About Scot McKnight

Scot McKnight is a recognized authority on the New Testament, early Christianity, and the historical Jesus. McKnight, author of more than forty books, is the Professor of New Testament at Northern Seminary in Lombard, IL.

Northern’s New MATM (and MANT)

From Geoff Holsclaw and David Fitch: Leading a church in mission is difficult, requiring much more of pastors than the maintenance of activities. Beyond the ministry skills of preaching, teaching, counseling and evangelism, pastors need the skills of theological reflection, cultural analysis, and building local community. And not only are new skills needed, but a new [Read More...]

Rethinking “Youth” Ministry

What does it mean to “do theology” with youth? or in youth ministry? Andrew Root has been exploring this question for years and he points the way in today’s post by showing how Bonhoeffer was a theological kind youth pastor. Not one who so much taught theological answers but one who introduced youth to thinking [Read More...]

If They Ask for My Sermons, I’ll Give Them All to Them (Allan Bevere)

From my friend, Allan Bevere: In an unprecedented move, the city government of Houston, Texas has subpoenaed sermons preached by some pastors in Houston who have spoken out publicly against a recently passed city ordinance on equal rights. Sarah Pulliam Bailey for the Religion News Service writes: City attorneys issued subpoenas last month during the case’s discovery [Read More...]

A Modest Plea for Coaches to Stay Pastors (by Geoff Holsclaw)

Geoff Holsclaw is my colleague at Northern Seminary, a fine young pastor and professor, and this post gets right to the heart of what I have myself been observing about too many young pastors — leaving pastoring to become “coaches.” Read and drop a comment. By Geoff Holsclaw, A Modest Plea for Coaches to Stay [Read More...]

What does it mean to “Encounter” God?

Tim Keller, as we have noted in an earlier post, sees prayer as a conversation, but this conversation has a particular shape: God speaks in the Word (the Bible) and we respond in learning to communicate with God in light of that word-y revelation. Thus, Timothy Ward has shown that the words of God given [Read More...]

Book Launch: Some Photos

Sharing God’s Love – The Jesus Creed for Children launched on Thursday evening. Laura and I are grateful for the excitement and support from friends and family. Ruth Grigson, owner of Carol and Company in Barrington, IL (http://www.carolandcompany.com/) hosted the celebration at her boutique. These pictures capture the evening. My daughter, Laura, and her friend Ruth Grigson, owner of [Read More...]

What John Said

What John Ortberg said: I was struck, too, by the language quoted in news reports yesterday to describe this situation. The pastor, the board said, had been guilty of arrogance—along with other attitudes and behaviors associated with arrogance. But had not been charged with “immorality.” When did arrogance cease to be immoral? I suspect that [Read More...]

Almighty and everlasting God…

Almighty and everlasting God: In Christ you have revealed your glory among the nations: Preserve the works of your mercy, That your Church throughout the world may persevere with steadfast faith in the confession of your Name. Through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, for [Read More...]

Laura’s Book #1!

Laura’s book Sharing God’s Love hit #1 for Amazon’s books for Children’s Christian Ministry! Thanks to all who are spreading the word for her. Thanks to Ruth at Carol & Company for hosting the book launch. [Read more...]

Weekly Meanderings, 18 October 2014

A church of many colors? The Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. famously said that Sunday at 11 a.m. was the most segregated hour in America. Today, pastors like Mr. Beard are working to change that, with some success. The proportion of churches in the U.S. with mixed-race congregations—where no single group tops 80%— has grown [Read More...]