Saturday Kris and I drove down to the City to give Joel and Karla Willitts some relief. Their twins are non-stop feeders and are keeping both of them up at night and busy during the day. So, Kris and I […]
Here’s the article and listing. What is your greatest movie ever? The top two movies ever for me are: The Flight of the Phoenix Grease …. “You’re the one that I love, oo, oo, oo-oo.”
Intelligentsia. Just in case you haven’t heard, Chicago has a coffee that many are now saying ranks up there as one of the finest coffees in the world. Very happily, Laura and Mark bought me a bag of espresso ground […]
Yesterday we got up early and I called my father to wish him a happy father’s day. Kris and I enjoyed a cool hour or so on our screen porch with the birds flitting everywhere, said our prayers, and went […]
Last Thursday, the 7th of June (Kris’ birthday), a dying tree with a nest of woodpeckers fell on my neighbor’s home. The next day the tree cutters, at our request, saved the shank of the tree that was housing those […]
“Hostile to the church, friendly to Jesus Christ.” These words describe large numbers of people, especially young people, today. They are opposed to anything which savors of institutionalism. They detest the establishment and its entrenched privileges. And they reject the […]
Printers Row is a historic neighborhood on the south side of Chicago’s Loop. It is also now the name of a marvelous book fair, which is held early in June each year. Last Saturday Owen Youngman, VP at the Chicago […]
Thursday, on my way home from speaking at the Spiritual Formation Forum in Milwaukee (more about that later), I got a frantic call from our home from a man who is working on our windows. Cliff Peterson informed me of […]
We now turn to a new book for our Friday is for Friends series: Why Church Matters by Jonathan Wilson. Those in low church traditions need this book, and those in stodgy high church traditions need this book,and those in […]
Joel and Karla brought home Mary and Zion. Five weeks later, bundles and bundles of concerns and prayers, and lots of friends inquiring “How are the twins?” But, they’re home and Joel and Karla now begin a new phase of […]
Our last day in Tuscany was a trip through the wine community of Montalcino and then a wondrous afternoon atop Pienza, a Renaissance community built by Pius II. Here are some pictures:
Because we lost access to posting pictures on the blog when we got to San Gimignano, a delightful Tuscan town south and west of Florence, we thought a few pictures from “San Gimi” might interest some of you:
O God, whose never-failing providence ordereth all things both in heaven and earth: We humbly beseech thee to put away from us all hurtful things, and give us those things which are profitable for us; through Jesus Christ our Lord, […]
No traffic to speak of and mostly beautiful weather, Kris and I left San Gimignano this morning by 8:30am and got to Stresa, on Lago Maggiore (just south of Switzerland, on a lake, and near Malpensa airport for an early […]
We visited today the warm and sunny and hilly slopes of Tuscan wine country. The keyboard on this computer today is a nightmare, so I have to be brief.
We got up today in San Gimignano and said, “Hey, let’s go over to Volterra today.” About 45 minutes. So, after a light breakfast and wandering through San Gim for about an hour, we got in our car and drove […]
We got to Florence much sooner than we expected — it took about a little over 2 hours from Venice. After driving around for 1.5 hours — and I cannot say it was only that — we said, “OK, we […]
Sunday morning we got up, had our breakfast, and then headed for Venice — so we could attend a Gregorian chant service on Pentecost Sunday at San Giorgio Maggiore (church). The nice thing — the church is on an island […]
We spent today in Venice, a one-of-a-kind “island that tells the world it is a city.” First impression — no cars. None at all. It is an island of streets and passageways and shops and trattoria and gelato shops and […]
Pentecost Sunday Almighty God, on this day you opened the way of eternal life to every race and nation by the promised gift of your Holy Spirit: Shed abroad this gift throughout the world by the preaching of the Gospel, […]
Kris and I had a nice flight, landed in Milano, got our car and headed for Verona — the Milanese greeted us with a massive traffic jam but we weathered it in our sleepy condition and found our way to […]
As you wake up in the good ol’ USA, my friends, we will be landing in Milan Italy for a week or so in Italy. We left Chicago for Milan and now are heading this morning over to Verona.
I’ll be a speaker this Fall at the Willow Creek small group conference. The conference, called the Ancient-Future Community Group Life Conference, will focus on the nature of “community” in local churches. My address will be on the history of […]
My father played minor league baseball in the St. Louis Browns organization; Kris’ dad was a three-sport athlete at Iowa State. In fact, he was in the first class that got athletic scholarships at Iowa State. And those two set […]
After suggesting that the shepherd lover and she have gotten behind the Fall into Paradise, back into the Garden of Eden as it were (in Song 7:10), the woman now invites the man into the Garden of delights:
While doing a doctorate in England, Kris and I attended St. Peter’s Toton (near Beeston outside Nottingham) — a wonderful Anglican community of faith. John Corrie, the curate (whatever that means), and his wife Elisabeth — with two kids at […]
Here is our prayer for our mothers — from Kris and me — on Mother’s Day. It comes with a history for me. My mother was choir director at our church, and every Sunday — world without end, Amen — […]
Just in case you have not heard, Francis Beckwith, this year’s President of the Evangelical Theological Society, surely the largest academic association of evangelical scholars, recently converted to Catholicism — the faith of his childhood. Now here’s my question: Do […]
Here is the CNN article about the Sinn Fein party and the Protestants (Ian Paisley) making a solemn pledge to work with another for a lasting peace — I’m wondering what those in Northern Ireland are thinking.
Here’s an event we’ll be at this June; I like the line-up of speakers. My responsibility is to begin sketching how spiritual formation can be shaped when we take into view a more holistic understanding of the gospel. here. PRESENTING […]
Knock down the house across the street … and a century of memories.
Saturday Kris and I drove down to the hospital to see Joel and Karla Willitts’ twin preemies — Zion and Mary. We spent a couple of hours and thoroughly enjoyed ourselves.
Anyone know the results and the stories from the French election? We are hearing the exit polls show 54% for Sarkozy and 56 46% for Royal. What do you make of the French populace electing a conservative?
5th Sunday of Easter: Almighty god, whom truly to know is everlasting life: Grant us so perfectly to know thy Son Jesus Christ to be the way, the truth, and the life, that we may steadfastly follow his steps in […]
We have a couple of new flowering bushes in the front of our home and then some nice begonias in the back … some pics:
In order to plug in our computer (and use safely) when we travel in Italy, do we need both an adapter and a transformer? Anyone know? We bought one of those little adapters … will that be enough? (Note added: […]
My school, North Park, graciously provides each of the professors with a laptop. I got a new Dell Latitude 620 Thursday and I am grateful for this new one as my old Dell was freezing etc.. Well, this one is […]
Do you have an accent? I don’t.
Here are two pictures of Joel and Karla Willitts two preemie infants — Mary and Zion. Mary now weighs 2 lb 14 oz and Zion is up to 3 lbs 8 oz.
She’s been awakened to her lover at the door; she comes to the door only to find he has left myrrh as a token of his love for her. She now opens the door to find him gone. She resumes […]
Lauren’s second lecture at North Park was on Real Sex: The Naked Truth about Chastity, and she offers four lies or myths that Christians often tell themselves and their youth about sex. She considers each a myth (as untrue) and […]
There are an assortment of churches — megachurches, megachurch wannabes, big churches, small churches, house churches, missional churches, cafe churches, neighborhood churches, village churches. Some change constantly; some are the same as they were when Grandma and Grandpa were baptized […]
We are saddened to announce that Bob Webber (1933-2007) has passed away.
Some visionary behind American Idol has set a new standard — not for creating a show that attracts viewers but that does compassion. Did you watch it last night? 30 million dollars raised for world poverty. Will this set a […]
“Tell her,” the Song teaches men. “Tell her of how you delight in the one you love.” Tell her also you are captured. Notice this:
Kris and I are struck by the military’s decision to “spin” the death of Pat Tillman. Pat, the truth is now being told, was killed by “friendly fire” — a spin if I’ve ever heard one — there are no […]
My sister once named her two cats “Come Here” and “Go Away.” I have to think that having such lighthearted names for cats (of all things) might bring a little lightness to the lives of the cats. What are the […]
I have for more than a dozen years observed that I used to teach in a “semitery” and that I now teach college students. Well, that came to an end Thursday night at Biblical Seminary in Hatfield, PA, north of […]
We can pick up the pieces of rubble left aground by the cold-blooded murdering of 32 Virginia Tech students, but we cannot make sense of the senseless shards of rubble we find. A professor who perceived that the young man […]
Sunday Kris and I were at St. Matthew’s in Sterling VA. I posted a few pics yesterday from our time there with Rob and Linda Merola. Rob is Rector of St. Matthew’s (whatever “rector” means). There is major impression I […]
Kris and I were in Sterling, VA, this weekend. We got to be with former students, Rob and Linda Merola, now serving at St. Matthew’s Episcopal. It was a delightful Sunday — I preached three times on Mary’s struggle with […]
About two years ago we began having bugs, little buggers, in our kitchen. We’d find the little pesky things in Webster’s water bowl. So, Lukas suggested we get one of those electronic devices that sends off some kind of sound […]
Our BTS colleague, Joel Willitts, and his wife Karla had twins today. Zion, the little boy, weighed in at 3.4 pounds and his sister, born one minute later, Mary, weighed in at 2.4 pounds. Both the little ones are doing […]
In the second row of my Jesus class sit four students who are baristas, and they are convinced that my freezing of coffee ruins the coffee. So they insist on a sealed container for my coffee. Now, let’s hear an […]
OK, here’s a picture of the longest soul patch I’ve yet seen. But it got me to thinking — pardon moi Jeff if you think I’m predicting the imminent demise of cool soul patches — about styles and soul we’ve […]
Yep, my Spring Break this week was a 7-4 Spring Break. When my students were wallowing in sand in Florida or some place more exotic, I was at home. In Chicago. The snow melted early in the week with temps […]
2nd Annual Conference of Radical Evangelicals Wheaton, Illinois Friday and Saturday, March 16th and 17th, 2007
Christianity Today reports that James Dobson is leading a charge to remove Rev. Richard Cizik from the National Association of Evangelicals — he’s VP — because of his relentless concern with global warming. What is the logic here? Is it…
Kris and I had a wonderful time in Portland. To begin with, once again we were treated to the glories of mountains, deep gorges, and waterfalls cascading down green mountains. You can see what I mean here:
We were invited to Portland to speak at the Pacific Northwest Covenant Church’s annual meeting called “Crossing Borders.” The focus was on racial reconciliation and on missional work. The day began with a time of worship, led by a former […]
Lead pastor at Willow Creek, Gene Appel, mentioned this blog in his talk this weekend so I want to welcome Willow Creekers to the conversations that occur on this blog. A brief introduction to Jesus Creed: we talk about Jesus, […]
On March 17, I’ll be speaking at North Point Community Church in Atlanta, primarily to their Starting Point leaders. I’ll be speaking about the nature of the gospel and how we can best engage our culture. North Point has made […]
The news story coming out today that they have found the tomb of Jesus, that Jesus was married to a woman named Mary (presumed then to be Mary Magdalene), and that they had a son named Judah, will surely raise […]
Kris and I are in Greensboro, NC. I’ll post about our event at UNC Greensboro early this week, but I must mention this. Our flight Saturday night back to Chicago was cancelled — bad weather in Chicago. So, we called […]
When I got back from New Orleans, I saw that Kris had laid out a new credit card for me to use. On our walk Friday morning, I asked if that card was a new credit card — to which […]
I will be speaking at an event in Portland on Saturday, March 3. The event is called Crossing Borders, and I will be speaking twice — once in the afternoon to the youth and then in the evening to everyone […]
Luke turns 27 today, and if you have a yen for it, visit his site and wish him a Happy Birthday! We don’t always know where he’ll be on birthdays anymore — I think he might be in North Carolina […]
Not that I know them all, but I had a splendid time at New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary. Here’s my account:
When I got to O’Hare Monday morning for my flight to New Orleans — knowing there was snow and some bad weather — I tried to change my flight to an earlier time but the earlier plane was already completely […]
From Webster, who got cut and Shear Paradise “scarfed” him with a Valentine’s scarf:
At times I open letters I get from readers. Some time back I got a note from Lori with this statement in it: “Anyway, Jesus somehow put my dad, my husband, you and Oprah in a mix to help me […]
Dizzy Dean, a great pitcher for the Cardinals in the glory days, was known for his southern drawl and his poor grammar. Branch Rickey was the opposite and after hearing Branch wax eloquent, the ole Diz said this: “He must […]
I’ve now learned how to make French press coffee — thanks to Jennifer’s kind gift. I can compare it to my morning standard latte from our St—–ks Barista machine (I use Caribou Daybreak coffee). I’m wondering which coffee is better? […]
This week we turn to Psalm 119:113-120 (samek), where every verse begins with the letter samek. This paragraph in our psalm will be opened through the window of what it says about God. And the first thing it tells us […]
For years I had a stapler (I’ll avoid the name) that was a mess. I had to redo about 75% of my hits. Then I found Paper Pro. I don’t know how it works, but I’ll say this: it worked […]
Sometimes I find myself saying someone is “old.” The other day I told Kris that someone who is “old” to me is someone who is 10 years older than me — which means “old” keeps changing. The nice thing about […]
I wrote last week about my new shoes, Born Blast. I got a pair of black ones, and they are like walking on air — comfortable and an easy fit. So, I suggested to Kris that I buy a pair […]
Kris and I are wishing the Super Bowl were tonight instead of next Sunday evening. I’ve got no predictions. I’ll say this: Everytime we count the Bears out they come back and prove us wrong.
Sometimes I share letters I get from folks, and I just have to tell you about this one. Cp. Patrick Lowthian (pic below) is a chaplain in the US Army and is in Ramadi, Iraq. Well, he reads this blog […]
If you want to see the days when I was still writing with a Parker T-ball Jotter pen, wearing a wiry mustache and “mod” tinted glasses, and most importantly sporting a curly head of hair, check this out. Rob’s got […]
I no longer run, though at one time I was a cross country runner and did plenty of running or playing basketball after my college years. Other than the benefits of running for health, perhaps the most singular benefit to […]
What a fun game for us. Good defense and the Bears made some great offensive adjustments in the 3d quarter to gain their momentum back. Check this out (at the Sports line at the bottom). What a lucky guess!
I get a new pair of “dress” shoes about every five years. I have two kinds: black and brown. My last two pairs of shoes were Born, but my black ones — bought about seven years ago — are now […]
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.
FG Robbie Gould, and the Bears win!
Tony tagged me here, so here goes:
It so happens that I’m speaking at Pepperdine, and the fires of Malibu began just below the school on the other side of the Pacific Coast Highway, and within minutes had engulfed too several homes in the fires. As many […]
Just before our New Year’s party in Ixtapa, I checked the water jugs to see if Jesus had been here!
I’ve come to the conclusion that I come to Mexico for all the wrong reasons but the rest of my family comes for all the right reasons. Here’s what I mean:
The psalmist, in 119:76-77, pleads with God to extend his love and his mercy down to him. Three points:
Año Nuevo (New Year’s Eve) in Ixtapa.
On the last day of the year, Ixtapa has a tradition of releasing thousands of turtles into the sea. Here are some pictures of our family and some little kids at the “running of the turtles.”
Lukas and Annika arrived today — along with Meriam (the black “golden”doodle) and Slater (Cairn). Here they staged a family reunion. This evening we will have yet another Christmas celebration, this time with Laura, Mark, Lukas and Annika. Our kids […]
Accepting his John F. Kennedy Profiles in Courage Award “To know John Kennedy, as I did, was to understand the true meaning of the word. He understood that courage is not something to be gauged in a poll or located […]
Every year at Christmastime Laura invites Kris and me to her 1st grade classroom for her international holiday luncheon with her students and parents. Since Laura’s class has 15 ethnic groups represented, each is asked to bring a dish representing […]
For Ben, for his health, for his wife, and for peace. Lord, hear our prayer. For Michael Scolare, for another return to health — and for Kris and the kids and the church. Lord, hear our prayer. For Becky, for […]
You may need a handkerchief to get through this one. Thanks Bob. Luke’s got a nice series on emerging going.
Last evening CNN treated us to a 2-hour program on the development of Christianity from the time of Jesus to the Nicene Council (323 AD). There is plenty to like and probably plenty to disagree with. My questions today are:
Kris and I are planning another trip to Italy early summer — land in Milan, then to Venice and then down to Florence. We want to spend the first day and night near Lago di Garda. Anyone have suggestions on […]
If you have a chance, I recommend each of you carve out tonight, from 7-9pm, to watch CNN. The show is called After Jesus: The First Christians, and it is an excellent and stimulating presentation of the first four centuries […]
Webster got groomed and we try to preserve such moments for his clean appearance only lasts a short while.
Was my hair an earlier indicator of my theology? Steve McCoy suggests so! HT: Steve.
This picture, from the days of my master’s degree, proves that I had a full head of hair. (Laura at 19 months.)
If you have either visited the Holocaust Museum or read any of the many works of Elie Wiesel — like Night – you will know one word pushes itself to the front of his vision: Remember! Remember the Holocaust is […]
Publishers are kind. Each year we get a Christmas present or two from publishers I’ve worked with. I have pens, luggage tags, coffee mug protectors, cups, and (of course) books. It seems to me that publishers are creative with their […]
If you go to Reclaiming the Mind, you can see how to join us tonight in a 2-hour conversation about Mary. (Sorry, no Apple computers — to which I say “argh!”) The room is now open for some audio, though […]
From the AP wires, and posted at AOL.com, there is clear evidence of purple politics. And blurring lines often creates tension. Rick Warren has a summit on AIDS and has invited both Barack Obama (Democrat) and Sam Brownback (Republican), but […]
What does it cost for books when you go to SBL? Here’s something to factor in:
Here’s my ranking: what’s yours? 1. Chestnut Hill Coffee Company (latte). 2. Caribou Coffee: Daybreak (homemade latte) 3. Seattle’s Best (drip, with cream) 4. Dunkin’ Donuts (with cream, no sugar) 5. Starbuck’s (coffee of the day with cream)
I don’t do this very often, and the reason I’m doing this is because I believe in it so much. I have a colleague, Brad Nassif, who singularly combines evangelical and Orthodoxy piety, and Brad is now offering a seminar […]
What do you think this bird is? Click on it and it expands. The knowledgeable folks are saying it is a Cooper’s Hawk; and I thought I was seeing a Northern Harrier all along.
I’m not one to pay all that much attention to Study Bibles, but the Harper Collins Study Bible, based on the NRSV and edited by HA Attridge is a Bible that churches and pastors and others will surely want to […]
October 14, 15 Embracing Grace Irving Bible Church Irving, Texas Contact: Steve Roese October 19-22 Durham, New Hampshire October 24-27 Emergent at Westminster Theological Seminary Philadelphia, PA Contact: Anthony Stiff November 7 John Brown University Siloam Springs, Arkansas Chapel: The […]
Scot McKnight is a widely-recognized authority on the New Testament, early Christianity, and the historical Jesus. He is the Karl A. Olsson Professor in Religious Studies at North Park University (Chicago, Illinois). A popular and witty speaker, Dr. McKnight has […]
From Linda: Bob’s bloodwork came back ok, but he now has a more serious problem now.Â FriÂ in the middle of the night (of course!)Â his BP surged very high…so high we were ready to go to the ER again […]
Kris’ sister’s name is Pat and she is married to Bob; their daughter’s name is Kari. And Kari is a senior at the University of New Hampshire and, when we visit her, we like to stay at Hickory Pond Inn. […]
Everyone approximately my age, and the detail itself need not be mentioned, from Freeport Illinois knows the story of Midnight Mary. So, when I saw that James VanOosting published a novel, called Walking Mary, and built the central character on […]
William Mounce, Mounce’s Complete Expository Dictionary of Old and New Testament Words (MED). For decades the lay person has been given Vine’s dictionary in order to see an overview of the meaning of words, but Mounce has raised the level: […]
Myth #7: Arminianism is not a theology of grace. Olson contends that the “material principle” of Arminianism is prevenient grace and that all of salvation is “wholly and entirely of God’s grace.” So there.
Almighty God, who didst inspire thy servant Luke the physician to set forth in the Gospel the love and healing power of thy Son: Graciously continue in thy Church the like love and power to heal, to the praise and […]
I’m among the world’s worst “rememberers of birthdays.” At one time I seriously considered sending out cards to every family member on January 1st just to make sure it got done. The problem stems from the fact that I’m not […]
This weekend Kris and I were guests of Irving Bible Church in Irving, Texas. Wow. We had a great time. We had a public event Saturday evening — I spoke for one hour about the gospel of Embracing Grace and […]
A former student (from my first year at TEDS) and now a pastor in the area, Kent Palmer, and his blog-reading wife, Phyllis, are in Maine and sent this picture to me to let me know that the Jesus Creed […]
Something happened this morning to these; they were’nt showing; sorry. Kris and I will be flying next weekend to Durham, New Hampshire, to visit our niece. Lovely area to visit.
Deafness. Here is our dog, Webster, asleep during a lightning and thunder storm. For years he was petrified of storms and would hide under the bed or descend into the basement where he could neither hear nor see the storms. […]
I had a great time with the leaders from The Chapel in Akron on Monday. Before I say anything else, I must admit that it was special for me to see one of my all-time favorite students at TEDS, Jay […]
Here is the next letter from my correspondent: Dear Scot, wow, i am honored to be gifted with so many words that are full of grace and love.
On behalf of our BTS Dept and the North Park, thanks to Phyllis Tickle for the sparkling lectures for our annual Kermit Zarley Lectures. (Picture, L to R: SMcK, Phyllis, Kermit Zarley)
From Linda: Yep..he’s free!Â We got home around 7:30pm (the process started at 11!)Â He’s quite tired, but in much better shape than when he came home from Mercy!Â He still isn’t where they want him on his clotting times,so […]
Amazing but true they were going to send him home today, but his white blood cell count is slightly up. They will do some tests to find out what is causing this. He also has double vision off and on, […]
Happy Birthday to Annika (my favorite daughter-in-law), Kari (my niece who stars on the Univ. of New Hampshire track team) and Pat (my wonderful sister-in-law and a terrific basketball coach)! The first pic is of Annika, with Lukas in Ixtapa; […]
Well, the last few days have been rough…he’s felt worse each day instead of better.Â He hasn’t been sleeping at night because of pain, and has been going into atrial fibrillation quite a bit.Â He was most miserable today at […]
There was a day when maintaining friendships meant typing a letter, sealing it in an envelope, stamping it, and dropping it in the mail. It took some time, and such “snail mail” has become a lost art for most of […]
Linda : UNBELIEVABLE!!!!! Bob was taken off the ventilator at 1 this am (yes, that is now 17 hours ago, about 8 hours after the surgery finished! He is awake and SOOOOO happy!!
We read this frequently in our newspapers: “speaking on condition of anonymity.” What does it mean? I suggest the following, but wonder what you think when you hear this expression in a newspaper or TV report:
Bob Robinson is having surgery. Let’s pray for him and Linda and his children. May God’s healing grace rest on them.
Steve McCoy, in our family of bloggers, posts a picture of his mother who has been diagnosed with cancer. Please pray for her and for Steve and all around them.
I am at Crossroads College in Rochester, MN, and am honored to have been chosen to give the Earl Grice Lectures, and my subject is atonement. I have been hosted by Mark Weedman and Mike Benson, and they have been […]
Da Bears! An awesome display on both sides of the ball this week. Rex Grossman is showing he’s figured out the QB spot.
As many of you know, a major sports rivalry was had in the Midwest yesterday. Notre Dame vs. Michigan, at ND — and here’s a memento.
Many of us — and I wish even more than that — will recite the Lord’s Prayer today as a community of faith. Here’s a liturgical shaping of that prayer so that it reflects the Jesus Creed:
Kris and I had a wondrous time at Mission Meadows camp in Dewittville NY (on Chautauqua Lake). Family and Fellowship.
From The Celtic Daily Prayer: Christ, as a light illumine and guide me. Christ, as a shield overshadow me.
I’m speaking at a camp this weekend on Chautauqua Lake: Mission Meadows,. Jay Baehr, the camp administrator who invited us, and his wife, Betsy (former student) are here and it has been fun to see them. Of course, we are […]
Kris began the day on the back porch reading the newspaper. 25 or so minutes into her read she opened the back door to say, “I’ve found a movie for us tonight.” I asked, “What’s it called?” She said, “Invincible.”
We have a desktop iMac and I write on a Powerbook G4. I use Entourage as my e-mail application, and the mail from North Park just shows up (like magic to me) at home in my Entourage account. But, today […]
Here’s a fool-proof method of keeping your desk clean, your kitchen counter tidy, your bedroom closet in order, and your e-mail box on the first page!
Sunday I spoke at NorthBridge Church. They asked me to initiate a new teaching series on the Apostle’s Guide to Missional Living as taken from 1 Peter. It’s a great church to attend, so I was really honored to be […]
From Bob, and I hope you’ll continue to pray for him and his heart, and Linda and those kids. I know I’m praying for him often.:
Here’s a letter from a reader: please think this over and if you have thoughts for Mike, please give them either here or at his site.Hey Scot, Looking for some advice from Christians with older children. Our church is a […]
This “tag” records Kris’ comments; she was tagged by Lukas. 1. One book that changed your life: Practicing the Presence of God by Brother Lawrence.
Kris is the gardener in the family: she thinks about flowers and plants and trees; she waters them regularly so they don’t croak. I’m called in for two things: I mow and I do the heavy stuff. This Spring we […]
Some of you are facing a new reality, in fact a life change. Some of you are packing and buying and ordering U-Hauls or plane tickets for your son or daughter to go off to college. I will see such […]
By Steve McCoy: 1. One book that changed your life: D. Bohoeffer, The Cost of Discipleship. I read it in college and it has haunted my life. I’ve read most of it in German as well, and am moved everytime […]
Saturday’s post on plagiarism took me by surprise. Lots of chat for a Saturday. The challenge to preach and teach weekly, and often more than once, is far more challenging than most comprehend. I’m wondering what you do to keep […]
Had the Apostle Paul lived to see the war of Rome with Israel in 66-73 AD, what would he have done? Here are some considerations:
Turning Lemons into Lemonade, Paraclete Press Announces an Innovative Book Sale Unlike Any Other! Pastors, youth pastors, and other ministry leaders are offered Paraclete’s best titles at outrageously low prices!
How do you know God’s will? Well, Mike Breaux — who is one of my favorite preachers — preached about this last weekend at Willow Creek and I think his points, even if not new, are spot-on:
Here’s my thesis: Republicans believe “what is good for me is good for the nation” and Democrats believe “what is good for the nation is good for me.” Christians think “how can I and how can we, as a community […]
About two weeks ago, Lukas and Annika arrived for a wedding of friends (and former students of mine), so we all went to the wedding. Then a day or so later, Lukas and Annika flew to Florida so Luke could […]
On one of the comments on my post response to Jordon Cooper, I was asked these questions by J-Marie:
If asked, would you participate in a Discovery adventure into outerspace? I got to thinking about this when I saw the picture of those on board of this new space exploration and experiment. Here are my thoughts:
Tonight, on WGN Radio (listen) from 9pm-11pm on Extension 720, I will be interviewed along with Mark Galli, editor at Christianity Today, and author of Jesus Mean and Wild by Milt Rosenberg. Our conversation will be about Mark’s book and […]
Mark Noll and Caroyln Nystrom’s book, Is the Reformation Over?, with this post is now over for the immediate future. Without getting into every chp, and there were some good chps left, I do want to offer what I see […]
Kris’ paternal grandmother, known to us as Grandma Willie (her real name was Willamina), taught me to watch birds. I’m grateful to her for it. Sitting on my back porch recently with Lukas and Annika, I watched the sudden flash […]
Today I’ll post some pictures of our time in California. On Thursday morning we got up and headed up to Lake Arrowhead. Didn’t read the map quite right, got off on some traffic-laden street, went beyond the mountain road to […]
We Midwesterners don’t take earthquakes lightly. Our family has been in one, and I thought it was spooky. Give me a tornado anytime: get to the basement and by and large you’ll be safe. So, when we checked in to […]
Kris and I were in California last Thursday through Saturday, and I want to record some thoughts here about our days there. We were guests of Robin Dugall, director of Youth Leadership Institute which is held annually at Azusa Pacific […]
I’ve edited only slightly. God can show Himself as He really is only to real people. And that means not simply to people who are individually good, but to people who are united together in a body, loving one another, […]
Kris and I are in San Dimas, CA, where I will be speaking to the Youth Leadership Institute in conjunction with Robin Dugall, a professor at Azusa Pacific. We should have access to the internet throughout the day, so … […]
I’m not sure what you think of apologetics, but I’ve always had this sneaking suspicion that apologetics bolsters the faith of those who already believe. I think it sometimes impacts those who don’t believe, and we’d be foolish to create […]
I gave up jogging long ago. Why? I’m so competitive I couldn’t jog for my health’s sake. I had to have a stop watch, and then a chart, and then personal records — for each day of the week, and […]
Kris and I take a walk each day. On weekdays we usually have a salad and then walk around Butler Lake. Lukas sent us this link to “our walk.” A tad over 2 miles. Here we’ve kept check on a […]
When driving in a classic, I think 1947, car, this is one thing the driver shouldn’t be doing. Classical cars and these just don’t mix. Click on the photo to enlargen it.
Today is July 4th in the USA. Which means fireworks. We once knew of a dog that got so scared it took off running, and got … well, it didn’t surive the mad dash from the booms and pops. Our […]
Game #1 Regulation: Germany 0, Italy 0. Overtime: Germany 0, Italy 0. Penalty kicks: 5-5. What do they do if that happens? Eventually, somehow, the Germans will win this one.
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 […]
I was recently interviewed by a master’s student at a local university who is doing research on the emerging church movement. When he e-mailed me a note of thanks, I simply asked this: “Where are you theologically?” Here’s his answer. […]
We sat in Saturday night to hear Gene Appel, lead pastor at Willow Creek Community Church, explain to the 20-something ministry called Axis what the leadership sees as the next “evolution in Axis.” The Saturday night Axis service will be […]
Starting July 7th, Friday, I’ll begin a series on my favorite, one-of-a-kind, drop-all-your-other-books-to-read, author, Joseph Epstein, and his new book called Friendship: An Expose. We’ll do maybe two chapters each Friday, and the point won’t be so much to interact […]
As I sat on my back porch recently reading a book, I had a visitor. One I had not had in the twenty years we have lived in this home: a Red-headed Woodpecker. We are regularly visited by Yellow-shafted Flickers, […]
From a fellow blogger (HT: Hal). This, I guess, is why my students can actually communicate with students in other classes without having to say a word or write something that is knowable to professors who don’t know cell phone […]
Evidently very. Time magazine has an article on how influential the bloggers of the SBC were in the recent voting for leadership. Mark Roberts, who links to the Time article itself, has made some observations and I’ll make some here.
As I said yesterday, Luke was home some this weekend while he was scouting a minor league team. He was with us during the day and at the games in the evening. At home he visited his favorite places. Here’s […]
Some of you followed my steep, but bumptious, learning curve in learning how to use my cell phone. Laura taught us how to do the automatic dial, so now I just hold down #2 and it calls Kris. I get […]
There’s something fitting about a warm summer evening, some ice cream (or custard in our case), and a lazy drive through a local neighborhood. Both Kris and I grew up in families that often did this. My family usually went […]
Spirit of God, promise of Jesus, come to our help at the close of this day. Come with forgiveness and healing love. Come with life and hope. Come with all that we need to continue in the way of your […]
Kris and I drove to Freeport to see my father and both of our mothers on Saturday. My father recently had back surgery, my mother ankle surgery, and we were glad to see them moving around better. We went out […]
I don’t do this as a rule, but I will post advertisements of pastoral openings that come my way.
Here are two pictures from the Piemonte region. The first is the grocer who took care of us in every way, telling us which shops to visit and what kind of wines to purchase. On top of that, her two […]
While in the Ligurian area of Italy, we learned how good basil (basilico) pestos can be. So, it was my intent when we returned to learn how to make a pesto properly, to good taste, and to learn how to […]
Kris and I have had three meals with Ira Rounsaville‘s sauce, and we have to give it our heartiest recommendation, and I want to pass it on to you. Ira, if you remember, was at The Emmaus Community church where […]
I took that test I linked to in the Weekly Meanderings last Saturday, and this is what showed up. I’d not characterize myself this way, but maybe you took it too. At any rate, I have purchased Finney’s 2-volume theology, […]
Somehow, Kris always manages to take a picture when I’m reading. The first is an early morning shot from our villa high up into the hills of Comogli and the second in Santa Margherita. I was reading Jaroslav Pelikan’s Mary […]
The Cinque Terra villages, to one degree or the other, rise from the shore onto the steep slopes. They are each a port city, but their claim is their unique culture and cuisine along with their near inaccessibility by car. […]
It was Kris’ birthday yesterday, and Laura and Mark came up for dinner on the porch. I made mushroom caps filled with basil, a salad, and I cooked up Chinese in the wok. Then we went for a long walk […]
Here are some pictures from two lovely cities we visited. We began the day, after a 4 minute train ride (which was better than a 45 minute drive to the same location), with a nice cup of latte in the […]
The first village of the Cinque Terra (five cities/places) that we visited was the farthest west, Monterosso. It was the largest, and had the only real beach. Here’s a few pics. (If you click on the thumbnail, it will open […]
Some of you live in a part of this good world of ours where the weather doesn’t change that much, so you have great weather all the time. Others of us know what the change of seasons means to our […]