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Christians in Academia (RJS)

posted by Jesus Creed Admin

Three articles have been brought to my attention recently that are worth some discussion. The first two from Inside Higher Ed by Timothy Larson of Wheaton and Adam Kotsko at Kalamazoo College. (HT EG) The third article is an interview […]

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Christians and Obama: Barna’s Newest Study

posted by Scot McKnight

George Barna, who surveys American religious trends, has a new study on how satisfied Christians are with President Obama. In the 2008 election, 42% of all born again adults voted for Barack Obama. The born again vote represented 40% of […]

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Will Your SSN Be a Thing of the Past?

posted by Scot McKnight

What will happen to Social Security? Jack Cafferty, the most lovable curmudgeon I follow, got it going on this topic the other day at CNN.com. Here’s a bit and I wonder what you think: First it was the banks and […]

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State of the Union

posted by Scot McKnight

What did you think of the President’s speech? Anything raise flags for you? Any major shifts? I’ve done my best to convince myself that the media are overswarming this State of the Union address, and I keep saying to myself, […]

Do Electronic Powered Cars Save Money and Resources?

posted by Scot McKnight

I was notified of this link from a friend…. For eighteen months I’ve been blogging about the energy storage sector and discussing the current and potential markets for batteries and other manufactured energy storage devices. A recurring theme that I’ve […]

Khalid Sheikh Mohammed’s NYC Public Trial

posted by Scot McKnight

I wonder who has given thought to the decision to try Kalid Sheikh Mohammed in NYC? Some are predicting disaster and little more than the hypocrisy of a show trial, while others think the trial will show Americans can be […]

This “Pray for Obama” Bumper Sticker Problem

posted by Scot McKnight

I have been paying some attention to the bumper sticker, sound-byte that says “Pray for Obama” with a Bible verse attached: Psalm 109:8. It’s a long Psalm, and most who read this on the back of someone’s car won’t know […]

The Manhattan Declaration: Where I Stand

posted by Scot McKnight

I heard about The Manhattan Declaration through Twitter and FB and then on Christianity Today, so I read it to see what was being said and I read through the list of those who were invited to sign it to […]

Mammogram Testing Changes

posted by Scot McKnight

All is well, but Kris recently went through her annual mammogram, the discovery of a change from last year with development of a cluster of microcalcifications, another mammogram and a consultation, and then a biopsy and a consultation with the […]

The Oracle of LaVonne-i

posted by Scot McKnight

LaVonne Neff, over at Lively Dust, has said it so well so I’ll just quote her. She estimates that it would cost each pro-abortion advocate 6 dollars a year to fund the abortion industry. So go ahead she says:  Personally, […]

Counterfeit Gods 3

posted by Scot McKnight

Tim Keller and Greg Boyd have the same message: eschew all idols and devote yourself completely to the one God, the God of the Lord Jesus Christ. Tim Keller, pastor of Redeemer Presbyterian in NYC, in Counterfeit Gods: The Empty Promises […]

Media: My question to you

posted by Scot McKnight

Why is our media so fixated on balloon boy and his silly parents, while ignoring the judge in Louisiana who chooses not to marry an interracial couple?

The Moral Ambiguity of Present Health Care Options

posted by Scot McKnight

From Nicholas Kristof, of the NYTimes. Who has faced this sort of situation? Any response to Kristof’s article? So what would you do if your mom or dad, or perhaps your sister or brother, needed a kidney donation and you […]

David Brooks: A Third Way Thinker

posted by Scot McKnight

David Brooks, in his piece in the NYT, is right; genuine Republicans are not extreme. Real Democrats do not respond in kind. The world of political commentary needs more like David Brooks — intelligent, articulate, and wise. Political Third Way. I […]

George Barna on Health Care Programs

posted by Scot McKnight

George Barna has used his research and his platform to speak into the health care reform debate, and I lift three quotes to solicit your response: In essence, what Americans seem to want is increased government services, more efficient delivery […]

Obama and Afghanistan

posted by Scot McKnight

Not a few of us are concerned about the President’s administration supporting escalating conflict and war in Afghanistan, and I’m wondering what you are thinking. I’m particularly concerned to hear from those who voted for Obama and who were hopeful […]

Health Care Speech: Your Thoughts?

posted by Scot McKnight

President Obama’s speech has a singular goal: to convince the public.  The Democrats in Washington DC are already convinced, but the American public right now is unconvinced. The Senators learned that when they went home. They don’t want that to […]

Don’t Mess with Texas

posted by Scot McKnight

From NYTimes… What do you think? HOUSTON — President Obama‘s plan to deliver a speech to public school students on Tuesday has set off a revolt among conservative parents, who have accused the president of trying to indoctrinate their children with […]

Atheist Delusions 9

posted by Scot McKnight

David Bentley Hart, a historian of ideas, Atheist Delusions: The Christian Revolution and Its Fashionable Enemies , has been our guide into some of the philosophical and historical issues at work among the new atheists like Dawkins, Harris and Hitchens. […]

Atheist Delusions 8

posted by Scot McKnight

David Bentley Hart, a historian of ideas, Atheist Delusions: The Christian Revolution and Its Fashionable Enemies , puts the New Atheists — Dawkins, Hitchens, Harris — to the test in the theories that are at work to prop up their […]

Health Care Reform: DemoCare?

posted by Scot McKnight

I’ve gotten enough pushback on using “Obamacare” for the health care proposals that I’m changing this to the more cumbersome “health care reform,” but for me “Obamacare” is not about a top-down heavy-handed left-wing attempt to socialize our country, but […]

Obamacare: An American Concern

posted by Scot McKnight

I’m sorry, but many Americans simply do not trust the Federal use of funds. I have clipped a few lines from the CNN.com report about the fiasco with funds — bonuses — at the VA and this report is tapping […]

Is RomneyCare the Best Option?

posted by Scot McKnight

Just in case you didn’t see this CNN.com piece, Mitt Romney (R), as governor of the Democratic State of Massachusetts, designed a mandatory insurance for all folks in Massachusetts. I hear about 97% are insured etc. (Just in case you […]

Friday is for Friends

posted by Scot McKnight

Scot, Most days, as I leave my job at the community college, these people are standing at the intersection holding up very large posters of aborted fetuses. Yesterday, there was only one poster holder, but several students were holding up […]

Atheist Delusions 6

posted by Scot McKnight

David Bentley Hart, a historian of ideas, Atheist Delusions: The Christian Revolution and Its Fashionable Enemies , examines “faith and reason” to provide historical context for what has happened with New Atheists. The New Atheists, he contends, propagate a myth […]

Obamacare: The Co-op Proposal

posted by Scot McKnight

Let’s say the analysis is accurate: that insurance premiums are too high, that drug prices are too high, that medical expenses in general are too high. Let’s also agree that these costs are hurting our country’s health care plans and […]

Obamacare: Political Rhetoric

posted by Scot McKnight

The recent inflagration in rhetoric, comparing Obama to socialism or Hitler and the like, is a lazy, morally inexcusable way of getting an emotional response and often carried off in the absence of concrete evidence or knowledge of actual policy. […]

Obamacare: Big Options

posted by Scot McKnight

This from this morning’s NY Times by Paul Krugman. Are these the big options for Obamacare? Let’s talk about health care around the advanced world. Every wealthy country other than the United States guarantees essential care to all its citizens. […]

Atheist Delusions 5

posted by Scot McKnight

David Bentley Hart, a historian of ideas, Atheist Delusions: The Christian Revolution and Its Fashionable Enemies , examines “faith and reason” to provide historical context for what has happened with New Atheists. Did history move from the Age of Faith […]

Obamacare: The Problems

posted by Scot McKnight

Let’s do what not all of the Town Hall meetings are not accomplishing. Let’s discuss with civility Obamacare, by which I mean President Obama’s very serious proposals for health care reform, and let’s discuss today this question: What are the […]

What Every American Needs to Read

posted by Scot McKnight

President Obama’s Op-Ed piece on his heath care reforms. Here’s an excerpt: There are four main ways the reform we’re proposing will provide more stability and security to every American. First, if you don’t have health insurance, you will have […]

An American Civil Conversation

posted by Scot McKnight

Beginning Monday we will begin a series on President Barack Obama’s health care proposals (Obamacare). We want to exhibit to the American public that a civil conversation can happen, that it can happen over serious issues, and that it can […]

The Best Analysis of …

posted by Scot McKnight

What is the best Christian, theological analysis of President Obama’s new health care proposals and plan?

Atheist Delusions 2

posted by Scot McKnight

Strident critics of “religion” today would like us to imagine a society without religion and to begin constructing a society without religion.  David Bentley Hart, in chapter one of his new book, Atheist Delusions: The Christian Revolution and Its Fashionable […]

Atheist Delusions 1

posted by Scot McKnight

The worst society I can imagine is one where Richard Dawkins, Christopher Hitchens and Sam Harris get to determine what is good and what is bad and where they get to determine who is good and who is bad. They […]

Racism and the White House

posted by Scot McKnight

When Martin Luther King dreamed of the day when our children would not be known by the color of their skin but by the content of their character, he was re-expressing the brilliant but unrealized dreams of Genesis 1 — […]

As We Forgive

posted by Scot McKnight

A CNN.com article reports about gaccaca proceedings in Rwanda, and a book I read recently provides ample stories and illustrations of the same. After a tough history of tension with occasional bursts of violence and bloodshed, in April 1994 Rwanda […]

Is “Police” a Christian Calling?

posted by Scot McKnight

Here is a letter from a reader and I’m wondering what you think? As an Anabaptist, I’m aware of this issue from a variety of angles, not the least of which is that violence and God’s kingdom are at odds. […]

Obama and the Pope – on abortion

posted by Scot McKnight

Yesterday President Obama and Pope Benedict XVI met and discussed, among other things, ethical concerns like abortion. Below is an extract from Newsweek. I hope the Pope pressed him on two things: (1) that talking about reducing either the need […]

The Church: Does it Matter? 1 (MV)

posted by Scot McKnight

This series is by my colleague in theology, Dr. Mary Veeneman, and she’s guiding us through a brand new book by Brad Harper and Paul Metzger. The book is called: Exploring Ecclesiology: An Evangelical and Ecumenical Introduction . The question […]

Inexcusable

posted by Scot McKnight

David Letterman, who will do most anything to get a laugh, especially if he can do so at the expense of a public (and conservative) figure, spoke of Sarah Palin’s daughter, who attended a Yankees game with her mother, being […]

Is the Problem the Wages?

posted by Scot McKnight

The NYTimes published a piece this week reporting a new school in Washington Hts (from the Equity Project) that has assembled a dream team of teachers, paid them 125 grand a piece with promises of as much as 25 grand […]

Sotomayor Heats Up

posted by Scot McKnight

The news media is obsessed now with Sonia Sotomayor. The newsfolks, ever out to gain some attention, are interviewing, or trying to set up, Republicans who will be involved in the process of approving her for the Supreme Court. Many […]

Memorial Day: Prayers for Peace

posted by Scot McKnight

Almighty God, kindle, we pray, in every heart the true love of peace, and guide with your wisdom those who take counsel for the nations of the earth, that in tranquillity your dominion may increase until the earth is filled […]

Science, Faith, and Global Warming (RJS)

posted by Jesus Creed Admin

Scot linked to an article earlier this year: Obama moves to separate politics and science.  When Scot brought this up (see here) he emphasized and directed conversation toward the issue of stem cell research – clearly an important issue and […]

A Letter: A Third Way Response

posted by Scot McKnight

Every discussion about homosexuality is fraught with a singular challenge. It is the challenge of civility. I believe civility is the Third Way in this moral debate. On this blog last week we published “A Letter” and then Andrew Marin, […]

Culture vs. Principles

posted by Scot McKnight

A critical statement made by our President, Barack Obama, is worth conversation today. Afghanistan under Karzai has recently made shifts toward more sharia law, and the implications for women are nothing short of enormous. I’m glad Obama speaks out here […]

Do you need God to be moral?

posted by Scot McKnight

C.S. Lewis famously argued that morals need God, that one cannot have universal morals without a divine foundation for those morals. That is, apart from belief in God it is hard to maintain belief in morals. The question Lewis provokes […]

iGens 1

posted by Scot McKnight

When it comes to grasping the big picture of what is doing on in culture, the single-most important book I have read in the last thirty years is Robert Bellah’s famous Habits of the Heart: Individualism and Commitment in American […]

Obama’s Inauguration: A Poem

posted by Scot McKnight

From Stephanie Seefeldt A Shadowed Hope It can be heard on the wind – in the words that are written,in the faces of the gathered who watch him ascend.“Change”, it says.“New.Better.More.Hope.”I see the hope. I even sense it some, and […]

Obama’s Attribute

posted by Scot McKnight

A Third Way approach to politics works from Christian principles to applaud what is worthy and to critique what is not. It is not tied to defending any politician on every issue or stance. I was not surprised by Obama’s […]

Inauguration Experience and Reflection

posted by Scot McKnight

This post is written by my friend and graduate assistant, Chris Ridgeway, a student at North Park Theological Seminary, and an active worker in the Great Commission Ministries. He was at the Inauguration; I asked him if he’d think of […]

The Mexico City Policy: The Question

posted by Scot McKnight

Here is what I know: (1) Reagan, Bush, and Bush pulled funding to any international NGO (non-government organization) clinics that provided access, through referrals, to abortions; (2) Clinton and now Obama have undone the Reagan-Bush-Bush decisions. (The pulling of support […]

Obama and Abortion

posted by Scot McKnight

Barack Obama, as far as I’m concerned, is not off to a good start when it comes to “change” and ending the “politics as usual” he claimed in his campaign. First, on the anniversary of Roe v. Wade he has […]

Illinois is Proud, America is Proud

posted by Scot McKnight

We in Illinois are proud today; we in the USA are proud today. The Emancipation Proclamation of Abraham Lincolon, an Illinoisan, has taken a new step forward that Lincoln never imagined. Our attention today is on another Illinoisan, someone upon […]

Providential Accident?

posted by Scot McKnight

Is it perhaps a providential accident that today is Martin Luther King Jr Day, the man who decades ago dreamed of the day that will happen tomorrow? My favorite collection of Martin Luther Kings wriitngs is A Testament of Hope: […]

Loosening the Grip 10

posted by Scot McKnight

This post is by Mary Veeneman, professor of theology at North Park University. In the speech he gave the night before he was assassinated, Martin Luther King, Jr. said these words: “Well, I don’t know what will happen now. We’ve […]

Inauguration Day

posted by Scot McKnight

What will you be doing during the Inauguration of our next President, Barack Obama? Here’s a link to WP’s Inauguration Central.

Andy Crouch’s Favorite Letter

posted by Scot McKnight

I recently read Andy Crouch’s new book, Culture-Making, a winding book on culture and how Christians can be cultivators of culture. Andy’s favorite letter is “C” — and he’s got more C’s in this book than any book I’ve seen. […]

What can we do?

posted by Scot McKnight

We ask this question: If it is the case that American military personnel tortured those in GTMO, and this piece from The Washington Post shows that torture occurred, what can we do? To whom do we write? The Obama Administration […]

Babies and Economy

posted by Scot McKnight

Just saw this … what do you think? Any responses? Forget about cutting back on cable and pricey cappuccinos. For some couples, a shaky economy means putting plans to grow or start a family on hold. The economy is a […]

Obama and Foreign Relations

posted by Scot McKnight

Victor Davis Hanson, a philosopher of international relations from a neoconservative viewpoints, queries if the optimism about Obama and international relations is more hooplah and than reality. Here is an excerpt of his piece: There is great hope that President-elect […]

What do you think?

posted by Scot McKnight

Recently a senior Vatican official compared Gaza to a concentration camp? Two questions: (1) What are the conditions of Palestinians in the Gaza strip? (2) How appropriate is this kind of language? JERUSALEM — Israel said Saturday it was shocked […]

Corporations and Ethics: A luxury good?

posted by Scot McKnight

Found this here and thought we could have a conversation. In brief, should we expect big business to do good and to make money? Does this make a difference when you choose your vocation or your job or your employer? […]

Third Way and the American Image

posted by Scot McKnight

What is America like? Are we generous or are we the spoiled brat in the global village? How Christian are the Christians in politics? Third Way thinking addresses these issues, and Adam Hamilton’s book sketches ideas for us to think […]

Israel and Hamas

posted by Scot McKnight

I read this piece by Saul Singer in the Washington Post. I wonder if Obama’s silence is support for Israel, support for taking out Hamas, or an indicator that he’s not sure what to think about this international crisis. Any […]

Burris takes on DC: “It’s all theater!”

posted by Scot McKnight

Roland Burris has been good for Illinois, but he’s been sipping too much of Blago’s juices of late and took on DC today. Even as Senate leaders continued to challenge his appointment to the seat vacated by President-elect Barack Obama, […]

Third Way and Politics

posted by Scot McKnight

Adam Hamilton, in his book, Seeing Gray in a World of Black and White: Thoughts on Religion, Morality, and Politics, has a few chps on political or hot-button issues, including situation ethics, abortion, homosexuality and war. I don’t want to […]

Third Way and Abortion

posted by Scot McKnight

Adam Hamilton, author of Seeing Gray in a World of Black and White: Thoughts on Religion, Morality, and Politics, stands with — I trust — everyone: if we can’t undo Roe v. Wade then at least we can work hard […]

Obama, Warren, and that Inaugural Prayer

posted by Scot McKnight

I will give you my reasons why I’m baffled by the reactions by liberal Democrats because President Elect Obama has invited Rick Warren to give the invocation. First, because Inauguration Day is not a day for triumphalism, domination and a […]

The Odd Couple

posted by Scot McKnight

I don’t know if you saw this, but our President-Elect Barack Obama is proving that he wants to work with conservatives (and evangelicals) by asking Rick Warren to give the invocation at his inauguration. We are happy for Rick Warren, […]

Obama, FOCA, and the Catholic Health Care System 1

posted by Scot McKnight

This series concerns Barack Obama, the Freedom of Choice Act, and what FOCA might mean for health care in the USA. The series is by Mary Veeneman, professor of theology and a Christian ethicist at North Park University. The issues […]

A Sad Day in Illinois

posted by Scot McKnight

Rod Blagojevich, who rode a wave of replacing George Ryan (now in prison) to clean things up in Illinois, received a phone call at daybreak informing him of a warrant for his arrest. US Attorney, Patrick Fitzgerald, informed the public […]

Can You Top This One?

posted by Scot McKnight

All of us, I suppose, have stories about our medical system. But this one from our son is better than anything we’ve ever had. Lukas and Annika recently gave birth to a son — Aksel — and this is the […]

One Dollar

posted by Scot McKnight

Joshua Guthrie, son of a friend of mine (George Guthrie), is a young man with a heart to help the poor find water. I’d encourage you to go to his site and donate a dollar. He is calling his vision […]

Loosening the Grip 9

posted by Jesus Creed Admin

This blog post, written by Soong-Chan Rah, professor at North Park Theological Seminary, comes on the heels of one of the most significant elections in American history – the election of an African-American to the highest office in our nation.  […]

Loosening the Grip 8

posted by Jesus Creed Admin

We are committed to fighting racism on the Jesus Creed blog, and that means reviewing the best books available today about racism. This series deals with the subject of how Christian theology has been gripped by racism … and we […]

Church Politics 2

posted by Jesus Creed Admin

This is my response to our friend whose letter we posted Monday. Instead of making it a direct letter to him, I’m responding to the folks who are upset about what he has done … Dear Alarmed Evangelicals, First, your […]

Church Politics 1

posted by Jesus Creed Admin

Here’s a letter I’m using with permission and Wednesday I’ll give my reflections. Have you seen this? Have you seen it the other way, too, with a person getting in trouble for being too conservative? Scot,   Let me first […]

A Prayer for Obama

posted by Scot McKnight

Our prayer today, Our Father, is for President-Elect Barack Obama. [Please add your prayers as well.]

A Letter, Evangelicals, and Abortion

posted by Scot McKnight

How do you respond to this letter to me? We occasionally get letters that we think would be good for public, civil conversation. This is one of those. The letter is being used by permission and I’m urging you to […]

California Defines “Marriage”

posted by Scot McKnight

Another letter, Dear Scot, I know you’re sick to death of this topic, and before writing you I read your entire series again, but I am in a grave quandary over how to vote on Proposition 8, a voter-led initiative […]

Loosening the Grip 7

posted by xscot mcknight

Our post today is written by Mary Veeneman, a member of our BTS department here at North Park. Her chp focuses on the 3d chp of Race: A Theological Account. She’s got some good questions at the end.

Declaring Doom 5

posted by xscot mcknight

I’ve got a big question today, but first let me sketch two items quickly. First, think about it, we’ve seen the following as prophets of doom: the puritans with their weekly jeremiads, Thomas Jefferson, and Ralph Waldo Emerson. Add someone […]

Loosening the Grip 5

posted by xscot mcknight

The following post is very important for this series. This is our fifth post in the series on Race: A Theological Account. This post is by my colleague and good friend, Boaz Johnson. He covers chp 2 and shows that […]

Abortion and The Blue Parakeet: A Response

posted by xscot mcknight

Yesterday I posted a letter that drew a good response, so today I’m posting my own response to “Passionate.”

Abortion and The Blue Parakeet

posted by xscot mcknight

In my new book, The Blue Parakeet: Rethinking How You Read the Bible, one of the major points is that the Church has learned to read the Bible by discernment instead of treating everything as law. I got a letter […]

Loosening the Grip 4

posted by xscot mcknight

In this fourth post in our series on J. Kameron Carter’s Race: A Theological Account, Vince Bacote — professor at Wheaton College — weighs in.

Declaring Doom 4

posted by xscot mcknight

Thomas Jefferson anchored the entire good of Christianity in the morals of Jesus. Ralph Waldo Emerson, ever striving for the universal to be found in nature, anchored it all in “moral sentiment.” Both Jefferson and Emerson, though, thought the days […]

Loosening the Grip 3

posted by xscot mcknight

We are doing a series on J. Kameron Carter’s book, Race: A Theological Account. When I say “we” I mean a number of folks, and today’s post is written by Soong-Chan Rah, professor at North Park Theological Seminary.

Declaring Doom 3

posted by xscot mcknight

America’s history with prophetic pronouncements includes not only apocalyptic doom. Think Thomas Jefferson. Two of my favorite places in the DC area are the Jefferson Memorial, which perhaps could be called the temple of liberal, enlightened reason, and Monticello, Jefferson’s […]

My Tax Plan

posted by xscot mcknight

Evidently our tax system is broken. If it weren’t, there’d be no reason for both McCain and Obama to propose what “their tax plan” will be. Obama says there will be no new taxes for folks who make under 250 […]

Good Intentions: Bob Smietana

posted by xscot mcknight

Bob Smietana and Charles North have written a book I need and perhaps you do to: some good old fashioned common sense about economics. Some people have Good Intentions but not enough economic sense. I’ve asked Bob to converse with […]

Loosening the Grip 2

posted by xscot mcknight

Ideas don’t always transform behavior. Another way of saying this is that orthodoxy doesn’t necessarily lead to orthopraxy. Perhaps one of the most obvious examples of the disconnect emerges with racism for it is a sad, sad fact that some […]

Declaring Doom 2

posted by xscot mcknight

In 1620 John Winthrop, leader of Massachusetts Bay, transported the covenant God made with Israel to the covenant God was making with the New World. En route to Massachusetts, Winthrop preached a now-famous sermon: “A Model of Christian Charity.” He […]

Loosening the Grip 1

posted by xscot mcknight

As I announced recently, we will be doing a series on the brilliant, provocative, and challenging new book by J. Kameron Carter, Race: A Theological Account. The book is about racism — in particular, it is about how racialized theology […]

Where is our hope?

posted by xscot mcknight

This was published in my monthly column on the Out of Ur blog. Somewhere between 6pm and 8pm, Central Time, on November 4th, 2008, the eschatology of American evangelicals will become clear. If John McCain wins and the evangelical becomes […]

Prosperity Gospel: Does it help the poor?

posted by xscot mcknight

Peter Berger, well-known sociologist, goes against everyone’s grain and the fashionable, trendy screeds in this piece in Books and Culture. When I read Berger’s ideas on the train during my commute, my jaw dropped. By the way, I’m a huge […]

Voting for President 4

posted by xscot mcknight

Last Monday (here) I posted a response to the reader who asked about how anabaptists think about this election. (I don’t speak for all or any other anabaptists.) I made my recurring point: I’m a Christian; my first assignment is […]

Voting for President 3

posted by xscot mcknight

A reader wrote me about how anabaptists are struggling with which candidate to vote for, and I offered a first response last Friday. Today I’d like to ponder one of our candidates: John McCain. What will it be like for […]

Voting for President? 2

posted by xscot mcknight

A recent reader of this blog wrote in and I posted the letter. Because there are several issues to be discussed, not the least of which are the different kind of advantages each candidate brings to the table, I thought […]

What did you think of ….

posted by xscot mcknight

Sarah Palin’s speech? Two principles we will adhere to on the comments: nothing nasty and nothing about her daughter.

Voting for President?

posted by xscot mcknight

Here is a note from a sensitive reader, and one that feels the weight of the anabaptist tradition in approaching the election this year. I am posting the letter today and I will respond one or two times over the […]

Palin?

posted by xscot mcknight

What do you think of McCain’s VP choice? Sarah Palin, governor of Alaska.

Obama’s Speech

posted by xscot mcknight

I’m wondering what your thoughts are on Obama’s acceptance speech? What did you like and what did you not like? As always on the Jesus Creed, civil remarks (and they can be appropriately critical) will be accepted.

Biden?

posted by xscot mcknight

Democrat Presidential candidate, Barack Obama, announced Saturday that he was choosing Senator Joseph Biden as his VP. What do you think? The first response that came to my mind was this: The race just got even closer.

Lower the Drinking Age?

posted by xscot mcknight

This CNN article reveals that many college and university presidents are in favor of lowering the drinking age to 18. Does the postponement of legal drinking make it more taboo? Why do so many young adults abuse alcohol?

Obama & McCain

posted by xscot mcknight

What did you think of the conversation Rick Warren had with Barack Obama and John McCain? (Question #1) Who do you think “won”? (#2) Why? (#3) Here at Jesus Creed we discuss politics with civility, and that means tell us […]

Announcement

posted by xscot mcknight

I would like to announce publicly, in front of God and the world, that if asked I will not accept an invitation to be Vice President. We have considered our rhythm of life and decided that, were we to be […]

Original Sin, really!

posted by xscot mcknight

Alan Jacobs is one of my favorite writers. Why? He’s an essayist. Which means he quotes everyone and doesn’t tell you where the quotation comes from — you’re supposed to know. Which is a clue to what kind of books […]

Christian Realism 9

posted by xscot mcknight

So what is Christian realism? What are its central principles? The last chp in John Stackhouse, Making the Best of It, outlines the principles of Christian realism. I’m about to give you a quotation from this book and I’d like […]

Christian Realism 8

posted by xscot mcknight

Vocation — big issue that emerges directly from your theory of the relationship of the Christian faith and culture or State. The realist perspective of John Stackhouse, which I find stimulating (even if I disagree at times) and which I […]

The Bible and Politics

posted by xscot mcknight

Some thought Barack Obama’s comment about which passages we should choose if our country was to follow the Bible was messing with the authority of Scripture. What wasn’t clear in the criticisms of Obama was this: it was when Obama […]

Christian Realism 7

posted by xscot mcknight

As I begin to focus some attention toward the next school year and addressing 1st year students in our survey of the Bible class, where we inevitably have some good conversations about “vocation,” I realize that John Stackhouse’s 7th chp, […]

Do you own a gun?

posted by xscot mcknight

I did. I grew up with a father who hunted, with uncles who hunted, with friends who hunted, and in a community where hunting was common. Then when I was in seminary I came to more pacifist conclusions and to […]

McCain’s Sermon

posted by xscot mcknight

I’ve clipped a little from a New York Times article. An interview with McCain in 2004 that flows into McCain’s description of a sermon he gave in Hanoi. What’s your response? (I begin with the NYT statement and then McCain’s […]

Dobson and “Conservative” Politicians

posted by xscot mcknight

Our discussion of the Dobson and Obama dust-up raised one point, that of misrepresentation of Obama by Dobson, but there was something else in Dobson’s discussion that day that deserves a conversation. Dobson, who speaks for many in the religious […]

I don’t care if it is law, it just seems so wrong

posted by xscot mcknight

Perhaps you heard that the Supreme Court struck down the decision of lower courts to permit local cities to ban handguns. The Supreme Court says, rightfully, that this violates the Second Amendment that gives US citizens the right to bear […]

Dobson on Obama

posted by xscot mcknight

Kris and I listened last night to James Dobson’s criticisms of Barack Obama’s 2006 speech. I found it on the “Listen to Daily Broadcast”. I don’t know if it is archived, but I did my best to listen carefully and […]

Christian Humanism

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I read John de Gruchy’s Confessions of a Christian Humanist for a variety of reasons, not the least of which were that he is a South African liberation theologian and because I think his expression for himself, a Christian humanist, […]

Christian Realism 6

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If step one in Stackhouse’s theory of Christian realism is to sketch his method, step two is to provide the big themes that put all of Christian realism and ethics in context. This is all found in chp 6 of […]

Christian Realism 5

posted by xscot mcknight

Christian realism steers a course between the Anabaptist vision of the kingdom being achieved, more rather than less, in the church and the Constantinian vision of the kingdom joining hips with the State. Now, of course, there is a spectrum […]

The First Unofficial Vote-off

posted by xscot mcknight

OK, who will you vote for? Here are our rules: You can say anything you want about the person you want to win or the person you think will win or the person you will vote for, but you can’t […]

My Picks for VP

posted by xscot mcknight

If I were McCain, I would pick Condi Rice. If I were Obama, I would pick Lou Dobbs. Forget choosing governors of States; find someone with instant name recognition. Who would you pick?

Christian Realism 4

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Ag man (as they say in South Africa), Stackhouse (Making the Best of It) writes about some seminal thinkers … CS Lewis, Reinhold Niebuhr, and Dietrich Bonhoeffer. I began reading Bonhoeffer in college, read three more of his books the […]

Christian Realism 3

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John Stackhouse has a goal: to construct a Christian realism when it comes to how we should relate to and participate in culture. He sketches this view in his excellent book, Making the Best of It. After sketching the famous […]

Christian Realism 2

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I don’t know what you think is the best book on Christ and Culture, but I’d be interested in hearing. We are looking at John Stackhouse, Making the Best of It , and we turn to his first resource for […]

Christian Realism 1

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John Stackhouse, one in a growing group of blogging professors, has a new book that I want to read carefully and slowly because it challenges one of my fundamental orientations: an Anabaptist perception of the relationship of the disciple and […]

My Traitor’s Heart

posted by xscot mcknight

One of the books I was recommended to read about South Africa was Rian Malan’s well-known and widely-read My Traitor’s Heart. If Alan Paton’s Cry, the Beloved Country is a literary classic about the problems behind apartheid, and if J.M. […]

Why Work? 5

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We finish up today our series on Darrell Cosden’s fine book, The Heavenly Good of Earthly Work. If you are looking for a book that “justifies” work, this is it — and I think we need more of us thinking […]

The Life Before Her Eyes: Movie Review

posted by xscot mcknight

Magnolia Pictures sent me a pre-release DVD of “The Life Before Her Eyes,” starring Evan Rachel Wood and Uma Thurman, and I feel obligated to offer my readers a review of this haunting, Flannery O’Connor-like movie. Each actress plays — […]

Books to Come

posted by xscot mcknight

In the coming month we will turn to two new books, one by Darrell Cosden called The Heavenly Good of Earthly Work. I met Darrell on a flight, got his book, and think this book is a nice change of […]

Civility 6

posted by xscot mcknight

This is a good week to discuss the lasting and important proposal of Os Guinness in his new book, The Case for Civility. He advocates instead of a “naked” public square (no religion) or a “sacred” public square (coercion of […]

William Kittredge: An Essayist from out West

posted by xscot mcknight

Tonight I fly up to Grand Rapids and tomorrow I speak at chapel to the seminarians; in the afternoon we will have a conversation with the seminary faculty about the next generation of students. I look forward to seeing my […]

Civility 5

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If Os Guinness, in his attempt to call the nation to public civility, can call the Religious Right to task for its rhetoric, he can do the same to the Left. In The Case for Civility, chp 5, Guinness says […]

Civility 4

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(Say the Jesus Creed morning and evening during Lent.) Chp 4 of Os Guinness, The Case for Civility, could be called a “civil screed” against the Religious Right. It is not too harsh; it never falls for the uncivil, but […]

Civility 3

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The “true remedy” of James Madison, the one that sought for an amiable relationship between religion and government, has recently been nearly demolished. That problem Os Guinness, in The Case for Civility, calls “the broken settlement.” A fascinating chp, one […]

Civility 2

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(Say the Jesus Creed morning and evening during Lent.) What is the “true remedy”, an expression from founder James Madison, for the relationship of religion and the state? Os Guinness, in The Case for Civility, explores this question — and […]

Civility 1

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(Say the Jesus Creed morning and evening during Lent.) Some of my finest moments of exhilaration in study have emerged out of visions for what public discourse has been and could be. But we are presently mired, largely in the […]

The Scandal of Evangelical Politics

posted by xscot mcknight

Here is an upcoming conference in Philadelphia, and I want to endorse the importance of the conference and hope you can consider attending.

Mohler on Public Education

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I saw this at Erika Haub’s site, moved over to the Out of Ur site and am now posting the Out of Ur post itself here. [I did not write this post.] The issue here for me is Christian participation […]

White House God 6

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(Say the Jesus Creed daily during Lent.) The last chp in Randy Balmer’s God in the White House is called “Cheap Grace.” I’m a fan of Balmer’s angles on political agendas as well as of his prose. I don’t always […]

Roland Martin and James Dobson

posted by xscot mcknight

From CNN.com. … Listening to the irrational and hysterical response of conservatives to the presidential candidacy of Sen. John McCain would be laughable if it wasn’t so serious. Roland S. Martin says some conservatives are opposed to Sen. John McCain’s […]

White House God 5

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With the new Barna report finding that born again voters are not supporting Republicans as they once did, a book like Randy Balmer’s God in the White House becomes all the more pertinent. On top of this observation I also […]

White House God 4

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The Reagan and Bush era is called in Balmer’s book, God in the White House, “Listing Right.” I’m not sure about the personal faith of either GHW Bush or Ronald Reagan, but it appears to me that both of them […]

White House God 3

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One of the most interesting elections I remember was the 1976 campaign that led to the election of ?born again? candidate, Jimmy Carter. Randy Balmer, in his God in the White House, says this: ?Abetted by the political chicanery of […]

White House God 2

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Lyndon Johnson, Richard Nixon and Gerald Ford each opened the door to the influence of the Christian faith on their Presidencies though they did so in discreet enough of ways not to offend the public nor to offend the principles […]

White House God 1

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We took a year or so ago at Randy Balmer’s Thy Kingdom Come and we want now to look at his newest book, God in the White House. The book studies a simple theme and traces the story — an […]

Democrats: Who will it be?

posted by xscot mcknight

Kris and I watched the debate on CNN last night — at least most of it — and I’m wondering what you are thinking now about who will win? What strengths does your favorite have? (Avoid saying anything negative about […]

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