I now begin in earnest my series on recommended evangelical blogs. And the choice for the first one is easy: Jesus Creed, by Scot McKnight.
This is likely the most popular of all Christian blogs, having an Alexa rank of 3,994.
McKnight is a popular author and speaker. Among the several books he’s written are The Jesus Creed: Loving God, Loving Others and The Blue Parakeet: Rethinking How You Read the Bible. (Buy and read both and buy an extra copy for your church library.)
McKnight reviews and often posts extensive essays on newly released evangelical literature, making this a great place to discover what’s newly released and worth your money and your while.
The commenting community is nearly as smart and thoughtful as my own. Many read the blog just for the comments.
McKnight has frequent guest writers, but carries most of the load himself and sometimes posts two or three times a day (what kind of crazy writed would do that?). He will sometimes just post a question for discussion or summarize a controversial book without offering his own opinion.
He’s recently been invited to speak at a number of progressive Church of Christ events and has been very well received — and he’s spoken highly of his hosts and their work. He’s recently reviewed and highly praised Everett Ferguson’s Baptism in the Early Church: History, Theology, and Liturgy in the First Five Centuries.
Readers should be aware that this is a highly intellectual site. It’s not so scholarly as to be limited to professional theologians, but it’s for serious students of the Bible.
I don’t always agree with him, of course, but when he’s wrong (in my opinion) he still teaches me something. Good stuff.
Jesus Creed is one of the blogs I don't miss reading! And my copy of The Blue Parakeet is doing the rounds of my friends in my Bible Study group – I can't recommend it enough.
I also found Scot's "A Community Called Atonement" book to be particularly useful.
McKnight's commentary on Galatians is incredible. Used it in a Pauline Epistles course I took last summer at Rochester College. It served as the basis for my term exegesis paper. It changed the way I read Galatians. It's in the NIV Application series.
I haven't read any of his popular level books—though Blue Parakeet has been on my reading list since Jay reviewed it—but his scholarly stuff is very good.
Thanks. I've just added to Amazon wish list. I have a birthday coming as I recall …