In this second interview with Frank Viola (this time with Scot McKnight) the discussion continues about the meaning of “Evangelical.” Obviously, my writings are very much about Evangelicals – who we are and who we ought to be. I offer this discussion then, to further the debate/discussion, and even as information for my Occupy friends, who might want to see a little for themselves what Evangelicals are like in their uncensored version (since this is definitely an “in house” discussion). If your understanding of Evangelicals grows out of what you see in the media, I can only imagine that your estimate is pretty negative. Hopefully, this discussion, and the one that preceded it, will give you an idea that there’s more to us than you’d think based on recent media coverage. (I should mention that I’m still using the term “Evangelical”, and that Mr. Viola has moved “beyond” that.) Here’s the article:
Scot McKnight is a New Testament scholar whose work I appreciate. Those of who you who have been reading this blog for awhile are familiar with McKnight.
I reviewed Scot’s book A Community Called Atonement and interviewed him on his One.Life book. In addition, McKnight kindly wrote a glowing review for my book, Jesus Manifesto.
Since McKnight and I bear the same testimony regarding the Lordship of Jesus and the presence of Christ in the Old Testament narrative, I wanted to underscore his latest book with this interview. Scot McKnight’s The King Jesus Gospel is an excellent contribution on the meaning of the gospel.
While I wish the book would have discussed “the mystery” of God’s eternal purpose and the indwelling life of Christ – both of which are vital aspects of the gospel in my opinion – McKnight’s new book does a great job beating another drum I’ve been banging for years: That the gospel and personal salvation are not the same thing. And that the gospel isn’t a “plan” as much as it is a Person.
As many of you know, the way I defy the “echo-chamber” phenomenon rampant in the blogosphere today is by interviewing other authors and bloggers with whom I have both agreements and disagreements. I personally wish more bloggers would do such interviews as I believe it’s healthy for the body of Christ.
Enjoy the interview and get Scot McKnight’s book. Click this link to read the unedited interview: