I’m a bit behind getting up a brief report on my time in San Diego at the National Pastor’s Convention. The NPC is a mix of young pastors and older pastors, a mix of concerns for both, and a whole lot of getting to see folks I love to see. And I thought I’d focus [Read More…]

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James starts off James 1:5 with a line that has brought comfort to many: If any of you lacks wisdom, he should ask God, who gives generously to all without finding fault, and it will be given to him. Many take comfort in being able to turn to God for wisdom, and they should. Why [Read More…]

A Pastoral Question

This pastor gave permission to take this letter to the Jesus Creed blog. So, what is your advice and wisdom? Hi Scot,  I’m a pastor near Minneapolis.  I have a question that I’m wondering if you could give me some insight on.  God has been doing wonderful work in bringing many young unmarried couples with [Read More…]

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I’ve been reading about 20somethings of late and one book I found particularly helpful is by Jeffrey Jensen Arnett: Emerging Adulthood: The Winding Road from the Late Teens through the Twenties . (The title has nothing to do with the emerging movement.) Jean Twenge’s own works at times uses Jensen’s research to provide categories and [Read More…]

Gloria in Excelsis Prayer

Glory to God in the highest, and peace to his people on earth. Lord God, heavenly King, almighty God and Father, we worship you, we give you thanks, we praise you for your glory. Lord Jesus Christ, only Son of the Father, Lord God, Lamb of God, you take away the sins of the world: [Read More…]

Prayer for the Week

O God, who before the passion of your only-begotten Son revealed his glory upon the holy mountain: Grant to us that we, beholding by faith the light of his countenance, may be strengthened to bear our cross, and be changed into his likeness from glory to glory; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and [Read More…]

Hank Aaron

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Weekly Meanderings

OK, it’s Switzerland and not Chicago, but we get that kind of snow at times. Too bad for Arizona and sunny Southern California and Texas and Florida. There’s something beautiful about snow (now go away). Tamara Buchan‘s lesson in airports is a good reminder for those of us who travel (and get delayed). Another pastor, [Read More…]

What’s your favorite…

Song by Johnny Cash? Anyone out there go to any of his concerts? We really liked the movie “Walk the Line” and the other night we found a few YouTube videos by Johnny and had a great walk down memory lane. Kris and I both like “Jackson.” [Read more…]

Is the Jesus Creed community a “community”?

Recently a gifted young anabaptist pastor, Shane Hipps, weighed in at Out of Ur blog about whether or not cyberspace provides “community.” He says “No” and I’m wondering what you think? Here is my response. Can “community” exist in cyberspace? In what senses can it and in what senses can it not? Your point about [Read More…]

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What about the idea that you must love yourself before you can love others? Jean Twenge, in her new book, Generation Me: Why Today’s Young Americans Are More Confident, Assertive, Entitled–and More Miserable Than Ever Before, takes on this question. Studies show that this is easy to get backwards. Barbara Walters to Hugh Downs: “Oh, [Read More…]

Friday is for Friends

David Naugle’s second chapter in his fine new book, Reordered Love, Reordered Lives: Learning the Deep Meaning of Happiness, is about Augustine. Augustine lists the three causes of unhappiness and the one cause of genuine happiness. What do you think of his breakdown? How about a concrete instance of each one? Here they are: 1. [Read More…]

A Letter about Messianic Christians

Before we answer this, I’m wondering if you are hearing things like this. Any response? Scot, This is unbelievably forward of me.   I am a reader of your blog.  I have a question about New Testament history, perhaps you can point me to a resource or might want to write about it on your [Read More…]

A Brother’s Wisdom 4

James sees the testing of faith — the ability to see through a bad situation to what God will make of it — as an opportunity to set off a chain reaction: 2 Consider it pure joy, my brothers, whenever you face trials of many kinds, 3 because you know that the testing of your faith develops [Read More…]

Intellectual Integrity and Faith? 7 – Romans 5 (RJS)

Romans 5:12-21 proves to be one of the key texts in any discussion of science and faith these days, and the problem hits full force with v. 12: Therefore, just as through one man sin entered into the world, and death through sin, and so death spread to all men, because all sinned– (Ro 5:12 [Read More…]

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The third chp of Jean Twenge’s book, Generation Me: Why Today’s Young Americans Are More Confident, Assertive, Entitled–and More Miserable Than Ever Before, concerns this theme: “You can be anything you want to be.” Her concern is research on the growing primacy of the individual. Her study was on 81,384 high school and college students [Read More…]

Stimulus Package Requests

Let’s put in our orders, before this gets out of hand, for funds from the stimulus package since it is really “our” money we are lending out. Chrysler and GM are already asking for more, a mere 21.6 billion dollars, so I thought we’d open up the lines for requests. What do you need that [Read More…]