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Free eBook about Connection in a Disconnected Age

posted by Scot McKnight

Chris Smith, who is doing all of us a great service in that he has created Englewood Review of Books — an online book review magazine, has now published an eBook and it’s free if you want to download it. […]

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A Special Weekend

posted by Scot McKnight

Not long ago I spoke to the leaders of one of my favorite churches, Irving Bible Church in Irving Texas. IBC was one of the first churches where I spoke about the Jesus Creed a few years back, and I […]

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Web of Theology

posted by Scot McKnight

Here is a post from Jeremy Berg about Dan Kent’s new program that is a self-assessment tool for Theology. I could see Depts of Theology dipping into the school budget to finance students taking the test and then using it […]

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Eucharistic Heart of Jesus 1

posted by Scot McKnight

Many participate in eucharist weekly. This series is for those — so we will post it early each Sunday AM — and it is for those who wish their local church had weekly communion and it is also for those […]

Prayer of the Week

posted by Scot McKnight

Almighty and everlasting God, you govern all things both in heaven and on earth: Mercifully hear the supplications of your people, and in our time grant us your peace; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you […]

Friday Night at the Movies

posted by Scot McKnight

Kris and I aren’t big movie buffs, but many of you are. Since this blog is for all of us, I thought I’d follow up on the suggestion of one our readers and start something new: Friday Night at the […]

James Emery White: “I am a book man”

posted by Scot McKnight

I was sent this piece written by James Emery White, liked it so much I posted it here. The link at the bottom will take you to the originating site. Give Me a Book I am, unashamedly, a book man. […]

Saturday Afternoon Book Review: Chris Ridgeway

posted by Scot McKnight

Chris Ridgeway, the reviewer of this book and my former research assistant, is the national Staff Program Manager for Great Commission Ministries, and blogs on theology from a digital context at www.theodigital.com… And Chris wrote a thesis on internet and Bible, […]

Saturday Afternoon Book Review: Reviewers

posted by Scot McKnight

If you would like to write a review of a book (somewhere between 2 and 3000 words), do notify me through this post in the comment box below. Many have written in to say how much they are appreciating this […]

Weekly Meanderings

posted by Scot McKnight

The News of the Week for Apple Folks:  The iPad Have you seen our kids at Mabanteneni? Think about sponsoring a child. (Be patient, it takes about a minute for all the pictures of the kids to load.) Pray for […]

20th Century’s Biggest Change in Evangelicalism

posted by Scot McKnight

The 20th Century began with war between evangelicals or fundamentalists and liberals or modernists. Not only were doctrines under dispute but there was another dispute: was the gospel designed to address spiritual or social problems? It can be said that […]

Lengthening Our Memory 4

posted by Scot McKnight

Chris Hall, in Worshiping With the Church Fathers , examines the topic of prayer in the fathers and begins with a rather bald description of his own difficulties in praying — that paragraph is worth the price of the chp — […]

Creators and Intellectuals

posted by Scot McKnight

I recently found myself reading Thomas Sowell’s newest book, Intellectuals and Society , a study of intellectuals — those who are dedicated to ideas and who, in his estimation, are growing in public influence but who are also woefully uninformed […]

Jesus Creed during Lent

posted by Scot McKnight

We got fresh word recently that a number of churches, from a variety of denominations, are using 40 Days Living the Jesus Creed for Lent. So let me encourage you, if you are looking for ideas, to consider using Lent as […]

Acts and Mission 84

posted by Scot McKnight

Paul’s missional pastoral theology is on display in Acts 20, and we continue from yesterday in looking at this theology. What do you see? 20:25 “And now I know that none of you among whom I went around proclaiming the kingdom […]

Was Avatar Anti-Religious

posted by Scot McKnight

Some are arguing strenuously against the megahit movie Avatar. The general complaints are that James Cameron’s movie, while a powerful visual experience, is: Pro-environment Anti-religious Liberal, left-wing agenda Anti-military Worship of nature What do you think?

Signature in the Cell 5 – The RNA World Hypothesis (RJS)

posted by Jesus Creed Admin

Stephen C. Meyer has published a (very long, but readable) book, Signature in the Cell: DNA and the Evidence for Intelligent Design, outlining his argument in favor of intelligent design. This book essentially argues that life is very complex, the […]

A Good and Beautiful Life

posted by Scot McKnight

Not that long ago I blogged through the first volume of James Bryan Smith’s The Apprentice Series. Volume two, The Good and Beautiful Life: Putting on the Character of Christ (The Apprentice Series) , is now available and I’d like […]

State of the Union

posted by Scot McKnight

What did you think of the President’s speech? Anything raise flags for you? Any major shifts? I’ve done my best to convince myself that the media are overswarming this State of the Union address, and I keep saying to myself, […]

Jesus and Bonhoeffer

posted by Scot McKnight

My Jesus of Nazareth class this semester has a new wrinkle. We begin by reciting the Jesus Creed, we have a short quiz, and then — here’s the new part — I read aloud 2-3 pages from Dietrich Bonhoeffer’s classic: […]

iPad … what do you think?

posted by Scot McKnight

What do you think of Apple’s announcement?

Acts and Mission 83

posted by Scot McKnight

It is too easy to assign pastoral theology to the Pastoral letters of Paul; I believe 2 Corinthians contains some of the best pastoral theology of Paul, and the passage in Acts 20 of Paul’s last meeting with the followers […]

Lengthening Our Memory 3

posted by Scot McKnight

Chris Hall, in Worshiping With the Church Fathers , examines in his second chp the central focus of the early Christian’s sense of worship: eucharist. (I didn’t say the “central focus of the NT’s sense of worship” though some will say […]

Preparing for Lent

posted by Scot McKnight

Some (low church) folks roll their eyes when they see that word “Lent” in the title of this post, and other (often high church) folks said, “Ah, yes, something for all of us.” The Church calendar is designed to embody […]

What does your spouse do? (by PW)

posted by Scot McKnight

It’s been awhile since our friend “PW” sent us a post. She is a pastor’s wife (PW) and often speaks about what it’s like to be the spouse of a pastor. Some today would like to think this is not […]

Acts and Mission 82

posted by Scot McKnight

Paul left Ephesus and went to Macedonia, spent 3 months there, and then began a trip back to Jerusalem, but the focus of Luke’s narrative is on Troas (picture of some temple ruins there). Here’s the basic report from Acts […]

Ban the Burqa?

posted by Scot McKnight

The French are now proposing a partial ban of women wearing the burqa. First, one has to decide if the burqa is religious (since not all Muslims wear them and since it is not required by Koran, it can’t be […]

Science and the Evangelical Mission (RJS)

posted by Jesus Creed Admin

Last Friday David Opderbeck introduced Ken Wilson’s essay Science and the Evangelical Mission in America. Wilson’s message is that the approach we take to issues of science and faith will have a profound impact on the willingness of people to […]

A Letter about Doubt: A response

posted by Scot McKnight

Yesterday I posted a letter from a young adult who is struggling to regain some lost ground in faith. Your responses were wonderful, and today I’d like to sketch the answers that I outlined last week when I got the […]

Stimulus Plan and the Populace

posted by Scot McKnight

Evidently, the numbers are showing the American populace is unpersuaded about the value of the stimulus plan. When I read this, here are the two thoughts that came to mind: first, do we measure the value of a stimulus package […]

Acts and Mission 81

posted by Scot McKnight

What do we learn about “mission” in the Book of Acts? We are concerned today with Acts 19’s famous report of the disturbance over the financial and religious impact if more and more folks decide to follow the gospel preached […]

A Letter about Doubt

posted by Scot McKnight

I got this note last week from a reader and publish it with permission. Today I ask you to respond and provide your wisdom, and tomorrow I will offer my response.  Dear Scot McKnight, I am Jacob. I have been […]

Wheaton 2

posted by Scot McKnight

Andrew Chignell’s piece on Wheaton will surely be of interest to many readers of the Jesus Creed blog, not the least of which reasons is that “where Wheaton goes, there goes evangelicalism.” So, the question Andrew writes is the question […]

Wheaton 1

posted by Scot McKnight

Andrew Chignell wrote recently about the future of Wheaton, but his piece went through some editorial issues… I clip a bit here: The topic is obviously a delicate one, and though I grew up in Wheaton, Illinois and graduated from […]

A New Commentary Series

posted by Scot McKnight

Baker Academic has done something that should lead all of us to a moment of thanksgiving: I could be wrong, but I think Baker is the first evangelical publishing house that has a commentary series on the Bible by and […]

Prayer for the Coptic Christians in Egypt

posted by Scot McKnight

NEW YORK CITY (BP)–The shooting deaths of six Coptic Christians in Egypt on Coptic Christmas Eve (Jan. 6) is fueling efforts to publicize and protest what Copts describe as persecution and violence typically met by inaction by the Egyptian government. […]

Prayer of the Week

posted by Scot McKnight

Give us grace, O Lord, to answer readily the call of our Savior Jesus Christ and proclaim to all people the Good News of his salvation, that we and the whole world may perceive the glory of his marvelous works; […]

Saturday Afternoon Book Review: Derek Leman

posted by Scot McKnight

MAPPING MESSIANIC JEWISH THEOLOGY: A CONSTRUCTIVE APPROACH Richard Harvey, Paternoster, 2009 reviewed by Derek Leman For some Jesus Creed readers Messianic Jewish will be a term with a good connotation and for others not so good. The difference depends on […]

If You Could Make One Unhealthy Food Healthy…

posted by Scot McKnight

What would it be?

Weekly Meanderings

posted by Scot McKnight

I’m in Texas this weekend speaking to the leaders of Irving Bible Church and Kris is in the State of New York at a wedding shower for our niece, Kari Arnet. See you Sunday evening, Kris.  To the right is […]

Bible Verses on Military Guns?

posted by Scot McKnight

Did you see this? A student sent this link to me, I read the article, was amazed. Here’s a clip of the article… Coded references to New Testament Bible passages about Jesus Christ are inscribed on high-powered rifle sights provided […]

The Stance I Take in a Blog Post

posted by Scot McKnight

This morning I had a friend write and say she was offended by what I said about divorce, and it took me off guard because I wasn’t sure what I had said. So she pointed me to a post … […]

Law at the Jesus Creed: Red State, Blue State (by David Opderbeck)

posted by Scot McKnight

Red State, Blue State, Law and Mission My “law” post for this week will diverge a bit from the topic of “law” per se to discuss why I believe a missional approach to “law” is vital.  The springboard for this post is an essay from […]

Souls in Transition 8

posted by Scot McKnight

In this last post on Smith and Snell’s book, Souls in Transition: The Religious and Spiritual Lives of Emerging Adults  I want to draw attention to a major, major suggestion. What do you think we can do about the conclusions below?  The […]

Lengthening our Memory 2

posted by Scot McKnight

I grew up baptist, and that meant we were big on baptism and it also meant we did not baptize infants. Baptism was for those who consciously believed. The oddest thing about baptism for us was that baptism as an […]

Kristof on Haiti

posted by Scot McKnight

From the NYTimes: Why is Haiti so poor? Is it because Haitians are dimwitted or incapable of getting their act together? Haiti isn’t impoverished because the devil got his due; it’s impoverished partly because of debts due. France imposed a […]

How to Help Haiti 4: David Brooks

posted by Scot McKnight

Here is the fourth part of David Brooks’ piece in NYTimes.  Fourth, it’s time to promote locally led paternalism. In this country, we first tried to tackle poverty by throwing money at it, just as we did abroad. Then we […]

Acts and Mission 80

posted by Scot McKnight

Paul’s commitment to Jerusalem and the Torah never wavers, as Luke will make clear next. Paul wants to cross the waters and visit Macedonia and Greece and then go back to Jerusalem and then after that get the gospel to […]

Signature in the Cell 4 (RJS)

posted by Jesus Creed Admin

Stephen C. Meyer has published a (very long, but readable) book, Signature in the Cell: DNA and the Evidence for Intelligent Design, outlining his argument in favor of intelligent design. This book essentially argues that life is very complex, the […]

Marriage and Divorce 5

posted by Scot McKnight

What about the all-important words of Jesus on divorce and remarriage? [I can’t say I agree with Luck in all that he says here.] William F. Luck’s Divorce and Re-Marriage: Recovering the Biblical View   discusses Jesus’ teachings in two chps, […]

Chicken or Egg?

posted by Scot McKnight

Here’s a clip from the NYTimes on what comes first — liberalism or professor: The overwhelmingly liberal tilt of university professors has been explained by everything from outright bias to higher I.Q. scores. Now new research suggests that critics may […]

How to Help Haiti 3: David Brooks

posted by Scot McKnight

We are reposting David Brooks’ piece from the NYTimes on Haiti. His third point, and one that will surely draw an instinctual reaction from many of us, is that Haiti has a cultural issue at work in its poverty. What […]

Acts and Mission 79

posted by Scot McKnight

The sort of miracles done by Paul in Ephesus drew much attention, in fact, too much attention. You can read the report below… 19:11 God was performing extraordinary miracles by Paul’s hands, 19:12 so that when even handkerchiefs or aprons that had touched […]

Senator from Massachusetts: Scott Brown

posted by Scot McKnight

Senator Scott Brown beat Martha Coakley in the Massachusetts senatorial election yesterday. What struck me about this election are the following points and questions: 1. Sen Kennedy sat on that seat for 46 years.  2. The Presidential election had so […]

When do you leave a church?

posted by Scot McKnight

We occasionally post letters from readers and friends, and the letter below comes from a reader. The letter expresses a really good question and it also gets to the heart of the pain of many folks. So, how would you […]

Souls in Transition 7

posted by Scot McKnight

Smith and Snell, in chp 6 of their  Souls in Transition: The Religious and Spiritual Lives of Emerging Adults  map six major religious “types” in emerging adults, and this can be seen as a broad-brushed sketch of what emerging adults in […]

How to Help Haiti 2: David Brooks

posted by Scot McKnight

We are reposting David Brooks’ essay on Haiti from the NYTimes. Here’s his second point: The second hard truth is that micro-aid is vital but insufficient. Given the failures of macrodevelopment, aid organizations often focus on microprojects. More than 10,000 […]

God’s Beloved Life

posted by Scot McKnight

Last weekend Efrem Smith, author of The Hip-Hop Church: Connecting With the Movement Shaping Our Culture and a pastor from … in Minneapolis MN, preached at Willow Creek and all I can say is “Wow.” He blessed us and challenged […]

Acts and Mission 78

posted by Scot McKnight

Paul became a virtual local pastor in Ephesus. Notice these words: 19:8 So Paul entered the synagogue and spoke out fearlessly for three months, addressing and convincing them about the kingdom of God. 19:9 But when some were stubborn and refused to believe, […]

Science and Christianity … Why Resurrection? (RJS)

posted by Jesus Creed Admin

On my post last Tuesday, toward the end of the comments, the following question was asked (I edit slightly): Your ‘Noah’ versus ‘resurrection’ argument is interesting.  … Moreover is the ‘resurrection’ as an event that important? Jesus was supposedly ‘resurrected’ […]

Marriage and Divorce 4

posted by Scot McKnight

One of the more interesting sources for information about divorce can be found in the prophets. What practices can be inferred from them? William F. Luck’s Divorce and Re-Marriage: Recovering the Biblical View  examines this sort of question in chp 4. […]

Responding to Brooks: A Reader’s Comment

posted by Scot McKnight

From one of the comments on David Brooks’ column, this one by Stephen Reichard: While some of what you say is true, you studiously avoid the very central role of the United States in the tragedy that is Haiti today. […]

How to Help Haiti 1: David Brooks

posted by Scot McKnight

We are reposting for discussion here bits of David Brooks’ essay in the NYTimes.  First point he makes: This is not a natural disaster story. This is a poverty story. It’s a story about poorly constructed buildings, bad infrastructure and […]

Acts and Mission 77

posted by Scot McKnight

Missional work in Ephesus (ruins to the right) involves plenty of unplanned-for work, namely ushering some disciples of John the Baptist into the fullness of the Pentecost era. 19:1 While Apollos was in Corinth, Paul went through the inland regions and […]

The Dream of Martin Luther King, Jr.

posted by Scot McKnight

Here’s the text of Martin Luther King’s famous speech/sermon/address in Washington DC. I remember watching it as a kid on TV.

Swaziland is Dying

posted by Scot McKnight

Many of you know the Jesus Creed blog is working to support a poor village filled with orphans in Mabanteneni, in Swaziland. We are doing this through HopeChest, a Christian relief organization in Colorado Springs. Tom Davis, CEO of HopeChest, […]

Souls in Transition 6

posted by Scot McKnight

What do emerging adults think of religion? This next chp in Smith and Snell discovered in their fantastic new book: Souls in Transition: The Religious and Spiritual Lives of Emerging Adults  will be of use to all pastors and churches.  In fact, […]

Lengthening our Memory 1

posted by Scot McKnight

I met Professor Chris Hall at Eastern University a few years back and decided then and there that I’d read his stuff. A new book of his, Worshiping With the Church Fathers , is one I want to use for […]

Liturgy of Espresso

posted by Scot McKnight

Billy Kangas, one of the seminary students at North Park and an official coffee expert, wrote this post and I want to pass it on. I’m drinking some Santo Domingo coffee from the Dominican Republic and it’s a fine espresso. […]

Spiritual Formation for Children

posted by Scot McKnight

Many of us today went to church; many of us, whether we paid attention or not, passed by children’s ministry in our churches. Many of these ministries are called Sunday School. There was a day when SS class was about […]

A Favorite Prayer

posted by Scot McKnight

Here is one of my favorite prayers from The Book of Common Prayer, and it was in our daily prayers this morning. It focuses on prayers of petition, and this weekend in our prayers for Haiti this prayer might be […]

Prayer of the Week

posted by Scot McKnight

Almighty God, whose Son our Savior Jesus Christ is the light of the world: Grant that your people, illumined by your Word and Sacraments, may shine with the radiance of Christ’s glory, that he may be known, worshipped, and obeyed […]

David Brooks on Haitian Poverty

posted by Scot McKnight

David Brooks, in the NYTimes, knows that relief is needed immediately but that a bigger issues looms in this discussion: that current “remedies” for poverty aren’t working — and Haiti is the best example because there are as many as 10,000 […]

Weekly Meanderings

posted by Scot McKnight

O’Hare airport parking lot. I don’t often say this, because if I did it would get boring, but we appreciate all the links you send to us weekly. I read them all and then include most on the blog … […]

A Question

posted by Scot McKnight

How much of our vision for what God is doing in this world is shaped by a belief that God saves us in order to have an intimate relationship with him (personal piety) that flows over into fellowship with others, […]

Ancient Hebrew Text Deciphered

posted by Scot McKnight

A link sent to me by a reader: A breakthrough in the research of the Bible has shed new light on the period in which the Bible could have been written, testifying to Hebrew writing abilities as early as the […]

World Vision Children in Haiti

posted by Scot McKnight

Kris and I have sponsored a child in Haiti for a few years, and we are glad to receive this report today from World Vision’s site: Note for sponsors with a sponsored child living in Haiti or the Dominican Republic: […]

Law at the Jesus Creed: David Opderbeck

posted by Scot McKnight

Seven Theses on a Missional Approach to Law In response to some of my “Law” posts here at Jesus Creed, a few commenters have expressed consternation over my criticism of some “conservative” Christian perspectives on the law.  As I’ve tried to […]

Marriage and Divorce 3

posted by Scot McKnight

What terminates a marriage? Or what are the grounds for a permissible divorce? William F. Luck’s Divorce and Re-Marriage: Recovering the Biblical View  examines this sort of question in chp 2 of his book. Marriage, Luck is arguing, is a b-lateral […]

Do Electronic Powered Cars Save Money and Resources?

posted by Scot McKnight

I was notified of this link from a friend…. For eighteen months I’ve been blogging about the energy storage sector and discussing the current and potential markets for batteries and other manufactured energy storage devices. A recurring theme that I’ve […]

Acts and Mission 76

posted by Scot McKnight

Luke’s narrative was compressed in the previous paragraph because he wants to get Paul to Ephesus. So, Luke takes us now to Ephesus and he begins with Apollos: 18:24 Now a Jew named Apollos, a native of Alexandria, arrived in Ephesus. […]

Helping Haiti

posted by Scot McKnight

One way to help in Haiti is to give to the Haitian people and its healing and its reconstruction by contributing to Haiti Partners.  I recently read the memoir of working in Haiti by Kent Annan (Following Jesus Through the […]

Signature in the Cell 3 – More on Historical Questions (RJS)

posted by Jesus Creed Admin

Stephen C. Meyer has published a (very long, but readable) book, Signature in the Cell: DNA and the Evidence for Intelligent Design, outlining his argument in favor of intelligent design. This book essentially argues that life is very complex, the […]

Souls in Transition 5

posted by Scot McKnight

So what is the religious life of emerging adults today? What about its affiliations, practices, beliefs and experiences? What Smith and Snell discovered in their fantastic new book: Souls in Transition: The Religious and Spiritual Lives of Emerging Adults  will be […]

Women and Religion

posted by Scot McKnight

From Nicholas Kristof, who increasingly uses his pen to speak about injustices: Religions derive their power and popularity in part from the ethical compass they offer. So why do so many faiths help perpetuate something that most of us regard […]

A Thought on Haiti

posted by Scot McKnight

Last night I read this from Randy Harris, God Work – Confessions of a Standup Theologian:   One of the things we do as Christians is to try to pay attention to what God might be able to do in […]

Acts and Mission 75

posted by Scot McKnight

Luke in some ways leaves it to his readers to imagine what Paul was doing when he sets out a string of activities and travels in Acts 18: 18:18 Paul, after staying many more days in Corinth, said farewell to the […]

Bible Study Guides

posted by Scot McKnight

Somewhere in the 1980s two things happened: home Bible studies began to flourish and home Bible studies began to study books other than the Bible. Explanations probably abound, and there is no reason to speculate why this happened or debate […]

What’s Your View?

posted by Scot McKnight

What’s your take on where contemporary Christians ought to tithe?  Is the tithe necessarily for the local church, or could one make a good biblical argument that as long as we tithe to God’s kingdom purposes on earth, we are […]

Marriage and Divorce 2

posted by Scot McKnight

So what is marriage? Is it a legal contract? A covenant? A sacrament rendered effective by a priest? William F. Luck’s Divorce and Re-Marriage: Recovering the Biblical View  examines this sort of question in chp 2 of his book. When a […]

Souls in Transition 4

posted by Scot McKnight

So what is the religious life of emerging adults today like when compared to the last twenty-five years? What is it like when compared to other age groups? What Smith and Snell discovered in their fantastic new book: Souls in […]

Recession Generation?

posted by Scot McKnight

From CNN.com. Are you seeing any signs of this? Or do you see signs that the Recession Generation plans on a return to usual? We all know the type of person who came of age in the Great Depression. They […]

First Church Wethersfield

posted by Scot McKnight

Last weekend I (without Kris) flew to Hartford CT to speak at First Church Wethersfield, and I said “without Kris” because I messed up with the tickets — well, I forgot to book any tickets. Having now confessed my inattentive […]

Acts and Mission 74

posted by Scot McKnight

Luke describes yet another event in Paul’s missional work in Corinth — correct that, God’s missional work through Paul. That God is doing something in Corinth was made abundantly clear in the previous passage because Paul is told to stay […]

Signature in the Cell 2 – Historical Questions (RJS)

posted by Jesus Creed Admin

Stephen C. Meyer has published a (very long, but readable) book, Signature in the Cell: DNA and the Evidence for Intelligent Design, outlining his argument in favor of intelligent design. This book essentially argues that life is very complex, the […]

Souls in Transition 3

posted by Scot McKnight

So, what are the implications of that long listing from Wednesday for religion for emerging adults? Here is what Smith and Snell discovered in their fantastic new book: Souls in Transition: The Religious and Spiritual Lives of Emerging Adults . […]

The Right Thing for Mark McGwire*

posted by Scot McKnight

Mark McGwire, who some years back embarrassed himself in front of our country’s highest legislators, says now the time is right for him to come clean and admit that he used steroids to enhance his physical abilities during his incredible […]

“Strategic Defaulting” on Loans: What do you think?

posted by Scot McKnight

We don’t often enter into the business side of life or discuss loans and mortgages and foreclosures and bankruptcy, but this article — HT: RJS — suggests to me that there is something to be discussed here and we need […]

Acts and Mission 73

posted by Scot McKnight

Even if the results of Paul’s preaching on the Areopagus were negligible (Acts 17:32-34, but who is to pronounce on results?), Paul moves on to Corinth. Here are the words of Acts 18: 18:1 After this Paul departed from Athens and […]

Marriage and Divorce 1

posted by Scot McKnight

I don’t think I’ve discussed divorce on this blog, and it is a topic I believe is important for a blog like this, and I was just waiting for something to spark interest … and it arrived in the mail […]

Souls in Transition 2

posted by Scot McKnight

So, what is the cultural world of the emerging adult? Today I want to post a fulsome list of what Smith and Snell discovered in their fantastic new book: Souls in Transition: The Religious and Spiritual Lives of Emerging Adults […]

A Guide for Seminarians

posted by Scot McKnight

It is impossible to replace a classic, in part because classics are what they are because they are timeless and at the forefront of wisdom. Phillp G. Camp’s new book, Finding Your Way: A Guide to Seminary Life and Beyond […]

Prayer of the Week

posted by Scot McKnight

Father in heaven, who at the baptism of Jesus in the River Jordan proclaimed him your beloved Son and anointed him with the Holy Spirit: Grant that all who are baptized into his Name may keep the covenant they have […]

Saturday Afternoon Book Review

posted by Scot McKnight

This is the first installment of what we hope will become a feature of this blog: a solid book review on Saturday afternoon. This review, by Marius Nel (pastor in the Dutch Reformed Church and a Research Associate in the […]

Weekly Meanderings

posted by Scot McKnight

It’s been a cold week in Chicago, our home town.  But that doesn’t mean Chicagoans can’t have some fun sledding . Avoid these words! But think about the RAP with JR Briggs. Or of this Retreat for pastors. And this […]

Marriage Penalty in the Health Care Plan

posted by Scot McKnight

I saw this today in the WSJournal … (HT: RM) … anyone studied this? By MARTIN VAUGHAN WASHINGTON — Some married couples would pay thousands of dollars more for the same health insurance coverage as unmarried people living together, under the health […]

Our Sponsorships are Growing

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 […]

Law at the Jesus Creed: David Opderbeck

posted by Scot McKnight

Today I received a broadcast email from the Family Research Council, a prominent conservative Christian group, urging me to “Stop Obama’s Crossdresser Protection Bill.”  The email referred to the “Employment Non-Discrimination Act” (ENDA), which would prohibit employment discrimination against homosexual and […]

On the Public Reading of Scripture

posted by Scot McKnight

I don’t know if seminaries teach seminarians how to read the Bible publicly. I don’t recall one student in my dozen or so years teaching seminary students ever mentioning public reading of Scripture as a discipline or as an important […]

Acts and Mission 72

posted by Scot McKnight

Paul’s speech on the Areopagus is one for the ages, and I think we gain a glimpse into Paul’s strategy with Gentiles pagans when he “gospels” them. Yesterday I posted the full text and today I want to make a […]

Signature in the Cell 1 (RJS)

posted by Jesus Creed Admin

Stephen C. Meyer has published a (very long, but readable) book, Signature in the Cell: DNA and the Evidence for Intelligent Design, outlining his argument in favor of intelligent design. This book essentially argues that life is very complex, the […]

Scofield and His Bible

posted by Scot McKnight

I don’t know how to measure the impact, but the Scofield Bible and its form of dispensationalism has probably shaped American conservative, populist evangelicalism more than any other set of ideas. I grew up with Scofield, the first Bible I […]

The New Desegregation?

posted by Scot McKnight

Wow, this is quite the story…. Call it the desegregation of the megachurches — and consider it a possible pivotal moment in the nation’s faith. Such rapid change in such big institutions “blows my mind,” says Emerson. Some of the […]

Acts and Mission 71

posted by Scot McKnight

Paul’s speech on the Areopagus is one for the ages, though it has generated a number of issues, not the least of which is that some think Paul was out of line in that he has reduced the gospel too […]

Souls in Transition 1

posted by Scot McKnight

Many of us have imbibed the theory that emerging adults, roughly those who are 18-29, are flocking away from the church and that the church needs to awaken to a potential crisis. I can think of books by Gabe Lyons […]

God is Great, God is Good

posted by Scot McKnight

We’ve all observed the rise of nothing less than aggressive atheism, some of which goes over the top in argument and some of which simply lays its cards on the table with confidence and fearlessness and says, “OK, Christian, make […]

Was 2009 the Year of Technology Change?

posted by Scot McKnight

From CNN: Engineers didn’t make huge improvements to technology in 2009. The year’s big tech names — Twitter, Facebook, Google, Apple, Amazon — all existed before January. Instead, this is the year technology changed us. At year’s end, we’re connected […]

Acts and Mission 70

posted by Scot McKnight

Paul got to Athens before Silas and Timothy, and while there contemplating the spiritual condition of Athens, Paul becomes vexed about idolatry, and here is a potent missional issue: discernment of spiritual condition. Notice what is said of Paul in […]

Theology, Science, and Global Warming (RJS)

posted by Jesus Creed Admin

Scot has posted a few time over the last month on the topic of anthropogenic global warming (AGW), either as a short question or as part of Weekly Meanderings. One of the things that surprised me in the ensuing conversation, […]

Was Jesus Universalistic?

posted by Scot McKnight

Robin Parry’s (aka, Gregory Macdonald’s) book The Evangelical Universalist  examines whether or not Jesus believed in an eternal conscious hell and, by the time he’s done, he suggests there is a text that might suggest Jesus moved in a universalist direction. Gehenna, […]

It Was a Plot!

posted by Scot McKnight

I cannot comprehend how the hapless Bears could have won the last two weeks. They beat the best team in the NFC, the Minnesooooda Vikings, and then they beat the Lions. Two weekends in a row, two wins in a […]

Acts and Mission 69

posted by Scot McKnight

We resume our series now on the Book of Acts and the theme of Mission. One church whose singular description has become a stereotype is that of Berea. There is a memorial today in modern Verria to Paul’s preaching in […]

Book of Revelation: Universalistic?

posted by Scot McKnight

Those who “like” or “find delight” in the Book of Revelation remind me of those who watched The Titanic and thought it was romantic and cute but failed to miss that thousands died a brutal, terrifying and tragic death. Robin […]

Disturbing Divine Behavior

posted by Scot McKnight

it is not uncommon for an innocent Bible reader to read a text like the flood of Noah or the death of the firstborn in Egypt and wonder how in the world God can be involved in such actions, and […]

Justice and Money: Baker and Rosner

posted by Scot McKnight

Social justice folks need to read this; those nervous about social justice folks also need to read this book: Tight Fists or Open Hands?: Wealth and Poverty in Old Testament Law . Why? This is a careful, descriptive, and fair-minded […]

Bono’s Top Ten for the Next Ten

posted by Scot McKnight

From the NYTimes: Bono makes ten suggestions for the next ten years. What do you think of his suggestions? (You can see his top ten at the link above.) IF we have overindulged in anything these past several days, it […]

Prayer of the Week

posted by Scot McKnight

O God, who wonderfully created, and yet more wonderfully restored, the dignity of human nature: Grant that we may share the divine life of him who humbled himself to share our humanity, your Son Jesus Christ; who lives and reigns with […]

New Year’s Resolutions: 5 Reasons Not To

posted by Scot McKnight

Some folks spend lots of energy poring over the previous year and committing themselves to improvement or to turning over a new leaf and so they make New Year’s Resolutions. I’d like to make a mild case why not to, […]

The Inescapable Love of God

posted by Scot McKnight

When it comes down to the bottom argument in Robin Parry’s (aka, Gregory Macdonald’s) book The Evangelical Universalist  we find an argument about God’s love. So far we’ve seen his case rest squarely on the impermanence of one’s state as a result […]

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Theology After Darwin 1 (RJS)
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Let's Get Neanderthal!
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