Kingdom Conspiracy: Returning to the Radical Mission of the Local Church
Scot McKnight challenges the common misunderstanding of the term "kingdom" in contemporary Christianity, and offers a thorough corrective. McKnight explains that the present-day fetish for influencing society, culture, and politics distracts us from the mission of God: to build the...
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Scot McKnight challenges the common misunderstanding of the term "kingdom" in contemporary Christianity, and offers a thorough corrective. McKnight explains that the present-day fetish for influencing society, culture, and politics distracts us from the mission of God: to build the local church.
:According to Scot McKnight, "kingdom" is the biblical term most misused by Christians today. It has taken on meanings that are completely at odds with what the Bible says. "Kingdom" has become a buzzword for both social justice and redemption so that it has lost its connection with Israel and with the church as a local church.
McKnight defines the biblical concept of kingdom, offering a thorough corrective and vision for the contemporary church. The most important articulation of kingdom was that of Jesus, who contended that the kingdom was in some sense present and in some sense in the future. The apostles talked less about the kingdom and more about the church. McKnight explains that kingdom mission is local church mission and that the present-day fetish with influencing society, culture, and politics distracts us from the mission of God: to build the local church. He also shows how kingdom theology helps to reshape the contemporary missional conversation.
Scot McKnight (Ph.D., University of Nottingham) is the Karl A. Olsson Professor in Religious Studies at North Park University. Prior to joining the NPU faculty in 1994, he was a professor at Trinity Evangelical Divinity School. He has written widely on the historical Jesus, Christian spirituality, and the Emerging Church. One of McKnight's more popular books, The Jesus Creed, won the Christianity Today's book award for 2004 in the area of Christian living. McKnight's blog, JesusCreed.org, has been a popular site for Emerging Church discussion.
His other publications include: The Real Mary: Why Evangelical Christians Can Embrace the Mother of Jesus; Praying with the Church: Following Jesus Daily, Hourly, Today; Jesus and His Death: Historiography, the Historical Jesus, and Atonement Theory; Embracing Grace: A Gospel for All of Us; Turning to Jesus: The Sociology of Conversion in the Gospels; The Story of the Christ, with Philip Law; and 1 Peter and Galatians in NIV Application Commentary.
His most recent publications include The Blue Parakeet: Rethinking How You Read the Bible and James (New International Commentary on the New Testament).
- :<b>contents<br></b>foreword By Richard Stearns<br>1. Skinny Jeans Kingdom<br>2. Pleated Pants Kingdom<br>3. Tell Me The Kingdom Story<br>4. Kingdom Mission Is All About Context<br>5. Kingdom Is People<br>6. No Kingdom Outside The Church<br>7. Kingdom Mission As Church Mission<br>8. The King Of The Kingdom<br>9. Kingdom Redemption Unleashed<br>10. Kingdom Is A Moral Fellowship<br>11. Kingdom Is Hope<br>12. Kingdom Theses<br>appendix 1: The Constantinian Temptation<br>appendix 2: Kingdom Today<br>after Words<br>indexes