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McKnight on McLaren’s New Book

posted by Scot McKnight

Some of you have seen this review of mine at Christianity Today. I’m happy to hear your responses at this site, but I’ll only clip the opening two paragraphs from the CT piece. I like Brian, and I think Brian […]

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The Living Emerging Movement

posted by Scot McKnight

There are a number of approaches to talking about the emergent church or, as I have preferred to talk — emerging movement and emergent village/church, and the two favorite approaches are to say: it’s dead or it’s undefinable. About four […]

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Faith and the Future 4 (RJS)

posted by Jesus Creed Admin

Today’s post wraps up our brief series on Harvey Cox’s new book The Future of Faith. The last several chapters of the book, and in fact various passages throughout the book,  present some of Cox’s thoughts on the future of […]

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Faith and the Future 3 (RJS)

posted by Jesus Creed Admin

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. […]

Faith and the Future 2 (RJS)

posted by Jesus Creed Admin

Tuesday I began a series of posts looking at Harvey Cox’s new book The Future of Faith. Today I would like to look at Chapter 3 – Ships Already Launched. Cox begins this chapter by dismissing the idea that all […]

Faith and the Future 1 (RJS)

posted by Jesus Creed Admin

Today I begin a series of posts looking at Harvey Cox’s new book The Future of Faith. We’ll see how long it goes – at least a couple of weeks. Cox is the Hollis Professor of Divinity emeritus at Harvard […]

Manifold Witness 6

posted by Scot McKnight

John Franke, in his new and exciting book Manifold Witness: The Plurality of Truth (Living Theology)  discusses a major Christian claim: God speaks (chp. 7) and Scripture is God’s Word (chp 8). Thus, God is Truth and God communicates Truth […]

Manifold Witness 5

posted by Scot McKnight

John Franke, in his new and exciting book Manifold Witness: The Plurality of Truth (Living Theology) addresses the topic of truth.  No one speaks entirely for the emerging conversation, but many speak against the emerging conversation as if it can be […]

Manifold Witness 4

posted by Scot McKnight

John Franke, in his new and exciting book Manifold Witness: The Plurality of Truth (Living Theology) is mapping the plural nature of truth in the Christian faith. His concern in chp 4 is how the diversity of the past and […]

Manifold Witness 3

posted by Scot McKnight

John Franke, in his new and exciting book Manifold Witness: The Plurality of Truth (Living Theology) , learned as a kid that one way to settle theological questions was to appeal to the “historic Christian faith.” So John looked into […]

Manifold Witness 2

posted by Scot McKnight

John Franke, in his new and exciting book Manifold Witness: The Plurality of Truth (Living Theology) takes on the central issue of our age: the plurality of truth. It doesn’t take long in this world to realize that most people […]

Deep Church as Third Way 10

posted by Scot McKnight

[We’ve added the captcha text because we were bombarded by a spammer Monday. We hope the captcha text will disappear with the spammer soon.] This post finishes off our review of Jim Belcher’s book, which raises many of the pertinent […]

Deep Church as Third Way 9

posted by Scot McKnight

Are there any new emerging proposals for what church is all about?  Jim Belcher, in Deep Church: A Third Way Beyond Emerging and Traditional examines the emerging criticisms of the traditional and the traditional criticisms of the emerging. The issue […]

Deep Church as Third Way 8

posted by Scot McKnight

Are there any new emerging proposals for preaching?  Jim Belcher, in Deep Church: A Third Way Beyond Emerging and Traditional examines the theory of Doug Pagitt. (I blogged about that book with Doug when it came out, and since then […]

Deep Church as Third Way 7

posted by Scot McKnight

Is there a Third Way for worship?  Jim Belcher, in Deep Church: A Third Way Beyond Emerging and Traditional examines this question and contends there is a genuine third way beyond the traditional and the emerging. What is your church doing […]

Deep Church as Third Way 6

posted by Scot McKnight

So, what about the gospel? Is there a Third Way for the gospel? Isn’t the traditional gospel the real gospel? Jim Belcher, in Deep Church: A Third Way Beyond Emerging and Traditional, poses this question by examining the gospel in […]

Deep Church as Third Way 5

posted by Scot McKnight

Jim Belcher’s right about this, and it is one of the deep characteristics about the emerging movement and it emerges from a suspicion about how evangelism works, about how the gospel works, about how conversion actually works: “What do people […]

Deep Church as Third Way 4

posted by Scot McKnight

The most serious issue about the emerging church, at least in the eyes and minds of its critic, is is relationship to postmodernity. The standard criticism of “emergent” is that it is “relativistic” and “denies the Truth” and has a […]

Deep Church as Third Way 3

posted by Scot McKnight

How do we find a “third way” when it comes to theology? Doesn’t it seem that we always trip over one another on theology? I am so glad and happy with how Jim Belcher approaches theology, speaking as many of […]

Deep Church as Third Way 2

posted by Scot McKnight

According to Jim Belcher, a pastor-theologian, there is Third Way with, between and beyond the traditional and the emergent. He sketches such a Third Way in his new book, Deep Church: A Third Way Beyond Emerging and Traditional . One […]

Deep Church as Third Way 1

posted by Scot McKnight

Jim Belcher shares this with thousands of young Christians: “He lived it.” That is, he lived into dissatisfaction with traditional evangelicalism, experienced the allure of the emergent movement, but came away sensing that there is a Third Way with, between […]

Churches and Justice Ministries

posted by Scot McKnight

A friend writes to ask about how missional and emerging churches and gatherings and groups are doing when it comes to justice ministries. She is doing some work on this theme and I’d like to know some reports out there […]

Emerging: A Response

posted by xscot mcknight

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

Emerging: A Letter

posted by xscot mcknight

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

Ironic Faith

posted by xscot mcknight

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

Emerging and Emergent: Our New Network

posted by xscot mcknight

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

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 […]

Emerging vs. Emergent

posted by xscot mcknight

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 […]

New Monasticism

posted by xscot mcknight

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 […]

Shift

posted by xscot mcknight

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 […]

What are Emerging’s advantages?

posted by xscot mcknight

(Say the Jesus Creed morning and evening during Lent.) Greetings Scot, I was one of your students at Trinity Evang Div School… Although my leanings are not emerging/emergent, I want to be fair, honest, and even-handed as I share on […]

Mapping the Church Today

posted by xscot mcknight

(Say the Jesus Creed morning and evening during Lent.) Last week we posted Michael Patton’s “map.” His was an attempt to create a map that revealed where specific emergent folks were to be placed theologically with respect to orthodoxy. Michael’s […]

Mapping Emerging

posted by xscot mcknight

Did you see this chart by Michael Patton here? What are your comments? Where would you put these folks? (Yes, we all have our opinions about charts, and Patton has already revised his. He also has a newer post on […]

EGens

posted by xscot mcknight

Three convergences go into this post. The first was Willow Creek’s decision to end Axis, something that I both understood and worried about. The second is Robert Wuthnow’s fact-filled and nearly undeniable claim that the generation of 18-30 year olds […]

Emerging’s Banner Year

posted by xscot mcknight

2007 may become Emerging’s banner year in books. 2008 will see Tony Jones‘ The New Christians but that book is being set up by three significant books this year: Pagitt and Jones, The Emergent Manifesto, Dan Kimball’s They Love Jesus […]

Must Everything Change? 18

posted by xscot mcknight

Here are some of my own responses to Brian McLaren, Everything Must Change.

Must Everything Change? 17

posted by xscot mcknight

This will close our summary of Brian McLaren’s new book, Everything Must Change, and I will post a “review” of the book Friday. My next series will be on Paul Louis Metzger, Consuming Jesus: Beyond Race and Class Divisions in […]

Must Everything Change? 16

posted by xscot mcknight

We finish up our series of Brian McLaren’s book, Everything Must Change. The last section of this book sums up the whole book and makes an appeal.

Must Everything Change? 15

posted by xscot mcknight

Brian McLaren, in chp. 29 of his Everything Must Change, argues we need to ask a new kind of question or a new set of questions if we are to work for a greater sense of equity as we seek […]

Must Everything Change? 14

posted by xscot mcknight

Brian McLaren, in Everything Must Change, thinks Jesus counters the current framing story of the equity system. Here’s how:

Must Everything Change? 13

posted by xscot mcknight

Part 7 of Brian McLaren’s Everything Must Changeconcerns the “equity” system, the system’s ability to balance resources among its people. The question that animates part 7 is this: Why are the poor poor?

Emergent Church Forum

posted by xscot mcknight

We are participating in an Emergent Church Forum at the American Academy of Religion and Society of Biblical Literature in San Diego. The date is Saturday, November 17, from 9am to 11:30am. The panelists are Tony Jones, Diana Butler Bass […]

Must Everything Change? 12

posted by xscot mcknight

How does Jesus counter the framing story of theocapitalism? Here, from Brian McLaren’s Everything Must Change are the four counter framing stories for Jesus.

Must Everything Change? 11

posted by xscot mcknight

In Brian McLaren’s Everything Must Change we are looking this week at “theocapitalism” (economic idolatry) and how Jesus’ framing story counters theocapitalism.

Must Everything Change? 10

posted by xscot mcknight

Part 6 of Brian McLaren’s Everything Must Change deals with prosperity. I begin with a personal reflection:

Emergence in Austin

posted by xscot mcknight

Kris and I really enjoyed the emerging event this past Friday and Saturday in Austin, TX, at Gateway Church (pastor John Burke, ofNo Perfect People Allowed). Here are a few of our thoughts on the weekend that revolved around the […]

Everything Must Change 9

posted by xscot mcknight

McLaren’s 22d chp in Everything Must Change is called “Joining Warriors Anonymous.” It is about Jesus’ strategy for dealing with violence and our security crisis.

Everything Must Change 8

posted by xscot mcknight

This week we are looking at the first of three global crises we face — security — and how Jesus’ message of the kingdom addresses such a crisis. Today we look at the two chps on the military story we […]

UnChristian

posted by xscot mcknight

We will begin a series next Tuesday on the new book by David Kinnaman and Gabe Lyons called unchristian. This book is about “what a new generation really thinks about Christianity.” The book reminds me of Dan Kimball’s fine book […]

Everything Must Change 7

posted by xscot mcknight

In Part 5 of Brian McLaren’s Everything Must Change Brian begins to look more specifically at the Security System and how Jesus’ message of the kingdom challenges how Christians relate to power and violence and systemic injustices in the world.

Oct 19, 20: Be there!

posted by xscot mcknight

We had a conference call the other day about the emerging event in Austin Texas scheduled for October 19 and 20. This will be a highlight event I think. We hear that the registrations are climbing rapidly and some special […]

Must Everything Change? 6

posted by xscot mcknight

Today we want to look at Part 4 of Brian McLaren,Everything Must Change, called “Reintroducing Jesus.” This section is a bridge to his analysis of the three systems in his chart. So, here goes… [added: I have no idea how […]

Tim and Jacob

posted by xscot mcknight

Tim Keel, founding pastor at Jacob’s Well in Kansas City, says this: “My former church was a suburban megachurch functioning under Willow Creek’s seeker-targeted church paradigm. I was a naive and idealistic twenty-seven-year-old wanting to call off all bets in […]

Must Everything Change? 5

posted by xscot mcknight

Here is a window into the heart of Brian McLaren’s deep shift project and in this case the heart is how to express the gospel. He forces the content of the gospel onto the front burner by reframing and “targumizing” […]

Must Everything Change? 4

posted by xscot mcknight

I didn’t know Brian McLaren, in Everything Must Change, would answer the question that I have been asking of his writings for three years. Here is the question: If Kingdom was Jesus’ answer, what was the question being asked? Or, […]

Must Everything Change? 3

posted by xscot mcknight

If you would really like to know what Brian McLaren’s new book, Everything Must Change, is about here is the whole book in one diagram (click on it to enlargen):

Must Everything Change? 2

posted by xscot mcknight

We begin today our official look at Brian McLaren’s new book, Everything Must Change. My promise: I will be fair to what Brian says; I will focus on what he focuses on; I will tell you what I like and […]

Must Everything Change? 1

posted by xscot mcknight

Next week we will begin a series on Brian McLaren’s new book, Everything Must Change. If Brian’s Generous Orthodoxy muddied the waters and his Secret Message of Jesus showed the path he was traveling, this new book makes it abundantly […]

On My Book Recommendations

posted by xscot mcknight

As you may have guessed, I get lots of books from publishers hoping I will give them some attention on this blog. What has happened, of course, is that this blog has become media and I have become an editor […]

Emerging in Chicago

posted by xscot mcknight

I will be participating in a panel discussion called “Questioning the Answers: the emerging church critique of evangelicalism” on Thursday, Sept. 20th at 7pm in the northwest suburbs. It’s hosted by up/rooted, the Chicago area emerging cohort.

Emerging in Austin TX

posted by xscot mcknight

We had a conference call the other day about the emerging event in Austin Texas scheduled for October 19 and 20. This will be a highlight event I think. We hear that the registrations are climbing rapidly and some special […]

Merging with Emerging

posted by xscot mcknight

Eugene Cho is a model of guiding a traditional and an emerging church into a merger. Isn’t this what “emerging” means? We hear so often about church fights, bickerings, and splits. We don’t hear often enough about church mergers, about […]

10 Reasons to Attend an Emerging Event

posted by xscot mcknight

I’ve been asked to host (emcee) an emerging event about what emerging Christians believe this October 19 and 20. Here’s a link to that event and then I have some nutty tongue-in-cheek humor for you about emerging events. Emerging Event […]

Weekly Meanderings

posted by xscot mcknight

Chicago, it’s my kind of town!

Analogies to “church”

posted by xscot mcknight

What is the best analogy to “church”? In Kester Brewin’s newly-republished book, Signs of Emergence: A Vision for the Church that is Organic/Networked/Decentralized/Bottom-up/Communal/Flexible {Always Evolving} (Baker, 2007), the analogy of an organism that emerges is preferred. In this book — […]

Nothing left for the Church to do?

posted by xscot mcknight

While in Denmark I got an e-mail from a friend. I had explained to my friend that the tax system in Denmark had basically (not completely of course) eliminated poverty. The Danes pay 25% sales tax and anywhere from 50-67% […]

Oase 2

posted by xscot mcknight

We had another wonderful day here in Odder, not far from the sea between Jutland and Zealand — and south of Norway and north of Germany. We’ve been given blue skies and cool, lightly breezy evenings. The theme of the […]

Oase 1

posted by xscot mcknight

One day before we came to Denmark Kris asked me how much Danish I thought we might be able to understand. My comment was that we didn’t need to worry because my understanding was that most Danish knew English – […]

Wikiklesia

posted by xscot mcknight

John La Grou and Len Hjalmarson created the idea of a participatory book, and I confess that I’m not all that sure what happens but I confess that you probably do. Anyway, they asked me to write a piece and […]

Is the chief end … missional?

posted by xscot mcknight

A letter and a response:

“Missional”: To use or not to use?

posted by xscot mcknight

Another letter with a very good question. I open it up to you today and I’ll weigh in later. I hope the missional leaders and emerging movement leaders will listen to this question. This pastor is suggesting that the term […]

Letters to Emerging Christians

posted by xscot mcknight

Here’s a new letter that crossed our desk. The young person has a beef with the Church, or should I say he fears what God thinks of the American Church. I’ll open this up for discussion, and give my thoughts […]

Going Missional

posted by xscot mcknight

Here is another letter, an encouraging one, from a pastor whose vision has shifted in a missional direction. Used with permission, with slight editing. He’s got a great question, too:

Letters to Emerging Christians: Romans Road

posted by xscot mcknight

Last week Krista wrote to me and then I began last week’s post with this: Your question is a good one, and it is one that has haunted my own academic career for more than twenty years. Here’s your question: […]

Letters to Emerging Christians

posted by xscot mcknight

I’m getting more of these letters and can’t possibly put all of them on the blog, but this letter — used with permission with a few minor changes (name, where “Karen” went to school, where she did her internship) — […]

Letters to Emerging Christians

posted by xscot mcknight

Dear Krista, Your question is a good one, and it is one that has haunted my own academic career for more than twenty years. Here’s your question: “how one should react to those preaching the traditional Romans road– especially at […]

Letters to Emerging Christians: Scripture

posted by xscot mcknight

Here is a (lightly edited and shortened) letter, posted with permission, from a young man (and his wife). Their questions are becoming more and more common in my letter box, and so I thought a brief response might be of […]

Emerging as Pietism?

posted by xscot mcknight

You might see in Mark Noll’s defining characteristics of 18th Century Pietism — Spener, Francke, Zinzendorf — a glimmer of the emerging movement. (Mark Noll, The Rise of Evangelicalism.) For those of you know care about historical movements like this, […]

Wikiklesia: Want to write a chapter?

posted by xscot mcknight

John Lagrou and Len Hjalmarson are editing a book and are accepting proposals on the changes in the church due to technology.

Letters to Emerging Christians

posted by xscot mcknight

Dear Trevor, Thanks for your letter. [I posted this letter about ten days back.] Your letter boils down to one basic question: Are the days of a moderate but robust evangelicalism, seen in such leaders as John Stott and Mark […]

Letters to Emerging Christians

posted by xscot mcknight

Here is a letter passed on to me; I’ll respond next week.

Biblical, Missional Church

posted by xscot mcknight

The Catalyst for Emerging Church Leadership, CECL, lead by Mick Noel at Biblical Seminary, sponsored an event for local Christians about “the gospel and the church that is emerging.” John Franke, a leading professor at Biblical, and I were the […]

Christianity for the Rest of Us

posted by xscot mcknight

I’m reading Diana Butler Bass’s Christianity for the Rest of Us (HarperSF, 2006), and want to devote a few posts to her ideas. Essentially, the point of this book is to show that mainline, liberal, progressive churches are showing signs […]

Letters to Emerging Christians

posted by xscot mcknight

Yesterday I posted an edited, composite letter from a Christian leader to me whose integrity is being called into question because of his/her participation in the emerging movement. The letter said plenty, and your responses yesterday were very good — […]

Letters to Emerging Christians

posted by xscot mcknight

One one day last week I got two letters that asked the same basic question: How can grass-roots Christian pastors and leaders participate in the emerging movement today without being accused of heresy and have their integrity — moral and […]

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.”

Letters to Emerging Christians

posted by xscot mcknight

Dear Matt, Your question is being asked in all sorts of ways.

Missional in Seattle 2

posted by xscot mcknight

Todd Hunter made two major presentations. The first one on Friday evening was on the meaning of missional and I didn’t take as many notes as I might have because I was listening so intently. Todd, I should mention, is […]

Missional in Seattle 1

posted by xscot mcknight

We were anything but sleepless in Seattle. In fact, it was a weekend dedicated to a conversation about missional. (The mp3s are here.) I’ll post three times on the Missional Matrix event at Vineyard Community Church, an event sponsored by […]

The So-Called EFD

posted by xscot mcknight

I’m reading it all over the web, I’m hearing it from individuals, and I’ve read it in a few books. I call it the “Emergent False Dichotomy.” Here’s the accusation: the emerging movement, especially its writers and leaders, constantly use […]

Forgotten Missional Ways 8

posted by xscot mcknight

We now come to the end of Alan Hirsch, Forgotten Missional Ways, which book has continued to grow on me as a must-read for missional Christians. What happens when a growing, thriving, missional church gets captured by middle-class culture: it […]

Letters to Emerging Christians

posted by xscot mcknight

Dear Holly, What a fascinating question. You are taking a sociology class, your professor says what people fear the most tells you most about them, and you and your friend begin to discuss what fear drives the “Liberal churches, the […]

Forgotten Missional Ways 7

posted by xscot mcknight

We have been conversing on this blog for weeks about Alan Hirsch’s fine book, The Forgotten Ways. Today’s topic for conversation is his 5th element of apostolic genius or “missional DNA” (mDNA). As with previous chapters, I think this chp […]

Biblical’s Missional Perspective

posted by xscot mcknight

Are you interested in taking a theological course on the missional perspective — and take it online? Check this out: Biblical Theological Seminary site, scroll down the right to “Biblical’s First Online Course,” click there and you can see the […]

Tony admits he loses the debate

posted by xscot mcknight

Following our knock-down, drag-out event at Greensboro, with Tony Jones telling stories and yours truly pushing the message of Jesus through the “Lukan thread,” Tony and I gathered together for a brief respite and you can see, because he’s checking […]

Forgotten Missional Ways 6

posted by xscot mcknight

The first three elments of apostolic genius, or missional DNA (mDNA), according to Alan Hirsch in his The Forgotten Ways, are: (1) centrality of Jesus, (2) disciple-making, and (3) a missional-incarnational impulse. Today we look at #4: an apostolic environment […]

Forgotten Missional Ways 5

posted by xscot mcknight

Alan Hirsch has a mission himself: to inspire Christians and churches around the globe to become missional. His book, The Forgotten Ways, traces the DNA of missional churches (mDNA). We’ve looked at two of the six ingredients — the centrality […]

Austin (TX) Emerging Event

posted by xscot mcknight

I’ll be leading a discussion about the theology of emerging leaders — Dan Kimball, Doug Pagitt, John Burke, and Danielle Shroyer. Our event will be in Austin TX, April 27-28. After reading the book Listening to the Beliefs of Emerging […]

Letters to Emerging Christians

posted by xscot mcknight

Dear Holly, What you tell me about your older brother doesn’t surprise me, but I agree with you that it is really sad. It’s not very often that things like this are so clear — your brother is working in […]

Greensboro with Tony Jones

posted by xscot mcknight

Tripp Fuller and Zach Roberts, two leaders for the campus ministries at University of North Carolina-Greensboro, invited Tony Jones and me to the campus this weekend for a “conversation” on Keeping Jesus Revolutionary. Here are some random thoughts and happenings:

Letters to Emerging Christians

posted by xscot mcknight

Dear Matt, I agree with you. The Church is sometimes too critical, too judgmental, and sometimes known too much for what it is against than what is for. And I agree that sometimes perfectly wonderful people — friends and family […]

Forgotten Missional Ways 4

posted by xscot mcknight

Anyone who begins a chp with this quotation from TS Eliot has my attention: “The greatest proof of Christianity for others is not how far a man can logically analyze his reasons for believing, but how far in practice he […]

Is Emergence the 60s all over again?

posted by xscot mcknight

This question has been asked more than once, but a colleague of mine at the seminary wrote me and said this:

What do Emergents Believe?

posted by xscot mcknight

Bob Webber has now edited a volume called Listening to the Beliefs of Emerging Churches (Zondervan). If you’d like to enter into the muck and rake of emerging theology, this is one place to do so — a good example […]

What can you learn from the Emerging Church?

posted by xscot mcknight

Don’t ask me, ask Bob Whitesel. Why? His new book, Inside the Organic Church, is a journey into the emerging church movement, which he calls the “organic” church, and the singular highlight — part from a pleasing and fair style […]

Forgotten Missional Ways 3

posted by xscot mcknight

We had a friend who used to be a major sales rep for Encyclopedia Brittanica. Alas, the invasion of the internet “shelved” the old Brittanica ways and his job — to survive Brittanica went online. Alan Hirsch, in The Forgotten […]

Seattle Emerging Event

posted by xscot mcknight

Here’s a really good opportunity: we are participating in an emerging event in Seattle along with Todd Hunter, and the website is asking those who attend to suggest topics for discussion. It will be hosted by Jim Henderson and Rose […]

A missional pastor

posted by xscot mcknight

Dan Kimball’s new book, They Like Jesus But Not the Church, is a must-read for pastors for one big reason: what Dan learned can be a spur for a more effective ministry. What did he learn?

On Denver

posted by xscot mcknight

A faithful reader of the blog, John Nordlander, gave me a shout, asked me to dinner for a chat, and we went to the Hard Rock Cafe just two blocks down the charm known as 16th Avenue. He shared with […]

Forgotten Missional Ways 3

posted by xscot mcknight

The core of the problem for Alan Hirsch, in his The Forgotten Ways, is Christendom. That is, the Church created by Constantine and whose ways simply haven’t changed all that much since the 4th Century. The solution, Hirsch thinks, is […]

Letters to Emerging Christians

posted by xscot mcknight

Dear Emily, Your questions are so well put I thought I’d just enter them into this letter back to you. You write:

Podcast

posted by xscot mcknight

Here’s a podcast interview I had at Pepperdine with Jerry Rushford. Thanks to Rick Gibson for his fine work on this. I’m told it is on iTunes — and those who know what that means will know what that means […]

Happy Birthday Bob

posted by xscot mcknight

One year ago, our friend Bob Robinson had a massive heart aneurysm. It was touch and go for a long, long time — and some surgeries. And very tough times on Linda and ambiguity for the kids. We prayed for […]

Forgotten Missional Ways 2

posted by xscot mcknight

Last week we began looking at Alan Hirsch, The Forgotten Ways. This week we want to look at chp 1. Alan Hirsch is a practitioner (not simply an “armchair theologian”) of missional churches; he has been involved in revitalizing, re-envisioning, […]

Letters to Emerging Christians

posted by xscot mcknight

“What is a Christian?,” you ask, Matt. I want to change that question to the better one: Who is a Christian? And before I try to answer that question, I have a higher one: “Who decides?” Not me, not you, […]

Are you an E-word?

posted by xscot mcknight

USA Today posted an article on whether or not it is worth saving the E-word (evangelical), and interviewed a variety of folks. I posted on this not all that long ago, and in light of a good conversation I had […]

The Art of Conversation 3

posted by xscot mcknight

What are the ingredients of a good conversation? Remember, a conversation is not the same as information-exchange or lecture.

Missional in South Africa

posted by xscot mcknight

I had a wonderful experience yesterday. I met with 25 emerging pastors and church leaders and Christians from South Africa who are here to learn how they can become more missional as Christians and churches in South Africa.

Forgotten Missional Ways 1

posted by xscot mcknight

I want to devote a series of posts to Alan Hirsch’s new book, The Forgotten Ways: Reactivating the Missional Church (Baker: Brazos, 2006). I will kick it off today with a brief whetting of your appetite to purchase this book […]

The Word before the Last Word: Emerging

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Here is the link to my article in Christianity Today on the emerging movement.

Letters to Emerging Christians

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Dear Holly, Yes, you are right: Evangelicalism is “all over the place.” It includes the old-timers who like hymns and who think tattoos are verboten, and young folks who think grunge music is Spirit-led and who wonder if a one-hour […]

The Art of Conversation 2

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Last week I took a look at Bennedetta Craveri’s book, The Age of Conversation, and this week I’d like to begin reflecting on conversation in a more explicitly and self-consciously Christian context. Here’s the crucial setting for me: by and […]

Women in Ministry: Redemptive Trend 3

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The singular question for women in ministry is this: At its simplest it is this: Are there transcultural elements in the Bible? Are some elements “cultural”? And how do we do know the difference? William Webb, in his book Slaves, […]

The Art of Conversation 1

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When the leaders of what is now called Emergent landed on the term “conversation” to describe itself, they landed on a loaded term. Why? Because “conversation” has a noble history and because not all Christians know how to “converse.” They […]

Emerging: Front Page in Chicago

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We’ve been saying for a long, long time that “emerging” is more than philosophy and theology and progressive thinking. In fact, it is about “how to do church.” Our local paper, The Daily Herald, has a front-page story about homes […]

Letters to Emerging Christians

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Dear Holly, Now that you are in Philly for Christmas, I have a recommendation to make — and it’s about my only recommendation for Philly: if you get to Chestnut Hill, go to Chestnut Hill Coffee Co and have a […]

The Church’s Story of America

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Here’s the big question: Is the word “evangelical” losing its theological anchor? If you ask the theologians, an evangelical is someone committed to such things as personal conversion, the authority of the Bible, the cross, and evangelistic-missionary efforts. If you […]

An Emerging Character: Inclusion Reaction

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I’ve heard it, I’ve read it, and I’ve seen it happen: it is a characteristic of many in the emerging movement. But it’s got to be understood for what it is: I call it “inclusion reaction.” This inelegant expression tells […]

Up/rooted

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I’m finally getting round to posting about our time Monday evening with Up/rooted, an emergent cohort and monthly gathering of emerging Christians in the Chicagoland area. Others have posted their summaries (Helen, John, Mike [coming]) of the conversation, but I […]

Letters to Emerging Christians

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Dear Matt, I too was watching the news show when Elie Wiesel, speaking of the Iranian leader, said he should be “excommunicated from humanity.” Wiesel’s words, regardless of how much I’ve learned from him and admire him, struck me as […]

Emmaus Community (of hospitality)

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The Jesus Creed not only reshaped my perception of spiritual formation, it also reshaped our life. I spent very little time traveling and speaking prior to Jesus Creed, but we can’t express the joy it has been for us to […]

Letter to an Emerging Christian

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Dear Matt, You’ve asked me what is one of the most commonly asked questions about the emerging movement, but the way you ask about it is both funny and typical. You said: “I tell everyone I’m an ’emerging’ Christian but […]

The Emerging Question 4

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Terry Tiessen’s 6th chp asks this question: To whom does God reveal himself? Let us remind ourselves of the basic options — some say God reveals himself only to those who hear the gospel as preached through the Church (ecclesiocentrics); […]

Letters to Emerging Christians

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Dear Holly, It was good to hear about your mission year and how you are following that up with an interest in the kind of lifestyle Shane Clairborne, a Protestant Francis, advocates. I have some questions for you about such […]

The Emerging Question 3

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If what I am calling “the” emerging question is as central as I think it is — and that question is ‘what about those who do not know about Jesus Christ’?, then the entire “in vs. out” issue is immediately […]

Letter to an Emerging Christian

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Dear Matt, Thanks so much for writing. Telling me your story — your conservative Christian home, your new-found passion for social justice, and your studies in philosophy and in literature with your “pomo profs” — really help me understand your […]

The Emerging Question 2

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As I stated in last week’s post, I think the singularly-most significant question facing the emerging generation of Christians is world religions and the “salvation” of those who have never heard the gospel. Terry Tiessen’s study, Who Can Be Saved?, […]

Letter to an Emerging Christian

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Dear Emma, You’ve asked me what I think of Brian McLaren, and I assume by that you are talking about his many writings. And you’ve asked me “how” to think about him. As a person, Brian is gracious and kind, […]

Well, Scot, what about you?

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About a week ago I posted the clever question of a reader/commenter. In the post I mentioned that Kris said, “Well, about you? We’re emerging and go to Willow!” So, here’s the question I was asked:

The Emerging Question 1

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The generation that grew up with Mr. Rogers and Sesame Street, was also thoroughly indoctrinated in public education and through the media to think all religions are the same. Tolerance, the deistic doctrine of our day, is not only a […]

I’ve been busted (on words)

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About once every other week, Kris will say to me “what does this word mean?” Of course, I say to her, “My readers will know what it means.” She suggests they probably don’t; she has a good ear. So, yesterday […]

Leaders as …?

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In James Vanoosting’s And the Flesh Became Word, he has an essay about leaders and administrators. He trots out three “types” of leaders: business manager, military commander, and intellectual leader. He then suggests another image, simile, for leaders.

What is American Christianity really like?

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If you want something very serious about American religious practice, I suggest this report from Baylor. You might want to print this out and think your way through it; lots of facts; trends are visible; myths of the media debunked. […]

A Question for us

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From a commenter who read my paper from Westminster I got a great question, and now I’d like to reflect on the diversity of this thing called “emerging.”:

Westminster, Emerging, and Church Unity

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Like the Beach Boys, I’ve been all around these States of ours in the last three years, and I have an observation about church unity: everyone between 20 and 40 packs a computer, reads blogs, and dresses the same. Even […]

Westminster Paper on Emerging

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Last Thursday, Friday and Saturday we were at Westminster Theological Seminary where, at the initiative of the student body, a conference was hosted about the emerging movement. First of all, Kris and I want to express publicly our gratitude to […]

20somethings and “Sustainable Faith”

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A new study by The Barna Group (Ventura, California) shows that despite strong levels of spiritual activity during the teen years, most twentysomethings disengage from active participation in the Christian faith during their young adult years – and often beyond […]

Dear Church

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If you are interested in reading how 20somethings sometimes think about the church and how they think it falls way short of what it is supposed to be like, and if at the same time you want to see that […]

Emerging Evangelism

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Sometime back I did a couple of posts about emerging evangelism to see where my thinking was on what I think is a pressing new issue: how to evangelize in a postmodern age to what I call the “Mr. Rogers […]

Emergicana 2

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I got an e-mail from Dan Kimball when Kris and I were at Marko and Jeannie Oestreicher’s home in Rancho San Diego. He included for laughs evidence that he was reading Embracing Grace, so I thought I’d document the evidence […]

Emergicana 1

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Last Friday, after getting a phone call the day before from Spencer Burke to see if we could stop by his home on Newport Beach on our way down to San Diego, we found our way down a few busy […]

Alive Emerging Church

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From a former student now involved in an emerging missional church near Seattle, who wrote me when I asked about what he was doing this summer. One theme for emerging folks is the need to transform “church” from “weekend attendance” […]

Dan Kimball’s Prayerful Farewell

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The Axis Saturday evening service has ended (Gene Appel explains), and already a significant emerging church leader, Dan Kimball, has expressed his prayerful gratitude for what Axis has meant to the church. You’ve got to read this piece, the last […]

Zealotry 1

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This will be a heavy series. I hope to generate conversation, some consternation, and (at the end of the day) some light. Here’s my big point: Some evangelicals have been tossing sharp barbs for a long time at “liberals” or […]

An Emergent Village Affirmation of faith?

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I did not see this until July 3d, 2006, more than a year after its publication date. But, signed as it is by the key leaders in the emergent conversation, we find here as close as we are likely to […]

To, With, and As: Emergent types

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Stephen Shields has a lucid and useful post on Mark Driscoll‘s use of Ed Stetzer’s categories of emerging. That set of categories was relevants, reconstructionists, and revisionists — those who are ministering to, those who are ministering with, and those […]

Least Known, Best Emerging Book

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This convoluted title to my post today means that I’ve found a book that no one seems to talk much about but which is a very fine book — and when I was wandering around trying to find the best […]

The Best Singing Emerging Church

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I write out of ignorance, but The Emmaus Community may well be the best singing emerging church in the world. How do I know? I don’t except to say this: if singing gets better than this it would be world-known! […]

Postmodern Evangelism

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I will be participating at a local seminary, St. Mary of the Lake, in a conference on postmodernism and evangelization. I will be speaking on Thursday evening. There are some very good scholars at this event, and it might be […]

Party Evangelism: A Churched Perspective

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One of my students, Renee Dinges, did this project on party evangelism and she is working this out with another of my students, who must have one of the coolest names in history, “Lightning.” He, too, is prayerfully considering becoming […]

What is Party Evangelism?

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In the next few days I’m publishing here a student project by Renee Dinges, who is preparing herself for church-planting in the Vineyard. She, along with some young folk at the Vineyard Church in Evanston, have initiated a new “party […]

McLaren’s Secret 5

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In this last post on Brian McLaren’s The Secret Message of Jesus we will look at his last four chapters. Essentially our conversation today begins by asking if the kingdom is all-inclusive or are there borders? “Can any meaningful kingdom, […]

McLaren’s Secret 4

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“How do you get on the side of Jesus and his secret kingdom?” Or, what if a modern person wants to follow Jesus, “What do you do?” How do you move from “egotism, racism, consumerism, hedonism, and its associated –isms […]

McLaren’s Secret 3

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The 9th chp in Brian McLaren’s The Secret Message of Jesus concerns global mission. He properly sets the Christian mission in the Jewish context where there was no active mission. McLaren ties the global mission of Jesus to the blessing […]

McLaren’s Secret 2

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The second section of Brian McLaren’s The Secret Message of Jesus is called “Engagement” and Brian investigates the meaning of kingdom. Today we look at what he says about Jesus’ communicative style via parables, miracles, and exorcisms. While the book […]

McLaren’s Secret

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Brian McLaren’s new book, The Secret Message of Jesus, seems somehow to have escaped the sort of reviews that his other more recent books have — Generous Orthodoxy and The Last Word and the Word After That. I’d like to […]

How (Not) to Speak of God

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Peter Rollins has written what I predict will be a firestorm of a book — no one will agree with all of it, most will find challenging insights, and everyone will be brought to the table for a passionate discussion. […]

Emerging Evangelism: Which term to use?

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Will it be “kingdom” or will it be “soteriology”? This, in my estimation, is more central to the emerging movement than many think. Traditional evangelicalism is stuck in the Pauline theology of salvation (soteriology) and many of us in the […]

Emerging Evangelism: The earliest churches

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Anyone who takes the Story of the New Testament seriously will include the earliest chapters of Acts in any serious discussion of the missional life of the first Christians. What was a missional life like for them? Any thoughts? You […]

Emerging Evangelism: Begin with Jesus 2

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Another way at looking at emerging evangelism, or what we might better call a missional preoccupation in life, is to examine how Jesus related to others. So today we will simply sample Matthew 8–9, two chapters that record Jesus’ interactions […]

Emerging Evangelism: Begin with Jesus 1

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The central term for what would be called in another generation “evangelism” is “missional” for the emerging movement. This week I will focus on the New EE, the sense of evangelism for the emerging movement, and to do so I […]

Emerging Evangelism: Critical Beginnings

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Perhaps the word “missional” is more appropriate to the emerging sense of evangelism, and I suggest the following are some of the major complaints against traditional evangelism. We can all give some bad examples of evangelism, and the best way […]

Missional Teaching

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A student of mine asked me to lunch the other day because he wanted to tell me his story and what is going on in his life because of studying about Jesus. I cannot tell his story in detail here […]

Emerging Evangelism: What is it?

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Perhaps a nice place to re-address the question of what “evangelism” looks like and will look like in the emerging movement is to summarize the points made in Eddie Gibbs and Ryan Bolger, Emerging Churches, chp. 6: “Welcoming the Stranger.”

JKA Smith on Postmodernism

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Jamie KA Smith has a new, readable, useful book on postmodernity called Who’s Afraid of Postmodernism?. I want to recommend as the best interface of evangelical concerns and traditional theology with postmodernism. It is not as saucy or philosophical as […]

Emerging Evangelism

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The new “EE” will not be like the old one. The quotations yesterday are from an emerging leader indeed, but he died long ago: his name is Walter Rauschenbusch. I want to contend that the emerging form of evangelism is […]

A Missional Seminary

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I don’t what the future holds for seminaries, but I do know this: Biblical Seminary in Hatfield, PA (just north of Philadelphia) is intentionally missional. I can’t possibly fill you in on the details here, but I do want to […]

An Emerging Seminary

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I’m in Philadelphia tonight and tomorrow speaking with various folks about seminary and church education in a missional and emerging context. Tonight I had dinner with my friend, and former colleage at TEDS, David Dunbar. He’s now President at Biblical […]

Which Emerging Leader Said this about Evangelism?

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I am in Philadelphia today at Biblical Theological Seminary, and we will be discussing the future of the seminary; I will begin one of my sessions with them with the following…. Which emerging leader do you think said these things […]

Finally, a book that explains postmodernity

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If you are looking for a book that explains in clear and simple prose what postmodernity is all about, and how it intersects between theology and philosophy, I’ve got the book for you: John Caputo’s Philosophy and Theology caught me […]

Emerging Peter: Emerging Good-Byes

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I’ve taken a stand in my life at over-interpreting the greetings and endings of NT letters. Just because “grace” or “peace” or “mercy” show up doesn’t mean we need to flop a big fat concorance on our desk and chase […]

Emerging Peter: Systemic Analysis

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Never has there been a day when it is easier than today to believe in the Devil of Peter. Why? Because Peter connects the Devil with systemic violence. And never have we faced what Walter Wink calls the “powers,” and […]

Emerging Peter: Emerging Humility

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1 Peter 5:5b-7 contains a thought that Peter found very useful for his pastoral exhortations: be humble. But, Peter is not a pragmatist about it. So much of ethics today is pragmatic, and lots of preaching gets so pragmatic: do […]

Emerging Peter: Intergenerational Vision

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What about the youth? Peter says this: “Young men, in the same way be submissive to those are older” (5:5a). Who are these youth? Here are some options:

Emerging Peter: Leadership

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We have never done a very good job of maintaing the proper balance between lay-level spiritual gifts and cleric-level pastoral leadership. Some fight pastors as having too much authority, while some pastors fight too much strength in the laity. Peter […]

Forgiveness and the Face 5

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LeRon Shults examines what salvation looks like after the “turn to relationality.” If life is inherently about relationships, what does salvation look like? If it is not about substance but about relationships, what about salvation? What happens to all our […]

Emerging Peter: Suffering and Judgment

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Suffering was inevitable for Peter’s powerless Christian parishes. Peter has one clear point of view: any suffering ought to be the result of being a Christian. It is summed up in bearing the “name.”

Emerging Peter: Suffering in Christ

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Peter is working out a theology of how to live as a Christian in Roman Empire, as powerless Christians in a world that God loves, and he is no pie-eyed dreamer. “Dear friends, do not be surprised at the painful […]

Emerging Peter: Eschatology and Ethics

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Whichever view of 1 Peter 4:7 you prefer, it is nonetheless clear that Peter’s motivation is to ground the need for the powerless churches of Asia Minor to live properly. As Peter’s theology for the powerless is worked out here, […]

Response to Carson in Criswell Theological Review 3?

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I wrote a third post, about the article of David Mills, on the Criswell Theological Journal‘s edition on the emergent church movement recently, then tossed out the paper copies and it rained on them. Today it is clear that I […]

Emerging Peter: Eschatology

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1 Peter 4:7: “The end of all things is near; therefore be …”. In technical studies, we call this “eschatological ethics.” That is, an ethic (“therefore be…”) that is rooted in and derives from a sense that history is about […]

Driscoll in Criswell Theological Review 2

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Driscoll’s piece in the Criswell Theological Review, “A Pastoral Perspective on the Emergent Church,” offers a nice little sketch of ministry in the modernist era, the transition to the postmodernist era, and then the postmodernist era. Then he uses Stetzer’s […]

McLaren in Criswell Theological Review 1

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Denny Burk, a blogger and NT scholar, got Criswell Theological Review to send me some files of the Spring edition of the journal. It is devoted to the emergent movement, and they sent me the editor’s introduction, an interview with […]

Emerging Peter: Christ as Exemplar

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Some overdo Jesus’ being our example and end up converting all kinds of passages in the NT as examples — like going into a mountain anticipating a transfiguration, and others underdo it — like missing all sorts of opportunities to […]

Emerging Peter: Suffering 2

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In 1 Peter 3:18-22 we come across one of the most disputed passages in the entire New Testament. It starts off just fine — it looks just like chapter two’s connection of the suffering of household slaves with the suffering […]

Emerging Peter: First Apologetics

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Here is perhaps the earliest evidence of lay-level apologetics: “Always be ready for a reply to everyone who requests of you an account of the hope that fill you” (1 Pet 3:15). That readiness becomes credible only when it is […]

Is the Reformation over?

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A purple theology believes that to one degree or another the Reformation is over. By that it means that the Reformation’s summons of the Church to return to the Bible (sola scriptura) and to faith as the sole means of […]

Just give me Jesus, will ya?

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A true story. A conversation my colleague was told about a conversation of a would-be convert to the Orthodox Church and a priest who thought she needed to know more about Orthodoxy before converting.

Emerging Peter: Suffering 1

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Peter turns a corner, rather suddenly and abruptly. From 2:11–3:12 Peter has dealt with one single issue — how to live in the Roman Empire as Christians. Now he faces another problem directly: suffering. And we might be forgiven if […]

Missional Wedding Pastor

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What do you think? What would you do? What does your church do? Bill Yaccino is onto something here.

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