Maybe one of the best weeks ever for me in reading other blogs. (It didn’t hurt that I got my book on prayer done and feel less pressured to keep grinding away.) 1. I want to suggest you look at Karen Spears Zacharias blogsite. She is the author of Hero Mama, which is featured a bit in Embracing Grace. She is an author who tells the story of surviving in a family decimated when her father was killed in Vietnam…. Read more

This last post this week on “what is the gospel?” will look at the gospel as God’s work in the world for us vs. the gospel as what God has done for me. The latter I will call hyper-individualism, because that is exactly what it is. It operates, to borrow an image from Donald Miller’s Blue Like Jazz, as if this world is a movie in which God has appointed me as the central actor (or actress). The former examines… Read more

This last post this week on “what is the gospel?” will look at the gospel as God’s work in the world for us vs. the gospel as what God has done for me. The latter I will call hyper-individualism, because that is exactly what it is. It operates, to borrow an image from Donald Miller’s Blue Like Jazz, as if this world is a movie in which God has appointed me as the central actor (or actress). The former examines… Read more

For Pastors and churches that used the Jesus Creed for a Bible study or more in your church. (This announcement is not for individuals who used this, but for churches.) If you would like to be in the “Pastor’s Circle” for my forthcoming books, please send the following to jlynch@paracletepress.com: Name Church’s name or Organization’s name: Address: Phone number: E-mail address: Website address: Read more

Summary of Chapter Two Houston begins his argument for a return to the “mentored life” by examining the “Heroic Myth of Odysseus.” In this myth, Houston suggests we see all the characteristics of individualism and narcissism that stand as obstacles to the mentored life. Just as Odysseus was required to overcome the hardships and challenges of life by “navigating against the primordial forces” so to the modern is encouraged the find meaning in life through a kind of Odysseus like… Read more

I’ve been asked this enough times that I’ll turn it into a post on its own — if the gospel is what I am claiming it is, then how does one evangelize? And I’ve been asked this one several times already, and Embracing Grace isn’t even out of the chute, what are the down-in-the-dirt type things you would say to people? Well, here goes: the question itself that I’m being asked emerges out of a different understanding of the gospel…. Read more

I’ve been asked this enough times that I’ll turn it into a post on its own — if the gospel is what I am claiming it is, then how does one evangelize? And I’ve been asked this one several times already, and Embracing Grace isn’t even out of the chute, what are the down-in-the-dirt type things you would say to people? Well, here goes: the question itself that I’m being asked emerges out of a different understanding of the gospel…. Read more

Kris and I will be in Seattle Nov 4-6 for the launch of Embracing Grace. We’ll get in late Thurs night and be there Friday, Saturday and Sunday. On Saturday, at about noon, we’ll be at Mercer Island Covenant for the launch (and luncheon), and on Sunday I’ll be preaching at Mercer Island Covenant. There is a big Emergent event in Seattle (Off the Map with Generous Orthodoxy) that weekend, too, so I’m hoping to bump into some of those… Read more

This is as good a spot as any to say something about Tom Wright’s view of the gospel, and I’ll take this from his fine small book, What Saint Paul Really Said. First, Tom trots out how “gospel” is understood in modern contexts. “… a description of how people get saved; of the theological mechanism whereby, in some people’s language, Christ takes our sin and we his righteousness; in other people’s language, Jesus becomes my personal saviour; in other languages… Read more

This is a series of blogs, over a couple of weeks, about James Houston, The Mentored Life. It is being written by both of us, Scot McKnight (at North Park University) and Brad Bergfalk (pastor of Zion Covenant in Jamestown, NY). Houston’s book has received some rave reviews and it can be of use to both pastors and especially to the emerging movement folk who want to see the gospel put on a more personal plane. To begin with, here… Read more

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