Someone to Follow

Contemporary Westerners, particularly 20-30somethings, have had the church world turned inside out in their face, and some of them have experienced the netherworld of the church personally. Instead of trusting the church, they are hesitant to trust — but they are willing to ponder trusting an authentic person.

The one worth trusting, and the one to whom we can give our One.Life is Jesus. In  my next book, One.Life: Jesus Calls, We Follow, I make a case for Jesus being the One whom we can trust and follow.

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  • Nick

    But which Jesus are we to trust and follow?

  • Miguel

    I like where you’re going with this Scot.
    The idea of trust is no small phenomena.

    Not knowing fully on what scale and to what kind of audience you will be appealing toward, will you be exploring the epistemic nature of trust and perhaps the it’s relationship to “personal knowledge” as mediated by the person of Christ?

    Just curious. Looking fwd to this.

  • don bryant

    Seems one of a number of books with the theme “trust Jesus not the church.” A popular theme nowadays.

  • Jeff Cook

    Piggy Backing on 3 (with less venom(?)), are you suggesting not to trust the church? Are you addressing those who have had bad experiences and saying, what you missed was trusting in other Christians and not in Jesus? For someone who has had a bad experience with the church is it a healthy place to be? How should we wrestle with “other Christians”, especially those we learn from who may let us down?

  • Scot McKnight

    Jeff. No I’m not but it begins by trusting Jesus.

  • Derek

    If contemporary young believers begin to trust Jesus despite the Church, they will simply begin to trust *their own idea* of Jesus. Jesus the socialist. Jesus the post-modern makes-me-feel-good psychotherapist. Jesus the conservative libertarian. Jesus the Wallis-approved Sojourner.

    You get the idea.

    At the surface, separating the identity of Jesus from the Church, in this sense, seems problematic. What is needed is a return to orthodoxy. Problem is, too many are divided over what, exactly, constitutes orthodoxy. What crazy anarchy.

    Little wonder relativist nihilism seems to be the most sensible option (paradoxically) for the younger ones in this day and age.

  • Jeff Cook

    …I should know better. I read a Community called Atonement.