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Our Reasonable Faith 10

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This post is by RJS Part two of Tim Kellers’ The Reason for Godbegins discussion of the reasons for faith. Chapters 8 and 9 form one whole, dealing with clues for the existence of God ? within nature and within […]

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Pastor’s Wisdom: Father Rob

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Imagine a big holiday meal with all the trimmings where only one person is responsible for cooking, serving, and cleaning it up. At the end of the day, that person would be pretty tired, wouldn?t they?! Now imagine a big […]

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Wrath 7

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In the first five chps of Romans the term “wrath” appears; we are in chp 3 today:

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Christian Realism 1

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John Stackhouse, one in a growing group of blogging professors, has a new book that I want to read carefully and slowly because it challenges one of my fundamental orientations: an Anabaptist perception of the relationship of the disciple and […]

Fountain Pens

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It’s about time for me to toot a bit about the glory of writing with a fountain pen. Now before you ask, I’ve provided a link to Amazon if you want to see some Fountain Pens. About five times a […]

Wrath 6

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God’s impartial judgment of everyone, Jews and Gentiles, brings to the fore a reference to “wrath” in Romans 2:5:

On the Length of Comments

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Today we’ve already had some record-length comments. Here’s what we need to remind ourselves of:

South Africa Reflections: Friends

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We met so many new friends in South Africa, but I have to include some pictures of a few. I begin with Tom Smith and Trevor Hudson, who drove to Rustenburg from Johannesburg area to chat and eat lunch with […]

Our Reasonable Faith 9

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This series is by RJS Following Tim Keller in The Reason for Godwe have now presented and discussed seven of the biggest objections raised against the Christian faith. None of these objections are fatal to the historic Christian faith when […]

Wrath 5

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The issues surrounding the meaning of wrath came out of the woodwork last Friday. Today we continue our series of marching through NT texts that use the word “wrath.” As I said last Monday, the evidence could be easily multiplied […]

Memorial Day

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In the USA we reserve the last Monday of the month of May to honor those who have perished in military service. Kris and I are both grateful no immediate members of our family died in military service. Three in […]

South Africa Reflections: Animal Kingdom

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We stayed in South Africa with Nic and Magriet near Rustenburg; they live on a “farm” with a Conference and wedding center, a bed and breakfast, and their own home. Daily I got up early, took up my post near […]

Pastor’s Wisdom: Jim Martin

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If I were to start over, what would I be sure to practice? Self-care Self-care is not only good stewardship of the self but also a gift to the church. When a Christian minister practices self-care, the congregation is blessed!

Prayer for the Week

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Grant, O Lord, that the course of this world may be peaceably governed by your providence; and that your Church may joyfully serve you in confidence and serenity; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and […]

South Africa Reflections: Our Favorite Walk

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Every morning — well, when we weren’t in a car driving off to speak somewhere — Kris and I walked. We called this “Sarengetti.” Nearly every day we watched a bundle of guinea fowl getting all worried our invasion of […]

Now Brewing: Douwe Egberts

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On our trip I bought some coffees, including a few packs of Douwe Egberts in the Amsterdam airport. I’ve seen Douwe Egberts in a few places, had a cup or two, but a few lattes of this stuff brewed in […]

Weekly Meanderings

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Chicago Spring means baby robins:

Friday is for Friends

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If there was one book I wish I could have given to every pastor I met in South Africa [and I’ve sent one to Attie], Klyne Snodgrass’ new book, Stories with Intent, is the one. Why? Because we need more […]

Pastor’s Wisdom: David Fitch

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“If I could begin all over again” is a hard sentence for me to apply to myself for I still think of myself as just beginning. I feel like I am learning things today I should have known twenty years […]

God’s Wrath: A Question

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Here is a fantastic question asked of us about the issue of wrath … How do you respond to this mom?

My Traitor’s Heart

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One of the books I was recommended to read about South Africa was Rian Malan’s well-known and widely-read My Traitor’s Heart. If Alan Paton’s Cry, the Beloved Country is a literary classic about the problems behind apartheid, and if J.M. […]

Our Reasonable Faith 8

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This series and this post are by RJS; and we are glad Scot is back ? because the challenges confronting us in this chapter are up his alley not mine. Come on, many ask us today, you can’t really take […]

Wrath 4

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Now a brief summary of what we’ve seen in the two passages about wrath in the Synoptic Gospels … and we’ll get to John 3:36 when we get to the apostle John. When we get there, we may have to […]

South Africa Reflections: Hospitality of Time

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The first word that will come to mind when Kris and I think of our trip to South Africa is the word “hospitality.” And when I say that I don’t mean just generosity, which we experienced in abundance, or kindness, […]

Pastor’s Wisdom: Nancy Lewis

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Nancy Lewis is a pastor at the Oakland Covenant Church in Oakland California. What Should A Pastor Focus On?

Wrath 3

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Luke 21 reads: “20 When you see Jerusalem being surrounded by armies, you will know that its desolation is near. 21 Then let those who are in Judea flee to the mountains, let those in the city get out, and […]

“He had a good run”

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7am Saturday morning (the day after we got home from South Africa) we got a phone call — it was the lady who keeps our Bichon, Webster, when we are away. Webster’s (he was almost 16) been aging fast this […]

Our Reasonable Faith 7

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This post is by RJS; for the record a Professor of Chemistry and thus (take a deep breath) a scientist… We all know, or have heard repeated over and over … Science has Disproved Christianity… the elite and intelligent know […]

Wrath 2

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Well, after our conversation yesterday we’re ready to dive in. To be honest, this is the sort of issue that could take about fifty directions, one of which would be to canvass the Old Testament on “wrath.” Readers of that […]

“Evangelical”

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Two recently published items illustrate the “evangelical” problem — David Wells’ grumpy summary screed of his four volumes that, for over a decade, have attempted to reveal how superficial evangelicalism is and the generously-spirited Evangelical Manifesto. What is happening? Let […]

Pastor’s Wisdom: John Ortberg

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John Ortberg, pastor at Menlo Park Presbyterian Church outside San Francisco, responds to our question today:

Wrath 1

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There are some today who’d like to burn a wrath path through the Christian Church — those who believe in it can move to the right and those who don’t can move to the left as the path winds and […]

Prayer for the Week

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Almighty and everlasting God, you have given to us your servants grace, by the confession of a true faith, to acknowledge the glory of the eternal Trinity, and in the power of your divine Majesty to worship the Unity: Keep […]

Finding Our Way Again

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I’m not hearing much about this book, but I suspect we will be hearing the conversation soon. Brian McLaren has a new book out called Finding Our Way Again. The subtitle is The Return of the Ancient Practices. Brian’s is […]

Coming Posts

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We left Johannesburg, S Africa, Thursday night at 11:30pm, and Kris and I fortunately dozed the entire trip up the middle of Africa. But, I did wake to see Tunis — the area near to where Augustine’s great ministry occurred. […]

Deeper Connections 5

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Today I examine Jesus? prayer life from The Prayers of Jesus in <a href="Deeper Connections. Prayer was the backbone of Jesus? life and ministry. From his baptism to his crucifixion, the Gospels portray Jesus as a man of prayer who […]

Pastor’s Wisdom: Alice Shirey

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Alice Shirey, pastor in Des Moines IA, responds to our question today:

Pretoria

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This is our last post from S Africa, though when we return we’ll do a series of reflections with pictures. Yesterday was my last speaking event … Attie and Renate picked us up early and we drove about 1.5 hours […]

Our Reasonable Faith 6

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This post is — once again — by RJS, and we are all looking forward to Scot’s return. As usual – personal reflections are mine – I don’t know Scot’s position. Now we come to a topic where I anticipate […]

Our Reasonable Faith 5

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This post is by RJS – so personal reflections are mine, not Scot’s In Chapter Four of The Reason for GodTim Keller broaches a topic I have found a real stumbling block over the years: If the Christian story is […]

Pastor’s Wisdom: John Frye

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Pastoring: If I Started Over What Would I Focus On? John W Frye Fellowship Evangelical Covenant Church in near Grand Rapids, responds today to that question.

Cape Town and Stellenbosch

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After our five sermons for Pentecost up in Rustenburg (about an hour west of Pretoria), Attie and Renate Nel flew with us down to Cape Town where we had been scheduled to speak to the Stellenbosch congregation. The pastor we […]

Deeper Connections 4

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Healer of diseases. Master of nature. Conqueror of demons and death. Jesus not only preached the Kingdom of God in word, but he demonstrated it in power through his miraculous deeds. The Miracles of Jesus in <a href="Deeper Connections reveal […]

Our Reasonable Faith 4

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This post is by RJS – looking at Keller’s book, not as a pastor, an evangelist, or a theologian, but as a lay Christian who has been immersed in secular academia for 27 years as graduate student, postdoctoral scholar, and […]

Pastor’s Wisdom: Rose Madrid-Swetman

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This post is from Rose Madrid-Swetman, a missional pastor at the Vineyard church in Shoreline, WA. Scot: If you could begin all over again, what one thing would you have focused on more? Or, put differently, what wisdom would you […]

Happy Mother’s Day from Africa

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A big Happy Mother’s Day from Africa to my mom and to Kris’ mom. We’ll bring home plenty of stories and pictures.

Prayer for the Week

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Almighty God, on this day you opened the way of eternal life to every race and nation by the promised gift of your Holy Spirit: Shed abroad this gift throughout the world by the preaching of the Gospel, that it […]

The Wild of Africa

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It’s Friday afternoon (and only very early Friday in USA’s midwestern States), but I want to jot down a few notes about two events where we experienced Africa’s wildness. Here goes …

Deeper Connections 3

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Today I would like to talk about the Prodigal Son study from the The Parables of Jesus in the <a href="Deeper Connections series. After an introduction from the Gentile city of Susita, on the eastern side of the Sea of […]

Pastor’s Wisdom: Bob Smallman

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If you could begin all over again, what one thing would you have focused on more? Or, put differently, what wisdom would you give to a new pastor if you were asked this question: What should I focus on? Here’s […]

Teaching in Pretoria

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I’ll try to post a little about what we did Monday and Tuesday in South Africa. We are staying at an absolutely lovely home west of Rustenburg — a lovely garden that looks up into the hills and mountains. We […]

Our Reasonable Faith 3

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This series is by RJS as Scot and Kris enjoy South Africa Chapter 2 of Tim Keller?s book The Reason for Godbroaches the problem of pain. Given the pain and suffering in the world ? either God is not good […]

Deeper Connections 2

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In the introductions to each of the Deeper Connections 18 Bible studies?shot in various locations in Israel?one can see the hills from which Jesus taught the Sermon on the Mount, see the desert in which he found refuge from the […]

Pastor’s Wisdom: Cindy Nicholson

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Cindy Nicholson, Asst. Pastor, Vineyard Christian Church of Evanston; Cindy is also on task forces and committees at the national level of the Vineyard; she responds to our pastor’s wisdom question: If you could begin all over again, what one […]

Hello from South Africa!

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We arrived in Johannesburg after a 14 hour flight — safe and sound. I don’t know how I managed to do it, but I was awake long enough to see the first sight of Africa — Ghana area — and […]

Deeper Connections 1

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As a former doctoral student of Scot?s, I?ve been asked to write about a new DVD Bible study series that I edited called Deeper Connectionsfor the next five days. There are three DVDs (and participant?s guides) in the series: The […]

Our Reasonable Faith 2

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This series is by RJS (so blame me not Scot) With this post we start our series looking at Timothy Keller’s new book The Reason for Godand using this book as a resource to grapple with the questions and issues […]

Pastor’s Wisdom: Kent Anderson

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Today I begin a series devoted to Pastor’s wisdom, and our question we asked of seasoned pastors was this: If you knew then what you know now, what would you have focused on? Or, in light of what you now […]

Prayer for the Week

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O God, the King of glory, you have exalted your only Son Jesus Christ with great triumph to your kingdom in heaven: Do not leave us comfortless, but send us your Holy Spirit to strengthen us, and exalt us to […]

Weekly Meanderings

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We’re sensing we are a long way from our home, but “TK” is there remodeling our kitchen. So, hello to TK. Speaking of far away distances … this is some 450 light years from here…

Forgiveness … takes time

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Julie Bogart, a regular reader and commenter on this blog, has a story about forgiveness worth reading at her site. You can interact there or even here. Here’s how it begins:

Pastor’s Wisdom: A Series

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Starting Monday, and while Kris and I are in South Africa, we will begin a series I’ve called Pastor’s Wisdom. I asked a series of seasoned pastors this question: If you could start all over again, knowing what you know […]

Preparing for Pentecost 30

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We come to the end of our series. We are flying today to South Africa where I will be preaching a series of sermons on the themes of Pentecost. (Our home will be looked after by TK and our daughter, […]

Our Reasonable Faith 1

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Here begins a new series by RJS, one of the most faithful participants of this blog, on Tim Keller’s new book. Timothy Keller, founder of Redeemer Presbyterian Church in Manhattan recently came out with a new book The Reason for […]

Biking for Justice

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Some of our students, including Matt Enquist, are biking across the nation this summer for justice. Here’s the blog … and we’ll be following them all summer. I am going to do something I’ve never done …

First Day is Goldingay

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Well, Goldingay’s 2d chp (Israel’s Faith (OT Theology, vol. 2)) is bogging me down, but this chp has a section that is a virtual open theism statement. So, here are some thoughts from the chp…

Preparing for Pentecost 29

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The last five chps of 40 Days Living the Jesus Creed are dedicated to specific examples of the Jesus Creed in action in the pages of the New Testament.

On Reading the Bible for Formation

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Yesterday on our blog we had an interchange that I want to toss into the pot today for a discussion. I referred to 1 Peter as by Peter. Here’s what one person said … and let me add that the […]

Why Work? 5

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We finish up today our series on Darrell Cosden’s fine book, The Heavenly Good of Earthly Work. If you are looking for a book that “justifies” work, this is it — and I think we need more of us thinking […]

Now Brewing: Metropolis

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OK, I posted the Ictus Fair Trade coffee near the end of my supply of their beans, and I’ve already got a new coffee brewing — and it is one good brew. Metropolis. We are brewing some Samba … roasty, […]

Preparing for Pentecost 28

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We might not realize it today, but the most intense challenge the first followers of Jesus met was including Gentiles into the people of God, the ecclesia. No, even more challenging was loving those Gentiles. Peter points the way.

J.M. Coetzee

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Theo Geyser, a pastor in Stellenbosch, recommended that I read J.M. Coetzee, Disgrace. It tells a story of South Africa, as one critic put it, a story that “brutal tyranny has been replaced by brutal anarchy.” I don’t know how […]

Rubber Mulch …

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Kris and I walk at Independence Grove on weekends, and the playground there has “rubber mulch.” (It’s cool to walk on.) We’ve also learned that many are using Rubber Mulch around their trees and bushes and plants. Rubber mulch is […]

Preparing for Pentecost 27

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The apostle Paul was a Jesus Creeder, and so in chp 27 of 40 Days Living the Jesus Creed, I look at the Jesus Creed in the hands of the apostle Peter when he ventured to establish churches in Asia […]

The Parable of the Jesus Creeders

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This post is from Peggy Brown. She gets to the very heart of what this blog is all about and we are grateful to her for this. The Parable of The Jesus Creeders By Peggy Brown (4/25/08)

The Life Before Her Eyes: Movie Review

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Magnolia Pictures sent me a pre-release DVD of “The Life Before Her Eyes,” starring Evan Rachel Wood and Uma Thurman, and I feel obligated to offer my readers a review of this haunting, Flannery O’Connor-like movie. Each actress plays — […]

Cry, the Beloved Country

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Somewhere in high school both Kris and I read Alan Paton’s famous Cry, the Beloved Country, but it was so long ago that I had to read it again in preparation for our time in South Africa. Yes, it was […]

Preparing for Pentecost 26

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This is our last week in our Preparing for Pentecost series. We are looking at themes/chps in 40 Days Living the Jesus Creed and this week we’ll look at people and authors in the NT who expanded the Jesus Creed […]

40 Days on YouTube

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I have to admit; I love what Paraclete did with this.

Prayer for the Week

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O God, you have prepared for those who love you such good things as surpass our understanding: Pour into our hearts such love towards you, that we, loving you in all things and above all things, may obtain your promises, […]

Nooma Video

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What’s the best of Rob Bell’s Noomavideos? Why?

Now Brewing: Ictus Fair Trade

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We are now brewing a wonderful tasting and richly aromatic coffee, a fair trade coffe, called Ictus Fair Trade Kaffe, Cafe de Chiapas.

Weekly Meanderings

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Chicago Spring flowers:

Friday is for Friends

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We look today at the parable of the mustard seed and we are looking at Klyne Snodgrass’ new big book on parables: Stories with Intent. First, a greeting to Klyne … in the old days! 8)

The African Origins of our Faith 2

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Thomas Oden, in his enthusiasm for the unity of the faith in Africa — both North and sub Saharan, got me to thinking the other day about what color Augustine was. We can’t be sure, but the ethnic judgments made […]

Preparing for Pentecost 25

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The best blog post I have ever read was by Dawn Husnick. I link to it here because the 25th chp of 40 Days Living the Jesus Creed tells her story all over again. Please read the story. If this […]

Spiritual Birthline

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One of our regular commenters, Bob Smallman, was a classmate of mine when we were seminary students and this blog reunited us. Bob has a brother who pastored for 40 years and is now teaching students about evangelism. Stephen Smallman […]

The African Origins of our Faith 1

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A case can be made, and in fact has been made, that the Christian faith most Christians profess today — its creedal affirmations — comes from Africa. From one of two major locations in Africa: Alexandria (Egypt) and Carthage (the […]

Preparing for Pentecost 24

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As we look forward to Pentecost, to the Day when God’s Spirit filled that little bundle of followers of Jesus with the Spirit and gave them the “power to”, we are led to see that at the core of that […]

Why Work? 4

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The major contention of Darrell Cosden is that what we do — our work — is being redeemed and will be finally redeemed (saved) and will figure into Eternity, the Eternal City, the new heavens and the new earth. So, […]

On Reading Fiction 5

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Dan de Roulet now finishes up with an insightful interpretation of this story, and I have to say … wow, I didn’t see most of this at work; if I did, it was so inchoate I needed to see it […]

Preparing for Pentecost 23

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Paul didn’t quote the Jesus Creed just once; I believe that he not only recited it along with Shema daily but also taught it as a foundational principle for Christian living. So, in chp 23 of 40 Days Living the […]

Finally Feminist

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I’ve done my best to avoid bringing back my class, “Women, Mary and Jesus,” onto this blog but I’ve read a book recently — and we discussed it in class — that I think you should know about: John Stackhouse, […]

On Reading Fiction 4

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As many of you know, we’re doing a series with Dan de Roulet, an English professor, about reading fiction and we’re using “Revelation” by Flannery O’Connor to get to some of the issues in reading fiction. So, here’s Dan response […]

Preparing for Pentecost 22

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I sometimes am told that the Jesus Creed is simple, or soft-headed and mushy, or light. I know whereof such persons speak because I once thought that way. But, the more I study the New Testament and the more I […]

Fear about Fear

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A reader writes me this set of questions and I’ve cobbled together two exchanges with him about this issue… but the words are his:

Why Work? 3

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The fundamental problem in discerning how we look at “work” is dualism — the one that contends what really matters is the spiritual while the material is not as important. Darrell Cosden, in The Heavenly Good of Earthly Work, turns […]

Preparing for Pentecost 21

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We are looking forward to Pentecost in this series, and to do that we are blogging through 40 Days Living the Jesus Creed as a form of preparation. Today I want to suggest four principles of a person who practices […]

Spring Birding

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We’ve seen some old (bird) friends, some new ones … we’ve seen lots of birds this Spring:

Prayer for the Week

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Almighty God, whom truly to know is everlasting life: Grant us so perfectly to know your Son Jesus Christ to be the way, the truth, and the life, that we may steadfastly follow his steps in the way that leads […]

Weekly Meanderings

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44 years ago in Chicago, the Beatles:

Friday is for Friends

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We continue our series on Klyne Snodgrass, Stories with Intent, and today we look at the parable of the wheat and weeds.

Reforming 12

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Roger Olson’s next chp in Reformed and Always Reforming takes on yet another crucial theme: tradition and orthodoxy in postconservative evangelical theology.

Preparing for Pentecost 20

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What is at the center of our life? For many, as I suggest in 40 Days Living the Jesus Creed, it is work. Abe Lincoln said this: “My father taught me to work, but not to love it. I never […]

Why Work? 2

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The fundamental problem in Christian thinking about work is dualism. That dualism leads to a hierarchy of what matters most. These two statements are at the heart of chp 1 of Darrell Cosden, The Heavenly Good of Earthly Work, and […]

On Reading Fiction 3

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Dan deRoulet is my instructor in this series on how to read fiction. We are looking at Flannery O’Connor’s “Revelation.” He’s asked me two questions — which parables do the exposition and crisis evoke, and where was Mrs. Turpin when […]

What a difference one year can make

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One year ago our Dept was scrambling to cover Joel Willitts’ classes. Karla and Joel had twins, premature, and they were wrapped up in the hospital for a long, long time. So, we taught Joel’s classes. There were times when […]

Preparing for Pentecost 19

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Spiritual disciplines are a waste of time if they are not living out or toward the first element of the Jesus Creed: loving God. So, in 40 Days Living the Jesus Creed, I suggest the spiritual disciplines are actually the […]

On Reading Fiction 2

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I’m doing a series with Dan deRoulet, author of Finding Your Plot in a Plotless World, on how to read fiction, a lesson I needed long ago. We are using Flannery O’Connor’s “Revelation” (Collected Works) as our example, and this […]

Reforming 11

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Well, a real bug-bear of a term now comes up in Roger Olson’s Reformed and Always Reforming, chp. 5: Propositionalism. What is it? And what are the alternatives when it comes to understanding revelation and Scripture?

Preparing for Pentecost 18

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Only a genuine baptism of the Spirit, the Pentecostal Spirit, empowers us to be what the Sermon on the Mount calls us to be. In 40 Days Living the Jesus Creed I state that loving your enemies — an important […]

Beckon Q

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Last Saturday night Kris and I were at Willow with Laura and Mark. The band, led by North Park’s own Matt Lundgren, started to play a good song and then another song. Then I looked up at the big screen […]

Why Work? 1

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Perhaps because I teach college students who frequently bring up what they will do for work when they leave college, perhaps because of some of my Anabaptist convictions, or perhaps because I love what “work” I do — and probably […]

On Reading Fiction 1

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One of my friends and a former colleague, Dan de Roulet, used to urge me to read some piece of fiction. He just knew I needed to do this, but deep inside I had to admit that I simply didn’t […]

Preparing for Pentecost 17

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“Whoever does these commandments [of Jesus’] and teaches them will be called great in the kingdom of heaven” (Matt. 5:19). The word “great” is here redefined by Jesus and it is defined by the Jesus Creed.

Pentecost in South Africa

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As some of you may know, we will be in Rustenburg South Africa for Pentecost with the Dutch Reformed Church. I will be speaking on Sunday morning and then each evening through Thursday (May 4-8) in a series on Pentecost. […]

Reforming 10

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The 4th chp in Roger Olson, Reformed and Always Reforming, is about the influence of postmodernity and postfoundationalism on postconservatives. The chps sweeps through many ideas with names and quotations, but I can only give a sampling here and I […]

Preparing for Pentecost 16

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If the Jesus Creed of loving God and loving others expresses the heart of Jesus’ ethic and God’s design for Eikons, then the Sermon on the Mount somehow expresses what loving God and loving others is all about. This is […]

Prayer for the Week

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O God, whose Son Jesus is the good shepherd of your people: Grant that when we hear his voice we may know him who calls us each by name, and follow where he leads; who, with you and the Holy […]

A Father’s Joy

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Praise God! ?and many thanks for the prayers for my son, his girlfriend, and the many other students at this conference. The kids returned this afternoon and we have found out that my son and his girlfriend have made a […]

Computer question

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On our iBook G4, when on the internet with Firefox, sometimes the down scroll arrow at the bottom right of the screen appears but more often it does not appear. All that appears most of the time is the upscroll […]

Now Brewing

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My friend and one of our seminary students, Chris Ridgeway, gave me a pound of a new coffee: Espresso Royale. I ground it just right on the first try — which is not common for me with a new bean […]

Weekly Meanderings

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We, and this cardinal, are ready for Spring:

Prayer

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You may remember our post about a father and a son and some doubt. Good things are happening so if you could read this and then pray for them.

Friday is for Friends

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We look today at the parable of the growing seed from Mark 4:26-29. We are looking at the parable by reading through Klyne Snodgrass, Stories with Intent, and here is the text:

Shift

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Yesterday I was at Willow’s youth leadership conference called Shift. A full day but lots of fun. I’m not a youth minister, obviously — nor was I a very good one when I gave it a whirl, but if I […]

Books to Come

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In the coming month we will turn to two new books, one by Darrell Cosden called The Heavenly Good of Earthly Work. I met Darrell on a flight, got his book, and think this book is a nice change of […]

Preparing for Pentecost 15

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I don’t think many think of this, so let me make it clear right away: if love of God and love others is the foundation and final expression of what we are designed to be, if Pentecost empowers us to […]

Voice Mail Maze

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Our mortgage company sent us a report that for some reason skipped a couple of months. To keep our records complete (and straight), I called the company to request a complete activity report. (The term they use is “activity.”) Here’s […]

The Divine Allure

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Apologetics is changing in the 21st Century, changing from arguments that rationally prove the truth of Christianity to a gospel that, as Mel Lawrenz calls it, summons humans because of the “divine allure.” In his book, I Want to Believe, […]

Preparing for Pentecost 14

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The Pentecost community is one that loves God and loves others — and it loves the self properly and it loves the real people of God — and this love of God that loves the self and others reaches out […]

The Magic of Thomas Howard

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I wish I could tell you that I have been a long-time reader of Thomas Howard. I can’t. Discovering his absolutely splendid The Night is Far Spent filled my Easter weekend and occasional moments with joy, insight, ruminations, and pleasure […]

Reforming 9

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Olson admits that his characterization of conservative evangelicalism’s conservative emphasis is “impressionistic” but he puts it like this: “A habit of the conservative theological mind is to specialize in reiterating traditional doctrinal formulations and criticizing reconstruction and reformulations of doctrine” […]

Preparing for Pentecost 13

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There is a mood today at work in the church — the mood of open season on the church. Fundamentalists are attacking what they think are signs of drifting away from the stalwarts of the faith; liberals are attacking the […]

For Praying Parents

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This post came as a comment last week on the parable of the prodigal son … and I know many of you would like to see it if you haven’t already. This came from Attie over in South Africa and […]

What is your caption?

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Preparing for Pentecost 12

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The apostle Paul, so it seems to me, believed in the Jesus Creed and in the significance of self-love (40 Days Living the Jesus Creed, 60-64). In fact, Paul thought marriage flourished when self-love was the standard for loving others […]

Yet Another Letter

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A letter which the young candidate would like discussed: Dear Scot, I am 34 (10 years part time youth ministry experience) and currently in discussion with a local congregation about joining their staff as FT Youth Pastor. During my first […]

Reforming 8

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What are the tasks of theology? This question, asked by Roger Olson in the 3d chp of Reformed and Always Reforming, is a question I wish more would ask. Here are his four points:

Preparing for Pentecost 11

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No matter how altrustic we may not want to sound, no matter how much we might want to avoid sounding like a pop-psychologist, and no matter how much we might think it is selfish, Jesus in two very important statements […]

Cubs Win!

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3-3 record; Kerry Wood looks good — Derrek Lee is awesome. 2008 looks great.

Prayer of the Week

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O God, whose blessed Son made himself known to his disciples in the breaking of bread: Open the eyes of our faith, that we may behold him in all his redeeming work; who lives and reigns with you, in the […]

Keys of the Kingdom: All in one post

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Here is a link to the whole our series on the keys to the kingdom. Thanks to Jim Baker for doing this and to Bob Robinson for hosting the link at his site. And below is the full text. KEYS […]

Vote for Steve

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Vote for Steve McCoy — he helped me learn to blog and will give his winnings to help others hear the gospel through Tim Keller’s new book. Scroll down and click on “Reformissionary.”

Comment of the Year on Post of the Year

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From yesterday’s post about blogging for 3 years…

Weekly Meanderings

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Cool picture … Vote for Steve McCoy — he helped me learn to blog and will give his winnings to help others hear the gospel. Scroll down and click on “Reformissionary.” Here come the …. Hummers!

Thanks

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From Kris and me, for all the wonderful comments yesterday, which are as much a tribute to this Blog Community as to us. Many, many thanks. They gave us some heart-warming moments yesterday completely beyond anything we expected.

3 Years

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April 5 marks my third year of blogging, so I want to reflect on what has happened because of this blog. Well, lots … and nothing like we expected.

Friday is for Friends

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Perhaps the most significant parable in the Gospel arsenal is the parable of the sower (Mark 4:3-20 and parallels). Why? Because it is the kingdom parable and a parable that ultimately explains what parables are all about! So says Klyne […]

Civility 6

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This is a good week to discuss the lasting and important proposal of Os Guinness in his new book, The Case for Civility. He advocates instead of a “naked” public square (no religion) or a “sacred” public square (coercion of […]

Preparing for Pentecost 10

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Pentecost, the Day God sends the Spirit afresh on God’s people, makes them the kind of people God wants them to be. Pentecost, as we turn to chp 10 of 40 Days Living the Jesus Creed is a promise. The […]

Reforming 7

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So, how do postconservatives articulate the order of first experience with theology a second-order articulation of that gospel experience? According to Roger Olson (Reformed and Always Reforming) this can be found in the following theologians:

Another Letter from an Emerging Pastor

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I probably get asked this question more than any other. Which means quite often. Again, used with permission and only slightly edited. Hi Scot. First, let me say that I appreciate your writing and your heart. I have used some […]

Preparing for Pentecost 9

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“God’s mercy lurks in the shadows of your life.” This is from p. 44 in 40 Days Living the Jesus Creed. One of the most revealing words in the Bible is the word “mercy.”

Pete Enns, WTS, and CT

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Pete Enns, professor at Westminster Theological Seminary, has been suspended and Christianity Today has a long article. The comments there are mostly uncharitable and accusatory, and we will have to guard the comments here carefully. So, please be charitable.

Letter from an Emerging Pastor

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A letter from a pastor; permission granted to publish here; we are seeking your wisdom.. Scot, Hello. We met when you visited the area and I have appreciated your blog for a while now. I came to this church as […]

Reforming 6

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Roger Olson, in Reformed and Always Reforming, argues that conservative evangelicalism has a one-sided emphasis on doctrinal content as the essence of Christianity and a corresponding neglect of experience. Postconservatism, accordingly, has an experiential impulse.

Preparing for Pentecost 8

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Where do you find God? In chp 8 of 40 Days Living the Jesus Creed I look at where Abraham found God and where we can find God anew this day.

What is community?

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From a reader who asks you, Jesus Creed reader, for some advice: So, I???ve been kicking around the question: What is most necessary and essential to Christian community?

First Day is Goldingay

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John Goldingay ends the preface to volume 2 of his OT Theology (OT Theology: Israel’s Faith) with a zinger that I find to be so, so true: he gives credit to readers who have saved him “from some of my […]

Preparing for Pentecost 7

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If preparing for Pentecost means being prepared to become the people of God, then it is good for us to remind ourselves of what kind of God we have. It is this God who acted for us on Pentecost, and […]

Keys of the Kingdom 62

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Drumroll please. This is our last kingdom text: Luke 23:42. It comes with evocative connections:

Reforming 5

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Chp 2 of Roger Olson, Reformed and Always Reforming, is about “Christianity’s Essence” and his concern is “transformation over information.”

Preparing for Pentecost 6

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What are we here for? As we continue our journey toward Pentecost to discover the Spirit empowering God’s people to live as God’s people should, this question can help shape our preparation. We using our 40 Days Living the Jesus […]

Keys of the Kingdom 61

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There are 85 separable instances of “kingdom” in the Synoptic Gospels; we have three left and two of them are in our text today:

Now Brewing: Waialua Coffee

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A very kind reader of Jesus Creed sent Kris and me a package of Waialua Coffee from Hawaii (north shore), and we are now brewing and drinking it. [I couldn’t find the home site; this site sells Waialua.]

First Day is Goldingay

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OK, it’s not the first day of the month but I want you to know that April 1 (no fooling) I will post the first in an 8-part [maybe 10-part] series — once a month, on the first day of […]

Prayer for the Week

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Almighty and everlasting God, who in the Paschal mystery established the new covenant of reconciliation: Grant that all who have been reborn into the fellowship of Christ’s Body may show forth in their lives what they profess by their faith; […]

On Google Ads

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Kris and I both think blogs that are cluttered with ads are unattractive. So, we’ve done our dead-level best to avoid putting up ads. But, recently we read problogger.com’s stuff about AdSense, a Google Ad program, and thought it was […]

Weekly Meanderings

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Too much snow this winter in the Land of Lincoln:’

Friday is for Friends

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The so-called parable of the prodigal son, Luke 15:11-32, is the 3d in Klyne Snodgrass’ treatment of the parables of lostness (Stories with Intent).

And the winner is …

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KJ. (If you could e-mail me, we’ll work out a book and your address.) Here are the votes, and it is stunningly clear (I tallied this up at about 8:30pm CT).

Preparing for Pentecost 5

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“At the center of the Jesus Creed is the Shema, and at the center of the Shema is the God of love, and at the center of the God of love is the word ‘one.” (From 40 Days Living the […]

Keys of the Kingdom 60

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Talk about a hornet’s nest of issues … our 82d kingdom text (Luke 21:31) is surrounded with them. Here is the text:

Global Warming? My Eye!

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So much for global warming. Here we sit, March 27th … where are we, Australia? The worst part? I got a new driver yesterday, Nike Sumo 2. [I have to add this: I’m on the side of those who think […]

Grand Rapids Theological Seminary

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Yesterday I was in Grand Rapids — speaking twice at GR Theological Seminary. First, in chapel (more below) and then later to the Faculty (about future seminary education — I’ll keep this under wraps for now). It was good to […]

Vintage Rock and Roll: Top 5, You Vote

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Here’s the deal. I’ve chosen the top 5 Vintage Rock and Roll songs from our nominations yesterday. So, today you can vote. The song with the most votes will reward the one who first recommended it with a free copy […]

Preparing for Pentecost 4

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We turn our faces today toward Pentecost — and we prepare for that Day when God’s Spirit floods us with God’s gracious, loving, holy presence. To prepare ourselves we daily recite the Jesus Creed — to love God and to […]

Keys of the Kingdom 59

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A sense of imminent arrival of the kingdom loomed over Jesus’ ministry, and we are not fair to the Gospel texts if we ignore that looming. Here is a text (Luke 19:11) that illustrates the sense of anticipation:

Reforming 4

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What then is postconservatism? What is the postconservative evangelical impulse? Roger Olson, in Reformed and Always Reforming, sees six features. Friends, this is the singular contribution of this book and it will be discussed for years to come, and this […]

Vintage Rock and Roll: What do you think?

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Let’s say pre-1975 (definitely not that prog-rock stuff Bob Robinson is into), what is the best song ever? Give us a YouTube if you can. Nothing kooky; no “Ayisha” stuff either. Here’s a genuine option:I will post the winner tomorrow.

Preparing for Pentecost 3

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The first half of the Jesus Creed is to love God with everything we are and we’ve got. The second half is to love others [probably also with with everything we are and we’ve got]. “Loving others is a great […]

Keys of the Kingdom 58

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At the end of the rich young ruler episode, after Jesus had explained to the man that he was to give up his wealth in order to enter the kingdom, we get this passage in Luke 18:26-30:

The Language of God 6

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This is the last of a series of posts [by RJS] looking at the book The Language of God by Francis S. Collins, Director, National Human Genome Research Institute (NHGRI), National Institutes of Health (NIH). Today we will turn to […]

William Kittredge: An Essayist from out West

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Tonight I fly up to Grand Rapids and tomorrow I speak at chapel to the seminarians; in the afternoon we will have a conversation with the seminary faculty about the next generation of students. I look forward to seeing my […]

Preparing for Pentecost 2

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When God’s mighty Spirit comes upon us we will be awakened in our love for God. In many ways, then, the ancient Shema of Israel, found in Deut 6:4-5, points us toward Pentecost. The summons God gave Israel was to […]

Keys of the Kingdom 57

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We look today at three kingdom references (Luke 17:20, 20, 21) that are, in my estimation, some of the most misconstrued texts in Jesus’ kingdom message. Here they are in context:

Reforming 3

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Two streams flow into Evangelicalism today according to Roger Olson in his fine new study, Reformed and Always Reforming. Here are the two streams, and they derive also from the fine studies of Mark Noll, the Dean of American Church […]

Smells and Bells

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There is a tension in many of us — I call it the “Willo-palian” problem. What is it? The yearning for many of us low church types to experience a liturgical life. Many of us are not willing to go […]

Preparing for Pentecost 1

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We now enter into Easter season as we prepare for Pentecost. To prepare us for Pentecost, I want to devote a spot on this blog each day on weekdays to 40 Days Living the Jesus Creed.

Keys of the Kingdom 56

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We are now heading around the corner into the homestretch in this series on kingdom. There are 85 discrete references to kingdom in the Synoptics and we have examined 73 of them. We are now at #74 and I anticipate […]

Easter

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O God, who for our redemption gave your only-begotten Son to the death of the cross, and by his glorious resurrection delivered us from the power of our enemy: Grant us so to die daily to sin, that we may […]

Now Brewing: The Ugly Mug Cafe

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I am now brewing, as a gift from Billy Kangas (one of our readers), from the Ugly Mug Cafe, a coffee called Ill Dorado. Fantastic stuff. I now have it up there with Intelligentsia, Chestnut Hill Coffee Company, and Doubleshot. […]

Weekly Meanderings

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St Patrick’s Day in Chicago, NCAA tournament, and pastoral ministry:

Holy Saturday

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O God, Creator of heaven and earth: Grant that, as the crucified body of your dear Son was laid in the tomb and rested on this holy Sabbath, so we may await with him the coming of the third day, […]

Good Friday Prayer

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Almighty God, we pray you graciously to behold this your family, for whom our Lord Jesus Christ was willing to be betrayed, and given into the hands of sinners, and to suffer death upon the cross; who now lives and […]

Friday is for Friends

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Luke 15 records three parables about lostness; the second of these is about the lost coin. We are attending to Klyne Snodgrass, Stories with Intent, and his study of these parables.

Civility 5

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If Os Guinness, in his attempt to call the nation to public civility, can call the Religious Right to task for its rhetoric, he can do the same to the Left. In The Case for Civility, chp 5, Guinness says […]

Keys of the Kingdom 55

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Luke 13:22 Then Jesus went through the towns and villages, teaching as he made his way to Jerusalem. 23 Someone asked him, ?Lord, are only a few people going to be saved?? He said to them, 24 ?Make every effort […]

The Language of God 5

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This series is from RJS… This is the fifth in a series of posts looking at the book The Language of God by Francis S. Collins, Director, National Human Genome Research Institute (NHGRI), National Institutes of Health (NIH). Part Three […]

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