Scot McKnight’s Kingdom Conspiracy: The Bible in Two Stories

KingdomConspiracy2We’re discussing Scot McKnight’s latest book Kingdom Conspiracy: Returning to the Radical Mission of the Local Church.

Scot points out that both the local church and academia have learned — finally — to read the Bible as story. One such story might be summarized as C-F-R-C: the story of salvation in the Bible.

(And this is very much the story as related by Scot in his excellent The Blue Parakeet: Rethinking How You Read the Bible, which we covered in this series.) The story goes like this. Continue reading

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Scot McKnight’s Kingdom Conspiracy: Social Justice

KingdomConspiracy2We’re discussing Scot McKnight’s latest book Kingdom Conspiracy: Returning to the Radical Mission of the Local Church.

Changing culture

Scot challenges the Pleaded Pants and Skinny Jeans assumption that Christians should be about changing the culture of the world as Kingdom work.

[James Davison] Hunter’s study [To Change the World: The Irony, Tragedy, and Possibility of Christianity in the Late Modern World (required reading to be a serious student of such things)] reminds us all of fundamental issues at work in any attempt to change culture.

He argues that culture changes from top down and not from bottom up; that evangelicals on the Left and Right do not have enough social and cultural capital to change culture; that culture is resistant to any intentional change; that most Christian groups today are too politically activist in grasping for power; and that the gospel does not valorize power but loving service. Continue reading

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Scot McKnight’s Kingdom Conspiracy: Pleated Pants

KingdomConspiracy2We’re discussing Scot McKnight’s latest book Kingdom Conspiracy: Returning to the Radical Mission of the Local Church.

In contrast to the Skinny Jeans kingdom approach, Scot speaks of the Pleated Pants theorizing of academia.

A little more completely, [the Pleated Pants academics’] questions are:

Is the kingdom already here, or is it still in the future?

And is the kingdom a dynamic rule of God or the realm over which God rules— that is, a nation or a people or a territory, such as the kingdom of Denmark?

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Scot McKnight’s Kingdom Conspiracy: Skinny Jeans

KingdomConspiracy2We’re discussing Scot McKnight’s latest book Kingdom Conspiracy: Returning to the Radical Mission of the Local Church.

In the last post, we considered the various Millennial theories. In contemporary evangelical discussions, however, the idea of “kingdom” has been discussed in very different terms. Continue reading

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The Denomination Blues, by Buddy Greene

Heard this on the way to Knoxville and couldn’t resist posting.

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Gone to Knoxville

I will be eating at the Peddler, visiting Smokey the Bear at the Great Smoky Mountains National Park, and watching Alabama make some history at Neyland Stadium.

I’m taking my laptop but won’t be very active in the comments.

See you Monday.

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Scot McKnight’s Kingdom Conspiracy: Introduction; Millennial Theories

KingdomConspiracy2I’m a Scot McKnight fan, and I’ve just received a copy of his latest book Kingdom Conspiracy: Returning to the Radical Mission of the Local Church. (I had to pay for mine.)

And it’s some kind of big deal. I mean, this one is going to be discussed by elders, in minister staff meetings, in academia — and in the blogosphere — because he steps on lots and lots of toes — but in a very good and necessary way.

To put it simply, Scot’s theme is that most of our teaching on the kingdom is messed up, and so we need to rethink it all. And in so doing, we’ll rethink how we do and think about Christianity and church and mission. Continue reading

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Bible Software: A Comparison, Part 2

Smartphone features

Both Logos and Accordance provide a free iPhone application that connects to your software package. Again, Accordance has the superior interface, making it easy to download translations, commentaries, and other resources to your phone. Greek word studies are easy on your phone.

Logos is also quite good, but like the PC software, suffers from trying to do too much. I often find myself lost and unable to return to my text. Continue reading

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Bible Software: A Comparison, Part 1

Christmas is not far away, and so I figure it’s time to offer a few recommendations regarding Bible software programs. What would possibly make for a better Christmas present?

I am very fortunate to have a copy of each of the four most prominent Bible software programs. I have Logos, BibleWorks, and Accordance because I’m a world-famous blogger — and so I received these for free in exchange for writing a review or two. I have e-Sword for free because, well, it’s free.

It’s not like blogging pays all that well, but it’s nice to get the occasional bene, even if I have to write a review or two to get them. But this review is strictly of my own initiative. I will get nothing for this. Continue reading

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1 Corinthians 11:2-16 (Wrapping Up; Spiritual Leadership), Part 8

priscilla-catacombs3Wrapping Up

We are talking about veils, you know, so “wrapping up” just kinda made sense. Right?

So one interpretation of this and a few other passages is that “head” refers to the “spiritual leadership” of men in the church.

Fifty or more years ago, the Churches of Christ taught the spiritual leadership of men in all settings, including the work place. But there are now too many women at church who work in business, where they supervise men. We gave that argument up.

And so, we took a supposed universal, eternal principle regarding the relationship of men and women and retreated into the church and the family, insisting that men must be spiritual leaders at church and at home. Business is different. Too much money is at stake, and the women are too obviously competent and gifted at what they do. Continue reading

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