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Imagine a World 8

posted by Scot McKnight

The parables of Jesus summon us to the edge of the world in order to imagine a world that can only be called “kingdom.” One scholar says Luke 7:41-43 is one of the treasured religious possessions of the Western world, […]

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Imagine a World 7

posted by Scot McKnight

The parables of Jesus summon us to the edge of the world in order to imagine a world that can only be called “kingdom.” Parables are more than illustrations and more than stories making a point. Instead, they invite us […]

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Imagine a World 6

posted by Scot McKnight

The parables of Jesus summon us to the edge of the world in order to imagine a world that can only be called “kingdom.”  In this world we have stereotypes, like the Pharisee and the tax collector (Luke 18:9-14, after […]

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Imagine a World 5

posted by Scot McKnight

Imagine a world where ultimate vindication will come, but knowing that ultimate vindication will come does not lead to passivity but to the demand for justice in prayer. So the Parable of the Unjust Judge in Luke 18:1-8. It teaches […]

Imagine a World 4

posted by Scot McKnight

Imagine a world — at Jesus’ invitation — where God is good, where God’s people come to him  with their requests, and where God responds to them. Imagine a world where God is good, where God is gracious, where God […]

Imagine a World 3

posted by Scot McKnight

Imagine a world where the worst of offenders or the least conforming or the most offensive — in other words, sinners — are restored to the table of fellowship. That’s what Jesus exhorts the Pharisees and legal experts to imagine […]

Imagine a World 2

posted by Scot McKnight

Imagine a world, Jesus once told his followers, where lost people get found. Jesus told three such parables, we call them the lost sheep, the lost coin and the lost son. I want to dabble with the first two today. […]

Imagine a World 1

posted by Scot McKnight

Parables sometimes get a bum rap. For too many and for too long Christians have read the parables as illustrations of propositions found more clearly in other texts. So, it is argued, Jesus gives a parable about the pearl of […]

Eugene Peterson’s Newest

posted by xscot mcknight

No one writes like Eugene Peterson and, because he has translated the Bible (The Message) in its entirety, there is probably no one who can plumb the depths of the spirituality of biblical language like Peterson. That he has chosen […]

Friday is for Friends

posted by xscot mcknight

Today marks the end of our discussions of Klyne Snodgrass, Stories with Intent. The reason we are ending this series is very simple: it is incredibly difficult to summarize a commentary and to generate a conversation about a commentary. So, […]

Friday is for Friends

posted by xscot mcknight

The radical kingdom vision of Jesus emerges constantly in the parables, and Klyne Snodgrass, in his exceptional sourcebook for anyone who wants to study the parables, in Stories with Intent, clears away the accumulation of cleverness that somehow manages to […]

Friday is for Friends

posted by xscot mcknight

We gather on Friday under this title to discuss a good idea or a good book with friends, and the book we are now discussing is Klyne Snodgrass’s Stories with Intent, a complete study of the parables. It is written […]

Friday is for Friends

posted by xscot mcknight

If there was one book I wish I could have given to every pastor I met in South Africa [and I’ve sent one to Attie], Klyne Snodgrass’ new book, Stories with Intent, is the one. Why? Because we need more […]

Friday is for Friends

posted by xscot mcknight

We look today at the parable of the mustard seed and we are looking at Klyne Snodgrass’ new big book on parables: Stories with Intent. First, a greeting to Klyne … in the old days! 8)

Friday is for Friends

posted by xscot mcknight

We continue our series on Klyne Snodgrass, Stories with Intent, and today we look at the parable of the wheat and weeds.

Friday is for Friends

posted by xscot mcknight

We look today at the parable of the growing seed from Mark 4:26-29. We are looking at the parable by reading through Klyne Snodgrass, Stories with Intent, and here is the text:

Friday is for Friends

posted by xscot mcknight

Perhaps the most significant parable in the Gospel arsenal is the parable of the sower (Mark 4:3-20 and parallels). Why? Because it is the kingdom parable and a parable that ultimately explains what parables are all about! So says Klyne […]

Friday is for Friends

posted by xscot mcknight

The so-called parable of the prodigal son, Luke 15:11-32, is the 3d in Klyne Snodgrass’ treatment of the parables of lostness (Stories with Intent).

Friday is for Friends

posted by xscot mcknight

Luke 15 records three parables about lostness; the second of these is about the lost coin. We are attending to Klyne Snodgrass, Stories with Intent, and his study of these parables.

Friday is for Friends

posted by xscot mcknight

Klyne Snodgrass, in Stories with Intent, turns to a chp on “parables of lostness” and it begins with the parable of the lost sheep.

Friday is for Friends

posted by xscot mcknight

(Say the Jesus Creed morning and evening during Lent.) Our Friday series is special: not only are we gathered together as blog friends, but the author of our book, Stories with Intent, is a personal friend. Klyne Snodgrass is one […]

Friday is for Friends

posted by xscot mcknight

We begin a lengthy series today: the parables of Jesus. Our guide will be Klyne Snodgrass and his book, Stories with Intent.

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Our Common Prayerbook 30 - 3
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Theology After Darwin 1 (RJS)
One of the more important and more difficult pieces of the puzzle as we feel our way forward at the interface of science and faith is the theological implications of discoveries in modern science. A comment on my post Evolution in the Key of D: Deity or Deism noted: ...this reminds me of why I get a

posted 6:01:52am Aug. 31, 2010 | read full post »

Almost Christian 4
Who does well when it comes to passing on the faith to the youth? Studies show two groups do really well: conservative Protestants and Mormons; two groups that don't do well are mainline Protestants and Roman Catholics. Kenda Dean's new book is called Almost Christian: What the Faith of Ou

posted 12:01:53am Aug. 31, 2010 | read full post »

Let's Get Neanderthal!
The Cave Man Diet, or Paleo Diet, is getting attention. (Nothing is said about Culver's at all.) The big omission, I have to admit, is that those folks were hunters -- using spears or smacking some rabbit upside the conk or grabbing a fish or two with their hands ... but that's what makes this diet

posted 2:05:48pm Aug. 30, 2010 | read full post »

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