Nathan A. Finn

Historian, Theologian, Teacher, Preacher



February 2012



Scot McKnight Elaborates on the King Jesus Gospel

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Scot McKnight’s The King Jesus Gospel: The Original Good News Revisited (Zondervan, 2011) has generated lots of discussion among evangelicals. Simply put, McKnight pushes back on some of the common ways that evangelicals, especially Reformed and gospel-centered types, articulate the good news. The King Jesus Gospel has caused consternation among many readers, though it has also received some relatively sympathetic (though not uncritical) reviews from some influential evangelical thinkers. See the thoughtful reviews by Matthew Anderson, Michael Horton, and Trevin Wax (here and here), for example.

Ed Stetzer recently had the opportunity to interview McKnight about his book. In the interview, McKnight elaborates on his understanding of the relationship between the gospel and justification, clarifies his opinion concerning John Piper’s articulation of the gospel, and offers his thoughts on how to share the gospel with others. The King Jesus Gospel will continue to provoke conversations among evangelicals who care about gospel fidelity. Thanks to Ed and McKnight for a very helpful addition to that conversation.