I’ll put it this way. We’ve not purchased a set of kitchen knives for cutting up stuff since we got married over 34 years ago. In fact, our knives now tear stuff more than they cut things. My teeth are […]
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This weekend Kris and I flew out to see Lukas, Annika and our new grandson, Aksel. We always enjoy their quaint village, filled as it is with unique Victorian homes and the aroma of Concord grapes hanging in the air. […]
If Acts 11 records the gospel preaching of Peter, Acts 13 records the gospel preaching of Paul. So here’s the long text:
Here’s grandma Kris with Aksel. (She’s no doubt teaching him the Jesus Creed.)
Indeed, on the Wrigley Field ticker today you could see a welcoming of our new grandson, Aksel Donovan Nelson McKnight… Kris thinks his name is very kingly! 5 minutes or so old… Congratulations to Annika and Lukas and Aksel. More […]
Scot, I am working along with another leader in my church in developing a course which will provide an introduction to the Bible, and some devotional tools for diving deeper. There will be a separate basic theology class as followup, […]
Give it up for the Cubs! They win the division and now are preparing to win the NLCS and the World Series.
We come full circle. In our sketch of the NT evidence, there is enough evidence to conclude that heaven — at least for Peter and for John — is not the final place. The final place is the new heavens […]
My sabbatical came to an end, the first draft of my commentary on James (for Eerdmans, NICNT) is coming to an end, and Lukas and Annika were here for 10 days and they are expecting a son in about a […]
Conversion and conversions will be themes of this blog for the next couple of weeks. This series on Chrysalis is about Alan Jamieson’s book Chrysalis: The Hidden Transformation in the Journey of Faith. Today’s comes from Nancy.
Peter Kreeft is a philosophy professor in Boston, which leads me to the unevidenced assumption that he’s a Boston Red Sox fan. Whether he is or not, though, this statement about the perichoretic relationship of humans with God is profound. […]
From a regular reader and contributor to our Jesus Creed community…. about his wife. Dear Scot, I’d like to ask you a favor. I really need some prayer.
I thought they’d never end (and I’m glad they are over). The first kids baseball team I coached; John Raymond was the assistant and was at Trinity Seminary at the time (July 1986). He’s now with Zondervan. Lukas was about […]
Colossians has several references to heaven, one of which we need to pause with today:
For a few years running now, one of my father’s former students, Bill Roberts, who is now a lawyer in Chicago and Springfield, invites my dad and mom and Kris and me to a Cubs-Cardinals game at Wrigley. As if […]
Many of you know one of our commenters is “Alice.” Well, Alice was a student of mine; she wrote recently to say she and her husband Chuck were coming to Chicago; they invited Kris and me down to the City; […]
One of our favorite singers at Willow, Annie Sander, now has a new album: Brighter Day.
Some of you know that a couple weeks back Kris and I were rear-ended and our car was badly damaged. We thought for sure it would be totaled, but our insurance company thought it was salvageable — grunts and moans […]
This is the most intelligent review of The Shack that I’ve seen: Derek Keefe really does get what this book is. The Shack
A church in Texas is shaped for “guys.” I don’t know if you’ve seen it, but the colors and appearance and events, guy things like hunting and fishing and golf, are emphasized. The church is called 121 Community Church, and […]
OK Jesus Creeders, I’m countin’ on ya. Last Saturday, on our way to a student’s wedding, we got rear-ended and our RAV4 got smashed up pretty good. (We didn’t make it to the wedding.) No one was hurt, though we […]
Go see Mamma Mia! The Movie. Kris and I loved it. Fun, happy, upbeat, motion-filled turning of the book and the Broadway hit into a Hollywood movie. Meryl Streep is in a world of her own … but maybe I […]
Click on it to see it better. We live up at the top of that picture. HT:David Brush
We saw it last night. Monday I’ll post a brief review of Mamma Mia! The Movie, but Saturday is for music. And I dare you to listen to the clips below … and not have the song on your mind […]
I swiped this newspaper article about Jonathan Williams, whose camp we endorsed some time back. The camp was a success and kudos to Jonathan and Kari from Scot and Kris.
Does anyone know of a good video on how we got our Bible?
Nope, I’m not talking about Q, the hypothetical Gospel that Matthew and Luke used. Nor am I talking about the famous wine from Sonoma County in California. I’m talking about Motorola’s new phone: Moto Q. Many of you know that […]
One of the highlights of our trip to the Amalfi Coast was the owner and manager of our B & B, along with his wife, Roberto and Nada Lucibello. Here is a picture of Kris and me with Roberto one […]
My favorite Christian musician … of all time … constantly playing for me: John Michael Talbot. Which is your favorite album or song? Amazon.com Widgets
Today is July 4th, the day the USA celebrates Independence Day and the concept of socio-political freedom. Today’s post contains a prayer and the Declaration of Independence. My own political views about justice and freedom have appeared here and there […]
OK, someone wrote and said the RSS feed is not working. Well, I don’t even know what this is, but this blog community is big enough both to figure it out and fix it. Please advise.
In our backyard, in the mulch, we’ve got this stuff. Anyone know what it is? I took those pictures Thursday evening; Friday morning, early, the first one looked like this:
I’m trying this out today … I have listened to some of Third Day. What is your favorite song by Third Day? Amazon.com Widgets
Is your e-mail inbox stuffed to the max? Here’s my theory:
One of the most significant ports in all of Italy was Rome’s port at Ostia, now called Ostia antica. The port was on the Tiber and on the coast, though the growing problem with silt accumulation made it less than […]
The ruins at Pompei are enormous and breathtaking. We tromped through the place for about 4 hours … with the specter of Vesuvius in the background, one could not avoid imagining what it was like in 79 AD when Vesuvius […]
We stayed in Ravello, a small town sitting atop a mountainous region above the Amalfi coastline. Today I want to post some pictures of the various places on the coastline we visited on our vacation.
Here is a picture of the Christian basilica in Ostia antica from about the 4th Century. Perhaps this is one attended by Augustine. If you have eyes to see, Kris is at the back.
It was a long, long day … from the time we got up in Ostia antica and went to bed at home in Libertyville was about 24 hours. But we’re up bright and early this morning and here are some […]
This is our last day on the Amalfi Coast. Tomorrow we get up early and head up to Ostia Antica, an ancient village near the coast and Rome’s port in the ancient days. Anyone know what happened here in the […]
Just before the worship service one evening in Rustenburg South Africa, at NG Bergsig, Attie Nel said a man had a gift for me. Indeed, he did! A cross. God had spoken to this young man in the services, one […]
Kris and I have’t had much access to a computer here, and we didn’t bring our laptop. So we rely on “Internet Points” — and right now we are sitting in Sorrento, just off the Piazza Tasso. We’ve been to […]
If you live in Rochester, NY, I’ve got some good news for you. Our niece is dating Jonathan Williams, and he is running a camp — a sports camp — and I can vouch for this young man. Not only […]
Today we come to a text that, on its own, probably says all that needs to be said. Romans 9:22 in context:
Well, it all comes down to one word: grandparents! Kris and I are slotted for the grandparent role come this October. Lukas gave us a call a couple months back to say that Annika was pregnant and that we would […]
We met so many new friends in South Africa, but I have to include some pictures of a few. I begin with Tom Smith and Trevor Hudson, who drove to Rustenburg from Johannesburg area to chat and eat lunch with […]
In the USA we reserve the last Monday of the month of May to honor those who have perished in military service. Kris and I are both grateful no immediate members of our family died in military service. Three in […]
We stayed in South Africa with Nic and Magriet near Rustenburg; they live on a “farm” with a Conference and wedding center, a bed and breakfast, and their own home. Daily I got up early, took up my post near […]
Every morning — well, when we weren’t in a car driving off to speak somewhere — Kris and I walked. We called this “Sarengetti.” Nearly every day we watched a bundle of guinea fowl getting all worried our invasion of […]
The first word that will come to mind when Kris and I think of our trip to South Africa is the word “hospitality.” And when I say that I don’t mean just generosity, which we experienced in abundance, or kindness, […]
7am Saturday morning (the day after we got home from South Africa) we got a phone call — it was the lady who keeps our Bichon, Webster, when we are away. Webster’s (he was almost 16) been aging fast this […]
We left Johannesburg, S Africa, Thursday night at 11:30pm, and Kris and I fortunately dozed the entire trip up the middle of Africa. But, I did wake to see Tunis — the area near to where Augustine’s great ministry occurred. […]
This is our last post from S Africa, though when we return we’ll do a series of reflections with pictures. Yesterday was my last speaking event … Attie and Renate picked us up early and we drove about 1.5 hours […]
After our five sermons for Pentecost up in Rustenburg (about an hour west of Pretoria), Attie and Renate Nel flew with us down to Cape Town where we had been scheduled to speak to the Stellenbosch congregation. The pastor we […]
A big Happy Mother’s Day from Africa to my mom and to Kris’ mom. We’ll bring home plenty of stories and pictures.
It’s Friday afternoon (and only very early Friday in USA’s midwestern States), but I want to jot down a few notes about two events where we experienced Africa’s wildness. Here goes …
I’ll try to post a little about what we did Monday and Tuesday in South Africa. We are staying at an absolutely lovely home west of Rustenburg — a lovely garden that looks up into the hills and mountains. We […]
We arrived in Johannesburg after a 14 hour flight — safe and sound. I don’t know how I managed to do it, but I was awake long enough to see the first sight of Africa — Ghana area — and […]
Some of our students, including Matt Enquist, are biking across the nation this summer for justice. Here’s the blog … and we’ll be following them all summer. I am going to do something I’ve never done …
Kris and I walk at Independence Grove on weekends, and the playground there has “rubber mulch.” (It’s cool to walk on.) We’ve also learned that many are using Rubber Mulch around their trees and bushes and plants. Rubber mulch is […]
What’s the best of Rob Bell’s Noomavideos? Why?
One year ago our Dept was scrambling to cover Joel Willitts’ classes. Karla and Joel had twins, premature, and they were wrapped up in the hospital for a long, long time. So, we taught Joel’s classes. There were times when […]
On our iBook G4, when on the internet with Firefox, sometimes the down scroll arrow at the bottom right of the screen appears but more often it does not appear. All that appears most of the time is the upscroll […]
Our mortgage company sent us a report that for some reason skipped a couple of months. To keep our records complete (and straight), I called the company to request a complete activity report. (The term they use is “activity.”) Here’s […]
This post came as a comment last week on the parable of the prodigal son … and I know many of you would like to see it if you haven’t already. This came from Attie over in South Africa and […]
3-3 record; Kerry Wood looks good — Derrek Lee is awesome. 2008 looks great.
Vote for Steve McCoy — he helped me learn to blog and will give his winnings to help others hear the gospel through Tim Keller’s new book. Scroll down and click on “Reformissionary.”
From yesterday’s post about blogging for 3 years…
From Kris and me, for all the wonderful comments yesterday, which are as much a tribute to this Blog Community as to us. Many, many thanks. They gave us some heart-warming moments yesterday completely beyond anything we expected.
April 5 marks my third year of blogging, so I want to reflect on what has happened because of this blog. Well, lots … and nothing like we expected.
Almighty and everlasting God, who in the Paschal mystery established the new covenant of reconciliation: Grant that all who have been reborn into the fellowship of Christ’s Body may show forth in their lives what they profess by their faith; […]
Kris and I both think blogs that are cluttered with ads are unattractive. So, we’ve done our dead-level best to avoid putting up ads. But, recently we read problogger.com’s stuff about AdSense, a Google Ad program, and thought it was […]
KJ. (If you could e-mail me, we’ll work out a book and your address.) Here are the votes, and it is stunningly clear (I tallied this up at about 8:30pm CT).
So much for global warming. Here we sit, March 27th … where are we, Australia? The worst part? I got a new driver yesterday, Nike Sumo 2. [I have to add this: I’m on the side of those who think […]
Here’s the deal. I’ve chosen the top 5 Vintage Rock and Roll songs from our nominations yesterday. So, today you can vote. The song with the most votes will reward the one who first recommended it with a free copy […]
Let’s say pre-1975 (definitely not that prog-rock stuff Bob Robinson is into), what is the best song ever? Give us a YouTube if you can. Nothing kooky; no “Ayisha” stuff either. Here’s a genuine option:I will post the winner tomorrow.
We had a great empathizing and praying for a father; so many good responses. And “Dad’s” response yesterday showed what a blog community can do for folks. Here is the response I wrote to him, now just a little fleshed […]
No kidding. On Valentine’s Day I got a package from a publisher, which evidently uses some kind of automated lettering system, and it just so happens that the letters showed up as “G-O-D.” Check it out by clicking on the […]
All at once, gathering on my desk of books, is a four-volume collection about public issues — and I could call this post the four evangelical horsemen riding into the American scene with ideas about how Jesus can help our […]
At the invitation of Pastor Phil Bauman, pastor of United Church of Christ Medfield MA, Kris and I spent last weekend on Cape Cod — and loved it! I’d like to start mentioning names, but just can’t. Too many to […]
From Bob Brague, posted last Saturday…
Can’t believe this one: watch it and give us a caption. (HT: GP)
Please pray for this family — one of our blog’s readers is the father of the mother. Good news update as of 8am Tuesday morning.
I’m not here quoting the Beatles, but setting up a sentence. If you are setting up a home, or going off to college, or you need to fix something, there are only two items you will need in your home: […]
The response to the cover post on Monday was not only fun and informative, but overwhelming. The feedback factored into our “vote” to the publisher, which in the end is Zondervan’s decision. We’ll not announce yet which cover it will […]
I will call it “AirBook.” Check it out here.
What did you think of the results of the Iowa caucuses?
January 1, The Holy Name Eternal Father, you gave to your incarnate Son the holy name of Jesus to be the sign of our salvation: Plant in every heart, we pray, the love of him who is the Savior of […]
Some of you may know I like to cook, and my favorite dish is risotto. For a few years I’ve been using a nice pan but it was wearing out. Very kindly, Lukas and Annika (probably mostly Annika) bought me […]
Kris bought herself something, wrapped it up, and opened it for Christmas (well sort of since she opened it a few days before Christmas). Kris likes to know what time it is at night, our eyes are such that we […]
This may have happened to you, but it has happened to us too often – as in 2 times in the last 3 months. We check into a hotel, sometimes as the guest of someone else but even when not, […]
It’s not easy to decide when the Christmas season begins, perhaps when Thanksgiving is over or at the lighting of the First Advent candle or when grading is over and the grades are submitted or when … it’s all a […]
… on January 7 when I will begin a lengthy series on the meaning of Kingdom of God. I will examine every reference to “kingdom” in the Gospels to examine this question: Is the kingdom bigger than the Church?
For Webster … What do you expect for a 15 year old Bichon …
Nearly every piece of Christmas art work I have scence has a bright, shiny star, the Star of Bethlehem, the star that guided the Magi from the East to Jesus, he was born to be King of the Jews. What […]
As many of you know who follow this blog, T won the “To Scot from Scot” challenge. We ordered his choice of crocs (Sobek, chocolate/khaki) and they should be on their way (no shipping cost, can’t beat that). And he […]
Today we relight the first two candles of the Advent wreath. The candle of HOPE and the candle of PEACE.
I’m wondering how many out there have purchased Kindle: Amazon’s New Wireless Reading Device and what they think of it? I’m not the most advanced of technology of folks but this one is getting quite the buzz and two publishers […]
The response yesterday was delightful. What fun we had laughing and last night in our small group we laughed and laughed about some of the responses. Originally I thought I’d reveal the gift on December 26, but Kris insisted that […]
For many years now at Christmastime I buy something for myself, wrap it up, and write on it “To Scot from Scot.” This has become a bit of a tradition around our house. In the past, I’ve bought myself and […]
Today I’m asking those who are voting Republican to announce who they are voting for and provide the positive reasons why they are making their choice. We behaved yesterday admirably, so I’m asking the same today. Democrats need to sit […]
At the inspiration of Eugene Cho, I’m trying something perhaps risky. We’ve addressed other controversial topics on this blog in a civil manner and now I’m trying something new: the elections. So, today, I’m asking those who are voting Democrat […]
We are shocked today by the two shootings in Colorado, one at a YWAM location and the other at a church. We mourn with those who are suffering as a result of these tragic shootings.
“The Word became flesh and made his dwelling among us. We have seen his glory, the glory of the One and Only, who came from the Father, full of grace and truth” (John 1:14). Flesh and Glory — an odd […]
Please pray for Matt and Nicole and Evie.
Willow Creek’s annual youth ministry conference, April 9-11, is called “Shift.” I will participating in several ways and hope you can find your way to this event if you are involved in youth ministry. We’ve been given the chance to […]
Pray for the fresh outbreaks of a new strain of ebola in Uganda.
Lukas and Annika are with us this weekend as they have come for their annual “Festivus: For the Best of Us and the Rest of Us.” (I wrote about this in Jesus Creed.) Last year it had grown to over […]
Which is one of the major ideas of Robert Webber’s Ancient Future series. So it is a good time to remind once again of the conference this weekend in the Chicagoland. Nov 30 and Dec 1, at Northern Seminary here […]
Is this official e-mail lingo? How many times have you received a note, complete in itself, but somehow felt you should acknowledge the note or say “thanks”? Is there anything that tells those to whom we write that they don’t […]
For thirty years or so, on every day off, I have put on either sweat pants or shorts. It is Friday, Black Friday to be exact, and this morning I got up and said to myself, “I’m wondering what it […]
Not all the turkeys of this world have been pardoned … and we will be eating one that hasn’t been pardoned.
My daily Bible study, which has been chugging along non-stop for a long, long time, will be on hold until Advent. I’ll do an Advent series this year and hope to prepare us all for the birth of Christ.
Very rare is the one in ministry who can “keep up” with what is going on. Some work like dogs to keep up while others hope and then try and then realize they can’t keep up so they give up. […]
We’re thinking of going to Italy again. This time we want to visit the Amalfi Coast (Vesuvius, etc). Our big question is transportation: How do we travel? Do we rent a car and drive through Naples? Or … Anyone out […]
Our friends, Kent and Phyllis Palmer, have just accepted a call to a church in Milwaukee. Kent was a student of mine way back in my early days at Trinity, took a course of mine on discipleship and he and […]
I had a birthday in the last couple of weeks and Kris surprised me with this statement. “After dinner tonight, we’re going to the mall to get something you don’t want.” This, of course, got me to thinking about what […]
I grew up among dispensationalists and the first Bible I bought, with my newspaper money, was a KJV Scofield Bible. The singular feature of dispensationalism that has bothered more than a few of us is the graphic realization that dispensationalism […]
You knew this would be next: does Colossians 3 have an “ecological” ethic or does it have implications for ecology? Yes — so say Walsh and Keesmaat in Colossians Remixed.
I have a PowerBook G4 with a password problem. Every time I try to update the computer or, as I’m doing now, trying to use a new WD hard drive on which to back up everything, it asks for a […]
Kris and I had a restful weekend in Bellingham, Washington, as we were hosted by The Firs for a weekend retreat on the Jesus Creed. Gorgeous trees — tall Douglas Firs everywhere — and both the culture and climate of […]
Colossians 3:5-8 (see below) partakes in the discourse of violence according to Walsh and Keesmaat in their Colossians Remixed.Today we look at this passage.
We are participating in an Emergent Church Forum at the same time professors are gathered for the American Academy of Religion and Society of Biblical Literature in San Diego. The date is Saturday, November 17, from 9am to 11:30am. The […]
We’re not into Halloween much around here, except for the candy part, and Kris decided long ago not to dress the house or our kids up in ghost or witch outfits (or these). So, we have Fall decorations and some […]
About two weeks before Halloween, Kris finds herself pondering what kinds of candy to give to the small number of kids who knock on our door and give us the meaningless options of “Trick or Treat.” About 11 days out […]
Friday evening Kris and I drove down to Evanston for an event at 1st Presbyterian Church in Evanston. We had a wonderful time at this historic and influential church in the heart of Evanston.
I’ve been there only once, but Kris and I will be there next weekend again. This time we will be at the Firs. It is an event open to the public and we’d be glad to meet you. The topic […]
What do you eat for breakfast? Some years ago I was at my friend’s, Kermit Zarley’s, home, got up, asked him “What do you eat for breakfast?” and he told me this. Take one container of Yoplait (I think he […]
We’ve avoided this issue, but Tony Campolo and Stan Guthrie of CT are in a bit of a tiff on the Red Letter Christian issue.
OK, I’m no politician; nor am I deeply implicated in the political process. But for the love of pete — enough already! Two years of political debate and millions and millions of dollars … do we need this much? Why […]
Here is some more of the targum from Walsh and Keesmaat’s work on Colossians (Colossians Remixed). Here they continue to find dynamic equivalence as they seek to guide us in the way of creatively imagining our way into the world […]
Star’s homes, Pepperdine U. dorms evacuated in California wildfires – CNN.com LA Times story. Pepperdine‘s site is updating.
I will be leading two breakout sessions at Willow’s Shift 2008 Conference (April 9-11). Our first one will be on how to teach and read the Bible with an emerging generation and the second one on a kingdom/missional life.
Randy Balmer, professor at Columbia and author of numerous books, will be this year’s Kermit Zarley Lecturer. These lectures are open to the public and will be held from 3:30-5pm on Monday and Tuesday, Oct 29 and 30.
Scot, Thank you for the Ex-Gays series. It’s spawned a lot of meaningful, transformative conversations and been a pleasure to follow. A few older men have shared their stories, which has been encouraging. I hadn’t planned on writing but feel […]
Dan Kimball’s father is suffering and we’re asking for prayers for him and his family.
Have you ever told a story that got you out of a traffic ticket? I’ll confess to one.
On October 18 the Church traditionally celebrates the Evangelist Luke: Almighty God, who inspired your servant Luke the physician to set forth in the Gospel the love and healing power of your Son: Graciously continue in your Church this love […]
I’m doing something today I don’t recall ever having done; but enough do it to this site that I’m quite happy to bring a conversation over to this site. I’m copying this whole piece by Greg Boyd: I agree with […]
NORTH PARK UNIVERSITY invites applications for a tenure-track position in Biblical and Theological Studies with an interest in teaching Theology in the Western tradition (especially Reformation to the present). The person is also expected to teach Introduction to the Bible […]
Kris and I were laughing the other day about jobs I’ve had — starting way back in high school. And in the hope some of you will cough up information, bad memories or not, here are some of the jobs […]
Part two of my interview with Brad Nassif on orthodoxy and evangelicalism.
We were informed that Professor C.F.D. Moule, the Lady Margaret Professor of Divinity at Cambridge and the doctoral supervisor of my doctoral supervisor, James D.G. Dunn, died Monday. He was 14 months shy of one hundred years old. Moule was […]
If you haven’t seen this, and I found it through Graham Old in the UK, here is a close report to what is happening in Burma.
Here’s an interview I did with my colleague, Brad Nassif, on Eastern Orthodoxy and the gospel.
I am grateful to Willow’s Ancient-Future Community conference leaders, like Bill Donahue and Dave Treat … and I’ll stop there, for inviting me to speak yesterday. Great great hosts … from the moment I arrived until I left they were […]
If you are sitting in my session at the Willow Ancient-Future Communities conference on group life, and you are also reading this blog as I am speaking (or instead of listening), hello to you and pray for me! Go ahead, […]
Sunday morning I flew up to Minneapolis-St Paul to speak to the Meal Groups at the Sanctuary, a ministry of Crossroads Church. They are in Cottage Grove, MN. It was a great time. Here are some highlights for me:
Here are the twins of our colleagues, Joel and Karla Willitts. We prayed for those little kids and here they are — doing well.
Our next two books for Friday is for Friends will be … Marko Ivan Rupnik, In the Fire of the Burning Bush Telford Work, Ain’t Too Proud to Beg
Robert Webber left a legacy, a legacy of Christians who want to embrace the whole Church and its whole history. One of his enduring legacies will be the AEF Call and the AEF Call Conference to be held this year […]
There is a national discussion of the nation’s best sandwich. So, throw out for one time health concerns. What is your favorite sandwich? My answer: Pastrami with swiss; mustard; on rye — at Burt’s Deli in Libertyville.
Kris and I drove down to Pekin, a community of nearly 33,000, Saturday — listening attentively to a Cubs win over the Cards. We were scheduled to speak at Pekin Baptist, a salt of the earth church community led by […]
Our daughter, Laura, ran a half-marathon last Sunday downtown in Chicago and also exceeded her expectations for her time. Great going Laura!
I don’t know how you are, and I really don’t know how important this is, but when it comes to a day and I’ve got a few errands or chores to do, the question becomes this one: Do I do […]
We had four gorgeous, write-it-all-down-in-a-journal days here in Chicago for our Labor Day weekend. Cloudless, sunny, temperate, and relaxing. We spent every minute we could on our screen porch reading, talking, eating, editing, and spending time with family.
For those of you who participated in the humorous conversation about our attempt to rid our house of crickets, we want to give a hearty thanks. Late Friday night someone passed on the Dallas Times news article about how to […]
Kris got new glasses today, and they have graduated lenses. She’s adjusting to them, but the odd thing is that she’s seeing a little hue — purplish and yellowish — outlining some objects in her distance. She’s not in the […]
The end of the summer means the arrival of crickets and their endless chirping. So my question: How do I get them out of my basement so I can study in peace?
Here’s the link to the CNN story.
The four words to avoid will not be a list of the four worst words or four potty-mouth expressions. Instead, I want to focus on four words that Kris and I use, that you might use, that someone at your […]
Today we look at Gospel Criticism, the methods used in studies of the Gospel from the beginning of the 20th Century until the hey-day of redaction criticism in the 70s and 80s.
My question is not about which is your favorite sports season of the year but which is your favorite “weather” season of the year? We offer a slight pity party for those in southern California and Arizona and Texas and […]
Dean’s Beans, a fair trade coffee company, designed The Jesus Creed Blend — and that is what we are now drinking. Much to our delight, I might add!
We’ll be in San Diego this year for the National Pastor’s Convention for two workshops, one on praying with the church and the other on “the third way” — a theology for postmodern evangelicals.
Today I will be attending Willow Creek’s Leadership Summit. During the afternoon I have been asked to blog about the session of Floyd Flake (he looks like Dr. J so I know I’ll like him) and it will appear on […]
Let your continual mercy, O Lord, cleanse and defend your Church; and, because it cannot continue in safety without your help, protect and govern it always by your goodness; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you […]
Eugene Cho is keeping us up to date. Pray.
Kris, my dear wife, is a hawk when it comes to healthier foods. We gave up on red meat aeons ago and we have salmon filets twice a week now and maybe every other week we eat tuna steaks — […]
Tom Grosh, an IVCF leader, is speaking at a workshop in Pittsburgh and is seeking some data. I am providing the basic information he is seeking and his e-mail, so if you are willing to send him some data he […]
While in Denmark Kris and I tasted Baresso Coffee — the Danish Starbuck’s — and we also had some Ictus Fair Trade coffee. Indeed, we brought some home. And when we got home, my friend and former student, Bob Robinson, […]
Anne Fadiman is. In her collection of essays, At Large and At Small, she opens the door to her life of collecting butterflies and, as time moves forward, speaks of a Darwin-like obsession with finding, storing, and labeling all things […]
Our week at Oase in Odder, Denmark, rocked. Maybe because we can’t get the beat and words (we don’t often understand) out of our minds or maybe just because of the fellowship, worship, and enlargening of our sense of God’s […]
A young man in Copenhagen, evidently out too late or who had recently had too much to drink, decided to imitate HC Andersen’s The Emperor’s New Clothes in the middle of Amagertorv. The Americans took pictures and the Danish ignored […]
Another interesting yesterday at Danish Oase here in Odder, Denmark. Our Bible study this morning was a call to get us to consider again the robustness of the gospel and to avoid simplistic, reduced gospels — so I worked through […]
Yesterday was our “off day” — no speaking and no seminars — but I have to confess I’m ready for my next talk (today) and it swarmed through me all day long. But, we took the day to visit a […]
Yesterday I took a bit of a risk and addressed the large crowd of renewal-minded Lutherans (and others) on Mary and used the Mary texts of the Gospels as an avenue to show that “all biblical roads lead to the […]
I wrote this some time ago, but thought posting it while we are in Denmark might be a godo time. House Sparrows, a member of the finch family, may be one of the more “evolved” bird species that exist, but […]
We spent the entire day wandering from the south part of Copenhagen to the northern part yesterday. The weather began a little chilly and misty, so we dipped into a coffee shop, and then it turned out to be a […]
A long plane flight — well long because it began at 10pm Thursday and we arrived in Copenhagen (Kobenhavn) at 1pm. 7.5 hours in flight and lots of hours buried in time change. Still, we are excited to be here […]
Why does pumpkin pie taste better at home than in a restaurant? Turkey on a holiday? Why does wine taste better in Italy? Why does a hot dog taste better at the ballpark? A hamburger at the football game? A […]
There seems to be a rash of misspellers on my blog of late. My mom and dad, because my father’s father came from Scotland (one “t” kind of land), saddled me with a one “t” kind of first name and […]
Top Seven: 1. Great Wall of China 2. Petra in Jordan 3. Rio’s statute of Christ 4. Machu Picchu 5. Chichen Itza pyramid 6. Colosseum in Roma 7. Taj Mahal Drum roll….
Laura, our daughter, ran a 10K recently. We watched her at two different places and had a great time — it was a hot day, way too hot, but she fought the whole way and beat her personal best time. […]
We finished our Hawaiian Isles Kona Classic yesterday, and so I got out some Boyd’s Espresso Milano Coffee — very nice except one problem. So far as I can figure out, the grind was so fine that my Starbuck’s Espresso […]
Today I awakened a little nervous because on the schedule was that Kris and I were going to the mall for some “casual pants.” This made me wonder if Kris didn’t have in mind that I would be getting some […]
E.P. Sanders, in 1977, published the most influential book of the last fifty years: Paul and Palestinian Judaism. There has been all kinds of scuttlebutt about what a decade later Jimmy Dunn began to call the “new perspective.” And now […]
Hawaiian Isles Kona Coffee Co (Kona Classic) Thanks to Laura and Mark! Very good.
Today is July 4th, the day the USA celebrates Independence Day and the concept of socio-political freedom. Today’s post contains a prayer and the Declaration of Independence. My own political views about justice and freedom have appeared here and there […]