Scot’s Newsletter

Scot McKnight
Tov unleashed: pursuing goodness (tov) in church and life.
Created 06 Feb 2021
  • America, We Have a Gun Problem
    20 Jan 2022 • < 1 min read • 7 3
    America, we have a gun problem. Owning a gun, for most, is about self protection but owning a gun significantly increases the chance that the gun owner or someone in the family will die of that gun. “...
  • Did God Bury or Praise Job?
    19 Jan 2022 • < 1 min read • 3 3
    Did God Bury or Praise Job? That’s a question about the Book of Job I’m thinking many of us have never ever ever asked. But it’s the heart – the middle section – of J. Richard Middleton’s new book, Ab...
  • Stereotyping the Pharisees
    18 Jan 2022 • 3 min read • 5 4
    I have reposted this because Substack did not send it the first time. The church has stereotyped the Pharisees. Consequently, the church routinely uses its stereotype to read the Gospels and in so rea...
  • Do We Have the Same Dream?
    17 Jan 2022 • 7 min read • 12 1
    Here’s the text of Martin Luther King’s famous speech/sermon/address in Washington DC. I remember watching it as a kid on TV. I consider this speech to be a public version of Galatians 3:28, the gospe...
  • Looking Ahead
    17 Jan 2022 • < 1 min read • 1 0
    Got a late start on this week’s Looking Ahead, sorry. I will begin the week with that wonderful speech by Martin Luther King, Jr.: “I Have a Dream.” I read it each year. Hope you do too. Then we turn ...
  • Prayer for Your Week
    16 Jan 2022 • < 1 min read • 9 0
    Photo by Faith Crabtree on Unsplash Almighty God, whose Son our Savior Jesus Christ is the light of the world: Grant that your people, illumined by your Word and Sacraments, may shine with the radianc...
  • Meanderings, 15 January 2022
    15 Jan 2022 • 6 min read • 7 2
    Kris and I are on a short respite, what I like to call a mini-sabbatical, of three weeks. I’m concentrating on the Everyday Bible Studies I’m writing for Zondervan. Philippians should be finished next...
  • Meet Rizpah, Then and Now
    13 Jan 2022 • 5 min read • 8 3
    Do you know about Rizpah? In her essay in God and Guns: The Bible Against American Gun Culture, edited by Christopher B. Hays and C.L. Crouch, Yolanda Norton examines violence against especially Black...
  • The Pharisees in Josephus
    12 Jan 2022 • < 1 min read • 2 2
    Outside the Gospels and the rabbinical writings, the most cited source for information on the Pharisees is Josephus. The new volume co-edited by Joseph Sievers and Amy Jill Levine, The Pharisees, has ...
  • God's All For Vigorous Prayer
    11 Jan 2022 • 2 min read • 5 12
    Here’s the challenge in Genesis 22, and don’t rush your reading of this text please. Feel what you feel. Think what you think. Wonder in your wonders. Gen. 22:1 After these things God tested Abraham. ...
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