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

April 18, 2019

From CBE: By Chesna Hinkley On April 11, 2019 Short Answers to Tough Questions Studies on Specific Passages Editor’s Note: This article is part of a series on difficult Bible passages entitled “What to Say When…” Since the fall, women have suffered enormously under patriarchy. In the church, in the world, and in the home, women have always been subordinate to men, and as a result, they have been abused, oppressed, and silenced. Some say gender hierarchy is God’s perfect design—a… Read more

April 17, 2019

Ethics is sometimes apportioned a chapter at the end of a theology and it is often, too, postured as something that is the “application” or “implication” of the real stuff, the theology. There’s something to the priority of theology but there’s also something to thinking of theology as the ideas needed to explain the kind of behavior we need. Enter John Goldingay’s newest book, Old Testament Ethics: A Guided Tour. A book for students, for church groups, for pastors — well… Read more

April 17, 2019

In his new book called Restless Faith, former Fuller Seminary president Richard Mouw dips into the question of labels and asks if we should call evangelicalism a “former movement.” He’s unwilling to give up on the term. I find the term, at least in the USA, well-nigh useless today. Is it? I don’t want to come off as defensive about my own preference for holding on to the label. I think it is a healthy thing to argue about whether a… Read more

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