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Don McKim
Don McKim is editor of 'These Days,' 'Joining the Feast,' and 'Being Reformed: Faith Seeking Understanding.' Don is a Presbyterian minister who has been a seminary theology professor and a seminary academic dean. He is the editor or author of over thirty books, including the 'Westminster Dictionary of Theological Terms,' 'Presbyterian Questions, Presbyterian Answers.' and' A Down and Dirty Guide to Theology.'
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A Gathering Voices Post by Don McKim When Holy Week comes, our hearts are full with the memories of the last days of Jesus. The events lead to the cross on Good Friday. Holy Week puts before us the suffering Jesus experienced, before and upon the cross. Theologically, the cross... Continue reading
A Gathering Voices Post by Don McKim I was recently asked to write a short piece on “Silence.” My focus was on the Reformed heritage and I did this simply by looking at some comments from John Calvin. These do not exhaust what the Reformed tradition might have to say... Continue reading
A Gathering Voices Post by Don McKim When I was in seminary, my theology professor was Dr. Arthur Cochrane. Dr. Cochrane was a Presbyterian from Canada who served our Presbyterian denominations for decades as a theology professor at the University of Dubuque Theological Seminary and Pittsburgh Theological Seminary. He was... Continue reading
A Gathering Voices Post by Don McKim Our Christian lives can seem routine, one thing after another. Things keep us busy so we may not take time to reflect on the gift of life in Jesus Christ which God has given us. I recently found helpful reflections on our lives... Continue reading
A Gathering Voices post by Don McKim Those of us who live in the Northern Hemisphere are used to the winter months: December, January and February. For many, this means cold temperatures, snow, and inclement weather that can make life challenging. Yet even if we do not experience the brutal... Continue reading
A Gathering Voices Post by Don McKim When Paul was imprisoned in Jerusalem (Acts 23), we find what has been called “one of the most tantalizing incidents in Acts, for all who are interested in Paul’s private life and family relationships.”[1] “The son of Paul’s sister” heard about an ambush... Continue reading
A Gathering Voices Post by Don McKim Dietrich Bonhoeffer (1906-1945) was the famous theologian and martyr who was murdered for his participation in the plot to assassinate Adolf Hitler. His life is fascinating and shows a brilliant mind devoted to service of the church. Bonhoeffer wrote technical works on theology... Continue reading
A Gathering Voices Post by Don McKim We all interpret the Bible. We hear the preacher say, “The Bible says…” but we realize there needs to be a next step. We read “what the Bible says,” then we try to understand meaning. We try to perceive what the biblical text... Continue reading
A Gathering Voices Post by Don McKim We’ve heard the expression “warts and all.” It is to indicate that the whole of a thing is presented and that the less attractive parts are not omitted. Traditionally, this phrase is said to originate from a portrait of Oliver Cromwell, Lord Protector... Continue reading
A Gathering Voices Post by Don McKim In the midst of the siege of Jerusalem by the Babylonians (588 B.C.E.), the prophet Jeremiah spoke words of comfort and hope for the future. Imprisoned for his message, his words have echoed through the centuries as words of hope for God’s people,... Continue reading
A Gathering Voices Post by Don McKim The cares of life are always with us. They afflict us. They can take over our thoughts and hearts. These cares are important because they orient how we feel and what we do. But we also speak of care in a positive sense.... Continue reading
A Gathering Voices post by Don McKim We learned recently that the statement, “American is a Protestant Christian Nation” is no longer true.[1] According to the Pew Forum on Religion and Public Life, the Protestant majority—a hallmark of U.S. demographics since the beginning of the Republic—has now dipped to 48%... Continue reading
A Gathering Voices post by Don McKim It’s always hard to wait. We know that all too well. Whether it is for a “big day,” or in a line at the supermarket, or waiting for a traffic signal to change, we strain forward—eager for what we want and anticipate to... Continue reading
A Gathering Voices post by Don McKim The book of Psalms is one of the most beloved books in the Bible. We all have our favorite Psalms, passages that speak to us in deep and meaningful ways. John Calvin called the book of Psalms “the anatomy of all parts of... Continue reading
A Gathering Voices Post by Don McKim In July 1883, the Rev. James Denney (1856-1917) began his work as a pastor for a mission congregation of the Free Church of Scotland. The Hill Street, Gallowgate church in Glasgow was one of the Free Church’s congregational missions through which the church... Continue reading
A Gathering Voices Post by Don McKim A while ago, I wrote on “Mercie” here (http://blog.thethoughtfulchristian.com/2012/02/mercie.html), focusing on the seventeenth-century English theologian John Downame (1571-1652). God’s “mercie” is sure, since mercy is one of the attributes of God, expressing God’s nature and being. To take this one step further, we... Continue reading
A Gathering Voices Post by Don McKim I often think about what is the essence of Christian faith. That’s a wide question and one can “slice the pie” in many ways. Some months ago, I wrote here about “Grace and Gratitude” (http://blog.thethoughtfulchristian.com/2011/12/grace-and-gratitude.html), the “heartbeat” of Christian faith, with the rhythm... Continue reading
A Gathering Voices Post by Don McKim One of the joys of a theological library is that while it is helpful when one is working on a sustained project or theological question, it is also possible to browse. We browse over books and also within books. Like the Bible itself,... Continue reading
A Gathering Voices Post by Don McKim I was writing a devotion recently and using the text from the story of Mary’s anointing of Jesus at a dinner party: “Mary took a pound of costly perfume made of pure nard, anointed Jesus’ feet, and wiped them with her hair” (John... Continue reading
A "Gathering Voices" Post by Don McKim The General Assembly of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) is meeting in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania this week. The “Steel City” is in the heartland of Presbyterianism and is home to Pittsburgh Theological Seminary, which traces its roots back to Service Seminary, founded in 1794. Pittsburgh... Continue reading
A Gathering Voices post by Don McKim I was reading Psalm 146, a great Psalm praising God for who God is and for the help God gives. The Psalm advises against putting one’s trust in “princes, in mortals, in whom there is no help” (146:3). These will fail; and when... Continue reading
A Gathering Voices Post by Don McKim I dipped further into President Edwards. Jonathan, that is. After reading his piece on “Christian Knowledge” (see previous blog post: http://blog.thethoughtfulchristian.com/2012/05/our-daily-business.html), I found it was followed in this edition of his Works with “Christian Charity: Or, the Duty of Charity to the Poor,... Continue reading
A Gathering Voices Post by Don McKim I don’t spend too much time with President Edwards. Jonathan, that is. Jonathan Edwards (1703-1758), known most widely for the high school English textbook selection of his sermon, “Sinners in the Hands of an Angry God.” But Edwards was a towering theological figure,... Continue reading
A Gathering Voices Post by Don McKim I’ve always been a theological fan of the Ascension. This key concept is passed over briefly in the Apostles’ Creed in just four words: “He ascended into heaven” (three, in Latin: ascendit ad coelos). It marks the transition between the earthly life of... Continue reading
A Gathering Voices post by Don McKim We’re used to thinking of huge solutions to massive problems. No day passes but what we don’t think of the world’s problems, great as they are. We hear of all the difficulties our country faces and we wish for some big “magic wand”... Continue reading