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A Conspiracy? … Belief, Evolution, and Global Warming (RJS)

posted by Jesus Creed Admin

The coverage of the Copenhagen meeting and the recent debacle over the “climate gate” e-mails has raised a number of different questions for many people.  See here for one of the multitude of reports. The questions range from the reality […]

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The New Testament and Universalism

posted by Scot McKnight

Robin Parry’s major focus, in his book The Evangelical Universalist  , is a biblical case for universalism. He has a take on the Old Testament and then turns to macroscopic themes in the New Testament. Here are his themes: Jesus fulfills Israel’s […]

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Christmas Minnesota Style (RJS)

posted by Jesus Creed Admin

Scot headed for warmer climes – we headed north.

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Tim Keller on Adam and Eve (RJS)

posted by Jesus Creed Admin

The white paper written by Tim Keller for the November workshop “In Search of a Theology of Celebration” is posted on the BioLogos web site: Creation, Evolution, and Christian Laypeople (or direct link). In his paper Keller gives what he […]

The Old Testament and Universalism

posted by Scot McKnight

Robin Parry’s major focus, in his book The Evangelical Universalist  , is a biblical case for universalism, and that means one eventually has to take a good hard look at the Old Testament. Which he does. After sketching some suggestive Adam-Israel parallels, […]

Evangelism: Jesus Style

posted by Scot McKnight

For a long time I’ve thought we needed a sensitive, historically-nuanced study of how Jesus interacted — at the gospeling level — with his contemporaries. But the book I had in mind couldn’t be in search of the “method” of […]

Tim Keller on Creation and Evolution (RJS)

posted by Jesus Creed Admin

The white paper written by Tim Keller for the November workshop “In Search of a Theology of Celebration” is posted on the BioLogos web site: Creation, Evolution, and Christian Laypeople (or direct link). In his paper Keller gives what he […]

Universal Redemption and the Cosmos

posted by Scot McKnight

Robin Parry’s major focus, in his book The Evangelical Universalist  , is a biblical case for (evangelical belief in) universalism (not the same as pluralism). He begins by looking at a major test case: Colossians (esp 1:15-20). Here’s the text and one […]

Sponsor a Child

posted by Scot McKnight

We are privileged people. Many children in the world are not, like this little orphaned child in Swaziland. Would you think of sponsoring this little child? At the Jesus Creed blog, we are asking you to consider joining Kris and me […]

The Bible and Universalism

posted by Scot McKnight

Robin Parry’s major focus, in his book The Evangelical Universalist  , is a biblical case for (evangelical belief in) universalism (not the same as pluralism). One of the good points about this book is that Parry ponders what he’s doing — so […]

Jim Wallis at His Best

posted by Scot McKnight

I began reading Jim Wallis when I was in seminary, and of all his books, my favorite is his book The Call to Conversion , which I consider to be a classic moral text for American Christianity. I’ve also enjoyed […]

So You Want to Write a Book?

posted by Scot McKnight

Ten Awful Truths About Book Publishing by Steve Piersanti 6-09 Update

Education in the Church

posted by Scot McKnight

We’ve had a number of posts at Jesus Creed about the outcome-based model of education and how it can reshape both preaching and the entire educational program of a local church. Little did I know that Gary Parrett and S. […]

Prayer of the Week

posted by Scot McKnight

Almighty God, you have poured upon us the new light of your incarnate Word: Grant that this light, enkindled in our hearts, may shine forth in our lives; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you, in […]

Evangelistic Tatts?

posted by Scot McKnight

What do you think of evangelistic tatts? In his Hitchhiker’s Guide To Evangelism   Bill Tenny-Brittian  addresses this issue — lots of tatts on Hitchhikers — by suggesting Leviticus 19:28 is not about tattoos and that there are good reasons […]

Weekly Meanderings

posted by Scot McKnight

Our last Weekly Meanderings for 2009. So, let’s move on to 2010! It’s unlikely I will have a Weekly Meanderings ready for next week, as we will be on vacation in warmer climes. To begin with, one of our blog’s […]

Incarnation of the Servant

posted by Scot McKnight

Joseph’s Song

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Immanuel

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Give a Child for Christmas

posted by Scot McKnight

We are privileged people. Many children in the world are not, like this little orphaned child in Swaziland. Would you think of making Christmas real for these children each day of the year by considering donating to HopeChest? At the […]

Christmas Day

posted by Scot McKnight

We Celebrate the Birth of Christ In the season of Advent we have used the Advent wreath and its candles to help us get ready for this great celebration of the birth of Christ. When we lit the first purple […]

JMT: Another Favorite

posted by Scot McKnight

To All the Kids Who are Hyper-excited

posted by Scot McKnight

Christmas Words 19: God

posted by Scot McKnight

The first Christmas was a Magnificat kind of Christmas. It wasn’t a Dickens kind of Christmas, and it wasn’t a Midwestern kind of Christmas, and it wasn’t a Tennessee kind of Christmas. It was a Mary kind of Magnificat kind […]

Dark Matter, String Theory, and Heaven (RJS)

posted by Jesus Creed Admin

Dark matter has made the news of late. A detector deep in a mine in Minnesota – an old iron mine – has provided the first hint of an observation of dark matter. Dark matter is a kind of matter […]

Theological Defenses of Hell: Freewill theism

posted by Scot McKnight

The problems for hell are the issues of justice (hell can’t fit the crime of sin by finite beings) and the issue of joy (the saved can’t be eternally blissful knowing loved ones are suffering in hell). Gregory Macdonald’s book […]

JMT: Maybe My Favorite

posted by Scot McKnight

Christmas Words 18: Poor

posted by Scot McKnight

A Magnificat kind of Christmas, which understands Christmas as about God’s acts to redeem through the incarnation, is also about the poor. Here are the words of the Magnificat, and I’d like you to observe words connected to poverty and […]

Law at the Jesus Creed: David Opderbeck

posted by Scot McKnight

David Opderbeck, one of our vigorous and steady commenters, is doing a series for us on law. This one is on hate crimes and thought crimes in the context of religious freedom. A most timely topic… And by the way, […]

Theological Defenses of Hell: Calvinism

posted by Scot McKnight

The problems for hell are the issues of justice (hell can’t fit the crime of sin by finite beings) and the issue of joy (the saved can’t be eternally blissful knowing loved ones are suffering in hell). Gregory Macdonald’s book […]

The Best Explanation

posted by Scot McKnight

Today I read an article in the NYTimes that said New Yorkers are the least happiest of Americans.  What explains this? 1. The weather 2. The Wall Street 3. The traffic 4. The Yankees The answer would be: (after the […]

JMT: My Favorite

posted by Scot McKnight

Christmas Words 17: Promise

posted by Scot McKnight

A Magnificat kind of Christmas knows that Mary experienced profound release the moment she realized her son would be Messiah. Her release found its way into a marvelous song that extolled the faithfulness of God to his promise. Once again, […]

Education for Human Flourishing 2 (RJS)

posted by Jesus Creed Admin

IVP is publishing a series of books designed to help college students in a variety of disciplines integrate a Christian worldview into their approach to their discipline. The first book in this series is by Paul Spears and Steven Loomis […]

Hell as the Problem for Christians

posted by Scot McKnight

The single-most important problem for the logical coherence of the Christian belief in God is what Christians have believed about hell — that God will punish humans endlessly for their sins. We are approaching this topic through Gregory Macdonald’s book […]

Athlete of the Year?

posted by Scot McKnight

How in the world can a NASCAR driver, Jimmie Johnson, no matter how talented, be considered male “athlete” of the year? Is driving a car an athletic feat? CHARLOTTE, N.C. – There was little recognition outside the racing world when Jimmie […]

Invictus

posted by Scot McKnight

Forgiveness is hard work, requires a steely commitment to make reconciliation happen at the deepest and realistic levels, and filters down from a leader to the people. Sports and cheering for a team are capable of reconciling enemies and those […]

Christmas Words 16: Gifts

posted by Scot McKnight

“On coming to the house, they saw the child with his mother Mary, and they bowed down and worshiped him. Then they opened their treasures and presented him with gifts of gold and of incense and of myrrh” (Matthew 2:10-11). Christmas, the […]

Let’s Get “Universalism” Straight

posted by Scot McKnight

Today I’d like to begin blogging through Gregory Macdonald’s book The Evangelical Universalist . The first order of business, which is his too, is to get this term “universalism” straight and I want to attach adjectives to his descriptions. After […]

Currents in Biblical Research: Special 30% Discount

posted by Scot McKnight

Along with Alan Hauser (Appalachian State University) and Jonathan Klawans (Boston University), I am co-editor of the journal Currents in Biblical Research. This journal can be read to keep up with “what’s going on?” in Old Testament studies, Judaism studies, […]

Women in Earliest Christianity: Cohick and Payne

posted by Scot McKnight

Lynn Cohick’s new book, Women in the World of the Earliest Christians: Illuminating Ancient Ways of Life , will become the standard for all study of the social location of women in the earliest Christian churches. This is an exceptional […]

Copenhagen

posted by Scot McKnight

I have followed the reports out of Copenhagen about global climate changes, but am not hearing that much chat among bloggers … I ran through all my blogs late last week and don’t recall seeing one post on Copenhagen.  What […]

That is the Mystery!

posted by Scot McKnight

Fourth Advent Candle

posted by Scot McKnight

Prayer for God’s Help Dear God, thank you for this season of Advent that helps us to prepare for the coming of Christ at Christmas.  As we read the Bible and light a candle, may excitement for Christ’s coming burn […]

PhD in Theology, Norway, Great Stipend

posted by Scot McKnight

The University of Agder in Norway is announcing they will have two $52,000 stipends for PhD studies in theology.  The professor there I know is LeRon Shults, a world-class theologian, and this link will direct you to his blog/website for […]

Caring for Orphans in Mabanteneni

posted by Scot McKnight

Do Something Now from Children’s HopeChest on Vimeo. I hope you can join us in helping kids in Swaziland. We want to focus the Jesus Creed blog’s concern on a CarePoint called Mabanteneni. We are committing funds to HopeChest, an […]

Is the Dress Code Changing?

posted by Scot McKnight

I read in the NYTimes this morning that the younger generation, 20s and 30s, is now wearing more formal clothing to work and their dress contrasts ever more sharply with the 40s and 50s. Are you seeing this? Do you […]

Weekly Meanderings

posted by Scot McKnight

Merry Christmas from Chicago!   Best story I read this week. “Hi, I’m sorry to bother you,” she wrote to Chris, “but if you are the Chris Astle I was looking for then I just want to thank you. You and […]

And the Winner is…

posted by Scot McKnight

RJS, who got the right book (if not the only motive). I needed a new copy of Dickens, and I needed one with a bigger font — my old Oxford edition had too small of a font. So I got […]

The Beatles, according to historians

posted by Scot McKnight

Christmas Words 15: Magi

posted by Scot McKnight

“We three kings of orient are” is another Christmas song that combines a rich legend (like names: Caspar, Melchior and Balthasar) about the magi and some nice theology. Here it is.   We three kings of Orient areBearing gifts we […]

Uganda and Homosexuality and Christians

posted by Scot McKnight

Sarah Pulliam Bailey, at CT, published yesterday both a report and an interview, and I’ve clipped a bit. The report focuses on Ugandan Christians who want the Western countries and Christians to stay out of Ugandan legal decisions… thoughts? Do […]

Do You Read Sermons?

posted by Scot McKnight

I do not have a life-long habit of reading sermons, though I have read sermons at times in my career. I have numbers of pastor friends who routinely listen to sermons and do so for both formational reasons and for […]

Mars Hill Reflections

posted by Scot McKnight

When I told my students that I was going to speak at Mars Hill, the Rob Bell Mars Hill, I had three immediate responses: (1) “The Real Rob Bell?” [Yes.] (2) “Why are they asking you?” [What does one say […]

Christmas Words 14: Herod

posted by Scot McKnight

You can’t have a good story with a protagonist as highly exalted as Jesus, not the least in his birth story, without having a solid antagonist — and we’ve got one: Herod the Great who populates Matthew’s second chapter like […]

Education for Human Flourishing … Do we need the soul? (RJS)

posted by Jesus Creed Admin

IVP is publishing a series of books designed to help college students in a variety of disciplines integrate a Christian worldview into their approach to their discipline. The first book in this series is by Paul Spears and Steven Loomis […]

Peter Rollins and His Relentless Paradoxes

posted by Scot McKnight

I will admit that I found Peter Rollins’ The Fidelity of Betrayal over the edge, but I did really like parts of his How (Not) to Speak of God. He loves paradoxes and he explores them and he creates them […]

Beyond a Dickens Christmas

posted by Scot McKnight

The response, mostly private, to the following book was so good I want to repost it: Verlyn Verbrugge is known to many authors as their editor, but few know of his expertise in reading and interpreting the Bible, so I’m […]

Advent Conspiracy at the Jesus Creed

posted by Scot McKnight

One way to make Christmas real is to spend less on ourselves and to give more, and Rick McKinley has called this the Advent Conspiracy. At the Jesus Creed blog, we are asking you to consider joining Kris and me in […]

Christmas Words 13: Star

posted by Scot McKnight

Nearly every piece of Christmas art work I have scence has a bright, shiny star, the Star of Bethlehem, the star that guided the Magi from the East to Jesus, he was born to be King of the Jews. What do […]

Can Evangelicals be Universalists?

posted by Scot McKnight

Next week we will begin a short series on the question of whether or not evangelicals can be universalists, and to help us with that question we will be reading through and blogging about Gregory Macdonald’s book The Evangelical Universalist […]

The Three Central Missional Conversations

posted by Scot McKnight

Alan Roxburgh and M. Scott Boren are onto something: in their new book called Introducing the Missional Church: What It Is, Why It Matters, How to Become One (Allelon Missional Series) ,  contend there are three central issues and questions and topics […]

To Scot from Scot (2009)

posted by Scot McKnight

We were with our kids recently, and they reminded me that one of their favorite Jesus Creed posts in previous years is when I offer a gift to a reader who guesses what is in my “to Scot from Scot” […]

Christmas Words 12: Immanuel

posted by Scot McKnight

One of the richest Advent texts is this one: All of this happened to fulfill the Lord’s message through his prophet:“Look! The virgin will conceive a child!She will give birth to a son,and he will be called Immanuel(meaning, God is […]

Missional Campus Ministry … Integration (RJS)

posted by Jesus Creed Admin

In his post this morning Scot suggests that missional people are asking folks in their own neighborhood: “How can I help you?” The answers to that question determines what “missional” means in that neighborhood. Given this definition missional campus ministry […]

Can Your Church Be Missional?

posted by Scot McKnight

Alan Roxburgh and M. Scott Boren are onto something: in their new book called Introducing the Missional Church: What It Is, Why It Matters, How to Become One (Allelon Missional Series) , they ask the big question: Can your church be […]

To Look after Orphans: Mabanteneni CarePoint

posted by Scot McKnight

I have been saying for about a month now that I wanted to make a proposal with readers of the Jesus Creed blog. Today I would like to announce that I’m asking you to join Kris and me in supporting […]

Christmas Words 11: Save

posted by Scot McKnight

“She will give birth to a son, and you are to give him the name Jesus [Yeshua — YHWH saves], because he will save his people from their sins” (Matthew 1:21). Christmas is about salvation and God saves at Advent. Here is […]

Do We Need to Apologize?

posted by Scot McKnight

There’s a tendency on the part of some followers of Jesus to apologize for their faith and for the church. Such persons don’t like the terms “Christians” or “Christianity” and they’re doubly embarrassed about things the Church has done, especially […]

Mystery, Memory and Mission

posted by Scot McKnight

Alan Roxburgh and M. Scott Boren are onto something: in their new book called Introducing the Missional Church: What It Is, Why It Matters, How to Become One (Allelon Missional Series) ,  they liken the “missional church” as a river with three […]

One Option

posted by Scot McKnight

Only One Can Write this Book

posted by Scot McKnight

Of the handful of experts in the world in the field of hermeneutics, I can think of no one more prepared to write an introduction than Tony Thiselton. And he’s done just that in Hermeneutics: An Introduction . This is […]

Third Advent Candle

posted by Scot McKnight

Prayer for God’s Help Dear God, thank you for this season of Advent that helps us to prepare for the coming of Christ at Christmas.  As we read the Bible and light a candle, may excitement for Christ’s coming burn […]

Prayer of the Week

posted by Scot McKnight

Stir up your power, O Lord, and with great might come among us; and, because we are sorely hindered by our sins, let your bountiful grace and mercy speedily help and deliver us; through Jesus Christ our Lord, to whom, […]

Books of the Year 2009 (revised)

posted by Scot McKnight

I posted this last week, but want to post it again for those who have not yet seen it. I’ve added the book on introverts below and Jim Belcher’s book. There are some books that have come across my desk […]

A Christmas Book

posted by Scot McKnight

Verlyn Verbrugge is known to many authors as their editor, but few know of his expertise in reading and interpreting the Bible, so I’m quite happy to recommend his brief meditation on Christmas, called A Not-So-Silent Night: The Unheard Story […]

Nobel Peace Speech by President Obama

posted by Scot McKnight

What did you think of Obama’s speech? (First bit below…, but this is the sort of speech that reflects either “gravitation toward the [political] mean” once in office, or a form of political posturing in the presence of Europeans and […]

Weekly Meanderings

posted by Scot McKnight

Merry Christmas from Chicago! A must-read on the rising surge against Islam by Bob Smietana. A must-read on science and faith by Tim Stafford (HT: AC). A must-watch documentary? A must-read on Lesslie Newbigin. A must-read on spiritual gifts. A […]

Paul McCartney’s Greatest?

posted by Scot McKnight

Is this Paul McCartney’s greatest? If not, which is?

Christmas Words 10: Son

posted by Scot McKnight

“She will give birth to a son,” the angel tells Joseph, “and you are to give him the name Jesus, because he will save his people from their sins” (Matthew 1:21). One thinks here of Abraham and Sarah longing for […]

Church is not a building, but…

posted by Scot McKnight

Indeed, a church is not a building, but a church being “more” than the building may not tell the whole story. What is ministry like without a building? Dan Kimball, in a recent article explores this question. I clip a […]

Just Define Missional for Me

posted by Scot McKnight

Alan Roxburgh and M. Scott Boren are onto something: in their new book called Introducing the Missional Church: What It Is, Why It Matters, How to Become One (Allelon Missional Series) ,  they avoid the “define it and then we know […]

Festivus 2009

posted by Scot McKnight

No kidding, Luke and his friends had their 2009 version of Festivus (I wrote about this in Jesus Creed), and got Wrigley to post about it!

Christmas Words 9: Angel

posted by Scot McKnight

Mary’s untimely premature pregnancy was bad enough. That Joseph, her fiance was about to divorce her would have perhaps made the situation unbearable for Mary. So, God sends an “angel.” Matthew 1:20 reads: But after he had considered this, an […]

Science, Body, Soul, and Resurrection (RJS)

posted by Jesus Creed Admin

Today we wrap up our discussion centered on Kevin Corcoran’s book Rethinking Human Nature: A Christian Materialist Alternative to the Soul where he develops a constitution view of human persons. We will look at the fifth and sixth chapters: I […]

Introverts in a Church for Extroverts

posted by Scot McKnight

Every now and then a book comes along and I say, “Wow, that’s a great idea for a book!” Adam McHugh’s new book, Introverts in the Church: Finding Our Place in an Extroverted Culture , is that kind of book. […]

Khalid Sheikh Mohammed’s NYC Public Trial

posted by Scot McKnight

I wonder who has given thought to the decision to try Kalid Sheikh Mohammed in NYC? Some are predicting disaster and little more than the hypocrisy of a show trial, while others think the trial will show Americans can be […]

Christmas Words 8: Exile

posted by Scot McKnight

My favorite Christmas hymn is “O Come, O Come Immanuel,” a 12th Century Christian hymn originally written in Latin. Here are the words and I wish Stephanie Seefeldt would make the ivories of her piano sing this song for us: […]

Law at the Jesus Creed: David Opderbeck

posted by Scot McKnight

Law, Church, Mission, Eschatology and the Powers We recently had a lively discussion here on Jesus Creed about the Manhattan Declaration.  In the Summary Statement accompanying the Declaration, the drafters assert that the sanctity of life, the dignity of marriage, and the freedoms of […]

Not All Who Wander are Lost

posted by Scot McKnight

Arguably, Darrell Guder’s book (Missional Church: A Vision for the Sending of the Church in North America (The Gospel and Our Culture Series)) is the most significant book on the church in the last two or three decades. But, as […]

Wow, Watch this!

posted by Scot McKnight

Amazing Grace Techno – Computer Controlled Christmas Lights from Richard Holdman on Vimeo. HT: MT

Christmas Words 7: David

posted by Scot McKnight

Jesus is, Matthew 1:1 tells us, the son of Abraham and the son of David. David is another Christmas word. An important one. The promise to David in 2 Samuel 7 was that someone in the line of David would […]

The Stem Cell Challenge (RJS)

posted by Jesus Creed Admin

We began a couple of weeks ago 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. The fourth chapter of the book deals with […]

Mainline University Bias? My Response

posted by Scot McKnight

After reading the long post and many responses over at Parchment and Pen and after yesterday’s post, I have this response: Much of what Dan Wallace says is true and many “liberal” institutions are not all that “liberal” in that […]

Barna Ventures into Mainline Study

posted by Scot McKnight

A new study from George Barna on Mainline churches…. Since the 1950s, however, mainline churches have fallen on hard times, declining from more than 80,000 churches to about 72,000 today. The growth among evangelical and Pentecostal churches since the 1950s, […]

Christmas Words 6: Abraham

posted by Scot McKnight

Matthew opens up his Gospel with these words: A record of the genealogy of Jesus Christ the son of David, the son of Abraham:Abraham was the father of Isaac,Isaac the father of Jacob,Jacob the father of Judah and his brothers […]

Mainline University Bias?

posted by Scot McKnight

A post by Dan Wallace, over at Parchment and Pen, has more than 400 comments and I’ve been asked to weigh in via this letter below. The gist is that Professor Wallace (at Dallas) has suggested there’s enough bias against […]

New Perspective and a Metaphor for Sin

posted by Scot McKnight

Sin has a history, and the history of the use of words for sin sheds light on the current debate about the new perspective on Paul.  Gary Anderson, in his superbly written Sin: A History , demonstrates that the oldest and most […]

Jesus Creed Books of the Year 2009

posted by Scot McKnight

What were the best books you read this year? I’d be interested in hearing your choices. Whatever yours are, the following post lists mine. There are some books that have come across my desk this year that deserve special honor, […]

Second Advent Candle

posted by Scot McKnight

Prayer for God’s Help Dear God, thank you for this season of Advent that helps us to prepare for the coming of Christ at Christmas.  As we read the Bible and light a candle, may excitement for Christ’s coming burn […]

Prayer of the Week

posted by Scot McKnight

Merciful God, who sent your messengers the prophets to preach repentance and prepare the way for our salvation: Give us grace to heed their warnings and forsake our sins, that we may greet with joy the coming of Jesus Christ […]

Learning St. Thomas Aquinas

posted by Scot McKnight

A theologian friend of mine sent me this: Why study Thomas Aquinas?  By almost everyone’s admission Aquinas was the most important philosopher for almost 2,000 years between Aristotle and Descartes.  But Peter Kreeft of Boston College has another answer:  ‘My […]

Weekly Meanderings

posted by Scot McKnight

Merry Christmas in Chicago KSZ interviews RM-S about mD at OtM. Life of a church planter: Todd Hiestand. Life of a pastor: Jim Martin. Life of a poet: L.L. Barkat. Ted on Tony. LaVonne on wish lists. TSK on Shannon […]

Christmas Words 5: Glory

posted by Scot McKnight

“The Word became flesh and made his dwelling among us. We have seen his glory, the glory of the One and Only, who came from the Father, full of grace and truth” (John 1:14). Flesh and Glory — an odd […]

This “Pray for Obama” Bumper Sticker Problem

posted by Scot McKnight

I have been paying some attention to the bumper sticker, sound-byte that says “Pray for Obama” with a Bible verse attached: Psalm 109:8. It’s a long Psalm, and most who read this on the back of someone’s car won’t know […]

Lifting the Burden of Sin

posted by Scot McKnight

After his opening sketch, Gary Anderson, in Sin: A History , examines the old biblical image of sin as a burden that needs to be lifted. The most common image is sin (awon) as burden that needs to be lifted (108x), followed […]

Lutheran Airlines

posted by Scot McKnight

Christmas Words 4: Flesh

posted by Scot McKnight

“The Word became flesh and made his dwelling among us” (John 1:14). The Word who is Life, the Word who is Light, has become “flesh.” The Christmas message, embodied in one word, is that the Word becomes Flesh. Real, breathing, […]

Science, Body, and Soul 3 (RJS)

posted by Jesus Creed Admin

We began a couple of weeks ago 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 […]

Today is Goldingay

posted by Scot McKnight

Our intent is to converse about John Goldingay’s newest OT theology volume (Old Testament Theology: Israel’s Life ) biweekly or at least monthly. Goldingay is quotable, and I love this opening claim: “In understanding what it means to be human, […]

An Award

posted by Scot McKnight

The lead singer in Dexys Midnight Runners, in Come On Eileen, gets an award for a catchy tune by a guy who can’t dance for didley.

One Great Song!

posted by Scot McKnight

This song doesn’t get the credit it deserves. So, I aim to restore its glory. What do you think?  

Christmas Words 3: Light

posted by Scot McKnight

Our third word for Advent is “light.” Here is John 1:4-5: “In him was life, and that life was the light of men.The light shines in the darkness, but the darkness has not understood it.” How is the Word also […]

A Thing Formerly called “Sin”

posted by Scot McKnight

Notre Dame professor Gary Anderson, in his splendidly written new book Sin: A History , tackles a subject that has gained renewed attention among scholars while it has lost its nerve among many preachers and lay folks and culture at large. In […]

Understanding a Liturgical Sense of Salvation

posted by Scot McKnight

If you have three minutes, I’d appreciate your watching this video and recording your response to this liturgical framing of what it means to say “I’m saved.” Do you agree or disagree?

The Way Forward? (RJS)

posted by Jesus Creed Admin

Darrel Falk posted an excellent column on Science and the Sacred yesterday. In this post he comments on three conversations with highly educated people who hold a young earth view of creation. The reasons are not scientific, all three will […]

Christmas Words 2: Life

posted by Scot McKnight

“In him,” John says of Jesus Christ, the Word, “was life” (1:4). The second Christmas word in our series is “life.” What does this mean? I begin with this: John does not say only that the Word “gives” life but […]

Seeking Advice about a Mom

posted by Scot McKnight

Here is a letter from a reader with some very specific questions: How do you respond when you discover your mother is now a lesbian? The traditionalist says such is contrary to God’s will, so the question emerges for this […]

The Manhattan Declaration: Where I Stand

posted by Scot McKnight

I heard about The Manhattan Declaration through Twitter and FB and then on Christianity Today, so I read it to see what was being said and I read through the list of those who were invited to sign it to […]

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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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