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Brian McLaren on Pluralism

posted by Scot McKnight

In this interview with Spencer Burke, Brian McLaren maps his view of pluralism and how this view can chart a new kind of Christianity.  

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Prayers for Peace on Memorial Day

posted by Scot McKnight

Almighty God, kindle, we pray, in every heart the true love of peace, and guide with your wisdom those who take counsel for the nations of the earth, that in tranquillity your dominion may increase until the earth is filled […]

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The Undocumented and the Laws of the Bible

posted by Scot McKnight

When I began hearing Christians chat about how to follow the Bible when it comes to the undocumented and illegals, I was a bit amazed both by the right and the left. This piece by Brad Hirschfield is exacting in […]

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Lut’ran Airlines

posted by Scot McKnight

If I were a fiction reader …

posted by Scot McKnight

I don’t read fiction, but I do read the one-and-only master essayist Joseph Epstein, which means every now and then, when Epstein comes out with a new collection of short stories, I pony up and offend my principles and then […]

Preparing for Eucharist

posted by Scot McKnight

John Mark Hicks, Come to the Table: Revisioning the Lord’s Supper , explores themes of the Eucharist in such a fresh manner. His fifth theme is about grace. The Table is not a burden to bear nor is a guilt trip to […]

Prayer for the Week

posted by Scot McKnight

Almighty and everlasting God, you have given to us your servants grace, by the confession of a true faith, to acknowledge the glory of the eternal Trinity, and in the power of your divine Majesty to worship the Unity: Keep […]

Trinity Sunday

posted by Scot McKnight

Today is Trinity Sunday, so I want to post this about the Trinity: How have theologians understood — or explained — the Trinity? Ron Highfield’s new book, Great Is the Lord: Theology for the Praise of God , sketches the “Trinity” as well […]

Saturday Afternoon Book Review: Matt Edwards

posted by Scot McKnight

We welcome the reviews of books by readers of this blog, and ask that you survey the book so that our readers know the contents and then weigh in with your evaluations — both positive and negative. Do send me […]

Changes in the ELCA

posted by Scot McKnight

Lutherans don’t appear here all that much, but it’s mostly because they have their own networks and I don’t seem to be a part of them. From First Things, by Robert Benne, emeritus at Roanoke College. The decisions in the ELCA […]

Weekly Meanderings

posted by Scot McKnight

Indeed, curved yellow fruit! (HT: Don Johnson) Dan Kimball‘s got a great post. Karen’s Pentecost prayer and reflection. Chaplain Mike’s issues with evangelicalism. Mark Thursdays and read Jim Martin’s “Ministry Inside.” Allan Bevere discusses “mediocre pastors and churches.” Bill Donahue […]

It’s Time to Say “Goodbye!” (Funny video)

posted by Scot McKnight

Another funny one from Bag of Nothing:

Sad Story

posted by Scot McKnight

From Foreign Policy by Mohammad Qayoumi: On a recent trip to Afghanistan, British Defense Secretary Liam Fox drew fire for calling it “a broken 13th-century country.” The most common objection was not that he was wrong, but that he was […]

Women are More Religious, but Why?

posted by Scot McKnight

The Baylor Survey of Religion confirmed a long held claim: women are more religious (see Rodney Stark, What Americans Really Believe. Here’s a big picture set of numbers: 69% vs. 57% believe in God Men are twice as likely to be atheists. […]

Europe: Is this the way forward?

posted by Scot McKnight

A thoughtful, fact-filled essay on the social welfare stresses in Europe: PARIS — Across Western Europe, the “lifestyle superpower,” the assumptions and gains of a lifetime are suddenly in doubt. The deficit crisis that threatens the euro has also undermined the sustainability […]

Just Sayin’ (!!!!!)

posted by Scot McKnight

Should Marijuana be Decriminalized? (California votes.)

posted by Scot McKnight

California will vote this November on decriminalizing marijuana. (The link in that previous sentence is to the Reuters report a little while back.)  What are the positives and what are the negatives? Do you think it’s the Federal or State […]

An Aussie and German Run (not walk) on Water

posted by Scot McKnight

Our Common Prayerbook 18 – 3

posted by Scot McKnight

In Psalm 18, which you can read in its entirety after the jump, David testifies to the goodness of God for delivering him from the threshold of death and chaos (18:1-6). But vv. 7-15 contain a mosaic of metaphors for […]

Is Free Will Anti-Science? (RJS)

posted by Jesus Creed Admin

Anthony R. Cashmore, Robert I. Williams Professor of Biology at the University of Pennsylvania wrote his inaugural article following election to the National Academy of Science on The Lucretian swerve: The biological basis of human behavior and the criminal justice […]

Does God Care about Sports?

posted by Scot McKnight

This one actually emerges from one’s theological orientation, but there’s a very good set of questions and observations at CNN.com, and in our sports-shaped world today, a good conversation awaits us: Baseball players point to the heavens after hitting home […]

Rodney Stark on the Crusades

posted by Scot McKnight

From Patheos … an interview with Rodney Stark about his book on the crusades (God’s Battalions: The Case for the Crusades )… The Crusades did not arise ex nihilo, but were part of a broader historical and geographical narrative. Can you […]

Our Common Prayerbook 18 – 2

posted by Scot McKnight

Psalm 18 is a long psalm about praising God for his deliverance. David declares that he called out to God (v. 3); he describes his situation out of which he needed deliverance (vv. 4-5); and he declares that God answered […]

The Overlooked Dimension of American Religious Life

posted by Scot McKnight

The Baylor Survey of Religion studied religious experience ( Rodney Stark, What Americans Really Believe. Almost scorned by theologians and professors and routinely ignored by research into religions, The Baylor Study found that 2 of 3 respondents reported having at least one […]

Karl Giberson Challenges the New Atheists

posted by Scot McKnight

From USAToday… For the sake of argument, let us set aside questions about the truth of religion vs. the truth of science. Suppose there is no such thing as religious truth, as Richard Dawkins argued in The God Delusion. Allow that the “New […]

Preaching and Worship Collaboration at Elmbrook

posted by Scot McKnight

I’m teaming up with Mel Lawrenz and the worship staff at Elmbrook for a one-day event that seeks to connect preaching ministry with worship ministry. It’s an all-day event on June 29 at Elmbrook near Milwaukee. My focus will be […]

Rodney Stark Live!

posted by Scot McKnight

From Patheos… an interview with Rodney Stark. Some progressives say that evangelicals are making the same mistake on the opposite side, by confusing their faith with conservative politics. What happens with “progressives” is that they cannot get any traction amongst […]

Our Common Prayerbook 18 – 1

posted by Scot McKnight

We are plodding along through the Psalms, and we call this our “common prayerbook” but it is the one prayerbook that unites all Christians. Furthermore, the Psalms aren’t here simply so we can figure out the inner heart of David […]

God on the Quad? (RJS)

posted by Jesus Creed Admin

We are looking at the recent book by Elaine Howard Ecklund Science vs Religion: What Scientists Really Think. The earlier installments are here: first, second, and third. The book relates various ideas about science and religion that emerged from her […]

Great is the Lord 7

posted by Scot McKnight

How can we talk about God? Seriously, the vastness and immensity and infinity of God beggar description and tax human language to the limit, so taxing in fact that we must admit the limitations of all God-talk. This is the […]

On Lost

posted by Scot McKnight

Sarah Pulliam Bailey, a fine journalist at CT, writes about “Lost” in WSJ.  How do you explain the phenomenon? What do you think is the point? Here’s an excerpt with her thesis tucked in…  ‘Lost’ Devotees Need a Little Faith […]

Help us pick the cover to my next book

posted by Scot McKnight

Let’s call them “Car” and “Blue” and “Window”. Which do you like the most?  Here’s the promo piece from Zondervan: In One.Life, Scot McKnight offers a manifesto of Christian faith that beckons readers out of the rut of religious rituals […]

Our Common Prayerbook 17 – 2

posted by Scot McKnight

Psalm 17 describes in metaphorical flourishes the psalmist’s enemies.  But before David, or whoever the psalmist was, describes them, he calls on God to act. Then he describes the nastiness of his enemies; then he pleads with God to be […]

In Defense of Megachurches

posted by Scot McKnight

The Baylor Survey of Religion studied megachurches, criticisms of megachurches, and whether or not the criticisms were right. You can find the study here: Rodney Stark, What Americans Really Believe  . I should fess up right away: Kris and I, […]

Review of Tom Wright’s “After You Believe”

posted by Scot McKnight

A clip from Books & Culture, my review of Tom Wright’s newest book  … Tom Wright is  well-known for insightful theories about Judaism that are swiftly developed so we gain fresh and enduring insights into the New Testament. He has  […]

Mystery Flower: Can You Identify It?

posted by Scot McKnight

Sometime back I mentioned that Kris and I bought (last season) three Iceland poppy plants. They were fine until one seemed to be getting too big. During the winter, one of them (the big one), didn’t even seem to lose […]

A New, Popular Psalter

posted by Scot McKnight

I want to mention this again because of what I’m hearing through the back window… more and more Christians are wanting a prayerbook. Paraclete has produced a beautiful NIV Psalter called: The Paraclete Psalter: A 4-Week Cycle for Daily Prayer […]

Fresh Food at the Pantry

posted by Scot McKnight

Great story at CNN.com… what can we do? Ample Harvest West Milford, New Jersey (CNN) — For Gary Oppenheimer, 2007 was a year of plenty. His backyard garden produced a bountiful harvest with a surplus of spaghetti squash, melons, pumpkins, tomatoes, […]

One of the Best Church Signs Ever!

posted by Scot McKnight

Story here.

Preparing for Eucharist

posted by Scot McKnight

John Mark Hicks, Come to the Table: Revisioning the Lord’s Supper , explores themes of the Eucharist in such a fresh manner. His fourth theme is that the Table is — and is not just a symbol of — our interactive relationship […]

Prayer for the Week

posted by Scot McKnight

Almighty God, on this day you opened the way of eternal life to every race and nation by the promised gift of your Holy Spirit: Shed abroad this gift throughout the world by the preaching of the Gospel, that it […]

Saturday Afternoon Book Review: Andy Holt

posted by Scot McKnight

Book Review by Andy Holt, who blogs at The Sometimes Preacher. Book by Gina Welch, In the Land of Believers: An Outsider’s Extraordinary Journey into the Heart of the Evangelical Church . People love fish out of water stories. In […]

Weekly Meanderings

posted by Scot McKnight

Announcement: we are presently engaged in conversations with some leaders in Sweden to give lectures at four different universities late September on the historical Jesus.  I didn’t even get to some of my regular blogs this week, and then I […]

What to say?

posted by Scot McKnight

Ten Tea Party Falsehoods

posted by Scot McKnight

This from The Washington Post….  These ten myths come from authors of a new book: John Amato and David Neiwert get quite worked up over this notion, especially as it applies to the conservative right. In their book, “Over the […]

Anyone got an Eye-fi card?

posted by Scot McKnight

Does anyone out there have an Eye-fi card and can you help us with advice in getting one for our camera?  Our camera is a Canon PowerShot SD 750 Digital Elph. 7.1 megapixels.

Soul Sort One More Time: David Opderbeck

posted by Scot McKnight

Soul Sorting and Election In my prior posts on the “soul sort narrative,” I’ve commented on what I’ve called the Chick Tract Gospel and on the theme of Justice.  I suggested in those posts that the real issue is not the fact of “sorting,” […]

Great is the Lord 6

posted by Scot McKnight

How have theologians understood — or explained — the Trinity? Ron Highfield’s new book, Great Is the Lord: Theology for the Praise of God , sketches the “Trinity” as well as I’ve seen for an introductory text and the 3d section of chp […]

Feminism and Abortion

posted by Scot McKnight

Washington Post has a new question in its “On Faith” discussion: Sarah Palin pleased fans and angered foes with her speech to the pro-life Susan B. Anthony List, calling herself a “frontier feminist” and saying, “choosing life may not be […]

Our Common Prayerbook 17 – 1

posted by Scot McKnight

The psalmist in Psalm 17 (see the whole psalm after the jump) thinks God should listen to him because he has lived before God faithfully.  Here I find the Protestant impulse to gush a bit at the boldness of the […]

Does Ph.D. –> Atheism? (RJS)

posted by Jesus Creed Admin

Yesterday afternoon a fellow using the name of “joe” left an interesting comment on one of posts: “Read the God Delusion you ignorant fools.” The idea, it seems, is that anyone who thinks, who cares to look at the evidence, […]

Evangelicalism’s Biggest Challenge

posted by Scot McKnight

Claiming something is evangelicalism’s biggest challenge is sport for some. I’ve heard a number of items, including complementarianism, the Second Coming, and socialism. I want to register my suggestion, and I believe this idea erodes the very core of evangelicalism. […]

Press “1” for English

posted by Scot McKnight

From the NYTimes, where we see an article that pushes the line that there is a generational gap on the immigration issue. Forget sex, drugs and rock ‘n’ roll; immigration is a new generational fault line. In the wake of […]

Our Common Prayerbook 16 – 2

posted by Scot McKnight

The psalmist gives reasons to be thankful to YHWH in Psalm 16:5-11, and even if lines here were later used to affirm resurrection, for the psalmist there is a heavy emphasis on God caring about and providing for ordinary life […]

What would you tell them?

posted by Scot McKnight

If you could tell a new follower of Jesus the five most important elements of following Jesus, what would they be? Christian publishers used to publish lots of “new Christians” books but I’m not aware that such a genre of […]

Great is the Lord 5

posted by Scot McKnight

One major problem stands up every time anyone wants to speak about the necessity of believing in the Trinity: the Bible! Ron Highfield’s new book, Great Is the Lord: Theology for the Praise of God , sketches the “Trinity” as well as I’ve […]

On Calling a Terrorist a Muslim Terrorist

posted by Scot McKnight

This one is sensitive, but it deserves discussion. The following article, from NRO, was written by Michael Barone, and the big question, besides What do you think of these clips?, is “How do we talk about Islamic radicals or Islamic terrorists […]

Our Common Prayerbook 16 – 1

posted by Scot McKnight

This psalm (read the whole after the jump) begins with a plea based on a theological commitment: Protect me because I trust in You. Just what it means to trust in God is then spelled out in v. 2: I […]

What Do Scientists Really Think? 2 (RJS)

posted by Jesus Creed Admin

We are looking at the recent book by Elaine Howard Ecklund Science vs Religion: What Scientists Really Think. The first installment is here. In chapter 5 Ecklund considers how religion is dealt with by professors in the University. Issues of […]

Viral Gospel

posted by Scot McKnight

One would think the one thing we could all agree on is the meaning of the word “gospel.” Not so, but there is a vibrant and viral discussion about gospel that is shedding light and leading us forward in profoundly […]

RJS hijacks Aksel

posted by Scot McKnight

No College in the Plan Plan

posted by Scot McKnight

Did you see this? What do you think? The idea that four years of higher education will translate into a better job, higher earnings and a happier life — a refrain sure to be repeated this month at graduation ceremonies […]

Our Common Prayerbook 15

posted by Scot McKnight

David reflects on who is acceptable to God, so acceptable the person can dwell on the holy hill. What is such a person like? John Goldingay’s commentary (Psalms, Vol. 1: Psalms 1-41 (Baker Commentary on the Old Testament Wisdom and Psalms) calls […]

Voting about God

posted by Scot McKnight

How odd to post this brief report after our first post today (see below this one). Ramsay Macmullen is probably the finest social historian of earliest Christianity, and in a book just a couple years old he sketches how the […]

Great is the Lord 4

posted by Scot McKnight

Ron Highfield’s new book, Great Is the Lord: Theology for the Praise of God , sketches the “Trinity” as well as I’ve seen for an introductory text. I believe this: Evangelicals will denounce anyone who denies the Trinity. Evangelicals have developed a theology […]

Aksel on the Slide

posted by Scot McKnight

Who Makes the Best Burger?

posted by Scot McKnight

Some Californians I’ve met contend In ‘n Out Burger is better than MacDonald’s, but I’ve heard others contend the best burgers are better than either. For instance, the Cubby Bear in Chicago.  Who has the best burgers? What ingredients do […]

Between Church and State: Hospitality

posted by Scot McKnight

How does the Christian discuss — in the public forum — what she or he believes about a given moral issue — say abortion or homosexuality or war or economic distribution — with someone who does not share similar Christian […]

Preparing for Eucharist

posted by Scot McKnight

John Mark Hicks takes us from the Eucharist table to God, and suggests that we need to see the Table as communion with the Triune God. God is with us. God is with us in Jesus Christ. God is with […]

Prayer for the Week

posted by Scot McKnight

O God, the King of glory, you have exalted your only Son Jesus Christ with great triumph to your kingdom in heaven: Do not leave us comfortless, but send us your Holy Spirit to strengthen us, and exalt us to that […]

Saturday Afternoon Book Review: Wesley Vander Lugt

posted by Scot McKnight

Samuel Wells and Ben Quash, Introducing Christian Ethics . Reviewed by Wes Vander Lugt PhD Candidate, University of St Andrews Samuel Well and Ben Quash indicate in the Preface to Introducing Christian Ethics that their desire in writing this book was to […]

Immigration Debate Now Made Personal and Public

posted by Scot McKnight

From CNN.com… Here’s how I would summarize it. Jessica Coloti is undocumented and entered the USA without proper permission as an 11-yr old. It was not “her fault” that she was brought here. She went through our public education system […]

Weekly Meanderings

posted by Scot McKnight

One thing the Brits get is Ceremony!  (But what to say about those hats?) This has been a hard month to keep our Weekly Meanderings going, and this week the hardest. We are down in Florida visiting Aksel (Lukas and […]

Take Care of Your Own Poop!

posted by Scot McKnight

I saw this report. I have to say that discovery of the dog’s mess in a public setting is annoying. EDINA, Minn. (AP) – Need to scoop up after your pooch in the affluent Minneapolis suburb of Edina? You’ll now […]

2010 Graduation at North Park University

posted by Scot McKnight

Walk from North Park University on Vimeo.

This is what’s hard to explain

posted by Scot McKnight

From CNN.com, and one commentator lets loose — and he should. It’s hard to believe that there isn’t more technology and solutions to potential breakdowns … (CNN) — Oil industry experts said there is no sure-fire way to stop the massive […]

Jesus and Politics: Mike Lux’s Rant

posted by Scot McKnight

From HuffPo, simplistic to be sure, but how do you respond to these comments of his? That’s why I am always puzzled by how people who claim to be followers of the Jesus I read about in the Bible can […]

Great is the Lord 3

posted by Scot McKnight

Ron Highfield’s new book, Great Is the Lord: Theology for the Praise of God , probes in chp 3 “What fools don’t know: the existence of God.” Here we will find a good discussion of the existence of God that refuses — and […]

Business folks, what do you see here?

posted by Scot McKnight

The Amish are perhaps the most successful when it comes to business. Here’s a clip from a recent article: (CNNMoney.com) — Want to find America’s most successful entrepreneurs? Skip Silicon Valley and Manhattan; head to the rural Amish enclaves. Amish […]

Arizona’s Newest Venture

posted by Scot McKnight

One of the implications of States rights, and I’m strong on permitting local States to shape themselves, is that States like Arizona are taking aggressive steps about immigrants. This new law is one of the strongest I’ve seen because it […]

Our Common Prayerbook 14 – 2

posted by Scot McKnight

Both of our companions, 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 Psalms: A Translation with Commentary , translate Psalm 14:1 with “scoundrel.” We looked at that idea […]

Derek Webb, Singing the Song of the Kingdom

posted by Scot McKnight

One of the songs I liked the most on Derek Webb’s album, Mockingbird is the song about the kingdom. To whom do we pledge allegiance?  Let us say that there is a both-and as citizens, but do we reflect on how […]

Truth by Show of Hands? (RJS)

posted by Jesus Creed Admin

I haven’t linked to BioLogos lately – but they’ve had a number of good posts recently. Karl Giberson put up a thought provoking post this week worth some conversation, Would You Like Fries With That Theory? In this essay he […]

Perilous Times 2

posted by Scot McKnight

Robert Wuthnow’s newest book, Be Very Afraid: The Cultural Response to Terror, Pandemics, Environmental Devastation, Nuclear Annihilation, and Other Threats , provides for us an opportunity to have a pastoral response to peril. In the last fifty years, he argues […]

Our (Jesus Creed) Family is Growing

posted by Scot McKnight

Kris and I are happy to announce that a few more children in Mabanteneni have recently been adopted/sponsored (at $34 per month), and we are pleased as we can be. Our hope is to use this blog space to urge […]

Our Common Prayerbook 14 – 1

posted by Scot McKnight

If there is a god, and if a person knows there is a god, then to deny God is to be a fool. So Psalm 14’s famous opening line: “Fools say to themselves, “There is no God.””  But there’s more […]

No Protestants on SCOTUS

posted by Scot McKnight

Here’s the new question at the “On Faith” discussion at the Washington Post. What do you think? Does it matter? Does theology matter? Does theology matter when it comes to rendering legal judgment? If Elena Kagan is confirmed to replace […]

The Wisdom of Staying Put

posted by Scot McKnight

I read Jonathan Wilson-Hartgrove’s newest book, The Wisdom of Stability: Rooting Faith in a Mobile Culture , because I was asked to blurb it. Here is what I said to Paraclete: I like this book but I don’t think I […]

UK Coalition Government: Help us

posted by Scot McKnight

Some of us over here in the USA are trying to make sense of what is happening with the coalition government in England.  What do our British friends have to tell us? Is this good or bad?  From CNN.com… New […]

Great is the Lord 2

posted by Scot McKnight

Ron Highfield’s new book, Great Is the Lord: Theology for the Praise of God , examines the roles of reason and experience in theology. Anselm’s statement is famous: “For I do not seek to understand that I may believe, but I believe in […]

Another blue bird in our backyard (not a parakeet)

posted by Scot McKnight

We just spotted this Indigo Bunting at our feeder.  

Lieberman’s TEA act: What do you think?

posted by Scot McKnight

What do you think? (From Newsy)(HT: MV) Multisource political news, world news, and entertainment news analysis by Newsy.com

Our Common Prayerbook 13

posted by Scot McKnight

“How long will this hassle or threat last?” is a very common question. David asks it four times in the space of two verses in Psalm 13 (after the jump). Actually David asks how long God will ignore him and […]

Derek Webb, Edgy and a Voice in the Wilderness

posted by Scot McKnight

J.R. Briggs recently suggested to me that I should listen to Derek Webb’s new album called Mockingbird . So I did. I liked it.  What I liked most was the lyrics, and the following lyrics — from “A New Law” […]

What Do Scientists Really Think? 1 (RJS)

posted by Jesus Creed Admin

Today I am a lab rat – the little white kind, running through a maze, dissected for examination… Elaine Howard Ecklund a sociologist at Rice University, with a husband on the faculty in Physics, has published a book Science vs […]

Perilous Times 1

posted by Scot McKnight

I’m sitting here reading Robert Wuthnow’s newest book, Be Very Afraid: The Cultural Response to Terror, Pandemics, Environmental Devastation, Nuclear Annihilation, and Other Threats , and I’m thinking about how I — “we” would be better — responded in the […]

What’s that guy saying? (click it to enlarge)

posted by Scot McKnight

Our Common Prayerbook 12

posted by Scot McKnight

First the request and then the problem and then the theology. That’s the basic structure of Psalm 12 (after the jump). Let’s look at the 2d and then the 1st and then the third. I’ve often observed, and observe here […]

Elena Kagan: Nomination

posted by Scot McKnight

There are two sides of this nomination, but one point about the probably result seems important to many:  “If the Senate confirms Ms. Kagan, who is Jewish, the Supreme Court for the first time will have no Protestant members. In […]

What does this study mean for churches?

posted by Scot McKnight

Barna’s newest report interviews teenagers about what they think life will be like for them when they are 25 yrs old, and I’ve clipped a few paragraphs: May 10, 2010 – Spring is graduation season for millions of students. What are […]

Great is the Lord 1

posted by Scot McKnight

I am reading and blogging through Ron Highfield’s new book called Great Is the Lord: Theology for the Praise of God . This opens our series; it’s a serious volume for theologians and pastors, but it’s faith angle gives the […]

Is your Yard “Green”?

posted by Scot McKnight

At WaPo, Ed Begley Jr. tells how he ripped up his yard and went native … What do you do for your yard that is “green” (ecologically sustainable and natural)? One of the first things I did when I moved into […]

Is the local church the “farm team”?

posted by Scot McKnight

Andy Rowell, at CT, examines the recent (and not so recent) announcements of Jim Belcher, N.T. Wright, Francis Chan, Pete Rollins and Brian McLaren … each of whom resigned from pastoring to become full-time authors, speakers, or (in the case […]

Pastor, Martyr, Prophet, Spy

posted by Scot McKnight

Kris and I will be going to Ireland in about a month and I have already picked the book I will read on the plane: Eric Metaxas, Bonhoeffer: Pastor, Martyr, Prophet, Spy . This year I began both my 4th […]

Preparing for Eucharist

posted by Scot McKnight

The Eucharist, though many today have never experienced it in such a manner, was part of a meal and not an isolated sacred set of rites. The meal-shaped Eucharist begins with Jesus: his routine evening meals with his disciples gave […]

Prayer for the Week

posted by Scot McKnight

O God, you have prepared for those who love you such good things as surpass our understanding: Pour into our hearts such love towards you, that we, loving you in all things and above all things, may obtain your promises, which […]

Saturday Afternoon Book Review: Andy Holt

posted by Scot McKnight

Book Review of Barbara Rossing, The Rapture Exposed: The Message of Hope in the Book of Revelation . By Andy Holt, who blogs at: The Sometimes Preacher. Full disclosure by Andy Holt, writer of this review: I’ve never believed in […]

OK, Gardeners, we need some help

posted by Scot McKnight

This picture is of two Iceland Poppies. Bought at the same time (there’s a third behind the big guy). Same size last summer but then… one of them has grown beyond all measure, no flowers, and we wonder why. Last […]

Weekly Meanderings

posted by Scot McKnight

Our new neighbor. He asked me where the blue parakeets were. I told him I was his blue parakeet. But if he didn’t mind himself, he’d be my blue parakeet. This was flippin’ fun! This is a good reminder. And […]

Satire on Weekend Services

posted by Scot McKnight

“Sunday’s Coming” Movie Trailer from North Point Media on Vimeo.

Mt Rushmore’s Backside

posted by Scot McKnight

What do you think these four fellas were looking for?  

Faith Stories

posted by Scot McKnight

Ours is the decade of memoirs, especially faith memoirs. I think of Anne Lamott’s uproarious and serious stories, but many are following her path to tell the honest-to-goodness of one’s life. I think of Susan Isaac’s genuine, sometimes heart-breaking and […]

What about a Sabbath?

posted by Scot McKnight

Every now and then a new book presses home, usually from a bewilderingly new angle, an old theme in such a way it gets me to thinking. And I was reading such a book when Nancy Beach, a teaching pastor […]

A Plea for Civility

posted by Scot McKnight

From President Obama’s speech at the University of Michigan… Today’s 24/7 echo-chamber amplifies the most inflammatory soundbites louder and faster than ever before.  And it’s also, however, given us unprecedented choice.  Whereas most Americans used to get their news from […]

Our Common Prayerbook 11

posted by Scot McKnight

This psalm, Psalm 11 (see after the jump), once again, is a prayer that weaves in and out of theology, plea and reflection — it ponders God as it ponders enemies. John Goldingay sums up what this psalm does in […]

Telling Our Story – The Story of Jesus (RJS)

posted by Jesus Creed Admin

This last week I (RJS not Scot) have spent my commute listening to the audio from the Wheaton Theology Conference: Jesus, Paul and the People of God: A Theological Dialogue with N.T. Wright. This is fascinating stuff – I recommend […]

The Resurrection of Ministry

posted by Scot McKnight

If you are total pragmatist when it comes to ministry, you won’t like this book. If you are a theologian-pastor type, you may well love Andrew Purves, The Resurrection of Ministry: Serving in the Hope of the Risen Lord . […]

From Catalyst to Q

posted by Scot McKnight

Brad Lomenick, leader of the wonderful Catalyst organization, and Gabe Lyons, leader of the Q conference … both had their conferences within about a week and I was at both. Catalyst was at Mariner’s Church in Newport Beach (first time […]

Our Common Prayerbook 9-10: 5

posted by Scot McKnight

Prayers include prayers for God to act in justice. So the psalmist goes at it, and this prayer reminds me some of the Magnificat: it’s not vindication or vengeance so much as it is balancing the scales. The confidence of […]

Law at the Jesus Creed: David Opderbeck on Justice

posted by Scot McKnight

Justice, Judgment, “Soul Sort Narratives,” and Love In my post on Brian McLaren’s “Soul Sort Narrative,” we began to discuss the connection between justice, judgment and love.  As a lawyer and legal scholar, the themes of justice and judgment have always been interesting […]

Making Funerals Christian

posted by Scot McKnight

Tom Long, well-known American Presbyterian preacher and professor, decided more than a decade ago that it was time to do a state of the art book on the Christian funeral. “What I did not anticipate discovering,” he confesses, “that the […]

Great is the Lord!

posted by Scot McKnight

I met Ron Highfield in an airport after we had both attended a conference in Cincinnati. Ron is a theologian at Pepperdine, and I will get to speak at Pepperdine this week. But Ron has a good, a very good […]

D.B. Hart on the New Atheists

posted by Scot McKnight

A longish, I admit, clip from First Things: The principal source of my melancholy, however, is my firm conviction that today’s most obstreperous infidels lack the courage, moral intelligence, and thoughtfulness of their forefathers in faithlessness. What I find chiefly […]

Our Common Prayerbook 9-10: 4

posted by Scot McKnight

I’ve experienced sin, and I’ve read the lives of sinners talking about their sins, and I’ve read Genesis 3’s beautiful account and I’ve read the prodigal son’s sins, but I don’t think there is anything in the Bible that plumbs […]

Wright, Hays, and History as Apologetic (RJS)

posted by Jesus Creed Admin

This last week I (RJS – not Scot) have spent my commute listening to the audio from the Wheaton Theology Conference: Jesus, Paul and the People of God: A Theological Dialogue with N.T. Wright. This is fascinating stuff – I […]

Ask Andy 5

posted by Scot McKnight

 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 Communication ) and generating my questions that he answers in his […]

Yep, we’re back … and it appears someone had a different view

posted by Scot McKnight

Our Common Prayerbook 9-10: 3

posted by Scot McKnight

Here are words, and both Psalm 9 and 10 can be read after the jump, that many feel, that many want to say, that many are afraid to say, especially in public, that the psalmist says and with eloquence and […]

Letter from a Reader: Great Question for Conversation

posted by Scot McKnight

This letter comes from a reader, and it’s a good framing of a vital way of approaching the homosexual debate in the church. The essence of it is this: if polygamy was wrong and polygamists both remained within the people […]

On Changing Culture 10

posted by Scot McKnight

This book proposes a “new city commons” and it does on the basis of a singular text in Jeremiah. James Davison Hunter, in his new book, (To Change the World: The Irony, Tragedy, and Possibility of Christianity in the Late […]

Foxes in Yard (not great video)

posted by Scot McKnight

This Fox Kit is Not Quite Tame (but close)

posted by Scot McKnight

Right over our fence in our neighbor’s yard. There are five of them, and this one walked right up to me. Cool. Click on the photo and you can see those eyes.  

Studying Revivals

posted by Scot McKnight

We are reading and blogging about James Davison Hunter’s proposals about how to change culture, and another book came our way leading me to this claim: it is as difficult to change culture as it is to manufacture a revival. […]

Teenage (Middle School) Facebook Ban

posted by Scot McKnight

What do you think? From CNN.com: (CNN) — In a move likely to earn him few Facebook friend requests from tweens, a New Jersey middle school principal is calling for parents to yank their children from all social-networking sites. Anthony Orsini […]

Preparing for Eucharist

posted by Scot McKnight

The Eucharist, whether you celebrate and participate daily, weekly, monthly or otherwise, needs to be seen as a Table instead of an Altar. The apostle Paul calls it the “Lord’s Table” in 1 Cor 10:1 and on the table food […]

Prayer for the Week

posted by Scot McKnight

Almighty God, whom truly to know is everlasting life: Grant us so perfectly to know your Son Jesus Christ to be the way, the truth, and the life, that we may steadfastly follow his steps in the way that leads […]

Saturday Afternoon Book Review: Keith Clark

posted by Scot McKnight

When we have one available, we post book reviews on Saturday Afternoon. This review is by Keith Clark. If you’d like to submit a review to us, speak up… Few texts are as pertinent as Exodus to the socio-cultural situation […]

National Day of Prayer

posted by Scot McKnight

At the Washingon Post, a controversy is brewing over government disinvitation of Franklin Graham. Here is the discussion set of questions: What do you think? National day of prayer and controversy Did the Pentagon do the right thing by disinviting […]

How do you define this term?

posted by Scot McKnight

Out of Arizona, from Clarence Dupnik, we’ve got a new word: “fornickaboobery.” It describes the new immigration law — and he doesn’t like it. It occurred through fornickaboobery. What in the world does it mean? What do you think he […]

Weekly Meanderings

posted by Scot McKnight

This picture of two star clusters is awesome. Kris and I will be in Ireland this June, and here’s a brochure for our event in Dublin. We are really looking forward to this opportunity to speak in Ireland. Anyone know […]

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