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Jesus Creed Announcement

Our Jesus Creed project of providing for every age in every church a way entering into the life Jesus advocates -- loving God and loving otthers by reciting the Jesus Creed daily and living it out -- is now complete. The newest addition to the project that completes it is Sharing God's Love, a book my daughter, Laura McKnight Barringer, and I wrote (she did most of the writing while I gave the big ideas and offered suggestions). The adorable artwork is by Dave Hill, chosen by our fine publisher, … [Read More...]

Medicine Re-Imagined

This is an amazing set of possibilities for health and medical care -- at great savings! … [Read More...]

Grant Us, Lord, not to be anxious

Grant us, Lord,Not to be anxious about earthly things, but to love things heavenly.And even now, while we are placed among things that are passing away, to hold fast to those that shall endure.Through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever.Amen.BCP … [Read More...]

The Value of Napping

Web MD: Daytime naps can be one way to treat sleep deprivation, says Sara C. Mednick, PhD, sleep expert and author of Take a Nap! Change Your Life. "You can get incredible benefits from 15 to 20 minutes of napping," she says. "You reset the system and get a burst of alertness and increased motor … [Read More...]

Saturday Book Review/Interview with Alan Cross (by David Moore)

Pastor Alan Cross ministers at Gateway Baptist Church in Montgomery, Alabama.  Alan’s terrific, new book, When Heaven and Earth Collide: Racism, Southern Evangelicals, and the Better Way of Jesus, frames the following interview.  Alan was interviewed by David George Moore who blogs at www … [Read More...]

Weekly Meanderings, 20 September 2014

I've been teaching a DMin cohort this week at Northern and I couldn't have done these meanderings without Kris sending most of them my way ... so again, thanks to Kris for your morning's reading.Cyberbullying, a young woman has become proactive:"You are so ugly!" "Go get a life, … [Read More...]

Golden Rule, Narrow Gate (by John Frye)

Golden Rule, Narrow GateThe Golden Rule   “Yet we cannot fail to observe that the Golden Rule of 7:12 officially closes the teachings of Jesus in the Sermon and summarizes the essence of the sermon,” notes Scot McKnight in his SGBC: Sermon on the Mount (250, emphasis Scot’s). We are reviewing cha … [Read More...]

The Theology of the “Spiritual But Not Religious”

I've heard it and maybe you have too: the spiritual but not religious crowd lacks theology and has a make-it-up-for-yourself kind of spirituality. Is this accurate? Is there a theology at work among the SBNR group? Are they are salad bar spirituality crowd?Linda Mercandante has investigated the … [Read More...]

NFL and Dementia: Numbers

Forbes:Playing in the NFL brings fame, fortune …and a dramatically higher risk of suffering from serious brain diseases. Eye-catching NFL player data released for the first time on Friday suggests that nearly 30% of former NFL players will end up developing Alzheimer’s disease or dementia acr … [Read More...]

The Renewal of All Things (RJS)

The book of Revelation also known as the Apocalypse of John can be rather hard to understand. It is, after all, apocalyptic literature - a form a bit 'interesting' in the Old Testament prophets and every bit as 'interesting' here.  I don't usually worry too much about the book, or try too hard to … [Read More...]

That Elect Lady

Not often observed in the conversation (ahem, debate) about women in ministry is 2 John, a letter addressed by John (according to traditional scholarship) to a woman who is the leader of a house church. The whole text immediately follows so you can read it, with important expressions … [Read More...]

Kingdom Conspiracy at Northern in November

From the Missio Alliance website: We’re excited to be partnering with Northern Seminary to host a morning of presentations and conversation with Scot McKnight around his newest book, Kingdom Conspiracy: Recovering the Radical Mission of the Local Church. This event is especially for Chicagoland chu … [Read More...]

Do you “Uber”?

On the plane Kris and I overheard a young woman say to her friend, "Let's just Uber." As two who learned German when we were young, we wanted to know what was "over" but, because we had ourselves "Uber-ed" to the airport and were planning on "Uber-ing" back home, we smiled quietly to ourselves. … [Read More...]

Love Hurts (by Jonathan Storment)

“Whenever someone says, I hope you hear this ‘in Christian love’ get ready to be hated on.”-Jon Acuff“Everyone loves the idea of forgiveness…until they have something to forgive.” –C.S. LewisIn Christian Love: Love HurtsA few years ago, I read about an anthropologist who lived for a while … [Read More...]

What is a Morally “Good” Person?

Here is the essence of virtue ethics: character produces behavior. Even more: a good character acts out in goodness. Virtue ethics, to be sure, contends that habits produce the character that then lives the good life. But what is a good person? Dallas Willard and Gary Black, Jr., in The Divine C … [Read More...]

Adulthood and Leadership: Collapsing?

By A.O. Scott:The desire to be an adult, to be a grown-up, to be a leader... this essay, and I've clipped very little of a substantive study, observes that adulthood is dying in American culture.And I read in Bonhoeffer's Ethics the night before I was sent a link to this piece below (HT: J … [Read More...]

The World is Sacred Space (RJS)

In his new book Seriously Dangerous Religion,  Iain Provan begins by sketching the vision of the world and of creation that the authors of Genesis portray.  This vision is contrasted with that of other religious views (Hinduism, Buddhism, etc.), with the philosophy and religion of the Greeks, and wi … [Read More...]