Mark D. Roberts

Mark D. Roberts


Scot McKnight at Laity Lodge

posted by Mark D. Roberts

Part 1 of series: Sharing Laity Lodge: 2009
Permalink for this post / Permalink for this series
This past weekend we were pleased to host Scot McKnight at Laity Lodge. Many of my readers will be familiar with Scot because he is, among other things, a prolific and influential blogger. Jesus Creed, Scot’s blog, is one of the most widely read Christian blogs. It appears in the “Faith Blog” section of Beliefnet.com, which is the Web’s largest clearinghouse of things religious. (Photo: Scot holds forth in the Great Hall at Laity Lodge.)
But Scot McKnight is not merely a popular blogger. He’s also a fine New Testament scholar, whose books I used to require when I taught seminary classes. Officially, he’s the Karl A. Olsson Professor in Religious Studies at North Park University (Chicago, Illinois). Scot is also a prolific author, who has written well over a dozen books on a wide range of topics, from academic studies to more popular books. In 2004, Scot’s book The Jesus Creed won the prestigious Christianity Today book award in the “Christian Living” category. Another of Scot’s surprising books is called Praying with the Church. It is an outstanding introduction to liturgical and shared prayers for people from traditions in which spontaneous prayer is the order of the day.
Scot’s contribution at Laity Lodge was outstanding. He is a fine scholar who is able to communicate in a popular, engaging style. He does not flaunt his scholarship, but rather uses it as a solid basis for his teaching. Scot also has a delightful sense of humor, and is able, among other things, to laugh at himself. Though he takes his content seriously, he does not take himself too seriously!
Scot’s teaching content was based on some of his recent books: The Real Mary, The Jesus Creed, Praying with the Church, and The Blue Parakeet. But he didn’t just rehash old material, or, worse yet, read portions of this books. Rather, he summarized some of his main points, illustrating them creatively and helping us connect to them personally.
One of Scot’s persistent points was that Christian spirituality is not just a matter of developing an inner glow, even one that shines outward. It is also doing what Jesus said, loving our neighbors as ourselves, and giving cups of cold water to those who are thirsty . . . especially to those we’d rather not have to get involved with. “Responding to other people with mercy and grace,” Scot observed, “is almost always inconvenient.”
This is worth a second read. “Responding to other people with mercy and grace is almost always inconvenient.” As someone who likes convenience, I don’t like this. I don’t disagree with its truth, but I don’t like it. I must confess that I sometimes let my desire for convenience and comfort defeat my commitment to acting with mercy and grace. Scot has challenged me to allow the Lord to work on this part of me.
For years, I have held Scot McKnight in high esteem. Now, having had the chance to meet him and sit under his teaching, my esteem is even higher.



Advertisement
Comments read comments(3)
post a comment
Barb

posted April 27, 2009 at 9:38 pm


I wish I could have been there–My Scot McKnight book collection keeps growing–and when I email him a question he emails me back.



report abuse
 

Dan

posted April 27, 2009 at 10:59 pm


Scott has the uncanny ability to engage a large audience including many bright young people. He always discovers new books that are worth reading and is not afraid of new ideas, he is a breath of fresh air in the Christian community. The conversations on his daily blog give much hope for the 21st century. I would like to meet him in person someday.



report abuse
 

Adam McHugh

posted April 29, 2009 at 12:46 pm


I just starting reading McKnight’s A Community Called Atonement right now – he’s clearing away a lot of cobwebs for me and restoring the relational view of atonement that coheres so nicely with the sweep of the scriptures.



report abuse
 

Post a Comment

By submitting these comments, I agree to the beliefnet.com terms of service, rules of conduct and privacy policy (the "agreements"). I understand and agree that any content I post is licensed to beliefnet.com and may be used by beliefnet.com in accordance with the agreements.



Previous Posts

More blogs to enjoy!!!
Thank you for visiting Mark D. Roberts. This blog is no longer being updated. Please enjoy the archives. Here are some other blogs you may also enjoy: Red Letters with Tom Davis Recent prayer post on Prayables Most Recent Inspiration blog post Happy Reading!  

posted 2:09:11pm Aug. 27, 2012 | read full post »

Why Did Jesus Have to Die? Conclusions
In this series on the death of Jesus, I have presented four different perspectives on why Jesus had to die: Roman, Jewish, Jesus’, and Early Christian. I believe that each of these points of view has merit, and that we cannot fully understand the necessity of Jesus’ death without taking them all

posted 2:47:39am Apr. 11, 2011 | read full post »

Sunday Inspiration from the High Calling
Can We Find God in the City? Psalm 48:1-14 Go, inspect the city of Jerusalem. Walk around and count the many towers. Take note of the fortified walls, and tour all the citadels, that you may describe them to future generations. For that is what God is like. He is our God forever and ever,

posted 2:05:51am Apr. 10, 2011 | read full post »

Why Did Jesus Have to Die? The Perspective of the First Christians, Part 3
An Act and Symbol of Love Perhaps one of the most startling of the early Christian interpretations of the cross was that it was all about love. It’s easy in our day, when crosses are religious symbols, attractive ornaments, and trendy jewelry to associate the cross with love. But, in the first

posted 2:41:47am Apr. 08, 2011 | read full post »

Why Did Jesus Have to Die? The Perspective of the First Christians, Part 2
The Means of Reconciliation In my last post, I examined one of the very earliest Christian statements of the purpose of Jesus’ death. According to the tradition encapsulated in 1 Corinthians 15, Jesus died “for our sins in accordance with the scriptures” (15:3). Yet this text doesn’t expl

posted 2:30:03am Apr. 07, 2011 | read full post »




Report as Inappropriate

You are reporting this content because it violates the Terms of Service.

All reported content is logged for investigation.