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Our Common Prayerbook 30 – 3

posted by Scot McKnight

Psalm 30 thanks God (vv. 1-3, 11-12) and exhorts others to thank God (vv. 4-5). Both emerge from the concrete reality of David’s own experience. Here is what that experience looks like: Step one: David was set on high and […]

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Theology After Darwin 1 (RJS)

posted by Jesus Creed Admin

One of the more important and more difficult pieces of the puzzle as we feel our way forward at the interface of science and faith is the theological implications of discoveries in modern science. A comment on my post Evolution […]

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Almost Christian 4

posted by Scot McKnight

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 new book […]

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Let’s Get Neanderthal!

posted by Scot McKnight

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 […]

Our Common Prayerbook 30 – 2

posted by Scot McKnight

Psalm 30 is the story of the ups and downs of life, and David is frank and clear. He was in a flourishing spot, he became proud, the Lord was with him but disciplined him, and then the Lord lifted […]

Women Preachers, A Story Often Neglected

posted by Scot McKnight

Telling the truth of the Church’s Story means telling the whole story. In the Church’s Story are the stories of women who did mighty things. But these stories are not being told. What can we do to include these stories […]

Paul for the Perplexed 2

posted by Scot McKnight

If you’ve ever taught Paul’s letters you know the challenge: How does one put Paul together? Or the teacher asks, Where can I begin that makes the whole become clear? Where do I tap to make this diamond fall out? […]

Two Theologians No Longer with Us — Yet Still Speaking to Us

posted by Scot McKnight

What did you like most about these theologians?  Clark Pinnock, by Doug Koop  Clark H. Pinnock’s life journey is over. The influential and often controversial evangelical theologian died unexpectedly August 15 of a heart attack. He was 73. In March, […]

Darren on Kingdom

posted by Scot McKnight

Darren Whitehead, one of the teaching pastors at Willow, is doing a wondrous series on kingdom of God. This weekend’s talk focused on seven themes of kingdom in the ministry of Jesus and in the church today, and I want […]

Prayer for the Week

posted by Scot McKnight

Lord of all power and might, the author and giver of all good things: Graft in our hearts the love of your Name; increase in us true religion; nourish us with all goodness; and bring forth in us the fruit […]

Saturday Afternoon Book Review: Wesley Vander Lugt

posted by Scot McKnight

W. David O. Taylor, ed.,For the Beauty of the Church: Casting a Vision for the Arts ~Reviewed by Wes Vander Lugt, a PhD student at the Institute for Theology, Imagination and the Arts who edits and contributes to Transpositions, a new […]

How can this be?

posted by Scot McKnight

I find the claim preposterous, and so these numbers just as shocking. From Tobin Grant’s article at CT… President Obama told Christianity Today in 2008, “I am a Christian, and I am a devout Christian.” According to a new Pew Forum survey, only a […]

Weekly Meanderings

posted by Scot McKnight

Nothing like the beauty of creation to wake us up on a Saturday morning. I hope your coffee tastes better looking at God’s world. This will be our last Weekly Meanderings at Beliefnet. Next week it will be at our […]

Set your link to our new site

posted by Scot McKnight

I will be posting this a few times, but just to begin the notification process now. We will be blogging right here at Beliefnet through August 31 but on September 1 we will be at our new site. Please point […]

Two Extremes?

posted by Scot McKnight

From NYTimes: Do you think these are two extreme reactions or do you think these are closer to the mainline? Are these two “incidents” connected?  What can we, as those who seek to follow Jesus and to embody the kingdom, […]

Almost Christian 3

posted by Scot McKnight

The youth in the church reflect a Christianity of niceness Kenda Dean’s new book is called Almost Christian: What the Faith of Our Teenagers is Telling the American Church , and it is a hard-hitting critique of the American church (and […]

Web Reviews for Journal Submissions

posted by Scot McKnight

This day had to come. Some journals are experimenting with online submissions and online reviews in the process of accepting pieces for publication. Here’s a piece by Patricia Cohen at NYTimes describing the process. For professors, publishing in elite journals is […]

Our Common Prayerbook 30 – 1

posted by Scot McKnight

It is good to give thanks for the Lord’s grace to us, especially when we have been rescued. The psalmist, and this one is attributed to David, gives thanks to God for rescue in these words at the opening of […]

What Did Jesus Know? (RJS)

posted by Jesus Creed Admin

Scot occasionally tries his hand with posts related to evolution – so I suppose I can post on Jesus. This post though has a great deal to do with the discussion of the relationship between science and faith. While many […]

Paul for the Perplexed 1

posted by Scot McKnight

It seems Christianity is taking sides. Some of it is overt and conscious while most of it seems unconscious and many are not even aware this is happening. On one side are Christians who think and believe like Jesus, and […]

Wowzers, That’s a Clear Message!

posted by Scot McKnight

The Blog’s New Address (next week)

posted by Scot McKnight

I will be posting this a few times, but just to begin the notification process now. We will be blogging right here at Beliefnet through August 31 but on September 1 we will be at our new site. Please visit […]

Blog Business and Licenses

posted by Scot McKnight

Yikes, Philly is starting to pressure bloggers with ads to get a license for their “business.” NEW YORK (CNNMoney.com) — Philadelphia bloggers were abuzz this week about a citywide move to crack down on citizens running a business without a […]

Our Common Prayerbook 29 – 3

posted by Scot McKnight

Psalm 29 has a natural (and profoundly theological) progression: it begins by summoning the “sons of Elohim” (heavenly beings) to worship God, and this seems to be a way of getting all humans to see that the idols must turn […]

D’Souza’s Now Evangelical, or is he?

posted by Scot McKnight

Dinesh D’Souza, a Roman Catholic (or is he?), is now President of an evangelical Bible college in NYC: King’s College. Here are his comments from Sarah Pulliam Bailey’s article at CT: “I’m quite happy to acknowledge my Catholic background; at […]

Almost Christian 2

posted by Scot McKnight

 Kenda Dean’s new book is called Almost Christian: What the Faith of Our Teenagers is Telling the American Church , and I will be blogging my way through it. Her fundamental insight is back-logic: we can infer from the condition of […]

Pilgrimaging 2

posted by Scot McKnight

Is a place like Iona, the famous island off the coast of Scotland where Columba set up a monastic community, holy? Do you think some places — as places — are “thin” places? What is a holy place? How is […]

This Blog Moves September 1

posted by Scot McKnight

I will be posting this a few times, but just to begin the notification process now. We will be blogging right here at Beliefnet through August 31 but on September 1 we will be at our new site. Please point […]

A Moment for Reflection

posted by Scot McKnight

A friend passed a link to this article to me. I read it and it made me stop in my tracks and ponder what life was like, the injustice of it all, the ingenuity needed to cope with the injustice, […]

Our Common Prayerbook 29 – 2

posted by Scot McKnight

The heart of Psalm 29, after summoning the heavenly court and all beings to give honor to YHWH and to bow before YHWH, marches through reasons why YHWH ought to be praised: because of YHWH’s voice, which the NetBible translates […]

Evolution in the Key of D: Deity or Deism? (RJS)

posted by Jesus Creed Admin

This is the final post from John F. Haught’s book  Making Sense of Evolution: Darwin, God, and the Drama of Life. The last chapter of the book deals with the concept of deity – who or what is this God […]

Imagine a World 8

posted by Scot McKnight

The parables of Jesus summon us to the edge of the world in order to imagine a world that can only be called “kingdom.” One scholar says Luke 7:41-43 is one of the treasured religious possessions of the Western world, […]

I Read the Headlines Today

posted by Scot McKnight

I like to read the headlines of major newspapers from all sides of the political spectrum, and that means I poke my nob into such notables as the NYTimes, WaPo, National Review, Christian Science Monitor, Slate, and of course the […]

Our Common Prayerbook 29 – 1

posted by Scot McKnight

Psalm 29 summons “heavenly beings” (sons of gods) to acknowledge YHWH, and you can read the Psalm after the jump where we include the NetBible’s version. Some have even suggested Psalm 29 adapts poetry from the Canaanites. The essential command […]

Almost Christian 1

posted by Scot McKnight

What does the faith of America’s teenagers tell us about the faith they are being taught? What does their faith tell us about the American Church? Two very good questions, both addressed by Kenda Dean, a professor at Princeton Theological […]

Elders: For Men Only?

posted by Scot McKnight

From CBE’s wonderful Arise Newsletter… Do you hear the argument that only males can be elders? On what basis is that argument based? Where does the Bible say an elder must be a male? Margaret Mowczko sketches a response to […]

Christ the Center

posted by Scot McKnight

Dietrich Bonhoeffer, John Stott and others have reminded us that at the center of Christianity is Jesus Christ. But we forget. When we forget, we begin centering our faith on how salvation occurs, on great theologians, on ethics, on justice, […]

Seoul Foreign School

posted by Scot McKnight

I’m a bit late on jotting down some ideas about our wonderful trip to (flower-filled) Korea. I was invited to speak to the Faculty and Staff of Seoul Foreign School in the Sodaemun-Gu area of Seoul. It our first trip […]

Prayer for the Week

posted by Scot McKnight

Grant, O merciful God, that your Church, being gathered together in unity by your Holy Spirit, may show forth your power among all peoples, to the glory of your Name; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with […]

Saturday Afternoon Book Review: Allan Bevere

posted by Scot McKnight

Book Review by Allan Bevere, a Methodist pastor and professor — who blogs.   Francis J. Beckwith, Politics for Christians: Statecraft As Soulcraft (Christian Worldview Integration) , Downers Grove: InterVarsity Press, 2010.   Francis Beckwith’s Politics for Christians is one […]

Weekly Meanderings

posted by Scot McKnight

Chicago’s annual air and water show! I focused on news items this week… Blogs come and blogs go. The good ones survive, and here’s notice of another good Bible blog by John Byron. Bookmark it. I read Chris Ridgeway‘s master’s […]

What’s Happening with Christian Music?

posted by Scot McKnight

My question is rooted in a clip from an article at Patheos. I genuinely would like to hear the views of all our readers. What’s going on? What have you seen? What will be happening? By Shawn David Young During […]

Pilgrimaging

posted by Scot McKnight

I cannot say I’ve ever really gone on a serious pilgrimage. A tourist goes to see and collect while the pilgrim goes to encounter and be changed. I can’t say I’ve ever gone to some place in the spirit of […]

When Christians Get it Wrong

posted by Scot McKnight

It has become fashionable for some to criticize the Church. In spite of what some say, most of the criticism comes from friendly fire more than the media — though the media has not always avoided unfair stereotypes. Yes, sometimes […]

The Class of 2014 (Beloit College Annual Study)

posted by Scot McKnight

What do you see here? (beside the beautiful “Morning Light” grasses at NPU) Beloit, Wis. – Born when Ross Perot was warning about a giant sucking sound and Bill Clinton was apologizing for pain in his marriage, members of this […]

Our Common Prayerbook 28 – 2

posted by Scot McKnight

Thanksgiving is a fruit that does not grow naturally among humans. Perhaps it grows easier for some than for others, but it is not uncommon for someone to experience something wonderful, something for which they had even pleaded with God, […]

Historical Adam?

posted by Scot McKnight

From Tremper Longman, at BioLogos: The description of how Adam was created is certainly figurative. The question is open as to whether there was an actual person named Adam who was the first human being or not. Perhaps there was […]

Evolution in the Key of D: Duty and Devotion (RJS)

posted by Jesus Creed Admin

The next two chapters of John F. Haught’s book  Making Sense of Evolution: Darwin, God, and the Drama of Life deal with the topics of duty and devotion. While Haught’s discussion of death left something to be desired, his discussion […]

Imagine a World 7

posted by Scot McKnight

The parables of Jesus summon us to the edge of the world in order to imagine a world that can only be called “kingdom.” Parables are more than illustrations and more than stories making a point. Instead, they invite us […]

Applause

posted by Scot McKnight

I give Roger Olson an applause for an accurate sketch of the American evangelical coalition, of the influx of a fundamentalist spirit that is taking over (and rob our freedom in Christ), and of the difficulty of the middle road. […]

Our Common Prayerbook 28 – 1

posted by Scot McKnight

How to respond to enemies? How to respond to those with whom one is conflict? What to do? The psalms suggest going directly to God. Call on God, Psalm 28 informs us. David’s prayer weaves together his request from God […]

Evangelicalism’s Radical Diversity 8

posted by Scot McKnight

Part 2 for today…. Here’s one of the most important observations that Steve Wilkens and Don Thorsen make in their new book, Everything You Know about Evangelicals Is Wrong (Well, Almost Everything): An Insider’s Look at Myths and Realities . Not all […]

Evangelicalism’s Radical Diversity 7

posted by Scot McKnight

Here’s one of the most important observations that Steve Wilkens and Don Thorsen make in their new book, Everything You Know about Evangelicals Is Wrong (Well, Almost Everything): An Insider’s Look at Myths and Realities . Not all Evangelicals are Republicans. But […]

Anne Rice is Not Alone

posted by Scot McKnight

David Kinnamon and the Barna Group has a new survey study …. Anne Rice is not alone. She shares a spiritual profile with nearly 60 million other adults nationwide. In the Barna study, the matter of faith switching was explored […]

Our Common Prayerbook 27 – 2

posted by Scot McKnight

The second half of Psalm 27 (read vv. 7-14 after the jump) reveals the heart of David as he seeks to control his fear and actualize his own theology of God’s strength and protection. He wanders — soulish wandering — […]

Evolution in the Key of D: Depth and Death (RJS)

posted by Jesus Creed Admin

This has been a busy summer for me – much more so than usual – and it has taken me a while to work through John F. Haught’s book  Making Sense of Evolution: Darwin, God, and the Drama of Life.  […]

Author and Character

posted by Scot McKnight

Most of us have favorite authors, and it is not uncommon for us to fall heads over heels in love with the author only to meet the author or read about the author and to discover the author was a […]

Are We Ungovernable?

posted by Scot McKnight

Tim Dalrymple, at Patheos, asks this set of questions, and the big one is one deserving serious discussion: Americans who stand outside these favored circles feel cheated and powerless. Worse still, it is not clear if either party possesses the […]

Our Common Prayerbook 27-1

posted by Scot McKnight

This series is called “our common prayerbook” because the Psalms were designed as a prayerbook for Israel and it is the common prayerbook that stands behind all other prayerbooks in use in the Church today. These prayers, or the psalms, […]

Opderbeck on Dynamic Infallibilism …

posted by Scot McKnight

Shakespeare and Dynamic Infallibilism (by David Opderbeck)   Our recent conversation about inerrancy generated lots of discussion. Although the conversation about this question often becomes heated and difficult, there is one positive note: everyone on this blog is concerned about truth, […]

The Wesleyan Quadrilateral Step by Step 5 (by T)

posted by Scot McKnight

I want to thank “T” for this splendid series. Our final post on how we build our theology, using Wesley’s Quadrilateral as an outline, focuses on “Scripture.”  For this discussion, I’ve opted to use pieces of a conversation that started here […]

Correcting Reformation Ideas

posted by Scot McKnight

James Payton, Jr.’s, book, Getting the Reformation Wrong: Correcting Some Misunderstandings , is now available and I want to urge it upon readers who have any interest in the signficance of the Reformation for the contemporary Church — and the […]

Prayer for the Week

posted by Scot McKnight

Almighty God, you have given your only Son to be for us a sacrifice for sin, and also an example of godly life: Give us grace to receive thankfully the fruits of his redeeming work, and to follow daily in […]

Saturday Afternoon Book Review: Andy Holt

posted by Scot McKnight

Book Review: The Bible among the Myths: Unique Revelation or Just Ancient Literature? by John N. Oswalt What’s so unique about the Bible? After all, there are plenty of other ancient texts that claim to describe the creation of the […]

Mosque Near Ground Zero

posted by Scot McKnight

True to form, which means a bit late in the game, President Obama has now weighed in about the mosque and Islamic center to be built two blocks from Ground Zero. The debate is now a culture war — it is […]

Weekly Meanderings

posted by Scot McKnight

How about this shot? A plane against a rainbow in France. We’ve been in Seoul Korea this week but here are a few meanderings. (Speaking of which, Jesus Creed is coming out shortly in Korea. Please tell your Korean friends.) […]

The Future of Evangelicalism 3

posted by Scot McKnight

Alternatives and Elements Hence, the rise of alternatives: the ancient-future movement spearheaded by Robert Webber, the emergent/emerging movement spearheaded by young thinkers and leaders, like Brian McLaren, who knew fundamentalism and neo-evangelicalism’s coalition wasn’t listening to the youth culture, and […]

Miracles of Morphing 7

posted by Scot McKnight

Grace transforms Third, grace transforms. The GodLife means GraceLife, and GraceLife means God’s grace transforms. From the moment Jesus uttered his first declaration that the kingdom of God was now at work he may as well have said people and lives […]

Slippery Slopes? (RJS)

posted by Jesus Creed Admin

It is common to hear Christians express concern about the slippery slope. The image is of a peak, or perhaps a plateau or mesa on which we are safe – but to step away is to risk all. In the […]

What About the Genealogies? (RJS)

posted by Jesus Creed Admin

I posted last week on a comment suggesting that I view Genesis 1-11 as “just collected stories.” The statement surprised me because I do not view Genesis as “just” collected stories – they are arranged and edited for a purpose […]

Miracles of Morphing 6

posted by Scot McKnight

Grace liberates Second, grace liberates. Humans have the gift of enslavement. We enslave ourselves to our nonsense, we enslave others to our own nonsense, and we enslave the world to our nonsense. A good example of nonsense is cynicism. Cynicism […]

Christians in Academia (RJS)

posted by Jesus Creed Admin

Three articles have been brought to my attention recently that are worth some discussion. The first two from Inside Higher Ed by Timothy Larson of Wheaton and Adam Kotsko at Kalamazoo College. (HT EG) The third article is an interview […]

The Future of Evangelicalism 2

posted by Scot McKnight

The Neo-Evangelical Coalition Breakdown Why has the coalition broken down? I don’t know for sure, but I think the following two are contributing factors: First, some evangelicals who were nurtured in fundamentalism never really softened enough to be big tent […]

Miracles of Morphing 5

posted by Scot McKnight

Grace overwhelms             First, grace overwhelms injustice. Grace sizes things up with laser-beam accuracy. Grace diagnoses you and me as “sinners” in that you and I have each committed scads of injustices, some of them intentionally and some of them not. […]

Evolving in Monkey Town: Justin Topp

posted by Scot McKnight

Evolving in Monkey Town: How a Girl Who Knew All the Answers Learned to Ask the Questions by Rachel Held Evans Zondervan ISBN 978-0310293996   Reviewed by Justin Topp, Ph.D., Assistant Professor of Biology, North Park University Blog: http://scienceandtheology.wordpress.com/  and Twitter: JustinTopp   The biggest […]

In the Image of God (RJS)

posted by Jesus Creed Admin

Pete Enns has had an interesting series on BioLogos discussing the meaning of the phrase “Image of God” (You will find it here: Part One, Part Two, and Part Three). From the Part One of his series: Some understand image […]

Miracles of Morphing 4

posted by Scot McKnight

Golgotha morphs into grace               The simplest message then of the kingdom dream of Jesus is that Golgotha morphed into Grace. What was experienced as hideous injustice morphed into glorious justice. Some think they can explain just how everything works […]

The Future of Evangelicalism 1

posted by Scot McKnight

Here is a part of a piece posted last Monday at Patheos.com, which was also picked up by WaPo. But, I want to have a discussion about it here so I will spread it out over three days (MWF) on […]

Kenya’s Constitution and the Church: David Opderbeck

posted by Scot McKnight

Kenya’s Constitution and the Church   A wide range of Christian churches in Kenya have issued a joint statement opposing Kenya’s proposed new Constitution, which is being voted on in a referendum on August 5. They argue that the new Constitution […]

Miracles of Morphing 3

posted by Scot McKnight

Our death morphs into his death Imagine how we’d feel if someone we loved was tried and found guilty of something we knew they didn’t do. Imagine now that we then learned that the prosecutors and the judges conspired together […]

The Mission of God’s People

posted by Scot McKnight

Just when I thought Chris Wright had just about said all he could say about God’s mission in this world, he comes out with a book that expands his work and extends into the more practical dimensions of mission. There’s […]

Back to School …

posted by Scot McKnight

I’ve been thinking about school starting up this year, and I’m reading about school in news stories, and we’ve heard of kids getting ready for school … and it made me think about our kids in Mabateneni, a small village […]

Prayer for the Week

posted by Scot McKnight

Grant to us, Lord, we pray, the spirit to think and do always those things that are right, that we, who cannot exist without you, may by you be enabled to live according to your will; through Jesus Christ our […]

Saturday Afternoon Book Review: Nate Wigfield

posted by Scot McKnight

Nathan Wigfield. Review of Sharon L. Baker, Razing Hell: Rethinking Everything You’ve Been Taught About God’s Wrath and Judgment (Louisville: Westminster John Knox Press, 2010). [This review was published at Nate Wigfield’s site originally.] I have to say that I […]

The Reformation of Catholicism?

posted by Scot McKnight

From Patheos by Hugh Hewitt: National Catholic Reporter’s long-time Vatican correspondent, John Allen, in his recently published The Future Church: How Ten Trends Are Revolutionizing the Catholic Church, points to the rise of evangelical Catholicism. “The defining features of evangelical Catholicism are,” Allen summarizes, […]

Weekly Meanderings

posted by Scot McKnight

Been to Chicago’s Bean? ANNOUNCEMENT: The Jesus Creed blog will be moving Sept 1 to Patheos. Stay tuned for more information and exact URL. Here is a great example of how Patheos is creating intelligent conversations about issues that matter […]

Imagine a World 6

posted by Scot McKnight

The parables of Jesus summon us to the edge of the world in order to imagine a world that can only be called “kingdom.”  In this world we have stereotypes, like the Pharisee and the tax collector (Luke 18:9-14, after […]

The Wesleyan Quadrilateral Step by Step (by T) 4

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.  Again, this whole topic was spurred by the argument made by Al Mohler and others […]

Miracles of Morphing 2

posted by Scot McKnight

Preachers of the cross  These morphings of the cross happened so fast that some early Christians must have been breathless in trying to take it all in. From the very beginnings the apostles – all of them – reshaped the […]

Wisdom for Clergy

posted by Scot McKnight

Let’s have a conversation about pastoral burnout.  Who will speak up and offer wisdom for all of us? The findings have surfaced with ominous regularity over the last few years, and with little notice: Members of the clergy now suffer […]

Our Common Prayerbook 26 – 2

posted by Scot McKnight

Psalm 26 continues with the reasons why he think YHWH should “vindicate” or decide in his favor, and now he turns more toward religious practices in the Temple. Again, the psalmist is unafraid to make his claim of innocence and […]

Collected Stories? (RJS)

posted by Jesus Creed Admin

I’ve been busy the last week or so and didn’t get as involved in comments as I often do. But Scot put up a couple of interesting posts last Thursday, one on Evangelicalism’s Radical Diversity 4 with a discussion on […]

Miracles of Morphing 1

posted by Scot McKnight

Here is the first post in a series I’ve developed called “Miracles of Morphing.” It will last through next week. Three Morphing Miracles              The Story of Jesus, the gospel Peter preached, was the Story of […]

CT Editorial on Creation Care

posted by Scot McKnight

The Editors at CT affirm creation care in this editorial: The problem with the Gulf oil spill is not just that human lives were lost and that the Gulf economy is destroyed and that pelicans and turtles and other animal […]

Our Common Prayerbook 26 – 1

posted by Scot McKnight

One theme in the Psalms that can make Protestants nervous is the theme of the personal claim to integrity that the psalmist uses as a plea with God to say “Answer me, I’ve been faithful.” Psalm 26, which connects with […]

Imagine a World 5

posted by Scot McKnight

Imagine a world where ultimate vindication will come, but knowing that ultimate vindication will come does not lead to passivity but to the demand for justice in prayer. So the Parable of the Unjust Judge in Luke 18:1-8. It teaches […]

Evangelicalism’s Radical Diversity 6

posted by Scot McKnight

I’m going to have to be sensitive on this one: Steve Wilkens and Don Thorsen say their new book, Everything You Know about Evangelicals Is Wrong (Well, Almost Everything): An Insider’s Look at Myths and Realities say that not all evangelicals are Calvinists. […]

Howell Rehired at Univ of Illinois

posted by Scot McKnight

Did you see this? Kenneth Howell was booted from his job at the University of Illinois for teaching Catholicism. His job at the University of Illinois, as it happens, was teaching Catholicism.  After over two months of controversy over a firing that should have never have happened, […]

Our Common Prayerbook 25 – 5

posted by Scot McKnight

Our theme for Psalm 25 is that prayer is soul-ish wandering. Soul-ish wandering begins in one place and the spirit and soul wander from place to place and from thought to thought while in God’s presence. One could say that […]

Evolution in the Key of D: Direction (RJS)

posted by Jesus Creed Admin

We have taken something of a detour the last several weeks, but I would like to get back to John F. Haught’s book  Making Sense of Evolution: Darwin, God, and the Drama of Life.  One of the common complaints about […]

Love believes all things

posted by Scot McKnight

What does the apostle Paul mean in 1 Cor 13:7 when he says Love “believes all things”? Everyone who has ever commented on this verse qualifies it with this: Paul is not saying be gullible or foolish or believe anything […]

Galli on God-Talk

posted by Scot McKnight

I liked this piece by Mark Galli, at Christianity Today, and clip a bit from it. We’ve got problems today about how we talk about God … some are altogether too irreverent, others are so reverent they aren’t even biblical, […]

Our Common Prayerbook 25 – 4

posted by Scot McKnight

Our theme for Psalm 25 is that prayer is soul-ish wandering. Soul-ish wandering begins in one place and the spirit and soul wander from place to place and from thought to thought while in God’s presence. One could say that […]

Imagine a World 4

posted by Scot McKnight

Imagine a world — at Jesus’ invitation — where God is good, where God’s people come to him  with their requests, and where God responds to them. Imagine a world where God is good, where God is gracious, where God […]

Evangelicalism’s Radical Diversity 5

posted by Scot McKnight

Secularists seem to be giddy about the demise of Christianity in the world, and some evangelicals are wringing their hands in despair about the decline of the Church and even the collapse of evangelicalism.  But as Steve Wilkens and Don Thorsen […]

The Power of a Whisper

posted by Scot McKnight

I’ve heard our pastor, Bill Hybels, speak of whispers and promptings from God for years, and so I’m glad to see that he has put together all of his thoughts on whispers from God in his newest book: The Power […]

Prayer for the Week

posted by Scot McKnight

Let your continual mercy, O Lord, cleanse and defend your Church; and, because it cannot continue in safety without your help, protect and govern it always by your goodness; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you […]

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Almost Christian 4
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