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Missional God 10

posted by xscot mcknight

Monday we looked at the big tough question about “missional” even being appropriate for the Old Testament. Today we look at chp 7 in Chris Wright, The Mission of God, to discover the number of texts that push the universal […]

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Grace Boldly

posted by xscot mcknight

Cathleen Falsani, an award-winning religion writer for the Chicago Sun-Times, calls her new book Sin Boldly and finishes it off with this subtitle: A Field Guide for Grace. That title, “sin boldly,” comes from Luther, but this book is not […]

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Heaven 27

posted by xscot mcknight

One of the most significant texts in this discussion of the “permanence” of heaven is Philippians 3:20. In context now:

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Good Teachers 3

posted by xscot mcknight

How do good teachers prepare to teach? This is the second question asked by Ken Bain in his excellent new book on teaching: What the Best College Teachers Do.

Thanks Bill

posted by xscot mcknight

For a few years running now, one of my father’s former students, Bill Roberts, who is now a lawyer in Chicago and Springfield, invites my dad and mom and Kris and me to a Cubs-Cardinals game at Wrigley. As if […]

Heaven 26

posted by xscot mcknight

Many of Paul’s references to heaven repeat what we have seen elsehwere. Thus:

Missional God 9

posted by xscot mcknight

This week the tough question is this: Why, if God wanted to make his Name known throughout the world, did God choose to make that Name known only through one people? From a different angle, that tough question looks something […]

Unanswered Prayer: A Query

posted by xscot mcknight

I throw this letter open to you …

Heaven 25

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“I know a man in Christ,” Paul says in 2 Cor 12:2, “who who fourteen years ago was caught up to the third heaven. Whether it was in the body or out of the body I do not know?God knows. […]

Prayer for the Week

posted by xscot mcknight

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

Alice (and Chuck)

posted by xscot mcknight

Many of you know one of our commenters is “Alice.” Well, Alice was a student of mine; she wrote recently to say she and her husband Chuck were coming to Chicago; they invited Kris and me down to the City; […]

Weekly Meanderings

posted by xscot mcknight

Last Saturday morning I opened up the Dell computer our school provides and it wouldn’t turn on, and hasn’t since that day. Well, that’s fine — as I’m a Mac man — except that my daily mail and internet routines […]

Brighter Day

posted by xscot mcknight

One of our favorite singers at Willow, Annie Sander, now has a new album: Brighter Day.

Friday is for (Original Sin) Friends

posted by xscot mcknight

Chapter four of Alan Jacobs’ book Original Sin wandered for me, and it didn’t wander in the directions I wanted it to so I found myself saying, “Why go there?” The images of the chapter, however, are captivating. It’s a […]

The Olympics

posted by xscot mcknight

I’ve been to one Olympics. The last night of Track and Field in Atlanta. We are a sports family and we have always watched the Olympics, especially Track and Field, gymnastics and swimming in the summer Olympics. (I will admit […]

Missional God 8

posted by xscot mcknight

The second half of chp 5 in Chris Wright, The Mission of God, explores how God’s confrontation with idolatry shapes mission. Some very good ideas here.

How Ironic!

posted by xscot mcknight

Some of you know that a couple weeks back Kris and I were rear-ended and our car was badly damaged. We thought for sure it would be totaled, but our insurance company thought it was salvageable — grunts and moans […]

Heaven 24

posted by xscot mcknight

2 Corinthians 5 fits in many ways with the concerns of the re-made spiritual body of 1 Corinthains 15. So here is our text for today:

Good Teachers 2

posted by xscot mcknight

The first question Ken Bain discusses in his book, What the Best College Teachers Do, is “what do good teachers know about how we learn?”

The Bible Experience

posted by xscot mcknight

I don’t know if you heard this, but The Bible Experience — the audio recording of the Bible by Hollywood African Americans — won a huge award. (It is on Audio DVD and MP3.) It has won the 2007 Audio […]

Heaven 23

posted by xscot mcknight

Paul’s next reference to heaven is 1 Cor 8:5, and it speaks of false gods whether in heaven or on earth, and it doesn’t do much for this discussion. But 1 Cor 15:47 does:

Australian Consolation: Disappointment

posted by xscot mcknight

Brian Rosner’s chp in The Consolations of Theology about disappointment and Dietrich Bonhoeffer is a model of showing how the theology of a given theologian consoles in the midst of emotional trauma.

Back to School Supplies

posted by xscot mcknight

I’ve got it made. All I have to get ready for school are my syllabi, fill my fountain pen with ink, put a few things in my book bag, and off to school I go. But, I was thinking about […]

Heaven 22

posted by xscot mcknight

Romans 10:6 is not an easy text to understand. Here it is in context:

Our Missional God 7

posted by xscot mcknight

Those who concentrate on the New Testament mostly ignore idolatry; those who concentrate on the Old Testament face it daily. Chris Wright’s 5th chp in his book The Mission of God faces idolatry as he maps the missional focus of […]

Good Teachers 1

posted by xscot mcknight

The beginning of August means I read a book on teaching, and my pick this year has been all and much more than I expected. It is by Ken Bain and is called What the Best College Teachers Do. This […]

Heaven 21

posted by xscot mcknight

The three remaining texts in Acts do not add to the picture but prop up what is already standing tall and clear: Acts 14:15 tells us that God made “heaven and earth and sea” and 17:24 that God is the […]

Prayer for the Week

posted by xscot mcknight

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

Weekly Meanderings

posted by xscot mcknight

We walk at Independence Grove and here are some native flowers: Cardinal flower and Shooting star, and the third is Little bluestem, a wild, native prairie (ornamental) grass. We like it so much, we’ve got some growing from seeds (and […]

Friday is for (Original Sin) Friends

posted by xscot mcknight

Two major criticisms of the belief in original sin, according to Alan Jacobs’ essay in the history of the idea (Original Sin), can be summarized like this:

Back to School: Computers

posted by xscot mcknight

When I went to college, I had a manual typewriter. I think it was our family Royal typewriter. At some point in college my parents purchased for me an Adler electric typewriter. Then while in seminary I got an IBM […]

Australian Consolation: Anxiety

posted by xscot mcknight

In the book The Consolations of Theology we are treated to a series of essays into various emotions and conditions, and Peter Bolt examines anxiety. Here’s how he defines anxiety: “that feeling of apprehension and dread that comes with the […]

The Gods Aren’t Angry

posted by xscot mcknight

Kris and I sat down the other night to watch Rob Bell’s DVD called The Gods Aren’t Angry. My question: What do you think of it? Did any of you see this live and have a response?

Heaven 20

posted by xscot mcknight

Paul can say he saw a light flash from “heaven” in Acts 9:3, and probably just mean “up” or “in the skies.” But, Peter’s observations about his vision open up the heavens for us:

Our Missional God 6

posted by xscot mcknight

So how does a biblical view of monotheism — that YHWH is the one and only God — and this God’s mission to make himself known throughout the world, especially in Jesus Christ, lead to a missional understanding of the […]

Now Brewing: One Village Coffee

posted by xscot mcknight

The good folks at One Village Coffee, ahem Mike Manney, sent me a package of one of my favorite coffees in the world — and it is ecological, environmental and all that — Colombia. Colombia has a wonderful crema, a […]

Heaven 19

posted by xscot mcknight

Acts 7 also has a very interesting reference to “heaven.” Here are three texts in Acts 7:

Australian Consolation: Despair

posted by xscot mcknight

Many know the experience of despair, the sense that there is “nothing ahead but emptiness and ruin.” The third study of how theology can console in The Consolations of Theology takes on the theme of despair.

The Shack

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This is the most intelligent review of The Shack that I’ve seen: Derek Keefe really does get what this book is. The Shack

Heaven 18

posted by xscot mcknight

Acts 4 has two references to heaven, and neither opens up new vistas for us on the meaning of heaven.

Our Missional God 5

posted by xscot mcknight

One of the more interesting conversations in the Church is the one about the deity of Christ. Very few of these conversations, though, frame the conversation in such a way that it emerges out of the Story of God in […]

Finding Faith, Losing Faith

posted by xscot mcknight

Our book is now out! And this time “our” means “Scot McKnight and Hauna Ondrey.” A real plural. The title is Finding Faith, Losing Faith: Stories of Conversion and Apostasy and Baylor has produced a book that fits well in […]

Heaven 17

posted by xscot mcknight

We are in a series that seeks to examine what “heaven” refers to in the NT, and we are particularly searching to see if “heaven” is the eternal destiny. In other words, is heaven the intermediate state or the divine […]

Prayer for the Week

posted by xscot mcknight

O God, the protector of all who trust in you, without whom nothing is strong, nothing is holy: Increase and multiply upon us your mercy; that, with you as our ruler and guide, we may so pass through things temporal, […]

Weekly Meanderings

posted by xscot mcknight

Summer sports …

Friday is for (Original Sin) Friends

posted by xscot mcknight

In the 2d chp of Alan Jacobs, Original Sin, we learn about the contribution of Augustine to the idea of original sin. Here’s what we learn:

Livin’ Leviticus

posted by xscot mcknight

I wasn’t able to find it online (oops), but Christianity Today‘s most recent print edition has a piece that I’d like to talk about. Daniel Harrell, a pastor at Park Street Church in Boston (say, “bah-ston”), got 21 folks to […]

Beast Feasts at Church

posted by xscot mcknight

A church in Texas is shaped for “guys.” I don’t know if you’ve seen it, but the colors and appearance and events, guy things like hunting and fishing and golf, are emphasized. The church is called 121 Community Church, and […]

Australian Consolation: Obsession

posted by xscot mcknight

Andrew Cameron’s essay on obsession, our heart’s disordered desires, is worth the price of the book called The Consolations of Theology. I don’t know what comes to mind when you hear the word “obsession,” perhaps Howard Hughes, but here’s how […]

Sinaiticus Online!

posted by xscot mcknight

This is cool. Codex Sinaiticus, one of the most storied manuscripts of the entire New Testament and one of the earliest and best manuscripts as well, is now online at this site. When I was doing my PhD and our […]

Heaven 16

posted by xscot mcknight

Acts 2 has a number of interesting references and I will quote each one with a little context:

Our Missional God 4

posted by xscot mcknight

How does the theme of judgment … or, how does knowledge of God as judge open up the missional theme in the Bible? This is the question of the second half of chp 3 in Chris Wright’s The Mission of […]

Car Advice

posted by xscot mcknight

OK Jesus Creeders, I’m countin’ on ya. Last Saturday, on our way to a student’s wedding, we got rear-ended and our RAV4 got smashed up pretty good. (We didn’t make it to the wedding.) No one was hurt, though we […]

Heaven 15

posted by xscot mcknight

My little computer program boots up about 19 separable instances of “heaven” in the Book of the Acts of the Apostles. And we begin with a text that is at the center of a few debates today, in particular the […]

Australian Consolation: Anger

posted by xscot mcknight

In 2006 Moore Theological College in Sydney Australia held a conference on the consolations of theology and Brian Rosner edited the papers into a little book worthy of pastoral considerations. The title is The Consolations of Theology. Six studies of […]

Books about God

posted by xscot mcknight

I will begin reading soon some books about God, and I thought I’d give some of you a heads-up on what’s coming. I will be reading these two books for sure:

Heaven 14

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Two more texts in John, both of which inform us of nearly the same thing:

A Compline Prayer

posted by xscot mcknight

Our dear ones, O God, bless Thou and keep, in every place where they are.

Our Missional God 3

posted by xscot mcknight

To claim the Bible is shaped by a missional concern, as Chris Wright does in The Mission of God, is to give oneself a challenge. Namely, to show that the God of the Bible is a missional God. Here’s how […]

“And if you get the chance …”

posted by xscot mcknight

Go see Mamma Mia! The Movie. Kris and I loved it. Fun, happy, upbeat, motion-filled turning of the book and the Broadway hit into a Hollywood movie. Meryl Streep is in a world of her own … but maybe I […]

Heaven 13

posted by xscot mcknight

Yet another interesting text in John, which I have to quote more completely. We are asking what does “heaven” mean and whether or not it is the final place of the blessed.

Is this cool? (or what)

posted by xscot mcknight

Click on it to see it better. We live up at the top of that picture. HT:David Brush

Prayer for the Week

posted by xscot mcknight

Almighty God, the fountain of all wisdom, you know our necessities before we ask and our ignorance in asking: Have compassion on our weakness, and mercifully give us those things which for our unworthiness we dare not, and for our […]

Do you use a Study Bible?

posted by xscot mcknight

Our daughter, Laura, asked the other day about a study Bible and I recommended this one: TNIV Study Bible. What are your favorite study Bibles? OK, I messed up. I wasn’t thinking — I recommended to her the TNIV, not […]

Weekly Meanderings

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City lights of Chicago:

Mamma Mia! The Movie

posted by xscot mcknight

We saw it last night. Monday I’ll post a brief review of Mamma Mia! The Movie, but Saturday is for music. And I dare you to listen to the clips below … and not have the song on your mind […]

Friday is for (Original Sin) Friends

posted by xscot mcknight

We have turned to Alan Jacobs, Original Sin, and his essay-like approach to original sin. I want to begin today with a question:

Way to go Jonathan!

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I swiped this newspaper article about Jonathan Williams, whose camp we endorsed some time back. The camp was a success and kudos to Jonathan and Kari from Scot and Kris.

On Writing for a Blog

posted by xscot mcknight

If you’re interested in my take, this is an example of how not to write for a blog. I don’t know Chad Hall, and I’m sure if I met him in a different setting it would be different, but this […]

Help Question

posted by xscot mcknight

Does anyone know of a good video on how we got our Bible?

Lost in Transmission

posted by xscot mcknight

There are two things I really like about Nick Perrin’s new book, Lost in Transmission. The first is that Nick gets it when it comes to the level of books the church needs more of. Evangelicals, in the 70s and […]

Chrysalis: A Reminder

posted by xscot mcknight

I want to remind the Jesus Creed blog community of an offer I made to read a book and engage in a conversation here about it. We will begin on August 11th. The offer is for these kinds of people: […]

Heaven 12

posted by xscot mcknight

One special text in John about heaven:

Compline

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I will lie down this night with God, and God will lie down with me; I will lie down this night with Christ, and Christ will lie down with me; I will lie down this night with the Spirit, and […]

Our Missional God 2

posted by xscot mcknight

If chp 1 of Christopher Wright, The Mission of God, took issue with various ways Christians have tried to make sense of a missional calling, chp 2 explains his own big ideas … and, again, drink these in because they […]

I Believe in “Q”

posted by xscot mcknight

Nope, I’m not talking about Q, the hypothetical Gospel that Matthew and Luke used. Nor am I talking about the famous wine from Sonoma County in California. I’m talking about Motorola’s new phone: Moto Q. Many of you know that […]

Heaven 11

posted by xscot mcknight

We enter into the world of John’s Gospel today. This Gospel has a stronger vertical dualism than the Synoptics, but let’s look at a few texts:

A Tip for Writers

posted by xscot mcknight

Read good writers. This is perhaps not said enough: we write more like the people we read than we perhaps know. Those who read all academic textbooks and reference books, as both undergrads and grads tend to do, are influenced […]

Now Brewing … my, my

posted by xscot mcknight

Laura and Mark cashed in some miles, flew to Hawaii, and while there bought me a pound of NickyBeans Kona Coffee. My, my, is this stuff good. It’s some expensive stuff, but if you are in Hawaii drink a cup. […]

Heaven 10

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Four more references to “heaven” in Luke’s Gospel:

Compline, a prayer

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We are going now into the sleep: O be it in Thy dear arm’s keep, O God of grace, that we shall awake.

Our Missional God 1

posted by xscot mcknight

I begin this new series on Christopher Wright’s book, The Mission of God, with a view to helping us (1) understand the Bible better and (2) understand “missional” better. I’ve mentioned Wright’s book before, and I’ve mentioned that we will […]

Why Golf is Better than Soccer

posted by xscot mcknight

Years ago perhaps America’s finest sportswriter, Tom Boswell, wrote an essay on why baseball was better than football and, if I remember, the first reason was “Marching Bands” and the second reason was “Marching bands at halftime.” I loved the […]

Heaven 9

posted by xscot mcknight

One of the most common uses of the word “heaven” in the Gospels is to indicate “up-ness” or “sky” or “the beyond.” Hence, the following few references from Luke but there are other texts that seem to go to the […]

Prayer of the Week

posted by xscot mcknight

O Lord, mercifully receive the prayers of your people who call upon you, and grant that they may know and understand what things they ought to do, and also may have grace and power faithfully to accomplish them; through Jesus […]

Cubs Win: “W”

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A Promise and a Question

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My promise: The Cubs will win their division and the NLCS and will play in the World Series. And here’s the question:

Weekly Meanderings

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Chicago, on the 4th:

Compline

posted by xscot mcknight

Christ with me sleeping, Christ with me waking, Christ with me watching, each day and each night. Save us, Lord, while we are awake, guard us while we are asleep; that, awake, we may watch with Christ, and, asleep, may […]

Friday is for Friends

posted by xscot mcknight

Today marks the end of our discussions of Klyne Snodgrass, Stories with Intent. The reason we are ending this series is very simple: it is incredibly difficult to summarize a commentary and to generate a conversation about a commentary. So, […]

Announcement

posted by xscot mcknight

I would like to announce publicly, in front of God and the world, that if asked I will not accept an invitation to be Vice President. We have considered our rhythm of life and decided that, were we to be […]

Original Sin, really!

posted by xscot mcknight

Alan Jacobs is one of my favorite writers. Why? He’s an essayist. Which means he quotes everyone and doesn’t tell you where the quotation comes from — you’re supposed to know. Which is a clue to what kind of books […]

Do you journal?

posted by xscot mcknight

Last year a professor at North Park seminary, Helen Cepero, sent me the manuscript of her new book Journaling as a Spiritual Practice, asked me to take a look at it, and asked me to blurb it. I couldn’t even […]

Heaven 8

posted by xscot mcknight

We are marching through Luke’s use of “heaven” this week, and I’m not so sure we will finish. So here are a few more references:

Christian Realism 9

posted by xscot mcknight

So what is Christian realism? What are its central principles? The last chp in John Stackhouse, Making the Best of It, outlines the principles of Christian realism. I’m about to give you a quotation from this book and I’d like […]

A Little Exercise for Young Theologians

posted by xscot mcknight

Helmut Thielicke, in what has to be one of the finest little (absolutely must-have) books ever written for those in school and considering pastoring or a teaching ministry, A Little Exercise for Young Theologians, said something like this some where […]

Heaven 7

posted by xscot mcknight

A few more texts from Luke on heaven:

Our Reasonable Faith 16

posted by xscot mcknight

This series is by RJS This has been a long series looking at Tim Keller?s book The Reason for God. Perhaps too long some of you may think. Yet, a wrap-up now seems in order.

Our Daily Rhythm

posted by xscot mcknight

Dear Scot, Have you ever blogged about your daily rhythm? I love your blog, but I always wonder how you write so much (and keep your inbox clear)? How do you sleep very much, do housework, play with your son, […]

Heaven 6

posted by xscot mcknight

Many of the Gospel texts have parallels we have discussed last week when we looked at Mark. So, I begin with a text that, while it doesn’t say much new, emphasises something important about “heaven”:

Christian Realism 8

posted by xscot mcknight

Vocation — big issue that emerges directly from your theory of the relationship of the Christian faith and culture or State. The realist perspective of John Stackhouse, which I find stimulating (even if I disagree at times) and which I […]

The Bible and Politics

posted by xscot mcknight

Some thought Barack Obama’s comment about which passages we should choose if our country was to follow the Bible was messing with the authority of Scripture. What wasn’t clear in the criticisms of Obama was this: it was when Obama […]

Heaven 5

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We are looking into such issues as whether or not “heaven” is the eternal home, or whether it is better to speak of “new heavens and new earth” as the eternal place, and then we are looking into whether heaven/new […]

Compline from Celtic Prayer

posted by xscot mcknight

The Sacred Three to save to shield to surround the hearth the home this night and every night.

Prayer for the Week

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O God, you have taught us to keep all your commandments by loving you and our neighbor: Grant us the grace of your Holy Spirit, that we may be devoted to you with our whole heart, and united to one […]

Roberto and Nada

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One of the highlights of our trip to the Amalfi Coast was the owner and manager of our B & B, along with his wife, Roberto and Nada Lucibello. Here is a picture of Kris and me with Roberto one […]

Weekly Meanderings

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This is what we turn to in the heat of Chicago…

Saturday Morning Songs

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My favorite Christian musician … of all time … constantly playing for me: John Michael Talbot. Which is your favorite album or song? Amazon.com Widgets

4th of July, 2008

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Today is July 4th, the day the USA celebrates Independence Day and the concept of socio-political freedom. Today’s post contains a prayer and the Declaration of Independence. My own political views about justice and freedom have appeared here and there […]

Christian Realism 7

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As I begin to focus some attention toward the next school year and addressing 1st year students in our survey of the Bible class, where we inevitably have some good conversations about “vocation,” I realize that John Stackhouse’s 7th chp, […]

Do you own a gun?

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I did. I grew up with a father who hunted, with uncles who hunted, with friends who hunted, and in a community where hunting was common. Then when I was in seminary I came to more pacifist conclusions and to […]

Our Reasonable Faith 15

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This series is by RJS Orthodox Christianity as affirmed in the historic creeds is at its heart Trinitarian -there is one God existing in three persons. But what does this mean — and why is it important? Certainly the Trinity […]

Heaven 4

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Here are some texts from Mark 13 that muddy the clear waters of tradition when it comes to the meaning of “heaven.”

McCain’s Sermon

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I’ve clipped a little from a New York Times article. An interview with McCain in 2004 that flows into McCain’s description of a sermon he gave in Hanoi. What’s your response? (I begin with the NYT statement and then McCain’s […]

When Willow Creek last summer

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When Willow Creek last summer released its Reveal study, lots of folks took Bill Hybels and the seeker movement to task. Most were waiting for something to criticize; some took the time to read it; some really did study it […]

Heaven 3

posted by xscot mcknight

Four texts from Mark 11 and 12 bring us back to the big idea of what heaven refers to. Here they are:

Our Reasonable Faith 14

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This series is by RJS One of the biggest hurdles to orthodox Christian belief in our world today is affirmation of the bodily resurrection of Jesus as historical reality. After all we know better than this. Isn’t it a much […]

Though Dead, Yet Speaketh

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Robert Webber’s books keep coming out, almost like testaments of his commitment to educate the church on worship. I thought they were done and yet, here it is, another final one: Ancient-Future Worship. If you are trying to resurrect the […]

Heaven 2

posted by xscot mcknight

Mark 10:21 is informative about what to think about heaven, but it must be read in context and I’m asking you to read the whole text carefully — there’s a lot here and this passage directly addresses our concern. Is […]

A Compline Prayer

posted by xscot mcknight

From Aidan, the compline prayer for Monday in the Celtic Book of Prayer: May the virtue of our daily work hallow our nightly prayers. May our sleep be deep and soft so our work be fresh and hard.

RSS Feed?

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OK, someone wrote and said the RSS feed is not working. Well, I don’t even know what this is, but this blog community is big enough both to figure it out and fix it. Please advise.

Dobson and “Conservative” Politicians

posted by xscot mcknight

Our discussion of the Dobson and Obama dust-up raised one point, that of misrepresentation of Obama by Dobson, but there was something else in Dobson’s discussion that day that deserves a conversation. Dobson, who speaks for many in the religious […]

The Gospel of Ruth

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Kris read Carolyn Custis James’ new book, The Gospel of Ruth , recently, gave it to our daughter, Laura, and both loved it. It is an imaginative Bible study of the book of Ruth and it can serve well for […]

Heaven 1

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There are two good reasons to do a focused Bible study on heaven. First, because the history of how Christians have understood heaven has been written by several and this history reveals that Christians have both invented plenty and have […]

Prayer for the Week

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Almighty God, you have built your Church upon the foundation of the apostles and prophets, Jesus Christ himself being the chief cornerstone: Grant us so to be joined together in unity of spirit by their teaching, that we may be […]

What Fungus is Among-us?

posted by xscot mcknight

In our backyard, in the mulch, we’ve got this stuff. Anyone know what it is? I took those pictures Thursday evening; Friday morning, early, the first one looked like this:

Weekly Meanderings

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The Mississippi flooded its banks and broke down some levees.

Third Day

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I’m trying this out today … I have listened to some of Third Day. What is your favorite song by Third Day? Amazon.com Widgets

Friday is for Friends

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The radical kingdom vision of Jesus emerges constantly in the parables, and Klyne Snodgrass, in his exceptional sourcebook for anyone who wants to study the parables, in Stories with Intent, clears away the accumulation of cleverness that somehow manages to […]

I don’t care if it is law, it just seems so wrong

posted by xscot mcknight

Perhaps you heard that the Supreme Court struck down the decision of lower courts to permit local cities to ban handguns. The Supreme Court says, rightfully, that this violates the Second Amendment that gives US citizens the right to bear […]

Jesus Creed goes to China

posted by xscot mcknight

This week we got a nicely wrapped package from Paraclete, and inside the package was two copies of Jesus Creed … in Chinese. Here’s a picture and then a calculation:

Our Reasonable Faith 13

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This series is by RJS We have taken a hiatus in the series on Tim Kellers’ book The Reason for God, not out of lack of interest, but out of pressing time constraints and travel. The last several chapters are […]

Dictionaries, You gotta love ‘em

posted by xscot mcknight

The IVP dictionaries are one of the finest gifts to the church of this generation. Whenever a new one comes out, I like to spend the evening dipping into it here and there. The newest one is edited by Tremper […]

Stuffy Inbox?

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Is your e-mail inbox stuffed to the max? Here’s my theory:

Dobson on Obama

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Kris and I listened last night to James Dobson’s criticisms of Barack Obama’s 2006 speech. I found it on the “Listen to Daily Broadcast”. I don’t know if it is archived, but I did my best to listen carefully and […]

Evangelizing Postmoderns

posted by xscot mcknight

A regular question I get asked goes something like this: “If you believe in a robust gospel, how then do you evangelize?” I’ve got two books to recommend to you:

Ostia (antica)

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One of the most significant ports in all of Italy was Rome’s port at Ostia, now called Ostia antica. The port was on the Tiber and on the coast, though the growing problem with silt accumulation made it less than […]

Christian Humanism

posted by xscot mcknight

I read John de Gruchy’s Confessions of a Christian Humanist for a variety of reasons, not the least of which were that he is a South African liberation theologian and because I think his expression for himself, a Christian humanist, […]

Praying during July

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I have a recommendation for you. It is a recommendation to use a prayer book during July. Kris and I will be using Mark Van Steenwyk’s new The Missio Dei Breviary. As some of you know, I have myself written […]

Pompei

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The ruins at Pompei are enormous and breathtaking. We tromped through the place for about 4 hours … with the specter of Vesuvius in the background, one could not avoid imagining what it was like in 79 AD when Vesuvius […]

Christian Realism 6

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If step one in Stackhouse’s theory of Christian realism is to sketch his method, step two is to provide the big themes that put all of Christian realism and ethics in context. This is all found in chp 6 of […]

Advent Christians

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Sam Warren, a former pastor and now the national director of Christian nurture in the Advent Christian Church invited me to give two workshops and be a plenary speaker at the Triennial meetings of the denomination. So, Saturday morning I […]

Amalfi: The Coast

posted by xscot mcknight

We stayed in Ravello, a small town sitting atop a mountainous region above the Amalfi coastline. Today I want to post some pictures of the various places on the coastline we visited on our vacation.

Going to Church in the 4th Century

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Here is a picture of the Christian basilica in Ostia antica from about the 4th Century. Perhaps this is one attended by Augustine. If you have eyes to see, Kris is at the back.

Prayer for the Week

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O Lord, make us have perpetual love and reverence for your holy Name, for you never fail to help and govern those whom you have set upon the sure foundation of your loving?kindness; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives […]

Amalfi

posted by xscot mcknight

It was a long, long day … from the time we got up in Ostia antica and went to bed at home in Libertyville was about 24 hours. But we’re up bright and early this morning and here are some […]

The Cover to our “Fasting”

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I [or We] have a book coming out this winter in a series with Thomas Nelson. The series is about returning to ancient practices and my [or our] book is on Fasting. Here is a pdf of the cover … […]

Introducing Jesus of Nazareth

posted by xscot mcknight

This is the time of the year when many professors are thinking about textbooks for next year, and I’ve come across one for Jesus of Nazareth classes. I’m wondering, in particular, if anyone out there has used this book in […]

Depth of Spirit

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Gordon Macdonald, upon a trip to South Africa to speak, was met by Trevor Hudson. Gordon said this of Trevor: “I quickly learned I was teaming up with a man younger in years but older in spiritual maturity.” I, too, […]

One more day

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This is our last day on the Amalfi Coast. Tomorrow we get up early and head up to Ostia Antica, an ancient village near the coast and Rome’s port in the ancient days. Anyone know what happened here in the […]

The Church’s Future through its Ancient Faith

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The Wheaton Theology conference from 2007 now has its papers published in Ancient Faith for the Church’s Future. There are two ways to look at this book — either chp by chp in a series of posts or by sketching […]

South African Cross

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Just before the worship service one evening in Rustenburg South Africa, at NG Bergsig, Attie Nel said a man had a gift for me. Indeed, he did! A cross. God had spoken to this young man in the services, one […]

Salvation and Community

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When someone brings together salvation and community (Israel, Church), I’m listening. Chris Wright does just that in a new book, but before I get to it, a brief note. When I first began teaching our survey of the Bible course […]

Tony Jones and Campbell Brown

posted by xscot mcknight

Campbell Brown, a newscaster for CNN, says 2008 feels a lot like 1968. But Tony Jones says 2008 feels more, and looks more like 1908, and hence he, Doug Pagitt and Mark Scandrette are on the Road Show. You can […]

Amalfi Coast

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Kris and I have’t had much access to a computer here, and we didn’t bring our laptop. So we rely on “Internet Points” — and right now we are sitting in Sorrento, just off the Piazza Tasso. We’ve been to […]

A Slowed-down Spirituality

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Ian Stackhouse, a Baptist pastor in England, points us in the direction we want to go but are either too busy or afraid. His proposal: slow down. He gives us a slow spirituality in a fast moving world in The […]

Wrath 17

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Every reference to “wrath” in the book of Revelation refers to God’s act of judgment against sin and sinners on the plane of history. Here are the verses:

Prayer for the Week

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Keep, O Lord, your household the Church in your steadfast faith and love, that through your grace we may proclaim your truth with boldness, and minister your justice with compassion; for the sake of our Savior Jesus Christ, who lives […]

Taste of Chicago in South Africa

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I’m biased. Mugg and Bean coffee, a South African coffee, got is idea in Chicago. Which explains why I like this coffee so much. My first cup here had a rich crema, an aroma that filled the room, and a […]

Weekly Meanderings

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Sorry to wake you up, dear, but I thought you might like to watch this tornado! (from CNN)

Sermons and Plagiarism

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There is a very good piece here from the CT gallery of websites that many of us would do well to read and print out and keep near us. It’s about the value and dangers — plagiarism — of using […]

Who Will Tell the Story?

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Robert Webber, in what I think will be his last book — I thought his previous one was!, applies his classic narrative understanding of Christian theology to two crises before us: the threat of radical Islam and Christian accommodation to […]

40 Days for Fathers

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Paraclete has just released my new book, 40 Days Living the Jesus Creed in the format of a daily email. Beginning on Sunday, June 15th (Father’s Day) and continuing for forty days, you can receive all of 40 Days Living […]

When Church History becomes Global

posted by xscot mcknight

The insight that the Church is not just the movement from the creeds up into Europe and into England and then across to the USA and then, through missions, to Africa and the Far East and South America, is on […]

Wrath 16

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Hebrews uses the term “wrath” twice and both times it is a quotation from Psalm 95:11:

The Greatest American Novel

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Every summer, or almost every summer, I read Ernest Hemingway, The Old Man and the Sea. Whether it is his prose or the subject of the chase or the struggle that blends the human and the natural world, I don’t […]

Tools for Students

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Roger Omanson’s excellent A Textual Guide to the GNT does something that many of us have known we need. For years those who are curious about the apparatus — the footnotes to the Greek NT — have had only two […]

Wrath 15

posted by xscot mcknight

A text that reveals how important “historical” wrath is for the earliest Christians, and this use is characteristic of the OT and Judaism, is found in 1 Thessalonians 1:10:

Christian Realism 5

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Christian realism steers a course between the Anabaptist vision of the kingdom being achieved, more rather than less, in the church and the Constantinian vision of the kingdom joining hips with the State. Now, of course, there is a spectrum […]

The First Unofficial Vote-off

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OK, who will you vote for? Here are our rules: You can say anything you want about the person you want to win or the person you think will win or the person you will vote for, but you can’t […]

Wrath 14

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Two texts today, one from Ephesians 5:6 and the other from Colossians 3:6, are considered:

Emerging vs. Emergent

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What do you think? Should the two terms be used for two different and differing segments of the larger emerging movement? Dan Kimball says so; and now Dave Dunbar, who is the President at Biblical Seminary and one completely on […]

In Constant Prayer

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Some of you may know that I’ve written a book on fasting in a series from Thomas Nelson. The first volume in the series was by Brian McLaren, Finding Our Way Again, and now the second volume is out. It […]

Wrath 13

posted by xscot mcknight

We are testing a hypothesis, namely, this one: Does “wrath” refer only to “historical” events in history, the negative implications of doing things contrary to God’s will, or does it also refer to “evangelistic” wrath (threatening with wrath when evangelizing) […]

Now Brewing: RedBerry’s Limu Arabica

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We bought some coffees in South Africa, and the first batch I have brewed is Limu Arabica, from Ethiopia. Limu is a region in Ethiopia — some consider Ethiopia to be the original birthplace for coffee beans and drinking coffee. […]

Prayer for the Week

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O God, from whom all good proceeds: Grant that by your inspiration we may think those things that are right, and by your merciful guiding may do them; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and […]

My Picks for VP

posted by xscot mcknight

If I were McCain, I would pick Condi Rice. If I were Obama, I would pick Lou Dobbs. Forget choosing governors of States; find someone with instant name recognition. Who would you pick?

Weekly Meanderings

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Chicago as we turn from Spring toward Summer:

A Letter from the Depths of the Soul

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Hello Scot, I am a reader of your blog and very much respect your opinion on spiritual matters. Over 10 years ago I had cancer. The treatments I went through were very difficult, but effective as I am cancer free […]

Christian Realism 4

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Ag man (as they say in South Africa), Stackhouse (Making the Best of It) writes about some seminal thinkers … CS Lewis, Reinhold Niebuhr, and Dietrich Bonhoeffer. I began reading Bonhoeffer in college, read three more of his books the […]

New Monasticism

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I begin with a confession: I’m not a new monastic, nor am I “tempted” to join. In the late 70s and early 80s, yes, we were a bit interested and did some things with a few folks in an inner-city […]

Our Reasonable Faith 12 (RJS)

posted by xscot mcknight

If the problem is Sin — and Sin is failure to love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, with all your mind, and with all your strength — what is the solution?

Drafted

posted by xscot mcknight

Just in case you don’t know, our son Lukas is a scout for the Chicago Cubs. Which means, besides getting paid to sit at baseball games and evaluate amateur talent, today is the biggest day of the baseball year. Today […]

A Bird’s Eye View of Paul

posted by xscot mcknight

Michael Bird, an excellent young professor, gives us something we really need: a readable, up-to-date, avoid-the-fads approach to the apostle Paul. The book is for students, college and seminary and adult classes. Cleverly, Mike Bird calls his book A Bird’s […]

Wrath 12

posted by xscot mcknight

Yesterday I suggested the wrath of Romans 12:19 (“but leave room for the wrath of God … vengeance…”) was historical wrath, and here’s why — from Romans 13:

Christian Realism 3

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John Stackhouse has a goal: to construct a Christian realism when it comes to how we should relate to and participate in culture. He sketches this view in his excellent book, Making the Best of It. After sketching the famous […]

Good News for Rochester (NY)

posted by xscot mcknight

If you live in Rochester, NY, I’ve got some good news for you. Our niece is dating Jonathan Williams, and he is running a camp — a sports camp — and I can vouch for this young man. Not only […]

Wrath 11

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Paul connects God to wrath, and he does so quite demonstrably in Romans 12:19:

Our Reasonable Faith 11

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This post is by RJS Here is the big question facing us today? What is the problem? We do not live in the Garden of Eden (Utopia, Shangri La, Paradise — you name it). Most of us would agree that […]

An Offer

posted by xscot mcknight

I want to make an offer to some of you to read a book and engage in a conversation here about that book. I’d like the conversation to take place near July 1; so about a month from now. The […]

Wrath 10

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Today we come to a text that, on its own, probably says all that needs to be said. Romans 9:22 in context:

First Day is Goldingay

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We are working through John Goldingay’s multi-volumed “First Testament” theology, and we are in volume 2 — Israel’s Faith. The first theme in Israel’s faith is God, and this chp — 151 pages long! — is worth the price of […]

Family news

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Well, it all comes down to one word: grandparents! Kris and I are slotted for the grandparent role come this October. Lukas gave us a call a couple months back to say that Annika was pregnant and that we would […]

Wrath 9

posted by xscot mcknight

We are looking at the meaning of wrath (orge) and anger (thumos) in the NT — and we are looking at these texts to see if they tip off a consistent pattern. The pattern we are looking for is one […]

Prayer for the Week

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O God, your never-failing providence sets in order all things both in heaven and earth: Put away from us, we entreat you, all hurtful things, and give us those things which are profitable for us; through Jesus Christ our Lord, […]

Weekly Meanderings

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Chicago Spring means spotting Baltimore Orioles and the morning dance of birds:

Christian Realism 2

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I don’t know what you think is the best book on Christ and Culture, but I’d be interested in hearing. We are looking at John Stackhouse, Making the Best of It , and we turn to his first resource for […]

Friday is for Friends

posted by xscot mcknight

We gather on Friday under this title to discuss a good idea or a good book with friends, and the book we are now discussing is Klyne Snodgrass’s Stories with Intent, a complete study of the parables. It is written […]

Pastor’s Wisdom: Don Johnson

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This marks the end of our series from pastors. I have really enjoyed this series, I hope you have too, but I want to acknowledge their contributions publicly. Thanks. We probably won’t know who helpful this is. While we were […]

Wrath 8

posted by xscot mcknight

Yes, these texts from Paul about wrath are the sensitive spot for many today, but our task is to look at them, to look them in the eye, and see if we can make sense of them. Romans 4 has […]

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