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Recent Commentaries

posted by Scot McKnight

Commentaries are at the heart of the expository preacher’s reading schedule. Commentaries multiply like rabbits, but they do so because (unlike rabbits) they are needed and scholarship continues to flourish. A commentary that is ten years old now seems dated, […]

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Now Brewing: Ruta Maya

posted by Scot McKnight

When we were down in Katy Texas, Marlin Fenn introduced me to Ruta Maya coffee, and he was kind enough to send me a bag of beans. Organic, medium roast — and very good. The coffee company is out of […]

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On Picking a Church

posted by Scot McKnight

Let’s say you move into a new community, one in which you know no one other than a person or two with whom you will be working your day job, and you are left to your own devices to pick […]

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Prayer for the Week

posted by Scot McKnight

Almighty God, you alone can bring into order the unruly wills and affections of sinners: Grant your people grace to love what you command and desire what you promise; that, among the swift and varied changes of the world, our […]

Saturday Afternoon Book Review: Rob Merola

posted by Scot McKnight

Rob Merola was one of my finest (and “favoritest”) students at TEDS. He fell in love with another one of my favorites, Linda, and they are now married and ministering in Sterling Heights Virginia at St Matthew’s Episcopal. I follow […]

Journeys

posted by Scot McKnight

I’ve been thinking of journeys recently. The last two days I sat in sessions at the Wheaton gathering on Evangelicals and the Early Church and heard a number journeys from a conservative evangelical past to a confessional evangelicalism or to […]

Weekly Meanderings

posted by Scot McKnight

The best looking little Adidas SuperStar shoes I’ve ever seen! Aksel brings them to you, first thing in the morning, as a not-so-subtle hint that he’s ready to go outside. (And, if you have eyes to see, his shirt says […]

Friday Night at the Movies: Seven Samurai

posted by Scot McKnight

This review by James-Michael Smith, originally published at The Examiner, examines The Seven Samurai. In 1954 the late Japanese director Akira Kurosawa made a film that would go on to become the most critically-acclaimed film in all of Japanese cinema […]

One of My Favorites

posted by Scot McKnight

Again, David Brooks

posted by Scot McKnight

From the NYTimes: The United States is becoming a broken society. The public has contempt for the political class. Public debt is piling up at an astonishing and unrelenting pace. Middle-class wages have lagged. Unemployment will remain high. It will […]

Selective Emergence?

posted by Scot McKnight

This post is from Michael Kruse, and contains one of the more insightful set of observations I’ve seen about the selective appeal to emergence theory.  Here are Michael’s questions for us: So first off, is my assessment fair? If so, why […]

Our Mutual Motherly Ministry

posted by Scot McKnight

When I was at Synergy conference in Orlando, I gave a plenary address and chose a tricky topic. Kris said “Why?” and then said “Be careful.” My answers, “Because it’s in Paul” and “I will, real careful.” And I tried. […]

Can We Be Friends? (A woman asks a married man.)

posted by Scot McKnight

Gilbert Meilaender, in a well-known essay originally published in First Things, explored the classical issues surrounding an issue that emerged yesterday in our reposting of Carolyn Custis James’ post. The issue is this: Can a married man be a serious […]

After You Believe 5

posted by Scot McKnight

Tom Wright’s newest book is about virtue ethics, about how we move from where we are through habituation so we can arrive at the goal. This is all found in After You Believe: Why Christian Character Matters . For a long, […]

John Ortberg’s Newest Book

posted by Scot McKnight

It’s an odd experience to be reading three books on the Christian life at once, and what makes the experience oddest is that the books couldn’t be more different. I’m focusing here on John Ortberg’s new book, The Me I […]

What Pastors Believe (and don’t believe)

posted by Scot McKnight

The Washington Post has a fascinating question and discussion going on, and I want to import their questions to this site and carry on the discussion here, and if you have the time, read the report by Daniel Dennett and […]

Views Correlate

posted by Scot McKnight

One’s view of women says what one’s view of men is; one’s view of men says what one’s view of women is. If you think of women as the temptress, you think of men as seduced. Carolyn Custis James has […]

Eugene Peterson: Practice Resurrection 7

posted by Scot McKnight

Eugene Peterson, in his new book, Practice Resurrection: A Conversation on Growing Up in Christ  explores Paul and the saints in Ephesians 1:15-23. He’s got a good realistic section on the meaning of “saint,” which is something God has done to us […]

Our Public Education

posted by Scot McKnight

President Obama has taken new steps to improve public education, and part of his plan is to overhaul the No Child Left Behind program. I come from a family of public educators, and I’m glad Obama is focusing again on […]

After You Believe 4

posted by Scot McKnight

Tom Wright’s newest book is about virtue ethics, about how we move from where we are through habituation so we can arrive at the goal. This is all found in After You Believe: Why Christian Character Matters . A development in […]

Aksel and Kris on Tampa Bay

posted by Scot McKnight

Brooks Nails it

posted by Scot McKnight

David Brooks gets it when it comes to how people are sketching Obama. If you ask a conservative Republican, you are likely to hear that Obama is a skilled politician who campaigned as a centrist but is governing as a […]

Law at the Jesus Creed: David Opderbeck

posted by Scot McKnight

We have a number of guest writers on this blog, including RJS (who writes twice per week and has done so for a long, long time — and I’m exceedingly grateful for her gift to this blog) and Michael Kruse. […]

Hey, Mr. Falwell, Read Your Bible

posted by Scot McKnight

I’m amazed at the comments being made by some evangelicals, in this case the son of Jerry Falwell, that “charity” is purely voluntary and individual, and that charity is not designed by God or by Jesus to be something done […]

Aksel, Ready for Bed!

posted by Scot McKnight

The Basic Christian: John Stott

posted by Scot McKnight

Christians shaped during the 70s and 80s are more often than not shaped by John R.W. Stott. I know I was. It may be a sign of aging to be disappointed when I mention Stott and the person asks, “Who?” […]

Prayer for the Week

posted by Scot McKnight

Gracious Father, whose blessed Son Jesus Christ came down from heaven to be the true bread which gives life to the world: Evermore give us this bread, that he may live in us, and we in him; who lives and […]

Saturday Afternoon Book Review: Jeff Borden

posted by Scot McKnight

This review comes from Jeff Borden, who has a fine blog called iCrucified. It is reviews like this that make our Saturday Afternoon spot a witness to the need of a blog to have regular, intelligent contributors (like Jeff) to […]

Feeling Your Faith: Matthew Elliott

posted by Scot McKnight

Matthew Elliott is the author of two fine books on emotions and the Christian faith, and he has agreed to offer this post today for our conversation. I’m grateful for his work and I hope we can have a good […]

Weekly Meanderings

posted by Scot McKnight

We’ve been on Spring Break, and this is what I found this week … including a picture of Safety Harbor: My links aren’t as complete as usual, but I have a few, and I want to alert you to a […]

Friday Night at the Movies: Star Trek

posted by Scot McKnight

This review is from James-Michael Smith, who writes at The Examiner. When it comes to nerds there are basically two kinds in the world: those who love Star Wars and those who love Star Trek.  Occasionally you will find ubergeeks […]

4Days4Justice

posted by Scot McKnight

I’m happy to announce a conference at North Park Seminary on justice.

Textbooks in Texas

posted by Scot McKnight

As Texas goes, so goes public school textbooks in the USA. The debate is about “balance” and about “fair description” of history and about conservatives wanting their point of view in the textbooks, and a Dr. Don McLeroy is a […]

How to keep your battery going

posted by Scot McKnight

From the NY Times by Eric Taub… What are your suggestions for lengthening the battery during the day? If you’re a recent convert to smartphones, you’re probably still discovering all the amazing things that your new BlackBerry, Android phone oriPhone can […]

Liberated from Legalism 6

posted by Scot McKnight

Once again, we have been set free in Christ and the Spirit is adequate to guide us into all God wants of us. Again… Legalism is any practice or belief that is added to the gospel that compromises the sufficiency […]

After You Believe 3

posted by Scot McKnight

The question, what do you do after you believe, is the subject of Tom Wright’s new book: After You Believe: Why Christian Character Matters . Today I want to examine what Tom sees as the three ways Christians have framed […]

Will Jesus Buy Me a Double-Wide?

posted by Scot McKnight

I may be biased toward Southern writers, and I may be biased because I’m a fan of Karen Spears Zacharias, but the truth of the story is this: her next book, Will Jesus Buy Me a Double-Wide?: (‘Cause I Need […]

Eugene Peterson: Practice Resurrection 6

posted by Scot McKnight

Eugene Peterson, in his new book, Practice Resurrection: A Conversation on Growing Up in Christ  examines the poetic significance of Ephesians 1:3-14, one long, long sentence in Greek — and it’s all about God. (I post the passage after the jump.) […]

The Silence of Empire: Allan Bevere

posted by Scot McKnight

My friend, a pastor and a professor, Allan Bevere, keeps up with the political stuff better than I do, and this post is one worth citing in whole. Allan calls into question the prominence of empire language when Bush was […]

Liberated from Legalism 5

posted by Scot McKnight

Remember again what legalism is: Legalism is any practice or belief that is added to the gospel that compromises the sufficiency of Christ as Savior and jeopardizes the adequacy of the Spirit in moral guidance. Legalism then is the charge […]

After You Believe 2

posted by Scot McKnight

The question, what do you do after you believe, is the subject of Tom Wright’s new book: After You Believe: Why Christian Character Matters . How do we combine the grace of God with the efforts of humans to grow […]

Our Evening Prayers … for iMonk

posted by Scot McKnight

Sad news today posted at iMonk’s blog by Chaplain Mike. Our prayers are with him, with Denise and family, and all those who know and love Michael Spencer. Chaplain Mike received this update from Denise Spencer today. It is with […]

Hey, Glenn Beck, Listen to Jesus

posted by Scot McKnight

Glenn Beck has now urged folks to get up and leave their church if the church website mentions “social” or “economic” justice.  Here are his words: I’m begging you, your right to religion and freedom to exercise religion and read […]

Eugene Peterson: Practice Resurrection 5

posted by Scot McKnight

Eugene Peterson, in his new book, Practice Resurrection: A Conversation on Growing Up in Christ  explores the significance of the Ascension for the Church. Ephesians 4: 4:7 But to each one of us grace was given according to the measure of the […]

After You Believe 1

posted by Scot McKnight

This is our first post in a new series on Tom Wright’s newest book, and today I want to settle on his central question and his central answer.  The central question Tom Wright asks in his new book, a book […]

Liberated from Legalism 4

posted by Scot McKnight

We looked last week at legalism and freedom, and this week I want to give three days — with three points each day — of the way Paul’s letter to the Galatians shows how to live our way out of […]

Law at the Jesus Creed: David Opderbeck on Social Contract

posted by Scot McKnight

The Christian Tradition and a Social Theory of Contract “Freedom to contract” is one of the pillars of libertarian economic theory (the other being “protection of private property rights”).  The principle of freedom to contract suggests that government should avoid […]

Male Church Attendance: Bradley Wright

posted by Scot McKnight

Brad Wright is an excellent sociologist and has a fantastic book coming out from Bethany that will squash some widely-reported and repeated myths about Christians. Here is his study results of the official census data on male church attendance. There […]

Great Theologians

posted by Scot McKnight

Confession: I wanted someone to write this book so bad. Not so much for myself but for my students. For 15 years I have wanted a book for college students, by and large upper level students, or for pastors or […]

Prayer for the Week

posted by Scot McKnight

Almighty God, you know that we have no power in ourselves to help ourselves: Keep us both outwardly in our bodies and inwardly in our souls, that we may be defended from all adversities which may happen to the body, […]

Saturday Afternoon Book Review: Matt Edwards

posted by Scot McKnight

Corbett, Steve and Brian Fikkert. When Helping Hurts: Alleviating Poverty Without Hurting the Poor. . .and Ourselves . Chicago: Moody, 2009. Steve Corbett is the community development specialist for the Chalmers Center for Economic Development, and an assistant professor in […]

Weekly Meanderings

posted by Scot McKnight

Kris and I will be in Florida this next week on Spring Break, visiting with Lukas and Annika and Aksel. But today we are in Orlando speaking at Synergy’s event. I will be talking about how Paul saw himself in […]

Friday Night at the Movies: Book of Eli Review

posted by Scot McKnight

MOVIE REVIEW: “The Book Of Eli”  by Jeremy Berg <Envelope Please> “And the winner for the grayest, grimmest, most violent post-apocalyptic thriller of 2010 involving the Bible goes to…..The Book of Eli starring Denzel Washington.” <Applause>  This movie is not […]

Our Kids in Swaziland

posted by Scot McKnight

At the end of month most of us take a good look at our checkbook or our bank accounts to see if we made it. Most of us, when we want something to eat, go to the refrigerator or the […]

Liberated from Legalism 3

posted by Scot McKnight

In our first two posts, we looked at legalism. Today I want to sketch what “Freedom” means for Paul, and then next week I want to sketch some simple procedures we can use to liberate ourselves from legalism. Freedom is […]

Your Church is too Small

posted by Scot McKnight

What did Jesus mean, in John 17, when he prayed that we might be “one”? Did he mean some kind of ecclesiastical organization?  What does the Church mean when, in the billions of times of reciting The Apostles’ Creed, it […]

Wheaton Conference on Evangelicals and Early Church

posted by Scot McKnight

If you’re in this area, think about attending this conference.  

Liberated from Legalism 2

posted by Scot McKnight

We are looking into the matter of legalism in the Christian life and in the Church. We have argued that the issue in legalism can’t be reduced to having rules, but today I want to look at this issue of […]

Wheaton Conference, March 18-19

posted by Scot McKnight

There are plenty of ideas swirling around about the relationship of evangelicals to orthodoxy and the early church, and so I am looking forward to this conference. (Here for link to registration.) 9:30-10:30 AM Registration 10:30-11:30 AM Plenary Address: Christopher A. […]

After You Believe: Announcement

posted by Scot McKnight

Beginning next week, I will begin a series on Tom Wright’s new book, After You Believe: Why Christian Character Matters , and hope you can get the book and read along with us. This book is about Christian virtue and […]

Driscoll, the Chickified Male, and the Masculine Image

posted by Scot McKnight

The following clip comes from an informed blog by Richard Beck, a professor of psychology at Abilene Christian University. (You might want to go to the blog to read the whole post.) He examines Mark Driscoll’s male images and … […]

Eugene Peterson: Practice Resurrection 4

posted by Scot McKnight

Eugene Peterson relentlessly chases an important idea in the opening part of his new book, Practice Resurrection: A Conversation on Growing Up in Christ . That idea is the need to strip ourselves of the romantic, it’s-going-to-be-utopia versions of the church, and […]

Christian as Consumers

posted by Scot McKnight

I don’t have a problem with Christian bookstores, where everything (or nearly everything) is purchased, marketed and sold to and for Christians. Pete, the man who fixes our cars when they need help, is overtly Christian and I trust him […]

Liberated from Legalism 1

posted by Scot McKnight

I want to begin a series on how Galatians helps us see that we are liberated from “legalism.” This series will normally not be a midday series, but today it will be. I should have posts on this topic both […]

Is Death Final? 3

posted by Scot McKnight

Dante took theology about the afterlife and turned it into an epic adventure, modeling his story on Homer’s stories and on Virgil’s famous The Aeneid and in many ways taking them to the next millennia of history. In the East, […]

Monday Afternoon Question for Discussion

posted by Scot McKnight

Should humans “captivate” killer whales and other animals, deprive these animals of their normal life and habitat and risk the lives of humans?  What do you say?

Midday Prayer

posted by Scot McKnight

Heavenly Father, in you we live and have our being:  We humbly pray you so to guide and govern us by your Holy Spirit, that in all the cares and occupations of our life we may not forget you, but […]

Midday Posts on Spring Break

posted by Scot McKnight

My midday Bible posts are on break for a couple of weeks. I will begin a long, long series on the Book of Psalms, exploring this theme: What image of God do we find in the prayers of Israel in […]

McKnight on McLaren’s New Book

posted by Scot McKnight

Some of you have seen this review of mine at Christianity Today. I’m happy to hear your responses at this site, but I’ll only clip the opening two paragraphs from the CT piece. I like Brian, and I think Brian […]

Eugene Peterson: Practice Resurrection 3

posted by Scot McKnight

In Eugene Peterson’s new book, Practice Resurrection: A Conversation on Growing Up in Christ , Peterson probes into his own history and his own experience of the church to draw out some powerful — stunning might be the better word — observations […]

What Americans Really Believe

posted by Scot McKnight

If I were a seminary president, which I’m not, or if I were a seminary dean, which I’m not, I’d require both professors and students to read a book a year — together — about the current state of the […]

Eucharistic Heart of Jesus 4

posted by Scot McKnight

At the Lord’s supper event in our churches, we are to have this disposition: “I am standing before God trying to realize how important it is for me to acknowledge that I am a sinner.” And Fr. Dajczer, a famous Polish […]

Prayer for the Week

posted by Scot McKnight

O God, whose glory it is always to have mercy: Be gracious to all who have gone astray from your ways, and bring them again with penitent hearts and steadfast faith to embrace and hold fast the unchangeable truth of your […]

Saturday Afternoon Book Review: Aaron Fudge

posted by Scot McKnight

We have reserved Saturday afternoons, otherwise a slow time in the blog world, for book reviews. I ask reviewers to keep it under 3000 words, above 1500 words, and to summarize the book accurately and comprehensively. And, bring some critique. […]

Weekly Meanderings

posted by Scot McKnight

Go Cubs! Pray for Chile. Pray for Chile. Pray for Chile. I rarely hear anyone even discuss the appropriateness of icons anymore, but if you’d like to see an Eastern Orthodox critique of the Calvinist position on icons, read this. […]

Friday Night at the Movies: Shutter Island

posted by Scot McKnight

This movie review comes to us from Travis Greene, well known to those who pay attention to those who comment. Travis blogs as well, and we want to thank him for this review. And, if you have a review you’d […]

Friday Night at the Movies: 2012 Review

posted by Scot McKnight

MOVIE REVEW: THE ESCHATOLOGY OF “2012” by Jeremy Berg www.jeremyberg.org Anyone up for another gloom-and-doom, apocalyptic global disaster movie?  Hollywood served up a doozy in “2012.”  I have heard mostly negative reviews of this film.  But I think it delivers […]

The Man in Black

posted by Scot McKnight

It would be Johnny Cash’s 78th Birthday, so to honor him: Jackson!

Wow, an “oldy but goody”

posted by Scot McKnight

The Creeds at the Jesus Creed: David Opderbeck

posted by Scot McKnight

The Problem with Paleo-Orthodoxy I’m taking a break from my usual “Law” columns to write about something that’s been bothering me a bit.  We have been talking here on Jesus Creed about the value and importance of the early Christian Creeds.  It’s […]

Eugene Peterson: Practice Resurrection 2

posted by Scot McKnight

In Eugene Peterson’s new book, Practice Resurrection: A Conversation on Growing Up in Christ , we are treated to a response to the posted from Wednesday about criticizing the church. What is the church? Do you tend to idealized the earliest churches? […]

It’s been a while since I mentioned …

posted by Scot McKnight

… the best little coffee maker in the world: AeroPress Coffee and Espresso Maker . I use a Rancilio Silvia at home for my espresso, but at my school office I heat up some water in a micro wave at […]

Acts and Mission 100

posted by Scot McKnight

If I had to summarize Paul’s gospel, I’d use Luke’s last scene in Acts, and I would suggest this text summarizes the missional theology of Paul in the Book of Acts: 28:30 Paul lived there two whole years in his own […]

Eugene Peterson: Practice Resurrection 1

posted by Scot McKnight

There is nothing predictable about Eugene Peterson’s set of books, Conversations on Spiritual Theology. After volume one I had a hunch of what volume two would be; but not so and so on and so on. Now we get volume […]

The Blue Social Model and the Kingdom of God

posted by Scot McKnight

Here is a very serious critique of the mainline by Walter Russell Mead, and I offer it to you for conversation. It was sent to me by a friend, an Episcopalian priest, and one who observes that too many today […]

Acts and Mission 99

posted by Scot McKnight

Paul gets to explain his gospel to the Jewish community in Rome, and here’s what he said: 28:23 They set a day to meet with him, and they came to him where he was staying in even greater numbers. From morning […]

A Letter, Now Opened

posted by Scot McKnight

This letter about what it is like to be a woman at a seminary, in this case TEDS and I’m convinced her experience is found at other seminaries. If you know about my book, mentioned below, I tell some of […]

Criticizing Church, Defending Church

posted by Scot McKnight

Everywhere I go and nearly everyone I read has a theme, whether central or peripheral, and I think the theme is getting too much attention and it’s getting too much play and it’s setting us up for failure. Here’s the […]

Beliefnet Survey: Time to Express yourself

posted by Scot McKnight

Beliefnet wants to know what you think, so please take the time for this short survey. And you can record your thoughts in the Comment box below, too. 

Christians and Obama: Barna’s Newest Study

posted by Scot McKnight

George Barna, who surveys American religious trends, has a new study on how satisfied Christians are with President Obama. In the 2008 election, 42% of all born again adults voted for Barack Obama. The born again vote represented 40% of […]

Acts and Mission 98

posted by Scot McKnight

We are in the final days of Luke’s missionary sketch of Paul, and we are in the final week of this series on Acts and Mission. Paul is in prison, and if the traditional site of his imprisonment, just off […]

Is Death Final? 2

posted by Scot McKnight

This Lent I’m reading the pious and and learned study of Archbishop Hilarion Alfeyev (Christ the Conqueror of Hell: The Descent into Hades from an Orthodox Perspective ), and I have wanted to read an Eastern Orthodox study of the […]

Katy United Methodist Church

posted by Scot McKnight

It was no hardship to fly from this snowy weather to Texas last weekend, but that was hardly important once we arrived. We had a splendid time of ministry at the Katy First United Methodist. Art and Judy Coen are […]

Acts and Mission 97

posted by Scot McKnight

Well, folks, we’re coming round the bend to the final week of posts on Acts and Mission. (Our next series will be to go through the Psalms, and I will be using J. Goldingay: Psalms, Vol. 1: Psalms 1-41 (Baker […]

Law at the Jesus Creed: David Opderbeck

posted by Scot McKnight

Mission, Accommodation, and the Rule of Law … David Opderbeck is a professor of law at Seton Hall University and blogs at Through a Glass Darkly. Debates over law and “culture war” issues, particularly concerning abortion and gay marriage, revolve […]

A Letter from a Student

posted by Scot McKnight

This letter, printed here with permission, is from one of my students who is wondering about going into a ministry … and she’s a young woman… which can complicate matters.  Dear Scot, Recently, I’ve really been wondering what I will […]

The Creed

posted by Scot McKnight

Occasionally students or others will say “I don’t believe in the Creed.” My response, usually accompanied by a startle, is this: “Which line or lines in the Creed don’t you believe.” I’ve not yet had but one or two students […]

Prayer for the Week: First Sunday in Lent

posted by Scot McKnight

Almighty God, whose blessed Son was led by the Spirit to be tempted by Satan: Come quickly to help us who are assaulted by many temptations; and, as you know the weaknesses of each of us, let each one find […]

Saturday Afternoon Book Review: Marcus Maher

posted by Scot McKnight

Marcus Maher, an M.Div. student who blogs at Zetountes, writes this review on a most important book and an increasing, relational trend in Paul’s soteriology. One thing I hope you observe in this review is his fair-minded description and his […]

We’re in Texas, so we’ve got a Texas question…

posted by Scot McKnight

What is the Texans’ best contribution to world of music?

Weekly Meanderings

posted by Scot McKnight

An image from NASA Kris and I are in Katy, Texas, just outside Houston, this weekend. I’m speaking at First Methodist in Katy, and we’re looking forward to spending time with Marlin Fenn and the good folks at Katy. (Two […]

Friday Night at the Movies: To Save a Life Review

posted by Scot McKnight

MOVIE REVIEW: “To Save A Life” by Jeremy Berg www.jeremyberg.org This review is a for all youth workers out there!   Every few months youth pastors get a promotional box in the mail luring them to jump on the bandwagon […]

A Lenten Plea

posted by Scot McKnight

Whether you look to the laws of Deuteronomy on caring for the poor and widows and orphans, or to the prophets criticizing the leaders for oppressing the marginalized, or to Jesus’ blessing of those who were otherwise overlooked and oppressed, […]

A Lenten Prayer (Christine Sine)

posted by Scot McKnight

Christine Sine’s Lenten Prayer: We have chosen to fast Not with ashes but with actions Not with sackcloth but in sharing Not in thoughts but in deeds We will give up our abundance To share our food with the hungry […]

Is Death Final?

posted by Scot McKnight

Not too long ago we posted a series on what is now being called evangelical universalism, and if you recall it is a view that believes death results from sin, and that following death unbelievers experience hell. But the big […]

Ancient-Future Interpretation 3

posted by Scot McKnight

J. Todd Billings, in The Word of God for the People of God: An Entryway to the Theological Interpretation of Scripture ,  is seeking to explain how to read the Bible according to a theological method. This approach is against what can be […]

What were you doing when you first heard this song?

posted by Scot McKnight

Acts and Mission 96

posted by Scot McKnight

We’re skipping quickly through the journey narratives of Acts because our focus is on Paul’s missional work and missional theology, and traveling [Fair Havens to the right] … well it’s part of it because missional people travel. Paul gets an […]

Ancient-Future Interpretation 2

posted by Scot McKnight

J. Todd Billings, in The Word of God for the People of God: An Entryway to the Theological Interpretation of Scripture ,  is seeking to explain the new “theological interpretation of Scripture.” This approach is heavy on “theology” and critical of the more […]

Mary among the Buckeyes

posted by Scot McKnight

I had the rare opportunity to get to preach about the life of Mary, who is “one of us,” last weekend in Westerville OH, just outside Columbus, at Heritage Christian Church. It was Valentine’s Day, plenty of people were wearing […]

When I grow up, I’ll be a…

posted by Scot McKnight

Recently I found this piece on BBC News, and think we could have a conversation. What did you want to do when you were eleven? (I wanted to be a professional athlete, but the sport changed from season to season. […]

Acts and Mission 95

posted by Scot McKnight

Paul’s passion is for everyone to see the light of the gospel in the face of Jesus Christ, and that means even Festus is in his circle of compassionate gospel preaching. Festus thinks Paul’s lost his mind with his belief […]

Ancient-Future Interpretation 1

posted by Scot McKnight

Reading the Bible is both easier than ever before, because of all the resources available, and more complex, because of all the resources available. One could argue that the oldest method of Bible reading is now back on the front […]

What about virtual reality in church services?

posted by Scot McKnight

I thought this question answer in Leadership.net with Rob Bell was fascinating. Here’s my question: What do you think of video clips in sermons? Interview with Rob Bell…. Your NOOMA video series has been popular. What do you think about […]

Iona’s Famous Preacher

posted by Scot McKnight

The (re)founder of the Iona Community was George Macleod, and I recently read a splendid biography of him (George MacLeod: Founder of the Iona Community – A Biography ).  So inspired was I by his story, a story of someone […]

40 Days for Lent

posted by Scot McKnight

Just in case you aren’t aware, Paraclete now has 40 Days Living the Jesus Creed up on an e-mail subscription here, and you can get a taste of it from the YouTube video below. If you want the book, you […]

NIV Psalter

posted by Scot McKnight

There has been so much interest in this new Psalter, we’re posting this post again. I knew it would eventually be done, and it has: Paraclete has produced a beautiful NIV Psalter called: The Paraclete Psalter: A 4-Week Cycle for […]

Truth Behind the Truth

posted by Scot McKnight

This from Rob Bell’s interview at Leadership: There’s a lot of emphasis today on practical preaching, helping people address their felt-needs, and giving direct application. Is that foremost in your mind when you prepare a message? When I prepare to […]

Acts and Mission 94

posted by Scot McKnight

Paul gets to tell his story, and he tells his story in a way that shows he’s a faithful Jew, that what he believes is Jewish, that resurrection is central to Jewish hope, and that the Jewish God has called […]

Narrative Preaching 5

posted by Scot McKnight

As if Tom Long hasn’t taken on board some major issues in his lectures on preaching, the last chapter in his new book, Preaching from Memory to Hope , examines preaching about eschatology. Here’s the big introduction idea, as he asks […]

The Modern Sacred Family

posted by Scot McKnight

Some good folks and friends of ours are working out exercises for families to participate in the Church calendar. Check it out… Here are some activities for the family and an individual for Lent.

Kids, Obesity, Sports and…?

posted by Scot McKnight

Yes, you guessed right if you said “video games.” Check out this report, and tell me what you see going on…. What are your suggestions? Is any church actually working on this issue with parents and kids? Suburban youth baseball […]

Acts and Mission 93

posted by Scot McKnight

It’s a great story. The apostle Paul harrassed into persecution in the Temple by those who thought he was a trouble-making unobservant Jew divulges that he’s a Roman, and everything changes. Through a series of hearings Paul ends up in […]

Narrative Preaching 4

posted by Scot McKnight

Tom Long takes on the many, many American manifestations of the gnostic impulse in his new book, Preaching from Memory to Hope. Some will not like this as an example, but here it is: “The old American revival hymn wonders about […]

Lengthening our Memory 9

posted by Scot McKnight

This post concludes our series with Chris Hall, author of Worshiping With the Church Fathers , a book that examines how the earliest fathers — theologians and pastors and leaders — understood spirituality. Eucharist and baptism, prayer, and withdrawal are Hall’s […]

That Old Synoptic Problem

posted by Scot McKnight

Every serious Gospel scholar at some point has to sit down for a summer or so, underline every word in the Synoptics according a color-coded system, and come to a conclusion on the relationship of Matthew, Mark and Luke. I […]

Eucharistic Heart of Jesus 3

posted by Scot McKnight

There is a custom in many liturgical churches that looks like this: the worshiper walks forward to the altar, kneels on a kneeler, opens his or her hands, receives the bread, the liturgist then offers the cup to the worshiper, […]

Prayer for the Week

posted by Scot McKnight

O God, who before the passion of your only begotten Son revealed his glory upon the holy mountain: Grant to us that we, beholding by faith the light of his countenance, may be strengthened to bear our cross, and be changed […]

Saturday Afternoon Book Review: Art Boulet

posted by Scot McKnight

This review is by Art Boulet, a student now at Princeton Theological Seminary, and a great blogger-friend. The book being review is John Sailhamer, The Meaning of the Pentateuch: Revelation, Composition and Interpretation . John was a colleague-friend of mine […]

Weekly Meanderings

posted by Scot McKnight

Kris and I are in Ohio this weekend,  this time in Westerville OH at Heritage Christian Church. Faith and Science conference at Regent, May 4-7. Stellar lineup. Speaking of which, Vern Poythress now has responded to John Walton. John responds […]

Friday Night at the Movies: Blind Side Review

posted by Scot McKnight

MOVIE REVIEW: “The Blind Side” by Jeremy Berg www.jeremyberg.org The most inspiring, heart-warming cinematic experience of 2009 for me was without question The Blind Side starring Sandra Bullock. While this movie based on a true story is sure to win […]

Finally, an NIV Psalter

posted by Scot McKnight

I knew it would eventually be done, and it has: Paraclete has produced a beautiful NIV Psalter called: The Paraclete Psalter: A 4-Week Cycle for Daily Prayer .   I have used for years The Book of Common Prayer , and […]

Bring Back PE!

posted by Scot McKnight

The Greeks and Romans got this right. Part of education is a healthy body, and if our public schools want to educate students completely (and holistically) they need to bring back a vigorous and education-filled physical education program. Our First […]

Tea Party as Emerging Politics (yes)

posted by Scot McKnight

Read these few paragraphs carefully and you will see that the major impulses of the emerging movement some years back and the Tea Party are quite similar … except, of course, that it is a conservative, grass-roots political movement mostly […]

Narrative Preaching 3

posted by Scot McKnight

Tom Long, in true pastorally responsible fashion, is not afraid of biting off major food offerings in the American religious context, so in his new book, Preaching from Memory to Hope , he takes on the rise of gnosticism. After the […]

Which Side is More … Condescending?

posted by Scot McKnight

Did you read this piece in The Washington Post? The writer, one Gerard Alexander, examines the condescending narratives being used frequently by Democrats and in the American media. The statistics, which are on a pie graph at the site, show […]

Mystery of Dinosaur Extinction Resolved

posted by Scot McKnight

Acts and Mission 92

posted by Scot McKnight

Paul is in prison on the Mediterranean coast in Caesarea (aqueduct to the right), and at first things move quickly — five days after his arrival there is a hearing, but a decision isn’t made and Paul ends up in […]

Lengthening our Memory 8

posted by Scot McKnight

Chris Hall, in Worshiping With the Church Fathers , examines another topic — withdrawal into the desert — and it leads me to ask a question, one that I hope you give some thought and then weigh in: Why do you […]

Childhood Obesity

posted by Scot McKnight

Our First Lady has taken up a great cause, childhood obesity. Judith Gunlock, who writes for the National Review, likes the First Lady’s personal behaviors with her daughters but wonders if there’s a disconnect then with her proposals. Here are […]

Acts and Mission 91

posted by Scot McKnight

Behind the scenes two things are at work: the enemies of Paul, who think he’s dangerous to Torah observance and therefore to the sanctity of Israel and the Temple, and the friends of Paul, including family members in Jerusalem. His […]

Narrative Preaching 2

posted by Scot McKnight

The level of eloquence in this book,Preaching from Memory to Hope, is only outmatched by the depth of insight we find in Tom Long. What a delightful chapter number two is: “No news is bad news.” It’s a chapter about […]

Seminary Re:mixed

posted by Scot McKnight

Seminaries are today again up for review. The editors at Christian Century have a series of questions we can discuss and then they have a rather firm suggestion as well. How would you answer their questions? If church leaders had […]

Acts and Mission 90

posted by Scot McKnight

Now is the time for Paul to reveal even more, so he is brought before the Sanhedrin, before him Paul asserts his integrity and innocence, only to realize he then said something contrary to the Torah: 22:30 The next day, because […]

Lengthening Our Memory 7

posted by Scot McKnight

Chris Hall, in Worshiping With the Church Fathers , examines St Augustine’s letter to Proba about prayer, and in that letter, Augustine said this: “… pray to God in world at certain fixed hours and times, so that we may encourage […]

NoPhone Zone

posted by Scot McKnight

What do you think? Texting while driving is dangerous; some States have “illegalized” texting while driving. But do you support the new applications for cell phones that shut down the phone’s capacity to “text” while driving (shutting the phone down […]

Acts and Mission 89

posted by Scot McKnight

Paul’s in trouble in the heart of the heart of God’s place: in the Temple in Jerusalem. The Jerusalem believers (in Jesus) question, or at least wonder about, Paul’s Torah observance and his commitment to the sanctity of the Temple. […]

Narrative Preaching 1

posted by Scot McKnight

How do you define “narrative preaching”? And, alongside that question, another one: How much story do you think appropriate in a sermon? What did you learn in seminary about the appropriateness or frequency of stories in sermons? Tom Long, whom […]

Jesus and MMA (Mixed Martial Arts)

posted by Scot McKnight

I read this piece by James-Michael Smith the other day, and I thought it was so good I lifted a couple paragraphs and would love to have a discussion here: What do you think of “manly” and “fighting” images for […]

Peoples Behind the New Testament

posted by Scot McKnight

No passage in the New Testament ever describes the groups it assumes everyone knows. Yet, we beg for those descriptions and so scholars over the years have sketched and re-sketched, and then discarded and reconstructed what can be known about […]

Will Your SSN Be a Thing of the Past?

posted by Scot McKnight

What will happen to Social Security? Jack Cafferty, the most lovable curmudgeon I follow, got it going on this topic the other day at CNN.com. Here’s a bit and I wonder what you think: First it was the banks and […]

Eucharistic Heart of Jesus 2

posted by Scot McKnight

This series is for those who celebrate weekly and it is also for those who want to ponder weekly the great mysteries of the redemption we give thanks for, we memorialize, and we bless. To aid in this series, I […]

Prayer for the Week

posted by Scot McKnight

Set us free, O God, from the bondage of our sins, and give us the liberty of that abundant life which you have made known to us in your Son our Savior Jesus Christ; who lives and reigns with you, […]

Saturday Afternoon Book Review: Michael Kruse

posted by Scot McKnight

Michael Kruse is well-known to the Jesus Creed blog, and here he plies his trade once again in a book review. A variety of anthropological lenses have been used to examine the New Testament world but one lens remains relatively […]

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posted by Scot McKnight

Did you see this? We need to write the NCAA to petition that this sort of nonsense be changed. Recruiting is bad enough; football recruiting probably the worst, but recruiting 13-years olds is out of bounds — and USC backers […]

Weekly Meanderings

posted by Scot McKnight

The Austrians have their own kind of marathon! I’d not be surprised they have one of these  in Minnesota. Very few have given a life to Youth the way Marko has, and so I’m urging you to read his new […]

Friday Night at the Movies: Avatar Review

posted by Scot McKnight

By Jeremy Berg After braving the 15 below zero weather, fighting people for seats (almost literally), finding clean 3D glasses and smuggling in pop and snacks, we were ready to experience James Cameron’s visually stunning world of Pandora filled with […]

Friday Night at the Movies: The Book of Eli

posted by Scot McKnight

We’ll have two Movie reviews tonight for our opening night for Friday Night at the Movies. We welcome discussion on the movie and on the review, and we welcome more reviews of the same movie. So here we go …. […]

Your Prediction?

posted by Scot McKnight

Who do you think will win — the Saints or the Colts? And by how much?  What are the most important factors influencing your prediction?

Jesus Creed and Swaziland

posted by Scot McKnight

Whether you look to the laws of Deuteronomy on caring for the poor and widows and orphans, or to the prophets criticizing the leaders for oppressing the marginalized, or to Jesus’ blessing of those who were otherwise overlooked and oppressed, […]

Law at the Jesus Creed: David Opderbeck on Kuyper

posted by Scot McKnight

Kuyper, the State, and the American Revolution Many evangelicals interested in law and public policy appreciate Dutch Reformed theologian Abraham Kuyper’s thought.  Kuyper developed a rich theology of “common grace,” by which he believed God continually sustains the fallen creation.  The idea of common […]

The Living Emerging Movement

posted by Scot McKnight

There are a number of approaches to talking about the emergent church or, as I have preferred to talk — emerging movement and emergent village/church, and the two favorite approaches are to say: it’s dead or it’s undefinable. About four […]

Mid-Life Seminary Move?

posted by Scot McKnight

One of our readers is well-employed and competent, but is now considering a mid-life change to attend seminary and pursue — well, he’s not sure if it will lead to church ministry or possible academia. He’s asked to open this […]

Acts and Mission 88

posted by Scot McKnight

Missional work, at times, involves overt opposition that leads to persecution. As the Spirit-prompted believers had warned Paul of such, so now it happens, and here’s the report in Acts 21. The open areas in the middle of the Temple […]

John Walton, Genesis 1-2, and Vern Poythress

posted by Scot McKnight

John Walton’s new book on Genesis (The Lost World of Genesis One: Ancient Cosmology and the Origins Debate ), which essentially argues that Genesis 1 is about the function of materials instead of the construction or creation of materials, was […]

Lengthening Our Memory 6

posted by Scot McKnight

Chris Hall, in Worshiping With the Church Fathers , examines the topic of prayer in the fathers and he has several chps because the topic of prayer was so central to the worship of the early fathers. Proba, a woman, wrote […]

What’s Marko Doing?

posted by Scot McKnight

One of our friends, Mark Oestreicher, was for years a leader at Youth Specialties, and he followed the legendary Mike Yaconelli. Well, Marko has been pondering for a good while now “what’s next?” in his youth ministry life, and there […]

Brian McLaren on Fundamentalism 2

posted by Scot McKnight

Yesterday: From Brian McLaren’s blog: Quiz:When I am presented with a new idea or proposal, my first question is more likely to be …___A. Is it acceptable to my religious/ideological community or belief system?___B. Is it possibly true, valuable, and […]

Acts and Mission 87

posted by Scot McKnight

Now on to Jerusalem (replica to your left of the old ancient core), which begins a long but final set of episodes in Acts: Paul gets there, suspicion is aroused, he’s taken into custody, and eventually ends up in prison […]

Homeschooling and Asylum

posted by Scot McKnight

On homeschooling… What do you think of the homeschooling movement in the USA? The numbers are more significant than you might think (see below after the jump). My father was a public school teacher; Kris’ father was a public school […]

Christians, Sports and Compromise: A Brief Response

posted by Scot McKnight

I was pushed a bit Monday to weigh in on the post about Christians, Sports, and Compromise. I have to confess that it was hard for me to comprehend an author like Hoffman spending most of his life in sports […]

Synergy Conference 2010: Orlando in March

posted by Scot McKnight

We are honored to have been invited to speak at the 2010 Synergy Conference in Orlando Florida. The conference will be March 5-7, and will begin our Spring Break … and I can’t think of a better way to begin […]

Eating While Driving

posted by Scot McKnight

From Associated Press: LOWELL, Mass. (AP) – Police said a Massachusetts lumber truck crashed into a home after the driver was knocked unconscious by a small chili from Wendy’s. Lowell police said Eric Gremm reported that he choked on the […]

Acts and Mission 86

posted by Scot McKnight

There’s really no other way to say this than to say that missional work, especially if it is a church-planting missional ministry like Paul’s, involves travel. Part of Paul’s travel was a sense of homeboundedness toward Jerusalem and a sense […]

McLaren on Fundamentalism 1

posted by Scot McKnight

From Brian McLaren’s blog, and wondering what you think of this way of putting the difference between fundamentalists and the curious (non fundamentalists)? Quiz:When I am presented with a new idea or proposal, my first question is more likely to […]

Lengthening Our Memory 5

posted by Scot McKnight

Chris Hall, in Worshiping With the Church Fathers , examines the topic of prayer in the fathers and lands on an insight that is fundamental to prayer: Our image of God. That is, what image of God do we have in […]

Apologetics from the Side

posted by Scot McKnight

This time from Christopher Hitchens, who was interviewed in The Portland Monthly by Marilyn Sewell, whose words are in bold: The religion you cite in your book is generally the fundamentalist faith of various kinds. I’m a liberal Christian, and […]

Is Football Too Dangerous?

posted by Scot McKnight

A recent report in Time.com suggests so, and I personally believe it is … so what to do? More education about what is actually happening to the brain and more rules that prevent head injuries. What do you think? Check […]

Acts and Mission 85

posted by Scot McKnight

Paul’s missional pastoral theology is on display in Acts 20 and, after reading this text, I’ll propose a few ideas about missional. 20:25 “And now I know that none of you among whom I went around proclaiming the kingdom will see […]

Law at the Jesus Creed: David Opderbeck

posted by Scot McKnight

David Opderbeck, a professor of law, weighs in on a crucial theological topic that affects our understanding of law. Are you Roman Catholic or Reformed — or where are you on this issue? Law:  Can We Be Good? Law is an […]

Christians, Sports and Compromise

posted by Scot McKnight

On the day I saw online the Christianity Today piece on sports and the Christian faith, the author of that article’s book arrived on my desk. It is called Good Game: Christianity and the Culture of Sports . I begin […]

Free eBook about Connection in a Disconnected Age

posted by Scot McKnight

Chris Smith, who is doing all of us a great service in that he has created Englewood Review of Books — an online book review magazine, has now published an eBook and it’s free if you want to download it. […]

A Special Weekend

posted by Scot McKnight

Not long ago I spoke to the leaders of one of my favorite churches, Irving Bible Church in Irving Texas. IBC was one of the first churches where I spoke about the Jesus Creed a few years back, and I […]

Web of Theology

posted by Scot McKnight

Here is a post from Jeremy Berg about Dan Kent’s new program that is a self-assessment tool for Theology. I could see Depts of Theology dipping into the school budget to finance students taking the test and then using it […]

Eucharistic Heart of Jesus 1

posted by Scot McKnight

Many participate in eucharist weekly. This series is for those — so we will post it early each Sunday AM — and it is for those who wish their local church had weekly communion and it is also for those […]

Prayer of the Week

posted by Scot McKnight

Almighty and everlasting God, you govern all things both in heaven and on earth: Mercifully hear the supplications of your people, and in our time grant us your peace; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you […]

Friday Night at the Movies

posted by Scot McKnight

Kris and I aren’t big movie buffs, but many of you are. Since this blog is for all of us, I thought I’d follow up on the suggestion of one our readers and start something new: Friday Night at the […]

James Emery White: “I am a book man”

posted by Scot McKnight

I was sent this piece written by James Emery White, liked it so much I posted it here. The link at the bottom will take you to the originating site. Give Me a Book I am, unashamedly, a book man. […]

Saturday Afternoon Book Review: Chris Ridgeway

posted by Scot McKnight

Chris Ridgeway, the reviewer of this book and my former research assistant, is the national Staff Program Manager for Great Commission Ministries, and blogs on theology from a digital context at www.theodigital.com… And Chris wrote a thesis on internet and Bible, […]

Saturday Afternoon Book Review: Reviewers

posted by Scot McKnight

If you would like to write a review of a book (somewhere between 2 and 3000 words), do notify me through this post in the comment box below. Many have written in to say how much they are appreciating this […]

Weekly Meanderings

posted by Scot McKnight

The News of the Week for Apple Folks:  The iPad Have you seen our kids at Mabanteneni? Think about sponsoring a child. (Be patient, it takes about a minute for all the pictures of the kids to load.) Pray for […]

20th Century’s Biggest Change in Evangelicalism

posted by Scot McKnight

The 20th Century began with war between evangelicals or fundamentalists and liberals or modernists. Not only were doctrines under dispute but there was another dispute: was the gospel designed to address spiritual or social problems? It can be said that […]

Lengthening Our Memory 4

posted by Scot McKnight

Chris Hall, in Worshiping With the Church Fathers , examines the topic of prayer in the fathers and begins with a rather bald description of his own difficulties in praying — that paragraph is worth the price of the chp — […]

Creators and Intellectuals

posted by Scot McKnight

I recently found myself reading Thomas Sowell’s newest book, Intellectuals and Society , a study of intellectuals — those who are dedicated to ideas and who, in his estimation, are growing in public influence but who are also woefully uninformed […]

Jesus Creed during Lent

posted by Scot McKnight

We got fresh word recently that a number of churches, from a variety of denominations, are using 40 Days Living the Jesus Creed for Lent. So let me encourage you, if you are looking for ideas, to consider using Lent as […]

Acts and Mission 84

posted by Scot McKnight

Paul’s missional pastoral theology is on display in Acts 20, and we continue from yesterday in looking at this theology. What do you see? 20:25 “And now I know that none of you among whom I went around proclaiming the kingdom […]

Was Avatar Anti-Religious

posted by Scot McKnight

Some are arguing strenuously against the megahit movie Avatar. The general complaints are that James Cameron’s movie, while a powerful visual experience, is: Pro-environment Anti-religious Liberal, left-wing agenda Anti-military Worship of nature What do you think?

A Good and Beautiful Life

posted by Scot McKnight

Not that long ago I blogged through the first volume of James Bryan Smith’s The Apprentice Series. Volume two, The Good and Beautiful Life: Putting on the Character of Christ (The Apprentice Series) , is now available and I’d like […]

State of the Union

posted by Scot McKnight

What did you think of the President’s speech? Anything raise flags for you? Any major shifts? I’ve done my best to convince myself that the media are overswarming this State of the Union address, and I keep saying to myself, […]

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