Missional Jesus 37

Missional Jesus continues to be opposed; he keeps on walking. [Read more...]

Historical Jesus 1: Reimarus to Schweitzer

Go to your local Barnes and Noble or Borders or any bookshop of fine taste and you will find a section on Jesus, and the books about Jesus make one subtle or not-so-subtle promise: the book will reveal who the real Jesus was and what the real Jesus was like. This week I’d like to [Read More...]

Burnout for Pastors

I recently got the suggestion to make available information about a pastor’s retreat center from Jim Watters. The report Jim sent me indicates why this is worth a conversation on this blog. [Read more...]

New Perspective: A Major Point

New Perspective on … [Read more...]

Missional Jesus 36

There are good reasons for missional Jesus experiencing difficulties at home. Opposition to Jesus derived from his behavior, his attitude, and his remarks to those who questioned his behavior and the chutzpah he had to do what he was doing. [Read more...]

Now Brewing

Dean’s Beans, a fair trade coffee company, designed The Jesus Creed Blend — and that is what we are now drinking. Much to our delight, I might add! [Read more...]

Prayer for the Week

Grant to us, Lord, we pray, the spirit to think and do always those things that are right, that we, who cannot exist without you, may by you be enabled to live according to your will; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever [Read More...]

Weekly Meanderings

The dog days of Santa Barbara: [Read more...]

Friday is for Friends

We are at the second to last chapter in Jon Wilson’s Why Church Matters and I want to ask a question that for many of my readers is (perhaps) ludicrous to ask. If not ludicrous, perhaps the question is just quaint. [Read more...]

New Perspective 5

The crux of the fierce criticism of the New Perspective on Paul is what I will call an Augustinian anthropology. Here me out because I think this is behind nearly every criticism I’m hearing of the NPP, and many times I’m not hearing that it is this that is actually prompting the criticism. [Read more...]

National Pastor’s Convention

We’ll be in San Diego this year for the National Pastor’s Convention for two workshops, one on praying with the church and the other on “the third way” — a theology for postmodern evangelicals. [Read more...]

Missional Jesus 35

Life for missional Jesus was not easy; especially not in his own home of Nazareth. [Read more...]

New Perspective 4

With these three summaries now on the table, and with some fine clarifications by others, I wish now to state what we have to do when we start talking about the “New Perspective” because I’m hearing lots of things that I think are gross distortions. Simon Gathercole’s piece in CT is a nice summary; I [Read More...]

Today I will be attending

Today I will be attending Willow Creek’s Leadership Summit. During the afternoon I have been asked to blog about the session of Floyd Flake (he looks like Dr. J so I know I’ll like him) and it will appear on Willow’s site and on this site. I’ll be checking in on this blog throughout the [Read More...]

Missional Jesus 34

Missional Jesus works with all kinds of people — not just his followers and not just his family. In this passage today we find missional Jesus revealing what “missional” means. [Read more...]

New Perspective 3

The first phase of the New Perspective on Paul was E.P. Sanders; the second was the work of James Dunn; the third phase is the work of N.T. Wright, whose earliest book was a study of Paul and who then began to unleash his massive set of volumes on Christian Origins and the Question of [Read More...]

Books in Review

Every now and then I post a brief review of books that I simply can’t give a lengthy series to — and they often deserve it. But, I can only do so many books on the blog and we’ve got several going right now. The following books are deserving of more space and so I [Read More...]