Weekly Meanderings

We’ll be down in North Carolina speaking at an emerging event with Tony Jones late next week; the event is called Keeping Jesus Revolutionary. And, as I said last week, we are in Indianapolis Sunday at East 91st Street Church.
Hahhhvahhd has a woman President.

David Fitch gets it.
Wanna see what we’re really like? Read Luke’s post here. Luke, this might explain why most of my posts are written days, even weeks, in advance.
If you are interested in learning about the house church movement, here is a good place to begin. It is now 3 years old, but it sketches the basics.
Speaking of which, TSK has a post up about “leaving church.”
Here’s a great story about an older church merging with an emerging church.
Diana Butler Bass reflects theologically on Anna Nicole Smith.
1. A good post by Doug Groothuis on Bill Craig’s little booklet on being a Christian academic. (HT: RJS)
2. Satire has its place; this sure does because I’ve been a bit amazed at what folks have said to me about my interest in Mary (as depicted in the Bible). My interview with the magazine is here.
3. On the “Map” link, I can explain Chicago by pizza, but I have my doubts about Milwaukee.
4. Bob Robinson teaching his kids to pray to the Trinity.
5. Great news! Tell the Administrators and muckity-mucks and get it inscribed in your contract: Naps are good for our health; and especially for males. For years I’ve been able to lean back and sleep hard for 10 minutes and wake up wide-awake and ready to go.
6. That’s my brother-in-law, Tom Norman, and his daughter, Riley.
7. Dan Brennan’s blog is now devoted to cross-gender friendships.
8. Continue to pray for Josh Buck, a young pastor in Grand Rapids.
9. What I like most about McCain is that he thinks independently. Others worry about him.
10. One of the kindest, brightest NT scholars ever has died: Bruce Metzger. (HT: Justin Taylor)
11. Wow.
Maybe the best part of the Pebble Beach golf tournament is that Bill Murray plays. For a gag, I think the TV folks could actually have a weekend slot given over to Bill Murray, Tiger Woods, Arnie Palmer, and Michael Jordan playing a round of golf. I’m laying down odds that it would be a hit. If Steve Shields is reading this, I’m guessing he knows the sports folks down the hall and they can tell someone important.
Could any outsider ever believe that NCAA Basketball and the NBA are actually the same sport? The NBA is two big guys wrestling while 8 others watch while 10,000 fans spend their time chatting or visiting food booths. NCAA hoops is 10 guys playing hard, coaches screaming like Hector is coming round the bend, and 20,000 fans making foolish fun out of it all.

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  • Very glad to see the link to Dan Brennan’s blog on cross-gender friendship.
    There is so much to be sorted out on that subject, and he’s writing about stuff that no one else has been willing or able to sort through, and he does it in a deep and thoughtful way. Practically the only other viewpoint you can find about cross-sex friendship is, “don’t do it”.

  • Thanks Scot for the link.
    I do think the way men and women relate to each other (in the broadest view of cross gender friendships) and the way we view our own gender identities is a significant subject for emerging conversation. I do hope my blog contributes meaningfully to the emerging conversation.

  • Subversive Influence » Blog Archive » The Weekly Meanderings of Scot McKnight

    Warning: Please Get the Ice Off the Top of Your Car!
    Pease take the time to get the ice off the top of your cars! See what happens when you don’t. LINK: emergesque: Public Service Announcement: Watch for Falling Objects! (Thanks for the link)…—–
    […] Scot’s Weekly Meanderings for February 17, 2007 are up… not a ‘thin’ week, looks like I’ve got some good reading in store for the weekend. Typically I will have seen some of what he posts on his lists, but he always manages to catch a few good ones that I miss. […]

  • Christine

    I’d disagree that Dan Brennan’s is the only alternative viewpoint to cross-gender friendships. MANY folks have cross gender relationships – they just don’t write about them in an ongoing way. They just live their friendships.

  • Christine,
    You are right. Many people enjoy cross-gender friendship. 🙂
    What I was trying to say is that Dan is looking at it from a theological, psychological, sociological perspective, which has not been done much in the past.

  • Hey, Scot, great article on your niece and brother-in-law. If you and Kris ever come to Des Moines to visit family, let me know. You have my e-mail.(BTW, I write for the Ames section of the Des Moines Register.)

  • Beyond Words,
    By the way, the Des Moines Register to me has only a peach section!

  • BeckyR

    Speaking locally, 29 yrs ago our house church was seen as a successful small group and churches contacted us to guide steps to small groups in their churches that would be similar. Kinda a mark of prestige that we were doing before others were doing, and now small groups are seen to be crucial to many churches. Now, whether the small groups can have the combination of commitment, responsibility, accountability and a setting for being personal, that so, so much depends on the tone in which they are made. That, can’t be imitated.
    Just caught my eye that the house church movement blog was 3 yrs old and considered a new development. And here we’ve been doing it before it was a development.
    I think commitment, a sense of responsibility to each person, accountability, and desire for something more personal is necessary in a church. Note “church.” What’s also necessary is to not try to make house church better than those “others.” Otherwise it is a great way to go the way of a cult.

  • Subversive Influence » Blog Archive » Firstfruits of “I Told You So”?

    […] Scot McKnight links to this tale of a church ‘merger’ between an older established congregation (60% congregants over age 50, 30%+ over age 70) and an emerging church congregation (complete with nonprofit cafe). Obviously there isn’t much in this account to go by, but in my mind looks like a beautiful story of cooperation, of working together, of older generations blessing and enabling younger ones, and of younger generations honouring and valuing the wisdom of older ones. […]

  • scot, the merger really is an amazing story. after their vote two weeks ago, we’ve put together a ‘transition team’ to ensure that people, particularly the older and smaller congregation, will be cared for and heard through this transition. it’s likely that within three months, it’ll be official and we’ll be worshipping together.
    i don’t want to make it sound like it is perfect and rosy because i realized the past two weeks, since feeling giddy about the vote, that this is going to take an immense amount of work. yet, it’s work that we feel blesses so many people…

  • sad to see the loss of bruce metzger. truly a giant. i don’t know how i didn’t find out about this sooner.