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The Challenge of Adam 1 (RJS)

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I am currently reading a book by David N. Livingstone, Adam’s Ancestors: Race, Religion, and the Politics of Human Origins. David Livingstone is Professor of Geography and Intellectual History at Queen’s University, Belfast and this book reflects both of his […]

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Eugene Peterson: Practice Resurrection 2

posted by Scot McKnight

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

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Lengthening Our Memory 3

posted by Scot McKnight

Chris Hall, in Worshiping With the Church Fathers , examines in his second chp the central focus of the early Christian’s sense of worship: eucharist. (I didn’t say the “central focus of the NT’s sense of worship” though some will say […]

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Lengthening our Memory 2

posted by Scot McKnight

I grew up baptist, and that meant we were big on baptism and it also meant we did not baptize infants. Baptism was for those who consciously believed. The oddest thing about baptism for us was that baptism as an […]

Faith and the Future 3 (RJS)

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The central portion of Harvey Cox’s new book The Future of Faith lays out the New Perspective on The Church – which is no longer new. It is broad brush summarized as follows: Jesus taught and enacted a kingdom vision. […]

Worthy of Imitation 10

posted by Scot McKnight

What a wonderful person to choose to finish Patron Saints for Postmoderns: Ten from the Past Who Speak to Our Future. Chris Armstrong chooses, from the 20th Century, Dorothy Sayers and I love how he describes her: “Unorthodox in her personality, […]

Worthy of Imitation 9

posted by Scot McKnight

One of the most popular slogans of the last two decades, showing up all over the world in bracelets, was “WWJD?” What would Jesus do? I don’t know how that got started with our youth and how it went “viral” […]

Worthy of Imitation 7

posted by Scot McKnight

Some fifteen or so years ago I read a wonderful book on preaching by John R.W. Stott (Between Two Worlds: The Challenge of Preaching Today ). In that book, Stott frequently referred to someone I knew very little about but […]

Worthy of Imitation 5

posted by Scot McKnight

Just who is in your list of “saints”? One could pull out a list of those who have been officially “sainted” (examined, beatified and canonized on the basis of exemplary virtue and miracles and intercessory powers) in the Roman Catholic […]

Worthy of Imitation 4

posted by Scot McKnight

I had not heard of Margery Kempe until I read about her in Chris Armstrong’s new book, Patron Saints for Postmoderns: Ten from the Past Who Speak to Our Future , and I’m still wondering about her. Here’s a brief […]

Worthy of Imitation 2

posted by Scot McKnight

“Every time we come closer to God, our desire for him is amplified; in the very fulfillment of the desire, there is planted a deeper yearning to experience more of the beloved.” One of the saints I have read very […]

Worthy of Imitation 1

posted by Scot McKnight

Protestants are nervous about the famous saints of the church, and they are nervous for a variety of reasons, not the least of which is that veneration of saints by some in the Catholic and Orthodox traditions exceeds what is […]

Atheist Delusions 6

posted by Scot McKnight

David Bentley Hart, a historian of ideas, Atheist Delusions: The Christian Revolution and Its Fashionable Enemies , examines “faith and reason” to provide historical context for what has happened with New Atheists. The New Atheists, he contends, propagate a myth […]

World Christianity and America 1

posted by Scot McKnight

Mark Noll, professor at Notre Dame and America’s foremost church historian (or at least close), has a new book called The New Shape of World Christianity: How American Experience Reflects Global Faith, and the book explores how American Christianity has […]

New Series: World Christianity

posted by Scot McKnight

Mark Noll, professor at Notre Dame and America’s foremost church historian (or at least close), has a new book called The New Shape of World Christianity: How American Experience Reflects Global Faith and I want to begin a series on […]

Anabaptism: Where to go?

posted by Scot McKnight

I’ve mentioned on this blog the word “anabaptist” and that I consider myself an anabaptist in theological orientation. Usually someone writes me and asks this question: What’s an anabaptist? Well, I say, they are the third wave of the Reformation […]

Those Apostolic Fathers: Where to go?

posted by Scot McKnight

During my early graduate years in seminary I began to use the Loeb edition of the apostolic fathers, and then when Bart Ehrman brought out a whole new Loeb edition of the apostolic fathers, I bought that one. I enjoy […]

Beginnings 4 (RJS)

posted by Jesus Creed Admin

With the fourth chapter of Peter Bouteneff’s book Beginnings: Ancient Christian Readings of the Biblical Creation Narratives we come to a rather controversial character, Origen of Alexandria, (ca.185-254) Origen was a prolific Christian writer, thinker, and scholar.  He is purported […]

Jonathan Edwards on Revival

posted by Scot McKnight

The most famous sermon in American history is “Sinners in the Hands of an Angry God.” The most famous theologian in American history is Jonathan Edwards, the theologian who preached that most famous sermon. My friend and a Jonathan Edwards […]

Declaring Doom 1

posted by xscot mcknight

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

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 […]

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Our Common Prayerbook 30 - 3
Psalm 30 thanks God (vv. 1-3, 11-12) and exhorts others to thank God (vv. 4-5). Both emerge from the concrete reality of David's own experience. Here is what that experience looks like:Step one: David was set on high and was flourishing at the hand of God's bounty (v. 7a).Step two: David became too

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Theology After Darwin 1 (RJS)
One of the more important and more difficult pieces of the puzzle as we feel our way forward at the interface of science and faith is the theological implications of discoveries in modern science. A comment on my post Evolution in the Key of D: Deity or Deism noted: ...this reminds me of why I get a

posted 6:01:52am Aug. 31, 2010 | read full post »

Almost Christian 4
Who does well when it comes to passing on the faith to the youth? Studies show two groups do really well: conservative Protestants and Mormons; two groups that don't do well are mainline Protestants and Roman Catholics. Kenda Dean's new book is called Almost Christian: What the Faith of Ou

posted 12:01:53am Aug. 31, 2010 | read full post »

Let's Get Neanderthal!
The Cave Man Diet, or Paleo Diet, is getting attention. (Nothing is said about Culver's at all.) The big omission, I have to admit, is that those folks were hunters -- using spears or smacking some rabbit upside the conk or grabbing a fish or two with their hands ... but that's what makes this diet

posted 2:05:48pm Aug. 30, 2010 | read full post »

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