CBF Podcast: A Conversation with Scot McKnight

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By Andy Hale 

I can relate most things in my life to film or television. That’s what happens when you spent a lonely childhood in front of the screen…

Everyday occurrences that relate to a Seinfeld episode are either met with the annoyance of irrelevance or a good chuckle from those that make the connection. Just ask my congregation about a recent reference to Santo, after singing the song Santo, Santo, Santo.

Finding a subtle quote from a line in a Steve Martin, Chevy Chase, Will Ferrell, Robin Williams or Leslie Nielson movie bring me the smallest of joys.

But what I tend to find myself referencing the most is the wisdom of two of the most excellent teachers of all time, the greatest headmaster of Hogwarts and the hermit of Dagobah.

Just yesterday, I was quoting Master Yoda when he said, “You must unlearn what you have learned.”

This is what Scot McKnight is inviting his readers to do in his latest book, Reading Romans Backwards: A Gospel of Peace in the Midst of Empire.

“To read Romans well, all of Romans must be read in light of the context in Romans 14-15. Once one lets that context shape one’s reading of Romans, some of the interpretive problems are resolved, and new nuances are achieved in that reading,” said McKnight on the CBF Podcast.

McKnight sat down with us to discuss his latest book, political idolatry, and the tough and vivid call of Romans 12 to love.

McKnight is the chair of New Testament at Northern Seminary, an exceptional writer and speaker, and a recognized authority on the historical Jesus, early Christianity and the New Testament.

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This podcast episode is brought to you by Fuller Seminary and The Center for Congregational Health.

Andy Hale created and hosts the podcast of the Cooperative Baptist Fellowship. Hale is the senior pastor of University Baptist Church of Baton Rouge, Louisiana, following eight years as the founding pastor of Mosaic Church of Clayton and five years as CBF’s church start specialist. Follow on Twitter @haleandy

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