The Kingdom and Lipscomb

April 22 and 23 I was down at Lipscomb University at the sponsorship of Missio Alliance and Lipscomb’s fine Bible and theology department in the Hazelip School of Theology for an evening discussion of A Fellowship of Differents, and then a double morning session on Kingdom Conspiracy. The two sessions on the 23d featured a panel discussion with [Read More...]

Kingdom and Lipscomb University

From the recent flyer distributed through Lipscomb University and Missio Alliance: The Hazelip School of Theology and Missio Alliance invite you to participate in a conversation forum with noted scholar and author Dr. Scot McKnight. The event will focus on McKnight’s recently published book, Kingdom Conspiracy: Returning to the Radical Mission of the Local Church. [Read More...]

A Robust Kingdom

The most annoying response I have received from others about my Kingdom Conspiracy book is this one: “I see what you are saying, but I’m Kuyperian or I’m a skinny jeans person or I’m a liberation theologian or I’m Niebuhrian.” OK, each of those is located in the history of interpreting the kingdom but the issue for biblical theologians, and [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...]

NT Wright’s Holy Impatience

When it comes to the meaning of biblical terms — like gospel, kingdom, heaven — not a few of us can get irritated and clearly a recent example of yet one more attempt to correct the church and to get the church back on track is N.T. Wright’s chapter “Distorted and Competing Gospels” in his [Read More...]

Revolution in Eschatology Today?

There is a widespread meme at work in how Christian theologians are now talking about the future — about heaven or the new heavens and the new earth or about the final state. It has three parts: Part A: Most Christians — seemingly all — think they go to heaven when they die and that [Read More...]

Pope Francis, Jesus and the Church

Source, Vatican Insider: Francis calls for ‘peace in hearts, peace in families, peace among the nations’. He then highlights that ‘It is not possible “to love Christ but without the Church, to listen to Christ but not the Church, to belong to Christ but outside the Church”’. That is because ‘the Church’s activity and mission, [Read More...]

On the term “Kingdom”

When Jesus announced that the kingdom had drawn near (Matthew 4:17), that word “kingdom” only made sense if his contemporaries were looking forward to a kingdom. What kind of kingdom was that? The way to answer this question is first to take a good long look at the Old Testament use of the term, and [Read More...]

The Character of the King

A kingdom is a people ruled by a king just as an empire is a people ruled by an emperor. The character of the king determines the character of the kingdom just as the character of the emperor determines the character of the empire. We know the stories of ruthless emperors or at least the ruthless acts of emperors who [Read More...]

The Biggest Mistake in Kingdom Talk

The most common mistake I hear when people are talking about kingdom is comparison talk. It goes like this or this or this or this: “So you think kingdom and church are the same (but not identical), then you need to come to my church because that will show you the difference.” “Kingdom is the [Read More...]