Some blogs I read for fun, some because they’re kindreds, some to be encouraged and some when I’m up for a challenge. The diversity is appealing. I read both people with whom I have much in common, and those who I will never see eye-to-eye with. Perhaps it is those writers from whom I learn the most, they certainly give me pause to think about ideas I might not consider otherwise. The difference of opinion is not threatening, although, I suppose a few years back, that’s not something I could say. One of the aspects most appreciated is being routed to other great posts, sometimes to an author I know, often to one I don’t. Thanks to all of you who help me get around :).
When I have enough time to think and I feel like going to “class”, I read Scot McKnight. According to his bio, “McKnight is a widely-recognized authority on the New Testament, early Christianity, and the historical Jesus. He is the Karl A. Olsson Professor in Religious Studies at North Park University (Chicago, Illinois), where he is also the Department Chair and the Director of the College of Christian Life and Thought. A popular and witty speaker, Dr. McKnight has given interviews on radios across the nation, has appeared on television, and is regularly asked to speak in local churches and educational events. Dr. McKnight obtained his Ph.D. at the University of Nottingham (1986)…. He is the author of more than twenty books, including the award-winning The Jesus Creed: Loving God, Loving Others (Paraclete, 2004), which won the Christianity Today book of the year for Christian Living.”
Recently, I saw a post that got my attention (okay, all of them get my attention, this one included a free book!). It explains the motive for this post. Rather than write any more, click here to read the first two chapters of his soon-to-be-released book, The Real Mary, Why Evangelical Christians Can Embrace the Mother of Jesus. This will be an interesting read; as a mainline Protestant, I have never studied the person of Mary. I’m expectant to consider a new dimension to Jesus, too, in the process.
For more information, visit his publisher; there’s also still time to join the “street team” (and receive your own free advance copy) if you act by 9/18.