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.

Brewers Evangelizing

R. Jared Staudt: What is it about monks and beer? The two just go together. And as craft beer continues to rise in popularity in the United States, the ones responsible for creating western brewing practices are reclaiming their own. This renewal is important for monastic life in providing another opportunity for monks to produce [Read More...]

Paul’s Big Gospel (by John Frye)

I have not seen Romans 2:16 quoted in any of the popular soterian gospels that populate the landscape of American evangelicalism. The Apostle Paul wrote, “This will take place on the day when God will judge men’s secrets through Jesus Christ, as my gospel declares.” With the anemic reductions in the Gospel of the kingdom [Read More...]

Walk Away Renee (by Michelle Van Loon)

Michelle is not new to the Jesus Creed blog (or @nseminary, where she is one of our students), but for those of you who don’t know… she writes a wonderful blog and I hope you put her on your favorites list. And if you are keen on this topic, check out Finding Faith, Losing Faith (in [Read More...]

New Kippa

Sharona Schwartz: With a major increase in anti-Semitic incidents reported all over Europe, prompting some Jews to try to hide their faith in public, a new accessory was developed to allow Jewish men to wear their yarmulkes but look like they’re not. It’s a yarmulke made of human hair, called the “Magic Kippa,” referring to [Read More...]

Rethinking Heaven (NT Wright)

What ideas were presented to you about heaven when you grew up? [Please drop a comment because I'd like to know how many of us grew up with the notions of a new heaven and new earth -- let's call it a renewed earth heaven -- or a heaven up there and out there -- let's [Read More...]

The Church’s Declining Influence

Darrin Patrick: There are really two ditches that churches fall into when it comes to entering into and challenging the political climate—and culture, generally: Unrighteous Activism Some churches are tempted to think, “Jesus is gone, it’s all on us.” It’s not that activism itself is wrong, but it becomes unrighteous when it’s done without God’s [Read More...]

Kingdom of God, Politics, and Romans 13

In a recent blog post, Greg Boyd, who endorsed my Kingdom Conspiracy, weighs in on why we dare not let kingdom of God be connected to politics. He provides 12 reasons and I endorse the thrust of his post — yet over and over we see folks using the expression “kingdom of God” for political activism [Read More...]

Regent Redux: Making Peace with Church

Many Christians constantly wrestle with questions around church: why to go, how to choose one, how to deal with the imperfections and brokenness we see, and whether or not to abandon the whole thing together. I’ll be a panelist next week during a live discussion delving into these topics along with Hans Boersma, Darrell Johnson, and Erin Lane. We’re hoping it [Read More...]

Addictions and Augustine, Bunyan and Edwards

Augustine, Bunyan, and Edwards on Addiction By David George Moore.  Dave blogs at www.twocities.org. Fascinating new research http://www.huffingtonpost.com/johann-hari/the-real-cause-of-addicti_b_6506936.html underscores what most of us already believed intuitively.  Deep and long-lasting healing comes from being known and loved by others.  There is no good substitute for this as we are undeniably social creatures who thrive in community [Read More...]

Scripture, Church, Tradition

At its simplest, Protestants believe in Scripture alone and Roman Catholics believe in Scripture and Tradition. Postmodernity raised its hand in this discussion to remind Protestants that there is no pure “alone” and that all interpretations are mediated by both the individual interpreter and the context of that interpreter. That is, Protestants too have a [Read More...]