Thursday, April 28, 2005

The Jesus Creed

Scot Mcknight, the author of the popular book entitled, "The Jesus Creed" has boiled down the teaching of Jesus into a very simple insight. Of all six-hundred and thirteen laws, if we manage to practice these two, then we are on our way to becoming the kind of person that Jesus desires us to be. "What are these two laws", you ask? "hear oh Israel, the Lord our God is one, thou shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your mind, with all your soul, and with all your strength. And the second is this: Love your neighbor as yourself."

In our world of busyness and shallow spirituality, there has been a resurgence of interest in the practice of ancient disciplines of the faith. This interest can be measured by the popularity of such places as the Taize Commmunity in France, the plethora of books on "The Divine Hours" (Phyllis Tickle's is the most comprehensive), and even websites designed to assist one in the daily regiment of prayer and scripture reading (see

Perhaps we have arrived at a convergence of sorts between the meaningles activity of our culture and the need for ultimate meaning. And the place where many seem to be seeking that meaning is in the time honored spiritual disciplines of the church rather than "what's new?" and "what's next?". If Scot McKnight is right about this, the Jesus Creed may not be a bad way to return to that which is most important. What can be better than learning to love God and others as a pattern for living?


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