Our villa was up that mountain about 75% of the way; in other words, off the top of this picture. The village is Camogli and it is pronounced “cu-mol-yi.” The second picture is of Kris having dinner at one of […]
Here are pictures of Bellagio, a village on Lake Como. The first is from our hotel room, the second at the edge of the peninsula. The third was our favorite walking promenade along the lake.
Some time back I suggested you could tell which males were emerging and which weren’t by whether or not you see a belt. If there was a belt visible, shirt tucked in, etc., emerging was a stretch. We found another […]
I confess I am of a certain age, and that age was certain that tattoos were not to be had. Well, that prohibition of tattoos no longer obtains either for those of my “certain age” or for the newer generation. […]
While Kris and I were in Italy, Alise Barrymore, the former campus minister at North Park and who is starting up a new community church with James King, wrote and asked us to come down to speak about The DaVinci […]
We got up Saturday morning at 4:15am for a 5am drive up to Milano from our place in Camogli. (5am Sat morning in Camogli is 10pm Friday night in Chicago time.) We had heard it would take as much as […]
Paraclete Press is announcing a “blog tour” where each day a review will appear about Praying with the Church. Let’s make this a conversation about learning about prayer. (You can get a free Jesus Creed if you buy a Praying […]
We drove yesterday (Thurs) through the hilly wine country south of Alba, got to Monteforte di’ Alba, stopped in a cafe to have a cafe latte, and then lolled our way down to the Autostrade to head to our place […]
Kris and I had a great afternoon yesterday in Lucca, walking the wall and visiting the churches. And today we are in Alba, much farther inland and our trip here this morning involved a glorious trip up A6 with the […]
Yesterday afternoon we visited the Rodeo Drive of the area — Portofino. All we could afford was a cup of Cafe Latte, which to be honest was about as good as they can be made. Dinner last night in Camogli […]
We’ve never seen vacation plans that weren’t capable of adjustment. Our walking yesterday wore us out, so we got up a little later and decided to visit a historic (aren’t all villages in Italy that?) village called Santa Margherita just […]
God’s judgment, Paul says in Romans 2:2, is based on truth, and that truth is God’s standard for judgment. Those who do not respond to that truth, Paul says, are storing up for themselves wrath. But, these two points sandwich […]
Yesterday we messed up on the trains. Today we found out that one of our mess-ups was to our advantage. We bought yesterday what we thought was a “transfer” ticket; we discovered today, in fact, it was an “upgrade” ticket. […]
Kris and I have rented a small villa looking over the Ligurian Sea (on the Mediterranean Sea) just west of Genoa, and we took the trip last night down the steep roads into Camogli for a dinner on the coast. […]
Let nothing disturb thee, nothing affright thee; all things are passing, God never changeth! Patient endurance attaineth to all things; who God possesseth in nothing is wanting; alone God sufficeth. [Sign of the cross] In the name of the Father, […]
This summer we will work through Romans — keeping before us the importance of knowing the Bible and understanding this most important of Paul’s letters. I will also blog through some books, and I’m behind on them right now, but […]
We’ve found another “favorite place” in Italy, but this just might be the best of the favorite places. It is called Bellagio, it is on the northern tip of a mountainous region and penetrates right into the middle of Lake […]
The night or day before we leave for a weekend or a vacation Kris gets herself into a cleaning snit — at least that is what I call it. (Part of it, I’m sure, has to do with having the […]
Jonathan Wilson’s For God So Loved the World: A Christology of Disciples came across my desk recently because it has a nice section on atonement theories, arguing as many of us are arguing today, that atonement is a multi-splendored work […]
We leave today (Thursday) for a trip to Italy. Webster, our 13-year old, deaf but very cheery and happy Bichon, was scheduled for the Bichon Bed and Breakfast in our community. Kris, in her desire to make sure he was […]
Ah! What a relief, the desk is now clean. All the atonement books off the desk, back on the shelves — and I found I had outgrown those portions of my library. But, still, it feels so good to clean […]
It’s been a good week. This week Kris found a ten dollar bill, a one dollar bill, several dimes, a brand new nickel, and a bundle of pennies. Any competitors?
As Tom Wright observes, natural theology has attached itself to Romans 1:19-21 and gotten all it can out of these verses. For what can be known about God is plain to them, because God has shown it to them. 20 […]
Someone has asked me about good writers. In particular, I mentioned C.H. Dodd, and N.T. Wright, and also C.F.D. Moule. But this person has asked about similar examples in Old Testament studies, Church History, Theology, Sciences, Sociology … you understand. […]
Romans 1:18-32 is a long section on the wrath of God. What is the wrath of God? There are two views, and I’d like to propose that the two views are not as “two-fold” as a lot of folks think.
On the transit train the other day from the terminal out to the remote parking at O’Hare Airport, I was jammed into a completely packed train. I was standing next to a middle-aged woman who I thought was looking at […]
My new poll is an attempt to figure out where our readers are. Let’s try to figure out where we are right now. Furthermore, while I love the generic-brand comment that “I’m just a Christian,” most of us participate in […]
A Prayer by Thomas Merton – Thoughts in Solitude My Lord God, I have no idea where I am going. I do not see the road ahead of me. I cannot know for certain where it will end. Nor do […]
I got spammed today big time: by ph——. So, because of spam issues, we would encourage you to register if you haven’t already as we intend to make posting comments more difficult for unregistered guests… I don’t know what else […]
This is the second in a three-part series on what is now being called “party evangelism.” It presents an interview with a young man who attended one of the parties.
Kris and I haven’t been to a theater in months. Are there any good movies out right now? Have you been to a movie theater in the last two months? We haven’t. (Home movies don’t count.)
Kris and I drove over to Freeport, IL, where we grew up (together) and where our moms live. My mom recently broke her ankle in more than one place, had screws, pins and wires at work to mend the foot, […]
Kris, you are a wonderful mother and I can think of many reasons, not the least of which is that you are always insightful as a mother and therefore wisely loving and caring. But, how about this as the first […]
Kris and I got into American Idol tonight. Four wonderful singers. Hope you vote, both on the phone and on this blog.
From The Book of Common Prayer: Protect us, Lord, as we stay awake; watch over us as we sleep, that awake we may watch with Christ, and asleep, rest in his peace. Amen. Try this every night for a week […]
Yesterday Tony Jones published a statement by LeRon Shults about whether or not Emergent should have a doctrinal statement. LeRon says “No, Emergent shouldn’t have a statement of faith.” I stand with those who think Emergent should not have a […]
I’ve said this before, but I sense (I’m not a prophet) that the future of conservative evangelicalism in the USA can be charted in the leading voices found at Southern Seminary in Louisville, though I would not want to be […]
I read R. Swinburne’s Responsibility and Atonement and he had lots of ideas about heaven and hell, so I thought I’d see where you are on this one. The options were not easy to spell out. Purgatory, for instance, is […]
The second section of Tom Wright’s new book, Simply Christian, is called Staring at the Sun — an evocative and insightful metaphor for what it is like to stare at God — blinded by the light, never quite able to […]
A generous family at Montecito Covenant wanted Kris and me to have a room with a view of the beach, which we surely did. And we remain grateful for their kindness. The beachfront was constant activity, from walkers and joggers […]
We were blessed to be with the good folks at Montecito Covenant this weekend. Their generosity gave Kris and me the freedom to wander for most of two days in Santa Barbara and Montecito. I have two words for the […]
Kris and I are in Santa Barbara where I’m speaking for a generous Montecito Covenant Church (up in the foothills and near Westmont). One of my striking impressions is that this place is filled with runners and walkers. We are […]
The new “EE” will not be like the old one. The quotations yesterday are from an emerging leader indeed, but he died long ago: his name is Walter Rauschenbusch. I want to contend that the emerging form of evangelism is […]
We replaced our back porch carpeting a couple weeks back. ( “We” is a very generous use of “we.”) There’s a couple of stories in our carpets.
Squirrelers, whether they are rednecks or not, are those of us who gather things and store them up for future use, even if they never use them. Are you are squirreler? You might be a squirreler if you…
At Willow last night Mike Breaux presented the talk. He called it “From Walker to Walker” and traced the life of humans — who begin in walkers and end up (often enough) in walkers. It was a spirited and sensitive […]
After reading the comments over the last few days about women and ministry, I’m now thinking this topic is impossible to carry on through a blog. Others can choose to blog about this.
Thursday afternoon Kris and I drove through the obnoxious traffic of the south side of Chicago over to South Bend, where I was scheduled for a TV interview at LeSea for their Harvest Show. We got in about 7pm and […]
For years Kris and I have walked every night around the lake in the middle of Libertyville. On weekends we walk at a forest preserve; during bad weather we walk at the local mall. But, we’ve made a sport of […]
Here’s the prayer for the week in The Divine Hours, which is taken from The Book of Common Prayer:
After a harrowing Easter weekend, I’m home tonight and doing well.
Because the number who wrote in was overwhelming to the publisher, about 100 per hour, Paraclete is offering another deal for the first two hundred and they will hear directly from Paraclete about that deal. The first fifty will be […]
The first fifty who e-mail Carol Showalter will get a free copy of my new book, Praying with the Church. Just ask her for a free copy. I just got back to my office from classes, and am told by […]
Kris and I, with Laura and Mark, went to Willow’s Easter service last night. Splendid intergenerational music and remindings of the resurrection.
Because of chest pain and a very high blood pressure reading on Friday morning, Bob went to the emergency room at Mercy Medical in Canton. From there he was life-flighted to the Cleveland Clinic, where doctors determined that there was […]
From Byron Harvey’s blog: The No Kool Aid Zone.
Last week I got to class and one of my students, Julie, simply asked this question: “Did your wife see you before you left?” At that point I knew that I was wearing something totally unacceptable. “Yes,” I said. Well, […]
My name is Bryan and I read your blog regularly (I’ve only commented a couple of times). I noticed you posting on the immigration situation (I read the one you posted today). I was wondering if you’ve read Bob Ekblad’s […]
URGENT: Please pray AGAIN for Bob; as I write this, he is being life-flighted to Cleveland. Blood has apparently built up around his heart; I’m no doctor, but it sounds as though some surgery is in store for this Good […]
CNN published yesterday its new ranking of jobs. And, lo and behold!, they rank college professors at #2. The secret is now out, so I’m glad I got my teaching post before everyone and their offspring realized that teaching is […]
Bart Ehrman, in his essay in the National Geographic presentation of the translation of The Gospel of Judas, once again raises his oft-argued point: by the time of Nicea (c. 325) there was a “winning” side and a “losing” side. […]
There are rumors that the Pope Benedict XVI may declare a “universal indult” (permission) for local parishes to return to the 1962 Missal (Tridentine Mass) where the mass was said in Latin, the form prior to Vatican II. The political […]
I think we can agree that crossing the border without proper documentation is illegal. And it seems reasonable to me that illegal immigrants in the USA who are employed are receving pay for work that could otherwise be done by […]
My hair has been, well, what’s the best way to put it? — how about uncooperative of late. It sticks up and flies around like its got a mind of its own. Knowing I have a TV interview tomorrow about […]
When Bob Smietana, an editor at Covenant Companion, suggested I’d like blogging, I asked him what a “blog” was. No kidding, I had no idea. We were having coffee at Tre Kronor, and he explained how to get it going […]
“The secret account of the revelation that Jesus spoke in conversation with Judas Iscariot…” — this is how The Gospel of Judas [GJ] begins. Jesus, GJ tells us, did great wonders and spoke about mysteries and was sometimes “appeared” to […]
First, keep the battery charged. I got to the airport last Friday, our flight was delayed for a good long while, and so I called the pastor of the church we were going to (Eastpoint Community Church), and realized it […]
In the second part of Shults’ chapter on facing, forgiveness and salvation, Shults looks at what the Christian tradition means by forgiveness. Shults seeks here to liberate the idea of forgiveness from judicial metaphors and make room for the reality […]
Some of you may recall that I griped about a commercial that Kraft Foods used for A1 sauce, and how Kraft used someone who switched his prisoner number with someone on death row in order to get to eat a […]
Donald Miller tells us, and I saw it in his new book To Own a Dragon, that he writes his books in coffee shops. But I want to talk about Dave Miller‘s new CD, for in it he’s got a […]
Whichever view of 1 Peter 4:7 you prefer, it is nonetheless clear that Peter’s motivation is to ground the need for the powerless churches of Asia Minor to live properly. As Peter’s theology for the powerless is worked out here, […]
In this 3d installment on Sandage & Shults, The Faces of Forgiveness, I want to look at the first third of LeRon Shults’ chapter “Facing, Forgiveness, and the Christian Doctrine of Salvation.” I’m on record as a fan of LeRon, […]
Bob Robinson has begun writing about his experience of an aortic explosion and the prayers that saved his life. Make sure you read these reports.
Kris and I were invited to Eastpoint Community Church, in New-ARK Delaware, this weekend. Tom Ward has developed one of the finest church websites I’ve seen.
I reported yesterday that I got my first cell phone last Friday. I’ve learned a few things, not the least of which is how to take pictures. So, I took a picture of Brad Nassif, and then some of my […]
Cell phone? I do, as it was purchased last Friday. Yes, that’s right. A hold out is what I had going on. But after a few mess-ups, one at an airport, Kris and I realized it would best if we […]
Yippee! It’s Saturday March 25 and Bob is home (sleeping cozily, I might add). I spoke to him, and it was nice to hear him joking and talking. He came home a full 7 weeks after he went in so […]
Here’s the article by Alan Jacobs about Wheaton’s decision to fire Joshua Hochschild. This appeared in First Things. This is a serious piece and I support Alan Jacobs. Nice to hear his voice in this matter, and it a voice […]
Laura, our daughter, turns 29 today (I had to ask Kris how old Laura was — but that’s another story). She was our first child. I was in seminary (taking Murray Harris’ Advanced Exegesis class and writing a midterm that […]
I pulled out of the driveway at 6:15am to drive around Lake Michigan into the breezy climes of Western Michigan — and arrived in Sawyer to speak at Harbert Covenant around 9:30am — their time (not Chicago time). Gave me […]
Pam Cooke, at Cold Springs Community Church, gave Kris and me a bottle of her home-made honey: Bee-Attitudes. She has some of those bee “drawer-“looking objects in the field at the home where we stayed, and she explained to us […]
The rise of the Southern Baptist Convention out of the confines of its own walls into a major player in Western Christianity’s evangelicalism calls for a conversation. There were days when the SBC was all to itself, read only books […]
We’ve been traveling often this year, and that gives our Bichon Frise an opportunity to go to his favorite place: Marilee’s Bichon Bed & Breakfast. Sometimes Marilee has more than a handful of Bichons, and if you know anything about […]
Is the doctrine of penal substitution “divine child abuse”? If you haven’t seen this expression before, keep your eyes open because more and more are using it as a rhetorical weapon against the traditional (Reformed) view of atonement.
David Cooke, a former student of mine at TEDS and now the pastor of a burgeoning, healthy church in Placerville, asked us out for a Jesus Creed weekend. Cold Springs is doing Jesus Creed in their Bible studies, and that […]
Well, register your guess now. Who will win the NCAA Men’s tournament? I’ve got two Big Ten teams in my top ten. I’ll revise this list as teams get eliminated.
Today is March 12. My mom and I talked with Bob today! He is speaking aloud and feeling somewhat better — still needing pain meds at times. The trach came out on Friday. He is in the Special Care Unit […]
We left Sacramento a few minutes late on United (fly the friendly skies), at 1:52pm, and were informed that our flight would be 3 hours and 28 minutes to touch-down in Chicago. Somewhere just west of Souix Falls, South Dakota, […]
Maybe America’s best kept secret is northern California. I confess to the “California stereotype”: California = sunny, beachy, hang loose, Beach Boys Southern California. Up here in the north, though, the weather is cool, the people are looking for peace […]
Coldspring Community Church, led by David Cooke, is hosting us this week at a lovely home. I awoke this morning to find a wild turkey in the yard, but he quickly figured I was watching and secreted away. Then we […]
I just barely got a glimpse of an A1 Steak Sauce commercial, and I’m wondering if you saw what I did. A prisoner covered his name with a death row inmate’s name so he could eat a steak (the death […]
From Linda. HOORAY! He was moved to special care today..his own room and no vent! It’s out in the hall! He is still getting a little O2 but is doing the rest all alone. He is much more awake and […]
Sunday, March 5, I spoke at Village Church of Gurnee. The pastor is an old friend. Todd Habeggar and we first met on a basketball court: he was the star center at Fort Wayne (now Summit College) and I was […]
Here’s an update on Bob Robinson. Keep praying for Bob.
Today is Thursday, March 2 and I am happy to report great news! Bob was breathing on his own today for several hours!! The trach is still in, but they can cover it to let him breathe himself. He was […]
Cell phone? I do. I got it last Friday. I’ve not had a good relation with cell phones. We got Kris one of those boxy cell phones years ago so she would have an emergency phone should you need it […]
In our local area The Chapel is spreading its wings and its message by offering off-site video sermons with on-site pastoral leadership. It hit home when a large (900 members) local church in Libertyville, Hawthorn Hills Community Church, joined The […]
Here’s some simple questions: Is the Apocrypha in the Bible you carry to church? Something your pastor or preachers or teachers use or refer to in sermons? Something you personally read? Do you think it is inspired? Vote on which […]
2/28 update on Bob Robinson, and a call to prayer and fasting: Linda Robinson reports that the ICU nurses had Bob sitting up in a chair this morning!
I weighed in some time back when Wheaton fired a philosophy professor who converted to Roman Catholicism but who said, in spite of what the President of Wheaton thought, that he could sign the doctrinal statement in all good faith. […]
I keep asking you to pray for Bob and Linda and the kids because they need our prayers; here’s an update from Matt Robinson last night. Hi, all. Today is Tuesday, Feb. 21. Thank you all for your love and […]
Allan Bevere and I continue today our series on Tom Wright’s new book, Paul in Fresh Perspective. Bevere’s Summary:
Matt Robinson writes: Good evening! Today is Sunday, Feb. 19. I’m sorry for the delay in updates. Linda just called and said Bob is progressing, only in very small steps. The trach is helping. Now they hope tomorrow to insert […]
Our son, Lukas, is 26 today. He’s on the road watching a pitcher at the University of Tennessee, and then on his way home. Here are some pics, one from Mexico’s New Year’s party and the other from Thanksgiving we […]
Well, I’m with Dick Cheney on this one, and I can’t believe the media can’t find something more significant to talk about. Why do I say this? Because I grew up hunting.
Bob had the trach put in today. He was sedated yet again for that procedure, but responded well. They will begin weaning his medications as needed to help him be able to wake up when his body is ready, which […]
The second section of Peterson’s Christ Plays in Ten Thousand Places deals with Christ playing in history (the first was on creation). And in this section he explores the significance of the atonement, Jesus’ death as an act in history, […]
The reason everyone reads Wright is because Wright writes to be read by everyone. This Chestertonian imitation of mine is something that I find true everytime I read Tom Wright: he’s delightful to read. Today Allan and I continue our […]
Wednesday afternoon Update: Please pray for Bob, Linda and the kids. Today is Wednesday, Feb. 15. Linda Robinson just gave this update on Bob’s condition:
Sad day. Mark Noll, one of America’s finest church historians, is leaving his post at Wheaton College to follow George Marsden at the University of Notre Dame. Kris brought home today The Wheaton Record.
Today is February 14. Linda called earlier today. The latest news is that they are reducing Bob’s medications to waken him slowly, while continuing to watch his blood pressure. He is responding to his name and moving a bit, but […]
Hello! Today is Sunday, Feb. 12. I spoke to Linda [Bob’s wife] this evening. Bob is still very critical. His oxygen levels seem to be improving, but there are other things they are measuring that are still higher than they’d […]
Tonight was a little scary, but things are great now. Bob’s heart rate shot way up and they had everyone leave who was in the room with him. Nobody knew what was going on for a couple hours, and it […]
Got this tonight from Matt Robinson: I did see Bob at 4:30 and the oxygen was down to 75% (Good sign.) A few people have said he has opened his eyes while they were in the room with him. As […]
This is from Matt Robinson. Bob has taken a turn to the worse, and we need to pray now more than ever. Please pray for Bob and Linda and the kids.
Because my responsibilities at North Park now include some administration, for the past two years my train-bus commute has instead become an early morning drive in my own car so I can stay later and leave when I need to. […]
Many readers of this blog will know Bob Robinson, a former student of mine who is now in a college student ministry. Bob had emergency heart surgery last night, about which you can read more here, and I’m asking for […]
When I was a child, our church, First Baptist Church in Freeport, IL, had the famous picture of Jesus. The popular pronunciation for the art was “Solomon’s Head of Christ.” Which of course was, and still is, wrong. The painting […]
I’d like to see where my readers are on their view of Scripture. So I’ve set up a typology; no need to split hairs. Which category best fits what you think? I’ll mix them up here and not run across […]
Recently I was speaking with a man, when he informed me that a church I knew once as a vibrant place, and then as a solid place, had now closed its doors. I knew a former pastor, and I knew […]
The next chapter in Douglas Jacobsen and Rodney Sawatsky’s small study in theology, Gracious Christianity, turns next to “Human Nature.” The chp deals with Image of God (something dear to my heart), and then with a few topics around the […]
Kris and I are in Boston this weekend. I’ll be giving two workshops to the Vision New England conference at the Hynes Convention Center. Embracing Grace will be the topic, but I’ll also float an idea or two that will […]
Douglas Jacobsen and (now deceased) Rodney J. Sawatsky have co-published a wondrous little book called Gracious Christianity: Living the Love We Profess (Baker, 2006). The book is short, but that won’t stop me from savoring each chapter with separate posts. […]
The following story is from Becky. She sent this in on a previous post and I’ve asked her permission to re-use her story of God’s embracing grace that has the power and force to help each of us with our […]
Some people, so I’m told, sleep soundly all night long. Others, and I know not the statistics for they do not change my life one bit, do not sleep soundly all night long. For about 45 years I slept soundly […]
Some time ago I blogged on “covenant path marking,” which is the use of a specific practice as a litmust test for covenant faithfulness. Politics, especially when it comes to the Supreme Court hearings for Alito, has succumbed to the […]
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Well, I begin with a story from my life. When I taught at TEDS, I regularly polled my students by reading essays and exams, and came to the conviction that the vast majority of the students were not pre-tribulationists. They […]
A good piece by Joseph Epstein, America’s finest essayist, in Commentary magazine, discusses the fate of newspapers. As you may know, the most sophisticated newspapers — who did try to do things objectively and discriminately — are nearly all, like […]
Allan Bevere, a professor friend, publishes this AP story: stranger than fiction he suggests. Town May Make Carrying Condoms Mandatory
Let me risk venturing into the realm of politics. There has been a call for more Christians, especially those of us who are smitten with the idea of a generous orthodoxy, to engage in a “purple” politics — and by […]
Perhaps you are unaware, but The Wall Street Journal, in its Jan 8-9 weekend edition, had a story about Prof Joshua Hochschild, a philosophy professor at Wheaton who converted to Roman Catholicism and then was released by Wheaton because his […]
Here is what we saw every evening. Taken by Laura and Mark.
World poverty — how do we respond? There are many ways, but one surely to consider is the Micah Call of the Micah Challenge.
We had a wonderful relaxing warm week in Ixtapa, and are now back “in the saddle.” School begins in a week and with it some speaking engagements, but I’ll do my best to keep the blog up to date. Here’s […]
Our days in Mexico are about over now. Kari, our niece, the track runner from U New Hampshire, left this morning. We take off tomorrow morning. My early-morning little heron got within about 10 feet of me today. He was […]
My early time on the beach, with that little Pacific heron and a few stragglers, makes me aware of the utter sameness of the course of weather and the days here. Same every day: about the same temp and I […]
Another sunny day on the beach. Kris and I had our customary three walks, spending half of our time looking out into the ocean and the other half gawking at the things folks do on the beach — like parasailing […]
We’ve had one other New Year’s Eve in Ixtapa, but last night’s was the best. Somehow, someway, and not at all to my credit but all to Kris’, my kids learned to dance. So, when at 10pm the band, Los […]
Pamplona has the running of the bulls, and Ixtapa has the running of the turtles. No one gets hurt because what they do at one of the hotels is release hundreds of baby turtles who, upon release, act on an […]
Here is the official description of the Jewish (agricultural) New Year (Rosh HaShanah), a day that became centrally significant only over time:
Kris and I, along with Laura and Mark and Lukas and Annika, got to Ixtapa after a long delay at O’Hare, a smooth flight, and a long delay here at the airport with our bus (some passengers didn’t get their […]
Kris and I, with the whole family in tow, will be in Mexico next week (Ixtapa), leaving Friday (tomorrow). I’ll be posting daily, but not sure when I’ll be able to put the posts up. I get up early, especially […]
Kris and I have for years set our clocks ahead — usually about 4 minutes. The wristwatch I wear is four minutes ahead. All the clocks in our home, and we have plenty of them, are at least four minutes […]
I’ve been asked to post a picture. Yep, that’s Kris and I. Don’t ask our ages when we got married.
32 years ago today, wearing a bright red tuxedo and decked out with a full head of hair, I waited at the front of our church’s sanctuary while my beautiful bride, Kris, marched down the middle aisle and there we […]
Today’s post will look at what the sources tell us about a woman’s biology. Jewish sources, because of the laws about purity in Leviticus, dwell on such topics. I find this topic to be simultaneously off-putting for some but it […]
Nothing can be set in greater contrast: Mary wraps the Messiah, the One destined to wipe the slate clean and restore Israel and bring good news to the whole world, in swaddling cloths and places him in a manger. Messiah’s […]
To continue with our series on friendship as the foundation for genuine conversation, friendship that engulfs utility and pleasure into a larger, and more enduring, whole: the friendship of virtue. This letter of Seneca to Lucilius unveils the heart of […]
One day, a student of mine, Eric Landin, did the Napoleon Dynamite dance in class. It was a hit with everyone. To support him, I wore the “Vote for Pedro” hat to class on the last day. It was much […]
Do you ever make the sign of the Cross on yourself? I do. Roman Catholics have always done this, and so also have the Orthodox. But, (esp. evangelical) Protestants have not done this almost entirely because it would be an […]
The blogworld got pretty serious about my post on the death penalty, and we saw some areas of disagreement. The poll (to your right) surprised me, but then again I’m not always sure of the demographics of my readers. I […]
Kris and I, along with my colleague Boaz Johnson and his wife Sarita, went tonight to a theatre to see Narnia. By common consent, we fell in love with Lucy and Mr. and Mrs. Beaver, and of course Aslan was […]
Christmas for Mary meant learning what to teach her kids (Luke 1:46-55). Those of you who have read my Jesus Creed will know that I think Mary had a hand in teaching Jesus a thing or two about kingdom mission. […]
In 1984, when teaching a course in Greek exegesis, a student asked me if I had a computer. I said, “I couldn’t afford one.” (At the time, I was finishing my dissertation on an IBM Selectric, with three elements — […]
I’m wondering if any would like to “tell their story” of the value they’ve found in learning to pray “with” the Church by using set prayers at set times — that is, the formative influence of fixed hour prayers.
On a previous post I gave an outline of why I think the pacifist case deserves more hearing; it was hard to read, as some of you commented, because it was an outline and a series of questions. Someday I’ll […]
Christ Plays 2 (pp. 49-84) This mega-blog with pastors and friends, and anyone else who wants to speak up, is about E. Peterson’s new book, Christ Plays in Ten Thousand Places, and we are doing about 30 pages a week. […]
Please go to www.jesuscreed.blogspot.com and flag it again. The porn group got it again. Thanks.
This, from the BCP, and in The Divine Hours today: Almighty and gracious Father, we give you thanks for the fruits of the earth in their season and for the labors of those who harvest them. Make us, we pray, […]
Along with most of you, I am occasionally — perhaps three times per week — interrupted in my reading and writing by someone who calls our number to sell me something I haven’t expressed interest in or to ask me […]
The following is a slightly-adapted set of questions I used for a discussion with two others at Willow Creek Community Church’s TruthQuest event last spring. My responsibility was to take the pacifist side. I took the tack of asking questions, […]
This is a video of a young man’s attempt to tell his love in song. Some, they say, have it all. This might become a hit.
Our NPU Biblical and Theological Studies Dept was invited to attend the book launch for Frederica Mathewes-Green’s new book, First Fruits of Prayer. We were shuttled over to St. Michael’s Russian Orthodox Church where we were given some finger foods […]
We were joined yesterday by another colleague, BN, and without asking permission, he simply joined the chorus of snorning last night. Right now, behind me, he lies — arm over his head and snoring plentifully. His distinctive contribution is the […]
One of the advantages of spending a weekend with my friends in Philadelphia is experiencing how others sleep. Both of my roommates, sometime past midnight, decided to begin snoring — as I waited for the slumbers of sleep to wash […]
Our entire Dept is attending the SBL/AAR meetings this weekend in Philadelphia. I’ll be giving a paper in response to James D.G. Dunn’s Jesus Remembered on Friday morning at the ETS meetings, and then Saturday morning I’ll respond to John […]
How about that? It is the 16th and it just dawned on me that you are still three years older!
We have now received over 150 applications for our advertised opening in the Biblical and Theological Studies Department. We will not be interviewing at the SBL/AAR meetings in Philadelphia this weekend, but are hoping to contact in mid-December those who […]
This week we had Professor Donald A. Hagner on campus for the Zarley Lectures in biblical theology. Some local pastors stopped in, but mostly it was a chapel filled with students. Professor Hagner spoke on Jewish-Christian relations in light of […]
For Pastors and churches that used the Jesus Creed for a Bible study or more in your church (this is not for individuals who used this, but for churches): If you would like to be in the “Pastor’s Circle” for […]
It took me 28 years to figure out I could help Kris in the kitchen. I am now the cook in our home, and I have plenty of years of work ahead of me to even the score. I admit, […]
While I was a seminary student I began to drink coffee; soon I was drinking too much of it, and my doctor told me to knock it off. During my PhD days in Nottingham England, Kris and I began to […]
Whoever said an Introduction to the Bible class couldn’t be hilarious? Well, yesterday, one of our sharp-minded students took it upon himself to dance the Napoleon Dynamite song. That’s right. Eric (last name omitted to keep his parents happy) wore […]
Here’s a new review of Jesus and His Death by Loren Rosson. I’ve posted the review at my Jesus and His Death blog, but the comments from his site are at his site.
Some stuff for Emerging Movement today: First, I drove down to Wheaton to speak to the staff and interns at College Church of Wheaton about the Emerging Movement. I sense more and the more the need to have a clear […]
I’ve never been able to keep birthdays straight — not even my own. For years I thought I knew how old I was, but one morning, after criticizing an athlete (whom I knew to be my own age) for claiming […]
Please, if you are using my old www.jesuscreed.blogspot.com site, “flag” it (top right) and so warn blogger that a porn site is trying to use my old site. Thanks again.
On Monday I will offer a challenge to the Emerging Movement, a challenge that will also be for all Christians. Also, I will begin a series on the Summons to the Kingdom we call the Sermon on the Mount. We […]
Thanks to all who visited the old blogsite and “flagged” it — it is now blank. What do I do next?
Two of the highlights of our weekend were seeing Napoleon Dynamite with Luke and Annika, and then during the worship service the worship band, led by Jay Baehr, was outstanding. And the band, whom I’ve named Jay Baehr and the […]
Just in case you know how this operates: I used to have www.jesuscreed.blogspot.com, but moved over to www.jesuscreed.org. I recently deleted my old account. Now some porn site is using that address. Suggestion: go to that site and “flag” it […]
I’ll be daily blogging (starting one week before Advent) about Advent to record some thoughts about Gospel texts and how they can be used to foster our readiness for Christmas. It would be fun to get some involved in this […]
George Barna, in his new book Revolution, claims the primary source for the new generation’s spiritual formation is shifting away from the local congregation model to a more fragmented model. That is, we get what we need from the sources […]
1. Jason Clark’s explanation of “Emergent-UK” — nice read for those of us who need to realize what this is all about. 2. Eddie Gibbs offers a balanced and fair review of Carson’s book, noting its strengths and its weaknesses. […]
The Kermit Zarley Lectures at North Park University, November 14 and 15, from 3:30-5:00pm, will feature Professor D.A. Hagner of Fuller Theological Seminary. Professor Hagner will lecture on Jesus, Paul, and Judaism. The public is invited. They are held in […]
Here is a (slightly edited) letter from a former student. This is why I like teaching. What’s up Mr. McKnight, how have you been? how’s life? I see you got another book out, I’ll probably read it. Anyways life after […]
Just in case you missed it, that baseball game between the Braves and the Astros was a National League beauty, the likes of which the American League would never know. And that, my friends, is the argument for why the […]
I will begin tomorrow a series of blogs with Brad Bergfalk on James Houston, The Mentored Life: From Individualism to Personhood. We’ll post something a few times each week until we are done. In addition, I’ll begin blogging now on […]
If you’ve never seen this hilarious clip of Brian Collins suddenly finding himself incapable of presenting the news while he was learning to do the news at Ball State University’s TV station, you’ll love it.
Who will it be? Let’s see how many can guess this one right.
Later today I will finish this series on the the Church and racism with a quick look at United by Faith, and then this week I will delve into whether or not it is wise for local churches to shape […]
I want to finish tomorrow with a final post on Franke’s book, and then turn to a couple of posts on racism and the Church, and then go back to the issue Franke’s book raises: theology and the emerging movement, […]
The Confessions of St. Augustine has won. I must admit I’m surprised by this, mostly because I wasn’t aware that many had read it. I read it deeply in college, found the last few chapter boring beyond boring. Two or […]
I got appointed to sit with some muckey-mucks at a luncheon tomorrow with Brian McLaren. My first question will be an easy one: “So, Brian, who got the better end of the trade of Sammy Sosa to the Orioles?” That’ll […]
When I was in seminary, two other seminary classmates (Jim Davis, Steve Beck) and I began to play a game with one another. Here was our game: “Do you know what the initials in a NT scholar’s name stand for?” […]
Kris and I will be driving up to Grand Rapids tomorrow evening (or see how far we can get once we see how cooperative the Chicago traffic is) where will be at the Civitas Lectures on Postevangelicalism. I will be […]
Which of these is the best spiritual classic? Some would list others, and you can comment here on the one you would have chosen but was not listed, but I’d still like you to vote on this one.
Laura finished her half-marathon. Here she is near the finish. Both Laura and Lukas ran a half-marathon this week. Great going! It was a sultry day, and she was strong to the finish.