Should women be permitted to read Scripture aloud in a church service?

Jesus Creed » Women and the Public Reading of Scripture.

Scot McKnight comments, again on some common sense matters (for non-fundamentalists). Here it goes:

Anyone who says reading Scripture is a teaching ministry is just making stuff up. Reading is reading and teaching is teaching, and preaching is preaching, and prophesying is prophesying, but reading is not teaching, preaching or prophesying. Women were prophets, women were apostles, women were teachers – this is all in the New Testament. That more than qualifies them for the public reading of Scripture.

There is a serious set of scholars who think the first public reading of Romans was by none other than Phoebe, the letter courier. Beside the already-unbiblical notion of prohibiting women from proclamation and teaching and preaching, the biggest error here is the reservation of only male-given gifts for a Sunday morning service. Where do we get Sunday-morning-only gifts? If women can read the Bible at home to themselves (teaching themselves) and to their children (teaching them) and to their Sunday school classes (teaching children), they can read it in the church service.

Roger Olson – Is there hierarchy in the Trinity?

Roger Olson

Professor Roger E Olson (who, by the way, resembles surprisingly to my father) has just published on his blog (thanks to Scot McKnight for the link) a very well written article (first in a series) on the present debate in American evangelicalism on subordinationism within the Trinity.

For those who are not familiar with this dispute, complementarians try to argue that women’s subordination to men, by divine design, parallels the eternal subordination of the Son (and the Holy Spirit) to the authority of the Father. Continue reading “Roger Olson – Is there hierarchy in the Trinity?”

Philosophical Fragments » Moving Right is Sometimes Wrong: Why Ken Ham and Shelby Spong Are Equally Destructive

Philosophical Fragments » Moving Right is Sometimes Wrong: Why Ken Ham and Shelby Spong Are Equally Destructive.

Timothy Dalrymple is a conservative who seem to agree, at least in principle, with Scot McKnight that moving to the right, is not only never harmless, but in fact may be sometimes very dangerous.

I am a (post)conservative, (with the emphasis on post), and I am glad to see some realist to the right of me. I am not used with that.

Scot McKnight and Calvinism

Reformation theology in general, and Calvinism in  particular, enjoy a resurgence on the contemporary theological scene, especially in the US. This is viewed in different ways, depending on the theological vintage point. For some this is a needed return the biblical truth, while others, including myself, see this as a dangerous sort of neo-Fundamentalism.

Many of us in the theological field have wrestled, at a point or another with the paradox of divine sovereignty and human freedom and have ended closer of further from Calvin’s take at that dilemma.

In a recent blog post, Scot McKnight describes his own pilgrimage on this trail. I highly recommend it. It is just the first in a theo-biographical series.

Here are just two teasers: Continue reading “Scot McKnight and Calvinism”

Scot McKnight – Moving to the Right as An Evangelical Obsession

Scot McKnight is lately one of my favourite Christian authors. I have just finished reading his book The King Jesus Gospel and I hope to be able to share with you some great quotes from this book.

What I would like to share with you today is a few quotes from a recent article he has written on his blog, Jesus Creed. He starts from an observation that is also mine – for most evangelicals, moving to the right theologically is always right, while moving to the left is inevitably dangerous. Here is how describes it:

Among conservative evangelicals moving to the right seems never to be wrong.

Moving to the left, however, is either on the way to being wrong or is in fact already wrong (for the right).

To the left is a slippery slope, to the right is faithfulness (even if it is extreme).

Q – What do you think about this? Do you share this understanding? Continue reading “Scot McKnight – Moving to the Right as An Evangelical Obsession”

Is the Sermon on the Mount gospel? | Jesus Creed

Is the Sermon on the Mount gospel? | Jesus Creed.

I highly recommend this article of Scot McKnight, especially to my reformed and liberal friends.

I am reading, with great pleasure and immense spiritual benefit Scot’s latest book The King Jesus Gospel. I love it. Even when I disagree with some (small) points. O book recommended by NT Wright should be good, after all.

The King Jesus Gospel – Ben Witherington asks, Scot McKnight responds

Scot McKnight’s latest book, The King Jesus Gospel: The Original Good News Revisited, occasioned an interesting dialogue between the author and Biblical scholar Ben Witherington, that Scot published HERE and HERE on his blog. I paste them here below, in the interest of the Romanian reader.

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Q.  Let’s start with a question I get asked a lot which usually takes the form—- ‘What!  Another book by you?   What prompted you to write yet another book and why this book in particular?

Yes, I get asked that question at times, and as we enter into … what do we call this part of our careers, Ben?, because we don’t want to admit we are starting to be the veterans in the circle … the writing habit has become part of how we live. But, each book has its own genesis and this began for me years back when I began to ask myself what the “gospel” would look like if I began at the beginning of the Bible and not with Paul’s letter to the Romans. I developed that into Embracing Grace but was not entirely satisfied, and a good reading of the last two chps it may have been clear that I was probing some themes for which I did not have final answers but was exploring some things. Then I wrote A Community called Atonement to explore how atonement and gospel work together. Continue reading “The King Jesus Gospel – Ben Witherington asks, Scot McKnight responds”

Thoughts on Spiritual “Gifts” | Jesus Creed

Thoughts on Spiritual “Gifts” | Jesus Creed.

This is a really good read. I fully agree (again? this is scary!) with McKnight on this one.

Egalitarians vs. Complementarians

I like reading Scot McKnight’s Weakly Meanderings (see HERE the latest one). I always find a few very interesting links.

This week’s most interesting ones for me have to do with the complementarian vs. egalitarian debate.

Rachel Stone, who writes for Her.meneutics, the Christianity Today blof on women issues, shared with us recently two interviews she took on this issue.

The first to be interviewed was egalitarian theologian William Webb, now an adjunct professor at Tyndale Seminary in Toronto, Canada’s largest evangelical seminary, after he was forced to resign from a tenure position at another evangelical school, because of his egalitarian views. Here is the first part of this interview: Continue reading “Egalitarians vs. Complementarians”

No Offense

No Offense.

The author says: ‘Evangelicals have grown not only more tolerant, but also more tolerable. Is it possible, however, to be too inoffensive?’

I thank Scot McKnight for this link.

An interesting point of view, worth considering.

Can evangelicals safeguard both civility and conviction, without sacrificing any of them? They have not proven being very successful in this until now.

Al Mohler vs Scot McKnight over Adam and Eve

Scot McKnight responds on his blog to the overtly fundamentalist assertions of Southern Baptist theologian Al Mohler over Adam and Eve being the ‘beginning of the story of the Gospel’, based on the genealogy of Christ in Luke.

Dr. Mohler headlines his post with a picture of a bible open to Genesis and the synopsis:

The denial of an historical Adam and Eve as the first parents of all humanity and the solitary first human pair severs the link between Adam and Christ which is so crucial to the Gospel Continue reading “Al Mohler vs Scot McKnight over Adam and Eve”

Jarrod McKenna – What Do You Stand For?

I thank Scot McKnight for this link. I was glad to see that Scot knows Jarrod too. Continue reading “Jarrod McKenna – What Do You Stand For?”

The Problem with Biblicism 2 | Jesus Creed

The Problem with Biblicism 2 | Jesus Creed.

If you are an Evangelical and a biblicist, you should read this, I suggest.

Uneasy Bedfellows: Finding a Home in Two Conflicting Theological Movements « Musings of a Hardlining Moderate

Uneasy Bedfellows: Finding a Home in Two Conflicting Theological Movements « Musings of a Hardlining Moderate.

This is a very important text and I submit it to my friends who have a serious interest in theology and an open mind.

Here is my short comment to Carson Clark, the author of this post:

Carson dear,
It took you two years to write this and I have to expedite my little comment in a few minutes, as I need to leave soon for the airport.
I read your text with the greatest interest, but my baby sitting responsibility this week for three very active boys (My daughter was away) did not allow me many spare moments even for my job.
Anyway, I respect and admire those I know in the two camps you have mentioned.
Personally, I feel closer to the paleo-orthodox camp, simply because of its stronger appeal to spirituality. Although I appreciate and agree with many of the insights of the postfundationalists, philosophy is not my preferred discipline. I value it as an instrument, but I am wary of its speculative bias.
That will be all for now. I will treasure this text. Thanks.

Biblicism – friend or foe?

Scot McKnight summarises in a recent post on his blog the main argument in Christian Smith’s book called Bible Made Impossible, The: Why Biblicism Is Not a Truly Evangelical Reading of Scripture, which he describes as ‘the biggest challenge evangelicalism has to face’ because the author ‘argues that what we believe about the Bible (biblicism) is undermined by how we actually read the Bible and how we practice the Bible’.Quite an indictment, isn’t it?

Here is the gest of the argument, accoding to McKnight:

1. He sees biblicism in evangelicalism (not all of it) and in most charismatic and Pentecostal Christianity.
2. Biblicism involves belief in the Bible’s exclusive authority, infallibility, perspicuity, self-sufficiency, internal consistency, self-evident meaning, and universal applicability. Continue reading “Biblicism – friend or foe?”

Ten Theses to Guide Debate on the Afterlife, by D.C. Cramer

Scot McKnight presents on his blog a post on eschatology in general and afterlife in particular, by D. C. Cramer, who is a PhD student in religion with an emphasis in theological ethics at Baylor University. Here is the summary of Cramer’s ‘ten theses’:

(1) Every view of the afterlife involves some amount of speculation.

(2) Theological positions cannot be reduced strictly to biblical exegesis.

(3) Christian philosophers should be given the benefit of the doubt when reasoning about the meaning of important concepts (love, justice, etc.). Continue reading “Ten Theses to Guide Debate on the Afterlife, by D.C. Cramer”

Prayer for the Week

Cloister of Iona Abbey

O Lord, mercifully receive the prayers of your people who call upon you,
and grant that they may know and understand what things they ought to do,
and also may have grace and power faithfully to accomplish them;
through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you
and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever.

(Thanks to Scot McKnight)


Tom Wright on the Sabbath

Scott McKnight presents on his blog Jesus Creed a few considerations on NT Wright’s latest book, Scripture and the Authority of God: How to Read the Bible Today,which is, says McKnight, ‘both a revision and an expansion of his former book The Last Word’.

For an exemplification of Tom Wright’s dealing with the biblical text and the theology it contains, here is how McKnight summarises his understanding of the doctrine of Sabbath:

Tom provides an exceptional illustration of how both to read Sabbath in its OT setting, what Jesus and Paul “did” to that teaching, how the Jubilee principle extends the Sabbath principle, and how Jesus is the transition to a new kind of time — death and resurrection and new creation, and thus how the Sabbath principle finds fulfillment in Jesus himself, and then he probes how to live that Sabbath principle out in our world. Here are some highlights:

1. In the OT Sabbath was a strong commandment, it was the day YHWH took up abode in the temple of creation (here he chimes in with John Walton) and asked image-bearers to enjoy that same rest.
2. Sabbath shows that history is going somewhere, it is a temporal sign that creation is headed toward that final rest, and it is sacred time.
3. Sabbath has to be connected to Jubilee, and therefore to justice and compassion for the poor, and that means Sabbath and Jubilee point us toward the restoration of creation.
4. Jesus thought the entire Sabbath principle pointed toward himself. Time was fulfilled in him; a new kind of time begins with him. Paul does not seem to care about Sabbath, and he observes its absence in Romans 13:9; Col 2:14-16; Rom 14:5-6. I have to be brief: it’s about time’s fulfillment. Sacred time finds its way to Jesus Christ and new creation.
5. To continue celebrating sabbaths is to focus on the signposts when we have already arrived. Thus, “Come to me and I will give you rest.” You don’t need the alarm clock when the sun is flooding the room with its light.
6. The early Christians didn’t transfer Sabbath to Sunday.
7. We don’t need to back up into a Sabbatarianism.
8. We “celebrate” instead of “rest” — a kind of celebration rest. We reserve this day for new creation life. Music, the meal, family, service, peace, justice, love — these are the notes of Sunday for those who see the fulfillment of Sabbath in Jesus.

We live in a perpetual sabbath.

I would say, absolutely splendid.

Read the whole blog post HERE.

Michael Horton on Holy Texts, Holy Land, Holy War

Michael Horton

Cultures are the most dangerous when they invoke holy texts for their defense of holy land through holy war. However, Christians have no biblical basis for doing this in the first place. In the Sermon on the Mount, Jesus clearly abrogated the ceremonial and civil law that God had given uniquely to the nation of Israel. Now is the era of common grace and common land, obeying rulers—even pagan ones—and living under constitutions other than the one that God gave through Moses. As Paul reminds us in Romans 13, secular rulers are given the power of the temporal sword—finite justice—while the gospel conquers in the power of the Spirit through that Word “above all earthly pow’rs.”…

Michael Horton is Professor of Systematic Theology at Westminster Seminary California.

Quotes HERE by Scot McKnight. From an article in Christianity Today that can be found HERE.

Cape Town Commitment 1 | Jesus Creed

Cape Town Commitment 1 | Jesus Creed.

Scot McKnight begins with this a series of posts on the Cape Town Commitment. They are worth following. Those interested could subscribe to Scot’s blog, to receive email signals when new post are published.

Forgiveness: A Brief on its Assumptions | Jesus Creed

Forgiveness: A Brief on its Assumptions | Jesus Creed.

Scot McKnight has just published on his blog a short post (see the link above) that brings to our attention an elaborated article published by Wilfred M. McClay in First Things on ‘The Moral Economy of Guilt‘.

In spite of the uninspiring style of the author, the article is worth reading and it has stirred up already some interesting discussions on the site of the journal and on McKnight’s blog.

Here is also the comment that I have left there: Continue reading “Forgiveness: A Brief on its Assumptions | Jesus Creed”

Roger Olson on Divisions Among Evangelicals

In a recent post of Scot McKnight’s blog I have found out about a recent post on Professor Roger Olson’s blog (which I highly recommend) that really stroke cord with my own experience with what he calls the ‘neo-fundamentalists’.

I paste below just a few relevant quotes (the bold emphases are mine). I will only add here matters of principle, leaving you you the ‘pleasure’ of reading the horror stories in Olson’s post. Continue reading “Roger Olson on Divisions Among Evangelicals”

Who Is Paul Washer?

Paul Washer

I have to admit, from the beginning, that I have no interest in Paul Washer. I know some Romanians are enamoured with this preacher, but I am structurally allergic to this kind of over-the-top, fiery, aggressive, neo-Calvinist crusaders.

While most of us could live well without him, it seems that others cannot live without Washer, even in Ukraine, as you could see, in the article below, from Scot McKnight’s blog. I thought this objective assessment might be helpful for some. Continue reading “Who Is Paul Washer?”

Scot McKnight on Pilgrimage – UPDATE

Iona Abbey

I cannot say I’ve ever really gone on a serious pilgrimage. A tourist goes to see and collect while the pilgrim goes to encounter and be changed. I can’t say I’ve ever gone to some place in the spirit of a pilgrim though I’ve had pilgrim-like encounters. I’ve done lots of tourism and found myself a pilgrim all at once, as when Kris and I scaled Skellig Michael (to the left) this summer off the west coast of Ireland.

But some do go on pilgrimages. Tracy Balzer, for instance, is one of many professors who take students to classic pilgrimage sites. In her book, Thin Places: An Evangelical Journey into Celtic Christianity ,  she discusses her encounters with Celtic Christianity. Continue reading “Scot McKnight on Pilgrimage – UPDATE”

On the Theological Cost of Fundamentalism

Scot McKnight published on his blog a series of three posts on the evolution debate. The first one, that introduces the problem, can be found HERE. I have written HERE about the second one, which presents the statements made recently by Al Mohler in favour of the young earth theory.

The third article in this series is the most consistent and I suggest it is really worth reading by those interested in this debate.

McKnight begins by quoting Mohler, who said:

In other words, the exegetical cost–the cost of the integrity and interpretation of scripture–to rendering the text in any other way, is just too high. But I want to suggest to you that the theological cost is actually far higher.

Scot McKnight about the Israeli-Gaza incident

Here are some of the questions that Scot McKnight asks about the latest militarist act of the state of Israel (and my short answers):

  • Was that boat, or the flotilla, properly contacted in advance to say the boats must pass inspection? Is this protocol?
They obviously did not. The Israeli never bother to do such things when Palestinians are concerned.

The last book of John Stott – UPDATE

Uncle John Stott celebrates today his 89th birthday. May God bless him richly, at least as much as he blessed many of us!

Scot McKnight informs us on his blog about John Stott’s latest book, indeed his last one, as he announces his readers in his Farewell.

In fact, Chris Wright told us during our last meeting, last February, in Beirut, that, given his age (he is 88), ‘uncle John’ as we dearly call him, does not intend to publish another book after his one. Continue reading “The last book of John Stott – UPDATE”

N. T. Wright appointed to Chair at St Andrews

I have just found out, from an announcement made on Facebook by David Neff, from Christianity Today, that NT Wright, the famous Biblical scholar, has decided to leave his position as Anglican Bishop of Durham (on 31 August) and return to the academia, holding a Chair as Research Professor of New Testament and Early Christianity at the University of St. Andrews, in Scotland.

Continue reading “N. T. Wright appointed to Chair at St Andrews”

Scot McKnight’s Hermeneutics Quiz

The Holy Scriptures are the central to all legitimate Christian traditions. However, the way Christians interpret the Bible varies largely. That is why some of us may be interested to evaluate and reflect on their approach to Biblical interpretation as a basis for Christian living.

Scot McKnight teaches theology at North Park University in Chicago (my friend Dr. Bradey Nassif, an Orthodox theologian and the foremost expert of the Orthodox-Evangelical dialogue also teaches there). He also holds the Jesus Creed Blog on the Christianity Today site.

He has published about two years ago (but I have found only today) a very thorough Hermeneutics Quiz that I recommend to you all. Continue reading “Scot McKnight’s Hermeneutics Quiz”

Scot McKnight şi neoreformatii

Prietenul meu virtual Marcel Cosma mi-a semnalat două texte publicate recent de teologul biblist american Scot McKnight pe blogul său numit Jesus Creed de pe site-ul Belief Net. Scot predă studii religioase la North Park University din Chicago, unde este coleg cu bunul meu prieten Dr Bradley Nassif, cunoscut expert în dialogul teologic ortodox-evanghelic.

Continue reading “Scot McKnight şi neoreformatii”