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.

Why Women are Not Going to Church

Patricia Miller, with RD: What McClendon overlooks is that the years that women’s church attendance began to decline are the very years when religious leaders in the Catholic Church and the evangelical movement fused religion with the culture wars, with overall attendance for women taking it’s first steep drop in the 1980s. This drop in church attendance [Read More…]

Post-Church Church Leaders

By Michelle Van Loon: What do these people have in common? The single woman in her mid-thirties with $40,000 worth of seminary debt now working as an office manager for a software vendor. The former youth pastor now installing replacement windows for a home-improvement company. The veteran minister with 20 years of pastoral experience now [Read More…]

Preaching and Memorial Day

By Jason Micheli Memorial Day Weekend is approaching. Memorial Day, though it’s not a Christian holy day and though we won’t change out the paramant colors to observe it, it’s a tricky time for preachers of the Gospel. It’s tricky not because the valor of the fallen lacks honor but because the story of America, particularly [Read More…]

Parable of Sheriff Ed Tom Bell

By Joe James My first post in this series was aimed at exposing an unnecessary divide in Christianity. I believe that the church cannot afford to adopt either a conservative or a progressive worldview. At the end of this series, I will propose a third way – the Table. But for now, let us examine [Read More…]

Megachurch Liturgy as Commercial for Church

By Michelle Van Loon: The lights dim, and the band takes the stage.The worship leader welcomes the crowd with a boisterous “Hey, how’s everyone doin’? Great to see you all!” before the band slips into a booming, clever cover of a pop song, then segues into a couple of modern sing-a-long worship standards pulled right [Read More…]

Happiness is Serving

Tom Jacobs: The point has been made by everyone from neuroscientists to foul-mouthedsinging puppets: If you really want to be happy, set aside your own desires and help others. But do we really believe it, and do we, in fact, behave accordingly? If your answer is a sheepish “no,” you might want to consider the [Read More…]

Garrison Keillor Speaks Truth about Christian Branding

Branding is one of those terms that have crept up on us and caught us unawares and now it seems here to stay. Occasionally my publishers — never my editors — have spoken about “branding” me and it just seems so slimy to me. Faithfulness and wisdom and above all love are the virtues to [Read More…]

Ten Ways to Promote Women in Your Church

Debbie Fulthorp: For a little over five years, I served as a lead pastor. I loved this position, but circumstances beyond my control (here is my story) have placed me on the other side of the pulpit these past few years. My search for a lead pastorate as a woman remains daunting. As a former [Read More…]

Trinity Sunday

Almighty and everlasting God, you have given to us your servants grace, by the confession of a true faith, to acknowledge the glory of the eternal Trinity, and in the power of your divine Majesty to worship the Unity: Keep us steadfast in this faith and worship, and bring us at last to see you [Read More…]

The Bible in the Contemporary World: with Richard Bauckham

The Bible in the Contemporary World: Interview with Richard Bauckham Richard Bauckham is professor emeritus of New Testament studies at the University of St. Andrews, Scotland. He is also senior scholar at Ridley Hall, Cambridge and a fellow of both the British Academy and the Royal Society of Edinburgh. He is the author of many [Read More…]