Just found Jim Martin’s blog; he’s a pastor with some nice vulnerability. Good to visit with his site.
If you like blogging as much as I do, it is worth the effort and cost to move over from a generic brand to WordPress. The change for me has been efficient and has permitted me a variety of new […]
Lukas, my son, decided to try to run a half-marathon without training. Read his own story about it. Laura, my daughter, is running hers this weekend — only she’s been training for months.
Believe it or not, I was once a cross country runner. Believe it or not, I ran for my college team. But here’s the skinny: my basketball coach in college came to me and said that the cross country team […]
Here’s a new poll. What do you think is the number-one most important skill or gift or attribute for a pastor? I know, I know, I know — we need persons gifted with more than one gift for this vocation. […]
The first poll is now complete. The final results for my blog readers on translations are:
Over at Jolly Blogger there has some been discussion. I don’t want to drag all those comments over here, but I would like to say this. I am grieved that some readers/commenters could be self-confessedly proud of being a grace […]
I’ll be preaching twice this morning at Hawthorne Hills Community Church and then Kris and I will be travelling to be with family. We’ll be seeing her older brother whom we see about once or twice a year.
It is still Night in New Orleans. Yet, this has been an encouraging day. So many seem now to have been relocated to shelters, and money is flowing in by the vault loads, and more lights are flickering in New […]
The knees of the proud and happy City of New Orleans are not broken, but they have buckled, and the City staggers as we close our day in Chicago. In New Orleans, though, this day will not close â€“ it […]
I avoid political rants and even political comments, but this has to be said about what Daryn Kagan said immediately after George W. Bush was aired being briefed in Mississippi.
There is a kind of writing, preaching, and talking about grace that instead of offering grace and extolling the goodness of God, seems to use grace as the backhand of God that is used to grind humans into the ground […]
Grant me, I beseech thee, O merciful God, Prudently to study, Rightly to understand And perfectly to fulfill that which is pleasing to thee, To the praise and glory of thy name. Amen. Prayer of St. Thomas Aquinas
A former colleague of mine, whose name shall go unmentioned here, was notorious for off-the-wall comments in class. (Suggested names will be permitted, and if enough get it right I’ll disclose the person’s name). One student of his decided to […]
My colleague, Brad Nassif, will be giving a paper on what he learned from evangelicalism as an Eastern Orthodox theologian at a conference in the Chicago area. Details:
If you haven’t been to Mark Goodacre’s site, it is the best place I’ve seen for collecting and sorting out online sites for NT studies. I’ve visited often myself, but don’t think I’ve ever mentioned it here.
Three major books on the resurrection have come out in the last few years, and each of them takes us well beyond the age-old debates and evidence that are continually re-hashed and offered up as boilerplate apologetics. N.T. Wright’s The […]
If you have followed the flap that some have with NT Wright, Jimmy Dunn, EP Sanders and others about the New Perspective of Paul and justification by faith, The Blue Rajah contends Leon Morris was not unlike them well before […]
Mike Herman of Christianity Today has notified me that Tom Brokaw will be airing Sept 9 a new program about the influence of Evangelicals in the political realm.
Because of the combination of a growing student body and the retirement of two colleagues (Cal Katter, Jim Nelson), we have an opening at NPU in the Biblical and Theological Studies Department. We are looking for someone who can teach […]
We’ve put a poll on the sidebar to poll readers on some topics. I’d like to see how this works and we could have some fun with it. (I haven’t voted.) And, it would be really nice if you’d obey […]
I will be blogging shortly on preaching — its problems, and then do a series with Brad Boydston on Doug Pagitt’s new book, Preaching Re-imagined.
My son’s new post on short stories is up.
My son, Lukas, now has a blog. Take all your baseball questions to him. What a hoot for us to find that one tonight!
Just in case you didn’t see this one, you might like Brad’s story about his son. I know how he feels.
Just in case you haven’t heard what Pat Robertson said, or want to read a nice aggregation of responses, see this site at CT. HT: Bob Robinson. The issue for me is not whether he apologized or not (and his […]
Choosing a college for a young man who grew up among fundamentalist Baptists, who had preachers come through annually to tell us that the Rapture would occur any day now and why it will end by 1973, was not an […]
Perhaps this has been done and I have not seen it, but there is a need for a study of the praxis of early Christian visitation. Check the word books on episcopos/episkep– and you will see the issue quickly become […]
Yesterday I was invited to speak at an all-day Faculty Retreat for Minnehaha Academy in Minneapolis. The school has about 1200 students (K-12), and the Faculty represent a wide spectrum of the Church — many, of course, from the Evangelical […]
This week ends officially the summer break, and we head back to North Park University. Tuesday is our traditional Gathering Day — we have breakfast and then the President (which is now “three” as we continue our search for a […]
It is not uncommon to hear a theologian or a philosopher or a student say this, “We have to bracket that thought or belief or conviction, in order to work on this problem, etc..” For instance, you will sometimes hear […]
If you’ve never entered this minefield (or mindfield), be careful because it is complex. But as good an introduction as I’ve seen can be found in Sean du Toit‘s nice survey.
Today Kris and I went with family to The Lion King. Simply fantastic.An incredible display of artistic talent — dance, singing, and color.And a very pleasing plot and story. Dinner at my favorite Italian restaurant: Via Veneto in Lincolnwoord.Risotto and […]
Check this John Frye blog. Some beautiful ideas here.
Many of us have now read all three installments of Brian’s story of his life, his ministry, his heart, and his writings. All I want to say is this. Brian, I am grateful for what you have done to me […]
This series of blogs on Generous (evangelical) Orthodoxy is important as I try to grapple with the challenge McLaren has given to fashion a generous orthodoxy. Tomorrow I will look at how anything “orthodox” must be “creedal,” but just how […]
The community focus of generous orthodoxy begins with a vibrant non-Puritanism. Puritanism was the attempt by some to “purify” the Anglican Church of unbelievers and the unorthodox and questioning and struggling, and has been one of the many movements in […]
Brian McLaren, over at Emergent’s website, is telling his story. There is no such thing as a theology that is not at the same time an autobiography, so it is nice to see this story.
In my previous blog, I suggested that the Emerging Movement is essentially an evangelical or (post) evangelical movement. My next series of blogs will make clear that it is the term “generous” that gives the Emerging Movement the opportunity to […]
In her hauntingly interesting book about “being lost,” Rebecca Solnit (A Field Guide to Getting Lost) makes a profound observation about beauty. “Beauty is often spoken of as though it only stirs lust or admiration, but the most beautiful people […]
I want to continue listing books in a Top Ten series, but my next series will be on this topic:Generous (Protestant? Evangelical?) Orthodoxy.
Kris and I returned our son’s dog, Slater, today. On our return, Kris and I couldn’t resist a trip through Middlebury Indiana, a place surrounded with Amish. When our kids were grade schoolers, we spent an afternoon with Milton and […]
I am sorting through some bibliography and can’t find a definitive comprehensive study of promise in the NT. Walt Kaiser made a case for its centrality in the OT, but I’m not seeing anything significant in NT studies. Newer NT […]
As if blogging on Kingdom of God as society is not enough, Books and Culture brings to us today a nice study on what we really know about how influential Evangelicalism is on the Bush Doctrine. Whether you agree or […]
My son and his wife have a little Cairn terrier, named Slater (after the surfer), and that makes us, so they say, “grandparents of a grand-dog.” His favorite activity is to look out windows and give people and animals grief […]
In my 22 years of teaching I’ve had some students with great names, but #1 on that list is a student now: Lightning. Last night Lightning and Sarah invited Kris and me over for dinner and fellowship. They are planning […]
I have this week accepted two speaking engagements. One for the Civitas lectures at Cornerstone University in Grand Rapids, at a Conference called After Evangelicalism, where I will join a set of speakers. My topic, on late Friday afternoon, will […]
Stephen Shields pours gentle words all over the recent discussion with Australia. There’s a lot to learn here. Thanks Stephen.
I will begin a series today on conversion theory and if you’d like to know where I’ll be going, check this out. I’ll work on the process of conversion and point out the ways it can help our evangelism and […]
Check this blog by Brad Bergfalk.
Andrew Jones, who told me it took him a couple of baths to read The Jesus Creed, has made some nice comments about the book and I’m thankful for them.
I step into a minefield here and I’ll do my best to be clear and avoid silly comments. From what I can see, the emergent movement is “post” classical, Evangelical Bible pietism. Let me explain. If you grew up as […]
For a nice way of putting together a “doctrinal statement” that keeps life and mind together, see the Covenant Affirmations by the Evangelical Covenant Church, the sponsoring denomination of North Park University.
Here is a link to my interview for the PBS TV discussion of the emerging church. For what it worth. I wish I could edit it, but such is an interview.
I’ve done my best to avoid politics (not that I think that is a virtue), but tonight’s post will approach a political blog. First, a context. I was largely apolitical in high school and college in an era that was […]
Jesus said in Matthew 7 that we will recognize them by their fruit, but we’ve had a hard time letting fruit be what we are all about. The emerging movement has pressed this issue to the fore by being “post” […]
Kim Lawton’s fine work of getting some ideas about the emergent movement can now be read in text form before it shows on TV tomorrow. See here.
In this post on “post,” I want to look briefly — that’s what I always say to myself — at the claim by postmodernists that they have surrendered a meta-narrative. A meta-narrative is an all-encompassing explanation of all of life; […]
Kim Lawton, of PBS TV, informs me again that their interview about the Emergent movement is a 2-part series that will be aired in various locations and times beginning this weekend. I think the Chicago time is 6am Saturday morning. […]
On our recent trip to Westfield, NY, I saw two wild turkeys, a scarlet tanager, which I hadn’t seen since mid-80s, and what I thought was a Bohemian Waxwing (seemed bigger than our Cedar Waxwings). Lots of hummingbirds, too.
Some in the Emerging conversation, and perhaps more than some, would call themselves “post-Evangelical.” This raises a question: In what sense are they “post” Evangelical? I will give four possible meanings, suggest that not all are using the term the […]
We have been looking at the meaning of “post” in “post”-evangelical, “post”-liberal, “post”-fundamentalism, and the like. Today I want to explore with you the significance of looking at this term “post” in the context of the telos, or goal, of […]
We’re out in Westfield, NY, visiting with Lukas and Annika. So, I won’t fire up a new series this weekend, but will soon do a series on what this Post-evangelical, post-liberal, post-fundamentalist is all about. I also want to begin […]
Kris and I stopped at this small deli on the Adriatic for a light lunch and a gelato. We’ve been married now for over 31 years and I love her.
Here I am reading Stan Grenz, The Social God and the Relational Self, in the garden at our villa. To the pictures left were hills and hills of olive trees. Every evening we sat out here, had our cup of […]
St Francis made a guest appearance for Kris and me, and he was willing to permit his picture to be taken. Whenever anyone tossed some euros in his little bucket, he bent over, and rang his little bell. He drew […]
I’m trying to download (or upload, don’t know the name) a picture from Rome. Directly behind my head is the Palatine hill. Below me is just off the Forum.
Al Mohler, President at Southern Seminary in Louisville, has now undertaken to write a series on the emergent movement. The piece shows awareness only of DA Carson’s book, about which I posted a number of things a while back, beginning […]
Today I got in the mail the UK edition, published by Continuum, of The Jesus Creed: Loving God, Loving Others. I’ve not seen it yet on the UK Amazon site, but a spankin’ new copy was sent to me today. […]
Check out the review by Elissa Elliott of Sean Wilsey’s, Oh the Glory of it All, in Books & Culture.
Kim Lawton of PBS TV informs me now that the Emergent conversation TV show has been pushed back to the weekend of July 8 and 15, so keep your eye for the PBS interviews.
Brian McLaren’s Generous Orthodoxy, on my first read, created all kinds of dialogue in my own mind and I found very few to discuss it with because I was not yet a blogger nor had any of my colleagues read […]
Yesterday I was interviewed by a sharp religion columnist with Religion and Ethics Newsweekly for PBS. Kim Lawton has worked hard to learn what “emergent” means, and I was deeply appreciative of the questions she had the mind to ask. […]
A quote worth remembering: The light of Christ’s life reaches us through the Church as the community of those who, bound together in the love which Christ brought down, are “forever shedding that love abroad” in their own lives and […]
In light of a previous post on Why is sin urbanized?, I thought I’d bring up its companion: if the deep sins of culture and the area of the biggest need is sometimes located in the inner city, then the […]
This is the last in our series of posts on legalism, which we have called covenant path marking because those who practice these acts see them as faithful embodiments of the covenant. The Incarnational tradition, more accurately the sacramental tradition, […]
This is our sixth in seven installments on legalism, or covenant path marking. According to Foster, the Evangelical tradition of the Christian life focuses on the Word. (Don’t equate this with the current raging debate about what an “evangelical” is; […]
Check this out by Mark Oestreicher.And this by Brad Bergfalk, called Wanting More — Part 2.
This goes back to a series of posts about legalism, which I am calling covenant path marking so we can get it into our heads that humans have an inevitable tendency to turn specific behaviors into actions whereby we judge […]
This post builds on my previous posts, starting with the post on Legalism by any other name. Richard Foster sketches the Charismatic tradition, the third “theory” of the Christian life, by looking at St Francis, the Apostle Paul, and William […]
Just in case you didn’t read this brief introduction yesterday, here it is again: No one has summarized the “theories” of the Christian life any more succinctly than Richard Foster, in his textbook quality Streams of Living Water. He charts […]
No one has summarized the “theories” of the Christian life any more succinctly than Richard Foster, in his textbook quality Streams of Living Water. He charts out six traditions, and I will look at each and how covenant path marking […]
David Klinghoffer, author of Why the Jews Rejected Jesus, belongs in a troika of authors. Michael Wyschogrod and Irving Greenberg are the other two. In Commentary magazine, the review of Klinghoffer by Hillel Halkin sets the record straight on the […]
Covenant path marking. In his recent, technical, and not always well-written monograph, Jesus and Jewish Covenant Thinking (break the bank!), Finnish scholar Tom Holmen offers a new category through which we can process our “theories of Christian behavior.” In essence, […]
For a long while Kris and I have been saying the prayers from Phyllis Tickle’s The Divine Hours. It is hard for us on most mornings, but we do them nearly every evening. We took photocopies to Italy with us […]
Bob Robinson, in his collection of pieces about Emergent theology, calls our attention to a piece by Vince Bacote, Professor of theology at Wheaton, on Kuyper’s sense of common grace and Bacote suggests this idea undergirds the Emergent concern with […]
In the most recent Commentary magazine, there is a fine article by Terry Teachout on culture and blogging. If you are not aware of this magazine, largely a conservative Jewish think-tank magazine, it has some of the finest expositions of […]
I had never heard of Orvieto, I confess, before Kris and I begain reading Rick Steves’ guide to Italy. It is one more of what Italy is full of: cities on the top of some hill, a city of stone […]
We couldn’t stay away from Assisi, the home of St Francis and St Clare. We planned to visit Assisi for one day, but found our way back two more times and, could we have justified not seeing other places (like […]
We have been to Rome for just a few hours, but I loved the Forum and could have spent days walking amongst the ruins. Today we are in Assisi, and must admit that Francis continues to impel a sense of […]
The question comes to me as to why I think it is that we so often see sin most systemically in the urban context. Good question. Here are my thoughts: Because the operative word for defining systemic sin is “social […]
Scholars and theologians alike today like to bang the drum of individualism, and I’ve done the same myself. It is a big drum, and it sounds loud, and most fear its power. Andrew Delbanco, for instance, in his happy little […]
We were up in Oregon (practice saying “Or-ee-gun” and not “Or-ee-GON”), went to be with Trinity Covenant, which is an absolutely splendid church — and I can say that about a lot of churches, and also about this one. Lots […]
Up here in Oregon and last night had a session with high school students and then shifted to the “adult” body of the church for a Jesus Creed talk — and I spoke about what it is and how it […]
When I was teaching at TEDS one of my students showed up to class late, and then proceeded to tell me her “story”: she knew God wanted her to come to class on time, she knew Satan was against her […]
Kris and I are off to Salem OR this weekend to speak to the good people at Trinity Covenant Church, pastored by Chris Haydon. I’ll try to get a blog or two in if we find access to the internet.
I suggested yesterday that Marilynne Robinson’s Gilead expresses deep themes that find expression also among the Emergent folk, and I’d like to record here one of those comments. It comes near the end of the book, when Pastor John Ames […]
No, I’m not talking about A New Kind of Christian or The Story We Find Ourselves In or The Last Word and After That. Instead, I’m talking about Marilynne Robinson’s Gilead and the theology of Pastor John Ames. Of course, […]
The Cross is the center of the Christian faith, though it takes the entire Weekend (Good Friday and Easter Morn) to accomplish the gospel work of God. But, the Cross is often truncated into an event that deals exclusively with […]
To define a movement properly is to find not just what is unique to a movement, as adult baptism upon confession was to the Baptists or as the gift of prophecy was to the Vineyard, but to discover and elaborate […]
With all my speaking in various places of late, I’ve had a hard time getting to the next topic I’d like to blog, namely, the “ecclesiology of the Emergent movement.” It would be foolhardy to think anything like an extensive […]
On the day we were taken to Roger Tory Peterson’s study center in Jamestown NY we returned to the Nelson’s and took a walk. Immediately I saw my first wild turkey, and will promptly enter it into my life list […]
An Appreciation to Andrew Jones, the Tall Skinny Kiwi who opened the envelope for me I continue to learn from and support the many efforts of the Emergents because I think they have recognized the chastened humility that our humble […]
Last night at Willow Randy Travis gave a mini-concert. The place was packed. We are not country fans, but his song on the three wooden crosses was good enough to make it on all kinds of charts, and won our […]
I’ve been left wandering in my thoughts in my commute of late with a challenge to reach our world and our local communities more effectively. And my thoughts have considered at times how it was that Jesus drew so many […]
In Julia Keay’s new book, Alexander the Corrector, we are introduced not only to a long-standing controversy — was Alexander Cruden mentally unstable or not? — but also to the power of labeling. In this book, which reads like a […]
Can anyone dispute the unimpeachable character revealed in this observation: James Kaplan, who wrote for TV Guide, once said this of Mr. Fred Rogers: “Fred Rogers is more Mister Rogers than Mister Rogers.” Recently read the splendid memoir of her […]
Everyone believes telling the truth is vital. Until the truth one has to tell is about one’s self, and one has to tell it to God.
The End, in its technical sense, for which one lives shapes one’s entire life. If one’s End is the Final Judgment, one will become holy. If one’s End is the needs of others, one will become compassionate. Bunyan, Edwards, even […]
Social justice is the name of the game today for the progressive evangelical. The new heroes include writers like Ronald Sider and Jim Wallis, Christian Smith and Michael Emerson. But, so it seems to me, few are asking the right […]
In the last three or so years I have been struck, through my reading of the most influential writers on Christian spiritual formation, by how many of them were committed to the “divine offices”. “Divine offices” refers to a rhythmical […]