About Scot McKnight

Scot McKnight is a recognized authority on the New Testament, early Christianity, and the historical Jesus. McKnight, author of more than fifty books, is the Professor of New Testament at Northern Seminary in Lombard, IL.

The Zealot’s Way (by John Frye)

The Zealot’s Way Some medications come in a gel capsule. The advantage is that the medicine inside is released into the body gradually. This is important if the medicine is very potent. “Time released capsules” is the mantra. Truth is very potent and sometimes quite hard to take. The gel capsule of truth is love. [Read More...]

Thoughts on Spiritual Formation

Let us say you think Christians ought to progress in some ways toward a deeper spiritual maturity over time. Let us agree that in general we can gain a good glimpse of what maturity looks like. Let us then also agree that we can work toward developing a plan for each of us to become more spiritually [Read More...]

The Church’s Struggle with Utopia

It is not uncommon to read someone poke the church but no one pokes the kingdom. (There’s a story in that observation that can’t be engaged in this post but I discuss how to compare the two in Kingdom Conspiracy.) More often than not people poke the church because they have an eye (or two) [Read More...]

Andy Stanley’s Temple Model

Amy Jacobs: For the past few weeks, [Andy] Stanley has been exhorting Christians to ditch their traditional “temple model” ways and go back to the one command Jesus prioritized — to love your neighbor as yourself. The “temple model,” as defined by Stanley, “grants extraordinary power to sacred men in sacred places who determine the [Read More...]

A Christian Kind of Call to Action (by Jonathan Storment)

Like many of you I’ve had a dull ache in the pit of my stomach since last week’s video was released of ISIS beheading 21 Coptic Christians as a symbolic way of spreading terror. I’ve spent some time in Egypt with Coptic Christians before and wrote some last week about my experiences with them and [Read More...]

A Teacher’s Story (by Cheryl Arnold)

As many of you know, my daughter, Laura, and I published a book together late last year – Sharing God’s Love: The Jesus Creed for Children. It is our hope that the children’s version of The Jesus Creed will assist parents, teachers, grandparents, aunts and uncles, as they guide children into loving God and loving others in practical ways, [Read More...]

Fresh Air for Every Day

This is what Eugene Peterson says about Jack Levison’s new book, 40 Days with the Holy Spirit: Jack Levison studies, meditates, prays, and writes of the place of the Holy Spirit in our lives with more skill and understanding than anyone I know. His latest book, 40 Days with the Holy Spirit, is conspicuous for its [Read More...]

St Johns Lutheran Bloomington

More than ten years ago I wrote The Jesus Creed: Loving God, Loving Others. Then along followed 40 Days Living the Jesus Creed, which extended the Jesus Creed into other portions of the New Testament, then came a DVD and then The Jesus Creed for Students and then Sharing God’s Love. The idea of the Jesus Creed — Jesus [Read More...]

Rural Churches in England

Ysenda Maxtone Graham: Excellent read about the struggle to keep rural English churches on their feet. Some of the longest job descriptions belong to rural Church of England clergy. ‘So what do you do?’ ‘I’m the Rector of Aldwincle, Clopton, Pilton, Stoke Doyle, Thorpe Achurch, Titchmarsh and Wadenhoe.’ Every one of these place names evokes [Read More...]

Is God Timeless?

Roger Olson, at the link here, opens up a good conversation on whether God is himself timeless: In my immediately preceding post I argued that far too much Christian theology includes unwarranted speculation—especially about God. Under pressure from Greek ontology traditional, “classical theism” has generally agreed that the God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob (the [Read More...]