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The Christ-Haunted Vampire Novelist 2

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Anne Rice’s vampire novels have sold 100 million copies. She now writes, as she tells us so candidly in her memoir of conversion, Called Out of Darkness: A Spiritual Confession , solely for God. This is our second post on […]

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Gospel 38

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Paul discusses in several places in 2 Cor 8–11 matters pertaining to supporting gospel work, gospeling itself, and striving for expanding the opportunities to gospel:

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The Christ-Haunted Vampire Novelist

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Anne Rice’s vampire novels have sold 100 million copies. She now writes, as she tells us so candidly in her memoir of conversion, Called Out of Darkness: A Spiritual Confession , solely for God. Her story is an old genre: […]

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Tribes

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As a college student I got to spend a few weeks in Romford England. I was part of a group of young missionary students and our leader taught us how to do street evangelism. His point was simple: You’ve got […]

Gospel 37

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Gospeling involves a gospeler, but the gospeler is not the gospel. In fact, the contrast between the gospel and the gospeler serves to highlight the power of God. Notice 2 Cor 4:1-7:

Prayer for the Week

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Almighty and everlasting God, whose will it is to restore all things in your well?beloved Son, the King of kings and Lord of lords: Mercifully grant that the peoples of the earth, divided and enslaved by sin, may be freed […]

Weekly Meanderings

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Imagine how big that New York City tree must be in Texas!

Do you read Greek?

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If you do and you have heard about “aspect” or “aspect theory” or “verbal aspect” and you wonder what in the world is going on, I urge you to read this book: Basics of Verbal Aspect in Biblical Greek. If […]

Friday is for Friends

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The desert monks committed huge portions of Scripture to memory, not only putting us moderns to shame but also reminding us of the potency of a simple life. One reason for putting so much Scripture to memory was to learn […]

(Re)Awakening Your Prayer Life

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Prayer is not only hard for most Christians, it is discouraging to be reminded of the importance of prayer. Sometimes it is a scolding preacher and other times nothing more than the word of someone who seems so good at […]

This Just in …

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CHICAGO – Bears football practice was delayed nearly two hours this morning after a player reported finding an unknown, white powdery substance on the practice field. Head coach Lovie Smith immediately suspended practice while police and federal agents were called […]

Spirituality: What is it?

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How do you define spirituality? In Evan Howard’s new book, Brazos Introduction to Christian Spirituality, The (Brazos Introduction), we get an opening chp that is devoted to this discussion. Here are his central claims:

Loosening the Grip 8

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We are committed to fighting racism on the Jesus Creed blog, and that means reviewing the best books available today about racism. This series deals with the subject of how Christian theology has been gripped by racism … and we […]

Gospel 36

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We arrive today at one of the most widely-cited texts on the meaning of the word “gospel” — to 1 Corinthians 15:1-8: 1 Now, brothers, I want to remind you of the gospel I preached to you, which you received and […]

Books on Ethics: Top 5

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I was recently asked what my top five books on Christian ethics would be … well, without parameters I thought I’d give five that span the spectrum. A good anabaptist approach, written for an upper level college student, graduate student […]

Church Politics 2

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This is my response to our friend whose letter we posted Monday. Instead of making it a direct letter to him, I’m responding to the folks who are upset about what he has done … Dear Alarmed Evangelicals, First, your […]

Cross-cultural Ministry

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If you are working at crossing ethnic lines, or if you are frustrated with stereotypes, Eric Bryant’s new book, Peppermint-Filled Pi?atas: Breaking Through Tolerance and Embracing Love, is a book I highly recommend. And especially if you work with youth […]

Gospel 35

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We are looking at the meaning of “gospel” in 1 Corinthians. What does Paul mean by the word “gospel”? If we want to be faithful to the Story of the Bible it means being faithful to the whole Story of […]

Aksel’s Favorite Team?

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Here’s our grandson dressed in a sports jersey. Which team? Do you know?

Translations: How do they do it?

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There is no reason here to get involved in all the discussions that linguists and translation theorists get into today. Here are some thoughts we need to consider when we talk about why there are a variety of translations. Again, […]

Gospel 34

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In our series on the meaning of the word “gospel” we are now looking at how Paul uses this great term in his letters to the Christians in Corinth. Today we look at 1 Corinthians 4:14-17: 14 I am not writing […]

Larry Hurtado at North Park

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Larry Hurtado, Professor of New Testament at Edinburgh University in Scotland, will give the 8th Annual Kermit Zarley Lectures at North Park University this Wednesday and Thursday. Both lectures are open to the public and will begin at 3:30pm. The […]

Church Politics 1

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Here’s a letter I’m using with permission and Wednesday I’ll give my reflections. Have you seen this? Have you seen it the other way, too, with a person getting in trouble for being too conservative? Scot,   Let me first […]

Translations: Which one is best?

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I got a request from an e-mailer to blog on translations. This is the first one of such posts. There are a number of good translations available, and there are advocates for each one, and they use a variety of […]

Gospel 33

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We are doing a series on the meaning of “gospel” — with a view to defining the term gospel in a way that is faithful to the early Christian faith. Today we begin looking at how the term “gospel” and […]

My Donut Promise

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It appears I will have to open up the offer to my class: whenever the Bears win next, and it may not happen,  I will buy donuts for the class.

Prayer for the Week

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Blessed Lord, who caused all holy Scriptures to be written for our learning: Grant us so to hear them, read, mark, learn, and inwardly digest them, that we may embrace and ever hold fast the blessed hope of everlasting life, […]

The Scent of Coffee

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I brew coffee at home and at the office, and at home I use a Rancilio Silvia and at school I use an AeroPress Coffee and Espresso . The most recent coffee at home is a fine cup Rwandan coffee: […]

Weekly Meanderings

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 Hi ho, hi ho, it’s off to work we go…

Our Prayers

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We are praying for the folks in Santa Barbara.

Friday is for Friends

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On Fridays at the Jesus Creed blog we converse about a book that helps us form friendships, and we are now reading through Kathleen Norris, Acedia & Me: Marriage, Monks and the Writer’s Life. This is a book that paints […]

Advent Practices

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A letter about advent resources. What are your suggestions? Hi Scot, I’ve been taken in a big way by the return of the spiritual practices / ancient way. I’m particularly interested as we approach Advent how I, as a member of […]

Gospel 32

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How does Paul understand the “gospel”? We’ve looked at Galatians, where we saw an emphasis on the gospel declaring the inclusion of Gentiles by faith in Christ into the People of God. (Paul says more than this, but this was […]

What a difference a year makes…

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… when it comes to wearing blue jeans. One year ago Kris forced a pair of blue jeans on me: “Let’s go get something for you that you don’t want but something you need” sort of claim. So, I went […]

A Pastor and a Professor

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The other day I was at O’Hare airport sitting at my gate sipping away on a decent cup of coffee when I noticed a pastor I met at a conference a year or so. I was jotting down some notes […]

Loosening the Grip 7

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We’ve been doing a series on racism and how it has infected our theological beliefs. I’ve asked some colleagues both from North Park and a friend at Wheaton to join me in this series, but today’s post is one of […]

Gospel 31

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What do we mean by “gospel”? This question shapes the current Bible we are discussing on the Jesus Creed blog. We are not offering (right now) a definitive answer but looking at all the major passages and sketching observations. These […]

A Compline Prayer

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How many of us have prayed a prayer like this one? My dear ones, O God, bless Thou and keep, in every place where they are.

Original Sin Returns 4 (RJS)

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On the Jesus Creed we have been engaged in a brief discussion of original sin using Henri Blocher’s book Original Sin: Illuminating the Riddle (New Studies in Biblical Theology) as a guide. This series is part of an ongoing attempt to wrestle […]

North Point

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Saturday afternoon, about 3pm, Kris and I were sitting in the front row at North Point Church in Atlanta. I was mulling over what I was about to say when I realized that Bill Willits, a leader at North Point, […]

Gospel 30

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What does the word “gospel” mean in the New Testament? My experience with good Christian folks reveals they think of the gospel in very simplistic terms. Simple is not bad. My experience also shows that many don’t think of the […]

The Trickery of Spammers

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I get an e-mail, it’s from MSN Featured something and it says something like this and I don’t have their words: “If you don’t want our regular notices then please click ‘unsubscribe’.” They were kind enough to think of me, […]

What about divorce?

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How do we apply the Bible to situations of divorce? A pastor recently asked me about this. I’m interested in your response. This is one of the most common subjects I get asked about by my students at North Park. […]

The Beginning of “Origins”

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Many of you have asked about the new network I will be part of with Dan Kimball. We are still forming the “creative” team so it isn’t even complete yet, but there is a website up that is our first […]

Gospel 29

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The apostle Paul had a major toe-to-toe with Peter in Antioch, a city north of the Land of Israel. Here is the passage and it reveals Paul’s gospel:

The Bears and a Promise

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I promised my Jesus of Nazareth class that I’d buy donuts for the class if the Bears beat the Tennessee Titans today. Go Bears!

Spiritual Disciplines: A Critique

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For some, the essence of the Christian life is the practice of spiritual disciplines. It’s a kind of machine-like approach to the Christian life: get your life enmeshed in the disciplines and spirituality will be the product. I exaggerate. But […]

Birthday Gift

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I’ll put it this way. We’ve not purchased a set of kitchen knives for cutting up stuff since we got married over 34 years ago. In fact, our knives now tear stuff more than they cut things. My teeth are […]

We’ve Moved! New Address…

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Beliefnet.com’s personnel and I have been working out the wrinkles, with a test post or two, and it looks like we are ready to go. So, please use these addresses: Our new address: http://blog.beliefnet.com/jesuscreed/ Our new RSS feed is: http://blog.beliefnet.com/jesuscreed/rss.xml

All Saints Day

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Almighty God, you have knit together your elect in one communion and fellowship in the mystical body of your Son Christ our Lord: Give me grace so to follow your blessed saints in all virtuous and godly living, that I […]

Prayer for the Week

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Almighty and merciful God, it is only by your gift that your faithful people offer you true and laudable service: Grant that we may run without stumbling to obtain your heavenly promises; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and […]

Now Drinking: [evo]

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Not long ago a package of [evo] coffee arrived on my doorstep. “Evo” coffee means “coffee evolved.” It’s a serious fair trade coffee group in Grand Rapids that … “Evo. It?s coffee?evolved. It?s an upside-down take on the value of […]

In Taiwan!

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Here is a copy of the The Jesus Creed: Loving God, Loving Others Jesus Creed in a Taiwan bookstore standing proudly next to Tom Wright’s book. We were sent this picture by Dawn Husnick, whose story (the emergency room act […]

Weekly Meanderings

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I wonder if this is a Chicagoan peering into the beauties of Liechtenstein… and this Chicagoan gets a feel from a Netherlands shot why it was that Rembrandt could paint so well.

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Theology After Darwin 1 (RJS)
One of the more important and more difficult pieces of the puzzle as we feel our way forward at the interface of science and faith is the theological implications of discoveries in modern science. A comment on my post Evolution in the Key of D: Deity or Deism noted: ...this reminds me of why I get a

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

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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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