Scot McKnight recently delivered 4 watershed lectures for many of us misplaced Evangelicals who want to take back the big tent Evangelicalism of the Billy Graham and John Stott era from those trying to narrow down Evangelicalism into their much narrower theological categories. I’m speaking primarily of the so-called “young, restless Reformed”, the Gospel Coalition, John Piper and his massive following, Albert Mohler, Jr., Mark Driscoll, Matt Chandler, and many others giving shape to the movement Scot McKnight is now calling the Neo-Puritans.
I commend the following four lectures to these brothers and sisters especially, not asking them to agree with them, but hoping they will give a broader perspective on the movement we call Evangelicalism, and plunge them deeper into Scripture with a fresh openness to actually apply the Reformation principle of ‘sola Scriptura.’
I commend these lectures as well to those who may have concluded that the Neo-Puritans (Piper, Driscoll, Chandler, DeYoung, etc.) are the only thoughtful, biblically rigorous evangelical alternative to a shallow, superficial seeker brand of Evangelicalism on the one hand, and the trendy, postmodern, theologically muddled Emergent movement on the other. Scot McKnight walks this lonely road, a voice in the evangelical wilderness speaking out for many of us non-Calvinist Evangelicals. I hope these lectures are spread broadly, and awaken many to the beautifully rich heritage that is (or was?) Evangelicalism.
Please check out the Parchman Lectures by Scot McKnight here.