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What’s in that monkey’s mind? (Photo in search of caption)

posted by Scot McKnight

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Books To Come … (RJS)

posted by Jesus Creed Admin

As we look ahead to the summer … I have several books on my desk, and plan to post on them over the next few months. If you have particular interests you may wish to get a hold of one […]

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Arguments against PowerPoint #1

posted by Scot McKnight

I have never learned how to do PowerPoint. Not sure what you think of PowerPoint, but here’s the number one reason why not to use PowerPoint (click on it to make it larger). NYTimes has this article, from which location […]

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On Changing Culture 9

posted by Scot McKnight

This book is now getting to the nittty gritty of a genuine 4th Way proposal: James Davison Hunter, in his new book, (To Change the World: The Irony, Tragedy, and Possibility of Christianity in the Late Modern World ), makes […]

Ireland in June

posted by Scot McKnight

Kris and I will be in Ireland — both Dublin and Belfast — this June. I’ll be speaking at Irish Bible Institute in Dublin and doing their 2010 Summer Institute. Here’s the official brochure.

Our Common Prayerbook 9-10: 2

posted by Scot McKnight

Psalms 9–10, which we are examining together, weave in and out of personal request and reflection on God’s faithful, if at God’s own timing, ways in this world.  Seemingly out of the blue the psalmist, in 9:13 to a request: […]

The Challenge of Adam 9 (RJS)

posted by Jesus Creed Admin

Today I wrap up this series on David N. Livingstone’s book, Adam’s Ancestors: Race, Religion, and the Politics of Human Origins. In Chapter 9, Dimensions: concluding reflections, Livingstone ties together several themes running through his book. For our purposes today […]

On Changing Culture 8

posted by Scot McKnight

This book is now getting to the nittty gritty of a genuine 4th Way proposal: James Davison Hunter, in his new book, (To Change the World: The Irony, Tragedy, and Possibility of Christianity in the Late Modern World ), makes […]

Chaplain at Gitmo

posted by Scot McKnight

Timothy Dalrymple interviewed a chaplain at Gitmo. The full interview can be read here, but here is one clip: What are the faith-related issues that Christian guards at Gitmo typically wrestle with?  Sailors wrestle the most with how they can […]

Our Common Prayerbook 9-10: 1

posted by Scot McKnight

Psalms 9 and 10 are probably originally a single psalm (both Goldingay and Alter agree): Our companion is John Goldingay’s commentary (Psalms, Vol. 1: Psalms 1-41 (Baker Commentary on the Old Testament Wisdom and Psalms) and Robert Alter, The Book of […]

On Changing Culture 7

posted by Scot McKnight

This book is now getting to the nittty gritty of a genuine 4th Way proposal: James Davison Hunter, in his new book, (To Change the World: The Irony, Tragedy, and Possibility of Christianity in the Late Modern World ), sketches […]

Jesus, the Land and Christian Thinking Today

posted by Scot McKnight

Most evangelical Christians, because they’ve been taught to think this way, simply believe that Israel’s presence in the Land today is not only a God-given promise, but there is a future eschatology tied to that presence in the Land. In […]

Book Reviews, Movie Reviews

posted by Scot McKnight

We continue to offer the opportunity to publish both book reviews (1500-3000 words, focusing on a good summary and solid evaluation; no rants) and movie reviews. We run book reviews on Saturday afternoon and movie reviews on Friday nights. Contact […]

Cross Examinations

posted by Scot McKnight

Timothy Dalrymple has built a considerable website/blog that may well rival some of the finest websites in Christian thinking today. One of his features is called Cross Examinations and here is the question for the week: “The nature and import […]

Our Common Prayerbook: Psalm 8-3

posted by Scot McKnight

Creation is immense and God made it all, and the psalmist leads anyone listening to the majestic distance of God — and yet, yet, yet, even though immense and majestic, God both notices and pays attention to humans. The immensity […]

Father Forgive Us … (the challenge of Adam 8) (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 […]

N.T. (Tom) Wright to Retire

posted by Scot McKnight

From Durham local news:   The Bishop of Durham, Dr N. T. Wright, has announced that he will be retiring from the See of Durham on August 31. Dr Wright, who will be 62 this autumn, is returning to the […]

On Changing Culture 6

posted by Scot McKnight

James Davison Hunter, in his new book, (To Change the World: The Irony, Tragedy, and Possibility of Christianity in the Late Modern World ), contends that the Christian Right, the Christian Left and the Neo-Anabaptists are dwelling in an illusion […]

Glenn Beck at Liberty and America’s Civil Religion

posted by Scot McKnight

This is hard to believe, from Christianity Today: Fox News commentator Glenn Beck will deliver the commencement address at Liberty University’s May 15 graduation. “Beck is one of the few courageous voices in the national media standing up for the […]

National Student Leadership Conference

posted by Scot McKnight

I’m behind when it comes to recording thoughts on speaking engagements, so I want to return to  the fantastic time I had at the National Student Leadership Conference at Taylor. I was in a group of speakers, including Skye Jethani […]

Our Common Prayerbook: Psalm 8-2

posted by Scot McKnight

We continue in our series on the Psalms, thinking especially about “God” in the prayers of Israel. Our companion is John Goldingay’s commentary (Psalms, Vol. 1: Psalms 1-41 (Baker Commentary on the Old Testament Wisdom and Psalms). Along with Goldingay […]

On Changing Culture 5

posted by Scot McKnight

James Davison Hunter, in his new book, (To Change the World: The Irony, Tragedy, and Possibility of Christianity in the Late Modern World ), offers an interesting perspective on how Christians ought to participate in culture: After sketching the three […]

A Question about Jennifer Knapp

posted by Scot McKnight

When I posted last week about Jennifer Knapp’s decision to come out and openly tell folks, on a place like Christianity Today, my one and only concern was what folks would say about her. I feared the wrath that would […]

Sitting, Standing, Lounging or Perching?

posted by Scot McKnight

Studies are now serious about the position we assume most of the day. What do you do? What have you learned? What works best for you? Are our sedentary life styles so pernicious that we need to rethink the current […]

Drew Daniels: Love is Free

posted by Scot McKnight

One of our students at North Park University, Drew Daniels, went homeless for 40 days in Chicago. He did a documentary about his experience, which was a powerful learning experience for him, and I want to announce to folks on […]

Prayer for the Week

posted by Scot McKnight

O God, whose Son Jesus is the good shepherd of your people: Grant that when we hear his voice we may know him who calls us each by name, and follow where he leads; who, with you and the Holy Spirit, […]

John Stott’s Last Book

posted by Scot McKnight

I became melancholic when I read the opening words of the postscript to John Stott’s newest (and last) book: “As I lay down my pen for the last time… at the age of eighty-eight…” (136). This from his “Farewell!” to […]

Church Names: What do you think?

posted by Scot McKnight

Church names are getting more and more creative, and one has to wonder when the trend will reverse and we’ll go back to “The Church in Colosse.” Anyway, this from Out of Ur blog and I clipped the top thirteen […]

Online Seminary Education

posted by Scot McKnight

The trend is on the rise: more and more are taking seminary courses online. What do you think? Is this the best?  A sketch of some big ideas: “At seminaries, online ministry degree programs are tapping into a storehouse of […]

Weekly Meanderings

posted by Scot McKnight

The Volcano at the Eyjafjallajokull glacier (Why do folks give glaciers names like that?) Link of the week: The Wheaton Theology conference lectures. Good post by Jana Riess. And another one by Wade Hodges. Excellent sketch of Together for the […]

Arizona Immigration Bill

posted by Scot McKnight

Arizona has passed a bill that hopes to tighten up immigration offenses and protect the citizens of Arizona.  What do you think? We’d love to hear from the folks in Arizona. Here’s a clip from CNN.com, followed by Jim Wallis’ […]

Friday Night at the Movies: The Green Mile

posted by Scot McKnight

MOVIE REVIEW: Jesus Walked the “Green Mile” (1999) by Jeremy Berg www.jeremyberg.org And now for a throwback movie you maybe never thought of as a good Easter time tale with powerful echoes of the passion of Christ and the message […]

Comcast Digital

posted by Scot McKnight

For some reason we weren’t getting channel 53, CLTV (Chicagoland TV), about two weeks ago. Which is fine except the Cubs broadcast some of their games on CLTV. The odd thing is that we used to get CLTV and then […]

Now Brewing: Serranos

posted by Scot McKnight

One of my kind students bought me a bag of Breakfast Blend from Serranos coffee — from Colorado Springs. It’s a mixture of darker beans and lighter beans and is a good morning blend. Smooth enough for my tastes. Fulsome […]

On Changing Culture 4

posted by Scot McKnight

James Davison Hunter, in his new book, (To Change the World: The Irony, Tragedy, and Possibility of Christianity in the Late Modern World ), examines the Christian Left, and he opens with a quotable line: After observing the the Christian […]

Jonathan Acuff

posted by Scot McKnight

Just in case you, Christian, are in need of the occasional light-hearted look at what Christians — and we mean mostly conservative evangelical Christians — are like, what they quibble about and what they look like to outsiders … Get […]

Image to Ponder

posted by Scot McKnight

Priest Statement

posted by Scot McKnight

From Edward T. Oakes, at St Alphonsus in Chicago, fully pointing his finger at the sins, taking on the media issue, but at the same time stating that the media is not doing this for the good of the Catholic […]

Our Common Prayerbook: Psalm 8-1

posted by Scot McKnight

A psalm of praise and wonder at the majesty and might of YHWH is found in Psalm 8 (after the jump). The psalmist praises God for creation, that is, for the glory that is evoked when one considers the awesome […]

The Challenge of Adam 7 (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 […]

Law at the Jesus Creed: David Opderbeck

posted by Scot McKnight

— Law and Mission? This past Monday, the case of Christian Legal Society v. Martinez was argued before the United States Supreme Court.  The case arises out of the refusal of the University of California, Hastings Law School to recognize a local Christian Legal Society chapter as […]

Missional Pizza

posted by Scot McKnight

This is a pastor friend of ours in Coburg, Oregon, and this is one of the best stories I have ever read. What other missional stories are you aware of or a part of in your neighborhood? Surprising ministry in […]

Our Common Prayerbook: Psalm 7-3

posted by Scot McKnight

John Goldingay, in his book on the Psalms (Psalms, Vol. 1: Psalms 1-41 (Baker Commentary on the Old Testament Wisdom and Psalms) ), calls Psalm 7:10-16 a statement of faith. I have the text after the jump, but his point […]

On Changing Culture 3

posted by Scot McKnight

James Davison Hunter, in his new book, (To Change the World: The Irony, Tragedy, and Possibility of Christianity in the Late Modern World ), examines the Christian Right.  Two overall comments: this may be the best sketch of the popular […]

Misery Index: Reagan to Obama

posted by Scot McKnight

From CSM… What do you think this tells us?   Here’s some explanation. The blue is unemployment; the red line inflation.

Clinton on Tea Party

posted by Scot McKnight

(Note – commenting isn’t working. We hope it is fixed soon.) Bill Clinton recently weighed in on the Tea Party and is afraid of its rhetoric.  What do you think? (CNN) – Former President Bill Clinton said he sees parallels in […]

Our Common Prayerbook: Psalm 7-2

posted by Scot McKnight

David’s prayer for justice in Psalm 7 implicates himself in judgment: if “I” have been unjust, he prays, judge me. If “I” have not, then vindicate me. Notice the words of Psalm 7 (after the jump), beginning especially now in […]

Telling Our Story – The Story of Genesis (RJS)

posted by Jesus Creed Admin

Last week David Opderbeck posted some thoughts on A “Historical” Adam? on the BioLogos blog Science and the Sacred. The second paragraph of his post puts forth a concern of many: My concerns are theological. Significant parts of the Christian […]

In Fifty Years?

posted by Scot McKnight

I had a conversation the other day with Skye Jethani, at Leadership Journal, and J.R. Briggs, church planting in the Hatfield, PA, and this question was asked by J.R.: Which books in the spiritual or Christian life written these days […]

The Newest PC term: “childish”

posted by Scot McKnight

From CNN.com, by a 12-yr-old author: Yep, and this is one of the better ones: to call someone “childish” is an insult, and it insults the mature child too. [Added: I was thinking that “pc” is the same as “what […]

What do you think of corporal punishment — in public schools?

posted by Scot McKnight

From the Washington Post, by Michael Birnbaum… TEMPLE, TEX. — In an era when students talk back to teachers, skip class and wear ever-more-risque clothing to school, one central Texas city has hit upon a deceptively simple solution: Bring back […]

Our Common Prayerbook: Psalm 7-1

posted by Scot McKnight

Readers of the Psalter know that David complains about his enemies, laments over his situation, and challenges YHWH to step in and establish justice. What is often unobserved is that David, or whoever prayed these psalms, often subjects himself to […]

On Changing Culture 2

posted by Scot McKnight

James Davison Hunter, in his new book, and I predict perhaps one of the more influential studies of this decade (To Change the World: The Irony, Tragedy, and Possibility of Christianity in the Late Modern World ), examines the theme […]

The Original Third Way: Anabaptism

posted by Scot McKnight

In the Reformation, or after the Reformation, the Anabaptists said they were neither “Catholic nor Reformed” but where The Third Way.  Why are there so few Anabaptists today? and yet why are so many attracted to anabaptism? So, what is […]

Stone Campbell Lectures

posted by Scot McKnight

Recently I flew down to Cincinnati to Cincinnati Biblical Seminary to participate in the annual Stone-Campbell lectures. Must say this again: I contend that the Restoration Movement, or the Stone-Campbell movement, made up of the Christian Church and the Churches […]

Wedgie Award: Eugene Cho

posted by Scot McKnight

Eugene Cho, one of the world’s most honest bloggers, has earned a Wedgie Award. The Wedgie Award is given to those who make us feel … well… uncomfortable. First, he preached with his zipper down (discrete picture). But, second, Eugene […]

Systematic Baby Steps toward Love

posted by Scot McKnight

So one person characterized Miroslav Volf’s essays and speeches and books, and Volf himself says it all comes from the conviction that God is love. Which means the new collection of one America’s leading theologians, Against the Tide: Love in […]

Prayer for the Week

posted by Scot McKnight

O God, whose blessed Son made himself known to his disciples in the breaking of bread: Open the eyes of our faith, that we may behold him in all his redeeming work; who lives and reigns with you, in the unity […]

Who’s Stranded?

posted by Scot McKnight

That Iceland under-the-iceberg volcano is messing with air traffic in Europe, and I wonder who’s got some stories? Kris and I will be flying to Ireland in a few weeks so we’re watching this with a little more interest. I […]

Eats with Sinners

posted by Scot McKnight

It’s a temptation for the fired-up Christian today to read the Gospels, see that Jesus cared for lepers, and then go see if she (or he) can find some lepers. But that’s a wooden imitation instead of a living embodiment. […]

The Conjugal Condition

posted by Scot McKnight

From the NYTimes, by Tara Parker-Pope,  a new piece that nuances the old theory that married people are happier; she’s arguing that evidence suggests now that it is the quality of the relationship. In 1858, a British epidemiologist named William Farr […]

Weekly Meanderings

posted by Scot McKnight

We stand with the miners of West Virginia! Read it and pause and pray and ponder what to do next. Congrats to Laura Johnson and Ruth Bildar! Bruce Epperly on Tiger, Phil and redemption. Andy Crouch responds to James Davison […]

Friday Night at the Movies: How to Train Your Dragon

posted by Scot McKnight

Friday Night at the Movies: How to Train Your Dragon by Bob Robinson   In a thoroughly enjoyable, family-friendly movie, Dreamworks Animation has created a wonderfully entertaining, visually exciting movie. With How to Train Your Dragon, directors Dean DeBlois and Chris Sanders provide […]

Photo in Search of a Caption

posted by Scot McKnight

If you need to see a bigger image, click on it:   HT: CB

On Changing Culture 1

posted by Scot McKnight

James Davison Hunter, in his new book, and I predict perhaps one of the more influential studies of this decade (To Change the World: The Irony, Tragedy, and Possibility of Christianity in the Late Modern World ), says evangelicals — […]

Ask Andy 4 (and another free book offer)

posted by Scot McKnight

I’ve got a deal for you day: free book. Read on. In this series I’m asking Andy Stanley some questions about preaching but I’m cheating when I say that: I’m reading his book (Communicating for a Change: Seven Keys to Irresistible […]

Surprised by Hope for Groups

posted by Scot McKnight

Zondervan has taken Tom Wright’s well-received Surprised by Hope and made it usable for Study Groups. They’ve done this in two ways, and I want to pass this information on to you because so many would like to make Tom […]

Our Common Prayerbook: Psalm 6 – 2

posted by Scot McKnight

There is progress in Psalm 6 but the psalmist doesn’t spell out each step in the progress. Perhaps the psalmist has sinned; he doesn’t say so. He is opposed by enemies and they have driven David to his limit. He […]

The Challenge of Adam 5 (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 […]

The End of Reformed Old Testament Scholars?

posted by Scot McKnight

Michael Bird, down in Australia, is watching from afar but he gets it: there’s something going on in Old Testament scholarship among Reformed evangelicals that has many people concerned, and it’s all lit up in the news — to the […]

Jennifer Knapp, Now Out

posted by Scot McKnight

From Christianity Today, in an interview with Mark Moring: Seven years ago, while at the top of her game, Jennifer Knapp announced what seemed to many a sudden decision: She was stepping away from Christian music, taking an indefinite hiatus. […]

Our Common Prayerbook: Psalm 6

posted by Scot McKnight

David, or the psalmist if it is not David, complains about his enemies often and pleads with God to do justice and shame them. But Psalm 6 (after the jump you can find the whole psalm) opens up with the […]

Ask Andy 3 (and a free book offer)

posted by Scot McKnight

I’ve got a deal for you day: free book. Read on. In this series I’m asking Andy Stanley some questions about preaching but I’m cheating when I say that: I’m reading his book (Communicating for a Change: Seven Keys to Irresistible […]

David Opderbeck on That Soul-Sort Narrative

posted by Scot McKnight

David Opderbeck is known to all readers of this blog; he weighs in today on the soul-sort narrative I have done on Brian McLaren.   That Other Soul-Sort Narrative:  The Problem of People as Targets We’ve had some good and robust conversation about […]

Christian and UnChurched: Barna’s Newest

posted by Scot McKnight

From George Barna’s newest study: One of the biggest surprises to some people, however, is that a large majority of the nation’s unchurched population is drawn from the sector comprised of people who consider themselves to be Christian. In the […]

Our Common Prayerbook: Psalm 5 – 2

posted by Scot McKnight

God is faithful, the psalmist knows. Therefore he approaches YHWH on behalf of himself and against his enemies who are full of slander and lies. The psalmist is convinced he is right and they are wrong; he’s convinced God is […]

Telling Our Story (RJS)

posted by Jesus Creed Admin

The first comment on my post last Thursday was a thought provoking one – John Frye suggested the importance of story in wrestling with the conflict at the core of the interaction of science and faith. From his comment: Maybe […]

CT and the Historical Jesus

posted by Scot McKnight

Some of you may have seen our piece in Christianity Today called “The Jesus We’ll Never Know.” The essence of my article is that “historical Jesus” studies, the official Historical Jesus enterprise, has a major goal: finding what the real […]

Were Confederate Soldiers Terrorists?

posted by Scot McKnight

So argues Roland Martin, of CNN.com. [Roland needs to define “terrorist.” It appears to me that he’s defined “terrorist” as anyone who fights for an unjustifiable cause. I don’t support, however, Virginia’s governor in this celebration.] Based on the hundreds […]

Our Common Prayerbook: Psalm 5

posted by Scot McKnight

Again, the psalmist (here David according to the heading) barges into the presence of God and demands attention, consideration, and an ear. Why? Because YHWH is the psalmist’s king and God and the one to whom David pleads.  What strikes […]

That Soul-Sort Narrative 3

posted by Scot McKnight

We are looking at Brian McLaren’s soul-sort narrative. I have, in two previous posts, sketched Brian’s soul-sort narrative, which I contend is not the conventional Christian’s narrative, and I have sketched the Christian conventional narrative and also suggested that the […]

Advising Atheists (Loser Letters) 9

posted by Scot McKnight

What about guilt? The last and parting letter in Mary Eberstadt’s new book, The Loser Letters , examines this question. Why do we feel guilty? The story of her satire about A.F. Christian (A Former Christian who converts to atheism) comes to this question […]

Hebrews, a commentary

posted by Scot McKnight

Hebrews does not appear to be high on the list of “favorite books in the Bible” for that many today, but anyone who has spent solid hours poring over the pages of this NT book will know that Hebrews is […]

Prayer of the Week

posted by Scot McKnight

Almighty and everlasting God, who in the Paschal mystery established the new covenant of reconciliation: Grant that all who have been reborn into the fellowship of Christ’s Body may show forth in their lives what they profess by their faith; […]

Weekly Meanderings

posted by Scot McKnight

Schools opening in Haiti! Michael Spencer, the iMonk, passed away and I hope you visit his blog and read the comments. Karen reflects on her interview with Michael. We’re wondering here at the Jesus Creed blog if folks are listening […]

Speak Up! Media Bias about RCC?

posted by Scot McKnight

Here’s the question “On Faith” at the Washington Post, and I wonder what you think: A senior Vatican priest last week compared outrage at Pope Benedict’s handling of sexual abuse scandals in the Catholic Church to the persecution of the […]

Advising Atheists (Loser Letters) 8

posted by Scot McKnight

What about abortion? Is there an atheist view on abortion? The seventh letter in Mary Eberstadt’s new book, The Loser Letters , examines this question among the new atheists, but it is chps 8 and 9 that pull this into a cohesive, searing story. […]

That Soul-Sort Narrative 2

posted by Scot McKnight

I sketched how Brian understands the so-called “soul sort narrative” Wednesday, and today I want to offer one more thought: how the conventional narrative actually has framed those six elements (creation, fall, condemnation or life on earth, salvation and either […]

RCC and Celibate Priests

posted by Scot McKnight

A good article by a married priest in the RCC, Leonard Klein, a man who was formerly a Lutheran (and married) pastor: A married priesthood would increase the pool of available men who might otherwise suppress their sense of vocation, […]

Our Common Prayerbook: Psalm 4 – 2

posted by Scot McKnight

Sometimes our prayers combine talking to God and talking to others when those others aren’t even present. Psalm 4 [after the jump] does just this. The psalmist (David) talks to God (v. 1) and then to others (vv. 2-5) and […]

The Challenge of Adam 4 (RJS)

posted by Jesus Creed Admin

This series is primarily a consideration of a book by David N. Livingstone, Adam’s Ancestors: Race, Religion, and the Politics of Human Origins, but the challenge of Adam extends much beyond this of course. The major conflict over Dr. Waltke’s […]

Ask Andy 2

posted by Scot McKnight

I’m asking Andy Stanley some questions about preaching, and I will be recording his answers here. Well, I’m cheating when I say that: I’m reading his book (Communicating for a Change: Seven Keys to Irresistible Communication ) and generating questions […]

Recovering the Beautiful

posted by Scot McKnight

Just read this piece and was impressed with the answer by Barbara Nicolosi-Harrington, and her interview is at Patheos: You have a quotation standing above your blog, from a 1930s film critic, that says: “Theaters are the new Church of the […]

Our Common Prayerbook: Psalm 4

posted by Scot McKnight

Sometimes our prayers combine talking to God and talking to others when those others aren’t even present. Psalm 4 [after the jump] does just this. The psalmist (David) talks to God (v. 1) and then to others (vv. 2-5) and […]

That Soul-Sort Narrative 1

posted by Scot McKnight

I contended in my review of Brian McLaren’s new book that his sketch of how “conventional” Christians understand the biblical narrative is a narrative not held by any reputable thinker, and the aim of this new series on this blog […]

Advising Atheists (Loser Letters) 7

posted by Scot McKnight

What about abortion? Is there an atheist view on abortion?  Mary Eberstadt’s new book, The Loser Letters , examines this question among the new atheists and she probes into how best to convert people to atheism with the issue of abortion. Again, the […]

On Preaching Theology: A Preacher’s Suggestion

posted by Scot McKnight

The (re)founder of the Iona Community was George Macleod,   someone who was known in his day as a great preacher. One of his books is about preaching and is called Speaking the Truth – in Love. The Modern Preacher’s Task. . It’s a […]

Our Common Prayerbook: Psalm 3 – 2

posted by Scot McKnight

Praying can lead the one praying into trust; prayer itself is an exploration of our faith in God. Psalm 3 is much along this line. John Goldingay (Psalms, Vol. 1: Psalms 1-41 ) explores this in his commentary on Psalm […]

Two Kinds of Atheists, One of them Christian

posted by Scot McKnight

It is common to say an atheist is someone who believes there is no god, or someone who doesn’t believe in God (the latter might suggest there is a God but the person doesn’t believe in that God). The true […]

Ask Andy 1

posted by Scot McKnight

I’m asking Andy Stanley some questions about preaching, and I will be recording his answers here. Well, I’m cheating when I say that: I’m reading his book (Communicating for a Change: Seven Keys to Irresistible Communication ) and generating questions […]

Advising Atheists (Loser Letters) 6

posted by Scot McKnight

Mary Eberstadt’s new book, The Loser Letters , is clever fiction; it’s satire and she asks a question that evidently — in her view — is not taken seriously enough by the new atheists. And, to be fair, there was a report on […]

Michael Spencer, 1956-2010

posted by Scot McKnight

From Chaplain Michael Mercer’s post that our blog friend, Michael Spencer, the incomparable iMonk, has passed away. We are saddened to hear this and will miss his energetic voice; we grieve with Denise; we mourn Michael’s passing. Here’s Chaplain Mike’s […]

Chocolate … Coping with the Cubs

posted by Scot McKnight

Last week I posted about chocolate, and its health benefits, and a friend out in Hershey PA sent us some chocolate. (Something’s coming your way, brother.) This chocolate made the Cubs debacle tolerable…

Peggy Noonan on the Roman Catholic Church

posted by Scot McKnight

Peggy Noonan, in her excellent piece in the Wall Street Journal, makes a number of important points, two of which are that the media has done the Church a service because it was the media that brought this stuff into […]

Our Common Prayerbook: Psalm 3

posted by Scot McKnight

It has been said often, and John Goldingay (Psalms, Vol. 1: Psalms 1-41 ) says it here, “Most of Scripture speaks to us; the Psalms speak for us.” Psalm 3 [after the jump] speaks for our complaints to God that […]

A Mind for Truth? (RJS)

posted by Jesus Creed Admin

On March 26 I put up a short post (Confronting the Data) that linked to a video excerpt of an interview with Dr. Bruce Waltke. In this video Dr. Waltke began his comments with a caveat, an if, but spoke […]

I Stand with John Piper

posted by Scot McKnight

Just in case you haven’t heard, there’s a big dustup right now over John Piper, author of the spiritual classic Desiring God: Meditations of a Christian Hedonist , and this dustup is coming from those who normally defend him. John […]

Christian Life and Theology

posted by Scot McKnight

It’s not often that you can get a group of front-ranking theologians and scholars together to discuss spiritual formation, spiritual theology and what “life in the Spirit” means. But the Wheaton Theology Conference in 2009 did just that and this […]

A Prayerbook to Use

posted by Scot McKnight

There has been so much interest in this new Psalter, we’re posting this post again. I knew it would eventually be done, and it has: Paraclete has produced a beautiful NIV Psalter called: The Paraclete Psalter: A 4-Week Cycle for […]

Easter Theology

posted by Scot McKnight

I like the new piece by Daniel Kirk about Easter theology — it’s from Christianity Today. Here’s a clip: The most important thing to say is somewhat shocking at first blush. At his resurrection, Jesus becomes something that he was […]

Easter Prayer

posted by Scot McKnight

Almighty God, who through your only-begotten Son Jesus Christ overcame death and opened to us the gate of everlasting life: Grant that we, who celebrate with joy the day of the Lord’s resurrection, may be raised from the death of […]

Wedgie Award: Rowan Williams

posted by Scot McKnight

My new “Wedgie Award” will be given (mostly in fun) to folks who make comments that make us feel uncomfortable, and the first Wedgie Award is given to Rowan Williams, Archbishop of Canterbury, for his comments about the Catholic Church […]

iPad: Who’s Got One?

posted by Scot McKnight

Let’s hear what the new (and very proud) owners of the iPad have to say about it?

Aksel Loves Thomas

posted by Scot McKnight

Aksel, our grandson, loves Thomas the Train. Kris sent him a couple of Thomas the Train books and as Annika (his mom) opened up the books and (Aunt) Laura snapped pictures, they caught Aksel in the act of being delighted […]

Holy Saturday Prayers

posted by Scot McKnight

O God, Creator of heaven and earth: Grant that, as the crucified body of your dear Son was laid in the tomb and rested on this holy Sabbath, so we may await with him the coming of the third day, and […]

Weekly Meanderings

posted by Scot McKnight

This guy’s beard is weird! I have a piece in the new Neue magazine (cool pun, huh?). Sad to hear of Clark Pinnock’s Alzheimer’s (see here too). Sad to read Christine’s piece. Our prayers. Before we go any further, who’s got […]

Advising Atheists (Loser Letters) 5

posted by Scot McKnight

 Mary Eberstadt’s new book, The Loser Letters , is clever fiction; it’s satire and it takes on the issue of the problem of “those obnoxious Christian convert traitors,” those who have left the Brights (atheists and atheism) for the Dulls (believers in God). […]

God Provides, We Slip in our Hands

posted by Scot McKnight

Good Friday is often morose, but the theology of atonement it embodies is profoundly about God’s provision. As God provided the Lamb for Abraham, so he offers the Lamb for the Church. On the Cross it is as if God […]

Good Friday Prayer

posted by Scot McKnight

Almighty God, we pray you graciously to behold this your family, for whom our Lord Jesus Christ was willing to be betrayed, and given into the hands of sinners, and to suffer death upon the cross; who now lives and […]

Eugene Peterson: Practice Resurrection 10

posted by Scot McKnight

One of the best things I’ve ever heard on prayer comes from Eugene Peterson’s new book, Practice Resurrection: A Conversation on Growing Up in Christ .  “But here’s the thing: prayer is personal language or it is nothing.  God is personal, emphatically […]

Our Common Prayerbook 4

posted by Scot McKnight

Psalm 2 [after jump], (Psalms, Vol. 1: Psalms 1-41 (Baker Commentary on the Old Testament Wisdom and Psalms) ), is about God’s enthronement of his king on his holy hill in Zion. It is about the hybris of the pagan […]

Why So Few? (RJS)

posted by Jesus Creed Admin

There are many reasons why women are underrepresented in a variety of fields – from ministry, theology, and evangelicals and the early church,, to science and engineering. While men and women often have different goals, values and abilities, these factors […]

Advising Atheists (Loser Letters) 4

posted by Scot McKnight

I read somewhere that someone said Mary Eberstadt’s book, a collection of satirical letters to the upper echelon of atheists about how not to argue if they want to get some more converts to atheism … I read somewhere that […]

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Theology After Darwin 1 (RJS)
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Almost Christian 4
Who does well when it comes to passing on the faith to the youth? Studies show two groups do really well: conservative Protestants and Mormons; two groups that don't do well are mainline Protestants and Roman Catholics. Kenda Dean's ...

posted 12:01:53am Aug. 31, 2010 | read full post »

Let's Get Neanderthal!
The Cave Man Diet, or Paleo Diet, is getting attention. (Nothing is said about Culver's at all.) The big omission, I have to admit, is that those folks were hunters -- using spears or smacking some rabbit upside the conk or grabbing a fish or ...

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

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