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Kathleen Norris tells her story, inAcedia & Me: Marriage, Monks and the Writer’s Life, of how she became a poet during her college days at Bennington. It was a teacher who told her she had what it takes.

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Loosening the Grip 7

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Our post today is written by Mary Veeneman, a member of our BTS department here at North Park. Her chp focuses on the 3d chp of Race: A Theological Account. She’s got some good questions at the end.

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Loosening the Grip 6

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I’m holding in my hands at this very moment the original German edition of Gerhard Kittel’s famous Theological Dictionary of the New Testament. I’ve got volume 4. The foreword, written by Kittel himself, is preceded by a page of German […]

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Beginning with the Dead Sea Scrolls

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How many times have you asked or been asked this question: How can I learn about the Dead Sea Scrolls in a way that I can understand what is going on? Books about the DSS tend to be very academic […]

Gospel 24

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Gospeling, gospeling, gospeling … that’s what Paul does. And today we look at his great address on the Areopagus in Athens:

Emerging: A Response

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Dear Emerging, The number of folks who surrounded you with advice and wisdom continues to draw our admiration, but I do want to put some of this together from my angle.

Declaring Doom 5

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I’ve got a big question today, but first let me sketch two items quickly. First, think about it, we’ve seen the following as prophets of doom: the puritans with their weekly jeremiads, Thomas Jefferson, and Ralph Waldo Emerson. Add someone […]

Gospel 23

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Paul keeps on gospeling and we turn today to Acts 16 and 17.

Original Sin Returns 3 (RJS)

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Chapter 3 of Henri Blocher’s book Original Sindeals with discerning the mind of Paul on the issue of Adam and the Fall. Any Christian discussion of the evolution life, the evolution of homo sapiens, and the doctrine of Original Sin […]

Prayer as Activism

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I have asked two of my fine students, Brittany Bennett and Nick Johnson — who are getting married this summer — and who have a ministry passion for issues of justice and the church, to take a look at Shane […]

Gospel 22

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The issue of whether or not to circumcise Gentile believers led to the first church council, establishing as I think it did a precedent for leaders to gather to discern the mind of God, and a ruling that Gentile converts […]

Emerging: A Letter

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I got a letter from a young high school pastor in the southeast and he’s happy to share it with our blog community. This young pastor leans in some emerging directions but his pastor is now criticizing emergent. I’d like […]

Aksel-ography

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This weekend Kris and I flew out to see Lukas, Annika and our new grandson, Aksel. We always enjoy their quaint village, filled as it is with unique Victorian homes and the aroma of Concord grapes hanging in the air. […]

Gospel 21

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Acts is a rich source for “gospel” and we turn today to Acts 14:

Prayer for the Week

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Almighty and everlasting God, increase in us the gifts of faith, hope, and charity; and, that we may obtain what you promise, make us love what you command; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and […]

Weekly Meanderings

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It’s not Chicago, but it is the Great Midwest…

Friday is for Friends

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It’s easier to talk about depression and acedia than it is to live with either; and it’s a whole lot easier to talk about both than to free oneself from either. At the heart of dealing with acedia is to […]

Original Sin Returns 2 (RJS)

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The scenario sketched in our previous post leads to a deep question for Christians. How should we understand the Fall and Original Sin? Is the Adamic fall history or myth ??? albeit myth conveying theological truth? Is Adam everyman or […]

Evolution and Fundamentalism

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Pastor (Park Street Church Boston) Daniel Harrell’s new book, Nature’s Witness: How Evolution Can Inspire Faith (Living Theology), is the book we need. Here is someone who can translate science into theology and theology into science, and do so in […]

Original Sin Returns 1 (RJS)

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We had a good series of Friday posts on Alan Jacobs’ excellent book “Original Sin.” The essays in his book are outstanding and explore many facets of Original Sin in history and in contemporary thought. But Jacobs is an English […]

Gospel 20

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If Acts 11 records the gospel preaching of Peter, Acts 13 records the gospel preaching of Paul. So here’s the long text:

A Big Change at Jesus Creed

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For about six months we have been in communication with a large website that has expressed an interest in hosting the Jesus Creed conversation. At first I had no interest, but I want to lay out for you today why […]

Loosening the Grip 5

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The following post is very important for this series. This is our fifth post in the series on Race: A Theological Account. This post is by my colleague and good friend, Boaz Johnson. He covers chp 2 and shows that […]

Gospel 19

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Acts 10 is one of the most important gospel texts in the New Testament. That text is followed by Acts 11:20 where, after rehearing the Acts 10 episode with Cornelius, Peter says:

Abortion and The Blue Parakeet: A Response

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Yesterday I posted a letter that drew a good response, so today I’m posting my own response to “Passionate.”

Sandbagging Applications?

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I read this piece about parents (!) sandbagging the applications of others [other kids who apply to schools] in our local paper this week. Have you heard of this? And what do you think?

Gospel 18

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Part two of Acts 10:34-48:

Abortion and The Blue Parakeet

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In my new book, The Blue Parakeet: Rethinking How You Read the Bible, one of the major points is that the Church has learned to read the Bible by discernment instead of treating everything as law. I got a letter […]

Loosening the Grip 4

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In this fourth post in our series on J. Kameron Carter’s Race: A Theological Account, Vince Bacote — professor at Wheaton College — weighs in.

Gospel 17

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Our next text in our survey of “gospel” texts is a long one, but it needs to be read in its entirety. So here is Acts 10:34-48:

Prayer for the Week

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Almighty and everlasting God, in Christ you have revealed your glory among the nations: Preserve the works of your mercy, that your Church throughout the world may persevere with steadfast faith in the confession of your Name; through Jesus Christ […]

Weekly Meanderings

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Here’s what’s coming …

Friday is for Friends

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Kathleen Norris combines ancient classical writers on spirituality with the modern search for God. She thinks for herself and yet her memoirs seem to tell the story of others. Her newest book, Acedia & Me: Marriage, Monks and the Writer’s […]

A Real, Human Jesus

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One of the questions I used to ask students in a Jesus class was “Do you think Jesus made mistakes learning Hebrew or mathematics or Israelite history?” This question, so I learned, was a good way to get students to […]

Declaring Doom 4

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Thomas Jefferson anchored the entire good of Christianity in the morals of Jesus. Ralph Waldo Emerson, ever striving for the universal to be found in nature, anchored it all in “moral sentiment.” Both Jefferson and Emerson, though, thought the days […]

Now Brewing: Stone Cup Brewing Co

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When we were in Franklin Tennessee, we grabbed a cup of coffee at the Curious Gourmet Cupcake Cafe where we were introduced to Stone Cup Roasting Co. Very tasty, even if I’d prefer a barista plying her craft with a […]

Gospel 16

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The gospel that went from Jerusalem to Samaria had the same “content,” as we saw yesterday: it was about Israel’s history, about Jesus as Messiah, and about the kingdom of God. We might then say it is about a Person […]

Loosening the Grip 3

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We are doing a series on J. Kameron Carter’s book, Race: A Theological Account. When I say “we” I mean a number of folks, and today’s post is written by Soong-Chan Rah, professor at North Park Theological Seminary.

Declaring Doom 3

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America’s history with prophetic pronouncements includes not only apocalyptic doom. Think Thomas Jefferson. Two of my favorite places in the DC area are the Jefferson Memorial, which perhaps could be called the temple of liberal, enlightened reason, and Monticello, Jefferson’s […]

Gospel 15

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The gospel moved from Jerusalem and a gospel-shaped message for Jews to the Samaritans. When it did, this is what we read in Acts 8:

My Tax Plan

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Evidently our tax system is broken. If it weren’t, there’d be no reason for both McCain and Obama to propose what “their tax plan” will be. Obama says there will be no new taxes for folks who make under 250 […]

Eugene Peterson’s Newest

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No one writes like Eugene Peterson and, because he has translated the Bible (The Message) in its entirety, there is probably no one who can plumb the depths of the spirituality of biblical language like Peterson. That he has chosen […]

Gospel 14

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From the Gospels we move today to the Acts of the Apostles on the meaning of the word “gospel” or “preach the gospel.” The first text is Acts says it all:

Good Intentions: Bob Smietana

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Bob Smietana and Charles North have written a book I need and perhaps you do to: some good old fashioned common sense about economics. Some people have Good Intentions but not enough economic sense. I’ve asked Bob to converse with […]

Missional at Biblical

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Last Friday morning I flew out to Philadelphia to speak at Biblical Seminary. John Franke was installed as the Lester and Kay Clemens Professor of Missional Theology. It may have been the most satisfying and stimulating theological conference I’ve ever […]

Gospel 13

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Some of the texts in the Gospels about the “gospel” don’t tell us enough to help us define what how the NT authors understand the “gospel.” So, I’ll gather together three texts (and their parallels) because each assumes we know […]

Aksel-ography

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Here’s grandma Kris with Aksel. (She’s no doubt teaching him the Jesus Creed.)

Prayer for the Week

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Lord, we pray that your grace may always precede and follow us, that we may continually be given to good works; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and […]

Weekly Meanderings

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“What happened to the Cubs?,” I ask Lou Piniella. His answer?

Blue Parakeet has landed

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I’m happy to announce that that our new book, Blue Parakeet, has “landed” at Amazon and local bookstores.

Loosening the Grip 2

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Ideas don’t always transform behavior. Another way of saying this is that orthodoxy doesn’t necessarily lead to orthopraxy. Perhaps one of the most obvious examples of the disconnect emerges with racism for it is a sad, sad fact that some […]

Jesus Creed on Wordle

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HT: Matthew Staton

Wrigley Welcomes Aksel

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Indeed, on the Wrigley Field ticker today you could see a welcoming of our new grandson, Aksel Donovan Nelson McKnight… Kris thinks his name is very kingly! 5 minutes or so old… Congratulations to Annika and Lukas and Aksel. More […]

Declaring Doom 2

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In 1620 John Winthrop, leader of Massachusetts Bay, transported the covenant God made with Israel to the covenant God was making with the New World. En route to Massachusetts, Winthrop preached a now-famous sermon: “A Model of Christian Charity.” He […]

Gospel 12

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One final text for this week on gospel, and it is potent one:

Loosening the Grip 1

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As I announced recently, we will be doing a series on the brilliant, provocative, and challenging new book by J. Kameron Carter, Race: A Theological Account. The book is about racism — in particular, it is about how racialized theology […]

Our Sunday Prayers

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Every Sunday morning I post a prayer drawn (almost always) from The Book of Common Prayer and we use the weekly collect (set prayer). Many of you have written me to say how much you appreciate the wording or the […]

Gospel 11

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The gospel of the kingdom can take on “happy” tones if we are not careful. Notice this “gospel” text:

Declaring Doom 1

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One of the more interesting books that have come my way of late is Prophesies of Godlessness: Predictions of America’s Imminent Secularization, a book edited by C. Mathewes and C. McKnight Nichols (no relation). If the title doesn’t interest you, […]

Left Behind or Left Befuddled?

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I’ve been looking for this book: Gordon Isaac, Left Behind or Left Befuddled. I will recommend this book to every Bible student who gets into prophecy and who along the way wants to figure out what in the world is […]

Gospel 10

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In Luke 7 the following events are reported: Jesus heals the centurion’s son, he raises the widow’s son, he has words for John the Baptist about who he is and who John is, and Jesus is anointed by a sinful […]

How do we forgive?

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How do you understand verse 23 of John 20? How is it that we forgive? 21 Again Jesus said, ?Peace be with you! As the Father has sent me, I am sending you.? 22 And with that he breathed on […]

Zoe

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Kris and I were invited by the good folks connected to the Zoe Conference to come to Nashville last week (Woodmont Hills, Family of God Church): Thursday, Friday and Saturday. We loved it — and there are so many things […]

Gospel 9

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The passage about the gospel in Luke 4 is breathtaking; in some ways it sums up and carries through everything Jesus says about “gospel.” But there are other texts that need to be discussed as we ponder the meaning of […]

Wrigley Weeping

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The Cubs had one of the best baseball teams in the Major League this summer — if you count the long haul. They had excellent pitchers and hitters, and were more than respectable in the field. But, the medals and […]

Prayer for the Week

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Almighty and everlasting God, you are always more ready to hear than we to pray, and to give more than we either desire or deserve: Pour upon us the abundance of your mercy, forgiving us those things of which our […]

Weekly Meanderings

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Waking up to Chicago ….

Where is our hope?

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This was published in my monthly column on the Out of Ur blog. Somewhere between 6pm and 8pm, Central Time, on November 4th, 2008, the eschatology of American evangelicals will become clear. If John McCain wins and the evangelical becomes […]

Some suggestions?

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Scot, I am working along with another leader in my church in developing a course which will provide an introduction to the Bible, and some devotional tools for diving deeper. There will be a separate basic theology class as followup, […]

Friday is for (Original Sin) Friends

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The last chp of Alan Jacobs’ Original Sin sallies from Pope Pius’ famous 19th century papal bull Ineffabilis Deus to Stephen Pinker’s evolutionary explanation of the mind in his book The Blank Slate.

Our Missional God 20

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We come to the end of Chris Wright’s exceptional book, The Mission of God. The mission of God to make his name know to the whole world finds its end in Jesus, in the early Christian preaching to the nations, […]

Teaching the Gospels and Acts

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Teachers are always looking for textbooks, and good textbooks are hard to find. Those two points come from 25 years of teaching. Textbooks have to complement lectures and class sessions, and most of us don’t want to use a textbook […]

Gospel 8

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We come to the end of this week’s series on gospel with a potent passage, one dearly loved by liberation theologians and justice workers and one of which many reducers of the gospel today are fearful. Here’s my opinion on […]

Why I am not a Catholic or Eastern Orthodox

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Mr. McKnight, I would like to echo a question that someone asked above, and I don’t think you replied to it (unless I missed the answer, in which case I apologize.) The question is: why are you still an evangelical, […]

Gospel 7

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We look today and tomorrow at two formative texts for seeing what Jesus means by “gospel”. Today we begin with Mark 1:14-15, a text that is comprehensive.

Wouldn’t it be nice …

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… for the Cubs and the White Sox to play in the World Series?

Our Missional God 19

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The last two chps of Chris Wright’s excellent book, The Mission of God, concern the most pressing topic of anyone who wants to examine the Old Testament through the lens of “mission.” I tend to think most either ignore what […]

Ironic Faith

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I’d like to have a conversation here about this piece in CT on what I am calling “ironic faith.” [Added: Originally, this ironic faith article was a part of the McLaren piece; it was lifted out and became a separate […]

Gospel 6

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Following John was Jesus, and he too was a gospeler, one who preached the gospel. Today I want to begin with some general summary passages that set up Jesus as a gospel preacher.

Home and the Posture of Grace

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A few years back a friend of mine, Jay Phelan, told me about a book about a pastor and a small town in Iowa and so I bought the book and was about 50 pages deep before I realized it […]

Prosperity Gospel: Does it help the poor?

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Peter Berger, well-known sociologist, goes against everyone’s grain and the fashionable, trendy screeds in this piece in Books and Culture. When I read Berger’s ideas on the train during my commute, my jaw dropped. By the way, I’m a huge […]

Gospel 5

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We live in an age that seems intent on narrowing the gospel to even singular issues. What I find in these discussions is not that the person who argues for a singular issue (as central or the most important element) […]

Cubs Schedule (vs. LA Dodgers)

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Wednesday: 5:30pm Thursday: 8:30pm Saturday @ LA: 9pm (All times Central) The Commish is out to get us; we are playing Thurs and Sat at ridiculously late times.

O God, you declare your

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O God, you declare your almighty power chiefly in showing mercy and pity: Grant us the fullness of your grace, that we, running to obtain your promises, may become partakers of your heavenly treasure; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who […]

Join us!

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Why they don’t have my mug in that set of photos is beyond me. 8) How in the world do they put up Skye’s bald melon and not mine?

Weekly Meanderings

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The City of Chicago… … home of the Cubs!

Compline

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Save us, Lord, while we are awake, guard us while we are asleep; that, awake, we may watch with Christ, and, asleep, may rest in His peace.

Our Missional God 18

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The most neglected books in the Old Testament are the Wisdom books, and so it is nice to see Chris Wright look at “mission” in light of what the Wisdom books teach (2d half of chp 13: The Mission of […]

Friday is for (Original Sin) Friends

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By the end of the 19th Century there was so much hope and optimism in the air, one could easily have concluded that the very notion of original sin was a relic of an ancient past. Within 30 years or […]

Books to Come

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We’ve got quite the line-up of books to come. First, I want to announce a major series on racism. I, along with four other professors — Vincent Bacote (Wheaton), Soong-Cha Rah (North Park Seminary), and two of my department colleagues […]

The Liturgical Turn: One More Time

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Recently we’ve had two good conversations about the liturgical turn of low church evangelical Christians. So today I ask: What can be done about it? One option is to ignore the turning folks and carry on with what we’ve got. […]

Jesus Creed — The DVD

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Paraclete has now completed, with professional expertise, our DVD presentation of the Jesus Creed project: Jesus Creed — DVD. I hope you consider it for Sunday School classes, adult Bible study groups, and a way to get a conversation started. […]

Gospel 4

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A second glorious text about “gospel” in the Lukan infancy stories is found in Luke 2, but this one concerns Yeshua (Jesus) and not Yohanan (John). It is found in Luke 2:8-14.

Emerging and Emergent: Our New Network

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For more than three years I have participated, actively, enthusiastically, and at times with consternation, in the emerging movement conversation. A recent Out of Ur post not only suggested that the word “emerging” was dead but also the emerging church […]

Doubt: RJS

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We have been having an ongoing, sporadic conversation on the issues of conversion, apostasy, and doubt on this blog over the last several years. A recent book simply entitled Doubtingby Alister McGrath deals with this issue in a useful and […]

Gospel 3

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Any searching of the meaning of “gospel” in the Bible will find rich fertile ground in the glorious infancy chapters of Luke 1–2. So, I begin with one such text in Luke 1 — this one about Gabriel, Zechariah, Elizabeth, […]

Our Missional God 17

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How does “who we are” impact mission in this world? This is the subject of the 13th chp of Chris Wright’s book The Mission of God. He addresses here subject I have addressed myself, so I was delighted both to […]

Chrysalis: Elizabeth Chapin

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This post is from Elizabeth Chapin. I’ve had this awhile but last week was occupied with other topics. Elizabeth’s post is serious and stands alone. While Leonard Sweet considers Alan Jamieson?s Chrysalis as ?destined to become a classic? I found […]

Gospel 2

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We turn today to Isaiah in our study of the word “gospel.”

More on the Liturgical Turn

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What is going on? There is a rise, a burgeoning rise, of young college students converting from low church evangelicalism, with its anemic, unhistorical ecclesiology, to the great liturgical traditions: Eastern Orthodoxy and Roman Catholicism. Three students this semester have […]

The Corinth Brethren

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This weekend Kris and I were in Twelve Mile Indiana at the kind invitation and warm hospitality of Mike and Joy Thompson. We did a Jesus Creed day with a group from Corinth Brethren Church and some pastors in the […]

Gospel 1

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We begin a new biblical study on the word “gospel” today. We will start with some references in the Psalms and then tomorrow in Isaiah before we turn to the New Testament.

Prayer for the Week

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Grant us, Lord, not to be anxious about earthly things, but to love things heavenly; and even now, while we are placed among things that are passing away, to hold fast to those that shall endure; through Jesus Christ our […]

Cubs!

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Give it up for the Cubs! They win the division and now are preparing to win the NLCS and the World Series.

TruthQuest

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Hauna Ondrey and I spoke at Willow Creek’s excellent TruthQuest forum last Friday night. A good size gathering of folks came out for nearly two hours — on a rainy night — for our session. (Hauna and I wrote Finding […]

Weekly Meanderings

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Chicago was inundated by rains and floods. Here’s a picture of the Eden’s Hwy, the main artery connecting the northern suburbs to the City of Chicago:

Peter Kreeft on God and Prayer

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I’ve been reading Peter Kreeft’s fine book about God (The God Who Loves You). One of the more interesting chps of the book deals with how the love of God and loving God resolves some theological issues. One of them: […]

Friday is for (Original Sin) Friends

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One of the claims of many in the USA is that slavery is America’s original sin, and that like the impact of original sin on the human race, so slavery has impacted all of American life. This is the subject […]

Faith and Fear 3

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Good writers have an honest, authentic, living voice, and that is one thing that is about as clear as it gets with Karen Spears Zacharias in her new book Where’s Your Jesus Now? Her father was killed in Viet Nam. […]

Our Missional God 16

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Is care for the world a part of the mission of God and, therefore, of our mission in this world? Chris Wright’s The Mission of God is one of the very few — and you might be able to count […]

Faith and Fear 2

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Karen Spears Zacharias, like other writers, can’t write without it becoming memoir-ish and personal and personally divulging. So, in Where’s Your Jesus Now?, she doesn’t just talk about fear; she reveals her own fears.

Heaven 36

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We come full circle. In our sketch of the NT evidence, there is enough evidence to conclude that heaven — at least for Peter and for John — is not the final place. The final place is the new heavens […]

Should we pronounce the Sacred Name?

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In a recent news item in Christianity Today we learn that the Vatican has decided to remove the word “Yahweh” from public pronunciation and liturgy and song. A professor from Reformed Western Theological Seminary in Hope MI agrees. Here are […]

The 5 E’s in Rob Be.e.e.e.e.ll

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The most important thing that will come of Rob Bell’s newest book, Jesus Wants to Save Christians, is that Christians will be given an approach to reading the Bible that both makes sense of the Bible and makes sense of […]

Heaven 35

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In Revelation, Heaven is a place where the ultimate drama is staged, and one gets the sense that the drama on earth is staged in Heaven prior to its being staged on earth. While that is one sense, I tend […]

Christology and Science 3 (RJS)

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The last case study in LeRon Shults’s book Christology and Scienceis parousia and physical cosmology. The first case study in this book on incarnation was interesting – but somewhat abstract. The second case study on atonement was fascinating and insightful. […]

The World’s Best Cheap Espresso Maker

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Hey: Karen will be on the radio in Seattle. (KGNW) A barista wrote me and asked if I heard of the AeroPress. I had not. He said, “We [at the coffee shop] can’t believe how good the coffee is from […]

Heaven 34

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In Revelation, Heaven is the place or world that is acknowledged by the true people of God:

Voting for President 4

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Last Monday (here) I posted a response to the reader who asked about how anabaptists think about this election. (I don’t speak for all or any other anabaptists.) I made my recurring point: I’m a Christian; my first assignment is […]

Faith and Fear

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Karen Spears Zacharias is a born storyteller, and that is why I want to commend to you her new book Where’s Your Jesus Now?. I became aware of Karen at our local Barnes & Noble when I happened one evening […]

Heaven 33

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The issue we have examined, assuming that explicit mentions of “heaven” can give us all we need for our decision, is what “heaven” refers to and whether or not “heaven” is the final “resting place.” We turn in this our […]

S.M. Lockridge

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Prayer for the Week

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O God, because without you we are not able to please you mercifully grant that your Holy Spirit may in all things direct and rule our hearts; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the […]

Weekly Meanderings

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John Kennedy and Maria Shriver in Chicago, and Reagan at Wrigley:

The Liturgical Turn

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Those who are watching trends among evangelicals know that many today are returning to the ancient ways, picking up prayer books, and finding ancient liturgy a source of spiritual strength. I myself have tapped into this in a book called […]

Gifted to Lead 3

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Another in our series from Alice. Nancy Beach writes one chapter in Gifted to Lead specifically for male pastors and leaders; she makes the assumption this might be the only chapter they’d be willing to read. In it, she makes […]

Friday is for (Original Sin) Friends

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Primitivism is the subject of Alan Jacobs’ fine study on the New Worlds that emerged in some folks’ heads in the 18th Century (in Original Sin). In essence, we ask today just how innocent children are. There’s a noble, yea […]

Influences in Spiritual Formation: A Letter

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Here is a letter from one of our readers, and I asked the person if it was OK to post and it is used with permission. I’ve done some reading and writing in spiritual formation; I have not read exhaustively, […]

Apostasy from Orthodoxy

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An informed reader of the blog has sent this letter into me and I want to post it and offer a response — a brief one — at the end. Scot, these are my thoughts on Chrysalis: The Hidden Transformation […]

Heaven 32

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2 Peter may finally clinch the matter for our question:

Our Missional God 15

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Chris Wright’s The Mission of God brings together his life of thinking, and chp 11 of this book ties together his thinking about election, redemption and covenant and how each gives rise to “mission.” In this chp he focuses on […]

Gifted to Lead 2

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This series is by Alice. In Nancy Beach’s chapter entitled, “Welcome to the Boys??? Club” (from Gifted to Lead) women leaders are encouraged to develop character first: humility, self-confidence, humor, integrity. She then explains “the freight of being iconic” – […]

Heaven 31

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Three texts in 1 Peter are about heaven:

Christology and Science 2 (RJS)

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The second case study in LeRon Shults’s book Christology and Sciencedeals with atonement and cultural anthropology – a topic if anything more controversial than incarnation and evolutionary biology. How should we articulate an understanding of the atonement appropriate for our […]

Good Teachers 9

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This marks the end of our series on good teachers and the book by Ken Bain called What the Best College Teachers Do. The book comes to an end with one of my pet peeves about education: assessments and evaluations.

Heaven 30

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The book of Hebrews has a strong dualism between the earth and the heavenly realm, so what it says about “heaven” is of concern to us. Notice these texts:

Voting for President 3

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A reader wrote me about how anabaptists are struggling with which candidate to vote for, and I offered a first response last Friday. Today I’d like to ponder one of our candidates: John McCain. What will it be like for […]

Gifted to Lead 1

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This series is by Alice Shirey, one of our regular commenters. She will lead a conversation about Nancy Beach’s new book, Gifted to Lead.

(Back to) Heaven 29

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We had an interlude on a book and now we are back to finish up our series on heaven. Is “heaven” the permanent eternal place or, like some are arguing today, is it an alternative world, perhaps only temporary, but […]

Prayer for the Week

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Grant us, O Lord, to trust in you with all our hearts; for, as you always resist the proud who confide in their own strength, so you never forsake those who make their boast of your mercy; through Jesus Christ […]

Weekly Meanderings

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My kind of town, Chicago is…

Elders: Only Male?

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Let me try to summarize an argument I’m hearing today. It goes like this: Since Paul’s statements about elders/bishops/overseers/deacons are clearly addressed to males, those “offices” or “roles” or “leadership positions” are designed by God to be for males only. […]

Voting for President? 2

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A recent reader of this blog wrote in and I posted the letter. Because there are several issues to be discussed, not the least of which are the different kind of advantages each candidate brings to the table, I thought […]

What did you think of ….

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Sarah Palin’s speech? Two principles we will adhere to on the comments: nothing nasty and nothing about her daughter.

GodViews

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I don’t like the image, but there’s something to it: Humans are groping in the dark, they reach out, touch an elephant, and report their findings. Some liken this image to how humans understand God and how much they know […]

Good Idea

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It’s a good idea when seasoned scholars produce a synthetic book that puts a life of study and writing into one big bundle, which is what I. Howard Marshall did when he wrote New Testament Theology. It’s an even better […]

Preaching: Notes or No Notes?

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What is the best way to preach? To use notes — even to the point of reading a sermon — or not to use notes? Fred Lybrand, a Southern Baptist preacher who seems to be cutting his own path, opts […]

Our Missional God 14

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Any reading of the Old Testament immediately confronts a significant “missional” problem: the OT is not “missional”. Chris Wright, however, argues that the great covenant moments of the OT have within them the missional theme. So today we look at […]

Voting for President?

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Here is a note from a sensitive reader, and one that feels the weight of the anabaptist tradition in approaching the election this year. I am posting the letter today and I will respond one or two times over the […]

Good Teachers 8

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How do the best college teachers relate to and with their students? There is a school of thought, and I will call it the authoritative/traditional model, that operates with the teacher as the authority and the primary mode of operation […]

Christology and Science 1 (RJS)

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As a working scientist, a professor, and a Christian, the coherence between scientific understanding and theological understanding is a subject of great interest. Most of the books dealing with the conflict between science and faith or reason and faith are […]

Chrysalis: John Frye

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Conversion and conversions will be themes of this blog for the next couple of weeks. This series on Chrysalis is about Alan Jamieson’s book Chrysalis: The Hidden Transformation in the Journey of Faith. Today’s comes from John Frye.

Our Prayers

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For all the people, homes, neighborhoods, communities, businesses in the path of Gustav … our prayers are for you today.

Transitions and family news

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My sabbatical came to an end, the first draft of my commentary on James (for Eerdmans, NICNT) is coming to an end, and Lukas and Annika were here for 10 days and they are expecting a son in about a […]

Now Brewing: LavAzza

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Ah, a subtle return to Italy in a cup of coffee. While in Italy Kris and I often stopped mid-morning and mid-afternoon for a cup of coffee, usually a latte. As often as not we were served one of Italy’s […]

Prayer for the Week

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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 […]

IBC

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Irving Bible Church last Sunday had a woman — Jackie Roese — preaching in all three services. The first time in that church’s history. Here is a church that is courageous enough to permit women do what women did in […]

Weekly Meanderings

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Come to Chicago’s friendly skies:

Palin?

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What do you think of McCain’s VP choice? Sarah Palin, governor of Alaska.

Obama’s Speech

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I’m wondering what your thoughts are on Obama’s acceptance speech? What did you like and what did you not like? As always on the Jesus Creed, civil remarks (and they can be appropriately critical) will be accepted.

Our Missional God 13

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If the exodus is the primal act of redemption, the Jubilee of Leviticus 25 is the primal act of restoration. So Chris Wright in The Mission of God. One text that has played a big role in anabaptist thinking, and […]

Friday is for (Original Sin) Friends

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Alan Jacobs makes some potent claims in chp 7 of Original Sin, this one perhaps the most provocative, and I’m keen on whether you agree or not.

Stuart Briscoe’s Well Lived Life

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One thing I regret about our decades long life in Chicagoland is that we did not more often get up to Elmbrook Church to listen to Stuart Briscoe’s sermons, for surely he has been one of our generation’s most capable […]

Finding Faith, Losing Faith: RJS

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We have asked a few folks to respond to our recent book, Finding Faith, Losing Faith: Stories of Conversion and Apostasy. Today “RJS” responds to the chapter that is about apostasy and its reasons, and this chp comes from someone […]

Rickey on Rickey

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One of the most unusual players in Major League Baseball was Rickey Henderson. Not the least of his uniquenesses was “Rickey-Speak.” He once framed a million dollar check because he thought it was cool. (The organization had to call him […]

Good Teachers 7

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How do good teachers conduct a class? This is the central question for chp 5 of Ken Bain’s What the Best College Teachers Do, a book I consider the best book I’ve ever read on education. He gives seven principles […]

Finding Faith, Losing Faith: John Frye

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Today I have asked John Frye to respond to the chp on why Catholics are moving to Evangelicalism, a movement of dramatic numbers in South America. As a pastor, John knows the substance of this chapter in Finding Faith, Losing […]

Chrysalis: Nancy

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Conversion and conversions will be themes of this blog for the next couple of weeks. This series on Chrysalis is about Alan Jamieson’s book Chrysalis: The Hidden Transformation in the Journey of Faith. Today’s comes from Nancy.

Flying into our Future with the Wright Brothers

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Recently I was asked where theology was headed. I assured my reader that I wasn?t ?in the know? but that I would hazard a guess or two. First I thought we were likely to see a more robust Trinitarian theology, […]

Finding Faith, Losing Faith: Art Boulet

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In this series on our book, Finding Faith, Losing Faith, we have a chp on why Evangelicals become Catholics. Michael Spencer (iMonk) wrote one response. I also asked Art Boulet, who blogs at his excellent blog, and he has this […]

Peter Kreeft

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Peter Kreeft is a philosophy professor in Boston, which leads me to the unevidenced assumption that he’s a Boston Red Sox fan. Whether he is or not, though, this statement about the perichoretic relationship of humans with God is profound. […]

Monday is for (Original Sin) Friends

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I got behind in my posts last week and we’ve got a wonderful week ahead of us — so much so that I’d like to put each post at the top of each day! Well, last week’s busy-ness meant I […]

Chrysalis: Mark Farmer

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Conversion and conversions will be themes of this blog for the next couple of weeks. This series on Chrysalis is about Alan Jamieson’s book Chrysalis: The Hidden Transformation in the Journey of Faith. Today’s comes from Mark Farmer.

Biden?

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Democrat Presidential candidate, Barack Obama, announced Saturday that he was choosing Senator Joseph Biden as his VP. What do you think? The first response that came to my mind was this: The race just got even closer.

Prayer for the Week

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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 […]

Weekly Meanderings

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Here’s a true Cub fan:

Missional God 12

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There are two feisty parties in the church today. Let’s call them “spiritualizers” and “activists.” Chris Wright, in the second half of chp 8 (The Mission of God) says each emphasizes biblical truth but omits what the other emphasizes. He […]

Chrysalis: Andrew

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Conversion and conversions will be themes of this blog for the next couple of weeks. This series on Chrysalis is about Alan Jamieson’s book Chrysalis: The Hidden Transformation in the Journey of Faith. Today’s comes from Andrew.

Good Teachers 6

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In thinking about what good teachers expect from students, we come back once again to the important issue of what learning and education is all about. This is the theme of the second half of the 4th chp of Ken […]

Chrysalis: Scott Gay

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Conversion and conversions will be themes of this blog for the next couple of weeks. This series on Chrysalis is about Alan Jamieson’s book Chrysalis: The Hidden Transformation in the Journey of Faith. Today’s comes from Scott Gay.

Lower the Drinking Age?

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This CNN article reveals that many college and university presidents are in favor of lowering the drinking age to 18. Does the postponement of legal drinking make it more taboo? Why do so many young adults abuse alcohol?

Missional God 11

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How significant is the “exodus” in shaping the biblical idea of mission? Real significant would be the answer of Chris Wright in The Mission of God (chp. 8 ). Here’s how he begins the chp: “How big is our gospel?” […]

Chrysalis: Matt Staton

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Conversion and conversions will be themes of this blog for the next couple of weeks. This series on Chrysalis is about Alan Jamieson’s book Chrysalis: The Hidden Transformation in the Journey of Faith. Today’s comes from Matt Staton.

What Incoming First Yr College Students Believe

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This study, which comes out every year, maps what this incoming first year students have known their entire life. OK, what do you think about this?

Good Teachers 5

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Three educational stereotypes: Women don’t do well in college mathematics and science courses, African American students don’t do well in college and Mexican American students don’t do well in school. Three stereotypes that good teachers not only recognize but are […]

Go-go Lo-lo

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What about this story about Lolo Jones, one of our Olympians?

Chrysalis: Rachel

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Conversion and conversions will be themes of this blog for the next couple of weeks. We will suspend our “heaven” series, continue our books — Wright and Bain — but will also be having posts about our new book, Finding […]

Chrysalis: A Brief

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A book many of us are reading for this blog, and we will have a number of reviews from our readers, is by Alan Jamieson and is called Chrysalis: The Hidden Transformation in the Journey of Faith. I was reminded […]

Obama & McCain

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What did you think of the conversation Rick Warren had with Barack Obama and John McCain? (Question #1) Who do you think “won”? (#2) Why? (#3) Here at Jesus Creed we discuss politics with civility, and that means tell us […]

iMonk on Finding Faith, Losing Faith

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A couple weeks back I mentioned that I wrote a book with Hauna Ondrey called Finding Faith, Losing Faith: Stories of Conversion and Apostasy, and I have asked a few folks to “respond” to specific chapters. (These are not “reviews” […]

Chrysalis: Cindy

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Conversion and conversions will be themes of this blog for the next couple of weeks. We will suspend our “heaven” series, continue our books — Wright and Bain — but will also be having posts about our new book, Finding […]

Prayer for the Week

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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 […]

Weekly Meanderings

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Friday is for (Original Sin) Friends

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Alan Jacobs knows that hovering around the topic of original sin is the devil, so he has a chp that explores a “few words about the devil” in his book Original Sin. He begins with a movie I had not […]

Australian Consolation: Pain

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I like books with important theologians addressing important emotions with insight. And that’s what we get with The Consolations of Theology, and the last chapter couldn’t be more inviting: C.S. Lewis on pain as discussed by Robert Banks.

Now Brewing: Great Lakes Coffee Roasting Co

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Last week I got two 8oz packs of coffees from The Great Lakes Coffee Roasting Company in Bloomfield Hills, Michigan. They sent me two kinds: Dark Horse Espresso and Zen (I don’t see it on their website). OK, I was […]

Urgent prayer for a Jesus Creeder

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From a regular reader and contributor to our Jesus Creed community…. about his wife. Dear Scot, I’d like to ask you a favor. I really need some prayer.

Good Teachers 4

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Good teachers teach in similar ways. One of the patterns of good teachers is how they prepare to teach — how they prepare to engage students. Ken Bain, in What the Best College Teachers Do, writes about the questions these […]

Those were the days, my friend …

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I thought they’d never end (and I’m glad they are over). The first kids baseball team I coached; John Raymond was the assistant and was at Trinity Seminary at the time (July 1986). He’s now with Zondervan. Lukas was about […]

Heaven 28

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Colossians has several references to heaven, one of which we need to pause with today:

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