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The Blue Parakeet, 2nd Edition

Rethinking How You Read the Bible
Scot McKnight
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How are we to live out the Bible today? In this updated edition of The Blue Parakeet, you'll be challenged to see how Scripture transcends culture and time, and you'll learn how to come to God's Word with a fresh heart and mind.

The gospel is designed to be relevant in every culture, in every age, in every language. It's fully capable of this, and, as we read Scripture, we are called to discern how God is speaking to us today.

And yet applying its words and directions on how to live our lives is not as easy as it seems. As we talk to the Christians around us about issues that matter, many of us wonder: how on earth are we reading the same Bible? How is it that two of us can sit down with the same Bible and come away with two entirely different answers about everything from charismatic gifts to the ordaining of women?

Professor and author of The King Jesus Bible Scot McKnight challenges us to rethink how to read the Bible, not just to puzzle it together into some systematic belief or historical tradition but to see it as an ongoing Story that we're summoned to enter and to carry forward in our day.

What we need is a fresh blowing of God's Spirit on our culture, in our day, and in our ways. We need twenty-first-century Christians living out the biblical gospel in twenty-first-century ways. And if we read the Bible properly, we will see that God never asked one generation to step back in time and live in ways of the past.

Through the Bible, God speaks in each generation, in that generation's ways and beckons us to be a part of his amazing story.

About the Author

Scot McKnight is Professor of New Testament at Northern Seminary in Lisle, Illinois. He is the author of more than eighty books, including the award-winning The Jesus Creed as well as The King Jesus Gospel, A Fellowship of Differents, One.Life, The Blue Parakeet, and Kingdom Conspiracy. He maintains an active blog at He and his wife, Kristen, live in the northwest suburbs of Chicago, where they enjoy long walks, gardening, and cooking.

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  • General
  • Chapter 1 - The Book and I
  • Chapter 2 - The Birds and I
  • Chapter 3 - Inkblots and Puzzles
  • Chapter 4 - It's a Story with Power!
  • Chapter 5 - The Plot of the Wiki-Stories
  • Chapter 6 - From Paper to Person
  • Chapter 7 - God Speaks, We Listen
  • Chapter 8 - The Boring Chapter (on Missional Listening)
  • Chapter 9 - The Year of Living Jesus-ly
  • Chapter 10 - Finding the Pattern of Discernment
  • Chapter 11 - Slaves in the King and His Kingdom Redemption Story
  • Chapter 12 - Atonement in the King and His Kingdom Redemption Story
  • Chapter 13 - Justice in the King and His Kingdom Redemption Story
  • Product Details
  • Page Count: 336
  • Format: Softcover
  • ISBN: 9780310538929
  • Release: June 5, 2018