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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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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 […]

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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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 — […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

Did this band sing in September?

posted by Scot McKnight

   

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 […]

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: […]

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. […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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