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Forgiveness … takes time

posted by xscot mcknight

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:

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Pierre is Back!

posted by xscot mcknight

In my book Embracing Grace I tell the story of a little “eikon” I had in my office for many, many years. We called him Pierre because he was a French-looking man with a beret. Now for the rest of […]

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The Whole Gospel

posted by xscot mcknight

Here’s a link to a podcast I gave on the whole gospel. Here’s a link to a radio interview through Elmbrook Church with Mel Lawrenz. Click on the Leadership button.

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Love the Sinner, Hate the Sin

posted by xscot mcknight

The problem with this as a moral strategy, which is a routine refrain for the traditionalist view of homosexuality, is that it is nearly indistinguishable from hate the sin and the sinner. If we have to reduce moral views into […]

Spiritual Formation Forum

posted by xscot mcknight

The following outline was used for my talk at the Spiritual Formation Forum in Milwaukee last week. My week was more hectic than I wanted — owing to about five things happening at once, not the least of which was […]

Advising a Letter Writer

posted by xscot mcknight

I have asked for permission from this person to make his [adjusted] letter to me public. Think about it and see what you think is best. What would you tell this person?

Missional in Seattle 3

posted by xscot mcknight

I gave two talks in Seattle, but I want to summarize what I said in my talk on Saturday. My talk was about “mistakes missional gospel folks need to avoid.”

Kris and I were invited

posted by xscot mcknight

Kris and I were invited down for a Saturday event at North Point church in Alpharetta, Georgia (northside of Atlanta). I was asked to address the Starting Point leaders on Embracing Grace. Starting Point, North Point’s weekly small-group conversations with […]

My Talks to IVCF

posted by xscot mcknight

The Story of the Eikons and The Story of the Gospel.

IVCF GSM

posted by xscot mcknight

Tuesday night, Wednesday morning and early afternoon, and Thursday morning I spoke to the InterVarsity Christian Fellowship Graduate Staff Ministries. To my delight, no travel: one mile west of my home is St Mary of the Lake Seminary and IVCF […]

SHIFT

posted by xscot mcknight

Willow Creek is hosting a Student Ministries Leadership Conference Feb 28-March 2, 2007. It is called SHIFT. Read about it here. I’ve been asked to lead a break-out session. Stay tuned for more details.

Name-calling in the Church

posted by xscot mcknight

The Church has developed its own mechanisms of calling people “names,” of “labelling” others. The most powerful “labels” in the Church are “fundamentalist” and “liberal.” Calling someone one of those labels is rarely a simple description — it is an […]

Ted Haggard and the Evangelical Environment

posted by xscot mcknight

Most of us probably watched the gospel tragedy unfold this last weekend, and many of us considered whether or not the same could happen to us and to others we know. And we are all grieved, in the very grief […]

Forgiveness and the Face 1

posted by xscot mcknight

Steven Sandage and LeRon Shults, in The Faces of Forgiveness, propose a new and fresh approach to how the Bible speaks about forgiveness and how forgiveness works in real practice today. The question I will ask today is this one: […]

Grace Grinding and Settler Theology

posted by xscot mcknight

Duane Young sent me this from Brennan Manning. It touches upon an old set of posts I did on “grace grinding”: the use of grace to grind folks down rather than to heal them. Where do you place yourself: settler […]

Who tells the best atonement story?

posted by xscot mcknight

This is from Embracing Grace in an earlier version. I jumped into the atonement theory conversation yesterday, and thought I’d put this on the blog today: which theory of the atonement do you believe? I have posted a new poll […]

National Pastor’s Convention

posted by xscot mcknight

I’ll be in San Diego next Tuesday through Thursday, speaking at the National Pastor’s Convention. Hope to see some of you. We are in a two-day emerging church event called Critical Concerns (Tony Jones, Dan Kimball, Doug Pagitt, John Burke, […]

Gracious Christianity 5

posted by xscot mcknight

Chp 4 of Gracious Christianity deals with the “Fullness of Salvation.” The authors, Douglas Jacobsen and Ben Sawatsky, open with a grand vision of what salvation is, and they begin with Ephesians 1:3-23: salvation is God’s redemption of the entire […]

Boston is Chowda!

posted by xscot mcknight

Kris and I were in Boston this weekend, where I gave two worshops on Embracing Grace to the wonderful folks who attend Vision New England in downtown Boston. This is our second invitation, and both experiences were splendid. I do […]

Jesus and Homosexuality 2

posted by xscot mcknight

This, our second post on Jesus and homosexuality, begins our survey of the central themes of Jesus’ ethical/moral teachings, and asks how such a theme might shed light on our discussion. I think we can agree that there is no […]

Roseville Minnesota

posted by xscot mcknight

Kris and I were at the Covenant Church in Roseville, MN, Saturday and Sunday. We had two sessions on Jesus Creed on Saturday, and they straddled a wonderful home-made lasagna dinner for all of us. The pastors, Rick Carlson and […]

Embracing Grace: Thinking of Lent?

posted by xscot mcknight

Here is our press release for Embracing Grace: A gospel for all of us , by “all” I mean for all Christians and for each part of us (heart, soul, mind, strength).

National Pastors Convention: Invitation

posted by xscot mcknight

Zondervan has asked me to offer you this invitation: Dear friend: In just a few weeks I’ll be part of the 2006 National Pastors Convention in San Diego on February 22-25, 2006. I thought you might be interested in what […]

The Gospel acc. to John (Piper)

posted by xscot mcknight

My first encounter with John Piper was memorable. I now recall it was the first faculty retreat I was at Trinity, and we were for the day at a hotel in Mundelein. John Piper addressed the faculty on the trivialization […]

Reviews of Embracing Grace

posted by xscot mcknight

The little book is barely out and here is a nice review by Trevin Wax: good summary and fair points. And John Frye has one too: not a McGospel.

All Saints Day

posted by xscot mcknight

Our Sunday morning service at Mercer Island Covenant Church was eventful. It was All Saints’ Day and Pastor Greg Asimakoupolos wrote a wonderful Litany about All Saints in preparation for the eucharist. And the highlight for both Kris and me […]

Book Launch

posted by xscot mcknight

Paraclete Press and Mercer Island Covenant Church combined to orchestrate a wonderful day for Kris and me in launching Embracing Grace. It rained like an English winter, but we had about 40 people. A nice light lunch, plenty of good […]

Seattle’s Best

posted by xscot mcknight

Kris and I are in Seattle this weekend for the launch of Embracing Grace: A gospel for all of us. We had never been here until last Spring, and loved it so much, we wanted a day to wander around […]

Embracing Grace is now out

posted by xscot mcknight

Embracing Grace, I am happy to say, is now out and you should be seeing it in your local bookstores. I have had my copies about two weeks, and it takes about that long to get to the warehouses and […]

Salvation vs. Discipleship

posted by xscot mcknight

For a long time in my teaching career I have worked with these two terms (salvation vs. discipleship), especially when it came to the teachings of Jesus on ethics. It permits good discussion about both the gospel and “the bottom […]

I promise not to blog

posted by xscot mcknight

I promise not to blog (much) about the gospel in the immediate future, but it is a topic so central to what we do (and believe) that it deserved some attention. On top of its importance, I’m trying to give […]

What is the gospel? The Elements of the gospel

posted by xscot mcknight

We’ve been visiting family in New Hampshire this weekend where we had a wonderful time. My niece attends the University of New Hampshire, and we went with her parents; we stayed in a B&B in York Village near the coast. […]

What is the gospel? No Logo and Packaging

posted by xscot mcknight

On my way to my doctor for an annual physical this morning I got to thinking about this “No Logo” gospel, and that some have commented back that “No Logo” is as much about “branding” as anything, and that the […]

What is the gospel? Where do we end?

posted by xscot mcknight

I have also been impressed of late with the thought that the final state of humans shapes what the gospel is all about. That is, the various mosaics of the final state of humans tells us a lot about what […]

What is the gospel? Where do we start?

posted by xscot mcknight

I have been impressed of late with this thought: how people define the gospel is determined by where they start or, even more interesting, where they end up. Put slightly differently, what is the problem being resolved by the gospel? […]

What is the gospel? A No Logo gospel

posted by xscot mcknight

Recently a fellow blogger put me on to the No Logo site, and it made my head spin with implications for understanding the gospel. Far too many of us advocate a gospel that favors our brand of the Church: Protestant, […]

Embracing Grace: Reviews

posted by xscot mcknight

I will provide links here to reviews, whether good or bad, and direct discussions of Embracing Grace, and I will update this post. Review by Jamie Arpin-Ricci.

What is the gospel? A Story

posted by xscot mcknight

In resuming our discussion of what the gospel is, I thought I’d record how my own mind has developed on the meaning of the gospel. First, my childhood gospel was a personal forgiveness for eternity gospel. I was taught by […]

What is the gospel? 5

posted by xscot mcknight

This last post this week on “what is the gospel?” will look at the gospel as God’s work in the world for us vs. the gospel as what God has done for me. The latter I will call hyper-individualism, because […]

What is the gospel? 4

posted by xscot mcknight

I’ve been asked this enough times that I’ll turn it into a post on its own — if the gospel is what I am claiming it is, then how does one evangelize? And I’ve been asked this one several times […]

Book Launch in Seattle

posted by xscot mcknight

Kris and I will be in Seattle Nov 4-6 for the launch of Embracing Grace. We’ll get in late Thurs night and be there Friday, Saturday and Sunday. On Saturday, at about noon, we’ll be at Mercer Island Covenant for […]

What is the gospel? 3

posted by xscot mcknight

This is as good a spot as any to say something about Tom Wright’s view of the gospel, and I’ll take this from his fine small book, What Saint Paul Really Said. First, Tom trots out how “gospel” is understood […]

What is the gospel? 2

posted by xscot mcknight

Ask your average Christian, all across the map — and I mean from the Eastern Orthodox and the Roman Catholic to the Protestant low-church evangelical, what is the gospel and you will get one of three sorts of answers? First, […]

What is the gospel? 1

posted by xscot mcknight

One would think a question like that would be easy to answer. What is the gospel itself? How do tracts present the gospel? How do churches present the gospel? How do you understand the gospel? Over the next week or […]

The Church, Embracing Grace, and Racism 7

posted by xscot mcknight

A purple theology and a purple politics spring from the Kingdom vision of Jesus and a theology of the earliest Christian faith. Purple theology transcends both the liberal and conservative impasse; purple politics transcends both the “red” and “blue” partisan […]

The Church, Embracing Grace, and Racism 6

posted by xscot mcknight

So, we are led to ask, “What can we do about it? What can we do about racism in our culture? What can we do as Christians?” [I had a comment here that I deleted because I thought it would […]

The Church, Embracing Grace, and Racism 5

posted by xscot mcknight

There is a reason, perhaps less in importance but perhaps just as insidious, why Christian communities of faith need to stop in their tracks and post a new life-sign about the end of racism in the Church. That reason is […]

The Church, Embracing Grace, and Racism 4

posted by xscot mcknight

I thought I’d post today on the need for repentance and forgiveness, but instead I want to posit another way of looking at our problem — and it is a problem for whole Church. My contention is that the gospel […]

The Church, Embracing Grace, and Racism 3

posted by xscot mcknight

Fighting racism isn’t a tack-on to what happens “after I believe,” but an issue wrapped up in the gospel grace of God we embrace when we embrace Jesus Christ and his kingdom vision. How often do we make distinctions between […]

The Church, Embracing Grace and Racism 2

posted by xscot mcknight

Let us define racism as an ideology of superiority in which a person, due to a biological or physiological or cultural condition, which are tagged as inherent to the person, is systemically considered inferior, leading both to ideas and policies […]

The Church, Embracing Grace and Racism 1

posted by xscot mcknight

If you embrace a kingdom vision of the gospel itself, racism is nothing short of disgusting. If you embrace a judicial perception of sin, the Cross, and the gospel, racism is more tolerable. I’m sorry to put in such bold […]

Franke’s Character of Theology 4

posted by xscot mcknight

John Franke deconstructed me yesterday in an e-mail. He said he likes my idea of “purple” theology, but he figured out why and it is related, so he thinks, to my bias: he suggests it is the color of the […]

In praise of others

posted by xscot mcknight

In C.S. Lewis, Reflections on the Psalms , there is a chapter called “A Word about Praising.” Lewis, who couldn’t for the life of him figure out why God summoned his creation to praise him, since it sounded a bit […]

Grace Grinding: Some Concrete Examples

posted by xscot mcknight

The original post and then a follow-up on what I labeled “grace grinding” has generated far more attention than I expected. There has been plenty of activity on my blog but also on others, including especially the Jolly Blogger. I’ve […]

Frye’s Unholy Pastor

posted by xscot mcknight

John Frye’s post on Jesus as the unholy pastor is worth a read. To which I make this commentary: For Jesus, holiness was not something fragile in need of protection but something powerful in need of liberation. You can quote […]

Grace Grinder, and proud of it?

posted by xscot mcknight

Over at Jolly Blogger there has some been discussion. I don’t want to drag all those comments over here, but I would like to say this. I am grieved that some readers/commenters could be self-confessedly proud of being a grace […]

Grace Grinding

posted by xscot mcknight

There is a kind of writing, preaching, and talking about grace that instead of offering grace and extolling the goodness of God, seems to use grace as the backhand of God that is used to grind humans into the ground […]

Incarnational Tradition and Covenant Path Marking

posted by xscot mcknight

This is the last in our series of posts on legalism, which we have called covenant path marking because those who practice these acts see them as faithful embodiments of the covenant. The Incarnational tradition, more accurately the sacramental tradition, […]

Evangelical Tradition and Covenant Path Marking

posted by xscot mcknight

This is our sixth in seven installments on legalism, or covenant path marking. According to Foster, the Evangelical tradition of the Christian life focuses on the Word. (Don’t equate this with the current raging debate about what an “evangelical” is; […]

Social Justice and Legalism

posted by xscot mcknight

This goes back to a series of posts about legalism, which I am calling covenant path marking so we can get it into our heads that humans have an inevitable tendency to turn specific behaviors into actions whereby we judge […]

Charismatic Tradition and Covenant Path Marking

posted by xscot mcknight

This post builds on my previous posts, starting with the post on Legalism by any other name. Richard Foster sketches the Charismatic tradition, the third “theory” of the Christian life, by looking at St Francis, the Apostle Paul, and William […]

Holiness Tradition and Covenant Path Marking

posted by xscot mcknight

Just in case you didn’t read this brief introduction yesterday, here it is again: No one has summarized the “theories” of the Christian life any more succinctly than Richard Foster, in his textbook quality Streams of Living Water. He charts […]

Contemplative Tradition and Covenant Path Marking

posted by xscot mcknight

No one has summarized the “theories” of the Christian life any more succinctly than Richard Foster, in his textbook quality Streams of Living Water. He charts out six traditions, and I will look at each and how covenant path marking […]

Legalism by any other name is…

posted by xscot mcknight

Covenant path marking. In his recent, technical, and not always well-written monograph, Jesus and Jewish Covenant Thinking (break the bank!), Finnish scholar Tom Holmen offers a new category through which we can process our “theories of Christian behavior.” In essence, […]

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