last month, have sat in my office in tears — their problem, though from two different angles, was doubt. Everything was changing, they were confused, they were having trouble finding their way …  Robert […]

8 Little Foxes that Spoil the Church’s Vines 4

posted by Scot McKnight

In my view, one of the most pressing issues in our day is what I would call moral awareness. I don”t mean that people aren’t aware of what they think or believe; what I mean is a lack of awareness […]

Michelle Wie Yes!

posted by Scot McKnight

She did it, finally, and we have so much to look forward with Michelle Wie. The Michelle Wie era has, at long last, begun. After years of injury and controversy, too much hype and money and not enough birdies, Wie […]

Scholarships for PhD Studies in Scotland

posted by Scot McKnight

I received this notification of six new scholarships at the University of St Andrews in the School of Divinity, which involves teaching a language class in the second and third year of the scholarship. St Mary’s College, The School of […]

Book Comments: Hippo Commentary Series

posted by Scot McKnight

Many today admit the need to have multiple voices at the table when important subjects are discussed, and one such “table” is Bible study: and the “voices” are commentaries.  We fool ourselves thinking we’ve got genuine diversity when we examine […]

Book Comments: Bird and Hansen

posted by Scot McKnight

We’ve now completed our commentary listing, but commentaries will continue to be produced so I will use the Book Comments to update commentaries. I want to mention two that have recently crossed my desk.  First, there is a brand new […]

Prayer of the Week

posted by Scot McKnight

Blessed Lord, who caused all holy Scriptures to be written for our learning: Grant us so to hear them, read, mark, learn, and inwardly digest them, that we may embrace and ever hold fast the blessed hope of everlasting life, […]

To or not to (ignore)?

posted by Scot McKnight

Tim LaHaye and Zondervan have agreed to a new eschatology set of books. What do folks think should be done in response to such books? Zondervan, a world leader in Christian communications, has signed an agreement with attorney Craig Parshall […]

Chores around the Home

posted by Scot McKnight

Well, here we sit after 35+ years of marriage.  Kris somehow naturally internalized all her chores and internalized them immediately. I didn’t and I haven’t but I’ve gradually gotten myself attached to a number of them — like mowing the […]

Weekly Meanderings

posted by Scot McKnight

The new sculpture of Mr. Rogers in Pittsburgh. Eugene Cho’s ODW is a hit. Good for Eugene, good for all of us. When did death enter the picture? What kind of death then entered the picture? Which one is your […]

Third Way Preaching and Education 2

posted by Scot McKnight

We are pursuing on this blog a set of posts on the church’s educational ministry and how a Third Way approach to preaching can reshape and revitalize preaching’s impact. * I believe most preachers think sermons have an impact. * […]

8 Little Foxes that Spoil the Church’s Vines 3

posted by Scot McKnight

In their new book, Hidden Worldviews: Eight Cultural Stories That Shape Our Lives , Steve Wilkens and Mark Sanford examine cultural scripts that work against the gospel work in the Church. Our theme today: nationalism. The motto: My Nation, Under […]

Religion or Revolution? 6

posted by Scot McKnight

Greg Boyd, in his newest book, The Myth of a Christian Religion: Losing Your Religion for the Beauty of a Revolution  warns us about “religion” in today’s post. As a teen Boyd was rescued from drugs and sex and rock […]

Thou Shalt Not Murder

posted by Scot McKnight

This week’s commandment is #5: “You shall not murder.” Easy enough to understand, except when it comes to defense against an intruder — or when a person is in the military — or when a person is a judge who […]

Book Comments: John Goldingay #3

posted by Scot McKnight

John Goldingay’s 3volume theology of the Old (First) Testament is now complete. I blogged through volume one way back when but volume two wore me down … Yet, my courage has been refreshed and I will begin volume 3 in […]

Acts and Mission 60

posted by Scot McKnight

Here goes the fundamental decision by the Apostolic council in Jerusalem. They debate whether or not Gentiles have to be follow the Torah to be saved — reduced to circumcision. Peter, Paul, Barnabas tells stories; James knows their stories but […]

Faith and the Future 4 (RJS)

posted by Jesus Creed Admin

Today’s post wraps up our brief series on Harvey Cox’s new book The Future of Faith. The last several chapters of the book, and in fact various passages throughout the book,  present some of Cox’s thoughts on the future of […]

Religion or Revolution? 5

posted by Scot McKnight

Greg Boyd, in his newest book, The Myth of a Christian Religion: Losing Your Religion for the Beauty of a Revolution  summons us to revolt against idols and — in today’s post — against judgment. How pervasive is judgmentalism? What […]

“Political correctness”: To or not to?

posted by Scot McKnight

A friend of mine declares that “political correctness is a synonym for moral cowardice” while another friend says it’s nothing more than the morals of the political left. Which means that political incorrectness means moral courage and the morals of […]

Healing Field

posted by Scot McKnight

In Naperville Illinois residents have designed a field of flags to honor veterans, and donations from purchasing the flags will aid families getting treatment at a local facility. The woman at the right is walking through the Healing Field in […]

Acts and Mission 59

posted by Scot McKnight

Acts 15 is in Jerusalem, the center of the church at that time. From Peter we move to Paul and Barnabas who also tell the same story that Peter had: God is saving Gentiles by faith, not by following the […]

Economics at the Jesus Creed: Michael Kruse 10

posted by Scot McKnight

Folks Michael Kruse finishes off this wonderful series today, and I hope you express your appreciation to him. We need education like this, and to that end David Opderbeck will begin a series next week on “Law” — David’s a […]

8 Little Foxes that Spoil the Church’s Vines 2

posted by Scot McKnight

In their new book, Hidden Worldviews: Eight Cultural Stories That Shape Our Lives , Steve Wilkens and Mark Sanford examine little cultural scripts that write themselves all over our life — and they want us to see them for what […]

Bettendorf Christian Church

posted by Scot McKnight

Bettendorf, and Bettendorf Christian Church, were special to us. Kris and I got to take a long walk along the mighty Mississippi Saturday late morning and it seemed everyone walking or riding by said “Have a great day!” We felt […]

Acts and Mission 58

posted by Scot McKnight

Paul is at odds with Pharisaic believers over Gentiles: how are they saved? Do they need to embrace the whole Torah and get circumcised? 15:6 Both the apostles and the elders met together to deliberate about this matter. 15:7 After there had been […]

Faith and the Future 3 (RJS)

posted by Jesus Creed Admin

The central portion of Harvey Cox’s new book The Future of Faith lays out the New Perspective on The Church – which is no longer new. It is broad brush summarized as follows: Jesus taught and enacted a kingdom vision. […]

Religion or Revolution? 4

posted by Scot McKnight

Everybody’s got a hungry heart — so says Bruce Springsteen and Greg Boyd, in his newest book, The Myth of a Christian Religion: Losing Your Religion for the Beauty of a Revolution  quotes the Boss to make an important part. […]

The Oracle of LaVonne-i

posted by Scot McKnight

LaVonne Neff, over at Lively Dust, has said it so well so I’ll just quote her. She estimates that it would cost each pro-abortion advocate 6 dollars a year to fund the abortion industry. So go ahead she says:  Personally, […]

Missional Mondays: Tony Stiff 2

posted by Scot McKnight

Following the situational shift fresh reflection has been given to theology proper (ie the doctrine of God). The theological awareness that is spreading across the Church in the West is that God himself is missional. This may sound like an […]

Acts and Mission 57

posted by Scot McKnight

Acts 15 is a watershed in earliest Christianty — even if it interrupts the flow of the gospel and mission of God in the Book of Acts, and how you read this chapter affects everything about how you read the […]

8 Little Foxes that Spoil the Church’s Vines 1

posted by Scot McKnight

Brand new book, and one you will want to read. Steve Wilkens and Mark Sanford examine eight cultural stories that shape our lives and they are eight stories that we don’t want shaping our lives, and they are eight little […]

What do you do?

posted by Scot McKnight

A letter from Jeremy Berg, who sometimes writes posts for this blog… I’m very keen to hear what you do when Jehovah’s Witnesses come to your door. Can you tell us what you feel, what you want to do, what […]

Book Comments: New Perspective’s Fullness

posted by Scot McKnight

The critics of the new perspective on Paul, and they have tended to focus on the work of N.T. Wright, now have their biggest challenge yet. Until we get Tom Wright’s fourth volume, and Tom is now writing it, Douglas […]

Prayer of the Week

posted by Scot McKnight

O God, whose blessed Son came into the world that he might destroy the works of the devil and make us children of God and heirs of eternal life: Grant that, having this hope, we may purify ourselves as he is […]

Those Ancients and their Bible Reading

posted by Scot McKnight

Don’t know if you saw this, but David Neff reports on Robert Wilken’s opening lecture at Wheaton about how the early fathers read the Bible. I wish I could have been there, but I had too much on my plate […]

Weekly Meanderings

posted by Scot McKnight

When this big fella came by for Trick or Treat,  we gave him our pumpkin! It has been a grey, cloudy, cold week here at the Jesus Creed blog, the World Series plodded along with yet one more trophy for […]

Religion or Revolution? 3

posted by Scot McKnight

Greg Boyd, in his newest book, The Myth of a Christian Religion: Losing Your Religion for the Beauty of a Revolution is about “sword-power vs. cross-power” (22).  What makes Boyd singular is that he thinks cross-power must shape everything, and […]

Friday is for Friends: Rachel Held Evans

posted by Scot McKnight

Hello, my name is Rachel, and I’m a recovering Bible snob. I haven’t always been this way.  As a child, the stories of the Bible enthralled me. I believed in them the way one believes in dinosaurs, Camelot, Abraham Lincoln, […]

My Top Ten Books about Leadership

posted by Scot McKnight

What makes a leader? Ideas. Courage. Contact with great thinkers. What makes a Christian leader? Great ideas, courage, and contact with great thinkers re-shaped and shaped by the gospel.  So, I offer to you a list of my top ten […]

Prayer for Ft Hood

posted by Scot McKnight

Our prayers are with the families of the dead, for the wounded and for the families of the wounded; we pray for the attacker and his family as well. Gracious God, the comfort of all who sorrow, the strength of […]

Skunk

posted by Scot McKnight

I’ve seen the little fella now a few times … and now we’re beginning to think we’ve got a problem, like realizing the church pianist might do better at a different church… Anyway, we’ve got a skunk who has discovered […]

Acts and Mission 56

posted by Scot McKnight

I’d like to sketch a couple of more general points about the first missionary trip of Paul and Barnabas, and hope this can be put into the larger missional theology that the Book of Acts inhabits. I’m concerned about Acts […]

Faith and the Future 2 (RJS)

posted by Jesus Creed Admin

Tuesday I began a series of posts looking at Harvey Cox’s new book The Future of Faith. Today I would like to look at Chapter 3 – Ships Already Launched. Cox begins this chapter by dismissing the idea that all […]

The Church’s Educational Ministry

posted by Scot McKnight

In a post last month I raised the issue of Third Way preaching, and this is what I said: A genuine Third Way will get beyond the Sunday morning sermon as the primary form of spiritual formation and education in […]

Do Christians have a Sabbath?

posted by Scot McKnight

Nightline’s series on the Ten Commandments continues with a look at the Sabbath command, and it raises a question that often arises: Do Christians celebrate “Sabbath”? Let’s begin with the command itself, in both versions in the Old Testament, and […]

YS, NYWC and Cincy

posted by Scot McKnight

Thursday evening I flew down to Cincinnati for the National Youth Workers Convention, which everyone seems to call YS — Youth Specialties. I love speaking to youth pastors, in part no doubt because they are just one step removed from […]

Acts and Mission 55

posted by Scot McKnight

The missional work of God goes on and continues to expand, but Paul and Barnabas retrace their steps to visit the previous spots of mission in order to deepen and anchor those missional outposts of the gospel. 14:21 After they had […]

Religion or Revolution? 2

posted by Scot McKnight

Greg Boyd, in his newest book, The Myth of a Christian Religion: Losing Your Religion for the Beauty of a Revolution , takes no prisoners, minces no words, makes his points, states them clearly, and calls the reader to decision. […]

Economics at the Jesus Creed: Michael Kruse 9

posted by Scot McKnight

Eighteen years ago, Pope John Paul II wrote in Centesimus Annus:   “Can it perhaps be said that, after the failure of Communism, capitalism is the victorious social system, and that capitalism should be the goal of the countries now making […]

Garrison Keillor among the Lutherans

posted by Scot McKnight

I admit that I love Garrison Keillor’s books; I’ll also admit I’ve almost never listened to The Prairie Home Companion though Kris and I have twice gone to hear him at Ravinia here in the northern suburbs. What I most like […]

The Priesthood of all…

posted by Scot McKnight

I’d like to suggest that Amazon and Ebay manifest a doctrine, and it’s a variation on the Protestant doctrine of the priesthood of all believers. I call this Amazon- and Ebay-based doctrine the “priesthood of all consumers.” There was a […]

Acts and Mission 54

posted by Scot McKnight

The cycle continues but this time with a new twist in Lystra — Paul’s miracles evoke an attempt to worship him and Barnabas, a stock response in the ancient world (see Beverly Gaventa’s The Acts of the Apostles (Abingdon New […]

Faith and the Future 1 (RJS)

posted by Jesus Creed Admin

Today I begin a series of posts looking at Harvey Cox’s new book The Future of Faith. We’ll see how long it goes – at least a couple of weeks. Cox is the Hollis Professor of Divinity emeritus at Harvard […]

Using and Abusing Scripture

posted by Scot McKnight

Manfred Brauch, now retired from many years of teaching at Eastern Baptist Theological Seminary (now Palmer), calls us to a more serious approach to Scripture in order to end the all-too-common abuse of Scripture.  Scripture is used for everything by […]

Missional Mondays: Tony Stiff

posted by Scot McKnight

Tony Stiff is a graduate of Westminster seminary, a friend, and a solid young thinker — and he will do a four part series for us on “Missional” theology and Bible reading. I look forward to this series and I […]

Acts and Mission 53

posted by Scot McKnight

The Book of Acts, once it turns to Paul, turns almost exclusively to Paul — Peter mostly drops from the narrative (except in chp 15) and we now read about Paul’s missionary travels, and we need to remind ourselves that […]

Religion or Revolution? 1

posted by Scot McKnight

Greg Boyd, in his newest book, The Myth of a Christian Religion: Losing Your Religion for the Beauty of a Revolution , begins with this: “Once upon a time I embraced the Christian religion… [which he lost and that was] […]

Counterfeit Gods 3

posted by Scot McKnight

Tim Keller and Greg Boyd have the same message: eschew all idols and devote yourself completely to the one God, the God of the Lord Jesus Christ. Tim Keller, pastor of Redeemer Presbyterian in NYC, in Counterfeit Gods: The Empty Promises […]

Book Comments: Commentary Set of the Year

posted by Scot McKnight

I just spent a bundle of time with John H. Walton, who is the General Editor of a brand new series on the Old Testament, and it is a series we desperately need. This new series is a commentary unlike […]

The Mosaic Bible

posted by Scot McKnight

Mosaics are folks who cobble things together from a variety of traditions and who have little desire to trust only one tradition or commit themselves to only one point-of-view. But, when all put together, a coherence emerges. Mosaic, in other […]

Prayer of the Week: All Saints Day

posted by Scot McKnight

Almighty God, you have knit together your elect in one communion and fellowship in the mystical body of your Son Christ our Lord: Give us grace so to follow your blessed saints in all virtuous and godly living, that we […]

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

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

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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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