A “New Perspective” on the Gospel, the King Jesus Gospel 6

In The King Jesus Gospel, Scot articulates why he thinks its dangerous to confuse the “gospel with” the “Plan of Salvation”. Here are his two reasons. When the plan of salvation gets separated from the story: 1. The plan almost always becomes abstract, propositional, de-storified and, therefore, unbiblical. 2. The story of what God is [Read More…]

A “New Perspective” on the Gospel, the King Jesus Gospel 5

Scot McKnight presents his definition of the “gospel” from 1 Corinthians 15 in the fourth chapter of his new book The King Jesus Gospel: The Original Good News Revisited. He calls it the “apostolic gospel”. For Scot it is the place where we must begin. What is the apostolic gospel? According to Scot’s reading of [Read More…]

A “New Perspective on the Gospel”, the King Jesus Gospel 4

In the third chapter of his new book The King Jesus Gospel: The Original Good News Revisited, Scot McKnight makes the bold claim that evangelicals (he doesn’t exclude Catholics and Orthodox) have gotten the understanding of the gospel upside down, an understanding that has created unwanted effects. To make the point, Scot presents a hierarchy [Read More…]

Writing Style 10

Global clarity and coherence is the subject of the 11th lesson in the book classic book on style by Williams and Colomb, Style: Lessons in Clarity and Grace. Here’s an excellent tip on revising one’s writing: Budget your time for both drafting and revision so that you spend most of it on beginnings: the introduction [Read More…]

A “New Perspective” on the Gospel, the King Jesus Gospel 3

Scot McKnight in his new book The King Jesus Gospel contends that evangelicals today are really “soterians” (“salvationists”) instead of truly evangelicals. He means by this that most have equated the word “gospel” with “salvation”. But the two words, says Scot, are different. His argument is that biblically the concept of “gospel” is a much [Read More…]

Board of Correction

I can’t believe I actually found a picture of the infamous “Board of Correction”. I admit my recollection may be off. I must have been 7 or 8 years old and my family went on a summer vacation to Maine to visit my Uncle Mike and Aunt Carol and my cousins. Somewhere along the way [Read More…]

A “New Perspective” on the Gospel, the King Jesus Gospel 2

As “Exhibit A” that something is wrong with our understanding of the gospel, Scot McKnight in his new book The King Jesus Gospel relates this story: I received this email form a reader with this question: “I know you’re probably busy. If you have the time, I have a question about the gospel. I noticed [Read More…]

A “New Perspective” on the Gospel, the King Jesus Gospel 1

My very good friend and colleague Scot McKnight, recently hailed my no less than Tom Wright as “one of the most powerful and able New Testament scholars on the American scene–and, in a measure, on the world scene”, is about to drop an atomic bomb in the middle of the already besieged city of American [Read More…]


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