Kingdom Roots with Scot McKnight

Kingdom Roots with Scot McKnight
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How to Teach the Church to Read the Bible (Questions Edition - Part 2) - KR 71
Nov 16 • 30 min
Sign up for the Atonement Webinar here: Teaching your church how to read the Bible may be the most powerful way to equip a community to become like Jesus. It is so easy to tame the Bible to say what we want it to say. More often than…
How to Teach the Church to Read the Bible (Questions Edition - Part 1) - KR 70
Nov 9 • 32 min
Teaching your church how to read the Bible may be the most powerful way to equip a community to become like Jesus. It is so easy to tame the Bible to say what we want it to say. More often than not, we clip the wings of the Bible’s message instead of…
Christians as Culture Creators (Part 2) - KR 69
Nov 1 • 36 min
How do we bring the Kingdom to where we live, work, and play? Jesus created the Church to be the presence of the Kingdom in the world. The Church was a unique group of diverse people from all sorts of backgrounds, ethnicities, genders, and social status.…
Christians as Culture Creators (Part 1)- KR 68
Oct 26 • 45 min
What does God want me to do? Ask any pastor and you will find that this is the most common question that pastors must field. The ironic thing is that God cares more about who we are than what we do. Scot shows how God has a specific way for followers of…
The Parable of the Ten Virgins (Matthew 25:1-13) - KR 67
Oct 19 • 37 min
Jesus has an uncanny way to disturb the comforted and comfort the disturbed. In this Parable Jesus seems to invite those listening to imagine a world where judgment is surprising. Longing for and attention to Jesus’ return is so important and Jesus drives…
Epaphras - The Behind the Scenes Kingdom Worker - KR 66
Oct 13 • 35 min
Epaphras – The Behind the Scenes Kingdom Worker – KR 66 One of the ways God built and is building the Kingdom is through the ‘behind the scenes’ workers that rarely get notoriety. Paul’s friend and co-worker Epaphras was one of those behind the scenes…
The Parable of the Sheep and the Goats - KR 65
Oct 5 • 33 min
Imagine a world where everyone was treated like a King. In Jesus’ typical style he invites those following him to live in a whole different world. That world is one where no one is below being treated like a King. This parable has Jesus identifying…
The Parable of the Rich Fool - KR 64
Sep 28 • 34 min
The Parable of the Rich Fool - KR 64 Your life is not defined by what you possess, but what possesses you. Jesus says that it is impossible to serve both God and money and this parable drives this important truth. The rich fool was possessed by his…
The Parable of the Wheat and the Weeds - KR 63
Sep 21 • 35 min
The Parable of the Wheat and the Weeds - KR 63 by Scot McKnight
10 Tips for Improving Your Writing (Part 2) - KR 62
Sep 14 • 28 min
10 Tips for Improving Your Writing (Part 2) - KR 62 by Scot McKnight
10 Tips to Improve your Writing (Part 1) - KR 61
Sep 7 • 29 min
It’s incredible how God uses little scribbles on a page to bring about His work in the world. Scot gives ten excellent ways that you can improve on the challenging task of writing. Here are Scot’s 10 tips: 1)Write and write often. 2)Read good writers.…
The Parable of the Pharisee and the Tax Collector - KR 60
Aug 17 • 31 min
How does God view us? This may be the most important question that one can answer. Jesus tells a parable that not only challenges those who are listening, but it reveals the very character to God. The parable shows that God doesn’t judge how we often…
The Parable of the Wicked Tenants - KR 59
Aug 3 • 31 min
God went to great lengths to help his people understand their identity. The people of God have a rich story because of God’s faithfulness, but often it is a story that is tainted with God’s people not listening and obeying. This parable of Jesus provides…
The Workers in the Vineyard (Matthew 20:1-16) - KR 58
Jul 27 • 35 min
How is it that generosity can create frustration? In Jesus’ parable of the workers in the Vineyard he challenges his listeners to embrace the generosity and faithfulness of God. Jesus takes on the toxic attitude of envy that feeds the darkest parts of our…
Developing a Culture Generosity (Part 2) - KR 57
Jul 20 • 27 min
Developing a Culture Generosity (Part 2) - KR 57 by Scot McKnight
Devloping a Culture of Generosity (Part 1) - KR 56
Jul 13 • 28 min
The Church can never be all God wants it to be without the generosity of its people. Leadership naturally creates the culture of any organization. It is clear that the leaders of the early Church deeply cared for the poor because they fostered a culture…
Women Leading in the Church (Part 2) - KR 55
Jun 15 • 32 min
Throughout Scripture and church history, women have been central to the mission of God. But all too often women have lacked opportunities to minister fully. Many churches lack visible examples of women in ministry and leadership. This can and should be…
Women Leading in the Church (Part 1) - KR 54
Jun 8 • 23 min
Why have women been silenced & not allowed to lead in the Church? Scot McKnight is a leading advocate for empowering women to be a part of every sphere of church leadership and work. Tara Beth Leach (Sr. Pastor of PazNaz) joins him to help tackle this…
Living Like Christ in the Face of Evil - KR 53
Jun 1 • 28 min
How does one be Christ like in a non-Christ like world? Scot explores how 1 Peter sheds light on the answer to this question. In this letter the Apostle Peter shows that Christ’s life is the pattern for our faith. It also is the path to face unchristian…
The Drama of Jesus’ Temptation - KR 52
May 25 • 31 min
Is there ever a time to delight in the defeat of an enemy? Scot shows from the temptation of Jesus how Satan was defeated in and through Jesus’ victory over Satan’s temptation. The temptation of Jesus is one of the high points of drama in the story of his…
Salvation by Allegiance Alone (Conversation with Dr. Matthew Bates) - KR 51
May 18 • 40 min
Salvation by Allegiance Alone (Conversation with Dr. Matthew Bates) - KR 51 by Scot McKnight
The Great Gospel Experiement (Part 2) - KR 50
May 11 • 30 min
What does it look like for a fellowship of differents to take root? Books of the Bible like Paul’s letter to Philemon are incredible treasures for the present day Church because they are a real life example of how difficult issues got worked out in…
The Great Gospel Experiment (Part 1) - KR 49
May 4 • 22 min
Vision is necessary for any type of movement to take root. Paul had a vision from God on what the local church should look like. This unique and inclusive vision for Paul’s churches was able to take root so powerfully through embracing the great gospel…
The Parable of the Treasure and the Pearl - KR 48
Apr 27 • 29 min
Have you ever had to give up something of value to gain something else of greater value? In these parables Jesus illuminates the fact that following Jesus in discipleship is costly, but also well worth the cost. There is great joy that comes when the true…
The Good Samaritan (Luke 10:25-37) - KR 47
Apr 20 • 44 min
The Good Samaritan (Luke 10:25-37) - KR 47 by Scot McKnight
The Resurrection Taking Root (Rebroadcast) - KR 46
Apr 13 • 29 min
The good news of Jesus’ resurrection breaks the bonds and power of death. Jesus intended this powerful reality to be deeply rooted in the Church. There is an incredible story Jesus invites everyone to take part in through the resurrection. Join in this…
Embracing Holy Week and the Church Calendar - KR 45
Apr 6 • 30 min
Following the Church calendar is one of the most powerful ways to embrace and be shaped by the gospel in discipleship. God has blessed the Church with the Church calendar as an opportunity to physically remember and be transformed by embodying the…
The Unforgiving Servant (Matthew 18:23-35) - KR 44
Mar 23 • 36 min
The Unforgiving Servant (Matthew 18:23-35) Imagine a world with more forgiveness. It has been said that withholding forgiveness is like drinking poison and hoping the other person will die. Jesus uses this powerful parable not just as an illustration…
The Lost (Prodigal) Son: Luke 15:11-32 - KR 43
Mar 16 • 29 min
What kind of party does God like to throw? Jesus’ parable of the lost son reveals the heart of God about those who are far from Him. It is clear that God celebrates the worst of sinners coming to Him and invites all to the celebration. Jesus captures our…
The Barren Fig Tree: A Parable of Jesus (Luke 13:6-9) - KR 42
Feb 23 • 34 min
Stories have power. No matter what you think about Jesus, no one can deny that he was a master storyteller. Jesus’ stories or parables were used to invite listeners to imagine a world saturated in Kingdom living. These stories inspire, disrupt, and…
Scot’s Trip to Israel - KR 41
Feb 16 • 31 min
Scot’s Trip to Israel - KR 41 by Scot McKnight
Preaching and the Performance (Conversation with President Bill Shiell) - KR 40
Feb 2 • 38 min
Communicating a message in public is one of the difficult tasks in the world. Bill Shiell, President of Northern Seminary, shares insights throughout history about how communication happens. He explains the power that comes from what happens when the…
Adam and Genome Part 2 (with Dennis Venema) - KR 39
Jan 26 • 32 min
Behind every great scientist is a great story. Scot has a conversation with Dennis Venema about his scientific journey of unpacking the human genome and how that affected his faith journey. Also in this episode, Dennis takes the complexity of the human…
Adam and the Genome - KR 38
Jan 19 • 28 min
What can science shed light about reading the Bible? Genetic science has made some incredible discoveries lately. In this episode of Kingdom Roots Scot shares his story of why he opened his mind about reading Genesis in light of scientific study. Readers…
Paul as a Pastor - KR 37
Jan 12 • 37 min
What would it have looked like to have the Apostle Paul as your Pastor? In this episode of Kingdom Roots, Scot investigates what people think about when they think of the word pastor. There are four major models of pastoral responsibilities that Scot…
The Hum of Angels - KR 36
Dec 29, 2016 • 30 min
The majority of earth’s inhabitants believe in angels. Yet many of us cannot claim to have seen one. Why? Perhaps it’s because in order to encounter one, we first have to learn what to look for and how to look! We live in a world where the natural and…
The Future of Evangelicalism - KR 35
Dec 22, 2016 • 26 min
What is the future of Evangelicalism? Scot begins to answer this question and more by defining how the term “Evangelical” has been used and how the people who claim the title have engaged in society. The story of Evangelicalism is a fascinating one. Scot…
When in Romans (Conversation with Beverly Gaventa) - KR 34
Dec 16, 2016 • 37 min
Beverly Gaventa explains how when reading the book of Romans, we often focus on the quotable passages, making brief stopovers and not staying long enough to grasp some of the big ideas it contains. She invites readers of Romans to linger in Romans and to…
The Real Story of Christmas - KR 33
Dec 8, 2016 • 35 min
What really were the dynamics of the first Christmas? Hallmark and Santa Clause have all but totally hijacked the Christmas season. When we really investigate the true story of Christmas we find a story dripping with scandal, surrender, sacrifice and…
How can we pray like Jesus? - KR 32
Nov 23, 2016 • 29 min
How can we pray like Jesus? The Jewish people Jesus grew up with were a praying people. Scot guides us on a journey into the depths of prayer in first century Judaism and explains how Jesus anchors His understanding of prayer in Jewish prayer. Prayer is…
Elections and the Central Thing - KR 31
Nov 10, 2016 • 28 min
What is the central thing for the Church? There are so many things that inevitably work to splinter the Church. However, if the Church intentionally roots itself in the central things such as the Gospel of Jesus, then not even divisive issues such as an…
Clinton, Trump, and Kingdom Politics … OH MY! - KR 30
Nov 3, 2016 • 30 min
“If we only get the right person in the right political office, then all will be well.” Scot explains why this is such a dangerous and damaging way to approach politics as Christians representing the Church. The good news is that even if Christians…
Faithful Presence: A Conversation with David Fitch - KR 29
Oct 20, 2016 • 33 min
In our quest to renew the church, Christians have walked through seeker-friendly, emergent, missional, and other movements to develop new expressions of the body of Christ. Now in the post-Christian world in North America we’re asking the question again:…
The Lost Books of the Bible - KR 28
Oct 13, 2016 • 27 min
Have you ever wondered why certain books seem to be left out of the Bible? Scot addresses this question and more about the Cannon, Apocrypha literature, and Pseudepigrapha literature. Scot gives a vision for the value that Apocrypha and Pseudepigrapha…
The Apocalyptic Paul - KR 27
Oct 6, 2016 • 28 min
What happened when Jesus came to Earth? The Apocalyptic Paul camp suggests Jesus’ coming was a sudden disruptive in breaking of God’s redemptive plan at the cosmic level. They claim Jesus’ coming completely shatters all that we know about God and defines…
Kingdom Questions Part 2 - KR 26
Sep 22, 2016 • 33 min
Kingdom Questions Part 2 Community life marked by the Kingdom may be the most unique fellowship the world has ever seen. Scot tackles difficult questions around the subject of the Jew + Gentile vision for the church. This vision leads to more pressing…
Kingdom Questions Part 1 - KR 25
Sep 15, 2016 • 30 min
Anyone who tries to let God’s Kingdom take root in their life is going to have serious questions. In this episode, Scot fields your biggest questions about Church life and discipleship on how to live out the Kingdom. Do you have a question for Scot?…
The Neighboring Church (Conversation with Rick Rusaw)- KR 24
Aug 1, 2016 • 30 min
What if the Church got better at the two things Jesus said mattered most? If the Church is going to thrive in this changing world a pivotal thing is going to be being a good neighbor. Rick Rusaw and Lifebridge Christian Church have been on a journey to…
Race and the Kingdom (Interview with Derwin Gray) - KR 23
Jul 7, 2016 • 28 min
Racial tension is as at a high point. The embodiment of the Kingdom found in the New Testament and lived out through the Church was to be a vision of unity and diversity. The Church in America, unfortunately, has remained one of the most segregated…
Paul and His Missionary Friends (Part 2)- KR 22
Jun 23, 2016 • 27 min
When God calls His people into mission He doesn’t call individuals, rather He calls a community. Paul exemplifies this reality with his missionary friends. These friends are indispensable to how God used Paul to bring the kingdom to take root in the 1st…
Paul and His Missionary Friends (Part 1) - KR 21
Jun 16, 2016 • 33 min
In the words of the great theologian Bill Withers, “We all need somebody to lean on.” It can be very tempting to make ministry into a solo endeavor and not realize the importance of having friends to be with you as you do ministry together. Paul gives a…
30 Minutes with the President - KR 20
Jun 10, 2016 • 34 min
What’s on the heart of Northern Seminary’s President Dr. William Shiell? On this week of Kingdom roots we cover everything from Bill’s favorite parts of being a pastor and preaching to his transition as Northern Seminary’s President. The mission of…
The Quest for the Historical Jesus (Part 2) - KR 19
Jun 2, 2016 • 29 min
Should the Church and its believers have confidence in the reliability of Jesus found in the Gospels? Dr. McKnight tackles this question and more for followers to be confident of the person of Jesus as described in the Gospels. When we correctly study…
The Quest for the Historical Jesus (Part 1)- KR 18
May 26, 2016 • 34 min
Who was Jesus in reality? This question should be central for those of us who have our faith in Jesus. In this episode Dr. McKnight guides listeners through the extensive quests attempting to uncover the historical Jesus. What is discovered from these…
Church Structure Then and Now - KR 17
May 19, 2016 • 31 min
Church leadership and structure in the New Testament is much more concerned with the character and transformation of the person leading than the role they play. If we want the Kingdom to take root like it did in the 1st Century then Church leadership and…
Interview with Brian Zahnd on Water to Wine - KR 16
May 12, 2016 • 33 min
Ever feel discontent with your ministry? Join our conversation with Brian Zhand as he unpacks his journey of why a pastor of a large and successful church would risk everything in a quest to find a richer, deep fuller Christianity. Brian’s story is a…
Class is in session: Education in the 1st Century - KR 15
May 5, 2016 • 31 min
How did people learn in the 1st Century? What kind of school would Jesus have attended? Dr. McKnight tackles these questions and more in a discussion about education in the 1st Century. The way education was carried out in the 1st Century has a lot to say…
Jesus and the Table - KR 14
Apr 28, 2016 • 34 min
Meals and table fellowship were so significant in Jesus’ ministry that it has been said, “Jesus could have been killed simply because of the people with whom he ate.” Scot McKnight unpacks 1st Century meals and the way Jesus allowed Kingdom realities to…
Bonhoeffer’s Legacy - KR 13
Apr 21, 2016 • 31 min
“When Christ calls a man, he bids him come and die.” By living out powerful statements such as his quote above was how Dietrich Bonhoeffer’s life and work helped the Kingdom take root in some very toxic soil. Investigating his life and work helps the…
Preaching: Proclaiming the Kingdom - KR 12
Apr 15, 2016 • 32 min
What was the message of the early Church and how did that message take root in those who were listening? The message that the Church proclaims is critical in guiding what the Church is all about. This proclamation needs to include the full expression of…
Everything You Need to Know About the New Perspective in 30 Minutes - KR 11
Apr 7, 2016 • 31 min
Have you ever wondered how the new perspective came to be and the implications it has for the Church? In this episode Dr. Scot McKnight tackles the big questions of what is the new perspective on Paul? Why was it necessary to have a “new” perspective? Who…
Why Does the Church Need to Keep Doing Good Theology? - KR 10
Mar 31, 2016 • 28 min
Theology needs the Church and the Church needs good theology. This episode dives into the reason of why the Church and Theology cannot be mutually exclusive. If the Church is to do good theology, Church leaders need to understand it is a life long…
Navigating Change as a Church Leader - KR 9
Mar 24, 2016 • 31 min
Leading the church through change is one of the most difficult things a church leader can face. In Paul’s letter to Philemon he gives a vision of how to lead a church through a challenging shift. Most followers of Jesus desire to live out the deepest…
The Resurrection Taking Root - KR 8
Mar 17, 2016 • 27 min
The good news of Jesus’ resurrection breaks the bonds and power of death. Jesus intended this powerful reality to be deeply rooted in the Church. There is an incredible story Jesus invites everyone to take part in through the resurrection. Join in this…
Is the God of Christianity and Islam the Same? - KR 7
Mar 10, 2016 • 27 min
Is the God of Christianity and Islam the same? This divisive question is the topic of discussion for this week’s episode of Kingdom Roots with Scot McKnight. There is a problem with the question that makes this topic more confusing than it needs to be and…
A Theology of Eucharist - KR 6
Mar 3, 2016 • 27 min
Dr. McKnight explains how remembering in the context of Eucharist is more than mentally recalling an event, but it is an invitation to live faithfully according God’s covenant. Jesus rooted the first Eucharist meal in the context of Passover and when the…
Worship and Hymns in the New Testament - KR 5
Feb 25, 2016 • 29 min
Singing seemed to be central to the early Christians formation as believers. In this episode you will hear about what the early church centered their gatherings around and the transformation that flowed out of times of worship. Learn more about Northern…
Interview with Dr. John Barclay on Paul and the Gift - KR 4
Feb 18, 2016 • 25 min
Dr. Barclay helps us understand God’s deep desire for a relationship with His people by showing how grace took root in the Roman world and how we should allow it to take root now. Buy Paul and the gift: Contact Dr. Barclay:…
The Inspiration and Inerrancy of the Bible - KR 3
Feb 11, 2016 • 28 min
Why do we have the Bible? We play with fire if we force the Bible to do anything other than what God designed it to do. Discover what God desired to bring about in His people through their interaction with His Word.
Evangelicalism and Feminism - KR 2
Feb 4, 2016 • 21 min
The role of women in the Church is one of the biggest debates in Christianity today. Dr. McKnight helps turn this hotly contested debate into a positive conversation.
What is the Kingdom? - KR 1
Jan 26, 2016 • 19 min
What is the Kingdom? The biblical term “kingdom” is the most misused and misunderstood concept by Christians today. In this episode Dr. McKnight sets the stage for how the term Kingdom should be understood and applied by the Church today. He begins the…