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How to Help Haiti 4: David Brooks

posted by Scot McKnight

Here is the fourth part of David Brooks’ piece in NYTimes.  Fourth, it’s time to promote locally led paternalism. In this country, we first tried to tackle poverty by throwing money at it, just as we did abroad. Then we […]

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Chicken or Egg?

posted by Scot McKnight

Here’s a clip from the NYTimes on what comes first — liberalism or professor: The overwhelmingly liberal tilt of university professors has been explained by everything from outright bias to higher I.Q. scores. Now new research suggests that critics may […]

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How to Help Haiti 3: David Brooks

posted by Scot McKnight

We are reposting David Brooks’ piece from the NYTimes on Haiti. His third point, and one that will surely draw an instinctual reaction from many of us, is that Haiti has a cultural issue at work in its poverty. What […]

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Senator from Massachusetts: Scott Brown

posted by Scot McKnight

Senator Scott Brown beat Martha Coakley in the Massachusetts senatorial election yesterday. What struck me about this election are the following points and questions: 1. Sen Kennedy sat on that seat for 46 years.  2. The Presidential election had so […]

How to Help Haiti 2: David Brooks

posted by Scot McKnight

We are reposting David Brooks’ essay on Haiti from the NYTimes. Here’s his second point: The second hard truth is that micro-aid is vital but insufficient. Given the failures of macrodevelopment, aid organizations often focus on microprojects. More than 10,000 […]

God’s Beloved Life

posted by Scot McKnight

Last weekend Efrem Smith, author of The Hip-Hop Church: Connecting With the Movement Shaping Our Culture and a pastor from … in Minneapolis MN, preached at Willow Creek and all I can say is “Wow.” He blessed us and challenged […]

Responding to Brooks: A Reader’s Comment

posted by Scot McKnight

From one of the comments on David Brooks’ column, this one by Stephen Reichard: While some of what you say is true, you studiously avoid the very central role of the United States in the tragedy that is Haiti today. […]

How to Help Haiti 1: David Brooks

posted by Scot McKnight

We are reposting for discussion here bits of David Brooks’ essay in the NYTimes.  First point he makes: This is not a natural disaster story. This is a poverty story. It’s a story about poorly constructed buildings, bad infrastructure and […]

The Dream of Martin Luther King, Jr.

posted by Scot McKnight

Here’s the text of Martin Luther King’s famous speech/sermon/address in Washington DC. I remember watching it as a kid on TV.

Spiritual Formation for Children

posted by Scot McKnight

Many of us today went to church; many of us, whether we paid attention or not, passed by children’s ministry in our churches. Many of these ministries are called Sunday School. There was a day when SS class was about […]

Prayer of the Week

posted by Scot McKnight

Almighty God, whose Son our Savior Jesus Christ is the light of the world: Grant that your people, illumined by your Word and Sacraments, may shine with the radiance of Christ’s glory, that he may be known, worshipped, and obeyed […]

David Brooks on Haitian Poverty

posted by Scot McKnight

David Brooks, in the NYTimes, knows that relief is needed immediately but that a bigger issues looms in this discussion: that current “remedies” for poverty aren’t working — and Haiti is the best example because there are as many as 10,000 […]

A Question

posted by Scot McKnight

How much of our vision for what God is doing in this world is shaped by a belief that God saves us in order to have an intimate relationship with him (personal piety) that flows over into fellowship with others, […]

Ancient Hebrew Text Deciphered

posted by Scot McKnight

A link sent to me by a reader: A breakthrough in the research of the Bible has shed new light on the period in which the Bible could have been written, testifying to Hebrew writing abilities as early as the […]

World Vision Children in Haiti

posted by Scot McKnight

Kris and I have sponsored a child in Haiti for a few years, and we are glad to receive this report today from World Vision’s site: Note for sponsors with a sponsored child living in Haiti or the Dominican Republic: […]

Helping Haiti

posted by Scot McKnight

One way to help in Haiti is to give to the Haitian people and its healing and its reconstruction by contributing to Haiti Partners.  I recently read the memoir of working in Haiti by Kent Annan (Following Jesus Through the […]

A Thought on Haiti

posted by Scot McKnight

Last night I read this from Randy Harris, God Work – Confessions of a Standup Theologian:   One of the things we do as Christians is to try to pay attention to what God might be able to do in […]

What’s Your View?

posted by Scot McKnight

What’s your take on where contemporary Christians ought to tithe?  Is the tithe necessarily for the local church, or could one make a good biblical argument that as long as we tithe to God’s kingdom purposes on earth, we are […]

Souls in Transition 4

posted by Scot McKnight

So what is the religious life of emerging adults today like when compared to the last twenty-five years? What is it like when compared to other age groups? What Smith and Snell discovered in their fantastic new book: Souls in […]

Recession Generation?

posted by Scot McKnight

From CNN.com. Are you seeing any signs of this? Or do you see signs that the Recession Generation plans on a return to usual? We all know the type of person who came of age in the Great Depression. They […]

First Church Wethersfield

posted by Scot McKnight

Last weekend I (without Kris) flew to Hartford CT to speak at First Church Wethersfield, and I said “without Kris” because I messed up with the tickets — well, I forgot to book any tickets. Having now confessed my inattentive […]

“Strategic Defaulting” on Loans: What do you think?

posted by Scot McKnight

We don’t often enter into the business side of life or discuss loans and mortgages and foreclosures and bankruptcy, but this article — HT: RJS — suggests to me that there is something to be discussed here and we need […]

A Guide for Seminarians

posted by Scot McKnight

It is impossible to replace a classic, in part because classics are what they are because they are timeless and at the forefront of wisdom. Phillp G. Camp’s new book, Finding Your Way: A Guide to Seminary Life and Beyond […]

Prayer of the Week

posted by Scot McKnight

Father in heaven, who at the baptism of Jesus in the River Jordan proclaimed him your beloved Son and anointed him with the Holy Spirit: Grant that all who are baptized into his Name may keep the covenant they have […]

Saturday Afternoon Book Review

posted by Scot McKnight

This is the first installment of what we hope will become a feature of this blog: a solid book review on Saturday afternoon. This review, by Marius Nel (pastor in the Dutch Reformed Church and a Research Associate in the […]

Marriage Penalty in the Health Care Plan

posted by Scot McKnight

I saw this today in the WSJournal … (HT: RM) … anyone studied this? By MARTIN VAUGHAN WASHINGTON — Some married couples would pay thousands of dollars more for the same health insurance coverage as unmarried people living together, under the health […]

The New Desegregation?

posted by Scot McKnight

Wow, this is quite the story…. Call it the desegregation of the megachurches — and consider it a possible pivotal moment in the nation’s faith. Such rapid change in such big institutions “blows my mind,” says Emerson. Some of the […]

Souls in Transition 1

posted by Scot McKnight

Many of us have imbibed the theory that emerging adults, roughly those who are 18-29, are flocking away from the church and that the church needs to awaken to a potential crisis. I can think of books by Gabe Lyons […]

God is Great, God is Good

posted by Scot McKnight

We’ve all observed the rise of nothing less than aggressive atheism, some of which goes over the top in argument and some of which simply lays its cards on the table with confidence and fearlessness and says, “OK, Christian, make […]

Was 2009 the Year of Technology Change?

posted by Scot McKnight

From CNN: Engineers didn’t make huge improvements to technology in 2009. The year’s big tech names — Twitter, Facebook, Google, Apple, Amazon — all existed before January. Instead, this is the year technology changed us. At year’s end, we’re connected […]

It Was a Plot!

posted by Scot McKnight

I cannot comprehend how the hapless Bears could have won the last two weeks. They beat the best team in the NFC, the Minnesooooda Vikings, and then they beat the Lions. Two weekends in a row, two wins in a […]

Justice and Money: Baker and Rosner

posted by Scot McKnight

Social justice folks need to read this; those nervous about social justice folks also need to read this book: Tight Fists or Open Hands?: Wealth and Poverty in Old Testament Law . Why? This is a careful, descriptive, and fair-minded […]

Bono’s Top Ten for the Next Ten

posted by Scot McKnight

From the NYTimes: Bono makes ten suggestions for the next ten years. What do you think of his suggestions? (You can see his top ten at the link above.) IF we have overindulged in anything these past several days, it […]

Prayer of the Week

posted by Scot McKnight

O God, who wonderfully created, and yet more wonderfully restored, the dignity of human nature: Grant that we may share the divine life of him who humbled himself to share our humanity, your Son Jesus Christ; who lives and reigns with […]

New Year’s Resolutions: 5 Reasons Not To

posted by Scot McKnight

Some folks spend lots of energy poring over the previous year and committing themselves to improvement or to turning over a new leaf and so they make New Year’s Resolutions. I’d like to make a mild case why not to, […]

Evangelism: Jesus Style

posted by Scot McKnight

For a long time I’ve thought we needed a sensitive, historically-nuanced study of how Jesus interacted — at the gospeling level — with his contemporaries. But the book I had in mind couldn’t be in search of the “method” of […]

Sponsor a Child

posted by Scot McKnight

We are privileged people. Many children in the world are not, like this little orphaned child in Swaziland. Would you think of sponsoring this little child? At the Jesus Creed blog, we are asking you to consider joining Kris and me […]

Jim Wallis at His Best

posted by Scot McKnight

I began reading Jim Wallis when I was in seminary, and of all his books, my favorite is his book The Call to Conversion , which I consider to be a classic moral text for American Christianity. I’ve also enjoyed […]

Prayer of the Week

posted by Scot McKnight

Almighty God, you have poured upon us the new light of your incarnate Word: Grant that this light, enkindled in our hearts, may shine forth in our lives; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you, in […]

Evangelistic Tatts?

posted by Scot McKnight

What do you think of evangelistic tatts? In his Hitchhiker’s Guide To Evangelism   Bill Tenny-Brittian  addresses this issue — lots of tatts on Hitchhikers — by suggesting Leviticus 19:28 is not about tattoos and that there are good reasons […]

Incarnation of the Servant

posted by Scot McKnight

Joseph’s Song

posted by Scot McKnight

Immanuel

posted by Scot McKnight

Give a Child for Christmas

posted by Scot McKnight

We are privileged people. Many children in the world are not, like this little orphaned child in Swaziland. Would you think of making Christmas real for these children each day of the year by considering donating to HopeChest? At the […]

JMT: Another Favorite

posted by Scot McKnight

To All the Kids Who are Hyper-excited

posted by Scot McKnight

JMT: Maybe My Favorite

posted by Scot McKnight

The Best Explanation

posted by Scot McKnight

Today I read an article in the NYTimes that said New Yorkers are the least happiest of Americans.  What explains this? 1. The weather 2. The Wall Street 3. The traffic 4. The Yankees The answer would be: (after the […]

JMT: My Favorite

posted by Scot McKnight

Athlete of the Year?

posted by Scot McKnight

How in the world can a NASCAR driver, Jimmie Johnson, no matter how talented, be considered male “athlete” of the year? Is driving a car an athletic feat? CHARLOTTE, N.C. – There was little recognition outside the racing world when Jimmie […]

Invictus

posted by Scot McKnight

Forgiveness is hard work, requires a steely commitment to make reconciliation happen at the deepest and realistic levels, and filters down from a leader to the people. Sports and cheering for a team are capable of reconciling enemies and those […]

Copenhagen

posted by Scot McKnight

I have followed the reports out of Copenhagen about global climate changes, but am not hearing that much chat among bloggers … I ran through all my blogs late last week and don’t recall seeing one post on Copenhagen.  What […]

That is the Mystery!

posted by Scot McKnight

PhD in Theology, Norway, Great Stipend

posted by Scot McKnight

The University of Agder in Norway is announcing they will have two $52,000 stipends for PhD studies in theology.  The professor there I know is LeRon Shults, a world-class theologian, and this link will direct you to his blog/website for […]

Is the Dress Code Changing?

posted by Scot McKnight

I read in the NYTimes this morning that the younger generation, 20s and 30s, is now wearing more formal clothing to work and their dress contrasts ever more sharply with the 40s and 50s. Are you seeing this? Do you […]

And the Winner is…

posted by Scot McKnight

RJS, who got the right book (if not the only motive). I needed a new copy of Dickens, and I needed one with a bigger font — my old Oxford edition had too small of a font. So I got […]

The Beatles, according to historians

posted by Scot McKnight

Uganda and Homosexuality and Christians

posted by Scot McKnight

Sarah Pulliam Bailey, at CT, published yesterday both a report and an interview, and I’ve clipped a bit. The report focuses on Ugandan Christians who want the Western countries and Christians to stay out of Ugandan legal decisions… thoughts? Do […]

Mars Hill Reflections

posted by Scot McKnight

When I told my students that I was going to speak at Mars Hill, the Rob Bell Mars Hill, I had three immediate responses: (1) “The Real Rob Bell?” [Yes.] (2) “Why are they asking you?” [What does one say […]

Peter Rollins and His Relentless Paradoxes

posted by Scot McKnight

I will admit that I found Peter Rollins’ The Fidelity of Betrayal over the edge, but I did really like parts of his How (Not) to Speak of God. He loves paradoxes and he explores them and he creates them […]

Beyond a Dickens Christmas

posted by Scot McKnight

The response, mostly private, to the following book was so good I want to repost it: Verlyn Verbrugge is known to many authors as their editor, but few know of his expertise in reading and interpreting the Bible, so I’m […]

Advent Conspiracy at the Jesus Creed

posted by Scot McKnight

One way to make Christmas real is to spend less on ourselves and to give more, and Rick McKinley has called this the Advent Conspiracy. At the Jesus Creed blog, we are asking you to consider joining Kris and me in […]

Can Evangelicals be Universalists?

posted by Scot McKnight

Next week we will begin a short series on the question of whether or not evangelicals can be universalists, and to help us with that question we will be reading through and blogging about Gregory Macdonald’s book The Evangelical Universalist […]

To Scot from Scot (2009)

posted by Scot McKnight

We were with our kids recently, and they reminded me that one of their favorite Jesus Creed posts in previous years is when I offer a gift to a reader who guesses what is in my “to Scot from Scot” […]

To Look after Orphans: Mabanteneni CarePoint

posted by Scot McKnight

I have been saying for about a month now that I wanted to make a proposal with readers of the Jesus Creed blog. Today I would like to announce that I’m asking you to join Kris and me in supporting […]

Do We Need to Apologize?

posted by Scot McKnight

There’s a tendency on the part of some followers of Jesus to apologize for their faith and for the church. Such persons don’t like the terms “Christians” or “Christianity” and they’re doubly embarrassed about things the Church has done, especially […]

One Option

posted by Scot McKnight

Prayer of the Week

posted by Scot McKnight

Stir up your power, O Lord, and with great might come among us; and, because we are sorely hindered by our sins, let your bountiful grace and mercy speedily help and deliver us; through Jesus Christ our Lord, to whom, […]

Books of the Year 2009 (revised)

posted by Scot McKnight

I posted this last week, but want to post it again for those who have not yet seen it. I’ve added the book on introverts below and Jim Belcher’s book. There are some books that have come across my desk […]

Nobel Peace Speech by President Obama

posted by Scot McKnight

What did you think of Obama’s speech? (First bit below…, but this is the sort of speech that reflects either “gravitation toward the [political] mean” once in office, or a form of political posturing in the presence of Europeans and […]

Paul McCartney’s Greatest?

posted by Scot McKnight

Is this Paul McCartney’s greatest? If not, which is?

Festivus 2009

posted by Scot McKnight

No kidding, Luke and his friends had their 2009 version of Festivus (I wrote about this in Jesus Creed), and got Wrigley to post about it!

Mainline University Bias? My Response

posted by Scot McKnight

After reading the long post and many responses over at Parchment and Pen and after yesterday’s post, I have this response: Much of what Dan Wallace says is true and many “liberal” institutions are not all that “liberal” in that […]

Prayer of the Week

posted by Scot McKnight

Merciful God, who sent your messengers the prophets to preach repentance and prepare the way for our salvation: Give us grace to heed their warnings and forsake our sins, that we may greet with joy the coming of Jesus Christ […]

Learning St. Thomas Aquinas

posted by Scot McKnight

A theologian friend of mine sent me this: Why study Thomas Aquinas?  By almost everyone’s admission Aquinas was the most important philosopher for almost 2,000 years between Aristotle and Descartes.  But Peter Kreeft of Boston College has another answer:  ‘My […]

Lutheran Airlines

posted by Scot McKnight

An Award

posted by Scot McKnight

The lead singer in Dexys Midnight Runners, in Come On Eileen, gets an award for a catchy tune by a guy who can’t dance for didley.

One Great Song!

posted by Scot McKnight

This song doesn’t get the credit it deserves. So, I aim to restore its glory. What do you think?  

Understanding a Liturgical Sense of Salvation

posted by Scot McKnight

If you have three minutes, I’d appreciate your watching this video and recording your response to this liturgical framing of what it means to say “I’m saved.” Do you agree or disagree?

Seeking Advice about a Mom

posted by Scot McKnight

Here is a letter from a reader with some very specific questions: How do you respond when you discover your mother is now a lesbian? The traditionalist says such is contrary to God’s will, so the question emerges for this […]

A Brilliant Classic

posted by Scot McKnight

I don’t consider Nathaniel Hawthorne’s The Scarlet Letter “fiction” because I’d prefer to maintain my impish, indefensible line: I don’t read fiction. So, having read the book lately, my line needs commentary: “I don’t consider classic fiction to be fiction; it’s a […]

A Barnabas Moment

posted by Scot McKnight

Barnabas, the Book of Acts tells us, was called a “son of encouragement.” Many of us have Barnabas moments in life where we can draw from our own experiences to help others, and I had one recently. At one of […]

Interview: Hala Jaber’s Magic Carpet

posted by Scot McKnight

Late summer I read Hala Jaber’s gripping memoir of life in Iraq called: The Flying Carpet of Small Miracles: A Woman’s Fight to Save Two Orphans . If you can read this without tearing up, well, you can’t. Hala weaves […]

Black Friday Morphs into CyberMonday

posted by Scot McKnight

Amazon’s idea — let Black Friday morph into a shopping day on Monday called CyberMonday.

Book Comments: Historical Jesus

posted by Scot McKnight

Two new books on the historical Jesus might be worth your careful consideration. The first one provides the spectrum of views, the second one is a historical Jesus book by one scholar.  James Beilby and Paul Rhodes Eddy have produced […]

Words from the Unemployed to the Unemployed

posted by Scot McKnight

I want to open the comments on this post to those who are unemployed, or who were unemployed and who have recently found employment, to speak into the lives of others who are unemployed.  We’d like to hear your advice, […]

Prayer of the Week

posted by Scot McKnight

Almighty God, give us grace to cast away the works of darkness, and put on the armor of light, now in the time of this mortal life in which your Son Jesus Christ came to visit us in great humility; […]

“Let’s Go to Church!” (a joke)

posted by Scot McKnight

One Sunday morning, a mother went in to wake her son and tell him it was time to get ready for church, to which he replied, “I’m not going.”  “Why not?” she asked.”I’ll give you two good reasons,” he said. […]

What are my chances?

posted by Scot McKnight

Tomorrow Da (once mighty) Bears play Minnesota’s (uberconfident) Vikings, and I’ve made a friendly wager with Tony Jones. If the Vikings win, I send him a Chicago style deep dish uberpizza and if Da Bears win, he sends me a […]

On Book Reviews

posted by Scot McKnight

Last week I mentioned that we want to begin doing book reviews on this blog on Saturday afternoons. Our vision for this is for “you” to write these. We hope enough folks write reviews that we can post one weekly.  […]

Did you get educated by Bruce Springsteen?

posted by Scot McKnight

David Brooks, in the NYTimes, on being emotionally educated by Bruce Springsteen: By DAVID BROOKS Like many of you, I went to elementary school, high school and college. I took such and such classes, earned such and such grades, and […]

Tiger Woods Story

posted by Scot McKnight

If you know more, let us know … this is what we have heard: Professional golfer Tiger Woods was seriously injured in a car accident early this morning, the Florida Highway Patrol just reported. Woods, 33, pulled out of his driveway in […]

Books to Come…

posted by Scot McKnight

In the month of December we will examine several new books, including three books across the spectrum of thinking and interest: The Reformed theologian’s critical examination of the evangelical church, Michael Horton’s book, Gospel-Driven Life, The: Being Good News People in […]

Going Beyond the Bible Biblically 4

posted by Scot McKnight

Let’s begin today with a question: How do we justify abolition of slavery when the Bible contains it and in some ways justifies it? How do you deal with that question? The big questions in this series of posts have been […]

Black Friday Online Shopping

posted by Scot McKnight

I’m no fan of shopping, especially on Black Friday, so when Amazon sent me this banner, I thought there might some of you who would rather begin your Christmas shopping online.   

Your Favorite Christmas CD

posted by Scot McKnight

Coming home from classes Tuesday, I put in my CD player a brand new CD by Andrea Bocelli called My Christmas . I enjoyed it immensely — a mix of some genuine Christmas songs, including a wonderful rendition of The Lord’s […]

Happy Thanksgiving!

posted by Scot McKnight

Kris and I wish you a Happy Thanksgiving! We will be traveling this morning to spend the day with family from hither and yon, and we are grateful that everyone will be together. Blessings on your day.

To Look after Orphans 2

posted by Scot McKnight

In a week or two we will be making an announcement about an exciting opportunity for the Jesus Creed blog community. Today I want to quote some Bible and remind us that whether we take this verse in a more […]

The Woodpeckers have got to go! — said (Mrs.) Noah

posted by Scot McKnight

(HT: CP)

Internet Journalism and the Future of News

posted by Scot McKnight

Just a thought and a question: I don’t read newspapers anymore; we no longer subscribe; we no longer have blackened fingers; we no longer have stacks of papers in our recycle bin.  We read the news online and we watch […]

The Therapeutic Gospel

posted by Scot McKnight

Why do we have so many thereapeutic specialists? And — here’s a big one — why have so many pastors become therapeuts?  Perhaps a different angle on this question: Why do so many take their “spiritual” or “psychological” problems to […]

What do you think?

posted by Scot McKnight

Going Beyond the Bible Biblically 3

posted by Scot McKnight

Here are our big questions in this series of posts: How do we move beyond the Bible? Should we? Better yet: Since we have to, how do we move beyond the Bible into our world but do this biblically? This […]

Barring Kennedy from the Sacrament

posted by Scot McKnight

Because he supports abortion rights, a view in conflict with Roman Catholic teaching, Patrick Kennedy is now being banned from taking communion. What is your take on this? Do you believe in such “church discipline”? Will this complicate other parishes? […]

Going Tribal? Are you into “Tribes”? Should you be?

posted by Scot McKnight

I know many folks are into this new-fangled “find your tribe” stuff, but it deeply concerns me. It is postmodern; it denies the “communion of the saints” and it’s yet another one of those “church growth” theories that prevents genuine […]

Our New Commentary Series

posted by Scot McKnight

I’m very excited (as the General Editor) of our new commentary series (Regula Fidei Commentaries) that will focus on explaining the New Testament books in the context of the Bible’s Story and discerning how to “live the Story” in our […]

To Look after Orphans 1

posted by Scot McKnight

Nicholas Kristof, in a brilliant story about Tererai Trent, reminds us of what we can do through the simple gifts of charity to parts of the world where both money and opportunity are scarce beyond our comprehension. This is the […]

Prayer of the Week

posted by Scot McKnight

Almighty and everlasting God, whose will it is to restore all things in your well-beloved Son, the King of kings and Lord of lords: Mercifully grant that the peoples of the earth, divided and enslaved by sin, may be freed […]

Announcement: Book Reviews, too!

posted by Scot McKnight

We will soon begin Saturday Afternoon Book Reviews, a new section at the Jesus Creed blog where we will have 3000 word reviews (1500 word summary; 1500 word interaction). Most of these will be written by you or by solicited […]

Evangelicals and Fundamentalists

posted by Scot McKnight

I’d like to announce a conference in London for all our European readers — and for those who have the funds to fly off to London for what looks like a fantastic conference. It’s called Christian Fundamentalism and British Evangelicalism: […]

Rob Bell on Sermon Length — Shortening?

posted by Scot McKnight

Rob Bell, in an interview with Burnside Writers, suggests sermons could get better if they got shorter… Any response? BWC: You’ve already explored the “high content, low word count” concept with your book Drops Like Stars, and it’s clearly a […]

Third Way Preaching and Education 3

posted by Scot McKnight

In this series on a Third Way approach to preaching and the teaching ministry of the local church, I have suggested that we need to de-focus from the sermon being the be-all and end-all of education, and I have also […]

8 Little Foxes that Spoil the Church’s Vines 6

posted by Scot McKnight

I apologize that the comments were turned off on this post this morning … not sure how that happened, but it did. On the plane yesterday the man sitting with us told us he was “raised Jewish” but that he […]

Thou Shalt Not Steal

posted by Scot McKnight

Nightline’s series on the Ten Commandments moves to the 8th Commandment: “Thou shalt not steal.” The commandment, or more properly prohibition, is general enough in Exodus 20:15 to include both kidnapping and swiping what belongs to others. According to the […]

Help for the Doubting

posted by Scot McKnight

Two of my students, in the last month, have sat in my office in tears — their problem, though from two different angles, was doubt. Everything was changing, they were confused, they were having trouble finding their way …  Robert […]

Michelle Wie Yes!

posted by Scot McKnight

She did it, finally, and we have so much to look forward with Michelle Wie. The Michelle Wie era has, at long last, begun. After years of injury and controversy, too much hype and money and not enough birdies, Wie […]

Prayer of the Week

posted by Scot McKnight

Blessed Lord, who caused all holy Scriptures to be written for our learning: Grant us so to hear them, read, mark, learn, and inwardly digest them, that we may embrace and ever hold fast the blessed hope of everlasting life, […]

To or not to (ignore)?

posted by Scot McKnight

Tim LaHaye and Zondervan have agreed to a new eschatology set of books. What do folks think should be done in response to such books? Zondervan, a world leader in Christian communications, has signed an agreement with attorney Craig Parshall […]

Chores around the Home

posted by Scot McKnight

Well, here we sit after 35+ years of marriage.  Kris somehow naturally internalized all her chores and internalized them immediately. I didn’t and I haven’t but I’ve gradually gotten myself attached to a number of them — like mowing the […]

8 Little Foxes that Spoil the Church’s Vines 3

posted by Scot McKnight

In their new book, Hidden Worldviews: Eight Cultural Stories That Shape Our Lives , Steve Wilkens and Mark Sanford examine cultural scripts that work against the gospel work in the Church. Our theme today: nationalism. The motto: My Nation, Under […]

Religion or Revolution? 6

posted by Scot McKnight

Greg Boyd, in his newest book, The Myth of a Christian Religion: Losing Your Religion for the Beauty of a Revolution  warns us about “religion” in today’s post. As a teen Boyd was rescued from drugs and sex and rock […]

Thou Shalt Not Murder

posted by Scot McKnight

This week’s commandment is #5: “You shall not murder.” Easy enough to understand, except when it comes to defense against an intruder — or when a person is in the military — or when a person is a judge who […]

Faith and the Future 4 (RJS)

posted by Jesus Creed Admin

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

Religion or Revolution? 5

posted by Scot McKnight

Greg Boyd, in his newest book, The Myth of a Christian Religion: Losing Your Religion for the Beauty of a Revolution  summons us to revolt against idols and — in today’s post — against judgment. How pervasive is judgmentalism? What […]

“Political correctness”: To or not to?

posted by Scot McKnight

A friend of mine declares that “political correctness is a synonym for moral cowardice” while another friend says it’s nothing more than the morals of the political left. Which means that political incorrectness means moral courage and the morals of […]

Healing Field

posted by Scot McKnight

In Naperville Illinois residents have designed a field of flags to honor veterans, and donations from purchasing the flags will aid families getting treatment at a local facility. The woman at the right is walking through the Healing Field in […]

Bettendorf Christian Church

posted by Scot McKnight

Bettendorf, and Bettendorf Christian Church, were special to us. Kris and I got to take a long walk along the mighty Mississippi Saturday late morning and it seemed everyone walking or riding by said “Have a great day!” We felt […]

Religion or Revolution? 4

posted by Scot McKnight

Everybody’s got a hungry heart — so says Bruce Springsteen and Greg Boyd, in his newest book, The Myth of a Christian Religion: Losing Your Religion for the Beauty of a Revolution  quotes the Boss to make an important part. […]

What do you do?

posted by Scot McKnight

A letter from Jeremy Berg, who sometimes writes posts for this blog… I’m very keen to hear what you do when Jehovah’s Witnesses come to your door. Can you tell us what you feel, what you want to do, what […]

Prayer of the Week

posted by Scot McKnight

O God, whose blessed Son came into the world that he might destroy the works of the devil and make us children of God and heirs of eternal life: Grant that, having this hope, we may purify ourselves as he is […]

Those Ancients and their Bible Reading

posted by Scot McKnight

Don’t know if you saw this, but David Neff reports on Robert Wilken’s opening lecture at Wheaton about how the early fathers read the Bible. I wish I could have been there, but I had too much on my plate […]

Prayer for Ft Hood

posted by Scot McKnight

Our prayers are with the families of the dead, for the wounded and for the families of the wounded; we pray for the attacker and his family as well. Gracious God, the comfort of all who sorrow, the strength of […]

Skunk

posted by Scot McKnight

I’ve seen the little fella now a few times … and now we’re beginning to think we’ve got a problem, like realizing the church pianist might do better at a different church… Anyway, we’ve got a skunk who has discovered […]

Faith and the Future 2 (RJS)

posted by Jesus Creed Admin

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

Do Christians have a Sabbath?

posted by Scot McKnight

Nightline’s series on the Ten Commandments continues with a look at the Sabbath command, and it raises a question that often arises: Do Christians celebrate “Sabbath”? Let’s begin with the command itself, in both versions in the Old Testament, and […]

YS, NYWC and Cincy

posted by Scot McKnight

Thursday evening I flew down to Cincinnati for the National Youth Workers Convention, which everyone seems to call YS — Youth Specialties. I love speaking to youth pastors, in part no doubt because they are just one step removed from […]

Garrison Keillor among the Lutherans

posted by Scot McKnight

I admit that I love Garrison Keillor’s books; I’ll also admit I’ve almost never listened to The Prairie Home Companion though Kris and I have twice gone to hear him at Ravinia here in the northern suburbs. What I most like […]

The Priesthood of all…

posted by Scot McKnight

I’d like to suggest that Amazon and Ebay manifest a doctrine, and it’s a variation on the Protestant doctrine of the priesthood of all believers. I call this Amazon- and Ebay-based doctrine the “priesthood of all consumers.” There was a […]

Faith and the Future 1 (RJS)

posted by Jesus Creed Admin

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

The Mosaic Bible

posted by Scot McKnight

Mosaics are folks who cobble things together from a variety of traditions and who have little desire to trust only one tradition or commit themselves to only one point-of-view. But, when all put together, a coherence emerges. Mosaic, in other […]

Prayer of the Week: All Saints Day

posted by Scot McKnight

Almighty God, you have knit together your elect in one communion and fellowship in the mystical body of your Son Christ our Lord: Give us grace so to follow your blessed saints in all virtuous and godly living, that we […]

U2 — Your Favorite?

posted by Scot McKnight

I don’t know U2, and evidently this puts me totally out of sync with the rest of the world.  So, I need an introduction to U2 and their music.  What’s the best?  But … I do know this one: I […]

Ashland Gospel Lectures

posted by Scot McKnight

I had a great time at Ashland Theological Seminary giving four lectures on the topic “The Battle for the Gospel.” Just a brief note on the various lectures: first, an introduction to the gospel in current evangelical conversation, the gospel […]

Realistic?

posted by Scot McKnight

From CNN.com…  In the age of hookups, friends with benefits and online dating, and as human life expectancy grows, is it still reasonable to expect people to pair up and stay monogamous until death do them part?   “It’s realistic that […]

Christians and Fasting during Ramadan

posted by Scot McKnight

From Christianity Today: Some Christians today are fasting during Ramadan as an act of solidarity with Muslims.  What do you think about this? “Christians may fast alongside Muslim friends, either as a gesture of friendship or in order to open […]

OK, then, What were the pilots doing?

posted by Scot McKnight

The pilots say they weren’t arguing or sleeping.  So, what are the Top Ten suggestions of what the pilots were doing?  (No report, yet, that they were reciting Jesus Creed followed by rapid repetitions of the Jesus Prayer.)

Prayer of the Week

posted by Scot McKnight

Almighty and everlasting God, increase in us the gifts of faith, hope, and charity; and, that we may obtain what you promise, make us love what you command; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and […]

Weekly Meanderings

posted by Scot McKnight

Chicago’s Fall Weather I will be at Ashland Theological Seminary Monday and Tuesday giving four lectures on “The Battle for the Gospel.”  Talking about pictures, wow, have you seen this one? What kind of twitterer are you? (HT: TT) Why aren’t […]

Mr. Pilot …

posted by Scot McKnight

The latest little fiasco from the airlines is the plane that overshot its airport by a mere 150 miles. Let’s not dismiss this as simply funny. But, let’s have some fun with it.  Let’s assume the pilots were sleeping. Let’s […]

OMG and Taking the Name of the Lord in Vain

posted by Scot McKnight

Nightline and ABC news are doing a series on the Ten Commandments, one of which is the Third Commandment from Exodus 20:7, which reads:  You shall not take the name of the Lord your God in vain, for the Lord will not hold guiltless […]

Where did you get your nickname?

posted by Scot McKnight

This little guy got his name, well, … you read it, but we’d like to hear where you got your nickname… WLS-Ch. 7 morning news anchor Judy Hsu gave birth this morning to a baby boy as she and her […]

Pastor’s Bookshelf: 1-3 John

posted by Scot McKnight

Those who preach books of the Bible eventually find their way to 1 John; those who preach a lectionary always find their way to 1 John, and there are some fantastic commentaries on the Epistles of John, beginning with: Surely […]

Wisdom and Preaching Wisdom

posted by Scot McKnight

This weekend I attended a conference at Lipscomb University on Reclaiming the Imagination and the focus was on Wisdom, wisdom literature in the Bible, and preaching. It was the best conference I’ve attended ever. I don’t know exactly why, but […]

Prayer of the Week

posted by Scot McKnight

Almighty and everlasting God, in Christ you have revealed your glory among the nations: Preserve the works of your mercy, that your Church throughout the world may persevere with steadfast faith in the confession of your Name; through Jesus Christ […]

Top 100 Greatest Albums

posted by Scot McKnight

I saw this at Amazon the other day: What is your top five greatest albums of all times? Click on the image and it will give you Amazon’s Top 100. Cool to see some of those old albums. Top 100

Where do you get your news?

posted by Scot McKnight

Ten years ago, Kris and I subscribed to three newspapers — Chicago Tribune, Daily Herald, and the local Pioneer Press publication. Today we subscribe to no newspapers … we get our mail from: Internet, primarily CNN, MSNBC, NYTimes, Washington Post, […]

Music at its finest: Gloriae Dei Cantores

posted by Scot McKnight

Sunday Kris and I attended the Gloriae Dei Cantores [Unto Ages of Ages: Sacred Choral Music of Sviridov, Rachmaninoff and Tchaikovsky] concert at St. Andrews Greek Orthodox Church in Evanston. (Touring schedule.)   A capella. I told Kris the choir had to […]

A Million Miles with Donald Miller

posted by Scot McKnight

One of my students told me he had read Donald Miller’s Blue Like Jazz: Nonreligious Thoughts on Christian Spirituality four or five times (I can’t remember the number now). I had not read it and he rolled his eyes when […]

Books to Come…

posted by Scot McKnight

A number of inviting reads have crossed my desk of late, and I want to mention a few we will be discussing on this blog… Greg Boyd, The Myth of a Christian Religion: Losing Your Religion for the Beauty of […]

Prayer of the Week

posted by Scot McKnight

Lord, we pray that your grace may always precede and follow us, that we may continually be given to good works; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and […]

President Obama: Nobel Peace Prize

posted by Scot McKnight

We pride ourselves on civility at this blog, but I had to remove a comment or two because they went over the top. Please treat the President and others with civility. Thanks. By the way, I weighed in in the […]

Happy Birthdays!

posted by Scot McKnight

We flew to Buffalo and down to Luke and Annika’s to wish birthdays to Aksel, Annika, Pat and Kari — all at once! We had a wonderful time, and here are some pictures of Aksel’s favorite gift: golf clubs (and […]

Prayer of the Week

posted by Scot McKnight

Almighty and everlasting God, you are always more ready to hear than we to pray, and to give more than we either desire or deserve: Pour upon us the abundance of your mercy, forgiving us those things of which our […]

Idols in the Church of America

posted by Scot McKnight

This post concerns tonight’s Nightline show about the Ten Commandments. The second commandment concerns idol-making and idol-worshiping, and there are some things said here that are often enough missed. 20:4 “You shall not make for yourself a carved image or any likeness […]

Rob Bell on “Evangelical”

posted by Scot McKnight

I want to post two answers Rob Bell gave to the Boston Globe where he defines evangelical. Tomorrow I want to discuss something about a trend I’ve observed about the word “evangelical.” What do you think of his definition? Q. What […]

Parkcrest Christian in Long Beach

posted by Scot McKnight

The space may be land-locked, but Parkcrest Christian Church is growing and expanding all ways: spiritually, geographically, and numerically. Led by Mike Goldsworthy, one of the younger megachurch pastors in the USA, Parkcrest reaches into the neighborhoods and into the […]

Adultery, Jesus and the Church

posted by Scot McKnight

Nightline is doing a series on the Ten Commandments. The first show, which was last Thursday, was about adultery, the Seventh Commandment.  We think Jesus shifted the focus of the 7th Commandment to the violation of love and made fidelity […]

Mugs: The New Fruitcake?

posted by Scot McKnight

When I was a kid, my great aunt came every Christmas, and one gift she always gave us was fruitcake. That fruitcake, even when I muster up my fondest of moments, was dry, tasteless, and — well, awful. In those […]

Gospel Exclusivists

posted by Scot McKnight

Sometime back I did a series on a fine book by Terry Tiessen called Who Can Be Saved?: Reassessing Salvation in Christ and World Religions . The book is a good one, but it was not easy to blog about. […]

Kindle again

posted by Scot McKnight

In talking with Mike Goldsworthy, pastor at Parkcrest Christian in Long Beach, who uses a Kindle (Kindle: Amazon’s 6), I got to thinking again about purchasing and beginning to use the Kindle — it would sure make my trips lighter.  […]

Recent Recipes: Suggestions?

posted by Scot McKnight

We do our grocery shopping on weekends, and that gets us to thinking about what we’ll eat this week, and which recipes we’ll be using. I always hope we’ll make risotto (picture to the right), but… But I want to […]

Aicha … ooh,ooh, ooooh

posted by Scot McKnight

Gun Control Heats Up: Annie Get Your Gun!

posted by Scot McKnight

Carol Costello, of CNN’s American Morning, is investigating the interest of Americans in gun ownership and gun control and the right to bear (and wear) a gun in public. The “Comments” at her blog are now up to 271 and […]

Trinity Covenant — Manchester CT

posted by Scot McKnight

Kris and I were kindly invited to the wonderful Trinity Covenant Church in Manchester CT last weekend. It was good to be with Phil Hakanson and Peter Tullson. And Phil and family are friends with my editor, Lil Copan, and […]

Pro Athletes and Financial Ruin

posted by Scot McKnight

Rich professional athletes squandering their millions has become a sad clich?. The 10 ways sports pros blow their cash A Sports Illustrated article this year showed how shockingly common financial ruin is: By the time they have been retired for two years, 78% […]

Donald Miller’s Latest

posted by Scot McKnight

I mentioned yesterday that Donald Miller’s newest book is now available; it is called A Million Miles in a Thousand Years: What I Learned While Editing My Life .  Question: in your reading of (or listening to) Donald Miller, what […]

Donald Miller’s A Million Miles in …

posted by Scot McKnight

Donald Miller’s newest book is now available; it is called A Million Miles in a Thousand Years: What I Learned While Editing My Life .  I will be reading it shortly and begin making comments and observations on this blog […]

Weekly Meanderings

posted by Scot McKnight

Let’s give it up for the fishers! (We’re on the East Coast this weekend.) A new blog that deserves a wide readership. An old blog that deserves a wide readership. A blog I always check. A blog that keeps us […]

The Chapel and Friends

posted by Scot McKnight

Monday and Tuesday I was in Akron conversing with, learning from and speaking to some area pastoral leaders who are associated with the wonderful church called The Chapel, right there at the University of Akron. It was fun to see […]

Worthy of Imitation 6

posted by Scot McKnight

John Newton, author of the Christian hymn is one of Chris Armstrong’s “patron saints for postmoderns” (Patron Saints for Postmoderns: Ten from the Past Who Speak to Our Future), and while one could trot any number of reasons to emulate […]

Peter, Paul and Mary

posted by Scot McKnight

We were informed today that Mary Travers (of Peter, Paul and Mary) has passed away. In her honor, I embed my favorite Peter, Paul and Mary song. What’s your favorite? What did you like about them? How do you remember […]

The Indelible Image

posted by Scot McKnight

Ben Witherington III, another Beliefnet blogger and who writes more books than most people read in a lifetime, has put his mind to a big project and volume one is now out: The Indelible Image: The Theological and Ethical World […]

A Covenant Promise

posted by Scot McKnight

From Psalm 48… Mount Zion rejoices; the towns of Judah are happy, because of your acts of judgment.  Walk around Zion!  Encircle it!  Count its towers!  Consider its defenses!  Walk through its fortresses, so you can tell the next generation […]

The New Christianity Today (CT)! Cool!

posted by Scot McKnight

Christianity Today is my favorite Christian publication — it has exceptional leadership and editors, solid articles from across the spectrum, and a real keen eye for what’s not only happening but is what to happen. I hope you subscribe. But […]

Worthy of Imitation 3

posted by Scot McKnight

What makes Chris Armstrong’s new book, Patron Saints for Postmoderns: Ten from the Past Who Speak to Our Future , unique is the choice he makes of those whom we can learn from. Antony and Gregory the Great are not […]

Tokens Show in Nashville

posted by Scot McKnight

Many of you know about Tokens: “TOKENS features Nashville’s finest musicians and songwriters, provocative interviews with best-selling authors, and cultural and political satire dished up by the Tokens Radio Players. TOKENS is like listening to your favorite old-time public radio […]

Snow Leopard (cheers!) and Safari 4 (boo!)

posted by Scot McKnight

Apple announced Mac OS X version 10.6 Snow Leopard ; it’s awesome. We got the family pack and it works great. But, everyone has been yapping about how good Safari 4 is (see cool picture of one of its cool […]

The Manse: by PW

posted by Scot McKnight

I have a friend, a pastor’s wife, who often reflects about what it is like to live as a pastor’s spouse, and she has been doing a series for us … today reflecting on the “manse.” Join along in this […]

Fantasy Football

posted by Scot McKnight

Is Fantasy Football the root of all evil? Do you play? Why? I don’t get why folks do this, I have to admit. I believe in watching real football, like the Bears themselves, and rooting for that team. I will […]

Your Pets and the Rapture: What to do?

posted by Scot McKnight

A post rapture pet sitting service… (Warning: satire, about which I’ve said more than enough, but every now and then this kind of stuff can shed light…) What follows is a clip from a post, and you can follow the […]

Library Time

posted by Scot McKnight

I don’t know about you, but I like to study in my own library, which happens to be in the basement. Here is Kris working on the computer in my library … books galore and quiet in abundance and homemade […]

Coming Conversations

posted by Scot McKnight

We are concerned about 20somethings, or iGens, and this blog is devoted to discussions that can help with ministry to 20somethings. I am excited about two recent books I’ve read. So, in about a week we will begin discussions about […]

Mowing Grass

posted by Scot McKnight

Here’s Aksel inside watching the grass being mown … I was told he was much more interested in the lawn mower than the one pushing the lawn mower. The mower was his grandpa.

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 […]

Snow Leopard for Macs

posted by Scot McKnight

The new Mac OS X version 10.6 Snow Leopard is now available. What do you think of Snow Leopard? We’ll be getting a few of these for the family.

Pastor’s Bookshelf: James

posted by Scot McKnight

Commentaries on James are now available from a variety of angles, and the book is no longer dominated by how and why or why not the letter comports with the theology of grace in Paul. Instead, there is a powerful […]

SanFranciscoCare: Is this the best option?

posted by Scot McKnight

SanFrancisco has a public health care plan that will surely come to play in the current health care debates and proposals. Here is a clip of the beginning of the Op-Ed piece in the NYTimes: TWO burning questions are at […]

That Annual Bonus

posted by Scot McKnight

The little flap this weekend about the VA and its bonuses got Kris and me to thinking about bonuses. I once got 50 dollars, if my memory serves me right. Kris once got a turkey for a bonus. Obviously, we’ve […]

Genesis One 10

posted by Scot McKnight

We are in a conversation and discussion about John Walton’s (professor at Wheaton) new book, The Lost World of Genesis One: Ancient Cosmology and the Origins Debate. Proposition 10: The seven days of Genesis 1 do not concern material origins. […]

Apple Airport — Advice?

posted by Scot McKnight

Kris and I have an Apple Air Port as our form of a wifi network at home, but we’re noticing these days that we often have to unplug the thing and then plug it back in to get it going […]

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