Ain’t that good news

This week has been a bit of Scott McKnight overload

From preaching in MCC on Sunday to a leaders day (that i somehow got sneaked into) on tuesday and then IBI’s summer institute on Friday and Saturday.

McKnight appeals to me because he talks a lot about the gospel and what we mean when we say that and what the Bible means when it said it. This builds on a major learning point I got from Tom Wright when I read (mainly in Surprised by Hope & Simply Christian) that the gospel was perhaps something more than what I had originally presumed.

McKnght explains that in the last few hundred years that the meaning of the word gospel has shifted somewhat to mean good news about forgiveness of sins (primarily through justification by faith).

This is a shift from an earlier tradition (and McKnight argues – Biblical position) where gospel meant good news that the messiah has come and brought fulfillment to the story of Israel.

The key text he quotes is 1 Cor 15:1-5 which he also argues is the basis for the Apostles/Nicene Creeds.

This gospel includes within it justification by faith but states that GOD is doing more than that.

This was a pretty cool thing to learn at the age of 27. It certainly helped me make a lot more sense of what was happening in the Bible.

Some of this seems to scare people in certain circles – in many ways understandably, it seems a major shift in understanding of a fairly basic aspect of what we do. Just examine your hymns and prayers and you’ll see that they’re full of justification theory as the main (if not sole) point of what GOD is doing.

I don’t think I’m a heretic for my shift in position. Jesus has got bigger not smaller.

I’d love to tell you what the implications for how we evangelise are but we had to skip the last session on Saturday – perhaps Dr Mitchel could fill me in?


6 Responses to “Ain’t that good news”

  1. 1 PatrickM June 14, 2010 at 11:53 pm

    Impressed you got time to be thinking theology ! Glad to fill you in maybe after your honeymoon though 🙂 Am also doing a wee blog series on what Scot had to say.

  2. 2 Steven McQuitty June 16, 2010 at 9:18 pm

    Just wanted to wish you all the best for tomorrow.

    We are really looking forward to seeing you and your wife! Porridge and silence will, I suspect, be in short supply at the Quaker meeting house.

  3. 3 Steven June 19, 2010 at 4:11 pm


    I meant to give you a book on your wedding day but left it in the car. Are you about for a while so I can give you same – don’t text as Sarah mashed my mobile in the boot of the car! An accident apparently.

    Thanks for the great day. Within about 5 minutes of arriving John shouted to me from the bouncy castle, “This is the best party EVER”!

    Hope to see you both soon.


  4. 4 Nelly And I June 28, 2010 at 5:35 pm

    John has good taste…

    still away on honeymoon but will be back early july

    cheers for being there


    • 5 Steven July 6, 2010 at 12:17 pm


      I half got your message as my phone screen is smashed. Which Thursday night are you going to the pub on? If it is this Thursday I am in diffs as I will be away on holidays in Portugal. Let me know.




      • 6 Andy Neill July 6, 2010 at 3:42 pm

        This Thursday so I guess it doesn’t suit you. Enjoy Portugal and get yourself another phone!

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