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.

Weekly Meanderings, 22 July 2017

We begin this edition of Meanderings with this good news story from Janie Fulling: MCKINNEY, TX – An 11-year-old boy from McKinney, Texas could potentially put an end to hot car deaths. Bishop Curry is a young inventor who loves gardening and all things technology. When a baby from his neighborhood died after being left [Read More…]

The Joy of a Cohort

I’ve been teaching for 35 years and the best experiences I have had teaching have been the cohorts at Northern Seminary. The combination of a week-long intensive with an active Facebook cohort page along with trips abroad for 10plus days … the classes become a fellowship of friends, of fellow followers of Jesus, and a [Read More…]

Arise, Pastor Poets

By John Frye “Poetry is not the language of objective explanation but the language of imagination. It makes an image of reality in such a way as to invite our participation in it. We do not have more information after we read a poem, we have more experience” (Eugene H. Peterson, Subversive Spirituality, 125, discussing [Read More…]

Generosity Culture Anyone?

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Journalism, Tough Issues, Jonathan Merritt

How to Write About Tough Topics Without Rankling Readers, by Jonathan Merritt “How we talk about God matters because how we talk always matters: language does more to us and for us than we know.” This wise warning from Lauren Winner alerts us to the importance of paying attention to what we say. You do [Read More…]

When the Preacher Has Doubts

Last week’s blog in this column was by my former preaching intern Mitch East, and Mitch was making the point that sometimes doubt can be seen as “trendy” and something people pursue to be on inside of what C.S. Lewis calls “the inside circle.” And I’ve been in ministry long enough to know that’s sometimes [Read More…]

Did Luther and Calvin Get Paul Wrong?

The New Perspective on Paul rests on a set of historical and theological conclusions, none more important than arguing that Judaism per se was not “late” Judaism and was not a works-righteousness religion. Many Christian scholars were awakened by the Holocaust and the discovery of the Dead Sea Scrolls to re-engage the core themes of Judaism. [Read More…]

What Eugene Peterson Does Not Care About

Source: What Eugene Peterson doesn’t care about Celebrity culture It has been mentioned many times, and it is true, that Peterson really struggled with the celebrity status which the publication of The Message thrust upon him. On one of my visits I witnessed him thinking of creative ways he could dodge a Christian media organisation that was [Read More…]

Greg Boyd Adjusts Martin Luther

In perhaps Greg Boyd’s deftest of moves, the theology of the cross of Luther is both absorbed by Boyd but centralized even more than Luther’s version. In so doing, Greg Boyd virtually contends — with proddings from Alister McGrath — Luther’s theology of the cross was not consistently applied by Luther. All of this is [Read More…]

What are They Saying about the Bible?

“What are they saying about…?” is the leading question for an older series of books that introduced readers and students (and those who didn’t have time to read all the major books and scholars) to a discipline. Reliable summaries of scholarship are a gold mine for the student, but no better gold mine is deeper [Read More…]