Scot McKnight @ University of Pretoria

May 7, 2008

You know what must be one of the worst things in life to do? Re-typing something! I absolutely hate re-typing! I don’t mind writing, I do that a lot, and actually like doing it. But when I loose something and have to re-do it, that’s really bad. Although usually it ends up being written better. Well, I lost this post. Saves it on a flashdisk, and I think I didn’t stop the flasdisk the last time I used it. First time I loose data this way.

So, Scot McKnight from jesuscreed.org is visiting South Africa. Attie Nel from Attie se Koffietafel got him over for Pentacost. We have a tradition in the Dutch Reformed Church to celebrate Pentacost with a series of church services over throughout the week, Mcknight is leading these in Attie’s congregation, and Attie dis the rest of us the favour of arranging a whole program full of other speaking arrangements for McKnight.

Yesterday morning I attended a lecture McKnight gave on the New Perspective on Paul. Actually it was presented to the fourth year New Testament class, Stephan Joubert’s, from e-kerk, class, but it was opened up so that the rest of us can also attend. There wasn’t a lot of visitors however, but I found it interesting to see how bloggers got together. Attie en McKnight got together, both bloggers. I visited, because of blogging. And Tom Smith also came to visit, although we didn’t talk about it, I guess also thanx to blogging.

I found out that McKnight disagree with the New Perspective, and the things flowing from it. Also with NT Wright’s idea that Paul was writing against a Roman political system, an idea very influencial in the later works of Brian Mclaren (Secret Message of Jesus and Everything Must Change). I also found it interesting that McKnight was introduced as a leader in the emerging church, this while I can swear I read McKnight himself writing that he write about the emerging church from the outside. However, I think this he does very good, do read his article on What is the Emerging Church? if you haven’t doen that yet.

Then later I had the oppurtunity to have lunch with McKnight and some other pastors from our denomination. We had some interesting conversations on the theological influences on South Africa. Someone at one stage summarized it like this: We are Dutch people, watching American television, reading German theology and talking an obscure language which no one understand. Interesting that British theology never really had a big influence on South Africa.

3 Responses to “Scot McKnight @ University of Pretoria”

  1. attie Says:

    Hi Kobus: You are right about Scot not being part of the emergnet movement. Ht is a critical friend of the emergent. He understands the emerging movement very well and he speaks at most of the occasions emergent people organize.
    Regarding McKnight and Wright, Wright is also refrazing and now talks about the Fresh Perspectives on Paul, as he also disagrees with the New Perspectives on Paul.

  2. cobus Says:

    If I understood McKnight correctly, and I’m not really a Paul expert, so I might have missed something, he also disagree with Wright on the Fresh Perspective?
    Not that this disqualifies any one of the two, but it do help to understand the conversation partners.


  3. […] Afrikaner In A Sentence? A strikingly accurate initial impression of the Afrikaner people (from the little I have experienced moving into relationship these past 3 1/2 months): We are Dutch people, watching American television, reading German theology and talking an obscure language which no one can understand (Thanks Cobus). […]


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