April 21, 2019

The Collect: O God, who for our redemption gave your only-begotten Son to the death of the cross, and by his glorious resurrection delivered us from the power of our enemy: Grant us so to die daily to sin, that we may evermore live with him in the joy of his resurrection; through Jesus Christ your Son our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever. Amen. BCP The Gospel John 20:1-18 Early on… Read more

April 20, 2019

The Collect: O God, Creator of heaven and earth: Grant that, as the crucified body of your dear Son was laid in the tomb and rested on this holy Sabbath, so we may await with him the coming of the third day, and rise with him to newness of life; who now lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen. The Gospel Matthew 27:57-66 When it was evening, there came a rich man from Arimathea,… Read more

April 20, 2019

Summer is fast approaching and we in Chicago are more than ready. It’s Holy Week — bless your Holy Saturday and Easter. Dogs vs. beards. Men with beards carry more germs than dogs, according to a new study. Researchers at the Hirslanden Clinic in Switzerland tested the facial hair of men along with dog fur from various breeds. “Researchers from the Hirslanden Clinic in Switzerland took swabs from the facial fuzz of 18 men and the necks of 30 dogs,… Read more

April 19, 2019

The Collect: Almighty God, we pray you graciously to behold this your family, for whom our Lord Jesus Christ was willing to be betrayed, and given into the hands of sinners, and to suffer death upon the cross; who now lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen. The Gospel John 18:1-19:42 Jesus went out with his disciples across the Kidron valley to a place where there was a garden, which he and his… Read more

April 19, 2019

Ever Ancient, Ever New (Conversation with Winfield Bevins) – KR 126 Get your copy of Ever Ancient, Ever New // amzn.to/2XmK3WM For a chance to win a copy of Ever Ancient, Ever New rate and review Kingdom Roots on iTunes (podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/king…ht/id1078739516) or Stitcher (www.stitcher.com/podcast/scot-mck…th-scot-mcknight) There is a renewal going on in churches where God is using the church’s liturgy to bring transformation in profound ways. Scot and Winfield discuss how “Ever Ancient, Ever New” tells the story of a generation… Read more

April 19, 2019

Becky Castle Miller, an expert on Bible study curricula for local churches and passionate about helping Christians to become more deeply devoted disciples, was offered by Zondervan to draft a Bible study curriculum that ties together my four-book collection from Zondervan: Blue Parakeet, King Jesus Gospel, One.Life, and A Fellowship of Differents. Becky’s new book is called Following King Jesus: How to Know, Read, Live and Show the Gospel. The cover is as arresting as the vision of Jesus to call us to live… Read more

April 19, 2019

Mike Glenn The Old Testament prophets taunted the nations around Israel for having gods made of wood and stone. “If they fall over,” the prophets said, “you have to go help them stand up. What kind of god is that?” “If your god wants to go anywhere, you have to put in the back of your wagon and haul him around. What kind of god can’t walk around?” One of the most astonishing revelations about God in Scripture is we… Read more

April 18, 2019

Collect: Almighty Father, whose dear Son, on the night before he suffered, instituted the Sacrament of his Body and Blood: Mercifully grant that we may receive it thankfully in remembrance of Jesus Christ our Lord, who in these holy mysteries gives us a pledge of eternal life; and who now lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen. The Gospel John 13:1-17, 31b-35 Now before the festival of the Passover, Jesus knew that his… Read more

April 18, 2019

Paraclete knows how to produce a quality book and this cover is beautiful! Thanks Paraclete. The 15th anniversary edition is not available until early June, but I thought Jesus Creed readers might like to see the newly designed cover. Read more

April 18, 2019

Two enacted parables worth thinking about during Holy Week. Last Sunday I turned from the Big Questions to focus on two clips from N. T. Wright’s visit to Cincinnati dealing with the intentional acts of Jesus during Holy Week leading up to his crucifixion and resurrection. Every act of Jesus we have recorded for us in the Gospels displays his intention and vocation. He often enacted parables as well as telling them. No where is this more apparent than in… Read more

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