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Speak Up! Media Bias about RCC?

posted by Scot McKnight

Here’s the question “On Faith” at the Washington Post, and I wonder what you think: A senior Vatican priest last week compared outrage at Pope Benedict’s handling of sexual abuse scandals in the Catholic Church to the persecution of the […]

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Advising Atheists (Loser Letters) 8

posted by Scot McKnight

What about abortion? Is there an atheist view on abortion? The seventh letter in Mary Eberstadt’s new book, The Loser Letters , examines this question among the new atheists, but it is chps 8 and 9 that pull this into a cohesive, searing story. […]

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That Soul-Sort Narrative 2

posted by Scot McKnight

I sketched how Brian understands the so-called “soul sort narrative” Wednesday, and today I want to offer one more thought: how the conventional narrative actually has framed those six elements (creation, fall, condemnation or life on earth, salvation and either […]

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RCC and Celibate Priests

posted by Scot McKnight

A good article by a married priest in the RCC, Leonard Klein, a man who was formerly a Lutheran (and married) pastor: A married priesthood would increase the pool of available men who might otherwise suppress their sense of vocation, […]

Our Common Prayerbook: Psalm 4 – 2

posted by Scot McKnight

Sometimes our prayers combine talking to God and talking to others when those others aren’t even present. Psalm 4 [after the jump] does just this. The psalmist (David) talks to God (v. 1) and then to others (vv. 2-5) and […]

Recovering the Beautiful

posted by Scot McKnight

Just read this piece and was impressed with the answer by Barbara Nicolosi-Harrington, and her interview is at Patheos: You have a quotation standing above your blog, from a 1930s film critic, that says: “Theaters are the new Church of the […]

Our Common Prayerbook: Psalm 4

posted by Scot McKnight

Sometimes our prayers combine talking to God and talking to others when those others aren’t even present. Psalm 4 [after the jump] does just this. The psalmist (David) talks to God (v. 1) and then to others (vv. 2-5) and […]

That Soul-Sort Narrative 1

posted by Scot McKnight

I contended in my review of Brian McLaren’s new book that his sketch of how “conventional” Christians understand the biblical narrative is a narrative not held by any reputable thinker, and the aim of this new series on this blog […]

Advising Atheists (Loser Letters) 7

posted by Scot McKnight

What about abortion? Is there an atheist view on abortion?  Mary Eberstadt’s new book, The Loser Letters , examines this question among the new atheists and she probes into how best to convert people to atheism with the issue of abortion. Again, the […]

On Preaching Theology: A Preacher’s Suggestion

posted by Scot McKnight

The (re)founder of the Iona Community was George Macleod,   someone who was known in his day as a great preacher. One of his books is about preaching and is called Speaking the Truth – in Love. The Modern Preacher’s Task. . It’s a […]

Our Common Prayerbook: Psalm 3 – 2

posted by Scot McKnight

Praying can lead the one praying into trust; prayer itself is an exploration of our faith in God. Psalm 3 is much along this line. John Goldingay (Psalms, Vol. 1: Psalms 1-41 ) explores this in his commentary on Psalm […]

Two Kinds of Atheists, One of them Christian

posted by Scot McKnight

It is common to say an atheist is someone who believes there is no god, or someone who doesn’t believe in God (the latter might suggest there is a God but the person doesn’t believe in that God). The true […]

Advising Atheists (Loser Letters) 6

posted by Scot McKnight

Mary Eberstadt’s new book, The Loser Letters , is clever fiction; it’s satire and she asks a question that evidently — in her view — is not taken seriously enough by the new atheists. And, to be fair, there was a report on […]

Michael Spencer, 1956-2010

posted by Scot McKnight

From Chaplain Michael Mercer’s post that our blog friend, Michael Spencer, the incomparable iMonk, has passed away. We are saddened to hear this and will miss his energetic voice; we grieve with Denise; we mourn Michael’s passing. Here’s Chaplain Mike’s […]

Chocolate … Coping with the Cubs

posted by Scot McKnight

Last week I posted about chocolate, and its health benefits, and a friend out in Hershey PA sent us some chocolate. (Something’s coming your way, brother.) This chocolate made the Cubs debacle tolerable…

Peggy Noonan on the Roman Catholic Church

posted by Scot McKnight

Peggy Noonan, in her excellent piece in the Wall Street Journal, makes a number of important points, two of which are that the media has done the Church a service because it was the media that brought this stuff into […]

Our Common Prayerbook: Psalm 3

posted by Scot McKnight

It has been said often, and John Goldingay (Psalms, Vol. 1: Psalms 1-41 ) says it here, “Most of Scripture speaks to us; the Psalms speak for us.” Psalm 3 [after the jump] speaks for our complaints to God that […]

I Stand with John Piper

posted by Scot McKnight

Just in case you haven’t heard, there’s a big dustup right now over John Piper, author of the spiritual classic Desiring God: Meditations of a Christian Hedonist , and this dustup is coming from those who normally defend him. John […]

Christian Life and Theology

posted by Scot McKnight

It’s not often that you can get a group of front-ranking theologians and scholars together to discuss spiritual formation, spiritual theology and what “life in the Spirit” means. But the Wheaton Theology Conference in 2009 did just that and this […]

A Prayerbook to Use

posted by Scot McKnight

There has been so much interest in this new Psalter, we’re posting this post again. I knew it would eventually be done, and it has: Paraclete has produced a beautiful NIV Psalter called: The Paraclete Psalter: A 4-Week Cycle for […]

Easter Theology

posted by Scot McKnight

I like the new piece by Daniel Kirk about Easter theology — it’s from Christianity Today. Here’s a clip: The most important thing to say is somewhat shocking at first blush. At his resurrection, Jesus becomes something that he was […]

Easter Prayer

posted by Scot McKnight

Almighty God, who through your only-begotten Son Jesus Christ overcame death and opened to us the gate of everlasting life: Grant that we, who celebrate with joy the day of the Lord’s resurrection, may be raised from the death of […]

Wedgie Award: Rowan Williams

posted by Scot McKnight

My new “Wedgie Award” will be given (mostly in fun) to folks who make comments that make us feel uncomfortable, and the first Wedgie Award is given to Rowan Williams, Archbishop of Canterbury, for his comments about the Catholic Church […]

iPad: Who’s Got One?

posted by Scot McKnight

Let’s hear what the new (and very proud) owners of the iPad have to say about it?

Aksel Loves Thomas

posted by Scot McKnight

Aksel, our grandson, loves Thomas the Train. Kris sent him a couple of Thomas the Train books and as Annika (his mom) opened up the books and (Aunt) Laura snapped pictures, they caught Aksel in the act of being delighted […]

Holy Saturday Prayers

posted by Scot McKnight

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

Weekly Meanderings

posted by Scot McKnight

This guy’s beard is weird! I have a piece in the new Neue magazine (cool pun, huh?). Sad to hear of Clark Pinnock’s Alzheimer’s (see here too). Sad to read Christine’s piece. Our prayers. Before we go any further, who’s got […]

Advising Atheists (Loser Letters) 5

posted by Scot McKnight

 Mary Eberstadt’s new book, The Loser Letters , is clever fiction; it’s satire and it takes on the issue of the problem of “those obnoxious Christian convert traitors,” those who have left the Brights (atheists and atheism) for the Dulls (believers in God). […]

God Provides, We Slip in our Hands

posted by Scot McKnight

Good Friday is often morose, but the theology of atonement it embodies is profoundly about God’s provision. As God provided the Lamb for Abraham, so he offers the Lamb for the Church. On the Cross it is as if God […]

Good Friday Prayer

posted by Scot McKnight

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

Eugene Peterson: Practice Resurrection 10

posted by Scot McKnight

One of the best things I’ve ever heard on prayer comes from Eugene Peterson’s new book, Practice Resurrection: A Conversation on Growing Up in Christ .  “But here’s the thing: prayer is personal language or it is nothing.  God is personal, emphatically […]

Advising Atheists (Loser Letters) 4

posted by Scot McKnight

I read somewhere that someone said Mary Eberstadt’s book, a collection of satirical letters to the upper echelon of atheists about how not to argue if they want to get some more converts to atheism … I read somewhere that […]

Bambi goes … no kidding!

posted by Scot McKnight

Finding Friends at New Joy

posted by Scot McKnight

Kris and I were in Ephrata PA last Friday and Saturday at New Joy Church. It’s in Lancaster County, which means the Amish. We loved the small farms and the rolling hills.  I was speaking to a regional meeting of […]

Our Common Prayerbook 3

posted by Scot McKnight

Psalm 2 [after jump], according to John Goldingay, would also be at home in one of the prophets (Psalms, Vol. 1: Psalms 1-41 (Baker Commentary on the Old Testament Wisdom and Psalms) ). But it’s now part of the double-psalm […]

What do you think about heaven?

posted by Scot McKnight

The Washington Post’s “On Faith” discussion is about heaven. Quite the discussion. What do you believe about heaven? Whose view below is most like yours?  From Daisy Khan, a Muslim: “For me, perhaps the most profound beauty of Heaven is […]

Advising Atheists (Loser Letters) 3

posted by Scot McKnight

I’m really enjoying the new book, The Loser Letters , by Mary Eberstadt. It’s fiction; it’s satire; it’s the attempt by a recent atheist convert to explain the problems of atheism to the upper level echelon of new atheists.  One of the […]

Finally, Someone has the courage to tell the truth!

posted by Scot McKnight

From CNN.com. What’s your advice? What chocolate should we purchase? Compared with people who rarely ate chocolate (about one bar per month), the people who ate the most chocolate (slightly more than one bar per week) had a 27 percent […]

Eugene Peterson: Practice Resurrection 9

posted by Scot McKnight

Eugene Peterson, in his new book, Practice Resurrection: A Conversation on Growing Up in Christ  explores the church in the book of Ephesians, and it’s a great week to ponder his thoughts and these questions. Questions of the Day: Think about your […]

Our Common Prayerbook 2

posted by Scot McKnight

Psalm 1 is a poem that promises the obedient will flourish. It urges the reader to seek God’s blessing of flourishing by promising blessing and warning the wicked of being blown away (v. 4). Like chaff, the wicked are blown […]

You and the Charismatics

posted by Scot McKnight

The newest Barna Study examines American Christians and their relationship to the charismatic movement. There is at least one alarming element in this study, but here are some major conclusions: Do the following match your experience locally? What are you […]

How Many Post-it Notes Does This Take?

posted by Scot McKnight

How Do You Define “Theology”?

posted by Scot McKnight

Advising Atheists (Loser Letters) 2

posted by Scot McKnight

I’m really enjoying the new book, The Loser Letters , by Mary Eberstadt. It’s fiction; it’s satire; it’s the attempt by a recent atheist convert to explain the problems of atheism to the upper level echelon of new atheists. It’s witty; it’s […]

Leaving Atheism: Peter Hitchens

posted by Scot McKnight

Brother of Christopher Hitchens… Peter Hitchens Author Interview–The Rage Against God from Gorilla Poet Productions on Vimeo. Author now of an autobiography: The Rage Against God: How Atheism Led Me to Faith. Was just sent this by a twitter friend.

Photo in Search of a Caption: What’s your suggestion?

posted by Scot McKnight

The Early Church: Perspective

posted by Scot McKnight

One of the themes at the Wheaton gathering on Evangelicals and the Early Church was how hard it is to get a grip on the early church, and it was said plenty of times that it takes long hours and […]

The Calling of God

posted by Scot McKnight

Jeremy Berg, a youth pastor, has offered a good set of ideas on “calling” and “vocation”.  Tell us what you think. We love to throw around the notion of career “calling” and “vocation,” both in the context of Christian ministry […]

Palm Sunday

posted by Scot McKnight

The Triumphal Entry 11:1 Now as they approached Jerusalem, near Bethphage and Bethany, at the Mount of Olives, Jesus sent two of his disciples 11:2 and said to them, “Go to the village ahead of you. As soon as you enter it, you […]

Prayer for the Week

posted by Scot McKnight

Almighty and everliving God, in your tender love for the human race you sent your Son our Savior Jesus Christ to take upon him our nature, and to suffer death upon the cross, giving us the example of his great […]

Good for the kids

posted by Scot McKnight

From our neck of the woods… To say the kids got a hands-on lesson in charity would be an understatement. In classic bucket-brigade style Friday morning, nearly 1,300 Wauconda High School students passed more than 8,000 food items along a […]

Grace.Transcends.Grace.Welcomes

posted by Scot McKnight

Perhaps you grew up in a rule-oriented religion. Perhaps you found yourself in the church one day, looked around, and wondered if you really knew God or if you were one who only knew what it was like to be […]

Rural Doctors: What to do?

posted by Scot McKnight

What can be done? Anyone have some wisdom on this one? The shortage of rural physicians is a “huge problem,” said Dr. Howard Rabinowitz, professor of family and community medicine at Thomas Jefferson University’s Medical College. “About 20% of the […]

Weekly Meanderings

posted by Scot McKnight

UberBubble with BubbleMeister! Please pray. Conversion as process and Crazy Heart with Alyce McKenzie. Speaking of conversion, J.K.A. Smith, instead of reviewing Francis Beckwith’s memoir, decides to unleash … well, there’s got to be something more going on here. Please sing […]

A Sri Lankan Christian asks us a question

posted by Scot McKnight

This from Vinoth Ramachandra… please read it all if you can, but here’s a clip of the end of the piece. What would you say to the question at the end? And I’d love to hear some Republican Christians explain […]

Who’s the Happiest? Is it Economical?

posted by Scot McKnight

From Michael Kruse… Michael here reflects on a TED lecture on happiness, and you might be interested in a piece I wrote on happiness a couple years back. But Michael has found a fascinating study on what it is that […]

The Main Problem is…

posted by Scot McKnight

Allan Bevere, at his blog, engages the Christian and the State issue, and here’s a major idea. My thesis throughout this multi-part discussion will be that the main reason the practices of discipleship are in such sad shape in Western […]

Andrew Sullivan, the Pope and…

posted by Scot McKnight

Andrew Sullivan, at the Daily Dish, is obsessed with speculation on the stunted sexuality of abusing priests, which would probably be hard to deny, but does not dwell enough on two things: 1. Mercy and care for the children, many […]

From Socialism to Market Economy: Michael Kruse

posted by Scot McKnight

Michael Kruse, one of our favorite bloggers and readers of this blog and constant commenter, has drafted up for us a useful sketch of the economic systems at work right not in political rhetoric. [BTW: on Scandinavia.] What is socialism? […]

The Loser Letters 1

posted by Scot McKnight

I’m a fan of C.S. Lewis’ The Screwtape Letters , as much for its insight into human nature as anything else, and I think Lewis now has a rival: The Loser Letters , by Mary Eberstadt. But instead of insight into […]

Preaching, One More Time

posted by Scot McKnight

I’m interested in narrative preaching, and by that I don’t mean telling stories but making the sermon itself a narrative or a story. Just how that is done is not so easy to explain, and I’ve heard a number of […]

Europespeak and American Christians

posted by Scot McKnight

I tweeted this two days ago: I’m embarrassed at how American Christians talk about “Europe.” Embarrassing. That tweet then appeared on my FB account and drew a conversation — some 74 comments. I appreciate the zeal of these folks; I […]

The Future of the Catholic Church in Ireland

posted by Scot McKnight

This from our friend in Ireland, Patrick Mitchel, a professor and leader. He has no desire to bash the Catholic Church, but he’s as grim as many. Let me say that this is a serious, serious issue, and while I […]

After You Believe 7

posted by Scot McKnight

Tom Wright’s newest book, After You Believe: Why Christian Character Matters , finishes off with practical suggestions of how to live out being the “royal priesthood” and living out the virtues in such a way that we become the image bearers (Eikons) God […]

The Health Care Plan: What do you not like about it?

posted by Scot McKnight

Yesterday we heard a variety of voices on what is to be liked about the new health care plan. Today we want to hear what you don’t like about it. But because of yesterday I’m going to create a few […]

Eugene Peterson: Practice Resurrection 8

posted by Scot McKnight

Eugene Peterson, in his new book, Practice Resurrection: A Conversation on Growing Up in Christ  explores the church in Ephesians 2, and lands upon an idea worth pondering today: Do we focus on the function of the Church or the ontology of […]

The Health Care Plan: What do you like about it?

posted by Scot McKnight

Tomorrow will be different. But today I want to ask one simple question and I ask you to weigh in: What do you like about the new health care plan? Or,  How do you think it will help? What advantages […]

What’s a “Biblical” Family? Do You Want One?

posted by Scot McKnight

There’s some interest in a post by Stephen Holmes, a fine theologian in Scotland with a fine book on theology and tradition (Listening to the Past: The Place of Tradition in Theology ), over a post of his about the […]

After You Believe 6

posted by Scot McKnight

Tom Wright’s newest book is about virtue ethics, about how we move from where we are through habituation so we can arrive at the goal. This is all found in After You Believe: Why Christian Character Matters . Having looked at […]

Now Brewing: Ruta Maya

posted by Scot McKnight

When we were down in Katy Texas, Marlin Fenn introduced me to Ruta Maya coffee, and he was kind enough to send me a bag of beans. Organic, medium roast — and very good. The coffee company is out of […]

Prayer for the Week

posted by Scot McKnight

Almighty God, you alone can bring into order the unruly wills and affections of sinners: Grant your people grace to love what you command and desire what you promise; that, among the swift and varied changes of the world, our […]

Saturday Afternoon Book Review: Rob Merola

posted by Scot McKnight

Rob Merola was one of my finest (and “favoritest”) students at TEDS. He fell in love with another one of my favorites, Linda, and they are now married and ministering in Sterling Heights Virginia at St Matthew’s Episcopal. I follow […]

Journeys

posted by Scot McKnight

I’ve been thinking of journeys recently. The last two days I sat in sessions at the Wheaton gathering on Evangelicals and the Early Church and heard a number journeys from a conservative evangelical past to a confessional evangelicalism or to […]

One of My Favorites

posted by Scot McKnight

Again, David Brooks

posted by Scot McKnight

From the NYTimes: The United States is becoming a broken society. The public has contempt for the political class. Public debt is piling up at an astonishing and unrelenting pace. Middle-class wages have lagged. Unemployment will remain high. It will […]

Our Mutual Motherly Ministry

posted by Scot McKnight

When I was at Synergy conference in Orlando, I gave a plenary address and chose a tricky topic. Kris said “Why?” and then said “Be careful.” My answers, “Because it’s in Paul” and “I will, real careful.” And I tried. […]

Can We Be Friends? (A woman asks a married man.)

posted by Scot McKnight

Gilbert Meilaender, in a well-known essay originally published in First Things, explored the classical issues surrounding an issue that emerged yesterday in our reposting of Carolyn Custis James’ post. The issue is this: Can a married man be a serious […]

After You Believe 5

posted by Scot McKnight

Tom Wright’s newest book is about virtue ethics, about how we move from where we are through habituation so we can arrive at the goal. This is all found in After You Believe: Why Christian Character Matters . For a long, […]

John Ortberg’s Newest Book

posted by Scot McKnight

It’s an odd experience to be reading three books on the Christian life at once, and what makes the experience oddest is that the books couldn’t be more different. I’m focusing here on John Ortberg’s new book, The Me I […]

What Pastors Believe (and don’t believe)

posted by Scot McKnight

The Washington Post has a fascinating question and discussion going on, and I want to import their questions to this site and carry on the discussion here, and if you have the time, read the report by Daniel Dennett and […]

Views Correlate

posted by Scot McKnight

One’s view of women says what one’s view of men is; one’s view of men says what one’s view of women is. If you think of women as the temptress, you think of men as seduced. Carolyn Custis James has […]

Eugene Peterson: Practice Resurrection 7

posted by Scot McKnight

Eugene Peterson, in his new book, Practice Resurrection: A Conversation on Growing Up in Christ  explores Paul and the saints in Ephesians 1:15-23. He’s got a good realistic section on the meaning of “saint,” which is something God has done to us […]

Our Public Education

posted by Scot McKnight

President Obama has taken new steps to improve public education, and part of his plan is to overhaul the No Child Left Behind program. I come from a family of public educators, and I’m glad Obama is focusing again on […]

After You Believe 4

posted by Scot McKnight

Tom Wright’s newest book is about virtue ethics, about how we move from where we are through habituation so we can arrive at the goal. This is all found in After You Believe: Why Christian Character Matters . A development in […]

Aksel and Kris on Tampa Bay

posted by Scot McKnight

Brooks Nails it

posted by Scot McKnight

David Brooks gets it when it comes to how people are sketching Obama. If you ask a conservative Republican, you are likely to hear that Obama is a skilled politician who campaigned as a centrist but is governing as a […]

Law at the Jesus Creed: David Opderbeck

posted by Scot McKnight

We have a number of guest writers on this blog, including RJS (who writes twice per week and has done so for a long, long time — and I’m exceedingly grateful for her gift to this blog) and Michael Kruse. […]

Hey, Mr. Falwell, Read Your Bible

posted by Scot McKnight

I’m amazed at the comments being made by some evangelicals, in this case the son of Jerry Falwell, that “charity” is purely voluntary and individual, and that charity is not designed by God or by Jesus to be something done […]

Aksel, Ready for Bed!

posted by Scot McKnight

The Basic Christian: John Stott

posted by Scot McKnight

Christians shaped during the 70s and 80s are more often than not shaped by John R.W. Stott. I know I was. It may be a sign of aging to be disappointed when I mention Stott and the person asks, “Who?” […]

Prayer for the Week

posted by Scot McKnight

Gracious Father, whose blessed Son Jesus Christ came down from heaven to be the true bread which gives life to the world: Evermore give us this bread, that he may live in us, and we in him; who lives and […]

Saturday Afternoon Book Review: Jeff Borden

posted by Scot McKnight

This review comes from Jeff Borden, who has a fine blog called iCrucified. It is reviews like this that make our Saturday Afternoon spot a witness to the need of a blog to have regular, intelligent contributors (like Jeff) to […]

Feeling Your Faith: Matthew Elliott

posted by Scot McKnight

Matthew Elliott is the author of two fine books on emotions and the Christian faith, and he has agreed to offer this post today for our conversation. I’m grateful for his work and I hope we can have a good […]

4Days4Justice

posted by Scot McKnight

I’m happy to announce a conference at North Park Seminary on justice.

Textbooks in Texas

posted by Scot McKnight

As Texas goes, so goes public school textbooks in the USA. The debate is about “balance” and about “fair description” of history and about conservatives wanting their point of view in the textbooks, and a Dr. Don McLeroy is a […]

How to keep your battery going

posted by Scot McKnight

From the NY Times by Eric Taub… What are your suggestions for lengthening the battery during the day? If you’re a recent convert to smartphones, you’re probably still discovering all the amazing things that your new BlackBerry, Android phone oriPhone can […]

Liberated from Legalism 6

posted by Scot McKnight

Once again, we have been set free in Christ and the Spirit is adequate to guide us into all God wants of us. Again… Legalism is any practice or belief that is added to the gospel that compromises the sufficiency […]

After You Believe 3

posted by Scot McKnight

The question, what do you do after you believe, is the subject of Tom Wright’s new book: After You Believe: Why Christian Character Matters . Today I want to examine what Tom sees as the three ways Christians have framed […]

Will Jesus Buy Me a Double-Wide?

posted by Scot McKnight

I may be biased toward Southern writers, and I may be biased because I’m a fan of Karen Spears Zacharias, but the truth of the story is this: her next book, Will Jesus Buy Me a Double-Wide?: (‘Cause I Need […]

Eugene Peterson: Practice Resurrection 6

posted by Scot McKnight

Eugene Peterson, in his new book, Practice Resurrection: A Conversation on Growing Up in Christ  examines the poetic significance of Ephesians 1:3-14, one long, long sentence in Greek — and it’s all about God. (I post the passage after the jump.) […]

The Silence of Empire: Allan Bevere

posted by Scot McKnight

My friend, a pastor and a professor, Allan Bevere, keeps up with the political stuff better than I do, and this post is one worth citing in whole. Allan calls into question the prominence of empire language when Bush was […]

Liberated from Legalism 5

posted by Scot McKnight

Remember again what legalism is: Legalism is any practice or belief that is added to the gospel that compromises the sufficiency of Christ as Savior and jeopardizes the adequacy of the Spirit in moral guidance. Legalism then is the charge […]

After You Believe 2

posted by Scot McKnight

The question, what do you do after you believe, is the subject of Tom Wright’s new book: After You Believe: Why Christian Character Matters . How do we combine the grace of God with the efforts of humans to grow […]

Our Evening Prayers … for iMonk

posted by Scot McKnight

Sad news today posted at iMonk’s blog by Chaplain Mike. Our prayers are with him, with Denise and family, and all those who know and love Michael Spencer. Chaplain Mike received this update from Denise Spencer today. It is with […]

Hey, Glenn Beck, Listen to Jesus

posted by Scot McKnight

Glenn Beck has now urged folks to get up and leave their church if the church website mentions “social” or “economic” justice.  Here are his words: I’m begging you, your right to religion and freedom to exercise religion and read […]

Eugene Peterson: Practice Resurrection 5

posted by Scot McKnight

Eugene Peterson, in his new book, Practice Resurrection: A Conversation on Growing Up in Christ  explores the significance of the Ascension for the Church. Ephesians 4: 4:7 But to each one of us grace was given according to the measure of the […]

After You Believe 1

posted by Scot McKnight

This is our first post in a new series on Tom Wright’s newest book, and today I want to settle on his central question and his central answer.  The central question Tom Wright asks in his new book, a book […]

Liberated from Legalism 4

posted by Scot McKnight

We looked last week at legalism and freedom, and this week I want to give three days — with three points each day — of the way Paul’s letter to the Galatians shows how to live our way out of […]

Law at the Jesus Creed: David Opderbeck on Social Contract

posted by Scot McKnight

The Christian Tradition and a Social Theory of Contract “Freedom to contract” is one of the pillars of libertarian economic theory (the other being “protection of private property rights”).  The principle of freedom to contract suggests that government should avoid […]

Male Church Attendance: Bradley Wright

posted by Scot McKnight

Brad Wright is an excellent sociologist and has a fantastic book coming out from Bethany that will squash some widely-reported and repeated myths about Christians. Here is his study results of the official census data on male church attendance. There […]

Prayer for the Week

posted by Scot McKnight

Almighty God, you know that we have no power in ourselves to help ourselves: Keep us both outwardly in our bodies and inwardly in our souls, that we may be defended from all adversities which may happen to the body, […]

Saturday Afternoon Book Review: Matt Edwards

posted by Scot McKnight

Corbett, Steve and Brian Fikkert. When Helping Hurts: Alleviating Poverty Without Hurting the Poor. . .and Ourselves . Chicago: Moody, 2009. Steve Corbett is the community development specialist for the Chalmers Center for Economic Development, and an assistant professor in […]

Weekly Meanderings

posted by Scot McKnight

Kris and I will be in Florida this next week on Spring Break, visiting with Lukas and Annika and Aksel. But today we are in Orlando speaking at Synergy’s event. I will be talking about how Paul saw himself in […]

Our Kids in Swaziland

posted by Scot McKnight

At the end of month most of us take a good look at our checkbook or our bank accounts to see if we made it. Most of us, when we want something to eat, go to the refrigerator or the […]

Liberated from Legalism 3

posted by Scot McKnight

In our first two posts, we looked at legalism. Today I want to sketch what “Freedom” means for Paul, and then next week I want to sketch some simple procedures we can use to liberate ourselves from legalism. Freedom is […]

Wheaton Conference on Evangelicals and Early Church

posted by Scot McKnight

If you’re in this area, think about attending this conference.  

NT Wright on Genesis (RJS)

posted by Jesus Creed Admin

Late last week the BioLogos blog Science and the Sacred posted another video clip featuring NT Wright. In this clip he discusses the dating of Genesis 1-3 and what he sees as the impact of these texts on first century […]

Liberated from Legalism 2

posted by Scot McKnight

We are looking into the matter of legalism in the Christian life and in the Church. We have argued that the issue in legalism can’t be reduced to having rules, but today I want to look at this issue of […]

Wheaton Conference, March 18-19

posted by Scot McKnight

There are plenty of ideas swirling around about the relationship of evangelicals to orthodoxy and the early church, and so I am looking forward to this conference. (Here for link to registration.) 9:30-10:30 AM Registration 10:30-11:30 AM Plenary Address: Christopher A. […]

After You Believe: Announcement

posted by Scot McKnight

Beginning next week, I will begin a series on Tom Wright’s new book, After You Believe: Why Christian Character Matters , and hope you can get the book and read along with us. This book is about Christian virtue and […]

Driscoll, the Chickified Male, and the Masculine Image

posted by Scot McKnight

The following clip comes from an informed blog by Richard Beck, a professor of psychology at Abilene Christian University. (You might want to go to the blog to read the whole post.) He examines Mark Driscoll’s male images and … […]

Christian as Consumers

posted by Scot McKnight

I don’t have a problem with Christian bookstores, where everything (or nearly everything) is purchased, marketed and sold to and for Christians. Pete, the man who fixes our cars when they need help, is overtly Christian and I trust him […]

Liberated from Legalism 1

posted by Scot McKnight

I want to begin a series on how Galatians helps us see that we are liberated from “legalism.” This series will normally not be a midday series, but today it will be. I should have posts on this topic both […]

Is Death Final? 3

posted by Scot McKnight

Dante took theology about the afterlife and turned it into an epic adventure, modeling his story on Homer’s stories and on Virgil’s famous The Aeneid and in many ways taking them to the next millennia of history. In the East, […]

Monday Afternoon Question for Discussion

posted by Scot McKnight

Should humans “captivate” killer whales and other animals, deprive these animals of their normal life and habitat and risk the lives of humans?  What do you say?

Midday Prayer

posted by Scot McKnight

Heavenly Father, in you we live and have our being:  We humbly pray you so to guide and govern us by your Holy Spirit, that in all the cares and occupations of our life we may not forget you, but […]

Midday Posts on Spring Break

posted by Scot McKnight

My midday Bible posts are on break for a couple of weeks. I will begin a long, long series on the Book of Psalms, exploring this theme: What image of God do we find in the prayers of Israel in […]

Eugene Peterson: Practice Resurrection 3

posted by Scot McKnight

In Eugene Peterson’s new book, Practice Resurrection: A Conversation on Growing Up in Christ , Peterson probes into his own history and his own experience of the church to draw out some powerful — stunning might be the better word — observations […]

What Americans Really Believe

posted by Scot McKnight

If I were a seminary president, which I’m not, or if I were a seminary dean, which I’m not, I’d require both professors and students to read a book a year — together — about the current state of the […]

Prayer for the Week

posted by Scot McKnight

O God, whose glory it is always to have mercy: Be gracious to all who have gone astray from your ways, and bring them again with penitent hearts and steadfast faith to embrace and hold fast the unchangeable truth of your […]

Saturday Afternoon Book Review: Aaron Fudge

posted by Scot McKnight

We have reserved Saturday afternoons, otherwise a slow time in the blog world, for book reviews. I ask reviewers to keep it under 3000 words, above 1500 words, and to summarize the book accurately and comprehensively. And, bring some critique. […]

The Man in Black

posted by Scot McKnight

It would be Johnny Cash’s 78th Birthday, so to honor him: Jackson!

Wow, an “oldy but goody”

posted by Scot McKnight

The Creeds at the Jesus Creed: David Opderbeck

posted by Scot McKnight

The Problem with Paleo-Orthodoxy I’m taking a break from my usual “Law” columns to write about something that’s been bothering me a bit.  We have been talking here on Jesus Creed about the value and importance of the early Christian Creeds.  It’s […]

What to do? (RJS)

posted by Jesus Creed Admin

I received an e-mail last week and have gotten similar questions in the past – so I will put it up to you for insight or approach: I agree … that it is helpful to understand Chapters 1 and 2 […]

A Letter, Now Opened

posted by Scot McKnight

This letter about what it is like to be a woman at a seminary, in this case TEDS and I’m convinced her experience is found at other seminaries. If you know about my book, mentioned below, I tell some of […]

Beliefnet Survey: Time to Express yourself

posted by Scot McKnight

Beliefnet wants to know what you think, so please take the time for this short survey. And you can record your thoughts in the Comment box below, too. 

Is Death Final? 2

posted by Scot McKnight

This Lent I’m reading the pious and and learned study of Archbishop Hilarion Alfeyev (Christ the Conqueror of Hell: The Descent into Hades from an Orthodox Perspective ), and I have wanted to read an Eastern Orthodox study of the […]

Katy United Methodist Church

posted by Scot McKnight

It was no hardship to fly from this snowy weather to Texas last weekend, but that was hardly important once we arrived. We had a splendid time of ministry at the Katy First United Methodist. Art and Judy Coen are […]

Law at the Jesus Creed: David Opderbeck

posted by Scot McKnight

Mission, Accommodation, and the Rule of Law … David Opderbeck is a professor of law at Seton Hall University and blogs at Through a Glass Darkly. Debates over law and “culture war” issues, particularly concerning abortion and gay marriage, revolve […]

We’re in Texas, so we’ve got a Texas question…

posted by Scot McKnight

What is the Texans’ best contribution to world of music?

Friday Night at the Movies: To Save a Life Review

posted by Scot McKnight

MOVIE REVIEW: “To Save A Life” by Jeremy Berg www.jeremyberg.org This review is a for all youth workers out there!   Every few months youth pastors get a promotional box in the mail luring them to jump on the bandwagon […]

A Lenten Prayer (Christine Sine)

posted by Scot McKnight

Christine Sine’s Lenten Prayer: We have chosen to fast Not with ashes but with actions Not with sackcloth but in sharing Not in thoughts but in deeds We will give up our abundance To share our food with the hungry […]

Is Death Final?

posted by Scot McKnight

Not too long ago we posted a series on what is now being called evangelical universalism, and if you recall it is a view that believes death results from sin, and that following death unbelievers experience hell. But the big […]

What were you doing when you first heard this song?

posted by Scot McKnight

Mary among the Buckeyes

posted by Scot McKnight

I had the rare opportunity to get to preach about the life of Mary, who is “one of us,” last weekend in Westerville OH, just outside Columbus, at Heritage Christian Church. It was Valentine’s Day, plenty of people were wearing […]

When I grow up, I’ll be a…

posted by Scot McKnight

Recently I found this piece on BBC News, and think we could have a conversation. What did you want to do when you were eleven? (I wanted to be a professional athlete, but the sport changed from season to season. […]

Iona’s Famous Preacher

posted by Scot McKnight

The (re)founder of the Iona Community was George Macleod, and I recently read a splendid biography of him (George MacLeod: Founder of the Iona Community – A Biography ).  So inspired was I by his story, a story of someone […]

40 Days for Lent

posted by Scot McKnight

Just in case you aren’t aware, Paraclete now has 40 Days Living the Jesus Creed up on an e-mail subscription here, and you can get a taste of it from the YouTube video below. If you want the book, you […]

NIV Psalter

posted by Scot McKnight

There has been so much interest in this new Psalter, we’re posting this post again. I knew it would eventually be done, and it has: Paraclete has produced a beautiful NIV Psalter called: The Paraclete Psalter: A 4-Week Cycle for […]

The Modern Sacred Family

posted by Scot McKnight

Some good folks and friends of ours are working out exercises for families to participate in the Church calendar. Check it out… Here are some activities for the family and an individual for Lent.

Kids, Obesity, Sports and…?

posted by Scot McKnight

Yes, you guessed right if you said “video games.” Check out this report, and tell me what you see going on…. What are your suggestions? Is any church actually working on this issue with parents and kids? Suburban youth baseball […]

Narrative Preaching 4

posted by Scot McKnight

Tom Long takes on the many, many American manifestations of the gnostic impulse in his new book, Preaching from Memory to Hope. Some will not like this as an example, but here it is: “The old American revival hymn wonders about […]

Prayer for the Week

posted by Scot McKnight

O God, who before the passion of your only begotten Son revealed his glory upon the holy mountain: Grant to us that we, beholding by faith the light of his countenance, may be strengthened to bear our cross, and be changed […]

Saturday Afternoon Book Review: Art Boulet

posted by Scot McKnight

This review is by Art Boulet, a student now at Princeton Theological Seminary, and a great blogger-friend. The book being review is John Sailhamer, The Meaning of the Pentateuch: Revelation, Composition and Interpretation . John was a colleague-friend of mine […]

Bring Back PE!

posted by Scot McKnight

The Greeks and Romans got this right. Part of education is a healthy body, and if our public schools want to educate students completely (and holistically) they need to bring back a vigorous and education-filled physical education program. Our First […]

Tea Party as Emerging Politics (yes)

posted by Scot McKnight

Read these few paragraphs carefully and you will see that the major impulses of the emerging movement some years back and the Tea Party are quite similar … except, of course, that it is a conservative, grass-roots political movement mostly […]

Narrative Preaching 3

posted by Scot McKnight

Tom Long, in true pastorally responsible fashion, is not afraid of biting off major food offerings in the American religious context, so in his new book, Preaching from Memory to Hope , he takes on the rise of gnosticism. After the […]

Which Side is More … Condescending?

posted by Scot McKnight

Did you read this piece in The Washington Post? The writer, one Gerard Alexander, examines the condescending narratives being used frequently by Democrats and in the American media. The statistics, which are on a pie graph at the site, show […]

Mystery of Dinosaur Extinction Resolved

posted by Scot McKnight

Childhood Obesity

posted by Scot McKnight

Our First Lady has taken up a great cause, childhood obesity. Judith Gunlock, who writes for the National Review, likes the First Lady’s personal behaviors with her daughters but wonders if there’s a disconnect then with her proposals. Here are […]

NoPhone Zone

posted by Scot McKnight

What do you think? Texting while driving is dangerous; some States have “illegalized” texting while driving. But do you support the new applications for cell phones that shut down the phone’s capacity to “text” while driving (shutting the phone down […]

Jesus and MMA (Mixed Martial Arts)

posted by Scot McKnight

I read this piece by James-Michael Smith the other day, and I thought it was so good I lifted a couple paragraphs and would love to have a discussion here: What do you think of “manly” and “fighting” images for […]

Prayer for the Week

posted by Scot McKnight

Set us free, O God, from the bondage of our sins, and give us the liberty of that abundant life which you have made known to us in your Son our Savior Jesus Christ; who lives and reigns with you, […]

Unpaid Ad for North Park University

posted by Scot McKnight

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Yougottabekiddin’ me!

posted by Scot McKnight

Did you see this? We need to write the NCAA to petition that this sort of nonsense be changed. Recruiting is bad enough; football recruiting probably the worst, but recruiting 13-years olds is out of bounds — and USC backers […]

Your Prediction?

posted by Scot McKnight

Who do you think will win — the Saints or the Colts? And by how much?  What are the most important factors influencing your prediction?

Jesus Creed and Swaziland

posted by Scot McKnight

Whether you look to the laws of Deuteronomy on caring for the poor and widows and orphans, or to the prophets criticizing the leaders for oppressing the marginalized, or to Jesus’ blessing of those who were otherwise overlooked and oppressed, […]

Law at the Jesus Creed: David Opderbeck on Kuyper

posted by Scot McKnight

Kuyper, the State, and the American Revolution Many evangelicals interested in law and public policy appreciate Dutch Reformed theologian Abraham Kuyper’s thought.  Kuyper developed a rich theology of “common grace,” by which he believed God continually sustains the fallen creation.  The idea of common […]

Mid-Life Seminary Move?

posted by Scot McKnight

One of our readers is well-employed and competent, but is now considering a mid-life change to attend seminary and pursue — well, he’s not sure if it will lead to church ministry or possible academia. He’s asked to open this […]

John Walton, Genesis 1-2, and Vern Poythress

posted by Scot McKnight

John Walton’s new book on Genesis (The Lost World of Genesis One: Ancient Cosmology and the Origins Debate ), which essentially argues that Genesis 1 is about the function of materials instead of the construction or creation of materials, was […]

What’s Marko Doing?

posted by Scot McKnight

One of our friends, Mark Oestreicher, was for years a leader at Youth Specialties, and he followed the legendary Mike Yaconelli. Well, Marko has been pondering for a good while now “what’s next?” in his youth ministry life, and there […]

Brian McLaren on Fundamentalism 2

posted by Scot McKnight

Yesterday: From Brian McLaren’s blog: Quiz:When I am presented with a new idea or proposal, my first question is more likely to be …___A. Is it acceptable to my religious/ideological community or belief system?___B. Is it possibly true, valuable, and […]

Eating While Driving

posted by Scot McKnight

From Associated Press: LOWELL, Mass. (AP) – Police said a Massachusetts lumber truck crashed into a home after the driver was knocked unconscious by a small chili from Wendy’s. Lowell police said Eric Gremm reported that he choked on the […]

McLaren on Fundamentalism 1

posted by Scot McKnight

From Brian McLaren’s blog, and wondering what you think of this way of putting the difference between fundamentalists and the curious (non fundamentalists)? Quiz:When I am presented with a new idea or proposal, my first question is more likely to […]

Apologetics from the Side

posted by Scot McKnight

This time from Christopher Hitchens, who was interviewed in The Portland Monthly by Marilyn Sewell, whose words are in bold: The religion you cite in your book is generally the fundamentalist faith of various kinds. I’m a liberal Christian, and […]

Free eBook about Connection in a Disconnected Age

posted by Scot McKnight

Chris Smith, who is doing all of us a great service in that he has created Englewood Review of Books — an online book review magazine, has now published an eBook and it’s free if you want to download it. […]

A Special Weekend

posted by Scot McKnight

Not long ago I spoke to the leaders of one of my favorite churches, Irving Bible Church in Irving Texas. IBC was one of the first churches where I spoke about the Jesus Creed a few years back, and I […]

Web of Theology

posted by Scot McKnight

Here is a post from Jeremy Berg about Dan Kent’s new program that is a self-assessment tool for Theology. I could see Depts of Theology dipping into the school budget to finance students taking the test and then using it […]

Prayer of the Week

posted by Scot McKnight

Almighty and everlasting God, you govern all things both in heaven and on earth: Mercifully hear the supplications of your people, and in our time grant us your peace; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you […]

Friday Night at the Movies

posted by Scot McKnight

Kris and I aren’t big movie buffs, but many of you are. Since this blog is for all of us, I thought I’d follow up on the suggestion of one our readers and start something new: Friday Night at the […]

James Emery White: “I am a book man”

posted by Scot McKnight

I was sent this piece written by James Emery White, liked it so much I posted it here. The link at the bottom will take you to the originating site. Give Me a Book I am, unashamedly, a book man. […]

Saturday Afternoon Book Review: Chris Ridgeway

posted by Scot McKnight

Chris Ridgeway, the reviewer of this book and my former research assistant, is the national Staff Program Manager for Great Commission Ministries, and blogs on theology from a digital context at www.theodigital.com… And Chris wrote a thesis on internet and Bible, […]

Saturday Afternoon Book Review: Reviewers

posted by Scot McKnight

If you would like to write a review of a book (somewhere between 2 and 3000 words), do notify me through this post in the comment box below. Many have written in to say how much they are appreciating this […]

20th Century’s Biggest Change in Evangelicalism

posted by Scot McKnight

The 20th Century began with war between evangelicals or fundamentalists and liberals or modernists. Not only were doctrines under dispute but there was another dispute: was the gospel designed to address spiritual or social problems? It can be said that […]

Creators and Intellectuals

posted by Scot McKnight

I recently found myself reading Thomas Sowell’s newest book, Intellectuals and Society , a study of intellectuals — those who are dedicated to ideas and who, in his estimation, are growing in public influence but who are also woefully uninformed […]

Was Avatar Anti-Religious

posted by Scot McKnight

Some are arguing strenuously against the megahit movie Avatar. The general complaints are that James Cameron’s movie, while a powerful visual experience, is: Pro-environment Anti-religious Liberal, left-wing agenda Anti-military Worship of nature What do you think?

Jesus and Bonhoeffer

posted by Scot McKnight

My Jesus of Nazareth class this semester has a new wrinkle. We begin by reciting the Jesus Creed, we have a short quiz, and then — here’s the new part — I read aloud 2-3 pages from Dietrich Bonhoeffer’s classic: […]

iPad … what do you think?

posted by Scot McKnight

What do you think of Apple’s announcement?

Ban the Burqa?

posted by Scot McKnight

The French are now proposing a partial ban of women wearing the burqa. First, one has to decide if the burqa is religious (since not all Muslims wear them and since it is not required by Koran, it can’t be […]

A Letter about Doubt: A response

posted by Scot McKnight

Yesterday I posted a letter from a young adult who is struggling to regain some lost ground in faith. Your responses were wonderful, and today I’d like to sketch the answers that I outlined last week when I got the […]

Stimulus Plan and the Populace

posted by Scot McKnight

Evidently, the numbers are showing the American populace is unpersuaded about the value of the stimulus plan. When I read this, here are the two thoughts that came to mind: first, do we measure the value of a stimulus package […]

A Letter about Doubt

posted by Scot McKnight

I got this note last week from a reader and publish it with permission. Today I ask you to respond and provide your wisdom, and tomorrow I will offer my response.  Dear Scot McKnight, I am Jacob. I have been […]

Wheaton 2

posted by Scot McKnight

Andrew Chignell’s piece on Wheaton will surely be of interest to many readers of the Jesus Creed blog, not the least of which reasons is that “where Wheaton goes, there goes evangelicalism.” So, the question Andrew writes is the question […]

Wheaton 1

posted by Scot McKnight

Andrew Chignell wrote recently about the future of Wheaton, but his piece went through some editorial issues… I clip a bit here: The topic is obviously a delicate one, and though I grew up in Wheaton, Illinois and graduated from […]

Prayer of the Week

posted by Scot McKnight

Give us grace, O Lord, to answer readily the call of our Savior Jesus Christ and proclaim to all people the Good News of his salvation, that we and the whole world may perceive the glory of his marvelous works; […]

If You Could Make One Unhealthy Food Healthy…

posted by Scot McKnight

What would it be?

Bible Verses on Military Guns?

posted by Scot McKnight

Did you see this? A student sent this link to me, I read the article, was amazed. Here’s a clip of the article… Coded references to New Testament Bible passages about Jesus Christ are inscribed on high-powered rifle sights provided […]

Law at the Jesus Creed: Red State, Blue State (by David Opderbeck)

posted by Scot McKnight

Red State, Blue State, Law and Mission My “law” post for this week will diverge a bit from the topic of “law” per se to discuss why I believe a missional approach to “law” is vital.  The springboard for this post is an essay from […]

Kristof on Haiti

posted by Scot McKnight

From the NYTimes: Why is Haiti so poor? Is it because Haitians are dimwitted or incapable of getting their act together? Haiti isn’t impoverished because the devil got his due; it’s impoverished partly because of debts due. France imposed a […]

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Let's Get Neanderthal!
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