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Bambi goes … no kidding!

posted by Scot McKnight

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Finding Friends at New Joy

posted by Scot McKnight

Kris and I were in Ephrata PA last Friday and Saturday at New Joy Church. It’s in Lancaster County, which means the Amish. We loved the small farms and the rolling hills.  I was speaking to a regional meeting of […]

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Our Common Prayerbook 3

posted by Scot McKnight

Psalm 2 [after jump], according to John Goldingay, would also be at home in one of the prophets (Psalms, Vol. 1: Psalms 1-41 (Baker Commentary on the Old Testament Wisdom and Psalms) ). But it’s now part of the double-psalm […]

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What do you think about heaven?

posted by Scot McKnight

The Washington Post’s “On Faith” discussion is about heaven. Quite the discussion. What do you believe about heaven? Whose view below is most like yours?  From Daisy Khan, a Muslim: “For me, perhaps the most profound beauty of Heaven is […]

Advising Atheists (Loser Letters) 3

posted by Scot McKnight

I’m really enjoying the new book, The Loser Letters , by Mary Eberstadt. It’s fiction; it’s satire; it’s the attempt by a recent atheist convert to explain the problems of atheism to the upper level echelon of new atheists.  One of the […]

Finally, Someone has the courage to tell the truth!

posted by Scot McKnight

From CNN.com. What’s your advice? What chocolate should we purchase? Compared with people who rarely ate chocolate (about one bar per month), the people who ate the most chocolate (slightly more than one bar per week) had a 27 percent […]

Eugene Peterson: Practice Resurrection 9

posted by Scot McKnight

Eugene Peterson, in his new book, Practice Resurrection: A Conversation on Growing Up in Christ  explores the church in the book of Ephesians, and it’s a great week to ponder his thoughts and these questions. Questions of the Day: Think about your […]

Our Common Prayerbook 2

posted by Scot McKnight

Psalm 1 is a poem that promises the obedient will flourish. It urges the reader to seek God’s blessing of flourishing by promising blessing and warning the wicked of being blown away (v. 4). Like chaff, the wicked are blown […]

The Challenge of Adam 3 (RJS)

posted by Jesus Creed Admin

I am currently reading a book by David N. Livingstone, Adam’s Ancestors: Race, Religion, and the Politics of Human Origins. David Livingstone is Professor of Geography and Intellectual History at Queen’s University, Belfast and this book reflects both of his […]

You and the Charismatics

posted by Scot McKnight

The newest Barna Study examines American Christians and their relationship to the charismatic movement. There is at least one alarming element in this study, but here are some major conclusions: Do the following match your experience locally? What are you […]

How Many Post-it Notes Does This Take?

posted by Scot McKnight

How Do You Define “Theology”?

posted by Scot McKnight

Our Common Prayerbook 1

posted by Scot McKnight

I begin today a series on Psalms, which promises to be a long, long series. One a day for four days a week would take almost 40 weeks, and I won’t get close to one psalm a day. One psalm […]

Advising Atheists (Loser Letters) 2

posted by Scot McKnight

I’m really enjoying the new book, The Loser Letters , by Mary Eberstadt. It’s fiction; it’s satire; it’s the attempt by a recent atheist convert to explain the problems of atheism to the upper level echelon of new atheists. It’s witty; it’s […]

Leaving Atheism: Peter Hitchens

posted by Scot McKnight

Brother of Christopher Hitchens… Peter Hitchens Author Interview–The Rage Against God from Gorilla Poet Productions on Vimeo. Author now of an autobiography: The Rage Against God: How Atheism Led Me to Faith. Was just sent this by a twitter friend.

Photo in Search of a Caption: What’s your suggestion?

posted by Scot McKnight

The Early Church: Perspective

posted by Scot McKnight

One of the themes at the Wheaton gathering on Evangelicals and the Early Church was how hard it is to get a grip on the early church, and it was said plenty of times that it takes long hours and […]

The Calling of God

posted by Scot McKnight

Jeremy Berg, a youth pastor, has offered a good set of ideas on “calling” and “vocation”.  Tell us what you think. We love to throw around the notion of career “calling” and “vocation,” both in the context of Christian ministry […]

Palm Sunday

posted by Scot McKnight

The Triumphal Entry 11:1 Now as they approached Jerusalem, near Bethphage and Bethany, at the Mount of Olives, Jesus sent two of his disciples 11:2 and said to them, “Go to the village ahead of you. As soon as you enter it, you […]

Prayer for the Week

posted by Scot McKnight

Almighty and everliving God, in your tender love for the human race you sent your Son our Savior Jesus Christ to take upon him our nature, and to suffer death upon the cross, giving us the example of his great […]

Good for the kids

posted by Scot McKnight

From our neck of the woods… To say the kids got a hands-on lesson in charity would be an understatement. In classic bucket-brigade style Friday morning, nearly 1,300 Wauconda High School students passed more than 8,000 food items along a […]

Grace.Transcends.Grace.Welcomes

posted by Scot McKnight

Perhaps you grew up in a rule-oriented religion. Perhaps you found yourself in the church one day, looked around, and wondered if you really knew God or if you were one who only knew what it was like to be […]

Rural Doctors: What to do?

posted by Scot McKnight

What can be done? Anyone have some wisdom on this one? The shortage of rural physicians is a “huge problem,” said Dr. Howard Rabinowitz, professor of family and community medicine at Thomas Jefferson University’s Medical College. “About 20% of the […]

Weekly Meanderings

posted by Scot McKnight

UberBubble with BubbleMeister! Please pray. Conversion as process and Crazy Heart with Alyce McKenzie. Speaking of conversion, J.K.A. Smith, instead of reviewing Francis Beckwith’s memoir, decides to unleash … well, there’s got to be something more going on here. Please sing […]

A Sri Lankan Christian asks us a question

posted by Scot McKnight

This from Vinoth Ramachandra… please read it all if you can, but here’s a clip of the end of the piece. What would you say to the question at the end? And I’d love to hear some Republican Christians explain […]

Who’s the Happiest? Is it Economical?

posted by Scot McKnight

From Michael Kruse… Michael here reflects on a TED lecture on happiness, and you might be interested in a piece I wrote on happiness a couple years back. But Michael has found a fascinating study on what it is that […]

Confronting the Data (RJS)

posted by Jesus Creed Admin

I’ve been traveling this week and unable to get back to David N. Livingstone’s book Adam’s Ancestors: Race, Religion, and the Politics of Human Origins. We will return to this book next week. On a related note though there is […]

The Main Problem is…

posted by Scot McKnight

Allan Bevere, at his blog, engages the Christian and the State issue, and here’s a major idea. My thesis throughout this multi-part discussion will be that the main reason the practices of discipleship are in such sad shape in Western […]

Andrew Sullivan, the Pope and…

posted by Scot McKnight

Andrew Sullivan, at the Daily Dish, is obsessed with speculation on the stunted sexuality of abusing priests, which would probably be hard to deny, but does not dwell enough on two things: 1. Mercy and care for the children, many […]

From Socialism to Market Economy: Michael Kruse

posted by Scot McKnight

Michael Kruse, one of our favorite bloggers and readers of this blog and constant commenter, has drafted up for us a useful sketch of the economic systems at work right not in political rhetoric. [BTW: on Scandinavia.] What is socialism? […]

The Loser Letters 1

posted by Scot McKnight

I’m a fan of C.S. Lewis’ The Screwtape Letters , as much for its insight into human nature as anything else, and I think Lewis now has a rival: The Loser Letters , by Mary Eberstadt. But instead of insight into […]

Preaching, One More Time

posted by Scot McKnight

I’m interested in narrative preaching, and by that I don’t mean telling stories but making the sermon itself a narrative or a story. Just how that is done is not so easy to explain, and I’ve heard a number of […]

Europespeak and American Christians

posted by Scot McKnight

I tweeted this two days ago: I’m embarrassed at how American Christians talk about “Europe.” Embarrassing. That tweet then appeared on my FB account and drew a conversation — some 74 comments. I appreciate the zeal of these folks; I […]

The Future of the Catholic Church in Ireland

posted by Scot McKnight

This from our friend in Ireland, Patrick Mitchel, a professor and leader. He has no desire to bash the Catholic Church, but he’s as grim as many. Let me say that this is a serious, serious issue, and while I […]

After You Believe 7

posted by Scot McKnight

Tom Wright’s newest book, After You Believe: Why Christian Character Matters , finishes off with practical suggestions of how to live out being the “royal priesthood” and living out the virtues in such a way that we become the image bearers (Eikons) God […]

The Health Care Plan: What do you not like about it?

posted by Scot McKnight

Yesterday we heard a variety of voices on what is to be liked about the new health care plan. Today we want to hear what you don’t like about it. But because of yesterday I’m going to create a few […]

What Role Naturalism? 2 – Insights from Thomas (RJS)

posted by Jesus Creed Admin

Last Friday and Saturday Francis Beckwith, Professor of Philosophy & Church-State Studies at Baylor University, posted an essay describing his journey through the concepts of intelligent design, philosophical naturalism, and Christian philosophy. Beckwith has been no stranger to controversy the […]

Eugene Peterson: Practice Resurrection 8

posted by Scot McKnight

Eugene Peterson, in his new book, Practice Resurrection: A Conversation on Growing Up in Christ  explores the church in Ephesians 2, and lands upon an idea worth pondering today: Do we focus on the function of the Church or the ontology of […]

Swazi Kids

posted by Scot McKnight

With the Lenten season upon us now, a time when we reflect upon sin in preparation for the gracious forgiveness of God in Christ, perhaps we could reflect upon systemic injustices in this world. Perhaps, too, upon what we can […]

The Health Care Plan: What do you like about it?

posted by Scot McKnight

Tomorrow will be different. But today I want to ask one simple question and I ask you to weigh in: What do you like about the new health care plan? Or,  How do you think it will help? What advantages […]

What’s a “Biblical” Family? Do You Want One?

posted by Scot McKnight

There’s some interest in a post by Stephen Holmes, a fine theologian in Scotland with a fine book on theology and tradition (Listening to the Past: The Place of Tradition in Theology ), over a post of his about the […]

After You Believe 6

posted by Scot McKnight

Tom Wright’s newest book is about virtue ethics, about how we move from where we are through habituation so we can arrive at the goal. This is all found in After You Believe: Why Christian Character Matters . Having looked at […]

Recent Commentaries

posted by Scot McKnight

Commentaries are at the heart of the expository preacher’s reading schedule. Commentaries multiply like rabbits, but they do so because (unlike rabbits) they are needed and scholarship continues to flourish. A commentary that is ten years old now seems dated, […]

Now Brewing: Ruta Maya

posted by Scot McKnight

When we were down in Katy Texas, Marlin Fenn introduced me to Ruta Maya coffee, and he was kind enough to send me a bag of beans. Organic, medium roast — and very good. The coffee company is out of […]

On Picking a Church

posted by Scot McKnight

Let’s say you move into a new community, one in which you know no one other than a person or two with whom you will be working your day job, and you are left to your own devices to pick […]

Prayer for the Week

posted by Scot McKnight

Almighty God, you alone can bring into order the unruly wills and affections of sinners: Grant your people grace to love what you command and desire what you promise; that, among the swift and varied changes of the world, our […]

Saturday Afternoon Book Review: Rob Merola

posted by Scot McKnight

Rob Merola was one of my finest (and “favoritest”) students at TEDS. He fell in love with another one of my favorites, Linda, and they are now married and ministering in Sterling Heights Virginia at St Matthew’s Episcopal. I follow […]

Journeys

posted by Scot McKnight

I’ve been thinking of journeys recently. The last two days I sat in sessions at the Wheaton gathering on Evangelicals and the Early Church and heard a number journeys from a conservative evangelical past to a confessional evangelicalism or to […]

Weekly Meanderings

posted by Scot McKnight

The best looking little Adidas SuperStar shoes I’ve ever seen! Aksel brings them to you, first thing in the morning, as a not-so-subtle hint that he’s ready to go outside. (And, if you have eyes to see, his shirt says […]

Friday Night at the Movies: Seven Samurai

posted by Scot McKnight

This review by James-Michael Smith, originally published at The Examiner, examines The Seven Samurai. In 1954 the late Japanese director Akira Kurosawa made a film that would go on to become the most critically-acclaimed film in all of Japanese cinema […]

One of My Favorites

posted by Scot McKnight

Again, David Brooks

posted by Scot McKnight

From the NYTimes: The United States is becoming a broken society. The public has contempt for the political class. Public debt is piling up at an astonishing and unrelenting pace. Middle-class wages have lagged. Unemployment will remain high. It will […]

Selective Emergence?

posted by Scot McKnight

This post is from Michael Kruse, and contains one of the more insightful set of observations I’ve seen about the selective appeal to emergence theory.  Here are Michael’s questions for us: So first off, is my assessment fair? If so, why […]

Our Mutual Motherly Ministry

posted by Scot McKnight

When I was at Synergy conference in Orlando, I gave a plenary address and chose a tricky topic. Kris said “Why?” and then said “Be careful.” My answers, “Because it’s in Paul” and “I will, real careful.” And I tried. […]

Can We Be Friends? (A woman asks a married man.)

posted by Scot McKnight

Gilbert Meilaender, in a well-known essay originally published in First Things, explored the classical issues surrounding an issue that emerged yesterday in our reposting of Carolyn Custis James’ post. The issue is this: Can a married man be a serious […]

The Challenge of Adam 2 (RJS)

posted by Jesus Creed Admin

We started a discussion Tuesday centered on David Livingstone’s book Adam’s Ancestors. This is a fascinating look at the history of the development of ideas about Adam and the context within which they arose. It is only indirectly a look […]

After You Believe 5

posted by Scot McKnight

Tom Wright’s newest book is about virtue ethics, about how we move from where we are through habituation so we can arrive at the goal. This is all found in After You Believe: Why Christian Character Matters . For a long, […]

John Ortberg’s Newest Book

posted by Scot McKnight

It’s an odd experience to be reading three books on the Christian life at once, and what makes the experience oddest is that the books couldn’t be more different. I’m focusing here on John Ortberg’s new book, The Me I […]

What Pastors Believe (and don’t believe)

posted by Scot McKnight

The Washington Post has a fascinating question and discussion going on, and I want to import their questions to this site and carry on the discussion here, and if you have the time, read the report by Daniel Dennett and […]

Views Correlate

posted by Scot McKnight

One’s view of women says what one’s view of men is; one’s view of men says what one’s view of women is. If you think of women as the temptress, you think of men as seduced. Carolyn Custis James has […]

Eugene Peterson: Practice Resurrection 7

posted by Scot McKnight

Eugene Peterson, in his new book, Practice Resurrection: A Conversation on Growing Up in Christ  explores Paul and the saints in Ephesians 1:15-23. He’s got a good realistic section on the meaning of “saint,” which is something God has done to us […]

Our Public Education

posted by Scot McKnight

President Obama has taken new steps to improve public education, and part of his plan is to overhaul the No Child Left Behind program. I come from a family of public educators, and I’m glad Obama is focusing again on […]

The Challenge of Adam 1 (RJS)

posted by Jesus Creed Admin

I am currently reading a book by David N. Livingstone, Adam’s Ancestors: Race, Religion, and the Politics of Human Origins. David Livingstone is Professor of Geography and Intellectual History at Queen’s University, Belfast and this book reflects both of his […]

After You Believe 4

posted by Scot McKnight

Tom Wright’s newest book is about virtue ethics, about how we move from where we are through habituation so we can arrive at the goal. This is all found in After You Believe: Why Christian Character Matters . A development in […]

Aksel and Kris on Tampa Bay

posted by Scot McKnight

Brooks Nails it

posted by Scot McKnight

David Brooks gets it when it comes to how people are sketching Obama. If you ask a conservative Republican, you are likely to hear that Obama is a skilled politician who campaigned as a centrist but is governing as a […]

Law at the Jesus Creed: David Opderbeck

posted by Scot McKnight

We have a number of guest writers on this blog, including RJS (who writes twice per week and has done so for a long, long time — and I’m exceedingly grateful for her gift to this blog) and Michael Kruse. […]

Hey, Mr. Falwell, Read Your Bible

posted by Scot McKnight

I’m amazed at the comments being made by some evangelicals, in this case the son of Jerry Falwell, that “charity” is purely voluntary and individual, and that charity is not designed by God or by Jesus to be something done […]

Aksel, Ready for Bed!

posted by Scot McKnight

The Basic Christian: John Stott

posted by Scot McKnight

Christians shaped during the 70s and 80s are more often than not shaped by John R.W. Stott. I know I was. It may be a sign of aging to be disappointed when I mention Stott and the person asks, “Who?” […]

Prayer for the Week

posted by Scot McKnight

Gracious Father, whose blessed Son Jesus Christ came down from heaven to be the true bread which gives life to the world: Evermore give us this bread, that he may live in us, and we in him; who lives and […]

Saturday Afternoon Book Review: Jeff Borden

posted by Scot McKnight

This review comes from Jeff Borden, who has a fine blog called iCrucified. It is reviews like this that make our Saturday Afternoon spot a witness to the need of a blog to have regular, intelligent contributors (like Jeff) to […]

Feeling Your Faith: Matthew Elliott

posted by Scot McKnight

Matthew Elliott is the author of two fine books on emotions and the Christian faith, and he has agreed to offer this post today for our conversation. I’m grateful for his work and I hope we can have a good […]

Weekly Meanderings

posted by Scot McKnight

We’ve been on Spring Break, and this is what I found this week … including a picture of Safety Harbor: My links aren’t as complete as usual, but I have a few, and I want to alert you to a […]

Friday Night at the Movies: Star Trek

posted by Scot McKnight

This review is from James-Michael Smith, who writes at The Examiner. When it comes to nerds there are basically two kinds in the world: those who love Star Wars and those who love Star Trek.  Occasionally you will find ubergeeks […]

4Days4Justice

posted by Scot McKnight

I’m happy to announce a conference at North Park Seminary on justice.

Textbooks in Texas

posted by Scot McKnight

As Texas goes, so goes public school textbooks in the USA. The debate is about “balance” and about “fair description” of history and about conservatives wanting their point of view in the textbooks, and a Dr. Don McLeroy is a […]

How to keep your battery going

posted by Scot McKnight

From the NY Times by Eric Taub… What are your suggestions for lengthening the battery during the day? If you’re a recent convert to smartphones, you’re probably still discovering all the amazing things that your new BlackBerry, Android phone oriPhone can […]

Liberated from Legalism 6

posted by Scot McKnight

Once again, we have been set free in Christ and the Spirit is adequate to guide us into all God wants of us. Again… Legalism is any practice or belief that is added to the gospel that compromises the sufficiency […]

After You Believe 3

posted by Scot McKnight

The question, what do you do after you believe, is the subject of Tom Wright’s new book: After You Believe: Why Christian Character Matters . Today I want to examine what Tom sees as the three ways Christians have framed […]

Will Jesus Buy Me a Double-Wide?

posted by Scot McKnight

I may be biased toward Southern writers, and I may be biased because I’m a fan of Karen Spears Zacharias, but the truth of the story is this: her next book, Will Jesus Buy Me a Double-Wide?: (‘Cause I Need […]

Family First? (RJS)

posted by Jesus Creed Admin

A couple of times last week Scot advertised a conference on Evangelicals and the Early Church to be held next week at Wheaton College. I wish I could attend, as it looks fascinating. But one of the things I noticed […]

Eugene Peterson: Practice Resurrection 6

posted by Scot McKnight

Eugene Peterson, in his new book, Practice Resurrection: A Conversation on Growing Up in Christ  examines the poetic significance of Ephesians 1:3-14, one long, long sentence in Greek — and it’s all about God. (I post the passage after the jump.) […]

The Silence of Empire: Allan Bevere

posted by Scot McKnight

My friend, a pastor and a professor, Allan Bevere, keeps up with the political stuff better than I do, and this post is one worth citing in whole. Allan calls into question the prominence of empire language when Bush was […]

Liberated from Legalism 5

posted by Scot McKnight

Remember again what legalism is: Legalism is any practice or belief that is added to the gospel that compromises the sufficiency of Christ as Savior and jeopardizes the adequacy of the Spirit in moral guidance. Legalism then is the charge […]

After You Believe 2

posted by Scot McKnight

The question, what do you do after you believe, is the subject of Tom Wright’s new book: After You Believe: Why Christian Character Matters . How do we combine the grace of God with the efforts of humans to grow […]

Our Evening Prayers … for iMonk

posted by Scot McKnight

Sad news today posted at iMonk’s blog by Chaplain Mike. Our prayers are with him, with Denise and family, and all those who know and love Michael Spencer. Chaplain Mike received this update from Denise Spencer today. It is with […]

Hey, Glenn Beck, Listen to Jesus

posted by Scot McKnight

Glenn Beck has now urged folks to get up and leave their church if the church website mentions “social” or “economic” justice.  Here are his words: I’m begging you, your right to religion and freedom to exercise religion and read […]

Eugene Peterson: Practice Resurrection 5

posted by Scot McKnight

Eugene Peterson, in his new book, Practice Resurrection: A Conversation on Growing Up in Christ  explores the significance of the Ascension for the Church. Ephesians 4: 4:7 But to each one of us grace was given according to the measure of the […]

What Role Naturalism? 1 (RJS)

posted by Jesus Creed Admin

After our rather spirited discussions of Intelligent Design over the last couple of months  I think it would be useful to consider the concept of methodological naturalism, both its purpose and its limits.  Although there are technical philosophical definitions that […]

After You Believe 1

posted by Scot McKnight

This is our first post in a new series on Tom Wright’s newest book, and today I want to settle on his central question and his central answer.  The central question Tom Wright asks in his new book, a book […]

Liberated from Legalism 4

posted by Scot McKnight

We looked last week at legalism and freedom, and this week I want to give three days — with three points each day — of the way Paul’s letter to the Galatians shows how to live our way out of […]

Law at the Jesus Creed: David Opderbeck on Social Contract

posted by Scot McKnight

The Christian Tradition and a Social Theory of Contract “Freedom to contract” is one of the pillars of libertarian economic theory (the other being “protection of private property rights”).  The principle of freedom to contract suggests that government should avoid […]

Male Church Attendance: Bradley Wright

posted by Scot McKnight

Brad Wright is an excellent sociologist and has a fantastic book coming out from Bethany that will squash some widely-reported and repeated myths about Christians. Here is his study results of the official census data on male church attendance. There […]

Great Theologians

posted by Scot McKnight

Confession: I wanted someone to write this book so bad. Not so much for myself but for my students. For 15 years I have wanted a book for college students, by and large upper level students, or for pastors or […]

Prayer for the Week

posted by Scot McKnight

Almighty God, you know that we have no power in ourselves to help ourselves: Keep us both outwardly in our bodies and inwardly in our souls, that we may be defended from all adversities which may happen to the body, […]

Saturday Afternoon Book Review: Matt Edwards

posted by Scot McKnight

Corbett, Steve and Brian Fikkert. When Helping Hurts: Alleviating Poverty Without Hurting the Poor. . .and Ourselves . Chicago: Moody, 2009. Steve Corbett is the community development specialist for the Chalmers Center for Economic Development, and an assistant professor in […]

Weekly Meanderings

posted by Scot McKnight

Kris and I will be in Florida this next week on Spring Break, visiting with Lukas and Annika and Aksel. But today we are in Orlando speaking at Synergy’s event. I will be talking about how Paul saw himself in […]

Friday Night at the Movies: Book of Eli Review

posted by Scot McKnight

MOVIE REVIEW: “The Book Of Eli”  by Jeremy Berg <Envelope Please> “And the winner for the grayest, grimmest, most violent post-apocalyptic thriller of 2010 involving the Bible goes to…..The Book of Eli starring Denzel Washington.” <Applause>  This movie is not […]

Our Kids in Swaziland

posted by Scot McKnight

At the end of month most of us take a good look at our checkbook or our bank accounts to see if we made it. Most of us, when we want something to eat, go to the refrigerator or the […]

Liberated from Legalism 3

posted by Scot McKnight

In our first two posts, we looked at legalism. Today I want to sketch what “Freedom” means for Paul, and then next week I want to sketch some simple procedures we can use to liberate ourselves from legalism. Freedom is […]

Your Church is too Small

posted by Scot McKnight

What did Jesus mean, in John 17, when he prayed that we might be “one”? Did he mean some kind of ecclesiastical organization?  What does the Church mean when, in the billions of times of reciting The Apostles’ Creed, it […]

Wheaton Conference on Evangelicals and Early Church

posted by Scot McKnight

If you’re in this area, think about attending this conference.  

NT Wright on Genesis (RJS)

posted by Jesus Creed Admin

Late last week the BioLogos blog Science and the Sacred posted another video clip featuring NT Wright. In this clip he discusses the dating of Genesis 1-3 and what he sees as the impact of these texts on first century […]

Liberated from Legalism 2

posted by Scot McKnight

We are looking into the matter of legalism in the Christian life and in the Church. We have argued that the issue in legalism can’t be reduced to having rules, but today I want to look at this issue of […]

Wheaton Conference, March 18-19

posted by Scot McKnight

There are plenty of ideas swirling around about the relationship of evangelicals to orthodoxy and the early church, and so I am looking forward to this conference. (Here for link to registration.) 9:30-10:30 AM Registration 10:30-11:30 AM Plenary Address: Christopher A. […]

After You Believe: Announcement

posted by Scot McKnight

Beginning next week, I will begin a series on Tom Wright’s new book, After You Believe: Why Christian Character Matters , and hope you can get the book and read along with us. This book is about Christian virtue and […]

Driscoll, the Chickified Male, and the Masculine Image

posted by Scot McKnight

The following clip comes from an informed blog by Richard Beck, a professor of psychology at Abilene Christian University. (You might want to go to the blog to read the whole post.) He examines Mark Driscoll’s male images and … […]

Eugene Peterson: Practice Resurrection 4

posted by Scot McKnight

Eugene Peterson relentlessly chases an important idea in the opening part of his new book, Practice Resurrection: A Conversation on Growing Up in Christ . That idea is the need to strip ourselves of the romantic, it’s-going-to-be-utopia versions of the church, and […]

Christian as Consumers

posted by Scot McKnight

I don’t have a problem with Christian bookstores, where everything (or nearly everything) is purchased, marketed and sold to and for Christians. Pete, the man who fixes our cars when they need help, is overtly Christian and I trust him […]

Liberated from Legalism 1

posted by Scot McKnight

I want to begin a series on how Galatians helps us see that we are liberated from “legalism.” This series will normally not be a midday series, but today it will be. I should have posts on this topic both […]

Signature in the Cell 9 – ID, Mark Noll, and Worldviews (RJS)

posted by Jesus Creed Admin

I was traveling last week and unable to do justice to a wrap up on Signature in the Cell: DNA and the Evidence for Intelligent Design – but having considered some of the discussion, digested and pondered the content, I […]

Is Death Final? 3

posted by Scot McKnight

Dante took theology about the afterlife and turned it into an epic adventure, modeling his story on Homer’s stories and on Virgil’s famous The Aeneid and in many ways taking them to the next millennia of history. In the East, […]

Monday Afternoon Question for Discussion

posted by Scot McKnight

Should humans “captivate” killer whales and other animals, deprive these animals of their normal life and habitat and risk the lives of humans?  What do you say?

Midday Prayer

posted by Scot McKnight

Heavenly Father, in you we live and have our being:  We humbly pray you so to guide and govern us by your Holy Spirit, that in all the cares and occupations of our life we may not forget you, but […]

Midday Posts on Spring Break

posted by Scot McKnight

My midday Bible posts are on break for a couple of weeks. I will begin a long, long series on the Book of Psalms, exploring this theme: What image of God do we find in the prayers of Israel in […]

McKnight on McLaren’s New Book

posted by Scot McKnight

Some of you have seen this review of mine at Christianity Today. I’m happy to hear your responses at this site, but I’ll only clip the opening two paragraphs from the CT piece. I like Brian, and I think Brian […]

Eugene Peterson: Practice Resurrection 3

posted by Scot McKnight

In Eugene Peterson’s new book, Practice Resurrection: A Conversation on Growing Up in Christ , Peterson probes into his own history and his own experience of the church to draw out some powerful — stunning might be the better word — observations […]

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Our Common Prayerbook 30 - 3
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 ...

posted 12:15:30pm Aug. 31, 2010 | read full post »

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: ...

posted 6:01:52am Aug. 31, 2010 | read full post »

Almost Christian 4
Who does well when it comes to passing on the faith to the youth? Studies show two groups do really well: conservative Protestants and Mormons; two groups that don't do well are mainline Protestants and Roman Catholics. Kenda Dean's ...

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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