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Part 1 of series: Sharing Laity Lodge: 2009
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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.)
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!
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.