Over the Thanksgiving break, I sat down in a comfy chair and began reading “The King Jesus Gospel: The Original Good News Revisted” by Scot McKnight. It would be several hours before I left my seat, as I found myself completely engaged in McKnight’s work not wanting to do anything until I finished it.
Some may argue that we do not need another book about “revisiting” the Gospel, but I would beg to differ. It is of extreme importance if we are followers of Jesus Christ. I found this book easy to read and good for the average theological inquirer. It isn’t caught up in theological jargon and “bunny trails.” McKnight takes the reader back to a more pure understanding of the Gospel in Biblical times and shows how Christians have convoluted the original message. I especially appreciated how McKnight discussed the varying views from current theologians on this subject. He also helped the reader see how Christianity has, over the years, melded “sin management” to the original Gospel.
In the book, McKnight also describes three types of “believers” 1) The Member 2) The Decided, and 3) The Discipled. That is those brought in through some type of membership, those who have made a “decision” for Christ, and then those who have made a radical decision to follow Christ throughout life (a place McKnight believes Christians today struggle to arrive because of their skewed view of the Gospel).
This book has “primed the pump” for further exploration, just as most of McKnight’s work. It doesn’t leave one feeling like they completed a book and gained a “nugget” of wisdom. Instead, it makes you want to change, to act, to explore, and to meet again the Person that is this “Good News” we call the Gospel!
Also, if you have an e-reader (Kindle, Nook, etc…), I would highly recommend “Junia is Not Alone” a e-reader “short” by Scot McKnight. It is only $2.99!
The short is about Junia from Romans 16:7. It tells the story of Junia in the history of the Bible, and it shows how her story mirrors the story of women in the Bible, in the history of the church, and in our current world where many women are finding their voice. I highly recommend it as well.