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.

Christmas Morn

On the eve of our Christmas celebration, Jesus’ birthday, we light all of the candles of the Advent wreath. First we light the candle for HOPE because Jesus is our hope. Second, we light the candle for PEACE because Jesus is our hope and peace. Third, we light the candle for JOY because Jesus brings [Read More...]

Christmas Readings

Almighty God, you have given your only-begotten Son to take our nature upon him, and to be born [this day] of a pure virgin: Grant that we, who have been born again and made your children by adoption and grace, may daily be renewed by your Holy Spirit; through our Lord Jesus Christ, to whom [Read More...]

Good News about the Church: Insight

Andrea Lucado: I sat in a church I’d never been to on Sunday. It was different from the churches I typically attend for a few reasons. It was much smaller. It didn’t start on time. It was a different denomination. And the big one, the demographic, as far as social class and age, varied greatly, [Read More...]

Good News: Women in Ministry (Free Methodist)

By Joshua Canada: Growing up in a Fundamental Black Baptist tradition I had little exposure to women in Pastoral Roles. In retrospect there were plenty of women in Spiritual Leadership, but they tended to be the sunday school teachers, choir directors, prayer team leaders etc. As I went further into this Christian faith that I was born [Read More...]

Good News: Women in Ministry (Stephanie Booth)

As a child, I was enthralled with the things of God. I felt faith. I felt the mystery of this God I could not see, but whose presence I deeply felt. The stories of the Bible were magical. Something in my imaginative nature connected with the sense of the people of God, spread across time [Read More...]

Good News: Women in Ministry (Dierdre Brower-Lotz)

This is a sort of first person witness statement to God’s hand at work in ways we couldn’t imagine. I can’t remember a time when I didn’t know that Jesus loved me. The language of my home, parents, grandparents, and the church I belong to (The Church of the Nazarene) celebrated women as leaders – [Read More...]

Good News about the Church: A Place of Refuge

Caitlin McGlade: Eleazar Misael Perez Cabrera sleeps in the music room at Shadow Rock United Church of Christ in north Phoenix. Spiral notebooks lean between shelving cubes along one wall. Black and tan filing cabinets line another. A piano stands opposite Cabrera’s twin bed. He has stayed there since Nov. 17. The church has become [Read More...]

Good News: Women in Ministry (Jane Halton and CRC)

When I tweeted for good news stories about women in ministry, Jane Halton, up in Vancouver, wrote in to tell the story of her church … and, prompted just a little from a few questions I asked, this is her post about women in ministry in the Christian Reformed Church and specifically in her own [Read More...]

Good News: Women in Ministry (Amanda Holm Rosengren)

I never intended to be a pastor.  If you’d told me in high school or in college that this is where I’d end up, I’d probably have laughed in your face.  No, for me, my journey to the pastorate was more circuitous and unintentional.  Ever since I was little, my intention was to be famous. [Read More...]

Good News: Women in Ministry (Jennifer Long)

Currently I work in a different kind of ministry that what you would find in the local church. I am actually working for a non-profit children’s home affiliated with Arkansas Baptist Children’s Home. I serve as a case manager (over the boys, and a couple of girls) at the Arkansas Baptist Home for Children. Here [Read More...]