20K+ Churches and Counting

A letter from a reader, used with permission, and I’m wondering how you would respond…. Dear Scot,I have a hard time reconciling in my mind that if God is an authorof peace and not confusion that he would allow 20k different faiths tobe preached in his church. I live in the Midwest in a city [Read More…]

Justification and New Perspective 13

In a remarkable piece of insight, Tom Wright once asked what Pauline theology would look like if we began with Ephesians and Colossians instead of Romans, and in just a few pages (168-175) in Justification: God’s Plan & Paul’s Vision, he discusses the vision of Ephesians. (By the way, it could make a huge difference.) [Read More…]

Galatians Chart: Patrick Mitchel

Here is a nice chart, by Patrick Mitchel, about Pauline theology that belongs in our new perspective discussion. [Read more…]

New Series: World Christianity

Mark Noll, professor at Notre Dame and America’s foremost church historian (or at least close), has a new book called The New Shape of World Christianity: How American Experience Reflects Global Faith and I want to begin a series on it next Monday, June 8th. Here are two tastes of what Noll’s new book will [Read More…]

Prayer for the Week

Almighty God, on this day you opened the way of eternal life to every race and nation by the promised gift of your Holy Spirit: Shed abroad this gift throughout the world by the preaching of the Gospel, that it may reach to the ends of the earth; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives [Read More…]

Weekly Meanderings

We miss Just Joeys, our bed and breakfast in Stellenbosch. Our view of the small pool in the back garden at breakfast.(But two weeks away did not make it easier to get back to internet reading.) We missed reading our favorite blogs, so I’m way behind … here are some highlights for me this week: [Read More…]

Feminist Revolution and Happiness?

Did you see this piece in The NY Times? Any thoughts? Feminists and traditionalists should be able to agree, for instance, that the structures of American society don’t make enough allowances for the particular challenges of motherhood. We can squabble forever about the choices that mothers ought to make, but the difficult work-parenthood juggle is [Read More…]

Youth Ministry: If I Were to do it Again (Chris Folmsbee)

If I Were To Do It Again I was a youth pastor for 13 years.  Today, I am active in youth ministry as a volunteer at The Church of the Resurrection near my home in Kansas City but most of my contribution to youth ministry these days is through training, writing, speaking and consulting.  Recently, [Read More…]

Friday is for Friends: Logan Paul Gage

This two-part series on Intelligent Design, in part a response to our ongoing discussions about evolution, is by Logan Paul Gage, a policy analyst at the Discovery Institute and who has written extensively on evolution. Intelligent Design and the Artist’s Soul, in Three Acts In his article “Five Streams of the Emerging Church,” Scot McKnight [Read More…]

Justification and New Perspective 12

The issue in the debate about the new perspective is how best to read the apostle Paul’s theology in its historical context, and one of the more important debates is how to read Galatians … and we finish the 5th chp today of Tom Wright’s new book, Justification: God’s Plan & Paul’s Vision where he [Read More…]