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In his latest book, McKnight, a professor of religious studies at North Park University in Chicago and the author of the acclaimed Jesus Creed, argues against the Christianity he was taught in his youth, an interpretation he finds overly fixated on the personal piety of believers rather than their influence in society. He contends instead that Jesus called believers to action and to the establishment of a world of justice, compassion, and peace. This scriptural reading is hardly new, but McKnight’s writing makes it fresh and engaging. His frequent pop culture references serve to draw in younger readers; other stylistic choices, such as unusual punctuation and line breaks, can distract from his message instead of creating a contemporary feel. Dividing the book into chapters addressing different aspects of a believer’s life, such as “church.life” and “sex.life,” McKnight combines knowledgeable scriptural exegesis with anecdotes drawn from his own life and his experiences with college students to provide insight into Jesus’ life and message. This results in a highly readable work that can serve as an excellent introduction to Jesus and his teachings for a new generation. (Jan.) (Publishers Weekly)
“Scot McKnight is a gift to the body of Christ as he challenges us to think about our faith more deeply, practice being a disciple more intently, and love God more passionately. Each of us is only given one life, and after reading this book, you’ll desire to live it with abandon to God.” -- Margaret Feinberg, Author
“In One.Life, Scot McKnight challenges readers to become followers of the Jesus characterized by life, justice, peace, and wisdom. This inspiring book will transform believers into agents of change. I recommend this passionately written book to young and old Christians alike.” -- Tremper Longman III, Author
“Scot is one of the clearest, keenest voices I know in helping us come to a deeper understanding of the Jesus we meet in the New Testament. This book won’t so much change your life as help you to find it.” -- John Ortberg, Author
'Scot McKnight’s book, One.Life, is the clearest, most readable, most applicable exposition of the Kingdom in everyday words I have ever read. I am fascinated by how he describes the idea of dreams and imagination and how they connect with the reality of the Kingdom.' -- Eddie Broussard, Director
“Wake up from a truncated version of Christianity and take action today to fully live the One.Life God has given you, following Jesus in his dream for the kingdom!” -- Mindy Caliguire, Director
“With rare candor and remarkable courage, Scot McKnight weaves his own personal story into a contemporary quest to find the true meaning of Christian faith in a modern world. Effectively written and filled with insight for the reader who rarely reads theological books, McKnight can reach audiences here that most of us never will. Well done.” -- Gary M. Burge, Professor
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Among my favorite books he has written, The King Jesus Gospel, The Blue Parakeet, and The Jesus Creed to name a few.
His most recent book; One Life, Jesus Calls, We Follow is a Christian primer that seeks to answer the question; What is the `Christian life' all about?
Is it studying the Bible, attending church, cultivating a prayer life, or witnessing to others? I mean, those are all good, but is that really what Jesus has in mind?
McKnight would argue that the Christian life boils down to two words; `Follow me.' But McKnight doesn't just stop there, he takes Jesus' great command and applies it to all manner of life, it could be your job, your ministry, your family, social justice and even your sex life. I mean, we all "think" we know what it means to follow Jesus, but more importantly... what did Jesus think it meant?
Bear in mind that this book is a primer, an over view if you will and I would argue that Scot's target audience is perhaps his students that he sees each day. The book reads like something you would hear in a college bible study. But don't mistake that for being a simple or easy read - Scot is still a professor and he writes like one, but if you have a few of these "what is the Christian life all about" books already - you might find this to be similar.
However, if you don't own those types of books, or you are looking for one - I would argue that this is one of the best. Well worth the read. Read this book to discover what it means to embrace the vision of God's Kingdom in a way that awakens your passions and shapes your entire life.
Perhaps of even greater benefit, though, has been the multitude of works which have resulted from McKnight's persistent efforts to share with the church in an accessible way the fruits of his labor as a scholar. One.Life: Jesus Calls, We Follow is the latest such offering from McKnight. One.Life opens with a brief autobiographical glimpse into McKnight's journey of faith. Specifically he chronicles the significant transformation that occurred in the way he answered perhaps the most important question anyone contemplating or claiming faith in Jesus can ask: "What is a Christian?"
To many, the answer to the question "What is a Christian?" will seem to be self-evident. McKnight's brief autobiographical account, however, demonstrates clearly the degree to which the answer to this question is anything but self-evident. Regardless, though, whether one thinks the answer to the question is self-evident or not, the book serves to provoke in its readers critical reflection which will help them clarify the way they will answer this very important question, "What is a Christian?" Weaving together personal anecdotes from his personal life and his teaching career, stories of students and friends, thoughtful reflections on scripture, and thought-provoking questions, McKnight offers a proposal for how the key question "What is a Christian?" ought to be answered.
His proposal begins with an exploration and explanation of Jesus' preaching of the kingdom. He then attempts to rekindle the imagination of readers by helping them read and hear Jesus' parables in a new way. The next four chapters flesh out the themes of love, justice, peace, and wisdom by reflecting on the ways Jesus talked about and embodied them. These chapters are followed by a chapter deconstructing what has become of "church"--consumer-oriented, individualistic, special-interest-driven--and reconstructing an understanding of church rooted in the notion of community, particularly as such communal faith is described in Acts. McKnight then surveys the all-or-nothing expectations Jesus communicates to anyone who wants to follow him, setting the stage for a discussion about how Jesus' kingdom vision aims to shape both the sexual ethics and the work lives of those who would follow Jesus. As the book enters the home stretch, the focus shifts from life in the present to life in eternity, as McKnight seeks to strip away the accumulated misconceptions about heaven and hell (rooted more deeply in ancient literature, pop culture, and hymnody, than in scripture), and articulate an understanding of eternity that is as clear and concise as possible, while preserving room for mystery. McKnight closes the book with chapters that focus on God's love, which he contends opens the door to a life of genuine confession, and repentance, which he insists leads to a life that is cross-shaped.
I suppose one might wonder about McKnight's rationale for choosing to highlight love, justice, peace, and wisdom, specifically. One might wish McKnight had chosen to flesh out the implications of Jesus' kingdom vision for other areas of life besides sexual ethics and vocation, for instance family life or recreation. Perhaps, though, someone else will be inspired by this work to explore those aspects of life more fully than the space of this book would have allowed. At any rate, focusing on such questions or quibbles is like fussing about the distance of a walk-off home run.
From the very beginning of One.Life, McKnight's awareness of the moment, his sense of urgency, which is always just beneath the surface of the book, is apparent as he reminds readers, "You have only One.Life to chase, find, and live your dream. Let your One.Life be consumed by the dream." It is as though he realizes the outcome of the game is on the line, and it's his turn to step up to the plate. It is this sense of urgency, combined with McKnight's pastoral sensitivity, ability to articulate Jesus' vision clearly, and the humility with which he writes, which lead me to the conclusion that if you only have the opportunity to read one book which will shape the way you live your One.Life, then you've got to read One.Life.
Just days after reading the book, I ordered copies for my two adult daughters and then began recommending it to others.
The book grapples with some very important questions: "What does it mean to really follow Jesus? What would this look like in our day and culture?" This could be very helpful to a variety of readers but I suspect that young adults might connect particularly well with it.
Not only does Scot McKnight take Jesus seriously but he also takes the call to discipleship very seriously. I think this book will resonate with seekers, both those who grew up in churches and are trying to find their way and those who are new to following Jesus. The book is theological, inspirational, and very practical.
There are fourteen chapters, including chapters on the kingdom, love, justice, sex, and vocation. This is a clear call to live intentionally as followers of Jesus. Scot McKnight lays out the vision of Jesus for life and then challenges the reader to take seriously this call to love God and love others in response to that vision.
Perhaps the chapter on wisdom is one of the best. Scot discusses seven elements of Jesus' wisdom. This discussion alone may be worth the price of this book. In this chapter, he challenges the reader to ask, "What is the wise thing to do?"
We gain this wisdom by investing in Jesus' life and teaching. McKnight gives the reader seven elements of Jesus' wisdom. These seven elements include suggestions such as, "Orient each day toward God" and "Discover who you are by loving others."
I expect this book will be read widely and will be valued by many believers who are serious about following Jesus.
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