An Award-Winning Challenge to Popular Ideas of the Kingdom
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 and has become a buzzword for both social justice and redemption. In Kingdom Conspiracy, McKnight offers a sizzling biblical corrective and a fiercely radical vision for the role of the local church in the kingdom of God. Now in paper.
Praise for Kingdom Conspiracy 2015 Outreach Resources of the Year Award Winner One of Leadership Journal's Best Books for Church Leaders in 2014
"This is a must-read for church leaders today."--Publishers Weekly "A timely resource for the missional church to reexamine some basic assumptions that impact church practice in the everyday."--Outreach
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In Protestant America, you can tell what kind of church you're at by looking at what pants people are wearing. Are they wearing Skinny Jeans? Or Pleated Pants? In his latest book entitled Kingdom Conspiracy, Scot McKnight uses this division in fashion to represent the division of meaning when people use the word “kingdom” in the context of “kingdom work”. What is this “kingdom work” that everyone is talking about in Protestant communities? Below, I will briefly trace McKnight's critiques of the two popular approaches in modern evangelicalism.
Skinny Jeans Those in Skinny Jeans represent the rise of evangelicals who want into engage in social work for the common good. They see the “inadequacy of the spiritual gospel” that mostly focuses on one's personal salvation, wanting instead to stress Scripture's theme of social justice (1). When those in Skinny Jeans say they are doing “kingdom work”, they usually...
Scot Mcknight's latest book, Kingdom Conspiracy: Returning to the Radical Mission of the Local Church, takes on contemporary understandings of the "kingdom of God" and offers his own. He initially sets up two straw men: 1) the social justice loving "Skinny Jeans" kingdom, full of millennial youngsters who (according to McKnight) simply focus on working toward the "common good," and 2) the heavy thinking, not-so-pragmatic "Pleated Pants" kingdom, associated with scholarly theologians, typified (according to McKnight) by the kingdom interpretation of "God's rule." It is rightly pointed out that, at least in so far as they are generalized, these two exaggerations (they are exactly that) don't learn from the other and have both, in fact, missed it altogether. McKnight offers his understanding of "kingdom" as a proper balance of "definition" and "doing" in its appropriate context. The problem here is that McKnight does not bridge the gap between the straw men, but, if we are to only...
Levis vs. Dockers. This is a tale of two pairs of pants. Or better yet two kinds of Christians who tend to wear two kinds of pants. In one corner you have the skinny jean wearing, tattoo flaunting, hipster eye-glassed, latte sipping Christians who think that “the Kingdom deeds good deeds done by good people in the public sector for the common good” (4). In other words the Kingdom mission means working for social justice and peace. In the other corner you have the pleated pants crew – the Docker wearing Christians who have focused all of their kingdom theorizing on two questions – “When does the Kingdom arrive?” and “Where is the Kingdom?” A typical Christian hipster... This guy is probably a pastor too.A typical Christian hipster… This guy is probably a pastor too.
Their answer to these questions is generally “The kingdom is both present and future, and the kingdom is both a rule and a realm over which God...
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