Thursday, September 22, 2011

Scot McKinight and a truncated gospel

I started blogging a couple of years ago, gently encouraged by a friend who posted an email rant had sent him.

The subject of that rant was the atrophied, narrow gospel I was hearing in various gospel presentations, that basically focussed on the idea of Jesus death as an exchange, securing forgiveness, so you don't have to feel bad about yourself anymore.

Honestly I'd been giving those kind of gospel talks too, but was increasingly disturbed that they left out huge chunks of God's word to us, and huge chunks of the story of Jesus.
I knew there was more, yet it seemed like we hid all this good stuff from unbeleivers, under the strange idea that someone dying for their sins was easy to understand, but someone rising from the dead and reigning as Lord was not.

Well, Scot McKnight, Ne Testament scholar and blogger heavyweight has come out with a new book, which sounds like a similar rant against particular practices in American Evangelicalism.
"The King Jesus Gospel: the original good news revisited".
I hope it gets wide reading, and more than that, I hope it translates into fresh, rich, thoughtful, powerful evangelism, that takes the potency of the full story and proclaims it to the world


standingandwaiting said...

I'm totally with you, Mike. And keen to read this book too.

But I'm not optimistic about it getting a wide and effective reading. Posts like THIS and THIS feel like exercises in missing the point -- although they're being hailed as deeply insightful by Gospel Coalition dudes.

Mike W said...

yeah well, Trevin Wax and Gospel Coalition, hardly unexpected that they would miss the point of something.
The most fascinating thing for me is the comment 'exegetically I agree...but'. There is a consistent refusal to be changed by a disciplined reading of scripture. It reminded me of Moo's Romans commentary, where he says one thing in the greek based footnotes, and the exact opposite in the main text.
Bummer. Oh well, hope people find their esyes opened to the Jesus that is actually there.