Why Do We Not Follow the Bible Sometimes? Some Examples – An Excerpt from The Blue Parakeet, 2nd Edition by Scot McKnight
Our all-too-glib and frequently heard Christian claim to practice whatever the Bible says annoys me. You might be annoyed that I just said this, but I’d like a fair hearing. I ask you to consider the following clear teachings of the Bible that few, if any, Christians practice. Perhaps you can ask yourself this question as you read through these passages: Why do I not do what this passage in the Bible teaches?
In today’s excerpt from the second edition of The Blue Parakeet: Rethinking How You Read the Bible, Scot McKnight continues to challenge us to look beyond a black and white reading of Scripture, and to discern from it ways we as church communities can be fruitfully approaching the gray and fuzzy issues facing us today.
How Are We to Live Out the Bible Today? An Excerpt from The Blue Parakeet, 2nd edition by Scot McKnight
Throughout this process of conversion and reading the Bible, I made discoveries that created a question that disturbed me and still does. Many of my fine Christian friends, pastors, and teachers routinely made the claim that they were Bible-believing Christians, and they were committed to the whole Bible and that — and this was one of the favorite lines — “God said it, I believe it, that settles it for me!” They were saying two things and I add my response (which expresses my disturbance):
One: We believe everything the Bible says, therefore . . . Two: We practice whatever the Bible says. Three: Hogwash!
In today’s excerpt from the second edition of The Blue Parakeet: Rethinking How You Read the Bible, Scot McKnight tells the story of how as a student he began to see that Christians read…
The Church Is a Salad – An Excerpt from A Fellowship of Differents by Scot McKnight
“We have smothered all differences in the church so that everything is the same: designed for one gender, one socioeconomic group, one race, one culture, and one theology.” (17)
In today’s excerpt from A Fellowship of Differents, Scot Mcknight challenges the church to consider ways we should be a mixture of people from all across the map and spectrum: men and women, rich and poor, black and white, and everything in between.
The American Way of eating a salad is to fill your bowl with some iceberg lettuce or some spinach leaves, some tomato slices and olives, and maybe some carrots, then smother it with salad dressing — Ranch or Thousand Island or…
Did Jesus Preach the Gospel? An Excerpt by Scot McKnight
In today’s excerpt from The King Jesus Gospel: The Original Good News Revisited, Scot McKnight reframes the discussion about what Jesus preached. Was it the plan of salvation? Justification by faith? Or something else?
Jesus and the Gospel
It bears repetition because it is so hard for us to grasp. So many of us equate gospel with the Plan of Salvation that we have to train our minds to think through this over and over. The question we are asking is this: Did Jesus preach the gospel? But that does not mean, Did Jesus preach personal salvation or preach justification by faith (no matter how true and important those concepts are)? Instead, we have to move to a different plane. If the gospel is the saving Story of Jesus that completes the Story of Israel,…
How in the World are We Reading the Same Bible? – An Excerpt from The Blue Parakeet
Women in Leadership. Participation in war. Charismatic gifts. We can all agree that we don’t always agree on topics such as these. How is it that we are all reading the same Bible, but finding ourselves on different sides?
In today’s excerpt from The Blue Parakeet, Scot McKnight tells the story of his early years of study and how he was disturbed as he saw conflicting interpretations of Scripture and how this discontent drove him to rethink how he read the Bible.
The Discovery of a Question
Throughout this process of conversion and reading the Bible, I made discoveries that created a question that disturbed me and still does.…
Brueggemann, Gaventa, & McKnight Share Stories of Faith and Scholarship
I became a scholar (or teacher, or pastor) because of my professor, Professor x.
That’s the premise of a new collection of life stories by a diverse group of prominent Bible scholars, called I (Still) Believe.
It was the hope of editors John Byron and Joel Lohr “that more than anything the contributors present real stories, with all the complexities and struggles they may hold. And they do.” (13) The result is a deeply personal, at times surprising extended conversation with eighteen leading biblical scholars of our day.
Below are three stories of faith and scholarship, from Walter…
Extracurricular Activities 11.8.15 — The 153 Fish, Strong vs. Weak Christians, & Making Papyrus
In 1962, Arthur W. Wainwright published The Trinity in the New Testament, a helpful one-volume treatment of a vast subject. Wipf & Stock keeps it in print, and no wonder: Wainwright handled the material so well that only a few pages in it seems dated –though it’s more than fifty years old, and there has been much change in some of the sub-fields it reports on. If it doesn’t quite cover everything a reader could hope for, it nevertheless lives up to the promise of its clear title. These 270 pages deliver.
Here are some scattered notes from a reading of the first fourteen pages, where Wainwright sets up his approach. (I hope to post more notes from later sections in subsequent blog posts.)
A New Bible Commentary for the Global Church (Video with Michael Bird)
The Story of God Bible Commentary series may be the most diverse commentary series in evangelical history.
Listen to these comments from Michael Bird, one of the Associate Editors for the commentary's volumes on the New Testament.
The contributors to this series come from a diverse array of backgrounds. This is a broad evangelical project with an unprecedented number of women [as contributors]…
There's a real diversity. Gender…but also race, in terms of ethnic background and in terms of global experience. Because we're writing this for the global church. And I think diversity in unity is a good thing—and if you don’t believe me, go read 1 Corinthians.
It's good to get this cacophony of voices, this harmony…when you get different kinds of people together, reading Scripture, in the context of the…
Scot McKnight on Heaven and Hell
"I believe in heaven. I believe in heaven because Jesus did and I hope to believe in heaven as Jesus did. I believe in heaven because I believe in justice, in peace, and in love. I believe in heaven, in part, because of the apostles and the saints and the Reformers and Harriet Beecher Stowe and C.S. Lewis and Dorothy Sayers and Mother Teresa and the children in Rwanda.
I don’t, however, believe “heaven” is forever and ever. I believe that what is forever and ever is called the New Heavens and the New Earth, the time and place where heaven comes down to earth. The New Heavens and New Earth will be the fullness of flourishing.
But belief in the New…
Toward a Kingdom Vision in the Classroom (Guest Post by Scot McKnight)
Scot McKnight is a recognized authority on the New Testament, early Christianity, and the historical Jesus. He is the Karl A. Olsson Professor in Religious Studies at North Park University (Chicago, Illinois). The author of numerous books, including the award-winning The Jesus Creed, Scot is the author of One.Life: Jesus Calls, We Follow (Zondervan, 2010). He is presently researching the meaning “gospel” in the earliest Christian communities.
A student approached me after class and asked me if I had any “extra” copies of One.Life: Jesus Calls, We Follow. She said she and her friends wanted to use it in a Bible study they were doing. I asked them why they wanted to use One.Life and she said, “Because if it’s like your Jesus class, we want to talk about that stuff more than we can in class.”
A professor friend told me that she was using the book with her students for spiritual formation because she explained to me that her students no longer saw spiritual formation as simply praying and reading the Bible but as doing “deeds of mercy.”
Wednesday Giveaway – One.Life by Scot McKnight
Today you, Koinonia reader, get a chance to win One.Life! I’ll tell you how after these three reviewers tell you why you should be reading it in the first place.
"Often when students say 'I'm tired of being a Christian,' they have understood a Christianity that equates faithfulness with the accumulation of pious practices. 'I need to pray more, serve more, do more.' An exhausting endeavor. Scot McKnight disturbs this equation: it's about following Jesus, with others, to birth a kingdom imagination. An exhilarating endeavor. Let's begin following." – Joseph Modica, Eastern University,…
Influential Books and Authors series: McKnight on Dietrich Bonhoeffer, C.S. Lewis and others
Each week in Influential Books and Authors we hear from a noted scholar on the author(s) and book(s) that have been most important to them for spiritual and intellectual growth. This week we feature New Testament scholar, Scot McKnight.
Scot McKnight (PhD, Nottingham) is Karl A. Olsson professor of religious studies at North Park College, Chicago, Illinois. He is the author of several books, including Galatians and 1 Peter in the NIV Application Commentary series, The Blue Parakeet, and the award-winning The Jesus Creed.
Pop Quiz: Who can correctly spell the author of the New Testament theology that Scot mentions (it’s the second book he talks about) – without looking it up first?