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.

Telling Stories is not Preaching

By John Frye in his series on the preacher’s temptations. A troubling spin-off of the welcomed return to narrative theology is the reduction of preaching to “telling stories.” The Bible is a library of stories. Yes. N. T. Wright has helped us see that even the Book of Romans expresses the startling completion of Israel’s [Read More…]

Christians in the Eyes of their Enemies

You can learn about a group not only by listening to them express their views, which is step number one in charitable conversation, but also by listening to their enemies. One time Joe Modica and I co-edited a volume called Who Do My Opponents Say That I Am? in which a good list of scholars examined [Read More…]

NT Wright: Post Penal Substitution

If anything is clear in NT Wright’s new book, The Day the Revolution Began, it is that Christians have … here are Wright’s own words: We have Platonized our eschatology (substituting “souls going to heaven” for the promised new creation) and have therefore moralized our anthropology (substituting a qualifying examination of moral performance for the biblical [Read More…]

(Im)migrating Toward Love 2 (by Taylor Hammett)

(Im)migrating Toward Love (Part 2): 5 Things Our Church Is Doing To Become a Home I find houses to be curious places. They often tell the tale of travel by the souvenirs on display or of their owner’s interests by the kinds of nicknacks one might find sitting around the place. One of the ways [Read More…]

Re-Baptizing the Church (by Leslie Leyland Fields)

Re-Baptizing the Church Who says Churchgoers are stodgy and unyielding? Not the polls. A study just released last Wednesday by the Public Religion Research Institute and the Brookings Institution (http://bit.ly/2epW36G) found that nearly three out of four white evangelicals (72%) believe that an elected official ““can behave ethically even if they have committed transgressions in their [Read More…]

Kyle Schwarber on the World Series Roster!

This is great news as Kyle Schwarber is one of the Cubs’ folk heroes. [Read more…]

Kingdom-Shaped Leadership

Every theory of leadership derives from a worldview, a theology, and a systemic location. This is why John Nugent in his Endangered Gospel can say these things that show correlation of kingdom theory and leadership theory: Heaven-centered and world-centered churches gravitate toward certain forms of leadership. For example, when churches focus on preparing people for a [Read More…]

Why Does Your Church Worship as it Does?

Your Liturgy: Why Do You Do What You Do? By Michelle VanLoon mishvl@yahoo.com http://www.MomentsAndDays.com Much has been made of the longing among some believing Millennials for structure, reverence, and beauty in worship. Fewer smoke machines, more incense. I’ve certainly evidence of this desire among this demographic. But I see it among many in my own Boomer demographic, [Read More…]

Six Myths about Advocating for Women in Ministry

By Debbie Fulthorp Recently, I received a couple of e-mails from a few well-meaning friends suggesting that I tone it down with social media posts advocating for women in ministry. These friends suggested that my posts cause tension, make the church look bad, and turn people away from attending church. I took their words to [Read More…]

NLCS Champs

Image Many of you know our son works for the Cubs as a professional scout (he’s Assistant Scouting Director), and he’s been talking about last night for five years. Theo Epstein’s plan was to take the Cubs down to the floor joists and rebuild on the basis of draft choices. Which they have done, most [Read More…]