A Special Weekend

AndyScot.jpgNot long ago I spoke to the leaders of one of my favorite churches, Irving Bible Church in Irving Texas. IBC was one of the first churches where I spoke about the Jesus Creed a few years back, and I have been in contact with them — with Andy McQuitty and Steve and Jackie Roese — ever since. 

The leaders have a retreat once a year and our schedules meshed, so I flew down and was ushered onto a monstrous Dallas area ranch (with roaming bison!). Steve and I had communicated about topics, but it was important to him that I speak what was on my heart, so I asked if I could break out the theses of my next book, which I’m about to send off to Zondervan. In essence the project is a summons to the kingdom vision of Jesus. So we developed some themes from that book.

The schedule was perfect because IBC’s intent was to spend time with one another: we had a session late Friday evening (I sketched the vision of James for an embodied kingdom), and then a session Saturday morning and evening, with Saturday afternoon open. Sunday morning worship time revolved around the Lord’s Supper as Jesus’ vision put into prayer.

The people are fantastic: it was great to see Andy and Alice, and after Andy’s battle this year I wasn’t even sure I’d see Andy. He’s doing great and the doctors are even using the “c” word: Cure. Pray for Andy this year. I love being with Steve and Jackie — genuine, honest, and demanding of authenticity of those around them. Jackie, you may recall, was the first female teaching pastor at IBC, that caused a bit of a news frenzy in Dallas, but IBC has flourished.
I could go on but one of my favorites was late nights chatting with so many folks… oh, forgot this one: at IBC if your phone rings during a session you either have to give up 10 dollars or sing a song. A young woman from Haiti’s phone rang (not sure if her husband called her to make it happen) and she sang Father Abraham in Haitian and brought the place down. Mine went off, too. But it was after the session — no forgiveness. I sang “Take Me Out to the Ballgame!” with Wayne, a Cardinals fan. I was asked another time about my favorite restaurants in the USA, and I mentioned City Tavern in Philly, and didn’t know I had stepped in a huge circle of fun for that group.
I love to be with the folks at IBC and I can’t think of a better way to be with friends than sitting around tables and fires chatting and telling stories and dreaming of what God’s mission can be in our world. Next Year in Jerusalem!
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  • RJS

    Next year in Jerusalem?

  • Scot McKnight

    RJS, it’s a prayer of hope and reunion.

  • Mike M

    So Dallas is the New Jerusalem? I now have to re-orient my whole theology and/or geography!

  • David Parish

    I had the privilege of interviewing Wayne Smith who is the Chairman of the board of Elders at IBC this past Thursday by phone. We’ve never met face to face but he blew me away with his generosity, wisdom and kindness. He mentioned the retreat and what an awesome experience it was for everyone.
    All that to say I’m tracking right with you as far as being a huge fan of Irving Bible Church.

  • Very cool. We’re starting a new little church here in Dayton (Tennessee) and our pastor hails from the IBC pastoral staff. We are lucky to have him indeed!

  • Any idea when this book will be out? Will it cover the topics you covered at Ashland Seminary? I was there and your presenations were awesome.

  • Scot McKnight

    Thanks much for the note and question.
    The Ashland lectures will, I hope, be finished this summer or perhaps as late as next Fall and they will then be submitted. This book will be on the gospel.
    The talks in Dallas are from a new book I almost finished today. It will be off the desk Wednesday but I don’t want to disclose the title yet. It’s evangelizes folks to be disciples.