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Saturday Afternoon Book Review: Michael Thompson

posted by Scot McKnight

Reggie McNeal, Reggie McNeal,  Missional Renaissance: Changing the Scorecard for the Church (Jossey-Bass Leadership Network Series) (San Francisco: Jossey-Bass, 2009).  Reviewed by Michael C Thompson, who blogs at Grasshoppers Dreaming.  Sitting at a recent church conference at which Reggie McNeal […]

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Weekly Meanderings

posted by Scot McKnight

The heart of the summer brings out some great flower colors. Jim Martin’s reflections on a retreat. Should Christians align themselves with a political party? Allan Bevere asks and discusses. Geeding about being gray. Karen, with her nose on the […]

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Did this band sing in September?

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Speaking of September

posted by Scot McKnight

Your Favorite Version of …

posted by Scot McKnight

“See You in September”? How about this one by Julie Budd?

Anne Rice Quits…

posted by Scot McKnight

…. being a Christian. Does this move make her a “spiritual” and “follower of Christ” but not “religious” or “in the Catholic Church”? How do you read her recent statement? Let me make a point I’ve made a number of […]

The Wesleyan Quadrilateral Step by Step (by T) 3

posted by Scot McKnight

We’re discussing how we build our knowledge of God, our theology, and using Wesley’s Quadrilateral (Scripture, Tradition, Reason and Experience) as an outline for our discussion.  Last time we looked at Tradition with some wonderful discussion; today’s topic is the role […]

Imagine a World 3

posted by Scot McKnight

Imagine a world where the worst of offenders or the least conforming or the most offensive — in other words, sinners — are restored to the table of fellowship. That’s what Jesus exhorts the Pharisees and legal experts to imagine […]

Twitter Disciples

posted by Scot McKnight

HT: SF

Our Common Prayerbook 25 – 3

posted by Scot McKnight

Prayer is soul-ish wandering. It begins in one place and the spirit and soul wander from place to place while in God’s presence. One could say that genuine prayer often meanders from one thought to another.  The psalmist in Psalm […]

Evolution: A Remarkable History (not by RJS)

posted by Scot McKnight

Yes, you read the title for this post right. This is SMcK and not RJS, but this post is on evolution. Why? Because I just finished reading Evolution: The Remarkable History of a Scientific Theory (Modern Library Chronicles) , and […]

Evangelicalism’s Radical Diversity 4

posted by Scot McKnight

Inerrancy broke into a debate in the late 1970s when Harold Lindsell (in The Battle for the Bible ) named names and laid down the law. The law was that a true evangelical believed in inerrancy.  Steve Wilkens and Don […]

DC Public School Teachers … this could be big

posted by Scot McKnight

CNN.com.. Do you think we need to purge public schools? What do you think of this move in DC? Washington (CNN) — The District of Columbia public school system announced Friday that it is letting 226 employees go for poor performance […]

Our Common Prayerbook 25 – 2

posted by Scot McKnight

Prayer is soul-ish wandering and for me Psalm 25 exemplifies the prayer of soulish wandering.  This psalm begins (vv. 1-3) by offering one’s very heart to God and then moves to petitioning for instruction.  Soulish wandering longs for wisdom. Hence vv. […]

Imagine a World 2

posted by Scot McKnight

Imagine a world, Jesus once told his followers, where lost people get found. Jesus told three such parables, we call them the lost sheep, the lost coin and the lost son. I want to dabble with the first two today. […]

Missional Small Groups

posted by Scot McKnight

Here’s an arresting line about small groups, and it is one that expresses both the frustrations and dreams of many of us: “Instead of doing groups for the sake of experiencing community, groups experience community for the sake of participating […]

Just When we Centralize… the UK …

posted by Scot McKnight

Did you see this report in the NYTimes? The UK is beginning to decentralize its National Health Service … just as the USA is passing legislation to make health care better and cheaper by centralizing. Here are a few clips: […]

Our Common Prayerbook 25 – 1

posted by Scot McKnight

Prayer is soul-ish wandering. It wanders from who we are and what we have done and what life is like into the presence of God where it again wanders into who God is and what God is like and what […]

Should Pollsters Go to Seminary? (RJS)

posted by Jesus Creed Admin

Pete Enns has a new article up at the Huffington Post: Evolution and Religion: Why Religion Pollsters Should Go to Seminary First. Ignore the forum (especially the ads on the sidebar) and read the article – this is an interesting […]

Which Reminds Me

posted by Scot McKnight

In chapter four of Mark Twain’s Tom Sawyer and Huckleberry Finn (Everyman’s Library) , we read the wonderful tale of Tom trading for tickets outside church on a Sunday morning. Before the chapter is over we discover those tickets were […]

ADA and Joni

posted by Scot McKnight

From CNN.com… What is your local church doing? (CNN) — As I sat on the White House lawn 20 years ago and watched President George H.W. Bush sign the Americans with Disabilities Act into law, I knew it was a grand […]

Goodbye Middle Class

posted by Scot McKnight

Here’s something to think about and discuss:  Is the middle class disappearing? From Yahoo! Finance (via HT: BB) The 22 statistics detailed here prove beyond a shadow of a doubt that the middle class is being systematically wiped out of existence in […]

Our Common Prayerbook 24 – 3

posted by Scot McKnight

Psalm 24:7-10 is a double-set of exclamations: in both v. 7 and v. 9 the psalmist exhorts the gates to open, and in vv. 8 and 10 the psalmist describes YHWH and his entrance into the Temple. In the flow […]

Imagine a World 1

posted by Scot McKnight

Parables sometimes get a bum rap. For too many and for too long Christians have read the parables as illustrations of propositions found more clearly in other texts. So, it is argued, Jesus gives a parable about the pearl of […]

Andy Rowell’s Book Suggestions on Church

posted by Scot McKnight

Andy Rowell is a third year Doctor of Theology (Th.D.) student at Duke Divinity School. His primary concentration is Church, Ministry, and Evangelism and his secondary concentration is New Testament. He blogs at Church Leadership Conversations. What are your suggestions […]

(Nelle) Harper Lee: A Monument Not Built

posted by Scot McKnight

Charles Shields’ biography of Harper Lee is baffling because Harper Lee refused to play the game, except she did play the game for a few innings in the early 60s when her famous novel came out and it was made […]

Preparing for Eucharist

posted by Scot McKnight

John Mark Hicks, Come to the Table: Revisioning the Lord’s Supper ,  suggests the Table of the Lord is for all, and for families, including children.  So, he urges us to consider the Table as a family event. Here’s why: Table fellowship […]

Prayer for the Week

posted by Scot McKnight

O God, the protector of all who trust in you, without whom nothing is strong, nothing is holy: Increase and multiply upon us your mercy; that, with you as our ruler and guide, we may so pass through things temporal, that […]

Saturday Afternoon Book Review: Andy Holt

posted by Scot McKnight

This review comes at the perfect time. Though we did a series on Walton’s book when it came out, we are treated to review of the book during a period when this topic is fresh and relevant to the posts […]

Weekly Meanderings

posted by Scot McKnight

This is the 200th edition of Weekly Meanderings,  and we get this nice greeting from a Snow Leopard baby! (And I must be crazy.)   John Frye sees Jesus as a discernment artist. This is a good read and a […]

Friday Night at the Movies: Inception

posted by Scot McKnight

Review: Inception By Travis Greene Written & directed by Christopher Nolan, starring Leonardo DiCaprio, Ellen Page, Joseph Gordon-Levitt. 148 minutes. Rated PG-13 for sequences of violence and action throughout. Inception begins with a shot of a wave crashing into the […]

Progressive Christian, Prophetic Evangelical

posted by Scot McKnight

Brad Braxton, here in Chicago at McCormick Theological Seminary, writes in the HuffPo about progressive Christianity and prophetic evangelicalism, and he urges us to get in front of Jesus. What do you think of getting in front of Jesus? What […]

The Wesleyan Quadrilateral Step by Step (by T) 2

posted by Scot McKnight

We’re discussing how we build what we know about God, our theology, and using Wesley’s Quadrilateral as an outline for our discussion.  The first of the four I want to discuss is Tradition.  I think I want to start with that one […]

Unity Works in Two Directions

posted by Scot McKnight

Anli Serfontein, of the Religion News Service, reports on Lutherans wanting to remain one church in spite of differences over sexuality. The irony of the Lutheran bishop bleeds into duplicitousness. Here’s the problem: As was the case with the Anglican […]

Evangelicals and Immigration: Times are achangin’

posted by Scot McKnight

There’s an excellent NYTimes report about evangelicals and immigration, though I wish they had mentioned M. Daniel Carroll R., whose book is one of the best I’ve seen: Christians at the Border: Immigration, the Church, and the Bible .  “My […]

Our Common Prayerbook 24 – 2

posted by Scot McKnight

The psalms are prayers, and we learn to pray by watching the psalmists pray. Which reminds me of Lynn Anderson’s book, a book that examines who we learn to talk back to God in the psalms: Talking Back to God: […]

Did Jesus really walk on water? (RJS)

posted by Jesus Creed Admin

Although I have often interacted here with posts on other blogs, I have not generally paid a great deal of attention to the comments on those other blogs. There was an interesting comment on Peter Enns’s post Jesus and the […]

Evangelicalism’s Radical Diversity 3

posted by Scot McKnight

The reason I disagree with Al Mohler’s recent strong statement that clearly ties belief in the gospel to young earth creationism and denial of the gospel for those who believe in theistic evolution is not because I’m a scientist and […]

Health Insurance Premiums and Your Choice of Doctor

posted by Scot McKnight

Wow, this just in … and it concerns me: As the Obama administration begins to enact the new national health care law, the country’s biggest insurers are promoting affordable plans with reduced premiums that require participants to use a narrower […]

Our Common Prayerbook 24 – 1

posted by Scot McKnight

Psalm 24 has three unrelated sections: vv. 1-2, 3-6 and 7-10. So also J. Goldingay: Psalms 1. The ecological theme of so many of us today, the green theme, jumps out of Psalm 24’s first two verses, and these two […]

The Wesleyan Quadrilateral Step by Step (by T)

posted by Scot McKnight

Assembling Our Theology – the Wesleyan Quadrilateral In my last post here, I expressed my surprise that Al Mohler and others were arguing that theism–the idea that God is active today in the world–is at stake in the age of […]

Are Christians Really….? 7

posted by Scot McKnight

Now the big one: What do non-Christians think of Christians? This chp is an examination of one of the most common observations made in the last decade, and it is an observation made often among emerging folks. I’ve made the […]

Goodbye Dating, Hello … well, you read it

posted by Scot McKnight

Gina Dalfonzo created a story of a young Christian woman’s struggle with living out the dating advice of Christian circles … from waiting to not dating to not being able to find a date to dating and then marrying a […]

Our Common Prayerbook 23 – 2

posted by Scot McKnight

The second part of Psalm 23 shifts at v. 5 from God as Shepherd to God as hospitable host. Again, we are reading through J. Goldingay (Psalms 1), and you can see the text of Psalm 23 after the jump. […]

Sin, Suffering, and the Fall (RJS)

posted by Jesus Creed Admin

We had some excellent conversations last week centered on my post Houston, Here’s the Situation and T’s post The Credibility of Our Christian Faith. A regular reader commented on both of these posts suggesting that we should refocus the conversation […]

Do We Believe in the Spirit? by John Frye

posted by Scot McKnight

This post is by my friend John Frye, who blogs at: Jesus the Radical Pastor. He’s got a very important point, and it is one that ties with T’s post last Friday: Discernment through the Spirit on how to live […]

U of Illinois Religion Professor Fired … now under review

posted by Scot McKnight

A Roman Catholic professor, employed both by the Newman center and by the Univ of Illinois, was fired when it was determined that his teaching on homosexuality was contrary to standards at the Univ of Illinois. I first read at […]

Our Common Prayerbook 23 – 1

posted by Scot McKnight

Commenting on Psalm 23 is like commenting on the Lord’s Prayer. The text has come to mean so much to so many that anyone’s comments fall short. Again, our guide is John Goldingay: (Psalms 1). Reading Psalm 22 is like […]

Are Christians Really….? 6

posted by Scot McKnight

This is the chp some of you are waiting for. In this chp, Brad Wright examines the big one: Are Christians loving?  And I’m going to depart from normal custom and give the results first: When it comes to measures […]

Evangelicalism’s Radical Diversity 2

posted by Scot McKnight

When you hear these two words, the words “evangelical” and “eschatology,” what is the first word that comes to mind? I’m asking you for the first thing that comes to mind. Here’s what would probably be said by conventional culture: […]

Getting the Reformation Wrong

posted by Scot McKnight

This is a bit of a book notice. IVP sent me an advanced photocopy of James Payton, Jr.’s, book, Getting the Reformation Wrong: Correcting Some Misunderstandings , and I want to urge it upon readers who have any interest in […]

Preparing for Eucharist

posted by Scot McKnight

John Mark Hicks, Come to the Table: Revisioning the Lord’s Supper ,  suggests the Table of the Lord is for all … except the rebellious. Jesus welcomed sinners and tax collectors and prostitutes to his Table, but those who came were invited […]

Prayer for the Week

posted by Scot McKnight

Almighty God, the fountain of all wisdom, you know our necessities before we ask and our ignorance in asking: Have compassion on our weakness, and mercifully give us those things which for our unworthiness we dare not, and for our […]

Saturday Afternoon Book Review: Matt Edwards

posted by Scot McKnight

Mere Churchianity: Finding Your Way Back to Jesus-Shaped Spirituality by Michael Spencer Reviewed by Matt Edwards   In Mere Churchianity, Michael Spencer (aka The Internet Monk) urges those wounded by the church to return to a Jesus-shaped spirituality. Writing primarily to […]

Weekly Meanderings

posted by Scot McKnight

Greetings this Saturday from our friends the puffins! A beauty about Harper Lee by Karen. Another beauty about life by Don. My colleague, Justin Topp, has a nice post at BioLogos. Kevin, in Ireland, lays down some observations about universalism. […]

Are Christians Really….? 6

posted by Scot McKnight

When it comes to marriage, sex, domestic violence, abortion, crime, substance abuse and everyday honesty, how do Christians stack up? Some of you were asking Wednesday about “non-churchy” behaviors, well, here are some numbers. These are the questions Brad Wright […]

The Credibility of our Christian Faith (by T)

posted by Scot McKnight

My mind is really churning now as a result of RJS’s “Houston, we still have a problem” posts, and the comments and the linked conversations and speeches, and I imagine I’m not alone.  The issues that are sticking in my […]

Virtual Sermons, Virtual Churches, Virtual Christians

posted by Scot McKnight

Overall, I’m against it. Yes, there are probably situations where virtual sermons are needed. Yes, I’ve actually participated in this sort of thing… but…  What do you think? What does this say about pastoral theology? About ecclesiology? About what a […]

What to call Terrorists?

posted by Scot McKnight

At the Washington Post there’s a good discussion set up by the introduction (indented lines below). The issue is do we link “terrorist” with one’s religion? That is, do we call someone an “Islamic” terrorist or does that impugn and […]

Our Common Prayerbook 22 – 4

posted by Scot McKnight

Reading Psalm 22 is like watching a pious person wrestle mightily with God, with the self, with others, and with what the person believes in the innermost heart and soul and mind [Psalms 1]. Psalm 22:23ff takes a mighty turn. It […]

The Miracles of Creation? (RJS)

posted by Jesus Creed Admin

There have been a number of interesting posts on the Biologos blog recently; a series of three posts by Ard Louis on Miracles and Science (Part 3 here) extracted from his scholarly essay, and a post just yesterday by Pete […]

Religious Colonialism 4

posted by Scot McKnight

Stephen Prothero’s newest book, God Is Not One: The Eight Rival Religions That Run the World–and Why Their Differences Matter, seeks to educate us all on the world’s great religions. One of his more important points is method: How do […]

.kids?

posted by Scot McKnight

From Jonah Goldberg … a proposal that the internet have a safe .kids domain. Here is one proposal. Right now, there are many “top-level domains” — .com, .org, .biz, .gov, .edu., etc. We propose the creation of a .kids domain […]

Our Common Prayerbook 22 – 3

posted by Scot McKnight

Psalm 22 is a struggle, a struggle of the psalmist with his enemies, with himself, with his faith, and with his God. But the psalmist keeps going forward, and I think part of it is shaped by reminding himself of […]

Are Christians Really….? 5

posted by Scot McKnight

Do Christians behave like Christians? Are they any different?  What do you think? If you run up and down your neighborhood, what observable differences do you see in those who say they are Christians? Tell the truth. Do empirical studies […]

Evangelicalism’s Radical Diversity 1

posted by Scot McKnight

So just how do you define an evangelical? Do you go with David Bebbington’s four-fold breakdown: Bible, Cross, Conversion and Active Christian living?  Steve Wilkens and Don Thorsen, both profs at Azusa Pacific, have a new book that takes on […]

Informed … cultivated

posted by Scot McKnight

From David Brooks, a good essay worth reading carefully… [Recent] studies feed into the debate that is now surrounding Nicholas Carr’s book, “The Shallows.” Carr argues that the Internet is leading to a short-attention-span culture. He cites a pile of research […]

Our Common Prayerbook 22 – 2

posted by Scot McKnight

As John Goldingay [Psalms 1]  puts it, Psalm 22 weaves in and out of despair and praise. After two verses of the most memorable expressions of a sense of despair and abandonment, the psalmist turns toward his faith and affirms what he […]

Houston, Here’s the Situation (RJS)

posted by Jesus Creed Admin

We had a couple of good conversations last week centered on the difficulties introduced into our faith by the scientific evidence for evolution and the age of the earth. (Posts here: Houston, We’ve Had a Problem and Houston, We Still […]

Religious Colonialism 3

posted by Scot McKnight

Stephen Prothero’s newest book, God Is Not One: The Eight Rival Religions That Run the World–and Why Their Differences Matter ., seeks to educate his audience on the basics of the major world religions. After his sketch of Islam, upon […]

Church of One, Church of Many

posted by Scot McKnight

What comes to mind for you?  

Our Common Prayerbook 22 – 1

posted by Scot McKnight

As John Goldingay [Psalms 1]  puts it, Psalm 22 weaves in and out of possibility, the efficacy of prayer, the necessity of praising God and the present needs of the psalmist. This is a famous psalm because Jesus quotes from it on […]

Are Christians Really….? 5

posted by Scot McKnight

Where do Evangelical and Protestant church members come from? Are they born into their group or do they convert into this group? This is the question Brad Wright asks and probes in the 4th chap of his excellent new book, […]

Jesus is Groovy

posted by Scot McKnight

In high school a friend of mine, well known for smoking pot and into other mind-altering substances, invited me to a place where a new Bible study had formed. I was a crew-cut wearing athlete who had never toked up […]

This little girl needs our help

posted by Scot McKnight

So, once again, I hope you will ponder and pray over sponsoring a child at only 34 dollars per month. Our hope is to use this blog space to urge readers to consider sponsoring a child in Swaziland, a land in […]

Bible Atlas

posted by Scot McKnight

I will never forget the first time I read the Old Testament’s historical books (Genesis — 2 Chronicles, Ezra, Nehemiah) cover to cover with a Bible atlas. I was in college and I learned so much. The atlas I used, […]

To Kill a Mockingbird

posted by Scot McKnight

The novel, To Kill a Mockingbird: 50th Anniversary Edition , is 50 years old now.  Thanks to my friend, Karen, who posted this link, I’m about to sit down to read the novel again as well as the baffling biography, […]

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. The Table of the Lord should be inclusive. The Table should transcend all cultural, ethnic and gender boundaries. We sit […]

Prayer for the Week

posted by Scot McKnight

O Lord, mercifully receive the prayers of your people who call upon you, and grant that they may know and understand what things they ought to do, and also may have grace and power faithfully to accomplish them; through Jesus Christ […]

Saturday Afternoon Book Review: Andy Holt

posted by Scot McKnight

Wolfgang Simson, The House Church Book: Rediscover the Dynamic, Organic, Relational, Viral Community Jesus Started . The only bland thing about Wolfgang Simson’s The House Church Book is the title. From the first page he confronts the reader with a […]

Syler Wins Prius!

posted by Scot McKnight

A friend of mine, and co-author of a book we are writing (with Chris Folmsbee) on the Jesus Creed for high school students, Syler, won a free Prius through a Cubs raffle. Read his story… Anyone have a story of […]

Weekly Meanderings

posted by Scot McKnight

Thanks to Sherrie Lowly for telling her story. Larry Hurtado, one of our fine New Testament scholars, now has a website. Leading me to ask, If Larry, who’s next? Jim’s reminder is always good to hear. Tim Dalrymple, over at […]

What’s Wrong with this Argument?

posted by Scot McKnight

No Kidding, an Usher’s T-shirt said this

posted by Scot McKnight

We were visiting a church recently when both Kris and I noticed the T-shirt the usher was wearing. Bright red with big white letters: “What did Jesus say to the Cubs?” “Don’t do nothin’ til I get back!” In church. […]

Are Christians Really….? 4

posted by Scot McKnight

Are evangelical Christians poor, uneducated, Southern and white? (Not that anyone has anything against any of the groups.)  This is the question Brad Wright asks and probes in the 4th chap of his excellent new book, Christians Are Hate-Filled Hypocrites…and […]

Misperceptions of Evangelicals

posted by Scot McKnight

We’re living in days where false images of evangelicals abound. The knack here is not to play the victim card and start blaming everyone else. The knack is to describe the scene. Which leads me to a new book… Steve […]

Obama, Immigration, and Evangelical Counsel

posted by Scot McKnight

Did you see this? What are your thoughts? The White House invited four of the country’s top evangelical pastors to attend President Obama’s speech this morning [recently] calling for immigration reform. The move is a testament both to the importance the issue has come […]

Our Common Prayerbook 21 – 2

posted by Scot McKnight

Psalm 21 celebrates in vv. 8-12 the future delivering acts of YHWH. It is not entirely clear at times whether the speaker is speaking of the King or of YHWH, but the two are clearly interwoven, something that is both […]

Houston, We Still Have a Problem (RJS)

posted by Jesus Creed Admin

We had an interesting discussion Tuesday centered on scripture, the reliability of scripture, and the foundation of our faith: Houston, We’ve Had a Problem. One of the key aspects of this conversation was how we view scripture as reliable in […]

Religious Colonialism 2

posted by Scot McKnight

We need to understand other religions for a variety of reasons, not the least of which is our globalized world is making the world smaller and because some think the differences between the religions is actually, upon closer inspection, shrinking […]

Independence from Dependence (on oil)

posted by Scot McKnight

From CNN.com, by Jonathan Powers. What do you think?  Oil poses a clear threat to America’s economic and national security. This spring we have watched as untold millions of gallons of oil flowed into the Gulf. But for years, we […]

Our Common Prayerbook 21 – 1

posted by Scot McKnight

Psalm 21 follows Psalm 20 both numerically and thematically. It is one distance removed from what happened in Psalm 20, but has the same basic themes: the king’s victory leads to joy and contemplation of more victories. I swipe the […]

Are Christians Really….? 3

posted by Scot McKnight

Are today’s youth abandoning the Church? Is there cause for alarm? Or is the condition with youth in the church today about the same as always?  These are questions that many people are asking and many people are also answering […]

Tattoos and Jobs

posted by Scot McKnight

This is an issue for some, and it’s an eye-roller for others. But not all think tats are a good idea, especially the more visible down-the-arm or around-the-neck or all-over-the-face kind. Flannery O’Connor you may remember used a tattoo in […]

The Names You Can’t Use

posted by Scot McKnight

From CNN.com, these are first names that are prohibited in some foreign countries. Any names you’d like to suggest for the good ol’ USA?  Here in the U.S., you can name your kid almost anything, but that’s not the case […]

Our Common Prayerbook 20 – 2

posted by Scot McKnight

Yesterday we began to look at Psalm 20. We observed the prayer was more of a blessing said in the presence of God about the King. The context seems to be the King going to war or to battle. Those […]

Houston, We’ve Had a Problem (RJS)

posted by Jesus Creed Admin

Scot forwarded this letter, with permission of the author to post. I am putting it up for consideration because it fits with the general topics I’ve posted on for the last several years. We’ve had a problem – and this […]

Religious Colonialism 1

posted by Scot McKnight

A pastor once said to me that Christianity, Judaism, and Islam believe in the same God but just worship him differently. I said two things back: (1) Not true, for no Jew or Muslim believes in or worships God as […]

Do We Need Libraries?

posted by Scot McKnight

I just came across this one.  By Anna Davlantes, FOX Chicago News Chicago – They eat up millions of your hard earned tax dollars. It’s money that could be used to keep your child’s school running. So with the internet […]

Our Common Prayerbook 20 – 1

posted by Scot McKnight

Psalm 20 is a unique of liturgical worship (read the Psalm after the jump). It reads as if the People, or some group, is praying for the King in vv. 1-5 and then in v. 6 the King responds, and […]

Are Christians Really….? 2

posted by Scot McKnight

What we think they know and what is true are often at odd, sometimes in ignorant bliss though. This observation alone encourages us to get it right by finding evidence for what we know, or conforming what we know to […]

Christ and the Dragons 7

posted by Scot McKnight

James Emery White’s , in his new book ( Christ Among the Dragons: Finding Our Way Through Cultural Challenges), offers nothing less than a stunning chp on the importance of the church, and we will close this series with this post. And […]

Fireworks!

posted by Scot McKnight

Declaration of Independence

posted by Scot McKnight

IN CONGRESS, July 4, 1776. The unanimous Declaration of the thirteen united States of America, When in the Course of human events, it becomes necessary for one people to dissolve the political bands which have connected them with another, and […]

Disciples of the Crucified Nazarene

posted by Scot McKnight

There is no book like this and there is no book because there is no one today who lived Ernst K?semann’s life. He is known today, though not as well as he ought to be by the younger generation of […]

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. The Table of the Lord visibly — visibly, concretely, physically, really — expresses the unity of the Body of Christ. […]

Prayer for the Week

posted by Scot McKnight

O God, you have taught us to keep all your commandments by loving you and our neighbor: Grant us the grace of your Holy Spirit, that we may be devoted to you with our whole heart, and united to one another […]

Saturday Afternoon Book Review: Justin Topp

posted by Scot McKnight

Galileo Goes to Jail and Other Myths about Science and Religion Edited by Ronald L. Numbers Harvard University Press ISBN 978-0674033276 Reviewed by Justin Topp, Ph.D. Assistant Professor of Biology North Park University Blog:http://scienceandtheology.wordpress.com/ Twitter: JustinTopp Science and religion are […]

For July 4th, a (set of) thought(s)

posted by Scot McKnight

Tomorrow is a day of worship, so I’m posting this today… I’m scanning the blogs that are interlinked about the incongruity of followers of Jesus celebrating July 4th, and especially doing so in a church, on a Sunday. I’m seeing […]

Weekly Meanderings

posted by Scot McKnight

The lightning at the Acropolis will wake up some dead philosopher-kings. A big heart-felt thanks to Cathleen Falsani for this wondrous story. An important new blog, Transpositions, on theology and art — give it some reads. Don Johnson’s proposed list […]

Was Bonhoeffer an Evangelical?

posted by Scot McKnight

Interesting question. I’d say “No.” I’d “label” him as orthodox, Protestant, German, Lutheran, Pietist. The evangelical movement is more or less the Reformed side of the Reformation than the Lutheran side. (Though the German Lutherans themselves call themselves “evangelisch” in […]

I don’t mention music often but… Josh Fox

posted by Scot McKnight

I’ve been listening to Josh Fox’s new album, Radiant, and especially to track 2: Mighty is Our God. It puts into music and lyrics the essence of Psalm 19. (iTunes link.) The song begins with an almost Robin Mark-beat and […]

Christ and the Dragons 6

posted by Scot McKnight

James Emery White’s , in his new book ( Christ Among the Dragons: Finding Our Way Through Cultural Challenges), zeroes in the issue of civility. We looked at one treatment of the theme Wednesday and today we look at a second one: […]

Things I Used to Believe …

posted by Scot McKnight

C. Michael Patton has a post meandering through things he used to believe. But he isn’t so sure anymore. Like you are either 100% correct in theology or wrong. Or all sins are equal in God’s sight. The unbeliever’s skepticism […]

Our Common Prayerbook 19 – 4

posted by Scot McKnight

We close out Psalm 19 today, and we recall that it had two sections — one that saw creation praising God and one that sees the human praising God for his Word. The “word” of creation has a silent praise; […]

Historical Jesus Scholars: New Theory!

posted by Scot McKnight

All in good fun. Did you see this one?

Evolution in the Key of D: Descent and Drama (RJS)

posted by Jesus Creed Admin

I recently received a copy of John F. Haught‘s new book Making Sense of Evolution: Darwin, God, and the Drama of Life. Haught is a Senior Fellow in Science and Religion at Woodstock Theological Center, Georgetown University and Professor of […]

Are Christians Really….? 1

posted by Scot McKnight

As I mentioned Monday afternoon, I’ve got a new book sitting here that will be a dynamic book to read and blog about. It’s one of the most encouraging and myth-busting books of the last two decades. The book is […]

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Theology After Darwin 1 (RJS)
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Let's Get Neanderthal!
The Cave Man Diet, or Paleo Diet, is getting attention. (Nothing is said about Culver's at all.) The big omission, I have to admit, is that those folks were hunters -- using spears or smacking some rabbit upside the conk or grabbing a fish or two with their hands ... but that's what makes this diet

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