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Let’s Get Neanderthal!

posted by Scot McKnight

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 […]

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Two Theologians No Longer with Us — Yet Still Speaking to Us

posted by Scot McKnight

What did you like most about these theologians?  Clark Pinnock, by Doug Koop  Clark H. Pinnock’s life journey is over. The influential and often controversial evangelical theologian died unexpectedly August 15 of a heart attack. He was 73. In March, […]

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Prayer for the Week

posted by Scot McKnight

Lord of all power and might, the author and giver of all good things: Graft in our hearts the love of your Name; increase in us true religion; nourish us with all goodness; and bring forth in us the fruit […]

Saturday Afternoon Book Review: Wesley Vander Lugt

posted by Scot McKnight

W. David O. Taylor, ed.,For the Beauty of the Church: Casting a Vision for the Arts ~Reviewed by Wes Vander Lugt, a PhD student at the Institute for Theology, Imagination and the Arts who edits and contributes to Transpositions, a new […]

How can this be?

posted by Scot McKnight

I find the claim preposterous, and so these numbers just as shocking. From Tobin Grant’s article at CT… President Obama told Christianity Today in 2008, “I am a Christian, and I am a devout Christian.” According to a new Pew Forum survey, only a […]

Set your link to our new site

posted by Scot McKnight

I will be posting this a few times, but just to begin the notification process now. We will be blogging right here at Beliefnet through August 31 but on September 1 we will be at our new site. Please point […]

Two Extremes?

posted by Scot McKnight

From NYTimes: Do you think these are two extreme reactions or do you think these are closer to the mainline? Are these two “incidents” connected?  What can we, as those who seek to follow Jesus and to embody the kingdom, […]

Almost Christian 3

posted by Scot McKnight

The youth in the church reflect a Christianity of niceness Kenda Dean’s new book is called Almost Christian: What the Faith of Our Teenagers is Telling the American Church , and it is a hard-hitting critique of the American church (and […]

Web Reviews for Journal Submissions

posted by Scot McKnight

This day had to come. Some journals are experimenting with online submissions and online reviews in the process of accepting pieces for publication. Here’s a piece by Patricia Cohen at NYTimes describing the process. For professors, publishing in elite journals is […]

Wowzers, That’s a Clear Message!

posted by Scot McKnight

The Blog’s New Address (next week)

posted by Scot McKnight

I will be posting this a few times, but just to begin the notification process now. We will be blogging right here at Beliefnet through August 31 but on September 1 we will be at our new site. Please visit […]

Blog Business and Licenses

posted by Scot McKnight

Yikes, Philly is starting to pressure bloggers with ads to get a license for their “business.” NEW YORK (CNNMoney.com) — Philadelphia bloggers were abuzz this week about a citywide move to crack down on citizens running a business without a […]

D’Souza’s Now Evangelical, or is he?

posted by Scot McKnight

Dinesh D’Souza, a Roman Catholic (or is he?), is now President of an evangelical Bible college in NYC: King’s College. Here are his comments from Sarah Pulliam Bailey’s article at CT: “I’m quite happy to acknowledge my Catholic background; at […]

Pilgrimaging 2

posted by Scot McKnight

Is a place like Iona, the famous island off the coast of Scotland where Columba set up a monastic community, holy? Do you think some places — as places — are “thin” places? What is a holy place? How is […]

This Blog Moves September 1

posted by Scot McKnight

I will be posting this a few times, but just to begin the notification process now. We will be blogging right here at Beliefnet through August 31 but on September 1 we will be at our new site. Please point […]

A Moment for Reflection

posted by Scot McKnight

A friend passed a link to this article to me. I read it and it made me stop in my tracks and ponder what life was like, the injustice of it all, the ingenuity needed to cope with the injustice, […]

Our Common Prayerbook 29 – 2

posted by Scot McKnight

The heart of Psalm 29, after summoning the heavenly court and all beings to give honor to YHWH and to bow before YHWH, marches through reasons why YHWH ought to be praised: because of YHWH’s voice, which the NetBible translates […]

I Read the Headlines Today

posted by Scot McKnight

I like to read the headlines of major newspapers from all sides of the political spectrum, and that means I poke my nob into such notables as the NYTimes, WaPo, National Review, Christian Science Monitor, Slate, and of course the […]

Christ the Center

posted by Scot McKnight

Dietrich Bonhoeffer, John Stott and others have reminded us that at the center of Christianity is Jesus Christ. But we forget. When we forget, we begin centering our faith on how salvation occurs, on great theologians, on ethics, on justice, […]

Seoul Foreign School

posted by Scot McKnight

I’m a bit late on jotting down some ideas about our wonderful trip to (flower-filled) Korea. I was invited to speak to the Faculty and Staff of Seoul Foreign School in the Sodaemun-Gu area of Seoul. It our first trip […]

Prayer for the Week

posted by Scot McKnight

Grant, O merciful God, that your Church, being gathered together in unity by your Holy Spirit, may show forth your power among all peoples, to the glory of your Name; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with […]

Saturday Afternoon Book Review: Allan Bevere

posted by Scot McKnight

Book Review by Allan Bevere, a Methodist pastor and professor — who blogs.   Francis J. Beckwith, Politics for Christians: Statecraft As Soulcraft (Christian Worldview Integration) , Downers Grove: InterVarsity Press, 2010.   Francis Beckwith’s Politics for Christians is one […]

What’s Happening with Christian Music?

posted by Scot McKnight

My question is rooted in a clip from an article at Patheos. I genuinely would like to hear the views of all our readers. What’s going on? What have you seen? What will be happening? By Shawn David Young During […]

Pilgrimaging

posted by Scot McKnight

I cannot say I’ve ever really gone on a serious pilgrimage. A tourist goes to see and collect while the pilgrim goes to encounter and be changed. I can’t say I’ve ever gone to some place in the spirit of […]

When Christians Get it Wrong

posted by Scot McKnight

It has become fashionable for some to criticize the Church. In spite of what some say, most of the criticism comes from friendly fire more than the media — though the media has not always avoided unfair stereotypes. Yes, sometimes […]

The Class of 2014 (Beloit College Annual Study)

posted by Scot McKnight

What do you see here? (beside the beautiful “Morning Light” grasses at NPU) Beloit, Wis. – Born when Ross Perot was warning about a giant sucking sound and Bill Clinton was apologizing for pain in his marriage, members of this […]

Historical Adam?

posted by Scot McKnight

From Tremper Longman, at BioLogos: The description of how Adam was created is certainly figurative. The question is open as to whether there was an actual person named Adam who was the first human being or not. Perhaps there was […]

Evangelicalism’s Radical Diversity 8

posted by Scot McKnight

Part 2 for today…. Here’s one of the most important observations that Steve Wilkens and Don Thorsen make in their new book, Everything You Know about Evangelicals Is Wrong (Well, Almost Everything): An Insider’s Look at Myths and Realities . Not all […]

Anne Rice is Not Alone

posted by Scot McKnight

David Kinnamon and the Barna Group has a new survey study …. Anne Rice is not alone. She shares a spiritual profile with nearly 60 million other adults nationwide. In the Barna study, the matter of faith switching was explored […]

Author and Character

posted by Scot McKnight

Most of us have favorite authors, and it is not uncommon for us to fall heads over heels in love with the author only to meet the author or read about the author and to discover the author was a […]

Are We Ungovernable?

posted by Scot McKnight

Tim Dalrymple, at Patheos, asks this set of questions, and the big one is one deserving serious discussion: Americans who stand outside these favored circles feel cheated and powerless. Worse still, it is not clear if either party possesses the […]

Opderbeck on Dynamic Infallibilism …

posted by Scot McKnight

Shakespeare and Dynamic Infallibilism (by David Opderbeck)   Our recent conversation about inerrancy generated lots of discussion. Although the conversation about this question often becomes heated and difficult, there is one positive note: everyone on this blog is concerned about truth, […]

The Wesleyan Quadrilateral Step by Step 5 (by T)

posted by Scot McKnight

I want to thank “T” for this splendid series. Our final post on how we build our theology, using Wesley’s Quadrilateral as an outline, focuses on “Scripture.”  For this discussion, I’ve opted to use pieces of a conversation that started here […]

Correcting Reformation Ideas

posted by Scot McKnight

James Payton, Jr.’s, book, Getting the Reformation Wrong: Correcting Some Misunderstandings , is now available and I want to urge it upon readers who have any interest in the signficance of the Reformation for the contemporary Church — and the […]

Prayer for the Week

posted by Scot McKnight

Almighty God, you have given your only Son to be for us a sacrifice for sin, and also an example of godly life: Give us grace to receive thankfully the fruits of his redeeming work, and to follow daily in […]

Saturday Afternoon Book Review: Andy Holt

posted by Scot McKnight

Book Review: The Bible among the Myths: Unique Revelation or Just Ancient Literature? by John N. Oswalt What’s so unique about the Bible? After all, there are plenty of other ancient texts that claim to describe the creation of the […]

Mosque Near Ground Zero

posted by Scot McKnight

True to form, which means a bit late in the game, President Obama has now weighed in about the mosque and Islamic center to be built two blocks from Ground Zero. The debate is now a culture war — it is […]

Weekly Meanderings

posted by Scot McKnight

How about this shot? A plane against a rainbow in France. We’ve been in Seoul Korea this week but here are a few meanderings. (Speaking of which, Jesus Creed is coming out shortly in Korea. Please tell your Korean friends.) […]

Miracles of Morphing 7

posted by Scot McKnight

Grace transforms Third, grace transforms. The GodLife means GraceLife, and GraceLife means God’s grace transforms. From the moment Jesus uttered his first declaration that the kingdom of God was now at work he may as well have said people and lives […]

Miracles of Morphing 6

posted by Scot McKnight

Grace liberates Second, grace liberates. Humans have the gift of enslavement. We enslave ourselves to our nonsense, we enslave others to our own nonsense, and we enslave the world to our nonsense. A good example of nonsense is cynicism. Cynicism […]

Miracles of Morphing 5

posted by Scot McKnight

Grace overwhelms             First, grace overwhelms injustice. Grace sizes things up with laser-beam accuracy. Grace diagnoses you and me as “sinners” in that you and I have each committed scads of injustices, some of them intentionally and some of them not. […]

Evolving in Monkey Town: Justin Topp

posted by Scot McKnight

Evolving in Monkey Town: How a Girl Who Knew All the Answers Learned to Ask the Questions by Rachel Held Evans Zondervan ISBN 978-0310293996   Reviewed by Justin Topp, Ph.D., Assistant Professor of Biology, North Park University Blog: http://scienceandtheology.wordpress.com/  and Twitter: JustinTopp   The biggest […]

Miracles of Morphing 4

posted by Scot McKnight

Golgotha morphs into grace               The simplest message then of the kingdom dream of Jesus is that Golgotha morphed into Grace. What was experienced as hideous injustice morphed into glorious justice. Some think they can explain just how everything works […]

Kenya’s Constitution and the Church: David Opderbeck

posted by Scot McKnight

Kenya’s Constitution and the Church   A wide range of Christian churches in Kenya have issued a joint statement opposing Kenya’s proposed new Constitution, which is being voted on in a referendum on August 5. They argue that the new Constitution […]

Miracles of Morphing 3

posted by Scot McKnight

Our death morphs into his death Imagine how we’d feel if someone we loved was tried and found guilty of something we knew they didn’t do. Imagine now that we then learned that the prosecutors and the judges conspired together […]

The Mission of God’s People

posted by Scot McKnight

Just when I thought Chris Wright had just about said all he could say about God’s mission in this world, he comes out with a book that expands his work and extends into the more practical dimensions of mission. There’s […]

Prayer for the Week

posted by Scot McKnight

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

Saturday Afternoon Book Review: Nate Wigfield

posted by Scot McKnight

Nathan Wigfield. Review of Sharon L. Baker, Razing Hell: Rethinking Everything You’ve Been Taught About God’s Wrath and Judgment (Louisville: Westminster John Knox Press, 2010). [This review was published at Nate Wigfield’s site originally.] I have to say that I […]

The Reformation of Catholicism?

posted by Scot McKnight

From Patheos by Hugh Hewitt: National Catholic Reporter’s long-time Vatican correspondent, John Allen, in his recently published The Future Church: How Ten Trends Are Revolutionizing the Catholic Church, points to the rise of evangelical Catholicism. “The defining features of evangelical Catholicism are,” Allen summarizes, […]

The Wesleyan Quadrilateral Step by Step (by T) 4

posted by Scot McKnight

We’re discussing how we build our knowledge of God, our theology, and using Wesley’s Quadrilateral (Scripture, Tradition, Reason and Experience) as an outline for our discussion.  Again, this whole topic was spurred by the argument made by Al Mohler and others […]

Miracles of Morphing 2

posted by Scot McKnight

Preachers of the cross  These morphings of the cross happened so fast that some early Christians must have been breathless in trying to take it all in. From the very beginnings the apostles – all of them – reshaped the […]

Wisdom for Clergy

posted by Scot McKnight

Let’s have a conversation about pastoral burnout.  Who will speak up and offer wisdom for all of us? The findings have surfaced with ominous regularity over the last few years, and with little notice: Members of the clergy now suffer […]

Miracles of Morphing 1

posted by Scot McKnight

Here is the first post in a series I’ve developed called “Miracles of Morphing.” It will last through next week. Three Morphing Miracles              The Story of Jesus, the gospel Peter preached, was the Story of […]

CT Editorial on Creation Care

posted by Scot McKnight

The Editors at CT affirm creation care in this editorial: The problem with the Gulf oil spill is not just that human lives were lost and that the Gulf economy is destroyed and that pelicans and turtles and other animal […]

Evangelicalism’s Radical Diversity 6

posted by Scot McKnight

I’m going to have to be sensitive on this one: Steve Wilkens and Don Thorsen say their new book, Everything You Know about Evangelicals Is Wrong (Well, Almost Everything): An Insider’s Look at Myths and Realities say that not all evangelicals are Calvinists. […]

Howell Rehired at Univ of Illinois

posted by Scot McKnight

Did you see this? Kenneth Howell was booted from his job at the University of Illinois for teaching Catholicism. His job at the University of Illinois, as it happens, was teaching Catholicism.  After over two months of controversy over a firing that should have never have happened, […]

Galli on God-Talk

posted by Scot McKnight

I liked this piece by Mark Galli, at Christianity Today, and clip a bit from it. We’ve got problems today about how we talk about God … some are altogether too irreverent, others are so reverent they aren’t even biblical, […]

Evangelicalism’s Radical Diversity 5

posted by Scot McKnight

Secularists seem to be giddy about the demise of Christianity in the world, and some evangelicals are wringing their hands in despair about the decline of the Church and even the collapse of evangelicalism.  But as Steve Wilkens and Don Thorsen […]

The Power of a Whisper

posted by Scot McKnight

I’ve heard our pastor, Bill Hybels, speak of whispers and promptings from God for years, and so I’m glad to see that he has put together all of his thoughts on whispers from God in his newest book: The Power […]

Prayer for the Week

posted by Scot McKnight

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

Saturday Afternoon Book Review: Michael Thompson

posted by Scot McKnight

Reggie McNeal, Reggie McNeal,  Missional Renaissance: Changing the Scorecard for the Church (Jossey-Bass Leadership Network Series) (San Francisco: Jossey-Bass, 2009).  Reviewed by Michael C Thompson, who blogs at Grasshoppers Dreaming.  Sitting at a recent church conference at which Reggie McNeal […]

Weekly Meanderings

posted by Scot McKnight

The heart of the summer brings out some great flower colors. Jim Martin’s reflections on a retreat. Should Christians align themselves with a political party? Allan Bevere asks and discusses. Geeding about being gray. Karen, with her nose on the […]

Did this band sing in September?

posted by Scot McKnight

   

Speaking of September

posted by Scot McKnight

Your Favorite Version of …

posted by Scot McKnight

“See You in September”? How about this one by Julie Budd?

Anne Rice Quits…

posted by Scot McKnight

…. being a Christian. Does this move make her a “spiritual” and “follower of Christ” but not “religious” or “in the Catholic Church”? How do you read her recent statement? Let me make a point I’ve made a number of […]

The Wesleyan Quadrilateral Step by Step (by T) 3

posted by Scot McKnight

We’re discussing how we build our knowledge of God, our theology, and using Wesley’s Quadrilateral (Scripture, Tradition, Reason and Experience) as an outline for our discussion.  Last time we looked at Tradition with some wonderful discussion; today’s topic is the role […]

Twitter Disciples

posted by Scot McKnight

HT: SF

DC Public School Teachers … this could be big

posted by Scot McKnight

CNN.com.. Do you think we need to purge public schools? What do you think of this move in DC? Washington (CNN) — The District of Columbia public school system announced Friday that it is letting 226 employees go for poor performance […]

Just When we Centralize… the UK …

posted by Scot McKnight

Did you see this report in the NYTimes? The UK is beginning to decentralize its National Health Service … just as the USA is passing legislation to make health care better and cheaper by centralizing. Here are a few clips: […]

Which Reminds Me

posted by Scot McKnight

In chapter four of Mark Twain’s Tom Sawyer and Huckleberry Finn (Everyman’s Library) , we read the wonderful tale of Tom trading for tickets outside church on a Sunday morning. Before the chapter is over we discover those tickets were […]

ADA and Joni

posted by Scot McKnight

From CNN.com… What is your local church doing? (CNN) — As I sat on the White House lawn 20 years ago and watched President George H.W. Bush sign the Americans with Disabilities Act into law, I knew it was a grand […]

Goodbye Middle Class

posted by Scot McKnight

Here’s something to think about and discuss:  Is the middle class disappearing? From Yahoo! Finance (via HT: BB) The 22 statistics detailed here prove beyond a shadow of a doubt that the middle class is being systematically wiped out of existence in […]

(Nelle) Harper Lee: A Monument Not Built

posted by Scot McKnight

Charles Shields’ biography of Harper Lee is baffling because Harper Lee refused to play the game, except she did play the game for a few innings in the early 60s when her famous novel came out and it was made […]

Prayer for the Week

posted by Scot McKnight

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

Saturday Afternoon Book Review: Andy Holt

posted by Scot McKnight

This review comes at the perfect time. Though we did a series on Walton’s book when it came out, we are treated to review of the book during a period when this topic is fresh and relevant to the posts […]

Friday Night at the Movies: Inception

posted by Scot McKnight

Review: Inception By Travis Greene Written & directed by Christopher Nolan, starring Leonardo DiCaprio, Ellen Page, Joseph Gordon-Levitt. 148 minutes. Rated PG-13 for sequences of violence and action throughout. Inception begins with a shot of a wave crashing into the […]

Progressive Christian, Prophetic Evangelical

posted by Scot McKnight

Brad Braxton, here in Chicago at McCormick Theological Seminary, writes in the HuffPo about progressive Christianity and prophetic evangelicalism, and he urges us to get in front of Jesus. What do you think of getting in front of Jesus? What […]

The Wesleyan Quadrilateral Step by Step (by T) 2

posted by Scot McKnight

We’re discussing how we build what we know about God, our theology, and using Wesley’s Quadrilateral as an outline for our discussion.  The first of the four I want to discuss is Tradition.  I think I want to start with that one […]

Unity Works in Two Directions

posted by Scot McKnight

Anli Serfontein, of the Religion News Service, reports on Lutherans wanting to remain one church in spite of differences over sexuality. The irony of the Lutheran bishop bleeds into duplicitousness. Here’s the problem: As was the case with the Anglican […]

Evangelicals and Immigration: Times are achangin’

posted by Scot McKnight

There’s an excellent NYTimes report about evangelicals and immigration, though I wish they had mentioned M. Daniel Carroll R., whose book is one of the best I’ve seen: Christians at the Border: Immigration, the Church, and the Bible .  “My […]

Health Insurance Premiums and Your Choice of Doctor

posted by Scot McKnight

Wow, this just in … and it concerns me: As the Obama administration begins to enact the new national health care law, the country’s biggest insurers are promoting affordable plans with reduced premiums that require participants to use a narrower […]

The Wesleyan Quadrilateral Step by Step (by T)

posted by Scot McKnight

Assembling Our Theology – the Wesleyan Quadrilateral In my last post here, I expressed my surprise that Al Mohler and others were arguing that theism–the idea that God is active today in the world–is at stake in the age of […]

Goodbye Dating, Hello … well, you read it

posted by Scot McKnight

Gina Dalfonzo created a story of a young Christian woman’s struggle with living out the dating advice of Christian circles … from waiting to not dating to not being able to find a date to dating and then marrying a […]

Do We Believe in the Spirit? by John Frye

posted by Scot McKnight

This post is by my friend John Frye, who blogs at: Jesus the Radical Pastor. He’s got a very important point, and it is one that ties with T’s post last Friday: Discernment through the Spirit on how to live […]

U of Illinois Religion Professor Fired … now under review

posted by Scot McKnight

A Roman Catholic professor, employed both by the Newman center and by the Univ of Illinois, was fired when it was determined that his teaching on homosexuality was contrary to standards at the Univ of Illinois. I first read at […]

Getting the Reformation Wrong

posted by Scot McKnight

This is a bit of a book notice. IVP sent me an advanced photocopy of James Payton, Jr.’s, book, Getting the Reformation Wrong: Correcting Some Misunderstandings , and I want to urge it upon readers who have any interest in […]

Prayer for the Week

posted by Scot McKnight

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

Saturday Afternoon Book Review: Matt Edwards

posted by Scot McKnight

Mere Churchianity: Finding Your Way Back to Jesus-Shaped Spirituality by Michael Spencer Reviewed by Matt Edwards   In Mere Churchianity, Michael Spencer (aka The Internet Monk) urges those wounded by the church to return to a Jesus-shaped spirituality. Writing primarily to […]

The Credibility of our Christian Faith (by T)

posted by Scot McKnight

My mind is really churning now as a result of RJS’s “Houston, we still have a problem” posts, and the comments and the linked conversations and speeches, and I imagine I’m not alone.  The issues that are sticking in my […]

Virtual Sermons, Virtual Churches, Virtual Christians

posted by Scot McKnight

Overall, I’m against it. Yes, there are probably situations where virtual sermons are needed. Yes, I’ve actually participated in this sort of thing… but…  What do you think? What does this say about pastoral theology? About ecclesiology? About what a […]

What to call Terrorists?

posted by Scot McKnight

At the Washington Post there’s a good discussion set up by the introduction (indented lines below). The issue is do we link “terrorist” with one’s religion? That is, do we call someone an “Islamic” terrorist or does that impugn and […]

.kids?

posted by Scot McKnight

From Jonah Goldberg … a proposal that the internet have a safe .kids domain. Here is one proposal. Right now, there are many “top-level domains” — .com, .org, .biz, .gov, .edu., etc. We propose the creation of a .kids domain […]

Informed … cultivated

posted by Scot McKnight

From David Brooks, a good essay worth reading carefully… [Recent] studies feed into the debate that is now surrounding Nicholas Carr’s book, “The Shallows.” Carr argues that the Internet is leading to a short-attention-span culture. He cites a pile of research […]

Houston, Here’s the Situation (RJS)

posted by Jesus Creed Admin

We had a couple of good conversations last week centered on the difficulties introduced into our faith by the scientific evidence for evolution and the age of the earth. (Posts here: Houston, We’ve Had a Problem and Houston, We Still […]

Church of One, Church of Many

posted by Scot McKnight

What comes to mind for you?  

Jesus is Groovy

posted by Scot McKnight

In high school a friend of mine, well known for smoking pot and into other mind-altering substances, invited me to a place where a new Bible study had formed. I was a crew-cut wearing athlete who had never toked up […]

This little girl needs our help

posted by Scot McKnight

So, once again, I hope you will ponder and pray over sponsoring a child at only 34 dollars per month. Our hope is to use this blog space to urge readers to consider sponsoring a child in Swaziland, a land in […]

To Kill a Mockingbird

posted by Scot McKnight

The novel, To Kill a Mockingbird: 50th Anniversary Edition , is 50 years old now.  Thanks to my friend, Karen, who posted this link, I’m about to sit down to read the novel again as well as the baffling biography, […]

Prayer for the Week

posted by Scot McKnight

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

Saturday Afternoon Book Review: Andy Holt

posted by Scot McKnight

Wolfgang Simson, The House Church Book: Rediscover the Dynamic, Organic, Relational, Viral Community Jesus Started . The only bland thing about Wolfgang Simson’s The House Church Book is the title. From the first page he confronts the reader with a […]

Syler Wins Prius!

posted by Scot McKnight

A friend of mine, and co-author of a book we are writing (with Chris Folmsbee) on the Jesus Creed for high school students, Syler, won a free Prius through a Cubs raffle. Read his story… Anyone have a story of […]

What’s Wrong with this Argument?

posted by Scot McKnight

No Kidding, an Usher’s T-shirt said this

posted by Scot McKnight

We were visiting a church recently when both Kris and I noticed the T-shirt the usher was wearing. Bright red with big white letters: “What did Jesus say to the Cubs?” “Don’t do nothin’ til I get back!” In church. […]

Obama, Immigration, and Evangelical Counsel

posted by Scot McKnight

Did you see this? What are your thoughts? The White House invited four of the country’s top evangelical pastors to attend President Obama’s speech this morning [recently] calling for immigration reform. The move is a testament both to the importance the issue has come […]

Houston, We Still Have a Problem (RJS)

posted by Jesus Creed Admin

We had an interesting discussion Tuesday centered on scripture, the reliability of scripture, and the foundation of our faith: Houston, We’ve Had a Problem. One of the key aspects of this conversation was how we view scripture as reliable in […]

Independence from Dependence (on oil)

posted by Scot McKnight

From CNN.com, by Jonathan Powers. What do you think?  Oil poses a clear threat to America’s economic and national security. This spring we have watched as untold millions of gallons of oil flowed into the Gulf. But for years, we […]

Tattoos and Jobs

posted by Scot McKnight

This is an issue for some, and it’s an eye-roller for others. But not all think tats are a good idea, especially the more visible down-the-arm or around-the-neck or all-over-the-face kind. Flannery O’Connor you may remember used a tattoo in […]

The Names You Can’t Use

posted by Scot McKnight

From CNN.com, these are first names that are prohibited in some foreign countries. Any names you’d like to suggest for the good ol’ USA?  Here in the U.S., you can name your kid almost anything, but that’s not the case […]

Religious Colonialism 1

posted by Scot McKnight

A pastor once said to me that Christianity, Judaism, and Islam believe in the same God but just worship him differently. I said two things back: (1) Not true, for no Jew or Muslim believes in or worships God as […]

Do We Need Libraries?

posted by Scot McKnight

I just came across this one.  By Anna Davlantes, FOX Chicago News Chicago – They eat up millions of your hard earned tax dollars. It’s money that could be used to keep your child’s school running. So with the internet […]

Fireworks!

posted by Scot McKnight

Declaration of Independence

posted by Scot McKnight

IN CONGRESS, July 4, 1776. The unanimous Declaration of the thirteen united States of America, When in the Course of human events, it becomes necessary for one people to dissolve the political bands which have connected them with another, and […]

Disciples of the Crucified Nazarene

posted by Scot McKnight

There is no book like this and there is no book because there is no one today who lived Ernst K?semann’s life. He is known today, though not as well as he ought to be by the younger generation of […]

Prayer for the Week

posted by Scot McKnight

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

For July 4th, a (set of) thought(s)

posted by Scot McKnight

Tomorrow is a day of worship, so I’m posting this today… I’m scanning the blogs that are interlinked about the incongruity of followers of Jesus celebrating July 4th, and especially doing so in a church, on a Sunday. I’m seeing […]

Was Bonhoeffer an Evangelical?

posted by Scot McKnight

Interesting question. I’d say “No.” I’d “label” him as orthodox, Protestant, German, Lutheran, Pietist. The evangelical movement is more or less the Reformed side of the Reformation than the Lutheran side. (Though the German Lutherans themselves call themselves “evangelisch” in […]

I don’t mention music often but… Josh Fox

posted by Scot McKnight

I’ve been listening to Josh Fox’s new album, Radiant, and especially to track 2: Mighty is Our God. It puts into music and lyrics the essence of Psalm 19. (iTunes link.) The song begins with an almost Robin Mark-beat and […]

Christ and the Dragons 6

posted by Scot McKnight

James Emery White’s , in his new book ( Christ Among the Dragons: Finding Our Way Through Cultural Challenges), zeroes in the issue of civility. We looked at one treatment of the theme Wednesday and today we look at a second one: […]

Things I Used to Believe …

posted by Scot McKnight

C. Michael Patton has a post meandering through things he used to believe. But he isn’t so sure anymore. Like you are either 100% correct in theology or wrong. Or all sins are equal in God’s sight. The unbeliever’s skepticism […]

Historical Jesus Scholars: New Theory!

posted by Scot McKnight

All in good fun. Did you see this one?

Here Comes the Opening Event for Origins

posted by Scot McKnight

The Church in America is changing, and Origins is at the forefront. Origins is a worldwide network of leaders who follow Jesus thriving on the diversity and creativity growing in the Church.  It’s an externally-focused network of creatives, business leaders, […]

Christian Legal Society v. Martinez: “T” weighs in

posted by Scot McKnight

We are fortunate here at the Jesus Creed blog to have so many readers and commenters. One of whom is “T” and he is a lawyer. Here are his reflections on the SCOTUS ruling on the California case, and I […]

Christ and the Dragons 5

posted by Scot McKnight

James Emery White’s , in his new book ( Christ Among the Dragons: Finding Our Way Through Cultural Challenges), zeroes in the issue of civility. Civility is a huge issue today. Incivility has overtaken the news media (not all of it but […]

Is Ecology part of the Gospel?

posted by Scot McKnight

Here’s a question I have for you, and it is one that lurks in the shadows of many conversations and it comes up more directly in others:  Do you think ecology and the environment are part of the concerns of […]

The SBC and Going Green

posted by Scot McKnight

Russell Moore, at Southern Seminary, was part of drafting this statement from the Southern Baptist Convention about creation care: In a resolution, the [Southern Baptist] Convention called on the government “to act determinatively and with undeterred resolve to end this […]

Caner Ousted as Dean

posted by Scot McKnight

Liberty University demoted Ergun Caner, the first former Muslim to become dean of a seminary, after investigating claims that he made about his religious background. In a statement issued Friday, the Lynchburg, Va.-based university said the investigative committee concluded that […]

On Retirement

posted by Scot McKnight

Retirement has become an entitlement to many in the West, and the sooner the better many believe.  Not all that long ago folks didn’t think like this, and only few could retire the way many do today.  For many, to […]

iPad and Other E-Readers

posted by Scot McKnight

I’m in search of some help. Kindle and Nook and other e-readers now have to compete with the iPad. While the percentage of books read in e-form is still quite low, somewhere about 5%, that number will probably increase.  What […]

Christ and the Dragons 4

posted by Scot McKnight

It struck me the other day, when walking from one room to another in my home, that James Emery White’s , in his new book ( Christ Among the Dragons: Finding Our Way Through Cultural Challenges), is addressing largely the same questions […]

Are Christians Really….?

posted by Scot McKnight

I’ve got a new book sitting here that will be a dynamic book to read and blog about. It’s by one of my favorite bloggers who has written what I think is one of the most encouraging and myth-busting books […]

Barna’s Newest Study: Who Participates?

posted by Scot McKnight

A new study from the Barna Group explores the profile of Americans who actively participate in faith. The study examined various expressions of “group” faith, such as: church attendance, small groups, adult Sunday school programs, church volunteering, and house churches. (Definitions of […]

Tradition, a post by “T”

posted by Scot McKnight

“T,” one of our most faithful readers of this blog, has a set of questions about the value of “tradition” in the Christian church… and his appeal to the Wesleyan Quadrilateral is an excellent example of doing just what he […]

Praying with the Psalms: Mike Cope

posted by Scot McKnight

Mike Cope, one of the many fine preachers I’ve heard in my life, agreed to write a post about Lynn Anderson’s new, excellent book on prayer and the Psalms: Talking Back to God: Speaking Your Heart to God Through the […]

Missional Ministries Resource

posted by Scot McKnight

There is a widespread nervousness about evangelism: What is your church doing? Is your church broadening its sense of evangelism? Are all called to be evangelists? What book or resource is most helpful to you and in your setting? There […]

Prayer for the Week

posted by Scot McKnight

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

Saturday Afternoon Book Review: Wesley Vander Lugt

posted by Scot McKnight

Stanley Hauerwas, Hannah’s Child: A Theologian’s Memoir Reviewed by Wesley Vander Lugt wsvanderlugt.wordpress.com It was hard to know what to expect from Stanley Hauerwas’s memoir, but I think I received more than I expected. If you are expecting Hauerwas’s own […]

Your World Cup Predictions … and an Award for the Winner

posted by Scot McKnight

Here’s the deal: You predict the Final Four and the Final Two by the end of Saturday, June 26, and I will send you a copy of any book I have written.  You get one prediction … this ain’t like […]

Weekly Meanderings

posted by Scot McKnight

Below the Rock of Cashel, an ancient monastery Jim Martin has a very good post right here. Israel and Palestine, a Messianic Jewish perspective. Tamara on releasing the power of Jesus. Garrison Keillor: “And if you want to write, you […]

Last Dinner in Ireland

posted by Scot McKnight

Cottage Pie, Fish and Chips, and what looks like Guinness!  One week ago, at The Quay in Temple Bar in Dublin.

iPhone4 vs. Droid: Round One

posted by Scot McKnight

OK folks, let’s hear from the users.  Which is the better phone? iPhone or Droid? Full disclosure: we are an Apple family. We use the iPhone and now have the upgrade OS4 (but not the iPhone4). But, I’m hearing some […]

So what does “empire” mean?

posted by Scot McKnight

Today one of the most evocative terms to use, especially as a one-word put down, is the word “empire.” Very few define it. Most connect it with Constantine. Most are using to defend Leftist politics and use it to critique […]

Stanley Fish on Teaching and Student Evaluations

posted by Scot McKnight

What do you think of Student Evaluations? Is customer satisfaction theory the best way to measure a teacher? From Stanley Fish… The relationship between present action and the judgment of value is different in other contexts. If a waiter asks […]

If the soccer gods were in charge of tennis…

posted by Scot McKnight

If the soccer gods were in charge of the game of tennis, and of Wimbledon in particular, instead of a 70-68 marathon record-breaking 5th set, what would we have had?  Yep, you guessed it.  First service ace wins! Or, each […]

The Heroic Dimension of the Monastics

posted by Scot McKnight

An element of the monastics that seems passed by is the heroic efforts some of them endured or attempted. Here on the top of Skellig Michael, one hour boat ride from shore, 12 monks constructed over 600 steps from the […]

Bobby Jindal, Nikki Haley and Hindu Converts to Christianity

posted by Scot McKnight

Aseem Shukla is not happy about the conversions of Bobby Jindal (from Hinduism) and Nikki Haley (from Sikhism). Shukla is a Hindu himself, and finds the public disavowal of their Dharma faiths by Jindal and Haley as well as their […]

Christ and the Dragons 2

posted by Scot McKnight

James Emery White thinks evangelicalism is teetering over a precipice, and his new book — Christ Among the Dragons: Finding Our Way Through Cultural Challenges  — probes topics that are in need of serious discussion.  Orthodoxy is one such topic. Orthodoxy […]

A Response to Responses

posted by Scot McKnight

In a recent article in CT, I called into question historical Jesus studies — as an enterprise. In varying ways, each of the respondents in the CT format — Tom Wright, Darrell Bock and Craig Keener — reaffirmed their commitment […]

Everything’s Connected

posted by Scot McKnight

Like …

posted by Scot McKnight

One great thing about being in Ireland was the absence of “like”…

The Future of Denominations

posted by Scot McKnight

Ed Stetzer, an astute observer of American Christianity, has a piece in CT about denominations. Many denominational leaders today are worried about clear trends; I’m asked about the issue often and I do see denominational loyalty on the decline… but […]

Were it not for humans, church would be great

posted by Scot McKnight

Carolyn Arends gets it right in her piece at CT: The story of Christianity ultimately leaves me shocked at the risks God takes with humans. Even the greatest lights in church history were dishearteningly imperfect. For all his heroism, Luther […]

I agree!

posted by Scot McKnight

From Joseph Bottums, at First Things, on the bloody execution of Ronnie Lee Gardner last week in Utah: They did it, the blood-hungry fools. Last night, just after midnight out in Draper, Utah, they trussed up Ronnie Lee Gardner like a […]

Irish Bible Institute … Dublin

posted by Scot McKnight

We were invited to Dublin to the Irish Bible Institute to do a two-day institute on the early Christian gospel. It was a wonderful experience, and I’d like to say a few things about it. First, the people were wonderfully […]

Until Now? Israel and the USA

posted by Scot McKnight

David Horowitz and Jacob Laksin: For decades now, Israel has been isolated and alone in the community of nations, with one crucial exception. That exception has been theUnited States, a country on which it has relied for its survival throughout its 60-year […]

Deliverance of God 9 (Matt Edwards)

posted by Scot McKnight

The Deliverance of God – Review and Conclusions Campbell has suggested three steps that JT advocates need to take in response to his rereading: (1) demonstrate that JT is a valid option for Paul, (2) answer his critique, and (3) […]

Congratulations to Graeme McDowell

posted by Scot McKnight

From Northern Island, Graeme McDowell, who plays up on the Portrush golf course in the picture below, has just won the US Open at Pebble Beach. The conditions at Pebble Beach were nothing compared to what McDowell plays in Northern […]

Pebble Beach of Northern Ireland

posted by Scot McKnight

We drove by and back by and then back by again so I could just gawk at Portrush … it was windy and crisp and I can’t imagine how demanding it would be to play the course. Someday, perhaps.  

Promoting the Gospel

posted by Scot McKnight

Whether we like it or not, words like “evangelism” and even “proclaiming” the gospel are falling out of favor in the current generation. One reason why clearly surrounds the silliness, zaniness and utter nonsense some Christians fall for when it […]

Ancient Worship, Ancient Location

posted by Scot McKnight

Here are two pictures from Glendalough, the historic church and site of St Kevin, one of Ireland’s saints. The day was gorgeous and this site rests in a beautiful valley.

Preparing for Eucharist

posted by Scot McKnight

John Mark Hicks, Come to the Table: Revisioning the Lord’s Supper , explores themes of the Eucharist in such a fresh manner. Those who come to the Table are confessing that Jesus is the Lord and that they are in submission to […]

Prayer for the Week

posted by Scot McKnight

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

The Rope Bridge at Carrick-a-Rede

posted by Scot McKnight

Click on the photo and you can see why some folks don’t want any part of walking across that rope bridge.

Saturday Afternoon [Morning] Book Review: Andy Holt

posted by Scot McKnight

Blog Book Review:There Is a God: How the World’s Most Notorious Atheist Changed His Mind by Antony Flew Questions: How does the “conversion” of a notorious atheist strengthen your faith? What are the most important philosophical questions regarding the existence […]

Antrim Coast

posted by Scot McKnight

We left Dublin and headed for Belfast and at Belfast we managed to escape the temptation to examine Cerrickfergus Castle so we could take a more leisurely drive up the coast to the Antrim Coast on the top of the […]

Giant’s Causeway

posted by Scot McKnight

On the Antrim Coast, not far west from Carrick-a-Rede (pictures yesterday), is a set of formations that is unlike anything I’ve ever seen. As the volcanic stuff cooled, it cracked into mostly hexagon pieces. Incredible.

Deliverance of God 8 (Matt Edwards)

posted by Scot McKnight

This is an incredible series being offered to us by Matt Edwards: a nine part summary and response to Douglas Campbell’s mega-book, The Deliverance of God: An Apocalyptic Rereading of Justification in Paul . Thanks to Matt Edwards. The Deliverance […]

Carrick-a-Rede

posted by Scot McKnight

On the far north coast of Ireland, what is called the Antrim Coast, you can find the remains of an old fortress but the only way to cross from the mainland parts of the place to the outer island is […]

This little Puffin wonders why…

posted by Scot McKnight

Gannets galore!

posted by Scot McKnight

Next to Skellig Michael is Skellig Little, and the island is overtaken by Gannets. I took this picture into the sky, so it’s a bit too light, but if you click on the picture it will blow up and you […]

Puffins…

posted by Scot McKnight

We have not had good access for a few days, but here’s a picture of one the little puffins we spent Wednesday with.

Truth by Survey? (RJS)

posted by Jesus Creed Admin

This opinion piece by Lee Dye from abcNews meshes well with several of the recent topics of discussion – including the extensive discussion of Rodney Stark’s book What Americans Really Believe, the post on Living in Denial,  and the ever […]

Deliverance of God 7 (Matt Edwards)

posted by Scot McKnight

This is an incredible series being offered to us by Matt Edwards: a nine part summary and response to Douglas Campbell’s mega-book, The Deliverance of God: An Apocalyptic Rereading of Justification in Paul . Thanks to Matt Edwards. The Deliverance […]

What is Required?

posted by Scot McKnight

When you “join” your church or “profess your faith” or “get baptized” or complete your confirmation — depending on your church orientation —  what are you asked to do? Are you asked to tell your story of faith? What is […]

Do Evangelicals Want to Control DC?

posted by Scot McKnight

One of the more interesting studies in the What Americans Really Believe is the study on Faith and Politics. Rodney Stark is not going to make friends with his opening sentence, and he certainly doesn’t try to probe why the […]

How Irreligious are the Irreligious?

posted by Scot McKnight

One of the trends many of us have heard and repeated is the decline of religion in America, and one of the indicators was the rise in surveys of those who called themselves “irreligious” or checked a box that said […]

Deliverance of God 6 (Matt Edwards)

posted by Scot McKnight

This is an incredible series being offered to us by Matt Edwards: a nine part summary and response to Douglas Campbell’s mega-book, The Deliverance of God: An Apocalyptic Rereading of Justification in Paul . Thanks to Matt Edwards. The Deliverance […]

Jesus the Benefactor 7

posted by Scot McKnight

The Gospels tell us a different story, a story of Jesus praying to God and being empowered by God. In the midst of Luke’s depiction of Jesus the Benefactor, Luke tells us that “Jesus often withdrew to lonely places and […]

Glendalough and Monasterboice

posted by Scot McKnight

On our first day in Ireland we were kindly taken by Tony and Lesley Coffey down to Glendalough, an old monastery in Ireland (6th Century). Here is a picture of the small chapels — home for St Kevin.   And […]

Preparing for Eucharist

posted by Scot McKnight

John Mark Hicks, Come to the Table: Revisioning the Lord’s Supper , explores themes of the Eucharist in such a fresh manner. The Table testifies to — tells the story of — the communal ethic of the followers of Jesus. We eat […]

Prayer for the Week

posted by Scot McKnight

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

Saturday Afternoon Book Review: David Cramer

posted by Scot McKnight

Christian America and the Kingdom of God By Richard T. Hughes; forward by Brian McLaren. Urbana and Chicago: University of Illinois Press, 2009. Cloth, 232 pages. $29.95. ISBN: 978-0-252-03285-1. Reviewed by David C. Cramer, who has graduate degrees in philosophy and […]

Great News about Swaziland!

posted by Scot McKnight

Many of you know that the Jesus Creed blog is raising funds for the orphans of Mabanteneni in Swaziland. Well, here’s some good news: four more children have been sponsored in the last two or three weeks and we are […]

Jesus the Benefactor 6

posted by Scot McKnight

I attended school with a girl who had a big fat wobbly blob on her knee. It just hung there and when she moved it jiggled. I was socialized not to say anything to her like “What’s that weird thing […]

Is Religion/God Dying Out?

posted by Scot McKnight

One of the more fascinating developments in our time is the nearly absolute contrast between data and the claims by many that religion, church, Christianity and even God are all dying out. So, it is not without interest to me […]

Deliverance of God 5 (Matt Edwards)

posted by Scot McKnight

This is an incredible series being offered to us by Matt Edwards: a nine part summary and response to Douglas Campbell’s mega-book, The Deliverance of God: An Apocalyptic Rereading of Justification in Paul . Thanks to Matt Edwards. The Deliverance […]

Jesus the Benefactor 5

posted by Scot McKnight

Benefactor in the Evening at the Table We tell our friends that our favorite “place” in Italy is “evening.” It doesn’t make sense except to us so we explain ourselves. Our favorite place is evening because at evening we enjoy […]

Can We Prove Augustine?

posted by Scot McKnight

Augustine’s famous opening lines in his The Confessions (Everyman’s Library) says something like this: You [God] have made us for yourself and we are restless until we find ourselves in You. One way of putting this is that humans are […]

Jesus the Benefactor 4

posted by Scot McKnight

Powerful Benefactor  So he leaves backwater Nazareth and sets up his kingdom-dream shop in a more cosmopolitan location, in Capernaum, a central stop for the trade route from Damascus to Jerusalem or to the Mediterranean and even down to Alexandria. […]

Who Tithes These Days?

posted by Scot McKnight

You might be surprised what the numbers tell us about who and who doesn’t tithe. In What Americans Really Believe we get a pretty full disclosure of some significant facts about tithing. But there’s an issue here: some pastors urge […]

Deliverance of God 4 (Matt Edwards)

posted by Scot McKnight

This is an incredible series being offered to us by Matt Edwards: a nine part summary and response to Douglas Campbell’s mega-book, The Deliverance of God: An Apocalyptic Rereading of Justification in Paul . Thanks to Matt Edwards. The Deliverance […]

Jesus the Benefactor 3

posted by Scot McKnight

Benefactions for All  I was once at a small gathering of mostly Roman Catholics in the City of Chicago where we were talking about being benefactors to the poor in the northern suburbs of Chicago. Toward the end of our […]

Spiritual, but not religious

posted by Scot McKnight

What percent of Americans, according to the best and most recent statistics (both GSS and Baylor’s study are nearly the same here), are “spiritual but not religious”? And what is a profile of the “spiritual but not religious” person? (Fascinating.) […]

Jesus the Benefactor 2

posted by Scot McKnight

Doing Good: Jesus the Benefactor              We might connect “benefactors” with those who give big wads of money to schools and churches, or who donate sums of wealth to honorable building projects in the city, or […]

Rift Widens among Anglicans

posted by Scot McKnight

From CNN.com’s report about Rowan Williams, the American Episcopal Church’s decision to ordain a bishop who is lesbian, and the problems this creates among the worldwide Anglican communion. Should you be interested in an excellent biography of Rowan Williams, I […]

The Devil Made Me Do It

posted by Scot McKnight

The comparison of these two numbers surprised me: while 89% of Americans believe “most evil in the world is caused by mankind” only 25% believed human nature is basically evil. Terms aside, one would think that if that many think […]

Deliverance of God 3 (Matt Edwards)

posted by Scot McKnight

This is an incredible series being offered to us by Matt Edwards: a nine part summary and response to Douglas Campbell’s mega-book, The Deliverance of God: An Apocalyptic Rereading of Justification in Paul . Thanks to Matt Edwards. The Deliverance […]

Jesus the Benefactor 1

posted by Scot McKnight

This series, too, emerges from a chapter I wrote that didn’t “fit” into the book, so I’m posting it this week… while we are in Ireland. The best book I’ve seen that looks at Jesus through the lens of benefactor […]

James is coming

posted by Scot McKnight

Our James commentary is already posted at Amazon. Thanks Eerdmans for getting it up so early. The Letter of James (NICNT) (New International Commentary on the New Testament)

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